Panalpina, Shapeways ink strategic partnership for 3D Printing

For 3D printing Shapeways and Panalpina enter into strategic partnership. “3D printing is one of the most exciting frontiers of digital transformation,” says Mike Wilson, Panalpina’s global head of Logistics. “It stands for the convergence of the real with the virtual world – and it has the potential to dramatically change the traditional manufacturing and logistics industries.” Continue reading “Panalpina, Shapeways ink strategic partnership for 3D Printing”

Gripping Developments by ABB and Materialise: 3D printed robotic grippers ‘YuMi’ (Video)

If you want to visualize the supermarket of the future, you need the tools of the future. At the EXPO MILANO 2015, the Future Food District featured all kinds of new technologies working on different areas of the food chain. Among them, we saw ABB’s exhibit YuMi, originally designed to automate small parts assembly in the consumer electronics industry. And Materialise’s 3D-printed grippers are giving YuMi a hand. (For a deeper look into how we designed the grippers, check out our case study!) Continue reading “Gripping Developments by ABB and Materialise: 3D printed robotic grippers ‘YuMi’ (Video)”

OPTIS and Luxexcel to ease optical design for automotive with 3D printing

Luxexcel and OPTIS combine software and additive manufacturing to provide a complete service to optical designers. Users of OPTIS software can virtually design their lens within the OPTIS CAD software and 3D print their design with Luxexcel’s Printoptical Technology.  The Luxexcel material is integrated by Optis in their Material library which is accessible online. Continue reading “OPTIS and Luxexcel to ease optical design for automotive with 3D printing”

Dutch startup MX3D to 3D print steel bridge in Amsterdam

“A bridge to the future in the ancient capital of innovation”

With their robots that 3D “draw” in steel, MX3D will print a bridge over the water in the center of Amsterdam. The Dutch company researches and develops groundbreaking, cost-effective robotic 3D printing technology. MX3D can 3D print beautiful, functional objects in almost any form. Much larger and more efficiently than possible until now, using sustainable materials. Continue reading “Dutch startup MX3D to 3D print steel bridge in Amsterdam”

New Antimicrobial Composite Resins Make Possible 3D-Printed Teeth that Kill 99% of Bacteria

Researchers at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands have created a process that can manufacture 3D-printed teeth and braces which are actually good for your other teeth, and dental health in general.

3D-Printable Antimicrobial Composite Resins [paid PDF access] outlines the development of the new plastic resin used in the process, which involves embedding antimicrobial quaternary ammonium salts inside extant dental resin polymers. Because the salts are positively charged, these disrupt negatively charged bacterial membranes, resulting in them bursting and dying. The mixture was then hardened with ultraviolet light. Continue reading “New Antimicrobial Composite Resins Make Possible 3D-Printed Teeth that Kill 99% of Bacteria”