Where does 3D Printers’ innovation go from here? (Authentise Weekly News-In-Review – #125)

Modern 3D printers have come a long way since patents started expiring. Yet, we can rest assured that the end of innovation is not in sight. Many stones still left to turn. Authentise is on the frontline of software that enables production-scale AM. Implementing a more sophisticated brain within 3D printers, capable of acting on the print in different ways, is a very exciting thought and something that Inkbit and others are finally bringing to market. On the hardware side, 3D printers themselves can be improved upon, also by the same design processes that AM is bringing elsewhere. Fewer parts, easier assembly, more efficient, these are all benefits that could lower the machines’ cost and improve usability. Discovering new pathways to innovation is a group effort and it’s always fantastic news when partnerships are born to bring together material sciences, production tech, and software to promising new horizons.

MIT: Inkbit Creates 3D Printers with Eyes, Brains & Vast Capabilities

Inkbit is ready to disrupt in a radical way, with a plan to create volumes of new products via their new multimaterial inkjet 3D printer imbued with a vision system that scans each layer being fabricated and corrects any errors. Not only that, these ‘eyes’ are forward thinking and can actually foresee potential issues with warping—allowing the user to fix any problems and go on to print successfully.

Read more about it on 3DPrint.com

HP’s new 3D printer has 3D-printed parts

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[HP] has unveiled its HP Jet Fusion 5200 Series 3D printer, which it said will deliver high-quality parts at industrial levels of efficiency and accuracy. Some of the components of the printer are themselves 3D-printed, such as the part below, which uses vibration to fluidise powder: 3D printing allowed it to be redesigned to reduce the assembly from 30 parts to just 6.

Read the full article at ZDNet.

The Power Of Partnership In 3D Printing: Impossible Objects And BASF

Impossible Objects' new CBAM-2 3D printer.

Disruptive digital-industrial technologies break down traditional barriers; new partnerships and collaborations are the fastest way to exploit their full potential. The partnership between 3D Printing startup Impossible Objects and chemical giant BASF, announced last month at the RAPID + TCT additive manufacturing conference, is a case in point. […] The combination of Impossible Objects’ new technology and BASF’s new PA6 allows a broader range of production possibilities, especially in the automotive and industrial sectors, with higher speed and throughput, at more affordable prices—an important step to help 3D printing achieve greater scale.

Read the rest at Forbes.

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Unlocking AM’s potential through materials (Authentise Weekly News-In-Review – #124)

Material sciences are among the most prolific fields of studies within AM, and for good reason. When the technologies for 3D printing begin to crystallize among a selected few, innovative applications mainly spring up from exciting new materials, offering new possibilities. By 3D printing diamonds, for instance, a new shelf of ultra-durable tools can be designed from a terribly hard to shape material. Heightened knowledge of materials’ physical and mechanical properties is giving rise to interesting multi-material applications, enabling complex, functional products to be printed in one go with some surprising features to boot. Still, there is a lot of ground to cover. While we may know the fundamentals of how to print with some materials, we’re still far from a comprehensive understanding of said processes, so researchers will have their hands full for quite some time.

We can now 3D-print diamond material — but not for jewelry

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Sandvik, a Swedish company specializing in mining, materials science and metalworking, has developed a way to make diamond composite materials with the 3D-printing technology called additive manufacturing. The material can be formed into many custom shapes, but think of ultradurable drills, not exotic earrings.

Read the full article at CNET.

Collaboration sparks sustainable electronics manufacturing breakthrough

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Simon Fraser University and Swiss researchers are developing an eco-friendly, 3D printable solution for producing wireless Internet-of-Things (IoT) sensors that can be used and disposed of without contaminating the environment. SFU professor Woo Soo Kim is leading the research team’s discovery involving the use of a wood-derived cellulose material to replace the plastics and polymeric materials currently used in electronics. Additionally, 3D printing can give flexibility to add or embed functions onto 3D shapes or textiles, creating greater functionality.

Read the rest at Eurekalert.

3D Printed Magnets – Is It Possible to 3D Print Them?

3D printed magnets are attracting attention throughout industry.

Bringing the power of 3D printing to magnet manufacturing is attracting a lot of interest. Magnets are made of critical rare earth metals, such as neodymium, which are in short supply and high demand in the current push for electric cars and alternative energy. 3D printing can help reduce overuse of this material with its ability to create efficiently-shaped and -sized magnets without the time or expense of tooling. This also helps to quickly bring new designs to market. So what’s the hold-up? Beneath the surface, the most powerful permanent magnets have an organized granular structure that’s a challenge to recreate with a 3D print head.

Read the interesting in-depth article at ALL3DP.

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