This is Sliced, the 3D printing news roundup with a finger on
the pulse of all things new in additive business, applications,
hardware, software, materials and medical breakthroughs.
Today’s stories feature Spain’s 3D Printer Party, Microsoft,
Siemens, AMUG, 3DZ, EOS, Nano Dimension, Norsk Titanium, SABIC,
Rize, ACEO, Renishaw and many more.
Read on to learn about record breaking applications, 3D
printing in Vatican City, secure cloud software solutions,
improved exoskeletons, and help in design for additive
R&MM’s MIRAD, a
powered assistive exoskeleton. Photo via Artec
Intelligent, secure and reliable 3D printer software
MIT spin-out Tulip has launched
a solution to enable IoT functions in factories. The Factory
Kit, including a barcode scanner, temperature and humidity
sensors, is tailored to work with Tulip’s Manufacturing App
Platform, as a build-your-own intelligent machine-monitoring
In another enterprise solution, 3DPrinterOS and Microsoft
have released a software bundle to help protect 3D printer
operation in Azure private and public clouds. The new package
enables real-time user and machine management and secure file
Swords, monsters, the Swiss Guard and temple
This year’s 3D Printer
Party in Spain unofficially broke the Guinness World Record
(GWR) for number of amateur 3D printers all operating at the
same time (toward the same goal). Over two days, 161 3D
printers, owned by 210 people, 3D printed a 4.8 meter long
sword at the University of Burgos.
3D printing YouTuber James Bruton, aka XRobots,
the record for the tallest 3D printed sculpture of human at
3.62m tall. 3D Printer Party Spain suggested they might send
the sword to James to give it another level of awesome.
Following April’s Monsterpalooza convention, celebrating all
the weird, wonderful and truly terrifying creatures of
videogames, TV and cinema, Oculus VR has released a
mini-docutmentary titled Making the Monster. The
clip shows how VR sculpting and 3D printing combine to
make some chilling, spider-like beings.
The Vatican’s Swiss Guard has switched out its traditional
steel helmets, for lighter one made from 3D printed plastic.
According to German Catholic news website
Kathpress, “In the case of the
black-painted metal helmets, guardsmen had sometimes complained
of burns on sun-intensive days.” Now, in addition to
being a lot cooler and more lightweight, the new 3D printed
helmet “offers protection against gunshot wounds as well as its
predecessor made of sheet steel.”
The new, black 3D printed helmet of the Swiss Guards is
introduced at a press conference. Photo via the Swiss Guard
And, in India, Temple roofs are reportedly being repaired with
3D printed copper cladding. In reports from
The Hindu, copper plates “engraved with the help of 3D
printing” have been mentioned as the new plates.
The Additive Manufacturing Users
Group (AMUG) awarded Thomas Sorovetz its first
ever Lifetime Achievement Award for his 25 years of
service, hard work and dedication to the AMUG conference.
Italian 3D Systems, HP, Markforged, Formlabs, Artec,
Materialise reseller 3DZ
has now expanded its services into France.
Electronics 3D printing provider Nano Dimension has expanded into
the U.S. with the sale of
DragonFly 2020 Pro systems to three new customers in the
region. The company has also recently appointed Dr. Jaim
Nulman as its new Chief Technology Officer (CTO).
Norsk Titanium, the
Boeing’s landmark 3D printed structural titanium parts, is
to appoint a new CEO in June 2018. Micahel Canario is
currently president of aerospace, Americas & corporate
business development at adhesive manufacturing company Hexcel,
and will take over form interim CEO and Chairman John Andersen
Jr. In a statement on the announcement, Andersen comments,
“While our current focus is structural titanium components for
aerospace, RPD is truly a platform technology,”
“Over time, we will pursue different business models across
markets and industries. In this, we will benefit from Mike’s
track record for developing strong relationships with
strategic business partners.”
The first 3D printed,
structurally supportive, titanium part to be used on Boeing 787
Dreamliner reached FAA Approval in February 2017 after year in
development. Photo via Norsk Titanium
Medical 3D printing with spine
Global medical technology company Medtronic has
launched the TiONIC platform for 3D printed spinal implants.
Stratasys recently took
part in a 72-hour “Makers for Heroes Make-a-Thon”
to develop devices and find solutions for injuries
sustained by veterans. Backing Team
Noam, Stratasys volunteers helped create a new
wheelchair for improved balance when playing tennis.
And, in a new Artec case
study, the Free University of Brussels’ Robotics &
Multibody Mechanics (R&MM) has demonstrated how 3D
scanning can be used to make better exoskeletons to help
rehabilitate patients who find it hard to walk. R&MM PhD
student Kevin Langlois explains, “Research in this area is
currently rare. So far, most research has focused on the
foundations of these machines, actuation and control. Now is
the time to integrate the human into these systems,”
“That’s why, in the R & MM laboratory, we decided to use
3D scanning technology to develop innovative solutions.”
A material world
New 3D printer materials have been released by SABIC, Rize and
SABIC is now offering
high temperature filaments for FDM – ULTEM AM1010F, and
medical specific ULTEM AMHU1010F and LEXAN
Noting a demad from its customers, Rize has departed from its
traditional white materials, and now offers Rizium One Black
for Augmented Polymer Deposition (APD).
ACEO, a brand of German
chemical company Wacker Chemie AG, has launched 3D
printable fluorosilicones that combine the resistance of
fluorocarbons with the temperature properties of silicones.
A sample of ACEO
multimaterial 3D printed silicone. Photo via ACEO
Plus 10 skills
The Québec Industrial Research
Centre (CRIQ), part of a $2.874
million medical 3D printing center in Québec City, is
teaming up with Wohlers Associates
Inc. to provide three days of training in Design for
Additive Manufacturing. The DfAM training will take place
at the CRIQ’s Montreal research facility June 12-14, 2018. Find
details at www.criq.qc.ca.
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Featured image shows Sliced logo over presentation of
the Swiss Guard’s 3D printed helmet. Original photo via Guardia