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3D Systems incorporates automation to its ‘future factory’ with Figure 4 and new metals printer

Published 17 November 2017

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: prototype, 3d printing, manufacturing, 3d systems, materials, additive manufacturing, metals, figure 4

3D Systems continues to push its plans for extended manufacturing with additive technologies, launching a new metals 3D printer ready for the automated production line.

Based on the company’s existing SLS metals technology, the DMP 8500 is a scalable, automated and fully integrated - from powder in to part out - metal additive manufacturing solution, with a build chamber 500 x 500 x 500 mm, the system is engineered to open up new applications for users.

The modular design, combined with practicalities for production line use, such as rear access and ability to be placed side-by-side with other 3D printers, while sealed, removable print units manage powder and part transport between printer, powder, and transport modules for a continuous production workflow.

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A return to desktop with FabPro 1000 sees 3D Systems try to take back small format 3D printing

Published 17 November 2017

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: rapid prototyping, 3d printing, 3d systems, formlabs, desktop printing, desktop, dlp, fabpro 1000

3D Systems is reentering the desktop 3D printing category with the introduction of the FabPro 1000, a sub $5,000 DLP printer that will form the starting point for its revamped professional range.

The resin 3D printer is billed as being between two and four-times faster than its competition - such as the Formlabs Form 2, although it does have a smaller build area - and 3D Systems says its technology and materials will delivers ‘up to 40 per cent lower part cost’.

As the name suggests, the FabPro 1000 is aimed professionals looking for detailed prototypes, and with a growing number of desktop SLA/DLP printers on the market 3D Systems hopes its speed and integrated pro software, 3D Sprint, will set it apart.

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Weekender // Guy in a tank on the telly

Published 17 November 2017

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: engineering, weekender, jcb, tanks, guy martin

A five-month project to resurrect a World War One British Mark IV tank is interesting enough, but throw in motorcycle racer and truck mechanic Guy Martin, and his genuine affliction for design and engineering elevates any programme.

Much of the work was performed by JCB for the authentic reproduction of the 30-tonne tank, built from scratch, the process began with CAD data drawn up by a hobbyist modeller, before JCB designers upgraded the model and used cutting-edge manufacturing techniques to recreate the chassis of the historic machine in just 8 weeks.

The completed chassis was transported to Norfolk tank museum, near Norwich, where the remainder of the project took place.

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STEM Returners programme looks to help those restarting their careers

Published 17 November 2017

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: engineering, jobs, education, stem

Helping STEM qualified people close their CV gap and get back into work

A CV gap, for whatever reason, is often an insurmountable barrier to recruitment, often viewed negatively by both employers and returners, yet a new scheme aims to help all candidates with a STEM background find a way back into work. 

Through a supported return to work scheme STEM Returners will also support those candidates who are interested in transferring to a different sector, but lack the relevant experience to apply through traditional recruitment channels.

Both the returners and employers will be fully supported throughout the programme which includes confidence training and coaching for the returner, a 13 week fully supported paid internship and a diverse and evolved mentoring scheme.

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