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Renishaw launch Sonic, a new acoustic process monitoring software for its 3D Printing

Published 10 December 2019

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: 3d printing, additive manufacturing, renishaw

The first of it’s kind in the additive manufacturing (AM) industry, Renishaw’s Sonic software allows engineers to detect acoustic events within the build chamber and turn it into data that can help improve build quality.

Part of the company’s InfiniAM suite, the Sonic package includes four acoustic energy sensors to detect vibration in the build, which can be installed into any Renishaw machine.

These act like microphones to collect data so that it can be turned into an analysable digital signal, and because each sensor measures the same noise at a different time due to the speed of sound, the software can triangulate the position of the noise on the build plate using the time difference between when each sensor.

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Xometry acquires Shift, the largest On-Demand manufacturing marketplace in Europe

Published 05 December 2019

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: manufacturing, tech, xometry

Xometry has accelerated its international expansion into 12 new countries, leveraging a worldwide network of over 4,000 manufacturers after acquiring Munich-based Shift.

Shift has built the largest On-Demand manufacturing network in Europe and a customer base that includes some of the leading manufacturing companies in Europe, with the company lined-up to operate as Xometry Europe and continue to be headquartered in Munich, Germany.

Shift co-founder and Head of Technology for Xometry Europe Alexander Belskiy noted, “There are huge opportunities in enabling Xometry’s Instant Quote Engine and other product features in the European market.”

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Digital Alloys boosts R&D with former Formlabs hire

Published 03 December 2019

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Article tagged with: engineering, 3d printing, manufacturing, additive manufacturing, formlabs, markforged, digital alloys

Digital Alloys, the creators of the Joule Printing method of fast metals 3D printing, has announced it’s added Carl Calabria as its CTO.

A veteran of the additive manufacturing industry, Calabria joins from a successful stints at Formlabs, where he was head of engineering; as well as Markforged, iRobot, Sonos and Avid.

Digital Alloys believes the move will speed the release of its Joule Printing metal additive manufacturing technology, a radically simple new process that can rapidly print production-quality parts at a fraction of the cost of other systems.

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Hexagon broadens its portfolio further with Volume Graphics acquisition

Published 22 November 2019

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Article tagged with: engineering, manufacturing, additive manufacturing, volume graphics, ct scan


Volume Graphics has some impressive industrial Computed Tomography (CT) software for non destructive testing of parts, so it’s of little surprise that Hexagon, and its fast growing set of advanced manufacturing tools, has snapped them up.

Using CT, users are able to see inside the complicated structures of components, otherwise inaccessible with traditional inspection methods - an area likely to grow even further given Volume Graphics experience of working with 3D printed parts.

The technology allows hidden or hard to reach internal features to be measured and inspected for dimensional deviations and flaws without destroying the parts and compromising the integrity of the data in the process.

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Carbon makes L1 printer available to all for $250k p/a

Published 19 November 2019

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Article tagged with: design, manufacturing, product design, materials, carbon, carbon3d, adidas, jabil

Carbon’s largest format printer, the L1 printer - the likes of which being used to produce products like the Adidas 4D midsoles, and custom cushioning for Riddell’s American Football helmets -  is now available to order.

Ten-times larger in build area to the original M1 3D printer, and five-times larger than the current M2 from Carbon, the L1 was initially available to partner companies as part of Carbon’s High-Volume Solutions, but it is now available for any business to acquire.

L1 printers will begin shipping in the first half of 2020, and similar to Carbon’s other subscription offerings, the L1 printer will be available for $250,000 per year for a 3-year term.

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Dyndrite unveils its GPU-powered, Python-scriptable 3D printing build processor

Published 18 November 2019

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Article tagged with: design, 3d printing, gpu, ansys, additive manufacturing, carl bass, altair, dyndrite

Built on its Accelerated Computation Engine (ACE), Dyndrite has launched its ‘first of its kind’ GPU-powered geometry kernel, Additive Manufacturing Toolkit (AMT), which it claims provides powerful manufacturing-oriented features.

Dyndrite says that these include native CAD file import; an integrated Python interface for scripting interactive workflows, as well as allowing users to manage terabytes of manufacturing data, print higher-order geometries such as splines, and dynamically adjust parts in-situ to ‘increase both throughput and quality’.

Dyndrite also announced Ansys and Altair as the newest members of the company’s Developer Council: a group of ISVs and OEMs chartered with steering the future development of the Dyndrite roadmap.

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GrabCAD Shop launches to simplify the 3D Printing workflow

Published 18 November 2019

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Article tagged with: cad, design, 3d printing, stratasys, grabcad

For those running several 3D printers in-house, the latest news from Stratasys should be of interest, as GrabCAD Shop software solution looks to centralise all your needed 3D printing services.

The cloud-based software organises print work requests, CAD files, and project specs all in one space, sending status updates on the platform and via email to all stakeholders on a project - from the shop manager to the designer who’s part it is.

GrabCAD Shop comes pre-populated with Stratasys printers and materials, and has the ability to add third party printers and other traditional fabrication technology systems.

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