Building toward some of the biggest events in the 3D printing industry calendar, additive manufacturing companies are announcing their latest business deals including new investments, partnerships and international distribution.
In this article, we review recent activity from Canada Makes, EOS, CRP Group, HP, Nano Dimension, Thales Group, A*STAR and CollPlant.
Canada Makes partners with 3D design “Innovation Enabler”
Canada Makes, the nationwide initiative encouraging the adoption of additive manufacturing in businesses and schools, has partnered with CAD MicroSolutions Inc. a provider of 3D printing design software and hardware.
According Hargurdeep Singh, Additive Manufacturing Consultant at CAD MicroSolutions, the company is “thrilled to be part of Canada Makes and play a significant role in Canada’s Industry 4.0 and Additive Manufacturing sector.”
Singh adds that CAD Micro’s role will be as an “Innovation Enabler”, providing Canada Makes partners with simulation software and training. The firms particular expertise is with the award winning Markforged range of 3D printers, HP’s Multi Jet Fusion technology and the DragonFly 2020 from Nano Dimension.
Z3DFAB brings EOS meltpool analysis to East Asia for the first time
In collaboration with its French counterpart Z3DLAB, and semi-conductor specialist HS HI-TECH, Z3DFAB has installed EOSTATE MeltPool technology into its facility in Korea. EOSTATE MeltPool is build-chamber analysis software capable of reading laser light reflection and powder melting inside metal 3D printers.
At Z3DFAB’s digital additive manufacturing center, EOSTATE is used inside the EOS M 290 system to ensure the end quality of a 3D printed part.
Seong Soo Kim, CEO of HS HI-TECH comments, “We have been working very hard with our French partner to [make] Z3DFAB a ‘best in class’ AM centre…since last year, until now, we have combined our knowhow in cleaning and machining with our partner’s knowledge of AM, to establish unique post-processing protocols to be ready for medical certification ISO 13485 and production,
“…the arrival of the EOS M 290 EOSTATE MeltPool will contribute into keeping high standards.”
CRP acquires RICOH and Concept Laser machines
Italy’s CRP Group is expanding its 3D printing production facility with additive manufacturing systems from RICOH and Concept Laser.
CRP CEO Franco Cevolini, who shared his views on the next five years of 3D printing as part of our guest articles series, comments on the RICOH addition saying, “We are the first in Italy to have a multi-material 3D Printer with large modelling area.”
SICAM to offer HP MJF 3D printing
Rapid prototyping and engineering firm SICAM, headquartered in New Jersey, has become the latest in a line of manufacturing solutions providers to introduce HP’s Multi Jet Fusion technology as a service to its customers.
Nano Dimension expands 3D printer distribution network across Europe
Leading French 3D printer distributor CADvision has become a partner of Nano Dimension Technologies Ltd. In the partnership, CADvision has agreed to distribute the DragonFly 2020 electronics 3D printer across France, Belgium and Switzerland.
Thales Group open additive facility in Casablanca
Multinational aerospace company Thales Group has announced the opening of an R&D center in Casablanca, the capital of Morocco. The facility currently contains two selective laser melting (SLM) metal 3D printers, and is operated by around 20 engineers. Eventually, the 1000 square meter center will be installed with a further six systems to ramp up production capacity.
A*STAR launch initiative to boost 3D printing in Singapore
Singapore’s Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR), that started in 2013, has announced the launch of its Tech Access Initiative that will provide technical training and advice to SMEs looking to adopt 3D printing.
CollPlant agrees on $5 million bio boost
Regenerative medicine materials developer CollPlant, that recently set up a specialist division to produce 3D printer bioink, has signed an agreement with a U.S. investor for the receipt of a $5 million private placement. The deal will be completed upon CollPlant’s successful listing on the NASDAQ exchange. The first $2 million has already been received, and a second is due to be agreed upon in a shareholders meeting.
Yehiel Tal, CollPlant CEO states, “In addition to supporting our Vergenix™ STR and Vergenix™ FG commercial distribution partners in Europe, we continue to advance our pipeline, including a novel rhCollagen-based BioInk for 3D printing of tissues and organs.”
“We believe that our unique tissue repair technology may represent a potential paradigm shift in the field of regenerative medicine, and we look forward to raising CollPlant’s profile and expanding our shareholder base through an up-listing to the NASDAQ Exchange.”
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Featured image: An SLS 3D printed labyrinth cube made from CRP Group Windform powder. Photo via CRP Group Direct Digital Manufacturing on Flickr