PEEK Awareness

Posted by Editor On May - 15 - 2018Comments Off on PEEK Awareness

PEEK Awareness

Find out more about one of 3D printing industry’s toughest materials

PEEK, otherwise known as polyetheretherketone, is one of the most useful plastics ever created. With an extremely high printing temperature and a strong crystallinity to its composition, PEEK provides a wide range of useful, even lifesaving, products.

PEEK is insoluble in common solvents. It is also biocompatible, and due to its extreme heat tolerances, is perfect for sterilization in medical applications.  A perfect case in point is the use of PEEK to provide a 7-year-old child a new lease on life by being used to replace a portion of his damaged skull.

The medical industry is not the only one to benefit from PEEK’s unique qualities. Automotive and aerospace industries are also making practical use of this material.

Thanks to SpecialChem.com, a complete explanation of PEEK’s characteristics and tested structural parameters is available on their Omnexus division of their site. To find out more about PEEK and its applications and qualities, please see https://omnexus.specialchem.com/selection-guide/polyetheretherketone-peek-thermoplastic

Introducing 3D Printing Magic Under $200

Posted by Editor On April - 26 - 2018Comments Off on Introducing 3D Printing Magic Under $200

Introducing 3D Printing Magic Under $200The Holy Grail of 3D printing is good quality at low cost. A couple of companies have claimed to have found it by providing reliable 3D printers for under $200.

Biqu, out of China, makes the claim with their Biqu Magician. The Magician has a sizable z-length to its envelope, giving it an enviable build space for its size. It does a great job printing and best, yet, retails for $200.

The Biqu Magician also comes in assorted colors of red, black, gray, and blue and sold out models quickly when they introduced themselves to the American market at the Inside 3D Printing Expo in San Diego in December 2017.

On of the benefits the Magician has is a smaller footprint than standard 3D printer ‘box’ design and can fit on a crowded desk.

Another company becoming an industry name is Monoprice. Monoprice was established in 2002 as an electronics company that has made the jump to 3D printer production. The MP Mini Delta 3D Printer has a lot going for it, including a popular opinion in the 3D printr community.

With the expected growth in 3D printer purchases for personal use looming in the future, companies like Biqu and Monoprice are ones to watch.

Metal Wars! MarkForged and Desktop Metal Go Head to Head

Posted by Editor On March - 27 - 2018Comments Off on Metal Wars! MarkForged and Desktop Metal Go Head to Head

An explanation of the processes in 3D printing in metal by Desktop Metal, who has sued MarkForged for patent infringement.

With allegations of corporate espionage already bandied about in an ongoing legal battle between the 3D printing industry’s two largest metal printer providers, this metal war bears nothing but gloom for an eager market. MarkForged CEO Greg Mark has issued a statement rebutting the accusations of spying made by Desktop Metal as “far-fetched.” MarkForged also announced a forthcoming countersuit.

The legal battle is over proprietary processes being invented to bring 3D printing in metal to an affordable range as moderately sized machines. The patents in question are U.S. Patent number 9833839 and U.S. Patent number 9815118. The court filing made by Desktop Metal is a preliminary injunction against MarkForged to prevent them from continued infringement of the patents. The request for a jury-based civil trial is also asking for compensation from MarkForged for twice the amount of their damages to the sum of nearly $1 billion.

The main point of contention is due to a sacrificial support layer added in the printing process that facilitates post production. For Desktop Metal, that separation layer is referred to as an “interface layer” while MarkForged uses the term “release layer.”

Both MarkForged and Desktop Metal began limited production roll-out of 3D metal printers late in 2017, with Desktop Metal planning a release of their production studio sintering oven manufacturing suite in 2019.

Enthusiasm for these devices is already frothing the surface of the 3D printer market and the prospect of desktop printing in metal is bringing many new buyers into the fold. Such an economic driver is bound to make people do dramatic things. According to Beau Jackson, a seasoned reporter for 3DPrintingIndustry.com, “With several 3D printing systems seeking to compete in this market it is not unwarranted to speculate that the current legal challenge may be part of an aggressive marketing strategy. Indeed, 3D Printing Industry first heard about the case in mid-2017.”

While such speculations are not without merit, there are factors in the case which beg some investigation. Former Desktop Metal technician Matiu Parangi is the brother of Abraham Parangi, director of technology & creative at MarkForged. The filing of the lawsuit by Desktop Metal alleges Matiu Parangi “downloaded documents unrelated to his work on the print farm, including documents containing Proprietary Information such as a document titled “Engineer Status and Goals -160912.” The matter is further complicated by Desktop Metal’s CEO Ric Fulop being an early investor and board member at Markforged who is quoted as saying, “We believe Markforged products clearly utilize technology patented by Desktop Metal and we will do what is necessary to protect our IP and our company.”

Stay tuned. This metal war could get loud.

For more on the story please see 3Ders.org.

The Changing Autopart Industry: Bosch Invests in Ultimaker

Posted by Editor On February - 26 - 2018Comments Off on The Changing Autopart Industry: Bosch Invests in Ultimaker

The Changing Autopart Industry: Bosch Invests in Ultimaker

German industrial part producer Bosch has purchased Ulitmaker 3 Extended 3D printers for autopart manufacture.

All3DP has recently reported on a deal German company Bosch GmbH has made in buying The Netherland’s Ultimaker 3 Extended 3D printers to produce end-use parts for their multitude of industrial products, including autopart components.

According to the article, Anne Freier of All3DP writes, “As part of the deal, Bosch will be implementing the desktop 3D printer models across its global locations in Germany, Hungary, China, India, the US, and Mexico. Bosch develops a wide range of prototypes of tools and fixtures. The company is one of the largest suppliers of automotive components globally. In addition, Bosch supplies industrial technologies, consumer goods and energy as well as building technologies.”

The Changing Autopart Industry: Bosch Invests in Ultimaker

Jos Burger, CEO at Ultimaker was also quoted saying, “We are very happy that this well-respected, leading supplier of technology and services chose our desktop 3D printers after an intensive selection procedure by its Additive Manufacturing department.”

The full report can be read at https://all3dp.com/bosch-invests-ultimaker-3-extended-3d-printers-boost-global-production.

Type A Machines Closes Its Doors

Posted by Editor On February - 1 - 2018Comments Off on Type A Machines Closes Its Doors

Type A Machines Closes Its Doors

Type A Machines, maker of the award-winning Series 1 Pro 3D Printer, call it quits.

Type A Machines Closes Its Doors

Founder and CEO of Type A Machines Andrew Rutter with one of their early models.

Type A Machines has announced the folding of the company. After a six-year stint of providing award-winning 3D printers, the company had this message penned by CEO Andrew Rutter on its homepage as of Jan. 28, 2018.

“It is with a heavy heart we announce that, after 6 years serving the maker community, Type A Machines is closing its doors.

“As an industry pioneer, Type A Machines was birthed from the grassroots maker movement. Founded in 2012, its origins were at the NoiseBridge hackerspace and Tech Shop, moving to the East Bay to expand its manufacturing efforts.

“Makers of the award winning Series 1 3D printer, Type A Machines pushed the industry forward while remaining true to its open source origins. The Series 1 was the first 3D printer to include on-board Wi-Fi, the first to include material profiles, and thanks to its unique extruder, could print in more materials than any other 3D printer ever.

“I’m deeply appreciative and proud of the many customers, partners, and individuals who helped make Type A Machines a unique and innovative company, who pushed the boundaries of what was possible, and dedicated themselves to an ideal. Our future will be a bit better thanks to them.”

For more on this story, see: https://3dprintingindustry.com/news/type-machines-closes-future-modular-3d-printing-128309/

Researchers Go Beyond Holograms to 3D-Print Images in the Air

Posted by Editor On January - 25 - 2018Comments Off on Researchers Go Beyond Holograms to 3D-Print Images in the Air

Researchers Go Beyond Holograms to 3D-Print Images in the Air

A 3D image of a BYU student from research conducted to create a projection on dust particles in air. Photo by Dan Smalley Lab, Brigham Young University via AP.

Like a scene out of Star Wars, researchers at Brigham Young University have managed to project a moving image, viewable from all angles, by projecting laser light onto dust particles in the air.

According to a study in the journal Nature published on Jan. 24, the results are far more sophisticated than holograms, which despite their apparent three-dimensionality, are actually two-dimensional and only viewable from a singular location. Daniel Smalley, the lead author of the study, said the new technology is “printing something in space, just erasing it very quickly.”

Despite the similarities to the 3D-projected image of Princess Leia from the original Star Wars film, Smalley was inspired by a scene from Iron Man where Tony Stark is using a holographic workspace to perform tasks. According to Smalley, under the logistics of holograms, such a scene would be impossible as Stark’s hand would be disrupting the projection.

According to the AP story reporting on the study, “Going from holograms to this type of technology — technically called volumetric display — is like shifting from a two-dimensional printer to a three-dimensional printer.”

For more on this story, see the report by AP at https://apnews.com/c5eeea98b4b2430b979fa572877c9767/Better-than-holograms:-A-new-3-D-projection-into-thin-air.

Additive Manufacturing Americas Event Report

Posted by Editor On December - 12 - 2017Comments Off on Additive Manufacturing Americas Event Report

The future of healthcare, aerospace, and automotives brought to life in Pasadena

By Gregory van Zuyen

Additive Manufacturing Americas Event Report

The Additive Manufacturing Americas 2017 Conference brought a lot of talent and innovation to the Pasadena Convention Center on Dec.6-8

Additive Manufacturing Americas Event Report

Moderator Chris Young takes a question from the audience during the Dec. 7 panel discussion on aerospace. Seated from left to right: Dr. Steven Schmid of the National Science Foundation, Dr. Raymond “Corky” Clinton of NASA, Dr. Youping Gao with Aerojet Rocketdyne, Gregory Hilbert with Dassault Falcon Jet, followed by Young.

The Additive Manufacturing Americas Conference held Dec. 6-8 in Pasadena was a stellar opportunity to meet a host of dignitaries and a display of new inventive technologies. Hosted at the Pasadena Conference Center, the conference offered three days of talks and exhibitions centered on the industries of healthcare, aerospace, and automotives. The talks were revelatory and provided key insights in how these industries will be changing in the future.

Additive Manufacturing Americas Event Report

Gregory Hilbert of Dassault Falcon Jet describes additive manufacturing on a massive scale to compete in the military jet market with China

Speakers included Daniel Hale Williams Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Surgery for Northwestern University, Dr. Guillermo Ameer, Mayo Clinic’s Professor of Plastic Surgery Dr. Samir Mardini, the Edward R. Clark Chair of Advanced Manufacturing for the Dept. of Industrial Engineering for the University of Louisville Dr. Kevin Chou, Program Director for Manufacturing Machines and Equipment for the National Science Foundation Dr. Steven R. Schmid, Associate Director for the Technical Science and Technology Office of NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center Dr. Raymond “Corky” Clinton, Aerojet Rocketdyne’s Technical Fellow and Discipline Chief Dr. Youping Gao, Dassault Falcon Jet’s Gregory Hilbert, Co-Founder of Hack Rod Felix Holst, Stratasys Senior Applications Engineer Chas Sullivan, BRCHN Design House Founder Sam Birchenough, Scott Martin from Boeing, GE Healthcare’s Bill Whitford, and Jordan Noone of Relativity; all leaders of industry and research.

Additive Manufacturing Americas Event Report

Sam Birchenough of BRCHN Design House speaking at the Additive Manufacturing Americas Conference on the use of Autodesk Fusion 360’s sculptural and parabolic qualities for the use in designing ergonomic equipment

Additive Manufacturing Americas Event Report

A highlight of the show was hearing Felix Holst of HackRod discuss how they were using VR, AI, and additive manufacturing to produce a lightweight yet incredibly durable chassis for their car called La Bandita

Additive Manufacturing Americas Event Report

The LUMEX System using both selective metal sintering and CNC finishing in a layer-by-layer process to produce high-precision metal tooling

LUMEX Systems
Technologies revealed at the event included the LUMEX System by Matsuura USA. LUMEX uses both CNC and powder bed fusion – selective laser melting additive manufacturing functions together in the same machine, comfortably creating a print bed space operating at a warm 50c. The result is a finished metal product with the capacity for finished deep pockets and cavities like water cooling systems and heat venting. In some cases, no post production because the hybrid metal 3D printers finish the print with a CNC process every ten layers. The Avance-60 is their biggest machine with a 600 X 600 X 500mm build space and retails for approximately $1.6m.

Worldwide, Matsuura has sold 40 plus of the Avance-60 and Avance-25 models, four in the U.S. including two to the University of Nebraska where researchers are working with exciting new metal powder formations. Matsuura is also particularly proud of introducing the LUMEX System to Gillette. Tom Houle, Director for Matsuura USA, showed us the math for another customer application. Because of a ten-second savings on an 18-second production cycle, the superiority of the LUMEX System additive manufacturing technology is saving Gillette upwards of $5,000,000 annually. “That guy is going to get a raise for buying this machine,” smiled Houle.

Houle was also proud of the service centers and distributors of the LUMEX System across the U.S. ready to promptly respond to client requests. He is looking forward to being at the AMUG Conference in St. Louis and at RAPID in Fort Worth next year for those interested in seeing the machines in operation and examining samples. They can be found at http://www.masuurausa.com.

Additive Manufacturing Americas Event Report

ACEO has been able to achieve the hitherto impossible with the 3D printing of silicone, samples of which are shown here

Additive Manufacturing Americas Event Report

The ACEO team members present at the Additive Manufacturing Americas 2017 event are from left to right: Judith Distalrath, Johanna Judas, and Dr. Florian Liesener

ACEO

Another key discovery unveiled in the Americas event was the 3D printing of silicone. Not silicone-like. Silicone, pure and made simple by ACEO, the 3D printing brand division of Germany’s 103-year-old chemical company Wacker Chemie AG.

A hitherto impossible feat (silicone prints like toothpaste), ACEO has formulated a method via super-secret water-soluable support material that makes the most complex of silicone prints as easy as CAD.

“We have the most amazing team, all brought together by being really good at what we do. That is why we are able to do this,” said Dr. Florian Liesener, materials engineer for ACEO. He described how all members of ACEO have used their diverse expertise to produce the software and engineering in combination with the material to make this break-through in additive manufacturing. “It was unbelievable to see it happen; it was like being in a movie.”

Additive Manufacturing Americas Event Report

Narine Tigranyan of Junction3D displays the unique operating system of the Solus 3D printer

Additive Manufacturing Americas Event Report

The resolution and detail maintained by the Solus — at the micro scale — had to be seen to be believed

SOLUS

Solus is a new way of looking at DLP, no doubt about it. In a system already establishing a base in Latin America, the Solus 3D printer uses convention overhead projection systems as the light-source for the layer-by-layer scripting of the print. A solution to difficult to repair light systems, the Solus goes a step further. It has unbelievable resolution. The booth display for Solus, sponsored by Junction 3D, had step-by-step samples of the same model descending in size, with the smallest of their prints, the size of a pencil lead, had all the detail of the original. The Solus produced truly remarkable results, worthy of attention. See more at Junction3D.com.

Additive Manufacturing Americas Event Report

An example of what a full-size WASP 3D printer can do

WASP
Loren Boburg, industrial designer for Impresión3D, is doing research and development of additive manufacturing for low-income housing in Guatemala. As far as difficult terrains and environmental dangers go (read volcanos), Guatemala presents the impossible. Also, there’s the spotty electrical component, adding one more problem to implementing this great idea that would bring low cost structures with maximum safety to thousands of people. So Ms. Boburg was in Pasadena primarily to interface with a company uniquely qualified to provide Guatemala with an answer. Enter WASP.

World’s Advanced Saving Project (WASP) makes large-scale 3D printers, on the magnitude of being able to print furniture. They have also revolutionized architectural additive manufacturing techniques, capable of 3D printing cement with 1.5 kilowatts of power. With a business consciousness devoted to helping the planet through all manners of environmental concern, WASP is proving to be a welcome member of the 3D printing community.

WASP was not the only large-scale 3D printer on display at the Additive Manufacturing Americas event. 3D Platform was there with the 3DP Workbench featuring a meter by meter by meter build-envelope, and the Titan from was also on display.

Additive Manufacturing Americas Event Report

The Additive Manufacturing Americas 2017 Conference included on site display of Titan Robotics by Chemson

Additive Manufacturing Americas Event Report

Dan McFarlane of 3D Platforms demonstrates the versatility of the 3DP Workbench

Additive Manufacturing Americas Event Report

Brent Reisender of Choice Technical Services, a licensed MarkForged distributor

Service bureaus such as Choice Technical Services (CTS) and Hawk Ridge Systems were in attendance demonstrating MarkForged and 3DEO was on hand to provide low-cost metal 3D printing options.

Raise3D, a San Diego-based 3D printer, presented a new development by their software engineers to allow a stop-start feature for 3D printing. Marc Franz of Raise3D was so delighted that at the end of the day when the convention center had to shut down power, his 3D printer was ready to resume the previous night’s print the next morning as soon as power was restored. They will have more to say at CES.

Stratasys, a principal supporter of the Additive Manufacturing event was on hand to promote the successful use of the J750. Their 3D printer received praise from a number of panelists, whose challenging use of the technology impressed attendees. One of these attendees, Merrick Campbell, an engineer for Tanner Research in Monrovia, Calif., commented, “I came away from the show with a few things that were useful.”

LEGO Considering 3D Printing at Home

Posted by Editor On December - 5 - 2017Comments Off on LEGO Considering 3D Printing at Home

LEGO Considering 3D Printing at Home

LEGO considers 3D printing at home by releasing blueprint designs

According to a report published Dec. 1 by World Intellectual Property Review LEGO is open to the selling of official LEGO blueprints.

This information comes from a address made by Mette Andersen, corporate counsel for LEGO System, LEGO’s main division of building models and figurines on Nov. 30 at INTA’s (International Trademark Association) Brand Authenticity Conference in Berlin. Denmark’s LEGO company is currently celebrating its 85th anniversary. The company is listed by Forbes as the most powerful brand of 2017.

According to World Intellectual Property Review, “The Washington Post described 3D printing as potentially Lego’s ‘biggest test ever,’ but Andersen disagreed, adding that Lego welcomes free competition as long as rivals don’t use any of LEGO’s trademarks, copyright and patents.”

Andersen mused on the questions over whether people print their own bricks at home, and whether other companies may pick up special projects including military models. Andersen concluded her statement by saying, “As long as they do it fairly, we [LEGO] accept it.”

John Hornick, a partner at Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, was also addressing the conference.

“Business models will be forced to evolve… It has the ability to take us back to being makers again, and not buying,” said Hornick. “As democratization increases, the ability to make things away from control increases and IP eventually becomes irrelevant.”

For more on what others at the conference had to say about 3D printing and intellectual property rights, read the full story at World Intellectual Property Review.

For more on 3D printing of LEGOs, see our 3D Printr Magazine’s story on Matt Denton and oversized LEGOS published in August.

The Big 3D Printer Secret Behind SprintRay

Posted by Editor On November - 30 - 2017Comments Off on The Big 3D Printer Secret Behind SprintRay

The Big 3D Printer Secret Behind SprintRay

SprintRay, located in Highland Park, California, makes top-of-the-line DLP 3D printers. Unfortunately, the demand for their product exceeds their current output. This, they say, is “a good problem.”

Founded with a Kickstarter campaign, the company began to deliver their printers several years back. While other DLP machines held the market share of the makerspacers, SprintRay went in a different direction. With the MoonRay’s resolution higher than most hobby printers may need, and faster at that, it has gained the appreciation by a group of people who truly need these assets.

Some would say SprintRay found a gold mine in people’s mouths.

Yes, their secret is in dentistry. SprintRay sells almost exclusively to dental clients, providing both mold creation and end-use applications for the specific resins dentists require in their trade. That resin would be NextDent by 3D Systems, which is biocompatible and CE-certified to be used in dental work and human implantation.

The MoonRay does all that and more. Because of their resolution and print speed, the company has gained an underground reputation among the gamer and character modeling crowd. Owen Bradbury, marketing director for SprintRay, explained that while the team spends nearly all its time marketing to the dental trade, the company makes the time to respond to its comic book fan base, as in its attendance to the recent ZBrush conference held by Pixologic in October.

“We were recently picked up with Patterson Dental to provide them with our devices,” said Bradbury, “So right now, we have a good problem.”

For more on the MoonRay 3D printer, visit SprintRay.us.

The Daily 3D Detail: Disney Claims IP Infringement

Posted by Editor On November - 13 - 2017Comments Off on The Daily 3D Detail: Disney Claims IP Infringement

Disney Claims IP Infringement

These low-poly count figurines of Star Wars fame are being removed from Thingiverse

While 3D printing has encountered very few significant intellectual property infringement matters regarding printed models since its inception, it was inevitable that such a breezy path of unrestraint would run its course. Even more inevitable, the first 3D modeling infringement claims would, of course, come from Disney.

Disney, the adopted-parent company of the Star Wars franchise created by George Lucas and Lucasfilms, has demanded that Thingiverse, the STL file download site owned by Stratasys, remove a selection of Star Wars figurine models.

While there are a large number of Star Wars character models still available on Thingiverse and other STL file sites, including the ubiquitous Yoda heads, this move by Disney marks a turning point whereby the Dark Side of copyright law has begun to shred the unbridled freedom of 3D printrs to model and print their own creations.

As covered by All3DP, Disney’s attack on Thingiverse primarily seems focused on the detailed designs of Agustin Flowalistik from Argentina. Primarily, Disney’s claims of infringement have to do with three characters of Flowalistik’s modeling work: R2D2, C3PO, and Darth Vader figures. While these characters are now removed, Flowalistik’s work can still be downloaded in the form of an Imperial Stormtrooper.