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23 02, 2018

Form 2 3D Printer

By | 2018-02-23T08:32:02+00:00 February 23rd, 2018|Categories: 3D Printing / Additive Mfg, FormLabs|0 Comments

Let’s take a fresh look at the Form2 3D printer from our friends over at Formlabs. Stereolithography, more commonly known as SLA, is a 3D printing technology that originated in the early 1980's. With SLA, a liquid photopolymer is converted into solid material layer by layer when exposed to a highly concentrated light source, such as a laser or projector, in a process known as photopolymerization. The result is a three-dimensional solid part that is water-tight with a smooth surface finish and fine details. Due to the high resolution, layer lines are less noticeable than parts fabricated with extrusion-based printers. While SLA fits well into a variety of applications, large-scale industrial systems are expensive to own and operate making them barriers to wide-use adoption. In 2011, Formlabs introduced industrial quality SLA to the desktop. With high-resolution, capabilities and materials previously limited to larger systems, Formlabs made SLA more affordable and accessible. Starting at $3,499 the Form2 is the third-generation 3D printer from Formlabs. It has a considerable build volume for its size with a layer resolution as low as 25 microns. One of the most exciting things about the Form2 is the impressive materials library. With a dozen materials and [...]

31 01, 2018

HP Accelerates the Path to Industrial 3D Manufacturing

By | 2018-01-31T08:25:31+00:00 January 31st, 2018|Categories: 3D Printing / Additive Mfg, HP Multi Jet Fusion Technology|0 Comments

HP Jet Fusion 32 4200 printers 3D printing is one of the most disruptive technologies of our time, spearheading a new 4th Industrial Revolution that will radically change the way we conceive, design, produce, distribute, and consume pretty much everything. But until now, 3D printing hasn’t been a viable means of large-scale industrial manufacturing (think big factories) because of prohibitively expensive production costs and limited technology. In order to realize HP’s vision of digitally transforming the $12 trillion global manufacturing industry, the economics of 3D printing needed to be completely rewritten. Recently, HP announced that it has smashed that economic barrier and paved the way for cost-effective, industrial-scale 3D manufacturing with the new Jet Fusion 3D 4210 Printing Solution. The new solution increases production volume for HP Jet Fusion 3D printers by enabling continuous operation, greater overall system efficiency, and the ability handle larger quantities of 3D printing materials, while significantly lowering production costs with reduced pricing on HP’s 3D materials and shared service contracts. When put together with HP’s industry-leading Multi Jet Fusion technology, those enhancements double the existing “break-even point” at which 3D printing remains cost-effective to an unprecedented 110,000 parts, and drastically reduces the cost-per-part, [...]

26 01, 2018

How Lumenium Saves 85% of Cost with 3D Printing

By | 2018-01-26T08:19:35+00:00 January 26th, 2018|Categories: 3D Printing / Additive Mfg, Desktop Metal|0 Comments

Lumenium is another of the pioneer customers. The company is a Virginia-based advanced engine technology company. They are also the inventor and developer of a highly innovative family of internal combustion engines (IDAR Engines). The Lumenium Inverse Displacement Asymmetrical Rotational Engine (IDAR Engine) is a novel design for producing robust, efficient, internal combustion. Its unique engine geometry provides unparalleled power density for dramatic efficiency gains and work output from a smaller, lighter engine. Qualities include lower fuel consumption and meaningfully lower emissions through more complete combustion at lower temperatures. Lumenium demonstrates how the connecting rod was scanned. Working with Desktop Metal, an optimized design with self-supporting angles to reduce 3D printing time and material consumption was created. This redesigned part improved the ratio of part volume to material volume with uniform geometry and no overhanging features, meaning that the support structures are extremely light in comparison to the weight of the part. Desktop Metal explains, “On the top and bottom of the saddle carrier, Lumenium typically machines the channels that mate onto the swing arms (also a Studio fabricated part). The Studio System delivers the ability to adjust density in certain sections of the part. We were able [...]

24 01, 2018

Desktop Metal Ships Their Metal 3D Printer to Google

By | 2018-01-24T08:23:57+00:00 January 24th, 2018|Categories: 3D Printing / Additive Mfg, Desktop Metal|0 Comments

The Desktop Metal Studio System with metal 3D printer, debinding station and furnace. The first metal 3D printing system from Desktop Metal is FFF/FDM based and also includes a debinder and sintering furnace. According to the company it is 10 times less expensive than existing technology today. The Studio System was first announced in April and uses a filament containing bound metal rods that are 3D printed to create a green part. This can then be sintered in the furnace to create a dense metal component. Early reports from pioneer customers praise the process. Metal 3D Printing at Google The first customer to receive one of the Studio System metal 3D printers was Google’s Advanced Technology and Products (ATAP) group. While Desktop Metal cannot reveal precisely how ATAP are using the machine, past projects at ATAP have tended to focus on mobile hardware. One such endeavour was the now defunct Project Ara – aimed at making a modular phone. “This marks the first time our team will be able to use metal 3D printing for rapid prototyping of our hardware parts,” said David Beardsley, manager of Google’s ATAP. “For prototyping, we have previously relied upon casting or using [...]

19 01, 2018

Desktop Metal Named “2017 Best of What’s New” in Engineering

By | 2018-01-19T08:40:17+00:00 January 19th, 2018|Categories: 3D Printing / Additive Mfg, Desktop Metal|0 Comments

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 [...]

17 01, 2018

Formlabs Announces Two New Materials

By | 2018-01-17T08:26:35+00:00 January 17th, 2018|Categories: 3D Printing / Additive Mfg, FormLabs|0 Comments

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  

12 01, 2018

3D Printing HP Labs Innovation

By | 2018-01-12T08:28:01+00:00 January 12th, 2018|Categories: 3D Printing / Additive Mfg, HP Multi Jet Fusion Technology|0 Comments

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, [...]

10 01, 2018

Please Join Us at Our HP Open House

By | 2018-01-10T08:50:46+00:00 January 10th, 2018|Categories: 3D Printing / Additive Mfg, Events, HP Multi Jet Fusion Technology|0 Comments

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

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