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GE Additive launches first ATLAS concept 3D printer, a big sign of things to come

Published 16 November 2017

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: 3d printing, manufacturing, materials, additive manufacturing, ge, concept laser, ge additive

GE Additive’s beta concept is the first of its ‘metre-class’ 3D printers, with more to come soon

The first beta machine from GE Additive made its debut at Formnext, demonstrating the company is working well with acquisition Concept Laser on developing the next generation of large format metals 3D printer.

The machine has a focus on scaleability for large parts and components, with GE putting in great efforts to overcome the build envelop restrictions of powder-bed printers - motion control, airflow, powder management - yet the scale to which these products will finally grow is still being researched with the company’s customers around the globe.

GE Additive admits that size is still one of the biggest questions facing a metals 3D printing market still figuring out what it needs, and its new beta machine sees them poised with a flexible solution: a 1.1 x 1.1 x 0.3M bid area, with gantry-based architecture firing a new 1kW laser.

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TechShop closes all US locations, files for bankruptcy

Published 15 November 2017

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: design, jobs, makers, techshop


Community maker space chain TechShop has announced the closure of its 10 US outposts, filling for Chapter 7 bankruptcy, citing profitability as the dooming factor despite efforts to restructure in recent months.

Best known for its gym-style membership plans and partnerships with large automotive firms like Ford and BMW, TechShop offered a place where people could work on projects and learn new skills on the latest technologies.

“The essence of the TechShop vision was to develop a network of makerspaces, members, curriculum, standards, instructors, and learning that would fuel the birth of new technologies, products, jobs, and companies,” said TechShop CEO Dan Woods in a statement.

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New EOS P500 targets industrial scale printing of polymers

Published 15 November 2017

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: 3d printing, eos, materials, additive manufacturing, polymers

The P500 is a future facing polymers printer from EOS as it looks to tackle mass production

Lowest cost-per-part is fast becoming the battle cry among several 3D printing vendors, but EOS is looking to push those costs lower with its most efficient polymers printer, the P500.

Operating at up to 300°C with dual laser fusing system, the printer preheats the polymer material in advance before it is applied on the build platform, reducing layer times, while efficiencies are improves as all recycled powder can be recycled for the next build job at higher fill rates.

A new job can be started 15 minutes after the previous build has finished, thanks to switching between the exchangeable frames, with EOS also boasting of only weekly cleaning cycles and annual maintenance - maximising uptime.

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Stratasys gets down to the voxel level with new GrabCAD software for 3D printing on the J750

Published 15 November 2017

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: 3d printing, stratasys, grabcad, 3d design, voxel

The whispy internal leg details of this table were produced by controlling the voxels of the print with GrabCAD

By combining GrabCAD Voxel Print and its J750 3D printing solution, Stratasys hopes that it has unlocked a new era of control at microscopic detail within its 3D printed parts.

Voxels, a term for a 3D pixel, form the building blocks of the company’s high-resolution ink-jet deposited PolyJet 3D printing, enabling users to create advanced structures, gradient color patterns, internal properties, textures and precise material requirements for various applications.

Users can use their own model layer slicer tool to assign properties at the voxel level, slice by slice, creating the ability to go beyond boundary representation to volumetric modelling, before GrabCAD Voxel Print generates a GrabCAD Voxel File (.GCVF) that can be directly loaded to GrabCAD and fabricated on a Stratasys J750 3D Printer.

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