RICOH’s Additive Manufacturing capabilities to extend for wider range of end-use parts
BASF, the world’s leading chemical company, and Ricoh, the leading technology supplier in the field of laser sintering machines for 3D printing of plastic powders, are evolving their Additive Manufacturing capabilities through a development partnership.
BASF and Ricoh are collaborating on materials, processing and application development to bring further innovation to the market. The partnership also includes development of new materials for the RICOH AM S5500P, which has been installed by BASF in its 3D-P Application Technology Center in Heidelberg. The agreement will increase the capabilities of the high-end plastic sintering production machines.
Greg Plowman, Director of Ricoh Europe’s European Additive Manufacturing Business Group said: “The wider success of the AM market in the coming years rests on the crucial advances made in material sciences. These improvements will pave the way for creative implementations in new verticals and industries. By partnering with BASF as one of the largest material manufacturers in the world, we can jointly enhance our development expertise to meet specific and advanced customer requirements for end-use parts.” Continue reading “RICOH’s Additive Manufacturing capabilities to extend for wider range of end-use parts”
Integrating AM into digital production workflow could bring level of automation to new heights
SmarTech Publishing just released my latest AM market report, this time on AM workflow automation, that is automation of the AM production line. In this report, I tried to assess what the overall business volume could around the establishment, within tomorrow’s automated factories, of the fully digital production line which use AM as the core production process in an end-to-end production cycle.
For this report, I only considered automation of the mechanical processes involved. In other words that part of digital manufacturing that takes the product from a digital file ready to be 3D printed (so after it underwent CAD, CAE and CAM software processes) and before the distribution and retail phase (which is managed by CRM and ERP software). Continue reading “Integrating AM into digital production workflow could bring level of automation to new heights”
TU Wien researchers develop material analysis method for 3D printing at micrometer scale
TU Wien is conducting research into high-precision 3D printing technology. Now, a new method is enabling researchers to look for suitable materials with greater precision than ever.
How is it possible to build a model of St Stephen’s Cathedral the size of a dust particle? Well, using TU Wien’s modern 3D-printing technology, this is no longer a problem. Unimaginably fine structures in orders of magnitude well below a micrometer can now be created using their 3D printer.
However, this process requires what are known as ‘initiator molecules’, which have very specific physical properties. Using a new analysis method, developed at the Institute of Applied Physics at TU Wien, it is now possible to examine these molecules more closely and more quickly than was previously possible and thus identify which materials allow the technology to function best. Details of this technology were recently published in the physics journal ‘Applied Physics Letters’. Continue reading “TU Wien researchers develop material analysis method for 3D printing at micrometer scale”
Carbon3D today emerged from stealth on the main stage of the TED conference with an innovative approach to polymer-based 3D printing that promises to advance the industry beyond basic prototyping to 3D manufacturing. The new Continuous Liquid Interface Production technology (CLIP) harnesses light and oxygen to continuously grow objects… Continue reading “Carbon3D introduces CLIP, breakthrough technology for layerless 3D printing”
Since 2003, Econolyst has developed itself as a true thought leader in the field of Additive Manufacturing and 3D Printing. We did so by being one of the first companies to develop methodologies for assessing the business benefits of industrial 3D Printing adoption, … Continue reading “Econolyst acquired by Stratasys – a 12-year back story”
Drones? Food delivery? College bookstores? All of that pales in comparison to what Internet retail giant Amazon has in the works, according to a new patent filed on February 19, which details the company’s plans to not just deliver your order, but to create it right on the delivery truck. Continue reading “Amazon Has a Plan to 3D-Print Straight From Its Delivery Trucks”
Now Dr. Ian Saginor — an Associate Professor of Geology at Keystone College and a geochemist, geochronologist, and volcanologist who has spent the past nine years studying volcanoes throughout Central America and the Caribbean — is seeking funds to 3D print examples of volcanoes for study purposes on GoFundMe. Continue reading “Volcano Models 3D Printed to Point Out Hazards”
Last august, 3D printing designer and engineer Joris van Tubergen thought up a clever method for drawing attention to the plight of endangered elephants for World Elephant Day. Using five ingeniously-modified Ultimaker 3D printers, van Tubergen was able to 3D print a life-size elephant live at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol. Continue reading “Mini-Doc Gives the Back Story on Life-Size 3D Printed Elephant (VIDEO)”
Nearly as quickly as architects swapped their sketchbooks and pencils for CAD programs, traditional physical architectural models were also mostly replaced by interactive 3D digital versions. Continue reading “Could architectural 3D printing usher a comeback for physical models? (VIDEO)”
3D printing is a manufacturing process that lets a designer “grow” complex structures that could be impossible to mill or cast. The first 3D bike rolled off a printer a couple years ago. Flying Machine Studios, based in Australia, has taken a hybrid approach with its F1 commuter bike. Continue reading “Customizable Frame: 3D Printing In Bike Industry (VIDEO)”