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Oerlikon expands metals 3D printing operation with Citim acquisition

Published 01 December 2016

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Article tagged with: 3d printing, engineering, manufacture, oerlikon

Citim’s metals 3D printing abilities have been added to Oerlikon’s growing portfolio

The German firm Oerlikon, specialising in surface solutions, advanced materials and materials processing, has added experienced metals additive manufacturing company Citim to its portfolio.

With the acquisition of citim, Oerlikon suggests that it has taken an important step to become a ‘global powerhouse in the industry, combining its knowledge in the engineering of industrial components, materials, and closely related technologies such as thermal spray and thin-film coating, positioning it to take part in the industrialisation of additive manufacturing.

Oerlikon claims it can now offer an integrated end-to-end service concept for metals 3D printing, with a wide portfolio of advanced metal-based materials and processing technologies applied across a wide range of industrial areas.

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Wetsuit washer looking to clean-up on crowdfunding

Published 30 November 2016

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Article tagged with: design, prototype, sports, idc models, idc, water

‘Think outside the bucket’ is the mantra for MAS Bully’s latest product to help water sports fans clean up their wetsuits in the best possible fashion.

Replacing the traditional dunk in a bathtub, sink or beachside bucket, with the help of design consultants IDC, Bully has created a strengthened hangar with attached shower head that cleans the neoprene suits when attached to an outside hose.

With the goal of performing efficiently while using only a minimal amount of water, with the hangar speeding up the drying process and removing any crumples that impact the function and aesthetics of the wetsuit.

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Winner of Le Mans 2030 Global Design Competition adds driverless element

Published 30 November 2016

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Article tagged with: design, automotive, competition, concept, le mans

Tao Ni’s winning entry, Infiniti Le Mans 2030

The global ‘Le Mans 2030’ 2017 Michelin Challenge Design has been won by Tao Ni of Wuhu, China, for his entry Infiniti Le Mans 2030.

The RCA MA Vehicle Design student has already been decorated for previous automotive concepts, and his future Le Mans car combines the pinnacle of driver skill for during the daylight hours, and computer controlled automation - to test the limits of its engineering - during the night stages.

Graphene technology, smart batteries, cutting edge aerodynamics, the concept is loaded with technology as Ni looks to wrestle the title of most advanced racing from F1 and return it to the prestige 24 hour contest.

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Big Rep partners with Kühling&Kühling for new pro FDM machine

Published 29 November 2016

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Article tagged with: 3d printing, materials

The VP75 will be a dual-branded FDM machine capable of outputting ‘engineering grade’ materials

Big Rep and Kühling&Kühling have partnered on a new ‘delta-style’ FDM 3D printer that aims to enter the precision professional market at around €44,000 with the latter’s VP75 machine.

Also branded as the BigRep Tech, the two upcoming German 3D printing firms have focussed on building in a surprising amount of features and solidity into the VP75 that given its 400 x 600mm - or 75 litre - build volume, makes its price very interesting.

The fully enclosed heated build chamber automatically calibrates the build platform - which also uses vacuum build surface fixation technology - while the high temperature print head 0.5mm nozzle is capable of outputting engineering grade materials like high-impact polycarbonate.

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Watch // Repurposing F1 cars as art

Published 29 November 2016

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Article tagged with: engineering, automotive, f1, art

To celebrate the career of F1 driver Jenson Button, Channel 4 commissioned former F1 race team chief mechanic Alastair Gibson, who now produces works of art under the studio moniker Carbon Art 45, to produce him a sculpture.

Made from a wide range of car parts from Button’s racing history, Gibson created a manta ray-type creature complete with rotating geared plinth.

It’s an interesting way of encapsulating a career within a sculpture, and its very personal nature (Gibson was chief mechanic at BAR Racing when Button won the World Championship) make this a work of automotive art without making it representing a car.

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Weekender // Design Museum

Published 25 November 2016

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Article tagged with: london, design museum, conran, weekender, museum

The Design Museum opens its doors this weekend in London, having relocated to Kensington

It might have been announced by founder Sir Terence Conran as a ‘Cathedral of design’, but this weekend the front doors are flung open for the congregation to flood in and around the new Design Museum at will.

It’s an impressive building, particularly because of the amount of space the post-war modernist building - the former Commonwealth Institute - affords its exhibitions.

The opening array of exhibitions might at times stray politely into the realm of art, but there’s always a strong technical element at play that brings it back to the relevance of modern day design -  such as Madeline Gannon’s project with Autodesk to produce a ‘sentient’ robot, or Neri Oxman and Stratasys’ work ‘Vespers’: a range of colourful and at first flippant 3D printed artworks that contain ridiculous organic formations and shapes.

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Xerox Direct to Object inkjet printer offers on the spot customisation of 3D objects

Published 24 November 2016

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Article tagged with: 3d printing, engineering, manufacture, customisation, xerox

While 3D printing has often heralded its place at the top of the customised products food chain, Xerox’s 2D technology might be ready to take the accolade with its ability to print on plastics, metals, ceramics, glass and other substrates.

Xerox Direct to Object printing utilises inkjet technology with nozzles half the width of a human hair to print photos, images and text directly onto a 3D object in minutes for label-less, on-demand digital personalisation and packaging.

“This innovation opens up a path for creating customised products instantly at a time when the consumer’s appetite is all about personalisation,” said Brendan Casey, VP of Xerox Engineering Services. “Imagine a sports fan coming home from a game with a helmet or ball that was personalised right at the stadium, or a retailer offering on-demand personalisation on hundreds of different store items.”

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