News in brief about 3D printing, April 11, 2021: Qontrol & 3DPRINTUK, Carbon & NADL, Zortrax, Artec 3D & Objex Unlimited – 3DPrint.com
In today’s 3D Printing News Briefs we have some business news for you, followed by news of some new material. Then there are two stories about the 3D technology used to transform stunning works of art into stunning 3D printed versions. Read on for the details!
3DPRINTUK ensures a strong supply chain
As the official Brexit date neared last year, government agencies and officials urged companies to prepare for the changes that would come after the UK left the European Union, and the start of the COVID-19 pandemic did not help the inevitable disturbances. Many forward-looking companies, such as 3D printing specialist 3DPRINTUK, began to reassess their supply chains so that international customers would not see service disruptions in the chaos. In some cases, orders from companies using international service providers have been denied orders. This happened with the new 3DPRINTUK customer Qontrol Ltd., who uses 3D printing to manufacture instruments for use in quantum science research and development. One of the ways 3DPRINTUK has continued to provide service without disruptions to the supply chain is to use UPS Express as opposed to road freight transport until the world calms down. This enables its customers to receive their orders immediately.
“We have long been regular customers of a continental European printing service. Quite simply, we had to place an urgent order with them just before Christmas 2020 and they refused due to the uncertainty surrounding Brexit, ”explained Dr. Josh Silverstone, CTO of Qontrol Ltd. “While looking for alternatives, we came across 3DPRINTUK and couldn’t be happier. The parts from 3DPRINTUK are at least as high quality as our old supplier, with very competitive prices and generally faster processing, without the new customs problems with Brexit. We have decided to use them as our main 3D printer in the future and we hope they continue the good work! “
NADL names Carbon Supplier Member of the Year in 2021
The National Association of Dental Laboratories (NADL) annually recognizes companies and individuals who have made significant contributions to the dental laboratory profession, and this year named Carbon a Supplier Member of the Year 2021 for its continued 3D printing innovations in the dental industry and in the dental field that these solutions deliver accuracy, reliability and throughput for a higher return on investment. In last year’s NADL 3D printer survey, the company was named number 1 in terms of customer satisfaction for the second year in a row and was the most preferred brand by dental laboratories. A Carbon subscription includes all scheduled maintenance, service alerts, wireless software updates, and remote monitoring and troubleshooting for a more proactive customer service offer. In addition, the company is evolving its platform to meet the needs of dental laboratories, offering exclusive access to resins and workflows for printing premium Lucitone Digital Print prostheses and Keysplint Soft Clear night watchmen.
“Our customers in dental laboratories avoid the historic approach of making large investments in equipment that is out of date within a few years. We redefined and resolved that frustration with a subscription model so our printers could get better over time, ”said Todd Ames, vice president of Oral Health, Carbon.
“We are honored to be recognized by the National Association of Dental Laboratories for our continued innovation and contributions to dental laboratories. The development of our platform is a direct result of listening to our customers and developing features that enable them to bring products to market in less time. “
Zortrax introduces new filament and print profiles for Endureal
Polish 3D printing solutions provider Zortrax has announced a new high performance filament polyetherimide blend Z-PEI 1010 that is compatible with its Zortrax Endureal industrial 3D printer. This high-performance polymer has a very high heat resistance, mechanical strength and rigidity as well as resistance to many chemicals. All of these properties together make it a great choice for things like structural parts, piping components, electronics enclosures, and industrial assembly fixtures. In addition, the company offers an option for working with external materials based on ABS, PEI 9085 and PEI 1010. Thanks to these new pressure profiles, the Endureal is now an even better system for applications in the automotive, aerospace, aerospace and chemical industries.
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“The introduction of Z-PEI 1010 is the next logical step in a larger process to further enhance the Endureal’s capabilities in advanced 3D printing applications such as aerospace, aerospace or heavy industry. However, it is one thing to offer finely tuned print profiles for dedicated filaments and it is quite another to give engineers and other professional users the freedom to choose the right materials for their specific applications, ”said Marta Shalima, Business Development Director at Zortrax SA To achieve this, we are also opening the Endureal to external high-performance polymers based on the most commonly used PEI blends. “
3D scanning and printing for scaling down sculptures
Canadian sculptor Timothy Schmalz used 3D technology to turn his own 20-foot clay sculpture into a full-scale model to create ten custom-made bronze cast statues, as well as many smaller 3D-printed versions that will be sent to hundreds of international locations … one will even presented to the Pope! The Vatican actually commissioned the original sculpture, entitled “Release the Oppressed”, to raise awareness of human trafficking. About 100 figures are represented in the statue, including a bride and a child soldier, young victims of sex and organ trafficking. Sex slaves and more. Schmalz worked with Gold Certified Artec 3D partner Objex Unlimited to scan the statue in three hours over two days using the Artec Leo and its HD mode. It then took two hours to upload all of the data, and then ten hours to put it all together and clean it up with Artec Studio software and ZBrush. The 65-70cm versions of the statue are 3D printed on Mimaki printers, and this smaller one makes the artwork so much more accessible to people.
“It is very powerful to turn the large statue into a smaller one so that more people can see it. The detail in this printed statue is amazing. But not just the detail, but also the human expression that can be seen in this small scan. It’s just absolutely amazing, ”Schmalz said in an Artec case study.
“[As an artist] I am absolutely grateful for this “little” scan that brought a 20 foot sculpture – which is very difficult to move – to a smaller scale.
“Pope Francis said that human trafficking will always exist if kept underground. And this sculpture and the little replica bring awareness and bring it out from underground. “
Monet’s masterpiece turns into a 3D printed object
Victoria University of Wellington Masters student Joseph Coddington used voxel 3D printing to help the audience create the stunning Water Lilies oil painting series, completed by French impressionist Claude Monet at home in Giverny over the last 30 years of his life has to understand better and reconnect. The series is his masterpiece due to the panoramic exhibition, use of color and deep understanding of light and depth, and the fact that he painted most of the works while suffering from cataracts. To turn the flat images into true three-dimensional objects, Coddington created 15 image layers in Adobe Photoshop, each of which was applied in color based on observations of the original.
“Voxel printing can expose the 2D plane and fragments of material can be distributed through the manufactured object,” explained Coddington. “When a backlight shines through the print, we get a quality similar to rays of light shining through a pond, as the light is illuminated and distorted by the fragments of the material. Voxel printing has a kind of cinematographic quality in that it takes advantage of the light in an object, which separates the print from most Stratasys J750 prints. The ability to harness light reveals the depth and 3-D nature of manufactured objects in ways that Monet cannot capture. “
Coddington used the Stratasys J750 printer to make a small hand print that reminds me a little of the full-color voxel woman who was also printed on the J750 by a student at Victoria University of Wellington.