3D Printing News Sliced, Nano Dimension, GEFERTEC, Huisman, BigRep, GE Additive

In this week’s edition of our 3D printing news digest,
Sliced asks and answers the following questions:  How can
3D printers strengthen the U.S Department of Defense? Can 3D
prosthetics rehabilitate man’s best friend? Will 3D printed
models help dissolve political tensions?  

All this and more from the likes of Nano
Dimension,
GE Additive, Rize, RAMLAB, Huisman and
Advanced Solutions Life.  

Industrial and military AM advancements &
innovations

Rolf Lenk
Werkzeug- und Maschinenbau GmbH
(Rolf Lenk
GmbH)
, a German manufacturer of industrial tools
and machinery, has partnered with fellow German company

GEFERTEC,
a developer of innovative 3D metal printing methods, to expand
its services within metal additive manufacturing.

Rolf Lenk GmbH will use GEFERTEC’s industrial 3D metal
printers, the GTarc series, as well as its 3DMP technology to
reach customers from medical and plant engineering to the
automotive industry and maritime construction.

The closing of the contract between the two companies was
announced at the
Rapid.Tech
show
in Erfurt, Germany earlier this
month.

Celebrating the closed
contract at Rapid.Tech: Marcus Ortloff Sales Manager, GEFERTEC
(left), Gregor Sodeikat, Managing Director, Rolf Lenk and Tobias
Röhrich, Managing Director, GEFERTEC. The propelling screw has
been manufactured by means of the 3DMP-method. Photo via
GEFERTEC.

Leading 3D printed electronics provider Nano
Dimension
, has recently sold its

DragonFly 2020 Pro Printer
to a global
top ten U.S-based defense company, making it the second
purchase of a Nano Dimension 3D printed electronic system from
this particular customer.    

Following this announcement, Nano Dimension’s U.S
subsidiary has also achieved United States Government Certified
Vendor status having received a Commercial and Government
Entity (CAGE) Code from the United States Department of
Defense’s Defense Logistics Agency.

“We also are pleased to expand our relationship with our
existing customers and open the door to more and more companies
who will embrace our 3D printed electronics technology,
materials, and software, so they can benefit from significant
time and cost savings over traditional prototyping processes,
to meet rapidly changing demands from defense contractors,”
said Amit Dror, CEO of Nano Dimension.

Render showing all angles of the DragonFly 2020 Pro 3D printer. Images via Nano DimensionRender showing all
angles of the DragonFly 2020 Pro 3D printer. Images via Nano
Dimension

Concurrent Technologies
Corporation
(CTC), a nonprofit applied
scientific R&D organization, that recently received
a

$2.6 million contract from the U.S Office of Naval
Research (ONR)
, has been granted two more
contracts from Northeastern University worth a total of $1
million.

These contracts aim to support the U.S Army
Research Laboratory
through the advancement of
additive manufacturing technologies.

At Delft University of
Technology
(TU Delft), researchers have
developed a Multi-Axis Robotic 3D printing system that allows
support-free volume printing.

Ivaldi
Group
, a California-based company focusing on
advanced manufacturing solutions in industrial locations, has
announced Nora Toure as Vice President of Strategy. Toure is
also the Founder of
Women in 3D
Printing
and was formerly the Business
Development Director at
Sculpteo,
a leading digital manufacturing specialist based in Paris and
San Francisco.

NanoGrande,
a company offering additive manufacturing with molecular scale
definition, has moved its facilities to a new location in
Montreal, Canada.

Similarly, Advanced
Solutions
, an integrated software solutions
company, and its subsidiary
Advanced Solutions Life
Sciences
(ASLS), a 3D bioprinting company, has
opened a new facility in Manchester, New Hampshire that will
serve as a laboratory for biofabrication.

Large-scale industrial additive manufacturing 3D printer
provider,
BigRep won an
award for its BigRep STUDIO 3D printer at
the German
Innovation Award 2018
.

BigRep STUDIO 3D
printer. Photo via BigRep

3D printing prosthetics for pets

Pawsthetics, a
Colorado-based animal prosthetics nonprofit organization, has
teamed up with
3D printing materials and tools
suppliers
MatterHackers
to design, fabricate and fit disabled animals with
prosthetics to improve their standard of living.


Using traditional prosthetic practices and 3D printing to
create mobility devices, Pawsthetics has been able to help
dogs, cats, and reptiles that have experienced amputations due
to significant damage or birth defects.

Walter the dog wearing
his 3D printed prosthetic mobility device. Photo via
MatterHackers.

AM applications, both novelty and practical

With the approaching meeting of controversial politicians
U.S President Donald Trump and North Korean Leader, Kim Jong Un
later this month
Liberty
Games
, an amusement supply company, has
collaborated with model design company
Creative
Awards
, to create a politically themed
football table using 3D printed parts.

Liberty Games printed eleven Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un
heads using a pair of CAD templates and modified, scaled,
modeled and then fitted the heads onto the plastic players of
an existing football table.

According to Liberty Games, this creative project was the
best way to settle any political disputes between the nations,
in a “non-nuclear manner.”

Football table with 3D
printed heads. Photo via Liberty Games

IKEA
and UNYQ, San
Francisco-based prosthetic company, are developing an ergonomic
chair that will allow professional gamers to sit comfortably
for long periods of time. This chair, dubbed the UBIK, will use
3D printing and body-scanning technology designed for medical
wearables to create customised 3D printed lattice inserts to
prop up each sitter in the ideal posture.

Airmen located at the United States Air
Force
Yokota Air
Base
, Japan, used a 3D printer to modify
standard-issue gas masks into an aircraft oxygen system,
potentially saving the air force millions of dollars while
improving aircrew safety.

The modification is called “AERPS Ultra” and uses a cap
to block airflow while an adaptor to attaches to a hose that
can be plugged into an oxygen system.

“We took the mask and added some off-the-shelf parts and
some 3D-printed parts and converted it into a piece of
equipment that can work in an aircraft,” said Senior Master
Sgt. David Siemiet, an aircrew flight equipment
superintendent.

M-50 gas mask with 3D
printed modifications. Photo via Stars and Stripes.

Following
the first successful load test of a 3D printed crane
hook
, Huisman,
a global provider and manufacturer of heavy construction
equipment, and additive manufacturing lab,
RAMLAB, have
initiated a consortium to produce the world’s heaviest 3D
printed steel crane hook.

The consortium includes partners such as, Autodesk,
DNV
GL
, Bureau
Veritas
, ABS
and Voestalpine Böhler
Welding
.

3D printing and education

Researchers at New York University Tandon
School of Engineering
have created a bionic
zebrafish using 3D printing materials to aid in research into
fish behaviour and potentially steer schools of real fish away
from hazardous areas.

“The morphology of the robots is very important in our
research. We often 3D print replica models using ABS plastic.
When we try to mimic size and texture, we also use silicone
molds,” said Roni Barak Ventura, Research Assistant at
the
Dynamical Systems
Laboratory
, in New York.

3D printed robotic fish
in a tank with a real fish. Photo via Design News.

The non-profit global youth organization FIRST’s
(For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and
Technology) Robotics Competition used 3D printing to create
robots.

Using the One 3D printer from Boston-based 3D printer
manufacturers
Rize, enabled
high school students to design and build robots to perform
tasks against a field of competitors.

Teams within the competition designed and 3D printed a
functional 
pulley with an integrated sprocket to
minimize the number of parts for assembly on their robot.

3D printed sprocket.
Photo via Rize.

The GE Additive Education Program (AEP) 2018 has awarded
a polymer 3D printing package to over 600 primary and secondary
schools in 30 countries.

“Additive’s time is now,” said Jason Oliver, President
& CEO, GE Additive, “It is already transforming how we
design, engineer and manufacture complex and everyday items.
But we have to keep an eye on the future and ensure we have
enough engineers, coders and materials scientists coming
through the education system to fulfill the potential of
additive manufacturing.”

Each package contains hardware, software to advance the
STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics)
curriculum and will be delivered to schools in
September.

And finally,  a blogger under the name Feldi,
from
SparkFun
Electronics
,has recently
experimented with 3D printing on nylon fabric

to make a customised bracelet.  

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Featured image shows Sliced logo over Liberty Games’
3D printed models of Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un. Image via
Liberty Games.

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