SLM Solutions 3D printing outlook continues to boom after turning down GE’s advances

Published 16 November 2017

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: engineering, 3d printing, manufacturing, additive manufacturing, china, slm solutions

An envisioned set-up of multiple SLM Solutions SLM 800 3D printers for mass production

While GE Additive made a big splash at 3D printing trade show Formnext, unveiling a first look at its additive manufacturing future, SLM Solutions, which turned down a reported $745M takeover from GE, was showing further evidence as to why it was set on going it alone.

On the first day of the event the German company picked up an order from an Asian energy firm for ‘at least €37M’ for 20 SLM 800 3D printers, following on from a similar order in recent months.

While we don’t usually post comment on such machine sales, it offers an interesting look at the expanded growth of an industry and the confidence within the sector - and the knock on effect this adoption will have for design and engineering tools.

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Renishaw partners with Identify3D to add security and traceability to additive manufacturing

Published 16 November 2017

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: engineering, design, manufacturing, siemens, additive manufacturing, renishaw, ip, identify3d

Identify3D will provide data protection and enforce production rules

Renishaw aims to offer an end-to-end, secure digital manufacturing process through a new collaboration with digital supply chain software company Identify3D.

SanFrancisco-based Identify3D will provide data protection coupled with contractual and manufacturing licensing from design to production on Renishaw AM systems.

According to Renishaw, by choosing to secure all digital data in the engineering phase, the technology enables users of its systems to protect their digital intellectual property, enforce production rules and provide traceability in the digital supply chain at the industry’s highest standard.

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New biocompatible silicone 3D printing material from Carbon

Published 16 November 2017

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: 3d printing, manufacturing, medical, materials, additive manufacturing, carbon, carbon3d, silicone

A selection of 3D printed airway stents, built using Carbon’s SIL30 silicone material

SIL 30, a soft, tear-resistant, biocompatible new silicone resin, has opened up Carbon‘s 3D printing solutions to a range of medical and consumer products such as headphones, wristbands, and various other wearables.

Carbon worked with NAMSA, a leader in biocompatibility testing, to certify SIL 30 as well as six additional Carbon resins, all printable on its M Series 3D printers.

The resins are also certified for use in medical device manufacturing – another industry that has seen significant benefits from using 3D printing.

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New HQ and 3D Academy to be opened by Hobs Studio

Published 16 November 2017

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: 3d printing, visualisation, london, here east, hobs

East London’s growing tech hub Here East will be home to the new Hobs 3D printing and visualisation facility

A new 7,200 sq. ft. 3D printing and virtual reality lab is to be opened by Hobs Studio in East London, with plans to initiate a 3D academy that will help build a talent pool of 3D specialists.

As part of the Here East site - home to Plexal, Europe’s largest innovation ecosystem, Loughborough University London, UCL, BT Sport, and with Ford also set to open its European Smart Mobility Office - Hobs’ new base will employ around 30 people and provide a range of visual and 3D printing services.

“We wanted to be part of East London’s thriving creative scene and Here East was the natural choice for our new headquarters as we looked to expand in the years ahead,” said Hobs Studio managing director Michelle Greeff.

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DMG MORI flexes new metals muscle with post acquisition Realizer SLM machines

Published 16 November 2017

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: 3d printing, manufacturing, materials, additive manufacturing, sls, dmg mori

The fruits of DMG MORI’s majority share in Realizer look promising

Since DMG MORI acquired a majority share in German additive manufacturing firm Realizer it has been busy rebranding and re-speccing its range of SLS powder-bed 3D printers to add to a stable already featuring laser deposition welding.

The Lasertec 30 SLM is equipped with a 300 × 300 × 300 mm build area, with layer thicknesses of 20 to 100 µm depending on the surface quality and build-up rate, and application-specific fibre laser sources of 400 Watt to 1kW.

A low argon consumption of only 70 l/h and integrated powder conditioning should ensure optimum powder handling, more so with the exchangeable powder module meaning changeovers take less than two hours.

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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

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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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