TU Wien Spin-Off Cubicure introduces new 3D Printing materials

While 3D printing technology has been responsible for many advances and inventions over the years, it’s not foolproof – some methods don’t produce items with the best material properties, and others result in surfaces that are rough and unclean. The Vienna University of Technology, better known as TU Wien, is responsible for many innovations in 3D printing materials. The university also generated a spin-off company, the startup Cubicure, which developed a new 3D printing technique called hot lithography.

TU Wien has spent years developing 3D printing processes, along with material mixtures that are well-suited for a wide variety of applications. Cubicure is a direct result of this research.

Dr. Robert Gmeiner, CEO of Cubicure, said, “3D printing already plays a key role in the production of prototypes or utility models. But even for all industrial products that are produced in small quantities or have to be tailored to the individual needs of the individual customer – such as components in the medical sector – the high-quality 3D printing offers great opportunities.” Continue reading “TU Wien Spin-Off Cubicure introduces new 3D Printing materials”

GE Additive acquires simulation software developer GeonX

GE Additive announced that it has acquired GeonX, a privately-owned developer of simulation software.  Terms of the deal are not being disclosed.

Headquarted in Belgium, GeonX provides software for engineers when developing new products, to simulate additive manufacturing, welding, machining and heat treatment processes in various industries such as aerospace, automotive and energy.

GeonX’s simulation software tool, Virfac® (short for Virtual Factory), assesses products prior to production; predicting defects, distortions and stresses and the impact manufacturing has on a product’s durability. This helps to reduce the number of prototypes built during the development phase, while improving the quality and lifetime of the manufactured products. This can minimize the time to market and development costs. Continue reading “GE Additive acquires simulation software developer GeonX”

Renishaw, Identify3D to offer an end-to-end, secure digital manufacturing process

Renishaw, Identify3D to offer an end-to-end, secure digital manufacturing process

Renishaw, a world leader in metrology and additive manufacturing (AM) technologies, and Identify3D, a leader in software for the digital supply chain, are pleased to announce a collaboration to offer an end-to-end, secure digital manufacturing process.

Identify3D will provide data protection coupled with contractual and manufacturing licensing from design to production on Renishaw AM systems. By choosing to secure all digital data in the engineering phase, the technology enables users of Renishaw systems to protect their digital intellectual property (IP), enforce production rules and provide traceability in the digital supply chain at the industry’s highest standard.

“Renishaw understands how important it is to have an efficient and reliable control of data flow all the way to its machines,” said Stephan Thomas, Chief Strategy Officer at Identify3D. “We are pleased that Renishaw, one of the world’s leading engineering and scientific technology companies, has selected Identify3D as a strategic partner to provide such a solution to the market place — from design to distribution and production.” Continue reading “Renishaw, Identify3D to offer an end-to-end, secure digital manufacturing process”

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”

Autodesk Launches Project Ignite: A 3D Design, Printing & Maker’s Learning Platform For All Ages

Autodesk, whose 3D design software is used within thousands of schools and maker communities nationwide, has taken a keen interest in 3D printing as of late, as they, along with many others, see the technology not only as a transformative one for manufacturing, but also an essential tool for learning. Continue reading “Autodesk Launches Project Ignite: A 3D Design, Printing & Maker’s Learning Platform For All Ages”

Trimble and Materialise Partner to Streamline 3D Printing Workflows

Trimble and Materialise announced that they have added support for the STL file format through a new Printables feature on Trimble’s 3D Warehouse, the world’s largest repository of free, high-quality, 3D content. The new feature is the result of the companies’ collaboration to streamline 3D printing workflows, … Continue reading “Trimble and Materialise Partner to Streamline 3D Printing Workflows”

Growing Lattice in CAD: AM Prompts Designers to Look Beyond Solids and Surfaces

Lilian van Daal wants to bring Nature’s engineering methods into people’s living rooms. The 2010 graduate of HAN University (Netherlands) created a series of 3D-printed soft seats. The softness comes from her clever use of Nature-inspired lattice structure to create flexibility out of stiff materials. Continue reading “Growing Lattice in CAD: AM Prompts Designers to Look Beyond Solids and Surfaces”