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In today’s edition of Sliced, 3D Printing Industry’s news
digest, we report the latest stories from Stratasys, GE
Additive, 3D Systems, the Royal Shakespeare Company, Arconic,
Carbon and more.
High-end luxury and fighting crime
Dutch clay 3D printer provider VormVrij 3D completed a
challenge to make 400 identical ceramic cups in just 2 weeks.
Using the company’s LUTUM 3D printers, a total of 1,200 cups
were made over a 6 week period, fulfilling an order for
an Audi A8 Timeshift event.
In a novel spare part initiative, 3D service bureau Visual First are using Stratasys polymer 3D
printers to replace metal parts of machines at The Chocolate
Factory in Rotterdam. According to Carl van de Rijzen, Visual
First Business Owner, “We can 3D print and deliver production
parts to The Chocolate Factory in under a week, which is vital
to ensuring manufacturing line continuity.”
On invitation from Reebok, London design agency Modla has combined new
Flexweave material technology with 3D printing to make a
stylish altitude training mask.
The props department at Stratford-upon-Avon’s Royal Shakespeare
Company (RSC) has been using 3D printers to help solve setting
problems in the UK. “Making is having a huge renaissance. When
CGI first came in, along with 3D printing, there was a sense
that it was a death knell,” says Alan Fell acting head of RSC’s
props department in
an interview for The Guardian,
“But the budgetary costs of CGI are enormous – sometimes it
makes more sense to make things. Similarly, 3D printing does
the basic, boring bits – and allows us to immerse ourselves
in cerebral, fun problem-solving.”
British Colombia’s Royal Canadian Mounted Police (BC RCMP) has
issued a government tender for its own 3D printer to help
recreate crime scenes for the courtroom.
And, the “first of its kind” faucet pictured below has been 3D
printed on a ProX® DMP 320 metal additive machine from 3D
Systems. Indianapolis direct metal printing specialist 3rd Dimension made the tap for
luxury kitchen and bathroom fixtures design brand KALLISTA, whose products have a
price tag typically within the thousands of dollars.
A preview of SpiderBot’s ABSolute3
reveals that the desktop machine will be capable of 3D printing
materials melted at up to 220°C, putting it in line for
production using high-performance plastics such as
PolyEtherImide, PEEK, PEKK and PEEKK.
a smash hit on Kickstarter back in 2016, UNIZ has started
a new campaign to fund the SLASH OL and SLTV Series
of 3D printers that reportedly set a new world record of 3D
printing speed to over 700mm/hr z-axis speed.”
at CES 2017 this time last year, the Bellus3D camera and
scanner for mobile devices are now available for pre-order, and
in limited quantities to potential resellers.
And the CEAD Group,
founded by two
co-founders of Leapfrog, has started circulating images of
its forthcoming, large-scale Continuous Fibre Additive
Manufacturing (CFAM) machine. The system is tipped to have a
max build volume of 4 x 2 x 1.5 m, and be capable of
depositing up to 15 kg of material per hour.
3D printing software and solutions provider trinckle has
partnered with PROTIQ Marketplace to develop a web-based
configurator where customers can order metal 3D printed copper
inductors. A tricky task, from both a design and
a manufacturing point-of-view, the platform makes it simple
to produce application-specific inductors on-demand.
released two major updates its GCodePrintr and GCodeSimulator
apps on Android. The new version 3.0 comes with dual extrusion
support, a number of user interface improvements and many more
features to make 3D printing from mobile easier than before.
In addition to voice control for its color 3D printers,
XYZprinting has upgraded its hardware with a new feature that
protects prints in the event of a power outage.
GE Additive shakeup and Carbon’s latest news
Arconic is expanding its existing advanced manufacturing
aerospace operations in Whitehall, MI with an investment
of $10 million. The investment is bolstered by the listing
of 38 new jobs at the Whitehall facility now listed on the
Mohammad Ehteshami is stepping down from his role as CEO of GE
Additive to a new advisory role within the company. Stepping up
to take his place is Jason Oliver, joining GE from a position
at American conglomerate manufacturer Dover Corporation.
Industry EIC Michael Petch stands beside Mohammad Ehteshami, Vice
President and General Manager of GE Additive, holding the winning
3D Printing Industry Awards trophy for Financier of the Year
2017. Photo by Beau Jackson
Johnson & Johnson Innovation (JJDC, Inc.) has joined the
team of investors contributing $200
million to Carbon’s latest round of funding. In more
recent news from the company, Carbon has also partnered with
Carbon to make coal-based 3D printed products.
Roboze, provider of the Roboze One, Roboze One 400+ and the
Argo 500 3D printers, has officially launched sales in
Germany and expanded its network in Scandinavia and Turkey.
A face for 3D printing in medicine
The Regenerative Medicine Manufacturing
Society is to have it inaugural meeting on Friday the
26th January. Dr. Anthony Atala, director of the Wake Forest
Institute for Regenerative Medicine (WFIRM) that performs
cutting-edge work in the field of 3D bioprinting, is one of
the society’s founding members.
Medical technology firm axial3D, based in Belfast,
Northern Ireland, has established a Scientific Advisory Board
for medical 3D printing software. Daniel Crawford, Founder
and CEO of axial3D, comments, “We look forward to working with
these individuals and leveraging their guidance to further
axial3D’s execution of our vision – making 3D printing routine
Hyper-realistic, 3D printed masks from NYU Langone Medical
Center have been made in attempt to encourage more
people to donate their faces for transplantation.
A wave lamp, originally created by Thingiverse
user Markellov has
been turned into a weather-predicting instructable by British
Ahuja. So, if you were looking for a new project to
get stuck into, this might be it.
Dushyant Ahuja’s complete weather reporting lamp. Clip
Ahuja on YouTube
Featured image shows the Sliced logo of 3D printed clay
pots made by VormVrij for Unfold. Origial photo via 3D Clay