Additive Industries 2020 Design Challenge shows how far 3D thinking has come

Published 20 February 2020

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: design, 3d printing, manufacturing, product design, additive manufacturing, additive industries

A record number of 151 contestants, both professionals and students, have been entered into the 2020 Design Challenge held by Dutch metals 3D printing company, Additive Industries.

With three finalists were selected per category, the entries all demonstrate how product designers are thinking more intently on making better products - whether through geometries, part consolidations, or other - from parts intended to be additively manufactured.

“This year again, many interesting potential business cases were spotted,” said Additive Industries CEO Daan Kersten. “Within both categories we saw major focus on the elimination of conventional manufacturing difficulties, minimization of assembly and lowering logistical costs.”

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Formlabs launch new tougher Tough 1500 resin

Published 20 February 2020

Posted by Al Dean

Article tagged with: design, 3d printing, additive manufacturing, formlabs

Formlabs have launched a new resin in its range of ‘tough resins’ - joining the new existing materials already there (named Tough and Durable).

The new Tough 1500 resin is intended to produces parts that are both stiff and pliable with a decent resistance to cyclic loading - whether that’s connectors and fixtures or just plain old “people bending them up during design review”.

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Onshape February Updates

Published 19 February 2020

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: cad, design, ptc, cloud, onshape

Users can now create live exploded views within Onshape Assemblies and Drawings.

The takeover by PTC hasn’t slowed down the near continuous improvements being made to Onshape and it’s cloud-based CAD tools.

This month we’ve picked out a handful of our favourites below:

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Digital Twins Forum looks to expand the uses and benefits

Published 14 February 2020

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: engineering, simulation, tech, digital twin, event

A two day forum to develop a common clear understanding of the potential of Digital Twins has been announced for 2020.

The Digital Twins Forum will be held at the Aerospace Systems Design Laboratory on the Georgia Tech university campus, Atlanta, USA, on 7-8 July 2020.

Organised in part by the ASSESS (Analysis, Simulation, and Systems Engineering Software Strategies) Initiative, the event looks to bring together key players, both users and developers of simulation software, to guide and influence the software tool strategies for performing model-based analysis, simulation, and systems engineering.

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Markforged announces pure copper Metal X 3D printing

Published 13 February 2020

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: 3d printing, manufacturing, additive manufacturing, materials, markforged

It might be best know for its carbon fibre 3D printing, but Markforged has been doing some wondrous things with its Metal X range too, pushing the envelope even further by announcing pure copper as its new material.

“Every automotive factory in the world uses copper for welding,” said Markforged CEO and founder Greg Mark. “Complex production parts are required to weld tight spots of the car body. They cost thousands of dollars to make and can have months-long lead times.”

Mark suggests that the new Metal X material will change all of this by enabling manufacturers to design custom shapes, produce them in-house so they get them faster, on demand without need for storage and for significantly lower costs.

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BMF MicroArch tech targets precise, micro-scale commercial 3D printing

Published 11 February 2020

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: 3d printing, manufacturing, additive manufacturing, materials, tech, bmf

Boston Micro Fabrication (BMF) is looking to pioneer microscale 3D printing technology, with the full launch of its MicroArch solution for industrial short-run use.

MicroArch uses a proprietary approach to DLP 3D printing named PμSL (Projection Micro-Stereolithography) that leverages light, high-precision optics and increase motion control to produce parts at a scale more than 100 times smaller than a human hair.

In industries such as electrical connectors, small medical devices, lab on a chip, and small electronics packaging, the technology should outperform the traditional approach of injection moulding, where complex mouldings can start at $200,000, but only require sub 10,000 unit production runs.

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Rize and Sindoh partner to expand 3D Printer and material options

Published 11 February 2020

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: 3d printing, manufacturing, additive manufacturing, materials, rize inc, sindoh

Rize’s zero emissions Rizium 3D printing materials line will be made available to Sindoh users

Boston’s Rize has partnered with its South Korean 3D printing brethren Sindoh to further expand their product offerings - including Rize’s sustainable portfolio of zero emissions materials.

Both companies believe that the collaboration will open new markets for both Rize and Sindoh, and accelerate the adoption of the former’s innovations.

“Sindoh is a proven technology leader with a wide array of 3D Printing offerings, and together we can complement each other’s strengths to capture rising demand for next-generation additive manufacturing technologies,” said Rize CEO Andy Kalambi.

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