Preview: Formnext 2018 3D printer hardware, software and material releases

Formnext 2018 is nearing with less than two weeks to go. As the largest event of its kind to date, 3D Printing Industry is giving readers a weekly preview of the upcoming hardware, software and materials releases, to make sure you don’t miss out.

Today we feature upcoming materials launches from Sinterit, AM Polymer Research and KIMYA; new 3ntr, Essentium and Lumi Industries hardware; software updates from atum3D and Sigma Labs; and more.

New material releases: Sinterit, AM Polymer Research, KIMYA

In the lead-up to Formnext, Polish desktop SLS 3D printer provider Sinterit has been releasing a range of new polymeric powders. Following its PA11 Onyx, tipped to be the first of its kind for desktop SLS, Sinterit has now launched a powdered TPU material called Flexa Soft.

It has the lowest shore hardness of Sinterit’s new materials, Flexa Soft opens up more “mellow” SLS applications in medical simulation, fashion, and other industries.

Find Sinterit in hall 3.1, booth G41.

Demo 3D print of Flexa Soft. Photo via Sinterit
Demo 3D print of Flexa Soft. Photo via Sinterit

German materials developer AM Polymer Research, is also showcasing new powder bed fusion materials at the show, but for industrial systems. It’s ROLASERIT family has a new addition, PP010F1, a polypropylene (PP) characterised by very good flow behaviour and 100% reusability.

Find AM Polymer Research in hall 3.0, booth B30L.

In filaments KIMYA, the 3D materials branch of inkjet cartridge and thermal transfer ribbon producer ARMOR Group, is promising new products at the fair. Earlier in October 2018, the company showcased its ABS ESD filament at the Paris Enova Salon. ABS ESD is a material designed to provide electrostatic discharge protection for 3D printed parts.

See ARMOR – KIMYA in hall 3.0, booth H75.

The latest 3D printer hardware developments

Plural Additive Manufacturing, from Portland, Oregon, is adding a PEEK 3D printer to its 3ntr systems range. The Spectral 30 has a 300 x 300 x 300 mm build area suitable for worktops, and extrudes at temperatures up to 500°C.

3ntr systems are in hall 3.1, booth J20.

For the second year in row, Japanese engineering company Mimaki will be showing its full color abilities of the Mimaki 3DUJ-553 system at the show.

See Mimaki in hall 3.1, booth D26.

Materials and systems developer Essentium is to deliver the High Speed Extrusion Platform (HSE) tipped to be “10x faster and more accurate than any other extrusion platform” and capable of producing parts at scale.

Essentium is in hall 3.1, booth J50.

And portable 3D printer developer Lumi Industries, that has enjoyed a string of successful crowdfunding campaigns in recent years, is reportedly demonstrating its “most compact 3D printer ever” at Formnext 2018. The LumifoldTB is a DLP 3D printer that uses tablets as a light source.

See Lumi Industries in hall 3.1, booth J40.

The LumifoldTB DLP printer. Photo via Lumi Industries
The LumifoldTB DLP printer. Photo via Lumi Industries

Industrial and AI softwares

atum3D, a specialist in open platform DLP 3D printing, has prepared its Operator Station software for visitors to Formnext. Built using the company’s proprietary MAGS AI technology, the Operator Station helps users prepare models for DLP by offering them the option to specify the area of an object which requires least scarring/support removal, and the most detail.

Find atum3d in hall 3.1, booth B19.

And Sigma Labs will launch its PrintRite 3D 4.0 product suite at the event – the latest in the company’s Process Quality Assurance System. Of the new software John Rice, CEO of Sigma Labs, says, “Our latest PrintRite3D® suite of products presents a significant value proposition to OEMs and manufacturers,”

“ […] We believe our IPQA® technology is transformational and our team looks forward to demonstrating at Formnext how Sigma Labs is bringing the industry from prototype to industrialized manufacturing.”

See Sigma Labs in hall 3.0, booth H77.

Inspection graphic via Sigma Labs
Inspection graphic via Sigma Labs

Unspecified hints and exhibits

And finally, without any specifics, Rize, the augmented polymer deposition (APD) 3D printer company, has hinted that it will “redefine Industrial 3D Printing forever” with a “game-changing user experience that will provide unprecedented versatility to address the needs of engineers, designers, consumers, architects, marketing professionals and many more.”

Find Rize in hall 3.1, booth C28.

Israeli industrial 3D printer provider XJet will also be exhibiting at the show, reportedly “ramping up attention on the metal side of its business, demonstrating its rapid growth since the show last year, and promising new developments at formnext 2018.”

See XJet in hall 3.1, booth D80.

See the Formnext 2018 floorplan here to prepare your schedule and appointments.

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Featured image shows demo fashion application of Flexa Soft. Photo via Sinterit