3D printing news in brief, February 27, 2021: Zortrax, Fictiv, Bluestreak I Bright AM, nTopology and KW Micro Power – 3DPrint.com
In today’s 3D Printing News Briefs, Zortrax announced that it was cutting the price of one of its 3D printers. Fictiv welcomes two new members to its management team and a new member to its board of directors, while Bluestreak I Bright AM is hiring a former GE Aviation employee as its new cyber security officer. Finally, nTopology published a case study of a redesigned turbo generator housing.
Zortrax lowers the price of the Inventure 3D printer
The Polish 3D printer manufacturer Zortrax launched its compact, versatile Inventure system back in 2015 and worked to improve it in the years that followed. Now the company has announced that it will reduce the price of this double extrusion system by up to 40%. The compact Inventure is compatible with both Zortrax and many third-party filaments and is suitable for medical workshops and small offices. It can even be used at home to make custom parts and equipment. It has a closed architecture with a closed pressure chamber and built-in carbon and HEPA filters for safer 3D printing. With the special Zortrax DSS station you can rinse off soluble support structures from your 3D prints.
“The Inventure 3D printer was developed for people who need a comfortable, simple, yet powerful additive manufacturing device for work or at home. We can see that 3D printing technology is becoming more and more indispensable in various areas such as medicine, education, architecture or heavy industry, ”said Natalia Jusiak, Marketing Director at Zortrax. “But we’ve also seen a growing trend towards using desktop 3D printers at home. Because of this, we decided to lower the price of the inventory and make it even more affordable for a wide customer base. In this way, we want to make the 3D printing technology better known as a whole. “
The discounted Inventure 3D printer is available in limited numbers on the Zortrax website.
Fictiv welcomes former Jabil employees to the team
This week, Fictiv announced that it has added two new members to its management team and one to its board of directors – and that all three are Jabil alumni. Todd Taylor and Michael Swartz both join the Jabil company Radius Innovation & Design and will help Fictiv grow its digital manufacturing ecosystem in corporate markets. Taylor, who has more than two decades of design and engineering consulting experience, has been named VP of Applications Engineering and will help Fictiv clients optimize their designs. Swartz has been in the business development world for more than 20 years and is Fictiv’s new VP of Enterprise Solutions for the Consumer Electronics Division. In addition, Joanne Moretti, former Interim Chief Marketing Officer of Fictiv, serves on the company’s board of directors and has over 30 years of experience in the technology industry, including sales and marketing leadership positions at several Fortune 500 companies.
“I am delighted to be joining the Fictiv Board in this important growth phase for the company. My career has reinforced the need for a digital first partner like Fictiv who can deliver on quality, speed and affordability promises for precision parts, ”said Moretti. “I look forward to helping the team build leadership as the world emerges from the pandemic, with an emphasis on building agile, digitally-assisted supply chains.”
Bluestreak I Bright AM is hiring GE Aviation Alumnus
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Bluestreak I Bright AM, a division of software provider Throughput Consulting for manufacturing execution and quality management systems, has hired former GE Aviation Lead Manufacturing Engineer Joe Coleman as its new Cyber Security Officer. As Jean Wenzel, Director of Marketing and Education at the company, explained in an email to 3dPrint.com, the Ministry of Defense had to respond to a low compliance takeover by the Defense Industrial Base (DIB) and create the CMMC (Cybersecurity Maturity Model) Certification) to fix and verify compliance with the NIST SP 800-171 regulation, which applies to any prime contractor or subcontractor in the Department of Defense supply chain. Coleman has over 35 years of quality management and manufacturing experience and has trained and mentored aerospace engineers and designers on the 3D printing workflow at GE Aviation’s Additive Technology Center (ATC), which includes Bright AM -Software owned by Bluestreak. In his new role, Coleman will help customers and their suppliers achieve NIST 800-171, CMMC, and DFARS (Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement) certification and compliance.
“We are very happy to have Joe on board. His extensive experience in additive manufacturing combined with his extensive knowledge of our MES / QMS software will complement our training team especially for customers moving from prototype to full AM mass production, ”said Todd Wenzel, CEO of Throughput Consulting.
nTopology case study on the housing for light microturbines
The Florida-based manufacturer KW Micro Power produces Auxiliary Power Units (APUs) with high power density for commercial aviation and military applications and offers various microgenerator products for various applications. It is extremely important that the aircraft components remain lightweight. The company worked with nTopology and VELO3D to redesign the case for its compact aerospace-grade turbo generator, ultimately reducing its weight by 44%. KW Micro Power followed the fast, field-controlled design approach of nTopology: With the help of the integrated simulation tools for the static and modal analysis, it was confirmed that the housing loads were low, unnecessary material was removed in order to create a hollow shell with variable wall thickness, and the internal geometry was smoothed during the No support structures would be required during the printing process – and it was found that they could also add conformal cooling channels to the part for thermal management, reducing the maximum operating temperature by 33% and improving system efficiency. In addition, VELO3D was able to print the housing in one piece from F357 aluminum in foundry quality on its LPBF Sapphire 3D printer.
“I enjoy working with people who really know what they are doing and who can push the boundaries of engineering,” said Enrique Enriquez, president of KW Micro Power.
“Nothing is fast enough for me, but in nTopology everything is instant. I can do the things I want to do that are impossible with other design tools. I think it’s like the renaissance of technology. In the past we always worked from the outside. Now we can control every aspect of the geometry of our designs and their microstructure. If you want to make jet engines and APUs lighter and more efficient, this is the way to go! “
For more information on this project, see nTopology’s case study.