3D Printing News Briefs, June 30, 2021: IDM Lab, Weerg, Monocure3D, Carpenter Additive & Link3D, SABIC & Local Motors, Neotech AMT – 3DPrint.com
From a new 3D printer and materials to integrated software and more, read all the interesting stories in Today’s 3D Printing News Briefs!
IDM Lab launches PicoFAB 3D printer
Italy-based IDM Lab, formerly known as Lumi Industries, officially unveiled its new PicoFAB resin 3D printer, which we heard about for the first time last winter, at the recent Arab Health event. The company designed the PicoFAB system with a purpose, namely to provide bioprinting researchers, materials developers, and research laboratories with a better tool for testing photopolymers. Typically, commercial resin 3D printers require a larger amount of resin to print, but the PicoFAB, which includes a sterilizable and removable stainless steel resin tank, has this covered.
“The problem is that commercially available 3D resin printers have an average footprint of 10 x 7 cm or more and therefore at least 100 ml of resin are required to print. This becomes a problem if you want to test a new resin that you have very little available, because it is very expensive (bioprinting, certified resins) or because you are testing new materials and therefore only want to make small amounts of resin at first “, Said the company in a press release.
“To solve this problem, we developed PicoFAB, a 3D printer that allows you to print with just 10 ml of resin in a print area of 24 x 24 mm at 100 micrometers XY resolution and 25/50/100 micrometers on the Z- Can print the axis. “
According to IDM Lab, several universities and laboratories are already interested in using its PicoFAB for materials testing.
Weerg expands its portfolio to include metal replacement material
Speaking of materials, another Italian company, Weerg, has unveiled the latest addition to its range of 3D printing materials, the Extreme Carbon Fiber + PA12 formula for metal replacement. The result of an exclusive formulation developed by the platform’s research and development department, this thermoplastic polymer optimizes all the benefits of two materials it is made of, offering excellent chemical resistance, dimensional stability and advanced mechanical properties. The material, which is available in natural black, has a similar performance to aluminum 5083 and, thanks to the addition of carbon fiber, has a higher stiffness and XYZ flexural strength than PA12 alone and also absorbs very little moisture, which means it is better emitted optimal performance under all conditions . Weerg has implemented six FDM 3D printers to produce this new Extreme material.
“We have invested in improving our R&D department to accelerate testing of the most innovative open source materials with the aim of expanding our 3D printing offering. The launch of Extreme ™ allows us to propose online the manufacturing process of parts and components to combine the performance of metals with the versatility of additive manufacturing, with the added value of all the pluses that characterize the weerg.com platform, including the extremely competitive one Cost, ”said Weerg founder Matteo Rigamonti.
The release of Weerg’s new Extreme Carbon Fiber + PA12 is supported by an advertising campaign offering discounts to customers who want to test its performance, and the company also announced that it will be adding more materials to its range soon.
Monocure3D introduces DEEP BLACK in Pro materials
Another company, Monocure3D, is also introducing a new material: DEEP BLACK for its PRO range. As soon as the parts and models printed with this material have been cleaned and post-cured, they have a smooth, matt surface and a solid, dense ABS plastic look even with super-thin 2 mm wall thicknesses. The resin has been formulated with the company’s proprietary urethane base for improved longevity and durability and is reportedly easy to print, with a low error formula of 4 x 30s base / 3s normal layer settings on its mono printers and 4 x 60s base / 10s normal for the RGB printer. As this is a new material, stocks are currently limited, but you can also order directly from the company’s resellers: FEP Shop in the Netherlands, 3DDeliver in Germany and Atome 3D (soon) in France.
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Carpenter Additive integrates Link3D into the daily workflow
Carpenter Additive has integrated Link3D into their workflow to refine team communication and project management. The latter details the news in a case study. With Carpenter Additive’s experts providing customers with a variety of end-to-end manufacturing services including specialty alloy atomization, metal 3D printing, powder lifecycle management, heat treatment, and services focused on material data generation, the company needed a great opportunity to consolidate its data. The integration of Link3D into its daily workflow enabled Carpenter Additive to develop a more central digital thread and data hub, resulting in a 22% increase in productivity in the manufacturing centers, an improvement in initial print quality of 14% and more than 12 hours per day Week in project management.
“Link3D provides a tool for management and our sales team to keep track of work order progress without micromanaging. One of the really powerful things was the ability for each of us to log in from anywhere and see the latest project status. We don’t have to ask for information or call. We can just log in and see all the many moving parts. This was particularly helpful in 2020 when the pandemic forced most of our team to work from home, ”said William Herbert, Director of Technology and R&D at Carpenter Additive.
“I think every manufacturing company has to go through a digital transformation or stay in the dust. For Carpenter, a hundred and thirty year old manufacturer of specialty metals, additive is a new area that can pave the way for digitally supported manufacturing and workflows. The implementation of Link3D in our group shows what is possible when a digital thread-type approach is enabled. “
SABIC & Local Motors: 3D printing recycling study
Next-generation automaker Local Motors and chemical company SABIC have teamed up to conduct a joint study on the feasibility of recycling leftover thermoplastic parts and chips to improve the circularity of large format additive manufacturing (LFAM). There is currently no established value chain – location, collection, and transportation – for the recovery and reuse of LFAM scraps and parts after printing, and multiple heat cycle degradation is possible when reusing LFAM materials breaks down polymer chains increases fiber length and generally degrades performance. In the study, SABIC and Local Motors explored more sustainable ways to landfill these large 3D printed parts, including analyzing the mechanical properties of SABIC’s reinforced LNP THERMOCOMP AM compound that Local Motors uses. They found that material from post-production parts and scrap could potentially be reused up to 100% in LFAM or other manufacturing processes such as injection molding, helping determine a path to circularity and longer life for LFAM materials. However, to make this a viable option, gaps in the recycling value chain need to be filled, which requires a concerted effort from the entire LFAM community.
“As the acceptance of large-format additive manufacturing increases, it is important to find sustainable alternatives to dumping large printed parts. SABIC and Local Motors have investigated the feasibility of using mechanically ground scrap and LFAM-made parts, ”said Walter Thompson, senior application development engineer at SABIC. “Our study has shown great potential for the reuse of these materials and is a first step to support reuse within the value chain.”
You can view the full case study here. In addition, SABIC will prepare a report with detailed data from the study.
Neotech AMT’s project for AM methods for manufacturing mechatronics
A completely additively manufactured luminaire (photo courtesy of Neotech AMT)
The 3D printed electronics company Neotech AMT GmbH announced the start of the EU Penta project AMPERE, in which a consortium of research and industrial partners from Germany and the Netherlands will develop scalable hybrid 4D manufacturing processes for the manufacture of multifunctional mechatronic systems. The consortium partners of this project, which will run until March 31, 2024, will work together to develop and combine 3D printing technologies for the scalable manufacture of these smart 4D mechatronic products, initially for small series and then for mass-specific products, and at the same time to work towards scaling up to large quantities of over 10,000 parts. Intelligent processes are used to create new types of products with a combination of integrated electrical, mechanical and optical functionalities. At the end of the project, the team presents three product cases – LED lights, signal / power electronics, and medical devices – to demonstrate their hybrid manufacturing approach.
“The AMPERE project is a very exciting and ambitious project in the AM field and will bring significant business benefits. The project will enable unique product designs that for the first time combine mechanical, electrical and optical functionalities produced on an industrial scale, ”said Dr. Martin Hedges, CEO of Neotech. “In addition, the flexibility of the production systems developed will enable a faster reaction to market changes and open up new areas of application for this emerging technology.”