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3D printing news Sliced, BeAM Machines, SHINING 3D, Concept Laser, LEGO

In this issue of Sliced, 3D Printing Industry digests the latest additive manufacturing news from around the world. Today’s edition puts the spotlight on stories in hardware, business, design and education, featuring the likes of BEAM Machines, Nano Dimension, BMW and Concept Laser.

New hardware from BeAM Machines, MKS and box3d

French additive system manufacturer BeAM Machines has released its Modulo 400 metal 3D printer, that first opened for pre-orders at Rapid + TCT 2017. Integrating all peripherals into the main body of the machine, the Modulo 400 offers high powered Directed Energy Deposition (DED) in a compact package.

“Leveraging the machine’s compact footprint, the Modulo 400 easily fits inside a shipping container or traditional box truck,” explains Tim Bell, General Manager of BeAM Machines, “enabling ease of transportation and operation in remote locations such as offshore oil rigs, military conflict zones, etc.”

“Designed and built to operate every day in these harsh conditions, the Modulo 400 is truly the future ‘factory in the field.”

Global technology company MKS Instruments has launched the Ophir® BeamWatch® AM machine dubbed “the industry’s first non-contact laser beam monitoring system for additive manufacturing.”

And box3d has launched pre-orders of its self-titled air filtration chambers for use with Ultimaker 3D printers.

As clean as the sea air - the box3d enclosure filters out particles associated with the melting of plastics. Photo via box3d
As clean as the sea air – the box3d enclosure filters out particles associated with the melting of plastics. Photo via box3d

Business deals at SHINING 3D, Nano Dimension and PyroGenesis

Adding yet another string to his bow, former 3D Systems President and CEO Avi Reichental has confirmed a new position as co-chairman of Nano Dimension. Reichental first joined the company’s board of directors in April 2017 and is chairman for a number of other 3D printing companies/initiatives including Nexa3D and Techniplas.

A recent case study from Prodways reveals that Renaissances Services in Fairborn, Ohio, relies on a ProMaker L5000 in its 3D printing division. The aerospace and defense engineering solutions specialist uses Prodways Technologies’ industrial DLP system to make castings for components, including “legacy” gearboxes and housings for out-of-production military equipment.

SHINING 3D has officially entered into software distribution partnership with Mesh2Surface, and Robert McNeel & Associates, makers of the Rhinoceros (Rhino) CAD platform. In another recent story, SHINING 3D has also worked with Zhejiang University of Technology (ZJUT) using its famed 3D scanning hardware to help make 3D printed racecar parts.

The ZJUT steering wheel with custom 3D printed grips. Photo via SHINING 3D
The ZJUT steering wheel with custom 3D printed grips. Photo via SHINING 3D

Hertfordshire rapid prototyping manufacturer Prototype Projects is to replace its Viper SLA suite with ProJet SLA 3D printers from 3D Systems. According to Justin Pringle, Prototype Projects Managing Director, the new machines mean that the 35 year-old bureau “can provide increased capacity and shortened lead times” for customers.

Following a deal with Rolls-Royce earlier in November 2017, powder metallurgy firm PyroGenesis has announced the signing of a second non-disclosure agreement, this time with an anonymous aircraft engine manufacturer.

The future of 3D – as viewed by designers

Speaking at the International Trademark Association (INTA) Berlin 2017 Mette Andersen, corporate counsel for the LEGO Group in Denmark, has hinted that the family-owned toy company may not rule out 3D printing in the future of the brand. In comments recorded by the World IP Review (WIPR), Anderson is quoted saying “If I overlook the legal implications, some day we may sell official Lego blueprints.”

BMW’s new i8 Roadster has been made with the help of 3D printing. Unveiled at the Los Angeles Auto Show 2017, observers noted that connecting components for the roof mechanism were made using additive manufacturing methods. Part of the same group as Mini and Rolls-Royce it comes as no surprise that the group is experimenting with these techniques in its next generation vehicles.

Starting small - components of BMW's i8 Roadster have been made using 3D printing. Image via BMW Group
Starting small – components of BMW’s i8 Roadster have been made using 3D printing. Image via BMW Group

A non profit initiative, founded by Dutch artist Marijke Sjollema, has launched The Dolphin Swim Club – a virtual reality experience giving headset wearers the therapeutic benefits and swimming with dolphins.

A magnetic boost for additive education

ORNL’s 3D printed magnets have been recognized for their excellence at the 55th Annual R&D Conference in Florida.

In the first of a number of new center announcements in the past week, the University of Memphis has announced that its $2 million additive manufacturing lab will open doors to students in April 2018.

Meanwhile, in Lichtenfels, Germany, Concept Laser has announced the forthcoming launch of its ‘3D Campus’ –  40,000 square meter facility providing additive innovation space for around 500 employees. Still over a year away from the opening, completion of the 3D Campus is expected early 2019.

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