3D Printing News Briefs: April 17, 2018

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For today’s 3D Printing News Briefs, we’re covering some business news, followed up with material news and stories of 3D printing applications in the medical, aerospace, and defense fields. Norman Noble has added 3D printing capabilities to its workflow for the first time, while Evonik is opening a research hub in Singapore and the Dubai Health Authority is building an innovation center. Sciaky has installed its first EBAM system in Japan, and Adaptive3D has a major 3D printing material launch planned for RAPID + TCT next week. CIVCO Radiotherapy and Adaptiiv are working together to bring more personalized medical devices to market, Russia is using 3D printing and topology optimization to manufacture aerospace engines, and Navy personnel and Marines got together to test the 3D printing functionality aboard the Military Sealift Command’s USNS Sacagawea.

Norman Noble’s 3D Printing Capabilities

Family-owned and -operated Norman Noble, Inc., based in Ohio and a top worldwide contract manufacturer of next-generation medical implants, has announced that it now has additive manufacturing capabilities for the first time. The company will use its new capability to serve many customer needs, such as manufacturing aerospace and commercial parts, designing shape-setting fixtures for nitinol-based rapid prototypes, and prototype-to-production manufacturing for next-gen medical implant designs. Norman Noble, which also purchased a Computerized Tomography Inspection System to support its 3D printing capabilities, can now 3D print its customers’ conceptual products, scan them, and send over a virtual part and full metrology data within minutes.

“Given our long history of developing internal laser cutting and laser welding systems, I strongly believe we have the laser experience and expertise that can be leveraged and applied to the metallic laser sintering printing process. We plan to take the current 3D printing capabilities to another level – including finer finishes, finer feature detail, and new materials not currently commercially available,” said Chris Noble, CEO and Vice President at Norman Noble. “Combined with our new CT scanner that instantly provides complete external and internal metrology data of our 3D printed products to our customers, we are going to work hard to provide a service that will surpass our competition.”

Evonik Opens First Research Hub in Singapore

Clockwise from bottom left: Dr. Beh Swan Gin, Economic Development Board of Singapore; Dr. Claus Rettig, Evonik Resource Efficiency GmbH; Dr. Gerd Loehden, Evonik Resource Efficiency GmbH; Mr. Peter Meinshausen, Evonik Asia Pacific South; Dr. Ulrich Kuesthardt, Evonik Industries AG; Dr. Ulrich Sante, Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to Singapore; Dr. Harald Schwager, Evonik Industries AG.

Evonik has opened its first research hub in Singapore, with the intention of expanding the internationalization of its research in the areas of functional surfaces and additive manufacturing. The R&D hub, for resource efficiency topics, will also host the company’s tissue engineering project, led by its strategic innovation unit Creavis. Singapore is noted as the ideal location for the hub to drive innovation for the company’s Resource Efficiency segment, as it combines quick reaction times from local administration and experienced, qualified researchers from top science faculties. Evonik will continue to expand its collaborations with public and private research institutions and organizations with this new research hub, and has already formed a partnership with Nanyang Technological University to develop novel technologies in additive manufacturing for industrial applications.

Harald Schwager, Deputy Chairman of the Board for Evonik Industries, said during the opening ceremony for the research hub, “Innovation is an integral part of our growth strategy. We are actively pursuing new opportunities to boost our international R&D activities and the opening of this research hub is a significant contribution to these efforts. By focusing on promising research areas for the future this hub will strengthen our position as a global leader in specialty chemicals.”

Dubai Health Authority Building Innovation Center

In order to promote public-private collaboration in healthcare innovation and offer supporting entities a permanent base of operations, the Dubai Health Authority (DHA) is building a new innovation center behind Rashid Hospital, which will implement advanced technologies like artificial intelligence and 3D printing. The first meeting for the innovation center took place last week, and several private sector companies, along with the DHA, were given a tour of the under-construction center so they could provide their input. DHA Director-General and Chairman of the Board Humaid Al Qutami said that it’s necessary to create an environment that’s “conducive to innovation,” as the healthcare sector affects everyone, which is why the DHA is working to build the best model for year-round innovation.

“In line with the vision of our leaders and DHA health strategy 2016-2021, innovation in healthcare is an important pillar of our strategy. For us innovation means the ability to harness new technologies, to implement newer methods of healthcare delivery and management in order to provide patients with improved healthcare and make their lives better,” said Dr. Mohammad Al Redha, Director of the Department of Organisational Transformation at DHA.

“At the end of the day, patient-centered care is our priority and improving their lives and providing them with happiness is our primary focus. Thus, for us, innovation is the vehicle that will revolutionize healthcare and directly lead to patient well-being and happiness.”

Sciaky Installs First EBAM 110 In Japan

A Sciaky EBAM 110 metal 3D printing system with dual wirefeed configuration.

Metal 3D printing solutions provider Sciaky, Inc. has delivered its Electron Beam Additive Manufacturing (EBAM) system to the Global Research & Innovative Technology (GRIT) facility of Hitachi Metals, Ltd. in Japan, making it the first of several planned installations to the Asia-Pacific region over the next several months. The EBAM 110 system that Hitatchi Metals purchased includes a dual wirefeed configuration, which will allow the company to combine two different metal alloys into a single melt pool, managed with independent program control, to make custom alloy ingots or parts. This also gives customers the option to alternate between different wire gauges for gross deposition features (thick wire) and finer features (thin wire).

“Hitachi Metals is pleased to launch its new metal wire additive manufacturing (AM) technology with the procurement of Sciaky’s EBAM 110 metal 3D printing system at our GRIT facility. We look forward to developing new materials and applications with this highly innovative process,” said Yasuhiko Ohtsubo, 3DAM Development Manager of GRIT at Hitachi Metals, Ltd.

Adaptive3D Launching World’s Highest-Strain 3D Printable Polymer at RAPID + TCT

At next week’s RAPID + TCT, held in Texas, additive manufacturing polymer resin supplier Adaptive3D Technologies will be launching what it describes as the highest-strain 3D printable photopolymer in the world. Adaptive3D partnered with several other Fortune 500 companies to develop a proprietary chemistry for photocurable resins that allow for unprecedented strain capacity, which can then lead to more durable 3D printed parts made with tougher materials. The company’s material has a strain of 450%, which is 115% higher than its nearest competitor.

“We believe that material performance is the key that is going to unlock the true potential of Additive Manufacturing,” said Kial Gramley, VP Sales & Marketing for Adaptive3D. “We focus on tough materials that combine strength with high elongation and, as a material supplier, we do not lock our customers into any platform like most companies in this space; we just compete on performance.”

Adaptive3D is launching its first products, including the highest elongation 3D printable photopolymer, at booth #2529 at RAPID + TCT.

CIVCO Radiotherapy Teams Up with Adaptiiv

Global patient-centric radiotherapy solutions provider CIVCO Radiotherapy is working with 3D radiation therapy platform Adaptiiv (formerly 3D Bolus) to introduce more personalized, 3D printed medical devices. Both companies have a mission of improving worldwide patient outcomes in radiotherapy, and their new initiative aligns perfectly. As part of the collaboration, CIVCO will distribute Adaptiiv software applications as a turn-key solution that enables the 3D printing of patient-specific simple or modulated thickness bolus and high dose rate (HDR) surface brachytherapy applicators. This directly integrates with existing treatment planning systems, so planning software can calculate the overall treatment plan.

“Adaptiiv’s solutions truly align with our mission of improving patient outcomes worldwide,” said Nat Geissel, President of CIVCO Radiotherapy. “The ability to utilize images from the treatment planning system and provide customized three-dimensional bolus and applicators is yet another way we are involved in improving the quality and efficiency of care as well as the patient experience.”

3D Printing and Topology Optimization for Aerospace Engines

ODK-Saturn, a 3D printing experimental facility of the United Engine Corporation in Russia and a member of Rostec, has plans to use 3D printing and topology optimization in the design and integration of advanced Russian gas turbine engines that will be certified after 2019, such as the high-powered PD-35 engine. This ‘bionic design’ will ensure that engines are the required strength, while also allowing for a reduction in weight, as 3D printing can be used to manufacture unconventional and complex structures that other forms of manufacturing cannot produce. Using these two kinds of technology in the design have also reduced the number of supporting structures by half.

Denis Fedoseyev, Deputy Chief Engineer at ODK-Saturn, said, “In many cases of topology optimization, additive technologies are the only solution for production of complex-profile parts.”

AM Functionality Tested Aboard Military Sealift Command’s USNS Sacagawea 

A 3D printed ratchet sits on a LulzBot TAZ 6 aboard the USNS Sacagawea (T-AKE 2) in support of an AM test phase. [Image: US Navy, Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Christopher A. Veloicaza]

This month, US Marines from the 3rd Marine Expeditionary Brigade (MEB) and Marine Wing Communications Squadron (MWCS) 18, together with personnel from Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC), tested the 3D printing function aboard the Military Sealift Command’s USNS Sacagawea (T-AKE 2) to see if the AM capabilities were properly supported. Aboard Sacagawea, a dry cargo/ammunition ship that’s part of Maritime Prepositioning Ship Squadron Three (MPSRON 3), the embarked team successfully demonstrated the on-board 3D printer’s ability to respond to shipboard maintenance issues and requests, and also simulated the 3D printing of parts aboard the ship for shore-side requests.

“The intent behind embarking 3D printers aboard ships is to provide Sailors and Marines with the training and tools necessary to empower them and address everyday problems. Embarked additive manufacturing equipment is meant to solve the needs of Sailors and Marines by enabling war-fighter innovation and adding a tool that can help with maintenance and repair of components and systems that suffer from long lead-times and part obsolescence,” said Nathan Desloover, an engineer with the additive manufacturing project office, NSWC Carderock Division.

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3D Printing News Briefs: January 30, 2018

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As January comes to a close, we’ve got all the latest 3D printing news wrapped up for you in one location with today’s edition of 3D Printing News Briefs. Rize announces a new partnership with Eye2Eye, and Arcam AB is no longer on the stock exchange. Aerosint discusses the benefits of its multi-powder deposition technology, while recent research details how 3D printing technology was used in a novel application for EEG. Xometry plans to compare subtractive and additive manufacturing at the upcoming SOLIDWORKS World, Hackaday has a new 3D printing contest, and a 3D Printing Day event will be hosted in Berlin next month.

Rize Partners with Eye2Eye

Rize One

Boston 3D printing company Rize Inc. has announced a partnership with Singapore-based Eye2Eye, which provides 3D printing and optical technology solutions to multiple sectors and helps customers speed up their design process by assisting them with digitizing and migrating to 3D production. Thanks to the partnership, Rize will be expanding sales of its sustainable Augmented Polymer Deposition technology to the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region for the first time. Eye2Eye will demonstrate the hybrid Rize One 3D printer at next week’s Inside 3D Printing Singapore conference and expo.

“We welcome Eye2Eye to our fast-growing community of partners. I am delighted that our first partner in APAC is located in Singapore, given my long-standing relationship with that great country,” said Rize President and CEO Andy Kalambi. “I spent a lot of time in Singapore and was privileged to see the growth of key companies there, such as SAP, MatrixOne and Dassault Systèmes. With Eye2Eye, Rize has become a truly global company, with partners now located throughout APAC, Europe and North America.”

Arcam AB Delisted From Stock Exchange

In 2016, GE announced its intention to acquire Swedish metal additive manufacturing provider Arcam, well-known for its innovative Electron Beam Melting (EBM) technology, in a public cash offer. GE completed its purchase of 76.15% of controlling shares of Arcam in December 2016, and recently surpassed 90% ownership of Arcam AB shares, which, in accordance with the Swedish Companies Act, allowed for the initiation of the compulsory buy-out of the remaining shares by GE.

Today, the GE Additive company has officially delisted from the Nasdaq Stockholm exchange. Arcam’s delisting will allow for a “more fulsome integration with GE,” according to the release, and the last full day of trading of Arcam stock was on January 26, 2018.

Aerosint’s Multi-Powder Deposition Could Transform Industrial 3D Printing

Aerosint patterning process diagram and examples showing carbon-black colored PEEK powder (black) co-deposited with aluminum oxide powder (white).

Belgium-based startup Aerosint, founded in 2016, introduced its patent-pending powder bed 3D printing process to the world in 2017. The company has a fundamentally different approach to multi-material powder deposition, in that it selectively deposits powder material from a rotating drum that passes over a build area, rather than using several complex actuated nozzles; two drums are used to achieve multi-powder deposition in a line-by-line technique at rates of up to 200 mm per second. The process is also less sensitive to powder characteristics than techniques which use pipettes.

Dr. Kevin Eckes, an American biomedical engineering PhD working as an R&D engineer at Aerosint, explains in a Medium post that in order to introduce new opportunities in a competitive market, the 3D printing world needs to rethink the approach in powder fusion-based additive manufacturing.

“The maturation of multi-powder deposition techniques, whether pipette-based, drum-based, or otherwise, will no doubt open up a sea of opportunities for manufacturers,” Dr. Eckes wrote. “In addition to the benefits of powder waste reduction, material cost savings, and reduction of post-processing time, we see several areas of opportunity that can only be realized on an industrial scale using a multi-powder approach.”

To learn more about these areas of opportunity, and multi-powder deposition in general, check out the full post. Aerosint will also be releasing more perspectives about the benefits and applications of multi-powder deposition in the future.

3D Printing Used in Novel Application for EEG

A team of researchers from Vanderbilt University recently published a paper in the Journal of Neurosurgery, titled “Stereotactic EEG via multiple single-path omnidirectional trajectories within a single platform: institutional experience with a novel technique,” that describes a novel technique for stereotactic electroencephalography (SEEG) in patients with suspected epileptic foci refractory that used 3D printing. SEEG is being used more often to interrogate cortical, multifocal, and subcortical foci, and the researchers used their novel technology to insert 137 electrodes in 15 patients suffering from focal epilepsy. Results were favorable, and there were no clinical complications; in addition, the types of prohibitive up-front costs typically associated with other SEEG technologies would not occur here.

According to the paper, “In the authors’ technique, standard epilepsy evaluation and neuroimaging are used to create a hypothesis-driven SEEG plan, which informs the 3D printing of a novel single-path, multiple-trajectory, omnidirectional platform. Following skull-anchor platform fixation, electrodes are sequentially inserted according to the preoperative plan. The authors describe their surgical experience and technique based on a review of all cases, adult and pediatric, in which patients underwent invasive epilepsy monitoring via SEEG during an 18-month period at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Platform and anatomical variables influencing localization error were evaluated using multivariate linear regression.”

Xometry to Compare Additive and Subtractive Manufacturing at SWW18

Next week, SOLIDWORKS World 2018 will be held in Los Angeles, and Xometry, one of the top online marketplaces for custom manufactured parts, will be attending the event. The company’s instant quoting platform provides feedback and prices for your parts in several additive and subtractive processes, though once they’re optimized, it can’t tell you which type you should use. At SWW18, Xometry’s Director of Applications Engineering, Greg Paulsen, will be offering an expert comparison between the two at the third Additive Manufacturing Symposium session.

At Paulsen’s session, titled “Additive vs Subtractive Manufacturing and Subtractive for Additive,” he will discuss how both methods are able to create precise parts, but that they each have different considerations and benefits to consider before you decide. After the session, you can stop by Xometry’s booth #223 in the SWW Partner Pavilion to see its instant quoting platform for yourself, along with its Add-In for SOLIDWORKS, meet team members to discuss your parts, pick up manufacturing toolkits and SLS Xometry/SOLIDWORKS-branded spinners, and enter a raffle for the chance to win $500 in parts. You can learn more about SWW2018 here; 3DPrint.com readers can register for a special discounted rate using the code SWW18PRINT3D.

Hackaday Hosting New 3D Printing Contest

From now until February 20th, 12 PM PST, Hackaday is holding a new 3D printing contest, called “Repairs You Can Print.” Hackaday wants to see the best repair jobs participants have completed using 3D printed jigs, parts, and tools, and the top 20 projects will receive $100 in Tindie credit. Tell the story of how you used 3D printing technology to repair something as a new project on Hackaday.io. Once it’s published, click the “Submit project to…” menu to enter it. All projects must be open source, and a Prusa i3 Mk3 3D printer, plus the Multimaterial Upgrade, will be awarded to the winners of the Best Student Entry and the Best Organization Entry. Students must be able to prove that they are currently enrolled in school, while the Organization Prize is reserved for social or educational organizations, like FIRST Robotics Club; don’t forget to specify in your project that you want to be considered for one of these special prizes.

“People often show off trinkets, toys, and baubles that they print, while forgetting to share the real work horse projects: repairs that get the job done. Have you ever printed a replacement part, improved an existing part to provide better functionality, or designed a tool or jig that made a tough repair a snap? We want to hear about it and we have some sweet prizes for those who show off the coolest repair jobs,” the contest description states.

3D Printing Day Hosted in Berlin

Next month in Germany, 3YOURMIND and the 3D-Printing Network are working with the Technical University of Berlin’s Center for Intellectual Property to host a 3D Printing Day in Berlin, in order to connect 3D printing specialists and industry partners. Representatives from startups and global corporations alike will attend the event to show how 3D printing technology can change logistics and production, such as German railway company Deutsche Bahn. Key speakers include Iris Bröse, Project Manager 3D Printing from Bitkom, who will present on the political pathways and hurdles Germany and the EU will have to tackle in the future, and Stephan Kühr, 3YOURMIND’s CEO, who will discuss his company’s experience in defining the Agile Factory of the Future.

“It is important to keep cultivating the innovative spirit that brought significant (economic/industrial) growth in the region, and for us specifically, the grounds to start revolutionizing manufacturing worldwide,” said Kühr. “I have enough evidence to believe that Industrial 3D Printing will play a key role in this process, and it is a topic worthy to be addressed from several approaches.”

Berlin’s 3D Printing Day will take place at 10 AM on February 13, 2018, with a networking event at 7 that evening; visit the 3D Printing Day website for registration and further details.

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3D Printing News Briefs: October 10, 2017

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We’re starting with the kick-off of a popular 3D printing challenge in today’s 3D Printing News Briefs, then moving on to a new 3D printer, a 3D printing handbook, a little bioprinting news and some new facilities, and ending with some 3D printing business news. Stratasys has opened its 2018 Extreme Redesign Challenge, while Skriware has released its newest 3D printer and a 3D printing handbook has been published by a German lawyer. The International Stem Cell Corporation has developed 3D bioprinting technology for liver tissue, and Manchester has its first open access biotech lab. Nano Dimension has opened a nanoparticle ink facility, the site of a moon settlement prototype will be in Hawaii, and finally, Arcam has resolved a preferential rights issue.

Stratasys 2018 Extreme Redesign Challenge

Just a few months ago, Stratasys announced the winners of its 13th annual Extreme Redesign Challenge, and the 2018 edition of the challenge just kicked off today.

“Are you a design or engineering student who has a unique idea and an interest in 3D printing? Do you have an innovative solution that will surely impact the world for the greater good that needs a venue for discovery? Our 14th annual Extreme Redesign challenge kicks off today. It’s our annual contest for students who have thoughtfully created form designs that bring purposeful solutions to life. Of all the entries submitted, we will choose 10 designs in each of the awards categories to focus our final selection on.”

STL files that are submitted to the GrabCAD challenge platform will be judged on aesthetics, design creativity, mechanical design, and product usefulness. You can submit entries through February 26, 2018; the finalists will be announced in April, and the winners will be announced in May. Students from anywhere in the world can submit entries for the contest in Engineering (secondary, post-secondary, NCATC education) and Art, Jewelry & Architecture. First place winners in each category will receive $2,500 and the use of a 3D printer for their school for one year. Check out the video produced by Grayson Galisky, who won last year in the Engineering: Secondary Education category:

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Skriware Releases New 3D Printer

At the Gitex Technology Week 2017 in Dubai this week, Polish-Swedish startup Skriware introduced its latest device – the Skriware 2, the successor to its first 3D printer model funded on Kickstarter. The intuitive, plug and play printer is a callback to the startup’s first printer, but features a double extruder, a larger workspace, and a full-color touch screen with a 7″ user-friendly interface, which gives users access to the startup’s online 3D libraries without needing any additional software. The Skriware 2 will retail for $1,800, with a pre-order price of $1,599.

“Skriware 2 makes 3D printing process easier and more intuitive than ever, giving our customers revolutionary user experience,” said Karol Górnowicz, the CEO of Skriware. “It is a new member of Skriware ecosystem which allows users to freely cross the boundaries of their imagination and, among others, create customized 3D printed robots, learn programming, and discover the art of design.”

German 3D Printing Handbook Published

A new 3D printing handbook, called “3D Printing: Recht, Wirtschaft und Technik des industriellen 3D-Drucks” (Law, Business & Technology of Industrial 3D Printing in English), was just published and is now available for purchase on Amazon. The book was written in German, with a comprehensive English abstract for each chapter, by a team of over 30 co-contributors, including Dr. Andreas Leupold, a lawyer and founding member of the supervisory council of the Mobility goes Additive industry network. Dr. Leupold also edited the book, which is about the business, law, and technology of 3D printing and “intended for CEOs, entrepreneurs, divisional directors and managers, in-house counsels and legal departments, lawyers and business economists and all readers who want to deal with or explore the different facets of industrial 3D printing.”

It features industry leaders such as Terry Wohlers of Wohlers Associates and Peter Sander of Airbus Industries as well as renowned legal experts such as the former presiding judge of the Federal German Supreme Court and business and 3D printing experts from companies such as voestalpine, Linde AG, Allianz, Deutsche Bahn (German Railway), Fraunhofer Institute and Bundeswehr Research Institute for Materials, Fuels and Lubricants (WIWeB),” Dr. Leupold told 3DPrint.com. “This book covers a wide range of topics from additive manufacturing processes and materials to business models, quality management and legal aspects.”

3D Bioprinting Technology for Liver Tissue

California-based clinical stage biotechnology company International Stem Cell Corporation (ISCO), which develops novel therapies and biomedical products based in stem cells, announced that it has made a major advancement in the 3D bioprinting of liver tissue, which will be targeted towards treating liver diseases. The ISCO R&D team created a 3D bioprinter, which uses proprietary liver progenitor cells (LPC) that can be derived from any kind of pluripotent stem cells, like human embryonic, through ISCO’s scalable and efficient differentiation method. Once the LPC are used to produce 3D liver-like structures, they should be able to offer a treatment for liver diseases once they’ve been transplanted into a damaged or diseased liver.

“I’m excited to announce that we have developed a new efficient technology to produce 3D liver tissue, which may be able to replace damaged tissue to restore liver functions,” said Russell Kern, PhD, the Executive Vice President and Chief Scientific Officer of ISCO. “Additionally, the developed liver tissue potentially can be used not only in liver treatment, but also in drug discovery as a model for drug screening, which opens up a potential multi-billion market for ISCO. We have already developed a master cell bank of the liver progenitor cells and, we are proceeding to test safety and efficacy of the cells in various models of liver diseases like liver cirrhosis and fibrosis.”

First Open-Access Biotech Lab Opens in Manchester

BiOspace is Manchester’s first open-access biotech lab.

For the first time, Manchester is getting an open-access biotech lab, BiOspace, which is based at Manchester Science Park. The space was conceived of in order to offer early-stage biotech and medtech companies unrestricted, pay-as-you-go access to equipment, bench space, facilities, and specialized training from experienced PhD scientists. The BiOspace lab is a new joint venture between Manchester Science Partnerships (MSP) and Protein Technologies, a leading biotech firm.

Dr. Farid Khan, BiOspace Founder and the chair of Protein Technologies, said, “By providing pay-as-you-go access to multi-million pound equipment, and the expertise to accompany it, we’re removing barriers to bright, individual scientists developing tomorrow’s breakthrough treatments.”

“Manchester has Europe’s largest student population, and ready access to grant funding through the Greater Manchester and Cheshire Life Sciences Fund and GM Academic Health Science Network, and the Business Growth Hub. The city region has a healthy mix of novel ideas, and the financial support to see them realised. BiOspace offers the ideal environment for interdisciplinary collaboration, with experts in biology, 3D printing, electronics and software development co-working in one facility.”

Nano Dimension Opens Nanoparticle Ink Facility

Today, Nano Dimension announced the opening of its new, dedicated nanoparticle ink production facility, located at the company’s Israeli headquarters. The 8,600-square-foot facility will allow scientists at the company to efficiently produce advanced, commercial-scale batches of dielectric and nanoparticle conductive inks, which have unique sintering and curing properties and are essential for manufacturing 3D PCBs, in order to meet future needs of its DragonFly 2020 Pro 3D printer customers.

“We have made significant progress over the past several months to design and engineer an innovative continuous manufacturing process to enable us to increase production of our nano particle inks and compatible dielectric materials. This extremely complicated process has been installed at our ink production facility, and it will allow us to efficiently scale-up and maintain our ability to supply customers with advanced materials, produced at our technologically sophisticated and cost-efficiently operated production facility, while keeping the trade secrets of the unique production processes,” said Amit Dror, CEO of Nano Dimension.

Moon Settlement Prototype in Hawaii

International MoonBase Summit, October 2017

For many years, the possibility of a 3D printed moon base has been discussed in the 3D printing world. Earlier this month, the International MoonBase Summit (IMS) was held on Hawai’i Island, and academics, government leaders, student representatives, and global industry leaders met to discuss setting up the world’s first permanent human settlement on the moon. At the event, Apollo 11 astronaut and IMS keynote speaker Buzz Aldrin encouraged the attendees to develop the International MoonBase so it could eventually be used as a gateway to Mars. The first step in making this vision a reality is building a prototype of a permanently settled MoonBase.

Hawai’i-based entrepreneur and IMS organizer Henk Rogers said, “Because of its geography, geology and culture, Hawai‘i is the perfect place to build a MoonBase prototype. We will build a MoonBase on our moon within the next decade.”

“MoonBase Mahina Lani (Moon Heaven) is the key to long-term sustainable life on our fragile blue planet.”

Currently, a 3D model of the International MoonBase is being developed, so the public will be able to get a “high-fidelity look” at how the base prototype will be laid out.

Arcam Resolves Preferential Rights Issue

Metal additive manufacturing solutions provider Arcam AB has resolved a preferential rights issue of about MSEK 986. In proportion to their holdings, the company’s shareholders will have preemptive rights to subscribe for new ordinary shares. The company’s Board of Directors resolved the issue this summer, to make sure that Arcam is able to safely carry out its full growth plan. If the issue is fully subscribed, Arcam will receive that approximate amount before transaction costs are deducted; in terms of the Rights Issue, the subscription price per ordinary share is SEK 240. The record date to participate in the Rights Issue is next Thursday, October 19th. To learn more about the Rights Issue, visit Arcam’s website.

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3D Printing News Briefs: April 14, 2017

In today’s 3D Printing News Briefs, we’ll take care of a little business first, then move on to a contest, an upcoming event, and a really cool 3D printed trophy. The Dubai Future Accelerator program finishes up round two, while FIT expands its activities in the US. Kabuku hosts a delegation of German government officials, BeeHex finds a partner for its 3D printed vegan pizza crusts, and Access 3D Services is holding a heartwarming 3D design contest. Finally, Methods Machine Tools will showcase its new automation cell at the rapidly approaching RAPID + TCT, and isodo3D uses 3D printing to recreate a famous trophy.

Dubai Future Accelerators Completes Second Round

Dubai Roads and Transportation Authority signs an MoU with Uber during DFA’s closing ceremony


The second cycle of the world’s largest accelerator program for government services, the UAE’s Dubai Future Accelerators (DFA), began in January, and concluded earlier this month. Twelve separate entities participated in the program, which connects government departments in Dubai with innovative, emerging technology companies in an effort to test new approaches at a city-scale. The successful nine-week second round resulted in nearly 30 Memorandums of Understanding (MoU) signed between companies around the globe and various Dubai government departments.

His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Board of Trustees at the Dubai Future Foundation said at the closing ceremony, “The Dubai Future Accelerators program sets an example and a business model where various sectors – public and private – can come together to draw up scenarios to face the challenges of the future, and benefit from the opportunities to secure sustainable development and prosperity for future generations. The second edition of the program witnessed seismic shifts in the field of future technologies. This reiterates the fact that UAE is now a global hub for exporting advanced technologies and a platform to exchange experience and learn about the latest developments. Furthermore, the initiatives launched today will enhance the program’s reputation as the world’s best platform to connect the private and public sectors to build the future.”

In addition to an MoU about autonomous flying vehicle regulations between Uber and the Dubai Roads and Transport Authority; several between the Dubai Health Authority and ArcSecond, ASG Medical Equipment, and Photothera Labs regarding advanced health solutions; and many others, the Dubai Municipality signed an MoU promoting 3D printing in construction with Renca. The DFA Future Team Heroes Award was also introduced in this second round, and given to the government team that added significant value to the program and developed innovative solutions; the Dubai Police took first place.

FIT AG Expands US Activities, Names FIT America Inc. Chairman

(L-R) Albert Klein, CFO FIT AG, and Ken Gray, Chairman FIT America Inc.

Additive manufacturing group FIT AG, headquartered in Germany, has decided to expand its activities in the US, and its fully owned subsidiary, re-branded as FIT America Inc., has moved operations to Massachusetts. In addition, Kenneth D. Gray, the former Director of Innovation at Caterpillar Inc. (which recently announced a partnership with FIT AG), has been named the new chairman of FIT America Inc.

FIT America has already established its own subsidiary, Boston Ceramics LLC, which is set to begin operations at its new facility later this month. The company, which will 3D print high quality and high value ceramic consumer objects, tapped Andrew Jeffrey as president; Jeffrey founded Figulo, which was acquired in 2013 by 3D Systems.

“We are delighted to welcome Ken and Andy to the FIT Management Team and with the establishment of our first factory in the United States,” said Carl Fruth, founder and CEO at FIT AG. “We are expecting a major market in the USA for FIT’s additive manufacturing capabilities and have now established a management team and structure to develop more partnerships with US clients and make further investments.”

Japan’s Kabuku Hosted Delegation from German Government

The leading digital manufacturing service provider in Japan, Kabuku, recently hosted a delegation from the German Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure. The delegation, led by Vice Minister and German Parliament member Dorothee Bär, took place in Kabuku’s Tokyo office, and several representatives from member companies of the public-private partnership Logistics Alliance Germany were also in attendance.

The delegation visited a number of Japanese companies in order to gain a better understanding about how digitalization is influencing the Japanese logistics industry. At a reception for the delegation, Kabuku was able to present about the impact of 3D printing on the contract logistics industry, and showcased its mass customization projects for two Japanese automotive manufacturers. The Logistics Alliance Germany also invited Kabuku to speak on a panel, titled “How to Improve Logistics Processes through New Technologies and Digitalization,” in Tokyo.

BeeHex Announces Collaboration with Cali’Flour for 3D Printed Vegan Pizza Crust

Food personalization and robotics company BeeHex, which recently moved its R&D operations to Columbus, Ohio, has joined forces with Cali’Flour Foods, a top provider of cauliflower-based pizza crusts and plant-based dessert doughs. In less than a minute, the two 3D printed personalized pizzas, shaped like flowers and based on cauliflower, for a sold-out crowd of 300 at Columbus firm GroundWork, which offers IT services to nonprofit entities. BeeHex CEO Anjan Contractor explained that Cali’Flour, and its plant-based, organic approach to crusts, “represents the type of forward-thinking collaborations we’re looking for.”

“The team at BeeHex combines the authenticity and technological capability that it takes to revolutionize how food is made,” said Cali’Flour founder Amy Lacey. “Anjan, Jordan French, Ben Feltner and Chintan Kanuga are rapidly building out what could be the next major ‘platform play’ in the Internet of Things space in a way that let’s people personalize their foods.”

Lacey also mentioned that the system “flawlessly” printed out several of her company’s doughs, which immediately grabbed the attention of the gathered audience. BeeHex is currently working on several pilot programs for its 3D pizza printers, and is also developing fine-point 3D dessert printers.

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Access 3D Services Hosting 3D Design Contest

If you’re interested in winning a free MakerBot Replicator+ 3D printer, while also working to make a difference in the lives of people with disabilities, just enter the Increasing Independence for People with Disabilities 3D Design Contest, hosted by Access 3D Services and its non-profit parent company, Access Independence. The contest has already begun, and ends on May 31; all applicants must be 18 years of age and a US resident. All entries must be the original (non-patented) design of the contest entrant, be capable of production on an FDM 3D printer, and be for an item that can benefit people living with a disability, whether it’s increasing autonomy, independence, or quality of life, or even addressing physical barriers related to disabilities.

Contest sponsors include Airwolf3D and eSun 3D Filament, and the contest judges will include engineers, 3D printing industry professionals, and people with disabilities. The winners will be announced approximately 60 days after the contest ends; the Grand Prize Winner will receive a MakerBot Replicator+ 3D printer and $200 worth of 1.75 mm PLA+ material from eSun 3D Filament, and the Runner-Up will get a 7Tech 3D Pen and an AirWolf3D 3 mm Filament Gift Set. Download the Official Entry Form to read the full contest rules and restrictions. Once you’ve completed the form, sign it and upload it, along with your original 3D design (.STL or .OBJ formats only); the upload password is contest.

Methods Machine Tools Inc. Bringing New Automation Cell Solution to RAPID + TCT Show

Precision machine tools and 3D printing technology provider Methods Machine Tools Inc. will be attending the RAPID + TCT Show in Pittsburgh next month, and bringing along its breakthrough automation cell solution. The first-of-its-kind cell brings together subtractive processes, robotics, and additive manufacturing to increase 3D manufacturing throughput, and serves to demonstrate the company’s strength “in designing innovative automation solutions for both additive and traditional manufacturing.”

The 20-foot Methods cell will really speed up the production of 3D printed parts and keep costs down, thanks to its post-process machining operations. It includes an in-feeding station for 3D printed products, which carries the parts into a FANUC C600 EDM machine on build plates; the machine then cuts the parts and build plates apart, and a FANUC robot at the next station snaps the plates off of the parts and sends them for a final machining operation, care of a FANUC RoboDrill.

John Lucier, National Automation Manager at Methods Machine Tools, Inc., said, “This automated lights-out manufacturing cell was designed to drastically reduce the total time to complete parts from 3D printing to final post-processing. It can easily quadruple total part throughput while eliminating manual labor.”

The RAPID + TCT show takes place from May 9-11, and Methods Machine Tools Inc. will be showcasing its new cell solution at booth #2525. 3DPrint.com will, of course, be in attendance at the conference.

isodo3D Uses 3D Printing Technology to Recreate Golf Trophy

3D printing services provider isodo3D, based in the UK, was recently approached by the Abu Dhabi Sports Council and IMG Golf with an interesting request: reproduce replicas, using the latest 3D printing and scanning technology, of the famous Falcon Trophy, which is given to the winner of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship golf tournament (for the associated Pro-Am tournament). In the brief, the company was tasked with making 18 quarter-scale replicas: six for each of the upcoming three tournaments. The company determined that 3D printing the falcon and the golf ball from the trophy, but hand-turning the wooden plinths, would be the most cost effective method of reproduction.

“We were keen to achieve the brief and demonstrate how this technology can be used in this way,” said isodo3D Managing Director John Cousins. “These trophies represent the very best in golf and we knew that whoever won one, would have been outstanding in their field. It was our challenge to produce a trophy befitting of the achievements of the winners and I definitely think we met the criteria.”

isodo3D used the HP 3D Structured Light Scanner Pro S3 to scan the original trophy, and used the data to 3D print a master model, with a little help from the prototyping experts at Malcolm Nicholls Limited and its SLA 3D printing technology. The model was hand-finished and painted, and then used as a soft silicone tooling pattern. Polyurethane castings were made, and then sent for plating, with a vacuum metallization method. The wooden bases were laser engraved with logos and tournament sponsors by L Squared Lasers, and then all 18 trophy replicas were assembled, polished, quality checked, and delivered to Abu Dhabi for the tournament.