FATHOM Announces ISO Certification and New 3D Design Challenge with Launch Forth

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Advanced manufacturer and 3D printing expert FATHOM, which recently introduced its Crystallon open source software project for generating 3D lattice structures, has a four-part commitment to its customers, vowing to reduce time-to-market and production scrap, ensure customer satisfaction, and use a technology-neutral approach to solve application challenges.

The company is sharing some great news this week in regards to quality solutions – after taking part in a comprehensive audit of its product quality requirements, manufacturing processes, and business operations, FATHOM has earned important ISO 9001:2015 certification from the International Organization for Standardization (ISO).

“Securing ISO 9001:2015 certification means a great deal to FATHOM—our customers count on us to provide a unique combination of services that help them accelerate, iterate, and elevate their design potential. Going through this rigorous process more fully demonstrates that our team adheres to industry recognized standards while still working to push the limits of manufacturing,” said Rich Stump, Principal and Co-Founder of FATHOM.

“With so many rapidly developing technologies, materials, and processes available today, the factory of tomorrow will further transform the way we design and manufacture products—access to many advanced technologies to solve a wide range of application challenges have never been more real. This certification will help FATHOM continue to develop its services, as well as its development of standards across many processes related to additive or the hybrid use of additive with traditional methods.”

FATHOM, which is also NIST 800-53 compliant and has maintained its ITAR registration for four years, made the strategic decision to adopt a quality management system (QMS), as it works to increase its focus and commitment to the sustainable development and continuous improvement initiatives laid out by ISO.

Phil Stob, FATHOM’s Innovation Program Manager, said, “This is a great achievement for FATHOM and it marks a pivotal point on our path of continuous improvement. We have a strong foundation and a good guideline for the changes coming. Now, we have a much more common language to use when judging new technologies, materials, or processes that help reduce the time-to-market at the most efficient cost and the highest quality we can deliver.”

Stob led the charge for the company in gaining the ISO 9001:2015 certification.

“In a fast-growing industry of advanced manufacturing where additive technologies are being used to produce production parts alongside traditional processes, it is critical to create and maintain a strong quality management system. Consistent quality is expected of the manufacturing community,” said Michelle Mihevc, Principal and Co-Founder of FATHOM. “This certification is another step towards better structuring processes to overcome barriers of adoption for additive manufacturing.”

Its new ISO certification is not the only news FATHOM is sharing this week. The company is teaming up with product design platform Launch Forth to host a new design challenge.

Elizabeth Griffin-Isabelle, the Director of Marketing for FATHOM, told 3DPrint.com, “Together with Launch Forth, we will be talking about next steps for an exciting design challenge—a modular logistics vehicle (MLV) design that will eventually be made available to the Marine Corps.

“FATHOMers will be fabricating the functional prototype and it’s going to be an accelerated manufacturing project that leverages all kinds of technologies that include 3D printing.”

Tomorrow, Friday March 9th, at 10 am PST, FATHOM will join Launch Forth on its Facebook page to host a Facebook Live broadcast; feel free to RSVP for the broadcast here. The broadcast will cover the winners of the first half of the MLV Challenge, as well as share some information about the next half, Modular Logistics Vehicle: Refined, which is open to anyone who wants to participate.

As for the challenge itself, a little background – Launch Forth was inspired by a team of US Marines from the Marine Corps Twentynine Palms base in California, who used innovation and ingenuity to turn a fleet of standard, off-the-shelf utility vehicles into, according to the project page, “highly customized vehicles that can now serve a wide range of diverse tasks.”

The Marines used their creativity and technical proficiency to turn the stock vehicles into several use cases, and the MLV: Refined Challenge asks 3D designers to create a new modular vehicle system that “meets a range of logistical missions” and may one day be available to the country’s Marine Corps.

The purpose behind MLV: Refined is to design a new vehicle, inspired by winners from the first half of the challenge, that will include modular adjustments meant to improve the Marine experience and corresponding operations. Any adjustments should be able to be customized on the base when new use cases and needs arise; however, it’s important to note that none of of the use cases will be in combat, so your design should not include any weapons.

“It’s exciting that the US Marine Corps at Twentynine Palms has partnered with Launch Forth and its community to undertake a study into the employment of crowd-sourced design and the latest manufacturing techniques—the goal is to reduce the turn-around time and improve customization for an on-base Modular Logistical Vehicle,” FATHOM mechanical engineer Chris Blower told 3DPrint.com of the challenge.

“A five-week long competition on the Launch Forth website just ended and the community members submitted some phenomenal concepts—mind-blowing ideas that really fulfill the project requirements. Launch Forth judged the submissions on five key categories; the vehicle needed to be modular, hackable, understandable, high capacity, and to prioritize function over form. I’m really looking forward to this next round of the challenge and how the community will rally together on these winning designs. It’s going to be interesting to see how they iterate and level up the vehicle designs for next steps in prototyping and production.”

First prize will be $20,000, with the second and third place winners receiving $10,000 and $5,000, respectively. The winners of five designs deemed favorites by the judges will each receive $1,000. You can find more details on the MLV: Refined page.

If you tune in to tomorrow’s Facebook Live broadcast, you’ll also hear about some of the fabrication methods and materials that FATHOM might use to build a functional prototype of the MLV.

FATHOM’s Blower and Launch Forth’s Vice President of Advanced Manufacturing Megan Brewster will co-host the broadcast, so be sure to join in at 10 am PST at Launch Forth’s Facebook page.

“FATHOM is the build partner for the competition and I’m honored to be contributing as a technical advisor. We will be guiding Launch Forth and their community throughout the challenge, and will leverage our team’s extensive knowledge on additive, subtractive, and hybridized manufacturing methods to fabricate an epic vehicle that will be reliable, effective, and buildable,” Blower told us.

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Sciaky Announces Record December Sales of EBAM Metal 3D Printing Systems

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Leading metal 3D printing solutions provider Sciaky, Inc., a subsidiary of global manufacturing and services holding company Phillips Service Industries, Inc. (PSI), launched its line of Electron Beam Additive Manufacturing (EBAM) machines nearly a decade ago, with an expanded line of EBAM 3D printing systems introduced in 2015. The exclusive technology uses an electron beam to liquefy a metal wire feed, and 3D prints dense, durable parts in an extremely hot vacuum environment, offering major opportunity for self-sustainability in metal component 3D printing.

Sciaky’s EBAM systems, which can deposit 7 to 20 lbs of material every hour, boast the industry’s most widely scalable metal 3D printing solution, and offer the fastest, most cost-effective deposition process for large-scale parts in the metal AM market. The company’s EBAM 3D printers can produce parts that range in length from 8 inches to 19 feet, and the technology has been used in many high-performance applications, like a titanium propulsion tank for Lockheed Martin, large titanium airplane parts for Airbus, and submarine fuel tanks.

Scott Phillips, President & CEO of Sciaky, Inc., said, “Sciaky is proud to deliver more best-in-class EBAM metal 3D printing systems to the marketplace, which will be leveraged in a wide range of land, sea, air and space applications. Now, more than ever, manufacturers are looking for ways to reduce time and cost associated with producing large, high-value parts, and Sciaky EBAM systems have a proven track record of helping manufacturers achieve these business-critical goals.”

Sciaky’s EBAM 150 Metal 3D Printing System.

Sciaky has worked extensively on projects in the aerospace, defense, and other manufacturing industries, and several of its EBAM systems were recently sold for use in similar applications. The company announced some great news today – Sciaky posted record sales of its breakthrough EBAM machines in December, as it sold a total of four systems in the last month of 2017.

Sciaky’s EBAM systems combine control and quality with its Interlayer Real-time Imaging and Sensing System (IRISS), the metal 3D printing market’s only real-time monitoring and control system that’s able to sense, and digitally self-adjust, the metal deposition with repeatability and precision. The closed-loop control that IRISS uses is the main reason why the EBAM process can offer consistency in part geometry, microstructure, metal chemistry, and mechanical properties.

Consistency will definitely be necessary, as the four EBAM systems sold last month will be used to 3D print large parts for warships and ground-based military vehicles, along with titanium structures for the aerospace industry.

A Sciaky EBAM 110 System.

Three of the four machines sold in December are the company’s popular EBAM 110 model, which has a work envelope of 70″ x 47″ x 63″ and a power level up to 42 kW. Sciaky also sold one of its EBAM 150 models, which will allow the customer to 3D print the largest metal parts in the industry on-site, thanks to its nominal part envelope of 146″ x 62″ x 62″.

“January is shaping up to be another great month for EBAM machine sales, and there will be more exciting industry news coming from Sciaky in the near future,” said Bob Phillips, Sciaky’s Vice President of Marketing.

All four of the EBAM metal 3D printing systems are scheduled to be delivered in mid-2018.

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XJet announces new Carmel 1400 and 700 ceramic and metal NPJ 3D printers

Oct 25, 2017 | By Tess

Israeli 3D printing company XJet Ltd. has launched its new line of XJet Carmel AM System 3D printers. The new series comprises the Carmel 1400 and Carmel 700 AM systems, the former of which will be presented at the upcoming formnext 3D printing event in Frankfurt, Germany.

Both new 3D printers are based on XJet’s patented NanoParticle Jetting technology, which enables ceramic and metal 3D printing by using nanoparticle inks of either material to build objects up.

More specifically, XJet’s NanoParticle Jetting technology uses sealed cartridges filled with “solid nanoparticles in a liquid suspension.” When these are loaded into the 3D printer, they are jetted using a complex system of nozzles, which deposit “ultrafine drops” of the build and support material inks onto the build tray.

Inside the build envelope, extremely high temperatures effectively evaporate the liquid suspension of the ink, resulting in dense layers made from ceramic or metal. Finally, once the printing process is complete, the printed parts can be sintered and support materials can be removed.

3D printed ceramic parts using Carmel AM systems

“NanoParticle Jetting technology is a unique 3D inkjet technology that redefines additive manufacturing for metals and ceramics,” explained Hanan Gothait, CEO and Founder of XJet. “Other additive manufacturing technologies use powders, but we offer a real breakthrough by leveraging our know-how as pioneers of both inkjet printing and 3D printing industries.

“Our solution prints very fine layers of both build materials and a support material to enable the creation of complex geometries in a very simple and very safe process. While we are currently printing only one build material, we could theoretically print multiple build materials.”

In terms of specifications, the new XJet Carmel 1400 3D printer boasts a build envelope of 500 x 280 x 200 mm, while the Carmel 700 has a slightly smaller envelope of 500 x 140 x 200 mm. Both machines are capable of both ceramic and metal 3D printing and offer a high level of detail for printed parts.

Metal 3D printed parts using Carmel AM systems

The slightly more advanced Carmel 1400 3D printer operates using Autodesk Netfabb Ultimate and is accompanied by a mobile app, which allows for remote monitoring of prints. The Carmel 700, for its part, is marketed as a more cost-effective solution for the same quality of prints; it operates using Autodesk Netfabb Standard and does not come with the mobile app.

XJet will be demonstrating its Carmel 1400 metal and ceramic 3D printer at formnext 2017, an industrial 3D printing expo held in Frankfurt this November. The company’s CBO, Dror Danai, will also be present at the event to speak about the company’s innovative NPJ technology.

“The XJet Carmel 1400 features a 1,400-square-centimeter build tray, one of the industry’s largest, for high-capacity production and a unique ability to print both ceramics and metals,” commented Danai. “The XJet Carmel 1400 system has already been delivered to a customer site and further details will be provided during the formnext exhibition.”

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Founded in 2005, XJet has become an innovator in the additive manufacturing industry, offering solutions for precise and cost-efficient metal and ceramic 3D printing. The company first announced its NanoParticle Jetting technology for metal 3D printing in 2015 and got us all excited when it announced that the system could also process ceramic materials.

If you are planning to visit this year’s formnext exhibition, you’ll find XJet in Hall 3.1, booth E20.

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Metal 3D Printing Materials Manufacturer LPW Technology Announces New Asia-Pacific Reseller

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LPW Technology, based in the UK, is well known for its production of industrial-grade metal additive manufacturing powders, and the company, which achieved important AS 9120A and ISO 9001:2008 quality assurance certifications in January, has a full range of metal powder materials to offer. LPW aims to add high quality to AM processes with its well-defined powders and services, and received a substantial strategic investment from Stratasys this spring to develop end-to-end metal powder solutions, which are engineered for Electron Beam (EBM) and laser-based (SLM, LMD) additive manufacturing processes.

The company focuses on all things metal, working to study micro-cracking and porosity, collaborating with Lancaster University to create a Engineering Research Chair for additive manufacturing, and making its AM PowderLab available to a team of researchers working to develop new AM alloys. LPW even introduced a new materials process last year, and has worked with Metalysis to develop more clean, environmentally friendly metal powders.

LPW has networks with official representatives in Europe, and also in Asia. Over the last few years, the company has been taking advantage of the increasing demand for 3D printing in the Asia-Pacific area, busily building up its presence there with multiple partnerships. LPW has collaborated with such companies as Shanghai Dream Arising, Shaanxi 3D Technology, and Taiyo Nippon Sanso Corporation. Now, LPW is introducing the newest member of its Asia-Pacific team, M G Sales Corporation, located in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India.

Dermot Desmond, LPW’s Asia-Pacific Sales Manager, said, “We recognise that as serial AM production becomes a commercial reality in India, LPW needs a local presence to provide the metal powder technologies, solutions and services our clients need. LPW is committed to supporting the Indian AM sector to participate in the ‘Make in India’ initiative, and the strong local partnership with M G Sales Corporation will contribute to this.”

LPW will introduce its new reseller this week at the Additive Manufacturing Society of India (AMSI) conference, held in Bangalore from September 7th through the 8th.

“As LPW continues to expand its global operations and extends the level of service it offers its customers in India, AMSI is the ideal opportunity to meet AM professionals keen to promote state-of-the art 3D Printing and Additive Manufacturing technology,” Desmond explained.

AMSI’s objective is to promote state-of-the-art additive manufacturing technology, while expanding collaborative relationships in all aspects of the technology, including training, R&D, and skill development, with international organizations, in order to empower the advanced manufacturing technology in India. This goes hand-in-hand with the Make In India initiative Desmond mentioned, which was launched by the Prime Minister in 2014 in an effort to transform the country into a global manufacturing and design hub.

The AMSI conference and event is open to all manufacturers of AM systems, as well as service providers, AM material manufacturers and suppliers, reverse engineering vendors, and many others, to give them a platform to showcase their latest technology and products, as well as new business relationships like the one between LPW and M G Sales Corporation. You can visit the website to learn about registration for the event.

“India’s AM prototyping and materials market is projected to reach over $62 million by 2022. In response to the rapid rate of adoption for additive manufacturing technology in India’s aerospace, automotive, engineering and dental sectors, LPW is strengthening its position in the market by supplying its optimised materials through one of the country’s leading high-tech solutions providers,” Desmond said. “With over 20 years’ experience in the tooling and thermal spray market, the M G team shares LPW’s values of supplying premium quality products underpinned with excellent applications knowledge and customer service.”

[Source: LPW Technology]