3D Printing News Briefs, September 4, 2021: MINI Coopers, Metal 3D Printing & More – 3DPrint.com
We have a little shop for you to start with today’s 3D Printing News Briefs and then move on to Materials. Sandvik will acquire a leading provider of CAD / CAM software solutions and a new member will join the Roboze Advisory Board. Moving, Filamentive has brought a robust new material to the market. Finally, a one-off, stripped-down MINI Cooper includes some 3D-printed parts.
Sandvik acquires CNC Software Inc.
Global engineering group Sandvik has signed an agreement to acquire CAD / CAM software solutions provider CNC Software Inc., the developer of the industry’s leading CAM brand, Mastercam software suite. CNC Software, a Connecticut-based independent family business, has been in existence since 1983 and has a fairly strong market position in the CAM space, especially for SMBs; This will help Sandvik continue to develop solutions to automate the manufacturing value chain for SMBs and offer competitive one-off solutions for larger OEMs. The transaction, which is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2021, will make Sandvik a major CAM brand with a strong reseller network and an installed base of approximately 270,000 licenses / users, which is considered the largest in the industry.
“This is in line with our strategic focus on growing in the digital manufacturing space, with a special focus on industrial software close to component manufacturing,” said Sandvik President and CEO Stefan Widing. “An acquisition of CNC software and the Mastercam portfolio, combined with our existing offerings and extensive manufacturing capabilities, will make Sandvik a leader in the entire CAM market by installed base. CAM plays a crucial role in the digital manufacturing process and enables new and innovative solutions in automated design for manufacturing. “
Sandro De Poli joins the Roboze advisory board
The Italian-American AM solutions company Roboze welcomes a new member to its advisory board: Sandro De Poli, who is currently CEO of another Italian company, GE Aviation company Avio Aero. Headquartered in both Houston, Texas and Bari, Italy, Roboze aims to use 3D printing to transform global supply chains, and with the addition of a strategic figure in the industry like De Poli, the company can continue to grow international expansion work. De Poli began his career in the electromedical sector at Siemens before joining the GE Medical Systems team and becoming President and CEO of General Electric Italy and Israel in 2011. This led to his role as CEO of Avio Aero in 2019.
“Digitization will allow better control over all phases of the production process and the way the machines work and are operated. I chose Roboze because in its technological ecosystem and in the vision of the team, I see precisely this high level of control and flexibility, with 3D printing solutions increasingly meeting current and future manufacturing requirements.
fully geared to pushing new productivity limits, ”said De Poli.
Filamentive introduces industrial grade PLA Tough
According to the Sculpteo State of 3D Printing Report 2021, 72% of those surveyed said that strength was the most important material property. This is why UK 3D printing filament brand Filamentive has announced the launch of industrial grade PLA Tough, a material with the printability and sustainability of PLA but the impact resistance of ABS, which is about 750% higher than that of pure PLA. In high elongation tests, this material shows superior Charpy impact strength (Kj / m2), is tougher and more durable than traditional PLA and could be a good choice for AM applications such as functional prototypes, fixtures and end-user parts. PLA Tough is available in black, white, gray, blue and red in diameters of 1.75 and 2.85 mm and all materials sold are wound onto recyclable cardboard rolls to reduce waste.
Ravi Toor, Filamentive Founder and Managing Director, said: “While ABS and other technical grade polymers certainly have their place in 3D printing, the introduction of PLA Tough meets the demand for an industrial grade material that can be easily 3D printed but is also bio-based to make industrial 3D printing more sustainable to do without compromising on performance. “
Unique MINI STRIP car with 3D printed parts
British fashion designer Paul Smith has teamed up with British automaker MINI to create a custom single vehicle model that maximizes material reduction and sustainability in both manufacturing and vehicle design. They basically got the MINI Electric, so only the most critical elements were left, and the minimalist result was called MINI STRIP. The body of the car was left in its raw state, the screws are visible and only a thin film of paint was applied to protect against corrosion. The vehicle also has several parts, such as wheel covers, grille and front and rear aprons, which are 3D printed from recycled plastic and continue the theme of simplicity and sustainability in the car, all trim parts have been removed, the seat cushions and rubber floor mats have been made from recyclable and recycled materials and instead of a classic central instrument, the driver’s smartphone is in the middle to connect to the car.
“I drove to Munich and asked MINI in advance to completely dismantle a car and collect the recycled and recyclable materials. This resulted in a large list of various items, from rope boxes to seat covers and more. This stripped down car was so beautiful inside. There was just nothing in it. I found that very nice and wondered why we weren’t keeping the MINI as close to this essence as possible, ”said Paul Smith about the collaboration.
“The car is not a fashion statement. It is a statement to think outside the box about sustainability. “