28 April 2020 11:46
Featured: LEO Lane's Co-Founders: Moshe Molcho - CEO, Tessa Blokland - Industrial Design Expert, and Lee-Bath Nelson - VP Business. Image credit: Beau Jackson.   3D printing is one of the key technologies driving the shift towards distributed, digital manufacturing. The ability to produce parts from digital files opens up new and exciting opportunities, including virtual inventories and on-demand, localised production.    This shift, however, also raises concerns around security and IP protection. Digital files hold important 3D printing data, which means unauthorised access to that data can have serious implications for businesses, posing a ...
15 April 2020 10:44
The outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic has caused medical supply shortages around the world. In this time of need, the 3D printing community has mobilised to support the medical facilities in dire need of medical supplies. One example of this comes from the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU), located in Oslo.    Using the university’s 3D printing lab, NMBU students are designing and producing protective medical equipment to help address the escalating medical supply issues in Norway.    We speak with NMBU’s Senior Engineer, Kristian Omberg, to discuss how the university is producing ...
26 February 2020 10:55
3D printing technology has been evolving rapidly, with a lot of innovation in the Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF) segment. One company pushing the envelope for FFF 3D printing is BCN3D Technologies.   Founded in CIM-UPC, a technological centre of the Technical University of Catalonia, BCN3D since 2019 is an independent 3D printing company based in Barcelona (Spain). BCN3D has developed the Independent Dual Extruder (IDEX) technology: a Dual-extrusion 3D printing has many benefits, including increased productivity and the ability to print with two different materials.    In this week’s Expert Interview, we’re joined by ...
13 February 2020 10:31
The advent of digital manufacturing and cloud-based software has brought about a new Manufacturing as a Service (MaaS) business model.   Companies operating this business model provide their customers with instant quotes enabled by advanced software [caption id="attachment_13244" align="alignright" width="187"] Agata Lovrecich, Product Marketing Manager at 3D Hubs [/caption]   3D Hubs was originally founded as a community-based marketplace, where anyone owning a 3D printer could offer their 3D printing services online. However, the company has recently shifted its focus to serve the industrial manufacturing market, and has established a large ...
20 January 2020 12:15
Achieving a simpler and faster design preparation workflow has been an ongoing quest within the 3D printing industry. Designing for Additive Manufacturing is a complex process, with its unique challenges and opportunities.    Therefore, it requires relevant tools to enable engineers to take full advantage of the design flexibility of AM. Altair is one such company that develops these solutions. Altair is a global technology company that provides software and cloud solutions in the areas of product development, high-performance computing and data analytics.   In this week’s Expert Interview, we speak with Ravi Kunju, ...
18 December 2019 13:42
America Makes is the United States’ national accelerator for additive manufacturing (AM), leading the way in driving the R&D (Research and Development), commercialisation and adoption of AM technologies. Since its founding in 2012, the institute has executed 88 AM R&D projects and grown from 65 founding organisations to more than 225.    In this week’s Expert Interview, we speak with America Makes’ Executive Director, John Wilczynski, to learn more about its recent $322 million cooperative agreement with the US Air Force Research Lab, the state of 3D printing standards and the importance ...
10 December 2019 8:56
3D printing is becoming a more intelligent process, as more companies look to integrate Artificial Intelligence (AI) into the technology. One example is Inkbit, a US-based start-up, which has developed a multi-material inkjet 3D printing ‘with eyes and brains’.   Although multi-material 3D printing has been around for a while, the technology has been used primarily for prototyping purposes. Inkbit aims to revolutionise the technology by developing an inkjet 3D printer capable of end-part production.   To learn more about the new multi-material technology, we caught up with CEO of Inkbit, Davide Marini.    In the ...
27 November 2019 13:21
German multinational engineering and technology company, Bosch, is perhaps the world’s largest supplier of automotive components and an important supplier of industrial technologies, consumer goods, plus energy and building technology.   It is, therefore, not surprising that the company is also heavily involved in additive manufacturing (AM). The technology expedites time-to-market for new products when used for prototyping and, when used for production, it can introduce more flexibility and agility into a supply chain by printing certain components faster and on-demand.     Bosch uses AM across all of its company divisions and also has ...
06 November 2019 14:41
Post-processing has often been described as 3D printing’s ‘dirty little secret’. A necessary, yet highly manual and labour-intensive part of the 3D printing process, post-processing remains a huge challenge for companies looking to scale their additive manufacturing (AM) operations. However, this could all change, thanks to advancements in post-processing automation.     In this week’s Expert Interview, we’re joined by Joseph Crabtree, CEO of Additive Manufacturing Technologies (AMT), a UK-based company that develops automated post-processing solutions. With Joseph, we discuss why post-processing is important, how AMT’s post-processing technologies work and what the future ...
09 October 2019 9:16
Material science in additive manufacturing is rapidly evolving, with silicone 3D printing being a particularly exciting development for the industry. Silicone is a versatile elastomeric material, known for its biocompatibility, thermal conductivity and heat resistance.     Swiss company, Spectroplast, aims to push the envelope when it comes to silicone 3D printing. Following years of research, conducted at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETH Zurich), Spectroplast launched its silicone 3D printing service bureau in September last year.    In this week’s Expert Interview, we’re joined by Spectroplast’s Founder and CTO, Petar ...