13 August 2020 8:27
Resin 3D printing has leapt forward over the last few years, stepping beyond its rapid prototyping origins to production. In many ways, this progress has been driven by innovative startups developing new approaches to 3D printing with resins.    One such company is Origin. Founded in 2015 by two software engineers, Origin has developed a resin 3D printing platform that combines software-driven control, modular hardware and an open approach to materials. With these three pieces together, the company is changing the very nature of resin-based 3D printing.   To learn more about Origin’s technology ...
15 June 2020 12:28
AMFG's Production Scheduling System [Image credit: AMFG]   As additive manufacturing continues to move towards industrialisation, Additive Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES) are becoming essential for manufacturers looking to manage their AM operations successfully.   Additive MES software plays a critical role in addressing the challenges of disconnected, manual AM processes by enabling manufacturers to track data, connect software and hardware systems and achieve full visibility across their operations.  [caption id="attachment_13860" align="alignright" width="212"] Timm Kragl, Senior Consultant at Phanos GmbH[/caption]   We caught up with Timm Kragl, Senior Consultant at Phanos GmbH, an independent AM consultancy firm headquartered ...
10 June 2020 11:43
While general-use polymers, like ABS and nylon, currently dominate the 3D printing materials market, there is a growing demand for strong, functional materials that can withstand harsh environments and high temperatures.    These materials, known as high-performance polymers, are increasingly sought after by 3D printing users in industries such as aerospace and medical.    The key high-performance polymers currently available for 3D printing belong to the Polyaryletherketone (PAEK) family of thermoplastics, offering high-temperature stability and great mechanical strength.    Only a few companies on the market are currently developing such materials, one being Oxford Performance Materials ...
03 June 2020 12:42
Ceramics 3D printing is still a relatively new additive manufacturing technology. However, despite its novelty, ceramic 3D printing is finding its way into many industries, from medical and dental, to aerospace and luxury goods.    [caption id="attachment_13786" align="alignright" width="271"] Lithoz's CEO Dr Johannes Homa [/caption] Currently, only a handful of companies are developing 3D printing technology for ceramics. One such company is Austrian manufacturer, Lithoz.     We caught up with Lithoz’s CEO and Founder, Dr Johannes Homa, to discuss the current state of ceramic 3D printing, some of its exciting applications and the benefits ...
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 ...