3D Printing News Briefs, July 24, 2021: GoProto, Parmatech, 3DEO and MPIF, 6K, Chris Borge, 3DQue, ORNL – 3DPrint.com
In this edition of the 3D Printing News Briefs, we’re starting some deals as GoProto ANZ announced major industry certification and Parmatech, 3DEO and 6K each won awards for their technology. Moving on to interesting 3D printed products, a designer’s 3D printed vice can supposedly take any shape, and ORNL 3D printed a tall pole for disaster recovery. Finally, Ender’s 3D printer clones use 3DQue’s Quinly to work autonomously.
GoProtoANZ announces ISO certification
James Sanders, General Manager at GoProto ANZ’s Nunawading facility, holds an SLS 3D printed part.
Australian company GoProto ANZ, which offers bespoke on-demand contract manufacturing with 3D scanning, 3D printing, sheet metal working, injection molding, CNC machining and other technologies, announced that it has received ISO 9001: 2015 certification for quality management . This important certification was accelerated thanks to a grant awarded by the Center for Defense Industry Capability GoProto for its potential in in-house manufacturing of aerospace and defense components, which will definitely add to the country’s “sovereign industrial capability priorities”. The rigorous certification process reviews the company’s entire operations for quality commitments that are important to GoProto, which is reputedly Australia’s largest 3D printing facility.
“ISO is one of the strictest and most respected standards in the world. As part of our long-term commitment to quality and as a further step on our way to Industry 4.0, we have been certified. I take great pride in our team’s efforts, which demonstrate their dedication to providing high quality parts and excellent customer service. We strive to continuously improve and to ensure that we have the necessary processes and systems in place, ”said James Sanders, General Manager of GoProto ANZ.
Powder Metallurgy Design Excellence Award winners announced
Parmatechs putter head and hosel for Cobra Puma Golf
The winners of the recent Powder Metallurgy (PM) Design Excellence Awards 2021 sponsored by the Metal Powder Industries Federation (MPIF) have been announced, and two additive manufacturing companies won at the event. Parmatech Corporation was one of six Grand Prize winners in the Hand Tools / Leisure category for Metal Additive Manufactured (AM) components. Using MJF technology from partner HP, the company 3D printed a putter head and hosel made of 316L stainless steel for the Cobra Puma Golf. 3D printing made it possible to optimize stiffness and mass distribution, develop a unique lattice structure, and create both right and left versions. 3DEO Inc. won two awards, with the first in the Aerospace / Military / Firearms category for Metal AM components for its 17-4 PH stainless steel case extractor for Glock pistols. The company also won an award in the Hand Tools / Leisure category with its customer Blackland Razors for the 3D printed open comb baseplate in a double-edged safety razor. In both applications, 3DEO used a hybrid AM approach.
“The winners of the Powder Metallurgy (PM) Design Excellence Awards 2021 competition, sponsored by the Metal Powder Industries Federation (MPIF), showcase outstanding examples of the diversity of PM. From electric vehicles to golf putters, these components leverage the flexibility of PM to drive new concepts and process controls to demonstrate the inexhaustible capabilities PM can use in component design. Designers continue to choose PM for complex and critical applications such as automobiles, medical devices, consumer products, hardware and more. “
UniMelt Plasma named top product of the year by 6K
The award-winning UniMelt system from 6K
Speaking of awards, 6K, which makes sustainable advanced materials for AM powder and energy storage, announced that its UniMelt plasma production system has won an award Awarded as the top product of the year Environment + Energy Leader Awards program for its ability to produce and deliver powder more sustainably than traditional technologies. The program recognizes and recognizes outstanding achievements in services and products that offer companies energy and environmental benefits, as well as projects by companies that have increased profits and improved environmental or energy management; UniMelt from 6K, which uses a continuous flow process to produce a material in just two seconds without contamination or loss of yield, is definitely the right choice.
“We are honored that the UniMelt platform was selected as the top product for the Environment + Energy Leader Award. UniMelt’s unique ability to use waste material as a raw material and convert it into high quality powder is just one example of our clean production approach. UniMelt’s environmentally friendly process lowers greenhouse gases, uses significantly less energy and does not produce wastewater, creating a path to a circular or sustainable economy with high-performance material production, ”said Bruce Bradshaw, 6K’s Chief Marketing Officer.
3D printed fractal vice
South Australia-based product designer and 3D printing hobbyist Christopher Borge uses an Ender 3 printer to create DIY projects like tools and table accessories, and his latest is a 3D printed fractal vise that can take any shape. apparently this design idea was making the rounds, and Borge wanted to try his own look at the vise. He decided on a twin screw design, looked at the patent drawings of a restoration of a hand tool rescue vice, made some educated guesses about the mechanics and joinery, reconstructed some dimensions, and voila! The design is still in the works, but he posted the 3D files to Thingiverse if anyone else would like to try.
“My opinion on the fractal vice that has been around recently. still a WIP, but it’s working well so far, ”wrote Borge on Thingiverse.
“As always, the build video isn’t ready, but this time it’s not strictly needed, it’s all pretty self-explanatory. In terms of hardware, two M3 * 15 mm screws and two M5 screws with hexagon head are required, as long as possible, at least 10 cm. “
ORNL researchers 3D printing electricity pylons
ORNL researchers demonstrated that a 3D-printed power pole made from biologically derived and recycled materials can be easily manufactured, transported and installed, thus enabling the power supply to be quickly restored after natural disasters. Credit: ORNL, US Department of Energy
To show that 3D printing can be used to quickly restore electricity after natural disasters, researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) 3D printed a 55-foot power pole from bio-derived and recycled materials. Using locally harvested materials like scrap wood to 3D print electricity pylons makes installation and production more efficient, which the team tried to prove. They used the Big Area Additive Manufacturing (BAAM) system to print on the bar, which was designed as a closed cylindrical structure, and they also rated three different fiberglass composite materials: bamboo fiber reinforced polystyrene, cellulose ester, and recycled polycarbonate.
“We developed a modular design that is easy to manufacture, transport and assemble. Sections within the pole can also be adjusted to accommodate wires and different heights can also be supported, ”explains Halil Tekinalp, part of ORNL’s R&D staff.
Ender Clones print autonomously with Quinly
Finally, 3DQue Systems Inc. announced that its Quinly 3D printer automation upgrade kit is compatible with Ender 3 clones such as the Voxelab Aquila based on initial testing, allowing those 3D printer clones to print autonomously. Since Ender clones come with the latest hardware features like pre-installed upgrades, high quality stepper drivers, and quiet motherboards, the printers are considered valuable by users as these types of upgrades improve print repeatability and quality. The company is actively seeking beta testers to ensure compatibility with all Ender 3-clone printers. These beta testers can request discounts on Quinly packages purchased for testing.
“The recent advances in 3D printers, components, and materials are enabling individuals to create finished, marketable products. With Quinly automation, entrepreneurs and engineers no longer have to watch their printers, so they can focus on other priorities such as family, work and innovation, ”said Mateo Pekic, Co-Founder of 3DQue.
You can send an email [email protected] if you are interested in becoming a beta tester.