Posts by Al Dean

Arevo launches continuous fibre 3D print process, new CEO & $12.5M funding

Published 17 May 2018

Posted by Al Dean

Article tagged with: hardware, 3d printing, manufacturing, manufacture, additive manufacturing, carbon fibre, peek, arevo, continuous carbon fibre

Arevo has come out of stealth with a series of announcements around the startup’s activity in the 3D printing/additive manufacturing space.

The company, founded by Hemant Bheda, uses a mixture of a commercial, off the shelf robotics, a continuous fibre and PEEK/Nylon matrix material and lasers to deposit material.

What’s interesting here is that unlike other fibre-focussed systems from the likes of Markforged, Arevo is looking to tackle how to build continuous fibre strengthened parts out of plane.

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Formlabs launches Ceramic Resin

Published 16 May 2018

Posted by Al Dean

Article tagged with: prototype, design, 3d printing, industrial design, materials, additive manufacturing, formlabs, ceramics


First hinted at back at CES, Formlabs has finally launched its Ceramic resin.

The new silica filled resin is intended to assist building ceramic parts which are then kiln fired to both remove the binder resin and to sinter the ceramic particles together.

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Ansys brings its Digital Twin and Additive Simulation tech to market with 19.1 release

Published 16 May 2018

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Article tagged with: engineering, simulation, design, 3d printing, manufacturing, ansys, additive manufacturing, digital twin

Ansys has announced details of it’s the latest release, Ansys 19.1, which seems to encompass both a range of its existing technologies and capabilities as well as start to address new areas the company had yet to explore.

A key theme for 19.1 is the release of Ansys Twin Builder. With the concept of the digital twin becoming key to many of the more advanced product engineering technology providers (Siemens, PTC, Dassault et al), it’s interesting that Ansys is diving into this area head first.

As you might imagine, the focus is heavy on the simulation aspects and how you link the digital model to your physical assets - whether that’s for product testing or more importantly, preventative maintenance and prediction.

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Autonomy, Sensors and Simulation in focus at ADMoSens event

Published 11 May 2018

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Article tagged with: simulation, design, automotive, ansys, sensors, optis, autonomous driving

If you’re interested in the world of sensors, analysis and autonomy, then an event next month looks like it should be right up your straße.

ADMoSens (that’s Autonomous Driver, Modelling, Sensors) is to be held in Paris by the fine folks at Optis (now part of the Ansys empire).

The goal is to bring together technical experts of the automotive industry from the major OEMs and suppliers, as well as ‘the best simulation and integrators suppliers and the scientist experts’ involved in that domain.

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Airbus’ additive manufacturing R&D lab, APWorks, acquired by Tier 1 aerospace manufacturer

Published 03 May 2018

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Article tagged with: engineering, manufacturing, additive manufacturing, airbus, apworks, scandium, premium aerotec, scalmalloy

It looks like the aerospace industry is starting to take the metals additive world seriously - we’re seeing more and more exploration of the potential of the technologies available, both as research projects as well as commerical activities.

A solid indicator is the news that Airbus is selling its additive manufacturing research and development lab, APWorks, to aerostructures specialists and Tier 1 suppliers Premium Aerotec for an undisclosed sum.

Premium Aerotec was the first aviation supplier able to introduce 3D printed titanium components into the structure of aircraft, and states that it has ‘full capability’, covering the entire additive manufacturing process chain, from product conception to development, printing and the downstream process steps.

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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, additive, s5

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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EOS targets Aerospace with new P810 machine and carbon fibre-filled PEKK material

Published 23 April 2018

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Article tagged with: design, 3d printing, manufacturing, hp, eos, materials, additive manufacturing, aerospace, additive, carbon filled materials

Masters of sintering plastics, EOS has launched the EOS P 810, a large frame, dual laser system specifically designed to process a new high-performance, carbon fibre reinforced PEKK-based material, called HT-23.

Developed in close cooperation with Boeing, this world’s first economic, high-temperature polymer AM solution addresses industry requirements for ‘demanding high-performance parts’ as required by the aerospace industry, though we suspect it will find uses in other industries, particularly given its large build volume.

The P 810 machine is built to only build using this new powder, with a build volume of 700 x 380 x 380 mm, with two 70-watt lasers with EOS focussing on dimensional accuracy and productivity – other interesting notes are the relatively low refresh rate for the powder (40%) particularly for filled polymer powder material.

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