3D printed concrete walls more stable with mechanistic model developed by TU/e researcher

A professor of Applied Mechanics at the Eindhoven University of Technology in the Netherlands has developed a model for determining the dimensions and printing speeds needed to keep 3D printed concrete walls stable.

Construction 3D printing is an exciting area of additive manufacturing, but 3D printing with concrete-type materials doesn’t come without its problems. This is basically because 3D printed concrete is asked to do a lot more work than it is used to: while normal concrete deposited in formwork can harden over several weeks, 3D printed concrete needs to carry the burden of the next layer almost immediately after its deposition. Continue reading “3D printed concrete walls more stable with mechanistic model developed by TU/e researcher”

Can 3D Printing be turned into a truly productive technology with MES software?

Can 3D Printing be turned into a truly productive technology with MES software?

In the world of advanced manufacturing, the term MES to describe software based Manufacturing Execution Systems is already fairly common. However, it is only now beginning to be introduced to AM, leading us to coin a new “AMES” (Additive Manufacturing Execution Systems) acronym. This is occurring now because only recently did AM start to become a true batch and potentially even a mass manufacturing technology.

Major industrial software developers already provide several MES solution but only a few are able to adapt these solutions to the unique characteristics of the end-to-end 3D printing production cycle, integrating strictly digital elements such as quotation enginers all the way to ERP, CRM and even 3D file protecion features. Continue reading “Can 3D Printing be turned into a truly productive technology with MES software?”

Integrating AM into digital production workflow could bring level of automation to new heights

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”

VTT Finland is developing 3D printing materials for wound care

VTT Finland is developing 3D printing materials for wound care

Cellulose nanofibrils have properties that can improve the characteristics of bio-based 3D-printing pastes. VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland is developing a 3D wound care product for monitoring wound condition in hospital care. However, the first commercial nanocellulose applications will be seen in indoor decoration elements, textiles and the production of mock-ups.

3D printing has proven to be an efficient manufacturing method for complex, customised and light structures. In addition to thermoplastics, 3D printing materials include metals, ceramics and foodstuffs. The range of biomaterials in 3D paste printing is still fairly limited, since pastes pose unique challenges: their structure must not collapse during printing and the objects manufactured must remain sufficiently strong, rigid or flexible after drying. In 3D biomaterial filaments, however, commercial products already exist. Continue reading “VTT Finland is developing 3D printing materials for wound care”

REMINDER: Sign up now for Additive Manufacturing training workshops

Registration has opened for the Additive Manufacturing training Workshops on Fundamentals of AM Designs and Selecting AM Materials & Processes, organized by UL and Brightlands Materials Center. Join us!

Fundamentals of AM Designs is scheduled for Tuesday, January 31, 2017 and Selecting AM Materials & Processes is scheduled for Wednesday, February 1, 2017. The Workshops take place at the Brightlands Chemelot Campus (BCC) in Geleen, The Netherlands, just before the 3D Printing Materials Conference of February 2 at the same location. Both courses will be offered as condensed single day workshops at a price of €650 per participant per workshop. The workshops will be led by Paul Bates, Manager of the UL Additive Manufacturing Competency Center.

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3D Printing Complements Fluoropolymer Processing

3D Printing complements fluoropolymer processing.3M has developed a patent-pending technology to 3D print fully fluorinated polymers.This technology allows 3Dprinting as an additional and differentiated way of processing fully-fluorinated polymers. In this way the fabrication of complex structures is possible, which otherwise cannot be produced or only produced with expensive traditional processing techniques.3M is pioneering 3D printing with PTFE.

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New 3D Printing Process for Bioceramics Presented by Multistation

High-performance ceramics are seen as the next frontier for industrial rapid prototyping, some manufacturing and also, as we have begun to see recently, for biofabrication and 3D bioprinting. Biocerawax, a new AM process which is being presented by French 3D printer distributor Multistation, focuses on this latest aspect by introducing a new method for low-cost, bioceramic 3D printing based on Solidscape’s DoD (Drop on Demand) high-res, wax-based AM process. Continue reading “New 3D Printing Process for Bioceramics Presented by Multistation”

Materialise Opens Metal 3D Printing Factory in Germany

Materialise NV (NASDAQ:MTLS), a leading provider of additive manufacturing (AM) software and sophisticated 3D printing services, today announced the start of metal printing activities in their German office in Bremen, the location of Materialise’s Metal Competence Centre for software. Starting in late October, this new production line will begin serving industrial customers looking to manufacture parts in titanium, a material with applications in industries such as aerospace, manufacturing, automotive and more. During a press conference at Euromold in Dusseldorf, Materialise founder and CEO Fried Vancraen stated that this new production line would mark Materialise’s next step in becoming the most complete factory for 3D Printing. Continue reading “Materialise Opens Metal 3D Printing Factory in Germany”