HP Launch Live: Multi-Jet Fusion, ‘10-times faster 3D Printing’, and Sprout scanner/projector combo

Published 29 October 2014

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: 3d printing, hp, hardware, workstations, tech, sprout, page wide, scanner, multijet fusion

Today HP launched MultiJet Fusion 3D printing, and its Sprout hardware

HP has finally unveiled its new 3D printing technology for industry - ‘10 times faster than technology that’s already out there’, partly thanks to its giant, single-pass, ‘pagewide’ printhead technology.

Powder-based, the process places 350 million, 21 micron drops of binder onto each layer with each print pass, forming full colour parts.

Also launched was the company’s Sprout hardware, a 5-in-1 device that sits over and above a computer monitor, that houses a scanner/projector that also acts as a mouse/keyboard/touchpad, allowing you to manipulate documents on both the monitor desktop, and the physical one in front of you.

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Granta Design to promote its latest software at the Advanced Engineering UK 2014 Show

Published 28 October 2014

Posted by Tanya Weaver

Article tagged with: engineering, granta design, materials selection, materials, exhibition, granta mi, advanced engineering show

Granta MI:Materials Gateway enables access to authoritative materials data from within CAD software

From 11 to 12 November Birmingham’s NEC will be playing host to the annual Advanced Engineering Show. This free-to-attend event will see 700 supply chain engineering exhibitors in one location.

Amongst these exhibitors will be Granta Design, a Cambridge UK based company that specialises in materials information technology.

At its booth, Granta will be showcasing its latest GRANTA MI Version 8 software and CES SelectorTM 2015.

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Brit band Klaxons go on tour with 3D printed guitars

Published 27 October 2014

Posted by Tanya Weaver

Article tagged with: design, 3d printing, graduates, sheffield, guitar, 3d printed instruments

3D printed guitars are on the road for the first time as part of the Klaxons tour which kicked off on Saturday

UK indie rock band Klaxons made a tongue-in-cheek announcement last June that its next tourwould be a ‘3D printed tour’, with everything seen on stage including guitars, amps and lights, created using 3D printing technology.

In terms of the guitars, this dream has become a reality with help from 3D printed guitar company Customuse, which started as an undergraduate project at the University of Sheffield.

The tour began on 25 October in Leeds, and saw individual, customised 3D printed guitars in front of the crowds.

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Formlabs announces castable, flexible resins

Published 27 October 2014

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: 3d printing, formlabs, materials, lost wax casting, casting

The new cartable resin should burn out cleanly, without ash or residue, capturing crisp, precise details, and smooth surfaces

FormLabs has announced a new family of high-performance functional resins, allowing for the production of castable and flexible parts.

The new resins for the desktop Form 1+ SLA 3D Printer allows for the investment casting of metal parts, as well as the printing of soft, impact-resistant models.

The castable resin is designed to hold fine detail and burn out cleanly, a requirement for investment casting, making it ideal for jewellery, metalwork, and engineering applications.

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Gerber AccuMark 10 moving garment development and pattern making into 3D

Published 27 October 2014

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: solid edge, cad, fashion, fashion design, pattern, 2d, gerber

Gerber is gearing up to move the 2D pattern cutting industry into using its 3D tools

Gerber Technology has announced its new integrated 3D solution for garment development and pattern making, AccuMark 10, will be available in the spring of 2015.

The new software will allow designers to share 3D images and motion files, furthering collaboration and centralisation of data, giving designers real-life visualisation of designs and be able make pattern corrections that can then be visualised in 3D.

“Gerber Technology recognises the impact 3D will have on the lives of its customers,” said Mike Elia, CEO Gerber Technology. “3D will be a disruptive technology. Its applications are broad and will have an impact from the creative and garment development process to merchandising and e-commerce.”

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£1.2m grant sees Grainger & Worrall increase its hi-tech manufacturing performance

Published 24 October 2014

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: manufacturing, awards, exone, grainger and worrall, sand casting, casting, government

Grainger & Worrall have received a £1.2m grant, which will be used to continue its future technical innovations

UK metal castings firm Grainger & Worrall (G&W) has been awarded a £1.2m grant to further develop its aerospace component production and development capabilities,

The company, which uses a blend of traditional casting methods and finishings, combined with the latest in 3D printed sand castings, received the boost as part of the government’s Sharing in Growth (SiG) initiative, and will use it to drive continued innovation at its high-precision engineering headquarters.

One of the only independent UK casting business to employ in-house ExOne 3D sand printing and CT scanning technology as part of its rapid prototyping process, G&W is using these technologies to enable projects like fully-machined engine cylinder head development in less than six weeks.

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Mcor looks to extend reach of 3D printing in schools by giving away consumables

Published 24 October 2014

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: 3d printing, education, schools, mcor technologies, mcor

Cheap materials mean more design iterations for students, and fewer headaches for teachers managing costs

Mcor is offering three years of free IRIS 3D printer consumables to US schools if they purchase a Mcor IRIS 3D printer education package before 15 December.

“To be effective in education, 3D printing must be accessible to all students,” said Dr. Conor MacCormack, co-founder and CEO of Mcor Technologies. “Yet, the high cost of 3D printer consumables can severely limit students’ access to 3D printing technology and be prohibitively expensive for schools. This offer enables students much wider access to our breakthrough full color, professional, paper-based 3D printers.”

It’s fair to say they have a point, the education market has rushed to bring 3D printing in house, but the associated costs are often an afterthought.

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