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LulzBot launch Mini 2 with design advanced for desktop 3D Printing

Published 24 April 2018

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: design, 3d printing, manufacturing, education, lulzbot

‘Whisper-quiet’ operation and a build volume increase of approximately 20 per cent over the previous model with no increase in footprint should see the LulzBot Mini 2 find some admirers among those after desktop FDM 3D Printing.

The Mini 2 features a belt-driven Z-axis and included as standard equipment are three accessories previously offered as add-ons to the original LulzBot Mini: A next generation Aerostruder Tool Head designed around the E3D Titan Aero hot end and extruder; the LulzBot modular bed system with reversible heated glass/PEI surface, and a Graphical LCD Controller for tetherless operation.

Announced at this year’s Rapid event, it highlights the role of desktop 3D printing to the industry at large, and LulzBot’s own renewed focus on the company’s core markets in product and process engineering, manufacturing, and education.

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Ultimaker’s larger platform S5 & new materials

Published 24 April 2018

Posted by Al Dean

Article tagged with: design, materials, ultimaker, filament, s5, additive

Of the large number of manufacturers that jumped into the desktop, entry level, FDM market a couple of years ago, Ultimaker has been one of the few breakout success stories.

With the release of the Ultimaker 3 (our write up is here), the company took one of its first steps to breaking away from its maker roots and starting to provide tools built for a more professional environment where consistency and repeatability are paramount.

This week, Ultimaker has shown off its next step: the Ultimaker S5.

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Jigs and Fixtures for GrabCAD Print automates 3D printing for factory floor jobs

Published 24 April 2018

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: cad, 3d printing, manufacturing, stratasys, grabcad, additive manufacturing

The use of 3D printing for creating custom jigs and fixtures, faster and cheaper that traditional milling processes, has been one of the biggest ‘wins’ for the technology to date, so its of little surprises to see Stratasys unveil specific software to streamline the process.

Jigs and Fixtures for GrabCAD Print aims to simplify and automate the print preparation for Stratasys’ FDM 3D Printing technology by eliminating the need for users to convert their CAD design to an STL file,

By accepting native CAD designs, Stratasys believes that the part’s original design intent is maintained, which can result in key information not being lost during translation.

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Ford adopts Impossible Objects’s technology for composites R&D

Published 24 April 2018

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: 3d printing, manufacturing, manufacture, materials, ford, carbon fibre, impossible objects

Ford has purchased two of Impossible Objects’ Model One machines for its research and development teams, as it looks to enable complex composite parts manufacture at production speeds for the automotive industry.

Leveraging high-speed 2D graphics technologies, the Model One enables users to use a wide-range of composite and advanced materials, including carbon fiber, Kevlar and fiberglass together with PEEK and other high performance polymers, to automate lay-ups to build the strongest, lightweight parts at scale.

“We believe there’s huge opportunity for our technology across the $12 trillion global manufacturing market, and we’re honored to have Ford as a customer,” says Impossible Objects chairman and founder Bob Swartz. “We’re looking forward to working with Ford and exploring all the ways the company can use 3D printing at scale.”

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