Week in Review: Mar 16th to 22nd

Gartner says 65% of supply chain professionals to invest in 3D printing, eco friendly material system for binder jetting, and Boeing files patent to 3D print artificial “ice.”

 

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According to a recent Gartner report, 65% of supply chain professionals are using or will invest in 3D printing over the next two years. “We found widespread acceptance of 3D printing which is having a near-term impact on supply chains,” explained Pete Basiliere, who co-authored the report alongside Mike Burkett.

They provided further insights to break down these findings. Of the 248 supply chain professionals from across various industries who were interviewed:

  • 26% said they are currently using or piloting 3D printing
  • 39% said they plan to invest in 3D printing within 2 years
  • 25% plan to invest in 3D printing within 2-5 years
  • and only 10% said they have no plans to invest in 3D printing within the next 5 years.

Want to learn more? 3Ders has the scoop.

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Additive Elements introduced this week an ecologically friendly material for binder jetting 3D printing, right on target with concerns that manufacturers and consumers have globally due to materials made from fossil fuels or limited resources, toxic fumes emitted during printing causing health issues and expensive disposal procedures due to hazard.

Their new ‘material system’ is comprised of inert contents and commodities that are FDA approved. Not only that, but users will be able to look forward to recycling it in totality, with other ‘built-in parts’ being easily recycled also. According to Additive Elements, with the binder-jetting process, users are able to print volumes up to 4 meters in a single print, and they recommend the technology for applications in interior design, architecture, and furniture manufacturing.

Read more at 3Dprint.com.

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The Chicago-headquartered aircraft manufacturer Boeing has showed no signs of cooling down either (pun slightly intended), having filed an application to the US Patent Office for their freshly developed process to 3D print artificial “ice.”

Ice buildups on aircraft wing edges can pose a substantial risk, such as aerodynamic degradation and increased risk of a fatal stall while in-flight and the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), among other international aeronautical entities, require certification that all new aircraft can safely operate in the iciest of situations. Makes sense now? 3Dprint.com tells you hoe Boeing wants to use their 3D printed ice to streamline the strict aircraft certification standards process at a greatly reduced cost.

Like always, we invite you to visit our Dev Team blog Layer0. This week we are talking about detecting circular shapes using contours. See you there!

 

 

Week in Review: Mar 9th to 15th

Airbus 3D printing Aerospace in Germany, General Electric 3DP Facility in India and Missouri S&T and Honeywell five-year metal 3D printing research project

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Airbus Group will be establishing a new 3D printing centre in Munich, Germany, dubbed the ‘Aerospace Factory.’ Based at the Ludwig Bölkow Campus, an interdisciplinary venture between industry and universities at the Ottobrunn/Taufkirchen site, the Aerospace Factory will research and apply innovative 3D printing materials and production methods for the aerospace industry, with a focus on developing lightweight, cost-efficient, and structurally complex propulsion systems.

In addition to the 3D printing Aerospace Factory, Airbus Group also announced a new partnership with Siemens in the field of electric flight, inaugurated a new material research laboratory, and celebrated a symbolic groundbreaking ceremony for its upcoming E-Aircraft System House. You can read more at 3Ders.

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General Electric announced that they will be opening up a $200 million manufacturing facility in Chakan, located in the Pune district of the Indian State of Maharashtra. The plant will feature advanced 3D printing technology, capable of churning out high level plastic, and eventually metal parts, used for jets, engines, and turbines. It will be the first plant in India which is dedicated to manufacturing via 3D printing, and will create a significant number of new jobs for the area, which is located in the western part of Maharashtra. 3Dprint.com has the scoop.

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A team of researchers from the Missouri University of Science and Technology are collaborating with Kansas-based Honeywell Federal Manufacturing & Technologies to further develop metal 3D printing and to identify various factors that affect the additive manufacturing process. Together, the institutions will work on a five-year project aimed at performing material analysis for selective laser melting (SLM) processes.

The project, along with a team of seven Missouri S&T professors, is being led by Dr. Ming Leu, the Keith and Pat Bailey Missouri Distinguished Professor of Integrated Product Manufacturing and the director of the Intelligent Systems Center at Missouri S&T. Read more at 3Ders.

This week we invite you to visit our Dev Team blog Layer0. This week we talk about how to save lines in tests with Payload Helper functions. Hope you like it!

Week in Review: Feb 27th to Mar 5th

CTC Electronic ramping up sales for Riverbase500 industrial SLA 3D printers, NVBOTS new ultra-high speed multi-Metal 3DP, and German Fraunhofer IFAMreveals new high quality metal printing tech.

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Just one month after announcing its first industrial SLA 3D printer, the Riverbase500, China’s Zuhai CTC Electronic has secured a record-size order from UK-based Greenwich Planet Co. Ltd, which has requested 30 of these new industrial machines for its professional creative and design services.

The unexpected order has surpassed the company’s current capacity, and will only be delivered in three months’ time at the earliest, but the record-size order is no doubt the best possible way to start off the New Year! Details on 3Ders.

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The company has recently announced that they are now offering access to the multi-metal 3D printing technology developed by NVLABS for commercial use. They are launching a new Alpha Program to provide companies with what they are calling the first metal 3D printing technology in the world that will be capable of printing with multiple metals in the same build.

According to NVLABS, their new metal 3D printing technology will potentially work with virtually any metal material, will be capable of using multiple metals throughout the entire build and will produce finished parts up to ten times faster than SLS. 3DPrint.com has the scoop.

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A new German metal 3D printing technology has just been unveiled that could give a huge boost to that manufacturing process. Called 3D screen printing, it has been developed by the Dresden-based Fraunhofer IFAM institute, and is capable of mass producing small metallic objects and achieving details that other technologies, such as SLM or binder jetting powder machines, cannot even achieve.

It is quite a complex technology, and essentially consists of a paste (a powder or binder) that is extruded out of very precise opening between two sheets. This can be stacked into layers just as any 3D printed material, and is sintered afterwards. But the big difference is that this screen movement allows for very precise structures, down to a possible structure size of 60 µm, and doesn’t require support structures. Wall thickness can easily go down to the 50 micron range, making this a very potent technology indeed. Learn more about it at 3Ders.

Like always, we invite you to visit our Dev Team blog Layer0. This week we welcome our new developerAnusha Iyer, and discuss hiring more women in Engineering.

Are you not an Engineer but wants to work with 3D printing? We are hiring an MBA summer intern.

Have a great week!

Week in Review: Feb 20th to Feb 26th

South Korea’s tire mold maker acquires 3DP company, Boeing patents ‘levitating’ 3DP process, and does 3DP bring more than cheaper manufacturing?

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South Korean tire mold manufacturing company Saehwa IMC Co. has recently announced it’s acquisition of a 3D printing company as expects to be able to produce their first 3d printed tire mold product as soon as April.

The recent acquisition has industry experts buzzing about the company’s potential for growth, which the market seemed to prove after the deal was made. On Monday, the Korea Composite Stock Price Index (KOSPI) indicated Saehwa IMC jumped 5.4 percent to 8,200 South Korean Won, and on Tuesday jumped 4.9 percent to 8,600 Won. By Wednesday, the company had gone down an incremental 0.1 percent, leaving the company’s shares relatively stable at 8,590 Won. Full story at 3Ders.

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Aerospace giant Boeing has patented an additive manufacturing process for 3D printing objects while floating in space. Using multiple 3D printers and diamagnetic printing materials, the system would be able to rotate a levitating print about every axis and deposit layers from all directions.

According to the patent, the levitating 3D printing technique would involve “forming a feature of a part by printing material into space; levitating the part; changing a spatial orientation of the part while the part is levitating; forming another feature of the part by printing material into the space; and repeating the steps of changing the spatial orientation of the part and printing material into the space until an entire part is formed.” Read more here.

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New printers, novel printing materials and applications keep popping up. Prof. Helena Dodziuk suggested this week that the added value that 3D printing brings might get lost in the buzz. She suggests 3D printing creates new possibilities going far beyond cheaper manufacturing, contributing to massive social change. Check the full article at 3D Printing Industry.

Like always, we invite you to visit our Dev Team blog Layer0. This week we are talking about moving from MartyJS to React, with some of our tips to a smooth transition.

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Week in Review: Feb 13th to Feb 19th

Metal 3DP in Singapore’s aviation, Sciaky’s closed-loop metal printers and Stratasys backs Massivit.

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The Singaporean government is focused on creating and maintaining a welcoming climate for innovative technologies and corporations as it is also home to a significant aerospace and aviation industry.

GE Aviation, one of the biggest aviation pioneers involved in the metal 3D printing industry, has an “engine component repair facility” based in Singapore, which has just received an additional $110 million in funding from the HQs. GE’s Singaporean department is also reaching the point where they can practically implement 3D printing for refurbishing worn parts such as turbine blades. Over the next ten years, the funding will be used to develop new repair allays, also involving new robotic technologies and advanced materials, such as super alloys, single crystals and composites.

Rolls-Royce is also not sitting still in Singapore: They are ramping up production for their engine assembly plant in Seletar. Eighty engines were assembled there over 2015, with the goal being to expand that to 250 per year by the end of 2017.

Want to hear more? Check out the in depth review of the aviation industry in Singapore by 3Ders.

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Sciaky is bringing closed-loop control to its Electron Beam Additive Manufacturing™ (EBAM) machines. Dubbed IRISS, which stands for Interlayer Real-time Imaging & Sensing System, the patented closed loop control technology, monitors the printing process for part geometry, mechanical properties, microstructure, and metal chemistry, all in real time. Based on this live feedback, IRISS then adjusts Sciaky’s metal deposition systems to fall within design parameters, compensating for variation throughout a build. Read more at 3DPI.

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Stratasys just invested in the promising Israeli startup Massivit, who has been making headlines with their supersized 3D printing solutions over the past year. Though they did not disclose the amount or the terms of investment, the investment will be used to accelerate development and deployment of their proprietary super-sized 3D printing solutions. Find out the details at 3Ders.

This week we invite you to visit our Dev Team blog Layer0, and Andre Wegner’s Linkedin Pulse post, “Turning Sensors into Agents: The Shape of Industry 4.0 to Come“. Wegner is Authentise CEO and a frequent speaker on emerging intellectual property issues in 3D Printing and opportunities of distributed manufacturing at events such as Singularity University, Rapid, Inside 3D Printing & WIRED.

Our Dev Team brings a write up on how to calibrate your printer’s XYZ axis and extrusion. If you like code, 3D modeling and 3D printing, Layer0 has a new blog post for you every Tuesday.

Week in Review: Feb 6th to Feb 12th

 

 

3D Printing challenges to the Oil & Gas industry, micro-SLA for functional piezoceramic materials & Treatstock.

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3D printing applications for the O&G industry are expected to completely transform the way that components for a wide range of essential equipment and machinery are produced. Companies have been looking into using 3D printing technology to reconceptualize parts and components, the development of augmented manufacturing processes and instant, on-demand manufacturing. 3D printing is also playing an increasing role in the O&G industry’s research and development activities, and that trend is expected to expand to oil and gas operators, oil field service providers and OEMs. Want to learn more? Head to 3Dprint.com.

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University of Warwick in the UK have now developed a whole new microstereolithography (MSL) 3D printing technique that can be used to create piezoceramic objects. Just millimeters in size, these objects form the basis of a wide range of electronic devices, from sensors to scanners. Most importantly, their technique doesn’t suffer from the limitations that affect existing piezoceramic production techniques. Interesting, right? 3Ders has the details.

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Our last piece of news this week is is Treatstock, a brand new marketplace partner using our secure delivery API to stream designs to FDM printers. 3Dprint.com spoke to the team and wrote about it.

Like always we invite you to visit our Dev Team blog Layer0. This week we are talking about Docker, telling you some of our tips & tricks to work more efficiently with it.

If you are in Germany, in April you are welcome to come talk to Andre Wegner, our CEO. He will be speaking at the Singularity University Summit in Berlin.

 

Week in Review: January 30th to Feb 5th

Siemens Bets €21.4M on Metal Printing, Ikea’s 3DP repair stations, and Stratasys & Adobe streamlining full-color printing.

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Member of the 3MF Consortium, investor in 3D printing, and a regular user of the tech, Siemens announced a€21.4M facility devoted entirely to metal 3D printing in Finspång, Sweden. Full report on Inside 3D Printing.

 

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IKEA is launching a series of pilot programs in Belgium and France where customers can bring broken furniture to Ikea repair stations for recycling or fixing with the help of a 3D printer. Ikea furniture is particularly easy to combine with 3D printed components and you can also find quite a few making hacks online specifically intended for Ikea furniture. It was about time! We are happy to see it becoming a real pilot. You can read more about it on 3Ders.

 

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Stratasys and Adobe announced this week a partnership to send files directly from Photoshop to Stratasys Direct Express for production, taking out a few steps in the process, from the design stage right to production quotes, manufacturing validation, and previewing – all directly from Photoshop. Sounds exciting. Checkout the video:

This week we invite you to visit our Dev Team blog Layer0. This week we have discussed how we secure microservice communications. If you like code, 3D modeling and 3D printing, Layer0 has a new blog post for you every Tuesday.

Week in Review: January 23rd to 29th

GE joins the 3MF Consortium, ONRL unveils ‘world’s largest 3D printed polymer building’ powered by a car, and Orbital ATK successfully tests 3D printed hypersonic engine part.

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As a pioneer in 3D printing, it should be no surprise that GE has joined the 3MF Consortium. With a market cap of $285 billion, GE is easily the largest multinational to embrace 3D printing as a means of manufacturing end parts.

Do you think with GE Global Research joining the consortium as a Founding member will help Microsoft on to create a 3D file format with the potential to be universally used across both 3D printing platforms and 3D software? Read more on Inside 3D Printing.

 

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ORNL and their partners at architecture firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM) have officially unveiled an ambitious project: a 3D printed building and a 3D printed motorized vehicle which powers it. The project was an effort made by both government and many industry players, including ORNL, SOM, and even General Electric (who designed the kitchen), to showcase the future potentials of sustainable, off-the-grid human living. 3Ders has more on it, and a lot of photos!

 

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Orbital ATK have just announced the successful test of a 3D printed hypersonic engine combustor at NASA Langley Research Center.

3D printed via powder bed fusion, the combustor was put through a battery of tests, including 20-day exposures to diverse high-temperature hypersonic flight conditions. The results demonstrated that the part met or exceeded requirements, demonstrating that powder bed fusion was capable of producing critical mission parts. Details on Inside 3D Printing.

This week we invite you to visit our Dev Team blog Layer0, and Andre Wegner’s Linkedin Pulse post, “Additive Manufacturing is a Sandbox for Industry 4.0“. Wegner is Authentise CEO and a frequent speaker on emerging intellectual property issues in 3D Printing and opportunities of distributed manufacturing at events such as Singularity University, Rapid, Inside 3D Printing & WIRED.

Our Dev Team brings a screencast on Authentise Monitor, showing you how to use computer vision to monitor your 3D prints. If you like code, 3D modeling and 3D printing, Layer0 has a new blog post for you every Tuesday.

Week in Review: January 16th to 22nd

Futurism exercises and predictions from Daniel Matthews, Frost & Sullivan, IDC and Croft Filters’ founder Neil Burns.

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Will this be a world where 3D printers replace traditional manufacturing and retailers? A world where people are prosumers, not consumers? Daniel Matthews compares Shapeways, 3D Hubs and Styleshapes to Uber, discussing what will happen once the gig economy adapts to the 3D printing possibilities at 3DPrint.com.

Consultancy agency Frost & Sullivan released a report predicting that 3D printing will generate $4.3 billion in the auto industry by 2025. The report is quite optimistic about the future of 3D printing in the automotive industry and you can read more about it on 3Ders.

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Talking about predictions, Global provider of market intelligence, the International Data Corporation (IDC) released its Semiannual 3D Printing Spending Guide which predicts that global spending on 3D printing technologies will grow at a 27% compound annual growth rate, from nearly $11 billion in 2015 to $26.7 billion in 2019.

On a more reflective note, Neil Burns, from Croft Filters, talks about how far the technology has come and takes a shot on what does the next 12 months hold for an industry, on 3Dprint.com.

Once again, we invite you to visit our Dev Team blog, Layer0. This week we share “More comments != Better Code“. If you like code, 3D modeling and 3D printing, Layer0 has a new blog post for you every Tuesday.

 

Week in Review: January 9 to 15th

UPS is using 3D printing to transform their industry, production of auto components accelerated by 17%, and innovative 3D printing inks open a vast new world for metal printing.

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While it is still early days for this type of service, creative logistics is what UPS is known for. Not only is this an evolution of the 3D printing service provider market, but it’s a complete disruption of the light manufacturing, shipping and fulfilment markets as well. We agree with 3Dprint.com that if anyone can successfully proselytize the benefits of using this type of business model to their clients it is going to be UPS. It reminds us a lot of this great project we worked on with Lowe’s Innovation Labs for Orchard Supply Hardware:

Czech Republic-based Innomia, a Direct Metal Laser Sintering (DMLS) specialist, has been using EOS additive manufacturing technology to help companies in the automobile supply chain to produce high quality components. A recent tool insert cooling system developed by the company, made using additive manufacturing techniques, has resulted in a 17% increase in productivity for Magna, a supplier to Škoda. 3Ders article about it is worth the visit.

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Researchers have been steadily refining the process, and now a team at Northwestern University has come up with a process that even allows the use of inexpensive rust powder, which is more lightweight, offers greater stability, and is safer and more affordable in comparison to other iron powders.

Findings regarding this new process were recently discussed in a paper, ‘Metallic Architectures from 3D-Printed Powder-Based Liquid Inks,’ by Adam E. Jakus, Shannon L. Taylor, Nicholas R. Geisendorfer, David C. Dunand, and Ramille N. Shah, just published in Advanced Functional Materials. 3DPrint.com has a great write up on the findings.

Closing our Week in Review, we want to invite you to visit Layer0, our tech team blog. This week we have posted a 3Diax screencast for engineers, on how to the platform works and how the modules interact with each other. If you like code, 3D modeling and 3D printing, Layer0 is the place to go. Every Tuesday a new blog post will be waiting for for you.