SAP and Stratasys work to accelerate distributed manufacturing with network of 3D printing labs

Stratasys is making some interesting business moves. The latest is news that the additive manufacturing developer is working with SAP SE to establish a global network of 3D printing co-innovation labs to educate and enable customers, employees and partners on the adoption of additive manufacturing as an integral part of the manufacturing production line. (A […]

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New additive manufacturing system from Stratasys

Stratasys Ltd. introduces the next generation of the Stratasys Fortus 900mc, a robust FDM Production 3D Printer built for functional prototyping, manufacturing aids, tooling and short-run direct digital manufacturing. With additional key features and certifications, the 3D printer allows for improved use along with a rapid installation process that saves time for the users. The […]

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The ProMaker P4500 3D printers available through Prodways

Prodways is distributing the new ProMaker P4500 series “powered by Farsoon.” The ProMaker P4500 series offers fast build rates, made possible by its high-speed digital scanning system and large build platform. In 2017, the whole ProMaker P4500 series will be available with a 600 mm cartridge option for higher build volume. Additionally, the ProMaker P4500 […]

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Stratasys and Siemens plan to take additive manufacturing to volume production

Stratasys Ltd. (Nasdaq:SSYS) and Siemens announced a formal partnership to integrate Siemens’ Digital Factory solutions with Stratasys’ additive manufacturing solutions. The partnership is intended to lay the foundation for the two companies to fulfill their shared vision of incorporating additive manufacturing (AM) into the traditional manufacturing workflow, helping AM become a universally recognized production practice […]

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Liquid metals show promise in speeding additive manufacturing

The task of removing support structures for metal 3D printed / additively manufactured parts has always been a challenge. So much so, that it’s often better to design the part so that it doesn’t need support. But when the design must have an overhang that requires support, or support to reduce thermally induced distortion, you […]

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Optomec shows additive manufacturing systems at formnext

Optomec, a leading global supplier of production grade additive manufacturing systems for 3D printed metals and 3D printed electronics will feature its LENS Machine Tool series for 3D printed metals and Aerosol Jet 3D printers for functional electronics at the formnext show in Frankfurt, Germany. The LENS Machine Tool Series integrates Optomec’s LENS metal additive […]

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EnvisionTEC’s new 3D printer offers double resolution

EnvisionTEC, a leading global provider of 3D printers and materials, debuted the Vector Hi-Res 3SP at formnext in Frankfurt, Germany. The Vector Hi-Res 3SP has a large build envelope of 300 x 175 x 200 mm (11.8 x 6.9 x 7.9 in.) and offers resolution of 0.002 in. or 60 µm in the X and […]

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Trumpf to use Siemens software for its additive manufacturing systems

Laser system manufacturer Trumpf and engineering technology leader Siemens announced a new partnership to help industrialize laser metal fusion technology and make the additive manufacturing process for metal parts an integral part of the production process. The two companies – who announced their partnership at the formnext trade fair in Frankfurt – are pooling their […]

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HP showcases printers and materials at formnext

At Formnext, the major additive manufacturing companies are showing their latest equipment and products that they have introduced throughout the year, with the occasional new product. For HP, it is showing its HP Jet Fusion 3D 4200 printer, introduced in the U.S. in May at the Rapid Conference. In addition to showing its printer, HP […]

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3D printed car also launches drones

A car that launches a drone—where’s Q? This feels a bit like a James Bond movie. The car is a 3D printed collaboration between Mouser Electronics Inc. and Local Motors for the Mouser Empowering Innovation Together program. The video shows the final vehicle build, complete with “Fly Mode” drone interoperability. Fly Mode features a drone […]

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Siemens to deliver end-to-end additive manufacturing software

Siemens’ product lifecycle management (PLM) business has been making moves into the additive manufacturing industry for several months now. (Siemens to collaborate with HP Inc. to elevate 3D printing from prototyping to full production; Local Motors 3D printing cars with Siemens PLM Software; Siemens moves into metal 3D printing; and Software optimizes parts for 3D […]

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The place to learn more: the Additive Manufacturing Users Group conference

Want to learn more about additive manufacturing; how to use it, how to design for it, what materials you can work with, as well as the latest additive machines and systems? Then register for the Additive Manufacturing Users Group (AMUG) 2017 Education & Training Conference, which will be held in Chicago, Illinois, at the historic […]

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GE and Local Motors announce new business model for agile manufacturing

GE and Local Motors announce Fuse, a new approach to manufacturing that accelerates product and technology development by combining open innovation with small batch manufacturing. The digital community for this new model is headquartered at fuse.ge.com, which convenes entrepreneurs, scientists, coders, engineers, makers around the world to solve product development challenges ranging from non-invasive testing […]

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Arcam subsidiary AP&C breaks ground on second plant

Arcam AB, listed on NASDAQ Stockholm, and a leading supplier of Additive Manufacturing (“AM”) equipment, announces that its powder manufacturing subsidiary AP&C in Montreal, Canada, has begun to build its second powder plant in Saint-Eustache, Québec. Alain Dupont, President of Advanced Powders & Coatings (AP&C), led the ground-breaking ceremony. AP&C, specializing in plasma atomized metal […]

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Can you think differently?

The signs are here. Additive manufacturing is already demanding that users think differently. The Internet of Things and Artificial Intelligence make the same demand. In the next ten years, the question of whether additive-manufacturing machines can be used for production will be definitively answered. They will. Already, major vendors are introducing this next phase of […]

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When will manufacturing be “cool” again?

Yesterday’s manufacturing jobs required mostly strength with some tasks requiring specialized smarts. Today, robots handle these tasks and processes. Human interaction has evolved to analysis and problem solving—finding ways to make manufacturing even more efficient with more throughput. Manufacturing has been altered by the shift to digital technology. Even if longed for manufacturing jobs returned […]

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Are 3D printed medical devices covered by insurance or can they be covered by insurance?

There are several groups looking into this and studying it right now. The Society of Manufacturing Engineers is sponsoring a group that is working on those type of insurance codes that could be used. But as of this date, it’s a little bit unknown. There are areas where insurance can cover it and there are […]

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Where to find answers about 3D printing

With additive manufacturing, most users are still at the point of having more questions than answers. One interesting resource is from Fictiv, a service provider that connects users with the right additive or subtractive technology. The Fictiv Hardware Guide is a collection of articles from users that covers lessons learned as well as insights. Some […]

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Prodways research claims a 5X faster 3D printing technology

The Prodways R&D teams have been collaborating with CEA-LITEN for two years. This collaboration with this institute of CEA – CEA Tech – is working on a new metal 3D printing process using metal powder combined with organic binders. Recently, the team revealed its first successful production of titanium parts using this new exclusive process. […]

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Can you get injection molded quality parts without post processing from 3D printers?

Two features of 3D printers that can be issues for users are the surface finish quality of the part and the subsequent post processing often needed to finish the part. The developers at Rize created a 3D printer to address these issues. The Rize One 3D printer is small enough to sit on a desktop, […]

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Union Tech, Inc. announces line of stereolithography 3D-printing machines

Union Tech, Inc., will leverage more than 15 years of SL equipment manufacturing experience in the Chinese market to offer its line of 3D printing systems to the North American additive manufacturer. The product line consists of four different models (Pilot SD, RSPro 450, RSPro 600, RSPro 800) with platform size ranging from 250 mm square […]

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Software predicts residual stress in metal laser sintering builds

3DSIM LLC, a software company providing products and services on the simulation of Additive Manufacturing (AM), announced its exaSIM Beta Software, a cloud-based AM simulation tool that gives metal laser sintering users insight into residual stress and distortion predictions. The predictions reduce trail and error iterations, increasing the probability of successful builds. Under the exaSIM […]

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Using injection molding to reduce part count

3D printing is often viewed as the best technology to use to reduce part count. But there are times when injection molding serves this function better. For Smalley, an Illinois-based wave-spring manufacturer that serves aerospace, automotive, oil and gas, medical, and other industries, injection molding helped reduce component count, and save time and money. The […]

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Roland DGA launches the MDX-50 automated 3D milling machine

The new MODELA MDX-50 Benchtop CNC Mill, from Roland DGA Corp., is offered as a complete system. It comes with CAM software and features several enhancements over the MDX-40A mill, including a larger workspace, an automatic tool changer (ATC), and faster milling speed. The machining area has been enlarged 60% to accommodate larger models and […]

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What does a process validation look like for additive manufacturing for a medical application?

Process validation would vary substantially case-by-case and product-to-product. But process validation is used any time you can’t fully verify your process and additive manufacturing kind of falls right in that bucket. Typically, process validation is geometry specific, it’s material specific, it’s additive manufacturing technique specific, and it’s post-processing specific. So you typically take a black […]

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