3D Printing

Sliced 3D Printing Digest: BeeHex, Renishaw, Lux Capital, CATEC, Igus

In this Sliced: 3D Printing Digest, we feature, BeeHex, Lux Capital, Renishaw, the Centre for Advanced Aerospace Technologies (CATEC), Igus, and SUNY New Paltz.

BeeHex receives $1 million in funding for 3D printed pizzas

3D printed pizza maker BeeHex has received $1 million in funding. The company has its roots in the creation of a device for astronauts to 3D print foods in space. However, BeeHex has now found interest for their technology back on planet earth. This seed funding will be used to develop the Chef 3D pizza printer. 3D printing food has been explored by a number of companies including Natural Machines and their Foodini printer.

Is this the future of Pizza? Image via BeeHex.
Is this the future of Pizza? Image via BeeHex.

Lux Capital closes $400 million funding 

Venture capital firm Lux Capital has closed a $400 million fund to back “impact inventors.” The company invests in innovative tech startups and previously invested in 3D printing startup Desktop Metal. This is the firm’s fifth fund and is backing those “inventing the future without destroying humanity.”

Renishaw printer used for aerospace research

The Centre for Advanced Aerospace Technologies (CATEC) in Seville, Spain has installed a RenAM 500M machine from British 3D printing company Renishaw. CATEC is focused on promoting Research & Development into the aerospace industry. The RenAM 500M is a laser powder bed fusion machine which 3D prints metal components.

Fernando Lasagni, Head of Materials and Processes Development at CATEC, said

CATEC is actively working on the development of aerospace applications with additive manufacturing technology, covering all the stages of the production cycle to support companies in the implementation of this technology.

The RenAM 500M machine. Photo via Renishaw.
The RenAM 500M machine. Photo via Renishaw.

Opening of new $48 million university facility

The State University of New York at New Paltz (SUNY New Paltz) will open a new $48 million facility next week. The new Science building will encourage STEM education and add to the university’s existing 3D printing lab.

Igus Operations develop self-lubricating linear axes

Based in Germany, Igus Operations has released a custom made lead screw unit for 3D printers. The drylin SLTI3 linear axis are self-lubricating and 3D printed by the German company. The service can be completed in a number of days using Igus’ iglidur® I3 material. The company are also claiming customers tend to receive their orders within 48 hours.

Robert Dumayne, dry-tech director of Igus, said,

The purpose of developing the SLTI3 lead screw unit was to enable quick and very easy assembly, with the maximum possible variability.

The lead screw unit from Igus. Image via Igus.
The lead screw unit from Igus. Image via Igus.

3D printed Wheatley from Portal

Looking for something to print over the weekend? Wheatley from Portal 2 is 3D printed form. The Artificial Intelligence character from the popular video game has been designed with a functional LED blinking eye. The files are available on MyMiniFactory.

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Featured image shows Sliced logo over a photo of the 3D printed Wheatley character. Photo via MyMiniFactory.