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PTC Creo given a boost with Frustum acquisition

Published 21 November 2018

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: engineering, cad, design, ptc, additive manufacturing, creo, frustum

PTC has added artificial intelligence and generative design capabilities to its CAD portfolio with the acquisition of Frustum, creators of Frustum Generate software, for approximately $70 million.

The move comes as something of a surprise given Frustum’s close relationship with Siemens PLM software of late, but PTC is clearly delighted in what the technology offers for its Crew user base.
“PTC is pushing the boundaries of innovation with this acquisition,” said PTC CEO Jim Heppelmann, reaffirming that Creo is still core to PTC’s ‘overall strategy’ despite its fervour for IoT.

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Essentium lands big backers for AM market

Published 21 November 2018

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: 3d printing, additive manufacturing, materials, materialise, basf, texas, essentium

Essentium’s High Speed Extrusion technology has the backing of BASF and Materialise

BASF has announced its further investment in Texas-based 3D printing company Essentium, bringing Belgian 3D Printing experts Materialise into the mix to help further develop Essentium’s new High Speed Extrusion (HSE) additive manufacturing platform.

The materials and coating giant BASF has already worked together on Essentium’s Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF) solutions using proprietary FlashFuse technology for high mechanical strength in the build direction for extrusion printed parts.

Materialise is now entering this strategic partnership to add its 3D printing software knowhow and develop new software tools for the Essentium technology that allows users to take advantage of the speed of the HSE technology.

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US researchers find a way to 3D print ‘the ultimate polymer’

Published 19 November 2018

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: 3d printing, materials, aerospace, university

An interdisciplinary team of researchers at Virginia Tech’s Macromolecules Innovation Institute (MII) have developed a new process to 3D print one of the most-desired materials in the electronics and aerospace industries.

Kapton was previously available only in thin 2D sheets and is known as the basis for the “gold foil” that wraps around satellites to insulate them.

A polyimide with exceptional thermal and electrical properties, Kapton has a degradation temperature of around 550°C, doesn’t dissolve in solvents, acts as an electrical insulator, and is resistant to ultraviolet irradiation.

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EOS and GKN Powder Metallurgy partner for ‘high-productivity’ laser metal 3D Printing

Published 16 November 2018

Posted by Stephen Holmes

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

In order to expand its footprint in the automotive industry, established SLS experts EOS has partnered with GKN Powder Metallurgy to create a new high-productivity process for laser metal 3D Printing.

The combination of GKN’s metal powder, EOS StainlessSteel 316L VPro, and EOS’s additive manufacturing expertise make it possible to create a high-performance parts designed for end-use at scale, reportedly reducing production time by 70 per cent and overall cost by up to 50 per cent.

We were looking for a strong partner with a high level of expertise in the field of steels and typical industry grade materials combined with a proven track record of further industrialising technologies together with customer applications,” said EOS CEO Dr. Adrian Keppler.

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