New hardcore PEEK 3D printing material from Stratasys

Published 12 April 2018

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: 3d printing, hp, manufacture, stratasys, materials, peek

A new PEKK-based high-performance thermoplastic, Antero 800NA, has been released by Stratasys for 3D printed components needing to be exposed to hydrocarbons, such as fuels and lubricants, as well as many acids.

For use on Stratasys’ Fortus FDM ‘Production’ range of 3D printers, the first release from what the company says is a new family of PEKK materials, Antero 800NA has a number of advantages for manufacturers.

Its high operating temperature is designed to allow it to be used for applications under the hood or in engine compartments.

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Link3D introduces blockchain to connect the digital thread for Additive Manufacturing

Published 10 April 2018

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: 3d printing, manufacturing, additive manufacturing, link3d, blockchain

Digital Factory, the flagship SaaS product from Link3D, has added Blockchain technology, enabling enhanced data governance, provenance, audibility and validation - helping to link the start-to-finish data strand.

Link3D suggest that the inclusion of Blockchain solves major problems in the 3D printing workflow, including file integration, IP integrity, with Blockchain technology being used to track origination of each design file and its evolution.

It is also capable of facility matching and authentication, as service bureau capability can be stored on Blockchain and orders can be pre-verified, while real-time data from machines can be stored in an immutable way for forensics during recalls and for traceability.

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QR codes built into 3D printed parts adds extra AR dimension

Published 10 April 2018

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: 3d printing, manufacturing, ip, rize inc, rize one

A combination of Rize’s voxel-level ink jetting 3D printing capability and the usage of the new 3MF format means that significant intelligence on the additive part can now be carried from the digital world into the physical world.

Engineers can 3D print secure information on an industrial part, in a QR code for example, allowing common smartphone app can scan the QR code on the part and instantly display the corresponding digital information online.

Its an interesting use for Rize’s 3D Printing capabilities, connecting the part with an ever increasing digital ecosystem - with uses for compliance, authenticity and traceability.

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HP unveils CNC-machined aluminium ZBook mobile workstations with up to six CPU cores

Published 05 April 2018

Posted by Greg Corke

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HP now offers eight mobile workstations, by far the most of any OEM

HP is betting big on mobile workstations. Today, it added two new machines to its ZBook line up – the convertible HP ZBook Studio x360 and the ‘affordable’ HP ZBook 15v. It means HP now offers eight different mobile workstations in total, significantly more than the other major OEMs.

In addition, the IT giant has updated all of its current ZBook models, with the new ‘G5’ editions featuring new CNC-machined aluminium alloy chassis, better security, new Intel CPUs (including models with six cores) and Nvidia Quadro Pascal GPUs.

So, let’s look at what’s new.

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Post processing of 3D printed parts gets smart with new Connect3D software

Published 05 April 2018

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: 3d printing, manufacturing, additive manufacturing, post process

PostProcess Technologies, a pioneer of automated post-print solutions for industrial 3D printing, announced today its Connect3D software platform, an expansion of its Automat3D software offering.

Where Automat3D powers the intelligent removal of 3D support materials and surface finishing, the new Connect3D platform extends this capability into the cloud for the first time, allowing the digital thread for smart additive manufacturing to move beyond design and print, all the way through to the final post-printing step.

Connect3D allows PostProcess solutions to leverage the native CAD-file or 3D printer sliced files to automatically define the necessary requirements and algorithms for post-printing - allowing the software to become progressively smarter and more efficient in the decision-making required to deliver optimal post-printing results.

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Stratasys ‘spin-off’ company looks to replace injection moulding with STEP

Published 04 April 2018

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: 3d printing, manufacturing, stratasys, evolve additive solutions

Evolve Additive Solutions, a spin-off of Stratasys’ Selective Toner Electrophotographic Process (STEP) technology, is looking to challenge injection moulding’s place in the manufacturing pipeline.

The STEP process combines time-tested 2D imaging technology with proprietary IP developed by Evolve to precisely align incoming layers and sophisticated bonding techniques that create final parts it states are ‘fully dense with isotropic properties’ of injection moulding.

Having spent nearly 10 years as an incubation project within Stratasys, the technology is billed as being up to 50 times faster than existing additive manufacturing solutions, while using engineering-grade materials.

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WorldViz puts products in place for collaborative VR

Published 03 April 2018

Posted by Greg Corke

Article tagged with: vr, collaboration, worldviz, oculus

WorldViz has officially launched its Virtual Reality (VR) business collaboration solution, Vizible and also introduced VizBox, a portable, all-in-one VR solution that can be used to join Vizible collaboration sessions.

Vizible allows businesses to create immersive presentations, then meet with anyone, anytime, anywhere in VR. It can help communicate complex ideas to prospects, clients, and internal teams. According to Worldviz, participants can be invited as conveniently as if they were setting up a web conference call.

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