Popular Science Names Desktop Metal Production System "2017 Best of What's New" in Engineering Highlighting its speed and inkjet technology, Popular Science recognized the Desktop Metal Production System™ with its “2017 Best of What’s New” award in the Engineering category. The Production System is the first metal 3D printing system for mass production of complex metal parts that is up to 100 times faster than current laser systems. Arriving in 2018, the Production System delivers the speed, quality, and cost-per-part needed to compete with traditional manufacturing processes. Created by the inventors of ground-breaking technologies in both 3D and 2D printing – binder jetting by Ely Sachs and single pass inkjet by Paul Hoisington – the Production System builds metal parts in a matter of minutes instead of hours. Leveraging low-cost Metal Injection Molding (MIM) powder, it is designed to deliver high throughput and per-part costs that are competitive with traditional manufacturing processes—up to 20x lower than today’s laser-based additive manufacturing systems. "The Best of What's New awards honor the innovations that shape the future," says Joe Brown, Editor in Chief, Popular Science. "From life-saving technology to incredible space engineering to gadgets that are just breathtakingly cool, this is the best of what's new." Desktop Metal, the company committed to making metal 3D printing accessible to manufacturers and engineers, recently launched its metal 3D printing systems covering the full product lifecycle -- from prototyping to mass production. The Studio System™ is the first office-friendly metal 3D printing system for rapid prototyping and is up to 10 times less expensive than existing technology today. To manufacture metal 3D printed parts at scale, Desktop Metal also debuted the only 3D printing system for mass production of high-resolution metal parts today, the Production System. About Desktop Metal Desktop Metal, Inc., based in Burlington, Massachusetts, is accelerating the transformation of manufacturing with end-to-end metal 3D printing solutions. Founded in 2015 by leaders in advanced manufacturing, metallurgy, and robotics, the company is addressing the unmet challenges of speed, cost, and quality to make metal 3D printing an essential tool for engineers and manufacturers around the world. In 2017, the company was selected as one of the world’s 30 most promising Technology Pioneers by World Economic Forum, and was recently named to MIT Technology Review’s list of 50 Smartest Companies. For more information on our Desktop Metal line of 3D printers, please click the button below. More Info
Formlabs’ library of versatile, reliable Engineering Resins is formulated to help product designers and manufacturers reduce costs, iterate faster, and bring better experiences to market. They recently announced the addition of two new materials for the Form 2: Grey Pro Resin for Versatile Prototyping and Rigid Resin. Grey Pro Resin offers high precision, moderate elongation, and low creep. This material is great for concept modeling and functional prototyping, especially for parts that will be handled repeatedly. This material is best for form and fit testing; prototyping injection molded products; mold masters for plastics, silicones, and more; jigs and fixtures for manufacturing. Rigid Resin is filled with glass to offer very high stiffness and a polished finish. This material is highly resistant to deformation over time and is great for printing thin walls and features. Rigid Resin has the highest modulus of all Formlabs materials. It has great impact strength, heat resistance, and stability, but is more brittle than Tough and Durable. This material is best for turbines and fan blades; jigs, fixtures, and tooling; manifolds; electrical casings and automotive housings. Please click below for more information on all of the Formlabs materials. More Info
Progress in 3D authentication and identification brings 3D manufacturing closer Multi-jet-fusion printed part on the left and a high-resolution scan of the indicated portion of it on the right showing the micro surface structure used for authentication. An HP Labs investigation into accurately identifying and authenticating 3D-printed objects is helping enable a future where parts for high performance machines like jet engines are routinely printed to order. It may also aid the development of new systems for tracking physical objects of any kind on a massive scale. “To use a 3D printed part in a machine like an aero-engine, you need to be able to confidently identify and track that part after it has been printed from a known and trusted printer,” observes Bristol, UK-based researcher Stephen Pollard. One way to do that would be to add a unique identifier like a bar code to each printed item. But Pollard and his colleagues in HP’s Print Adjacencies and 3D Lab wanted to come up with an approach that added no processing or materials cost to the 3D printing process and that would also have applicability for 3D objects created via more conventional methods. Their solution: a low cost, three-stage, automated identification and authentication system that doesn’t require a printed object to be readied for authentication in any way. It works by first designating a small area of the object to be tracked as the location of a “virtual forensic mark.” This need only be a centimeter or so square and can easily be pre-assigned in the digital version of the 3D object before it is printed. Once the item is printed, it is robotically scanned so that the location of the virtual forensic mark can be identified. Finally, a second, very high resolution scanner takes a measurement of that small area. It’s so accurate – detecting surface differences of just two thousandths of a millimeter - that it can establish a unique digital signature for every printed version of an identical 3D object. With this identifying information on file, the object can be scanned again whenever a confirmation of the object’s specific identity is needed. “It’s like a fingerprint scanner for physical objects,” says Pollard. The team has already created prototypes for most of the elements in their system. They next plan to miniaturize and integrate them together into a single prototype device, creating a tool that does the work of instruments that currently cost tens of thousands of dollars for under $100 per machine. One major challenge will be to place each of these elements together in way that allows the process to be fully automated, adds Labs researcher Faisal Azhar. “The other hard problem we face is extracting reliable and repeatable signatures of the 3D parts,” Azhar says. “We are already able to make incredibly accurate scans but those scans need to be reliably repeatable to be confident that the object we identify right after printing is the same object we later want to place, for [...]
Cimquest will be hosting an interactive 3D Printing Open House featuring the HP Multi Jet Fusion Technology. Come take a look under the hood of our new Jet Fusion 4200 and experience the printing process from start to finish. We’ll show you how you can make production quality parts at a greater speed and lower cost per part than other systems. At the event, you will have an opportunity to: Listen to iRobot discuss their investment in HP 3D Printing and discover their common uses. Meet HP representatives and discuss the technology and open materials roadmap. See and experience the MJF process live, from start to finish with the Jet Fusion 4200. Learn how the HP 3D Printing Technology saves you time and money compared to other technologies. EVENT DETAILS January 17, 2018, 9:00 am – 12:30 pm Cimquest HQ, 3434 Rt. 22 West, Suite 130 Branchburg, NJ 08876 Breakfast and lunch will be served, and you’ll also get a tour of Cimquest’s new CNC Manufacturing Lab and our 3D Printing Showroom. This event is free to attend, but please reserve your spot by clicking on the button below. Register Here
https://cimquesttv.wistia.com/medias/akljtgx5w2?embedType=async&videoFoam=true&videoWidth=640 The Form 2 enables you to print precise models with stunning surface finish - significantly smoother and more detailed than other plastic 3D printing technologies. For more information on the Form 2, visit: http://cimquest-inc.com/formlabs/ More Info
This case study covers the world's third largest contract manufacturer and their use of HP Multi Jet Fusion technology. Jabil, a contractor that works with major consumer brands, faces the challenge of bringing more customization and complexity to the designs of their customers. Through HP’s solution they’re able to produce end-use parts in large volumes, and at a price point that’s competitive with traditional manufacturing. To download and read the full story, please click the button below. Download the Jabil Case Study PDF Please enter your Email address and Zip to Download the Jaebel Case Study PDF.
We live in a color world. We see everything in color. Whether you’re a designer, engineer, architect, artist, animator, student, doctor, healthcare provider, entrepreneur or consumer – you live, think and imagine in full, living color. Why 3D print in color? For professionals, most products are designed with the look of the product being paramount – how will it stand out over the others on the shelf? Shape is also very important, but color is one way to make your products stand out over the competition. Color allows you to communicate better within an organization, and color also allows you to communicate better with your clients. For consumers, we want to be able to print gifts and keepsakes, such as 3D photos and statues, in full color, and not be limited to single color objects – in the same way, that we want to be able to 2D print in color. Imagine if you had the capability to see and hold a physical 3D printed model as it would actually appear as a real-life object, just as if you printed a color photo of the object on a 2D printer, but now a full 3D photograph in your hand. Photo-quality 3D objects can now be used just like 3D photographs and look just as real. Why haven’t we used color 3D printing in a widespread manner before? One reason we have accepted monochrome 3D printing for so long is because most 3D printers just can’t print color parts. If they could, they would. Also, many color outputs just aren’t good enough for practical applications. Most 3D printer manufacturers want to offer true multicolor 3D printing and are trying very hard to do so. High-resolution color is now possible to achieve with certain print engines. Why is full-color 3D printing important? Seeing the value of color is evident when comparing the face to the right and the banana below. Example of true color 3D printed banana created on an Mcor IRIS 3D printer. Courtesy, Printz Worldwide. Black + White = Full-Color 3D Printing Did you know that even black and white 3D printing requires full-color 3D printing capability? Black and white is useful for adding text and dimensions and other feature labels and notes onto models; graphics or even adding barcodes directly onto your 3D printed models. Unlike 2D printers, if you need black and white on your 3D printed object, you require a true multicolor-capable 3D printer that can print two colors (black and white) simultaneously. Monochrome 3D printers can only print one color at a time. Is color 3D Printing Expensive? Color 3D printing is not expensive since the existing multicolor-capable machines are the lowest cost machines to run in the 3D printing industry. Therefore you can actually save money by selecting a true color 3D printing system vs. a monochrome system. FEA model created in full color on an Mcor IRIS 3D printer. Applications Made Possible with True Color 3D Printing FEA [...]
Cimquest will be hosting an interactive 3D Printing Open House featuring the HP Multi Jet Fusion Technology. Come take a look under the hood of our new Jet Fusion 4200 and experience the printing process from start to finish. We’ll show you how you can make production quality parts at a greater speed and lower cost per part than other systems. At the event, you will have an opportunity to: Meet HP representatives and discuss the technology and open materials roadmap. See and experience the MJF process live, from start to finish with the Jet Fusion 4200. Learn how the HP 3D Printing Technology saves you time and money compared to other technologies. Cost comparison of running low volume production parts versus injection molding. EVENT DETAILS January 17, 2018 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Cimquest HQ 3434 Rt. 22 West, Suite 130 Branchburg, NJ 08876 Breakfast and lunch will be served, and you'll also get a tour of Cimquest's new CNC Manufacturing Lab and our 3D Printing Showroom. This event is free to attend, but please reserve your spot by clicking on the button below. We hope to see you there! Sign Up!