Two industry leaders team up to change 3D-printed performance footwear

EOS, a leading technology supplier in the field of industrial 3D printing, and Under Armour (NYSE:UA, UAA)—one of the largest sports brands and a market leader in bringing commercial 3D printed footwear to consumers—announced their strategic new partnership at the formnext trade fair in Frankfurt, Germany. The two organizations will jointly work to scale Under […]

Materialise and Formlabs collaborate on 3D printing system for hospitals

Materialise, and Formlabs, a respective leader in the 3D printing industry, are collaborating to deliver a complete, cost-effective and easy-to-use solution for hospitals looking to start an in-house 3D print lab. The offering combines the Materialise Mimics inPrint medical imaging software with Formlabs’ Form 2 printers. The components of this complete 3D printing package facilitate […]

Materialise and Siemens bring Mimics inPrint software to hospitals worldwide

Materialise NV (Nasdaq: MTLS), a leading provider of 3D printing services and software solutions, and Siemens Healthineers, a leading medical technology company announced they are joining forces to bring Materialise Mimics inPrint software to hospitals around the world. The partnership, announced at the 2017 Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) Annual Meeting, makes Materialise Mimics […]

Simple support structure improves warehouse packaging module efficiency

An improvement in packaging efficiency required attention to ergonomics, ease of assembly, and cost efficiency. Danielle Collins, senior editor Automation is changing how traditional distribution centers operate as companies search for new ways to maximize their efficiency, increase order accuracy and fulfill customer demand. When it comes to automated technology, most people tend to think

How to manage backpressure from accumulation

The right motor will ensure product is transported through a warehouse or facility without the damage often caused through accumulation. Danielle Collins, Contributing Editor Accumulation conveyors provide buffer zones in material handling systems to manage product flow, which is especially important when there is an imbalance between upstream and downstream capacity. But accumulation often results

Gearmotors on the move: Driving AGVs

When someone uses the term “driverless vehicle,” what probably comes to mind is some iteration of the driverless cars that auto manufacturers and technology companies have been testing for the past few years. But driverless vehicles have been around since the 1950s, when wire-guided vehicles, now known as “AGVs,” were first used for industrial applications.

America Makes announces Project Call

America Makes announces its next Project Call for Phase 3 of the “Maturation of Advanced Manufacturing for Low-Cost Sustainment (MAMLS)” program, funded by the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), Materials and Manufacturing Directorate, Manufacturing and Industrial Base Technology Division. Driven by the National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining (NCDMM), America Makes and AFRL are targeting to […]

Stratasys inks deal with health tech leader Philips

Stratasys (NASDAQ: SSYS), a global leader in applied additive technology solutions, announced the signing of an agreement with Philips. The agreement includes virtually seamless interfacing and dedicated workflows across Philips IntelliSpace Portal 10 and Stratasys Direct Manufacturing’s parts-on-demand service – allowing a broader range of medical professionals to improve training, research and surgical planning through […]

For Emirates, 3D printing proved to be the best way to manufacture components for aircraft cabins

Emirates has used cutting-edge 3D printing technology to manufacture components for its aircraft cabins. The airline has reached a significant milestone by using Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) to produce video monitor shrouds. One of the other recent achievements has been the 3D printing, certification and installation of aircraft cabin air vent grills for onboard trials. […]

Stratasys BioMimics helps advance medical device testing

Stratasys (NASDAQ: SSYS), a global leader in applied additive technology solutions, unveiled BioMimics – an advanced capability to 3D print medical models engineered to meet demands of leading hospitals, researchers and medical device manufacturers. Offered initially in North America as a service through Stratasys Direct Manufacturing, BioMimics provides realistic, functionally accurate 3D printed replicas of […]

SABIC debuts tough high-impact LEXAN EXL filament

SABIC, a global leader in the chemical industry, launched LEXAN EXL AMHI240F filament, a polycarbonate (PC) copolymer that delivers high impact performance and low-temperature ductility. The filament addresses the need for higher-performing materials in the industrial sector, and is for use in Stratasys Fortus Classic industrial printers. It is a potential material of choice for […]

EnvisionTEC introduces new desktop 3D printer

EnvisionTEC recently released a new 3D printer—the Aria. The Aria produces parts with excellent surface finish and function. Z layer resolution can be set at 25, 35 or 50 microns, depending on material. Built on EnvisionTEC’s popular Micro platform, the Aria suits industrial parts, jewelry, and miniatures applications. Machine highlights: –simple user-friendly machine design –powered […]

Industrial Ethernet—a version for every application

Ethernet, in its many versions, continues to spread as the network of choice for industrial applications. Leslie Langnau, Managing Editor Industrial Ethernet-based networks are almost 40% of all industrial communication networks, and growing, outpacing many older fieldbus type networks. Drivers behind this growth include the ubiquity of Ethernet, it’s an established standard protocol, it has

The Dranetz HDPQ SP now has power from the phase

Power from the phase has now been added to the Dranetz Technologies IP65 rated Dranetz HDPQ SP power monitoring instruments. The Dranetz HDPQ Visa SP, Guide SP, Xplorer SP, and Xplorer 400 SP instruments are intended for use in harsh, outdoor and remote environments, or for applications where a LCD display is undesirable. “Having the

Proto Labs agrees to Acquire RAPID Manufacturing Group, expanding services with sheet metal fabrication

Proto Labs (NYSE: PRLB), a global leader in technology-enabled manufacturing, has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire privately held company Rapid Manufacturing Group, LLC (“RAPID”). RAPID is a New Hampshire-based custom parts supplier specializing in quick-turn sheet metal fabrication and CNC machining. With the acquisition, Proto Labs will be able to offer its customers […]

The Industrial Internet Consortium and oneM2M partner on IIoT

The Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC), a leading organization transforming business and society by accelerating the adoption of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), and oneM2M, a global IoT standards initiative, announced they have agreed to work together to contribute to the creation and development of the Industrial Internet. Under this agreement, the organizations will work

Intel offers approach to IoT scaling and security

While earlier reports claimed that we will see 50 billion devices connected through the IoT by 2020, the reality is we are nowhere close to reaching those numbers. In fact, recent research reports are far more tempered and predict closer to 30 billion devices by the same timeframe. The reason for the scaled down outlook

MindSphere—platform services for the IoT

For companies seeking to perfect their entire value chain from design, production planning, engineering and manufacturing to a full range of after-sale, maintenance and upgrade services, there’s MindSphere. This platform is part of the Digital Enterprise Software Suite, Siemens Cloud for Industry. MindSphere is a platform as a service (PaaS) concept with a wide range

What is the missing link in the Industrial Internet of Things?

Robert Miller, CLPA-Americas Director Much of the promise of Industry 4.0 is based upon seamless interconnectivity between production machines, enterprise systems and sources of data in the wider world. The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is a key foundation of that interconnectivity through low cost, easily integrated sensors, actuators and systems. Yet in most production

Go wireless with fluorescent light tubes

Here’s an interesting approach to wireless, and potentially IoT, technology. LiFi (light fidelity) has advanced to the point of introducing a new form of mainstream implementation. This technology uses the same LED lights that illuminate a work space to transmit secure, high speed, wireless data at rates that can go beyond those possible with Wi-Fi.

3D printing accelerates luxury car prototype development by 50%

Italo Moriggi, General Manager at Skorpion Engineering, a specialist automotive service bureau, faced a challenge–customer requirements were shifting away from rudimentary clay models. And whatever prototypes the company chose to deliver, had to be finished quickly. So, they turned to the additive manufacturing equipment they had in-house. With offices in Milan and Turin, Italy, the […]

New EDEM/RecurDyn co-simulation solution gives off-highway equipment engineers high-fidelity modeling of bulk material behaviors

Bruce Jenkins | Ora Research Bulk-material simulation specialist EDEM released a co-simulation solution between its software and RecurDyn, the multibody dynamics modeling and simulation toolset from FunctionBay. This new integration enables engineers designing heavy equipment such as excavators, ploughs and off-road vehicles to introduce realistic bulk-material behaviors into their multibody dynamics simulations. EDEM says the […]

Positioning with maximum reliability

The PXV 2-D absolute positioning system has a large reading window enabling the system to keep a sufficient number of codes in view, even in relation to track switches and changes to the code tape. Precise positioning is guaranteed at all times. The reading window is 120 x 80 mm, meaning that the Data Matrix

One way to speed up 3D printing

As electro-mechanical systems, 3D printers (especially extrusion-based systems) are subject to the limitations brought about by vibration. As the print head moves along the axes, vibrations from the movement limit the speed a print head can travel before it sacrificices part-print quality. The faster the machine moves, the more vibrations the machine creates, forcing a […]

3D printing the largest optical lens in the world

An innovative use of 3D printers is to print optical lenses. Several companies offer materials suitable for automotive lenses, and even one uses 3D printers to make lenses for glasses. But lenses are not a common application for 3D printing yet. On Valentine’s Day, 2018, at Times Square, Formlabs head of design Marcelo Coelho and […]