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Prodways acquires Stratasys subsidiary Solidscape

Published 17 July 2018

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: 3d printing, manufacturing, stratasys, materials, lost wax casting, solidscape, investment castings, prodways

Prodways Group has announced that it has acquired the US 3D printer company Solidscape, which since May 2011 has been a subsidiary of Stratasys.

The New Hampshire, US-based Solidscape was founded in 1994 and is a manufacturer of 3D printers serving investment casting applications for highly precise metal parts, popular in the jewelry, medical, dental and industrial markets.

Originally purchased for $38M by Stratasys, in the announcement Prodways does not unveil the cost of the cash transaction, but states it expects Solidscape to generate revenue ‘greater than $10 million in 2019, of which nearly 50 per cent from sales of materials and supplies’.

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Faro acquires Italian structured light 3D scanning company Open Technologies

Published 16 July 2018

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: 3d systems, 3d scanning, faro

3D Scanning specialists Faro have added further industrial and dental 3D scanning technologies to its brand through the acquisition of Opto-Tech and its subsidiary Open Technologies.

Located in Brescia, Italy, Open Technologies offers a rich portfolio of compact, 3D structured light scanning solutions, including its Cronos and Arum models, for large and small parts respectively.

The company is an official partner of 3D Systems, while having also created an interesting line of its own software, including its reverse engineering toolset Optical Reveng, which offers novel realtime monitoring of the scan in real time, capturing any environmental change or movement of the sensor itself, ensuring high quality measurement.

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Lenovo launches entry-level ThinkStation P330 workstations - features Xeon E-2100 with up to 6 cores

Published 12 July 2018

Posted by greg corke

Article tagged with: cad, quadro, workstation, lenovo, xeon

The new ThinkStation P330 family includes the Tower and SFF models which have a 30% smaller footprint.

To coincide with the launch of the new Intel Xeon E-2100 series processor, Lenovo has unveiled its ThinkStation P330 range of desktop workstations, which includes the tower, small form factor (SFF), and Tiny systems.

The P330 Tiny keeps the same 1 litre chassis as its predecessor, the P320 Tiny, and the accolade of being the world’s smallest workstation. The P330 Tower (18 litre) and SFF (8.4 litre) feature new mechanical designs which decrease their footprint by up to 30%.

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Alvant’s advanced aluminium composites look to revolutionise the toughest aircraft parts

Published 12 July 2018

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: materials, aerospace, composites, alvant

Alvant, a leader in Aluminium Matrix Composites (AMCs), has unveiled how the materials technology can challenge traditional materials in the design and manufacture of lightweight strong parts.

Selected by Safran Landing Systems to participate in the £28M ‘Large Landing Gear of the Future’ initiative to reduce emissions and fuel consumption in the aerospace industry, lowering the whole-life ownership cost of commercial airliners.

AMCs are advanced composite materials in which the aluminium is reinforced with a secondary high-performance material, typically a long fibre, short fibre, or particles, and are manufactured using an Advanced Liquid Pressure Forming (ALPF) process.

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