Dremel Digilab 3D40 3D Printer, Idea Builder and Education Accessories (Lesson Plans, Professional Development Course, build plate, build tape, filament)

The Dremel Digilab 3D40 Idea Builder 3D printer is Dremel’s best 3D printer for classroom use or to use at home. 3D printing beginners, teachers and children alike will appreciate the large 4.5″ full color touchscreen with an intuitive interface for easy use, the removable glass build plate that makes it easy to remove prints and is resistant to drops and the fully enclosed sturdy plastic design that keeps curious hands out and also makes the printer quiet and safe. You can easily connect the printer to Wifi and use the included remote printing software to send prints from wherever you are. The printer has a high accuracy with a 100 micron layer height, but you can also print very quickly with the 300 micron layer height setting. You can print using the included cloud software, the included Dremel Digilab 3D Slicer for Windows or Mac, or your favorite 3D software that supports .gcode, .g or .g3drem files such as Cura, Simplify3D, Craftware, KISSlicer, Slic3r or Repetier. Once you start slicing your own files you can take advantage of the large 6″ x 10″ x 6.7″ (402 cu in) build volume. With 85 years of reliable quality, Dremel is an established brand that you can trust to support you throughout your journey. By purchasing a Dremel 3D printer, you will have lifetime access to unrivaled Dremel customer service as well as an industry-best 1 year warranty. All the help you need will be just a quick email, live chat or phone call away. This kit also contains everything else you need to successfully bring 3D printing to your classroom. Start printing out of the box with 30 standards aligned lesson plans, developed alongside partners with years of experience developing curriculum. The lesson plans teach students how to solve open-ended problems by creating their own models and prototypes, testing them out, and iterating to make improvements. They will learn how to work effectively in teams, and of course they will learn about 3D printing too. The kit also includes a professional development course with quizzes and a final exam that allows you to get 4 hours of your yearly professional development requirement out of the way. The kit also includes 3 spools of filaments in different colors, extra build tape for your build platform, and an extra Dremel build platform so that you can easily swap out platforms between prints. Everything you need to bring the magic of 3D printing to your classroom.

Product Features

  • Includes the Dremel Digilab 3D40 Idea Builder, Dremel’s easiest to setup and use 3D printer perfect for the classroom
  • Start printing with your classroom right out of the box with 30 standards-aligned lesson plans
  • Teach students how to solve open-ended problems by creating their own models and prototypes
  • Get 4 hours of professional development credits with the included 3D printing course for teachers
  • Expand your students’ projects with 3 spools of filament (black, blue, orange) and quickly start your next print with an extra glass build plate

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Aeromet and Partners Continue Development of A20X Aluminum Alloy for 3D Printing

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UK-based Aeromet International manufactures aluminum and cast metal parts for the aerospace and defense industries. It has several prominent customers for which it supplies airframe and engine parts such as fuel system components, wing tips, doors and heat exchangers. The company is also known for developing the world’s strongest commercially available aluminum casting alloy, A20X, which is the first new aluminum alloy brought to market for the aerospace industry in over 40 years. Now Aeromet is leading a group of companies to further develop A20X for additive manufacturing. 

The group has been awarded funding from the National Aerospace Technology Exploitation Program (NATEP) to develop the alloy. As part of the High Strength Aluminum Powder for Additive Manufacture (HighSAP) project, Aeromet and its partners Rolls-Royce, Renishaw and PSI will work to further optimize A20X for additive manufacturing and produce a set of demonstrator parts.

NATEP, an Aerospace Growth Partnership initiative, is an industry-led program that supports UK companies in the aerospace industry developing innovative technologies.

“We are very pleased to have been awarded NATEP funding for this exciting project,” said Mike Bond, Director of Advanced Material Technology at Aeromet. “By working with our partners, we hope to further develop our powder technology and create a new option for high strength additive manufactured parts. NATEP is a great way for innovative companies to come together to develop cutting edge technologies.”

The A20X family includes the Metallic Materials Properties Development and Standardisation (MMPDS) approved A205 casting alloy and A20X powder for additive manufacturing. A20X is an aluminum-copper alloy with a highly refined microstructure and a unique solidification mechanism, giving it greater strength, fatigue and thermal characteristics than other alloys. Castings made from the alloy are already in production for high-strength, high-temperature aerospace applications, and HighSAP plans to take advantage of the alloy’s characteristics for additive manufacturing purposes.

“Rolls-Royce are excited to participate in this project and contribute to the development of this very promising new aluminium alloy,” said Paul Murray, Principal Materials Engineer at Rolls-Royce. “NATEP is a proven programme with a strong track record of supporting innovation in the UK aerospace supply chain.”

Aeromet has led two collaborative development projects through NATEP, and is actively engaged in cross-industry, collaborative R&D projects funded by the Aerospace Technology Institute. The company is also highly involved in the UK government’s industrial strategy for aerospace, known as the Aerospace Growth Partnership, which in turn is part of the Sharing in Growth program, a 2013 initiative to increase the productivity and effectiveness of the UK aerospace supply chain.

“PSI are very pleased to be a partner in this project which aligns very well with our strategy of optimising powders for additive manufacturing,” said Dr. Gordon Kerr of PSI Ltd. “PSI technology combines VIM with inert gas atomisation and this project will utilise our knowledge of processing and handling aluminium alloy powders.”

These companies will work together to develop what is already an extremely promising material into something that could prove central to increasing the use of additive manufacturing in the aerospace industry.

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[Images: Aeromet]

Aurora Labs commences development of additive Powder Production Unit for metal 3D printing

Aurora Labs (ASX:A3D) an Australian company that specializes in the development of metal 3D printers, has announced that it is developing a patent-pending Powder Production Unit (PPU).

With the PPU, Aurora hopes to corner the market for additive alloys by producing materials at a price competitive to other commercial sellers.

Aurora Labs team with their first printer to ship. Photo via Aurora Labs/Twitter.Aurora Labs team with their first printer to ship – the S-Titanium Pro Photo via Aurora Labs/Twitter.

Producing up to 5 tonnes per day

In the “first step to commercial powder production,” Aurora has created a prototype PPU system that has now entered the testing stages for various parameters. The company has a number of patents pending for the processes used, though it expects it could take “several years to reach a firm conclusion of either rejection or grant.”

A single PPU has projected production goals of up to 5 tonnes of powder per day. With more units, the company plans to scale the process to even larger volumes.

Development timeline

If all goes to plan, initially Aurora’s alloy powder will begin sales across international markets. After 18 months, the company hopes to scale the process to meet international demand.

Within 2 years, the process will be scaled again to serve an expected demand for materials created by the market introduction of Aurora’s Medium Format Printing (MFP) and Large Format Printing (LFP) technology that is currently in-development.

The company will also seeks markets outside of additive manufacturing to make use of the powder.

Timeline of Powder Production Unit (PPU) development. Image via Aurora LabsTimeline of Powder Production Unit (PPU) development. Image via Aurora Labs

An additive materials boom

Leveraging a noticeable demand for titanium and nickel alloys, high-technology engineering group Sandvik recently invested $25 million USD in a mining and production facility for 3D printing materials.

An increasing number of enterprises hope to supply metal powders for 3D printing. For example, advanced plasma process specialist PyroGenesis made the decision to re-enter the metal powder production market to meet the demands of the 3D printing industry.

According to David Budge, Managing Director of Aurora Labs, “We are progressing very rapidly with our powder development as we see the extensive opportunity here readily available,”

“There are obvious synergies between metal powder production and the potential demand created by additive manufacturing, such as with our Large Format Printer, and we intend to capitalize on this opportunity.”

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Featured image shows a stainless steel bracket 3D printed by Aurora Labs. Image via Aurora Labs

Audi takes additive manufacturing efforts up a gear with new EOS development partnership

Jan 25, 2017 | By Benedict

Car manufacturer Audi AG has started a development partnership with additive manufacturing specialist EOS that will see the latter providing additive systems and training to the former. Audi plans to 3D print tools, geometrically complex inserts for die casting molds, and more.

The EOS M 400 additive manufacturing system

Like most major car manufacturers, respected German automaker Audi has dabbled in additive manufacturing over the last few years, be it for the production of topologically optimized metal parts using SLM Solutions 3D printers, or for indulging in less serious activities like building a half-scale 1936 Auto Union Type C race car. Excitingly, a newly announced development partnership between the auto giant and fellow German company EOS could spark the ignition of a more comprehensive additive manufacturing strategy for Audi.

According to a press release, the EOS consulting division “Additive Minds” will be supporting Audi as it implements industrial 3D printing technology and develops a new 3D printing center in Ingolstadt, where the car manufacturer is headquartered. “The aim is to not only supply Audi with the right additive systems and processes but to also support them during applications development, when building up internal AM knowledge and training their engineers to become in-house AM experts,” said Güngör Kara, Director of Global Application and Consulting at EOS.

While the partnership is no doubt exciting news for the auto industry and fans of Audi’s distinctive vehicles, the new additive manufacturing facilities being implemented at Ingolstadt will not yet be used to make fully additive 3D printed cars. Instead, Audi will focus its early efforts on items such as 3D printed tools, with the company’s casting technical center also planning to make full use of the equipment, which “will make possible the production of [single-part] geometries that would have to be joined in conventional manufacturing.” Prototpyes and simple equipment, as well as small parts for motor sports vehicles, will be the first objects lined up for 3D printing.

“Audi was looking for a reliable development partner and has found that in EOS, which we are very happy about,” commented Dr. Stefan Bindl, Team Manager of the Innovation Center at Additive Minds, EOS. “The close cooperation concerning application and process development, as well as internal knowledge building, makes a significant contribution, which is why Audi can quickly achieve substantial gains for its own business by applying our technology.” Bindl added that the geographical nearness between Audi and EOS also proved helpful in establishing the partnership.

Could future versions of the Audi TT Roadster contain 3D printed parts?

Although EOS will be supplying the equipment and training for the Audi team at Ingolstadt, the car manufacturer will have to devote significant manpower in order to get acquainted with the new 3D printers. However, with its eye on the automotive future, in which additive manufacturing is sure to play an important part, committing bodies to the 3D printing cause is something that Audi is happy to do, and the company has even devoted a specific area of its premises to additive training.

“We have set up our own competence center for 3D printing in order to gain experience with the materials and the process, and to further develop them for series production,” explained Jörg Spindler, Head of Toolmaking at Audi. “With this technology we are able to integrate internal structures and functions in tools that we have not been able to create so far with conventional manufacturing methods. We can now quickly and economically produce lightweight components using this technology, especially in small batches.”

Other areas of interest for Audi include 3D printing inserts for die casting molds and hot working segments. According to the car manufacturer, it can improve series production by introducing 3D printed, component-specific conformal cooling channels throughout its molds. Because of the complexity of these channels, no other manufacturing method could be used to create them. Audi says the optimized cooling performance could lead to a reduction in production time by 20 percent, simultaneously producing a positive effect on the energy consumption and cost efficiency of the components.

With 3D printing becoming more important in the automotive industry, Audi might have found an incredibly valuable friend in EOS.

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