Ultimaker’s software strategy to unlock more 3D printing potential

3D printer manufacturer Ultimaker announced its software strategy at the TCT Show in Birmingham, UK. Ultimaker will release regular software upgrades that continuously enhance the existing hardware over time. The first two key software updates will be Ultimaker Cura and Cura Connect. Ultimaker Cura Ultimaker Cura is scheduled for release on October 17th and offers […]

Stratasys introduces rubber-like material and engineering-grade material for its J750 3D printer

Stratasys (NASDAQ: SSYS), a global leader in applied additive technology solutions, announced new material compatibility for its flagship J750 full color, multi-material 3D printing system, delivering additional functionality and versatility for rapid prototyping and tooling applications. Stratasys PolyJet Agilus30 rubber-like material and Digital ABS Plus engineering-grade material can now be used with the Stratasys J750. […]

Carbon introduces lower prices on its 3D printing materials

The cost of 3D printing materials is viewed as one of the inhibitors to wider adoption and usage of additive manufacturing. Carbon, a Silicon Valley-based 3D manufacturing company, is introducing an approach that CEO and Co-founder Dr. Joseph M. DeSimone says will lower the price of some of its 3D printing materials bought in bulk […]

What is the difference between the STL and 3MF formats for 3D printers?

STL (STereoLithography or Standard Tessellation Language ) was first developed to translate CAD data into data suitable for use by a stereolithography 3D printer. In the years since it’s introduction it has been used by a number of 3D printing technologies, including extrusion and jetting. But STL is more than 30 years old. 3D printing […]

ExOne introduces another stainless steel material to is lineup

The ExOne Company, a global provider of 3D printing machines and 3D printed products to industrial customers, announced the availability of 17-4PH stainless steel (also known as SAE Type 630 or UNS S17400) as a printable material at its North Huntingdon production service center (“PSC”). After printing, 17-4PH parts are heat treated according to Condition […]

EtherNet/IP protocol added to the Protos X field I/O system

AutomationDirect now offers EtherNet/IP protocol communication for the Protos X line of field I/O. The Protos X “Xpansion” field I/O system is a modular system consisting of a Bus Coupler and its associated input/output terminals. The Protos X slim design and various I/O configurations allow the exact I/O needed with the smallest footprint possible. 2

EOS introduces metal powder handling system for the EOS M 290

A trend in additive manufacturing systems is the development of peripheral equipment that makes the management of metal powder much easier and safer. EOS, a leading technology supplier in the field of industrial 3D printing of metals and polymers, is an example. The company recently introduced the IPCM M pro material handling solution. The IPCM […]

Two programs aid additive manufacturing efficiency

3D Systems (NYSE: DDD) announced the availability of Geomagic Control X 2018 inspection software, and the GibbsCAM 12, a CAM software for production parts. Geomagic Control X 2018 Geomagic Control X 2018 builds upon its foundation to meet the demands of aerospace and automotive manufacturers. With the same tools as the previous version of the […]

The art of motion—injection molding and achieving quality at scale

The curse of Kickstarter success—raise millions of dollars, but also raise the stakes. Shipping a product to thousands of customers out of a garage as a two-man company is no easy task. Just ask Bruce Shapiro and Micah Roth, co-creators of the Sisyphus kinetic table. Drawing inspiration from traditional Zen gardens, the kinetic art table […]

Solvay will launch PEKK for aerospace market

Solvay will begin producing high-performance polyetherketoneketone (PEKK) polymers in the United States early next year, to support its composite materials business in meeting growing aerospace demand. “Solvay further affirms its unique position in lightweighting materials by joining the forces of its high-performance specialty polymers and composite materials to produce its own PEKK resin,” said Roger […]

7 ways to boost 3D printing efficiency

By now, 3D printing’s cost and time-savings benefits are well-established. But there are some lesser-known efficiencies that do not grab all the headlines. While not secret, these efficiencies aren’t typically top of mind, so they might not be considered until later in the design process. That’s a missed opportunity. To fully reap the rewards 3D […]

Oak Ridge National Laboratory to Use Senvol’s data collection procedures

Senvol and the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) have signed a two-year research agreement focused on pedigreed additive manufacturing (AM) data generation. Using Senvol’s proprietary Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) document for generating pedigreed AM data, the project will evaluate best practices for data collection. ORNL and Senvol will investigate pedigreed […]

Digital environments advance more sustainable paper & pulp industry

Dassault Systèmes is enabling Valmet, a leading developer and supplier of technologies, automation and services for the pulp, paper and energy industries, to increase customer satisfaction by proposing more innovative customer-oriented experiences at each service and sales opportunity. Valmet is using the “Single Source for Speed” industry solution experience to unify and manage its product development and […]

How 3D printing can accelerate automotive production and increase car performance

This year’s Professional MotorSport World Expo in Cologne (15- 17 Nov) will see global leader in applied additive technologies, Stratasys, demonstrate how the integration of its 3D printing solutions throughout design and production is enabling race teams and automotive manufacturers to accelerate vehicle development and transform the manufacture of composites for lighter race cars – […]

Why Ricoh is replacing metal tools with 3D printed custom lightweight tools

Ricoh Japan is replacing traditional metal tooling with custom, lightweight 3D printed jigs and fixtures for its Production Technology Center assembly line. The tooling is printed on a Stratasys (NASDAQ: SSYS), Fortus 900mc Production 3D Printer. The assembly line, located in the northeast branch of Ricoh Industries in Miyagi prefecture, Japan, is dedicated to manufacturing […]

SOLIDWORKS 2018 helps merge design and manufacturing

Additive manufacturing, the Internet of Things, and other technologies are smashing through the wall that used to separate design and manufacturing. A number of programs being launched this year promise to merge design and manufacturing into one function. One of those programs is SOLIDWORKS 2018, which includes new tools and enhancements to help engineers get […]

3D printing helps child achieve her dream of throwing a baseball

The internet is full of stories about some student 3D printing a hand for a classmate or even themselves with a desktop 3D printer. Amazing to be sure, but for the most part those 3D printed hands offer limited function. Which might lead some to think that 3D printing is not really useful here. In […]

J&J’s DePuy Synthes launches Trumatch titanium 3D-printed facial reconstruction implants

Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ) subsidiary DePuy Synthes said today it launched its Trumatch titanium 3D-printed implants designed for use in facial reconstructions in the US. The company said it inked an exclusive distribution deal with 3D-printer and software solution supplier Materialise as part of the launch. “DePuy Synthes offers advanced technologies for facial reconstruction, orthognathic surgery, distraction […]

ANSYS introduces real time simulation software

With ANSYS Discovery Live, engineers can rapidly explore design options and receive instant and accurate simulation results. Simulation is a critical engineering technology, but it is still not the easiest software to use. To address this issue, ANSYS is expanding Pervasive Engineering Simulation, empowering engineers to take advantage of powerful simulation tools early in the […]

German RepRap launches 4th generation X400 3D printer with new features

German RepRap, a leading German manufacturer of FFF (Fused filament fabrication) 3D printers, introduces the X400 v4 for additive manufacturing of large objects as well as for limited industrial-grade production runs. The printer handles parts with layer thickness of up to 0.1 mm. Through the use of high-end components, including milled metal parts and drives […]

EOS introduces Stainless Steel 17-4PH Industry Line

The EOS StainlessSteel 17-4PH IndustryLine consists of an iron-based metal alloy powder and a specially developed process parameter for manufacturing on the EOS M 290 metal system. EOS provides reliable and statistically proven data for the most important material properties of finished parts made from this material, notes Dr. Tobias Abeln, Chief Technical Officer (CTO) […]

Tech Soft 3D enables custom 3D printing software development

Software that improves the workflow of additive manufacturing projects is not as efficient and capable as is needed. Current software tools are limited. For example, most CAD software does not include complete 3D printing specific feature sets for “design-to-print” functions.  Many OEM 3D printing software does not create a seamless workflow in one user interface […]

Xometry offers glass-filled nylon

Xometry, a 3D printing service provider, offers glass-filled nylon as an alternative to standard Nylon-12 for parts that require higher stiffness. This material is for laser sintering systems. Features include: Stiffer plastic parts Glass-Filled Nylon is stiffer than regular nylon-12, because of the glass infill along the entirety of the part. This infill prevents warping […]

How to prepare your facility for the installation of an additive machine

What do you need to prepare your facility to receive an additive machine, especially a metal additive system?  Here are a few recommendations. Be sure you have the right voltage available, or devices to make the additive machines compatible with U.S. voltage. Many metal laser-based systems use European voltage, typically, 230 volts or 400 volts. […]

Cincinnati Inc shows off BAAM and SAAM

Cincinnati Incorporated (CI) demonstrates its vast and ever increasing line of metal fabrication and additive manufacturing equipment at Fabtech 2017 (November 6-9, Chicago). In addition to a full-size 3D printed Shelby Cobra automobile on display near the registration area, CI has two exhibit booths at the show. The first booth (A4014) features the company’s latest […]