Bespoke solutions to today’s problems (Authentise Weekly News-In-Review – #133)

3D printing gives companies access to a variety of features previously extremely hard to get or even impossible. One of the most exciting ones comes from its intrinsic manufacturing agility. 3D printing not only enables custom-made product manufacturing, it opened Pandora’s box of possibilities in bespoke solutions to our present and future challenges. Scan-based 3D printed helmets are the tip of the iceberg of where we can push this concept. Patient-specific medical implants and bioprinting are already being developed to address and further reduce rejection and failure rates. The path ahead is brimming with possibilities, of AI-driven 3D printing robots, applying their smarts to repairing failing infrastructures or even coral reefs with bespoke 3D printing solutions. This and much more will make traditional manufacturing terribly limiting and singleminded.

Custom 3D Printed HEXR Cycling Helmets Are Now Shipping To Customers

3D printed Hexo helmets. Photo via Hexo Helmet.

HEXR helmets, the custom 3D printed bicycle helmets formerly known as HEXO, has now begun shipping to customers. […] The HEXR helmet features a 3D printed honeycomb core, produced using SLS 3D printing technology and Polyamide 11 from leading industrial 3D printer manufacturer EOS. Each helmet is 3D printed according to the measurements of the user, acquired through a 3D scanning app, in order to create a lightweight and protective headgear solution catered to the customer.

Read more on 3D Printing Industry.

 

3D printing could meet rising demand for heart valves

artificial heart valves

If Swiss researchers have their way, artificial heart valves could simply come out of 3D printers in future. Switzerland’s Federal Institute of Technology (ETHZ), along with South African company Straight Access Technologies (SAT) has developed a silicone replacement for the heart valves used today. However, it will take at least ten years before the custom-made artificial heart valves can be used. Experts expect that in the coming decades the demand for artificial heart valves will increase sharply in large parts of the world. This is due to aging, lack of exercise and poor nutrition. Replacement heart valves from the 3D printer could help meet this demand.

Read the full article at Swissinfo.

 

GXN proposes underwater 3D printers to repair the cracks in our planet

GXN proposes underwater 3D printers to repair the cracks in our planet

GXN innovation has unveiled research that suggests using autonomous, robotic 3D printers to fix the cracks in the infrastructure of our planet. its proposal ‘break the grid’ imagines a near future where global challenges such as damaged coral reefs and the thermal envelopes of high-rises are fixed with such devices.

‘freeing 3D printers to meet these challenges could be a revolution in the making,’ says Kasper Jensen, founder of GXN. ‘by enabling 3D printing robots to crawl, swim, and fly, we can address pressing environmental threats around the world at lower cost and with greater efficiency.’

Read more at Designboom.

 

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Authentise Announces App for Additive Manufacturing Operators

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Mobile web app extends the Digital Thread into Post-Processing

Philadelphia, PA, 28 March 2019 – Authentise (www.authentise.com), the leader in data-driven workflow tools for additive manufacturing, has released a mobile web application for its users. With this tool, Authentise extends its digital thread from the printers, data of which it has already integrated, to every post processing step.

The app uses scans of QR codes implanted on travelers to help operators move parts through manual post processing stages such as powder or support removal, inspection, testing and more. This makes it easier for operators to track parts in progress, which in turn allows managers to see order progress and increases detail on traceability report for customers. The data these actions generate can also be used in Authentise’s Machine Learning algorithms to improve time estimates, quality predictions and more.

“Despite the fact that additive devices are nearly entirely digital, the entire process is far from it,” says Andre Wegner, CEO of Authentise. “Our software already retrieves data from more additive devices than anybody else, as well as some post processing tools, but that’s not enough. Manual process steps are tedious enough for operators; reporting their progress shouldn’t be. By releasing this app, we’re simply doing what we always do; focus on making the life of the operator easier. The fact that we’re using the data generated to add further value is just added bonus.”

The App will be available as a trial release in the Google Play store next week or via the web. In addition, Authentise released a minimalist traveler that allows additive manufacturing facilities to start the process of going completely paperless. Additional functionality will be released in the coming weeks, including the ability to add attachments such as images and notes to each production step, and the ability for operators with the right permissions to jump and undo process steps.

Authentise will be present at AMUG, Booth 37, to demonstrate its workflow tool and app.

 

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For information, please contact: Andre Wegner, CEO Authentise, andre@authentise.com, +1-650-861-7077

Authentise delivers data-driven process automation software for the additive industry. It’s two products include the Additive Accelerator, a workflow management engine connected to additive machine data, and 3Diax, a platform of additive manufacturing related software modules. These tools now help some of the most exciting companies involved in additive R&D, prototyping and production to reduce effort and cost, improve traceability and transparency and deliver quality. Authentise was founded 2012 at Singularity University in California. More information is available on www.authentise.com. Visit Authentise at AMUG, Booth 37.

 

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Images/Video of App: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1ILMVv6ucpRw_XzgPAdCfxNFVA9lYigfB?usp=sharing

Video of App: https://youtu.be/uyWQx9p_a54