Posts by Stephen Holmes

‘Full colour’ desktop FDM printing unveiled by XYZprinting

Published 05 September 2017

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: prototype, 3d printing, materials, xyzprinting

XYZprinting has announced its 3D Color Jet technology which enables its Da Vinci Color 3D printer to mix and fire CMYK colour droplets onto PLA filament to produce full colour parts.

The CMYK ink cartridges technology allows for a range of 16 million of shades to choose from, while the print bed allows for 200 x 200 x 150mm build volume in a desktop friendly package.

The user has a ‘simulated paintbrush’ within the XYZMaker software that enables them to ‘paint’ their designs and customise colours to their preference.

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EOS sets out to tackle industry standards for metals 3D printing with IndustryLine Stainless Steel

Published 05 September 2017

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

Stainless Steel 17-4PH is hardly the stuff to get pulses racing, but EOS has identified this metal alloy powder as a key component in forming industry standards for metals 3D printing.

EOS StainlessSteel 17-4PH IndustryLine consists of an iron-based metal alloy powder and specially developed process parameter for manufacturing on the EOS M 290 metal system, meeting the requirements of serial production using additive manufacturing.

The quality of each batch of EOS StainlessSteel 17-4PH IndustryLine powder delivered is ‘guaranteed by quality assurance processes’, which are part of EOS’ quality management system used for systems, powdered materials, and processes.

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Envisiontec’s sand casting 3D printer utilises robotic automation

Published 01 September 2017

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Article tagged with: 3d printing, manufacturing, materials, envisiontec, sand casting

Automation for 3D printing has taken another step with EnvisionTec getting in on the act with its Viridis3D robotic system for sand casting.

Using a patent-pending technology, a proprietary print head attached to an ABB robot arm uses binder jetting technology to print sand molds, mold cores and investment casting patterns for foundry applications.

A variety of build envelopes are offered, with the RAM 123 printing parts up to 1 x 2 x 3 ft, with the RAM 224 (2 x 2 x 4 ft), RAM 236 (2 x 3 x 6 ft), and RAM 336 (3 x 3 x 6 ft) now available, while EnvisionTec suggests that scaleable custom solutions are also available.

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Manufacturing Advisory Service launched to help direct UK manufacturing

Published 31 August 2017

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Article tagged with: manufacturing, manufacture, birmingham

Manufacturing and engineering membership body, Made in the Midlands has launched the Manufacturing Advisory Service (MAS) as a dedicated online help desk and signposting service to support Britain’s manufacturing industry and help businesses access information they need in order to grow.

A launch event, attended by over 150 leading Midlands manufactures, saw the former government initiative relaunched as an advisory body to help businesses find the support and advice they need about everything from process improvements and research and development (R&D) grants, to access to finance and marketing best practice.

Speaking at the launch, Lord Mike Whitby, non-executive chairman of Made in the Midlands, said: “Manufacturing contributes over 10 per cent to Britain’s GDP, and the Midlands’ contribution is even more significant. It’s vital that the sector continues to grow, but one of the biggest challenges the sector is currently facing is a lag between true entrepreneurship and access to financial support.

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Textures for 3D printed surfaces shows intent of Carbon to bridge design and manufacture workflow

Published 30 August 2017

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: engineering, 3d printing, manufacturing, product design, materials, carbon, textures, carbon3d

With an aim goal of killing off prototyping and jumping straight into production-quality parts, Carbon has made fast progress not only with its hardware, but also with a new range of accompanying proprietary software for designers.

The latest announcement is of its new tools for applying textures to 3D printed part surfaces, where traditional injection moulded methods such as costly and complex mould etching treatments or laborious post-processing on the part itself present problems.

Carbon’s proprietary software aims to give production quality surface finish and resolution on difficult-to-tool low-angle textures, as well as textures with undercuts, pushing the limits of the role textures can play in product design, expanding textures from simple aesthetics to new capabilities driven by the engineering of complex geometries.

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Royal Navy’s future concepts competition trawls the world of biomimicry

Published 30 August 2017

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Article tagged with: design, marine, submarines

The Nautilus 100 mothership is designed to stay underwater for extended periods, moving between underwater docks

20 young engineers and scientists have submitted their concepts for the future of marine vessels to the British Royal Navy, drawing heavily on life under the deep blue sea to create mechanical eels and giant rays.

The designers, aged 16 to 34, were challenged to ‘visioneer’ a new generation of underwater craft for combat in the future - leading to ideas such as shape-morphing 3D printed structures, plasma batteries and shoals of dissolvable drones.

Commissioned in honour of the USS Nautilus, the world’s first operational nuclear submarine, the designs include the main ship - shaped like a giant ray/whale hybrid, and several autonomous vehicles and weapons that can be launched from it.

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Old VW gets a future facelift with 3D printed front-end by Altair and EOS

Published 30 August 2017

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Article tagged with: engineering, cad, simulation, design, 3d printing, manufacturing, automotive, eos, altair, apworks

In its bid to convince the automotive world to stop bashing out bits of steel and to do something altogether more modern, the 3i-PRINT project has updated an old Volkswagen Caddy to demonstrate the full potential of 3D printing.

A new front-end structure has been designed and built to be light, stable, and, at the same time feature a high degree of functional integration - billed as the ‘true value proposition of additive manufacturing in automotive engineering’.

The project was undertaken as part of the the 3i-PRINT project, featuring experts from Altair, APWorks, CSI Entwicklungstechnik, EOS, GERG, and Heraeus, with considerations extending far beyond structural mechanics and lightweight construction.

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