Endurance Lasers announces a new 5.6W diode laser that can convert your 3D printer or CNC router into a powerful laser engraving / cutting machine.

The L-Cheapo MK4 5.6W can be easily installed on any 3D printer or CNC machine. If you already have a DIY engraving machine or makeblock plotter, you can upgrade your laser with ease.

The laser does not require additional cooling or additional power and can engrave and cut images from jpeg, eps or use gcode.

Key features:

  • Highly efficient and true power output. The stated 5.6w has 5.6w output. This power is enough to cut 6 mm ¼’’ of wood and plywood
  • 24/7 full tech support
  • Easy to install and quick to start cutting or engraving
  • Compatible with most 3D printers and CNC mills
  • Can cut and engrave many materials including: wood, plywood, fabric, felt, acrylic, ABS, PLA, cardboard, hardboard
  • You can engrave on glass and etch aluminum or copper
  • Made in the USA

When installing it on a 3D-printer, the laser is connected to the power socket of one of the cooling fans of the extruder or to the jack of the power used for the table heating. Typically, diode lasers require the current of 12 v and 1A or more. A 5.6 W laser needs not more than 3-4 A. For the correct connection please read the instructions for your CNC machine or 3D printer.

In some cases, the laser control is similar to the control of a 3D printer or a CNC machine. Namely, by using the G-code (G-code). If you have connected the laser to the output of the fan, you need to see which command is responsible for turning on and off the fan and use it, correspondingly, to turn on and off the laser.

On the Internet there are a lot of articles and videos telling how to create the G-code for cutting or engraving. We recommend Inkscape, the program, for which there are several plugins that allow converting vector images to the G-code.

The solid-state laser is based on gallium aluminate and has a 445 nm wavelength (dark blue). When working with lasers remember to observe safety regulations! Never use the laser without special safety goggles. NEVER aim the laser at people or animals. Never use it for purposes other than intended.

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With abundant opportunities for growth in the North American manufacturing market, Makino demonstrated the latest machining and automation solutions to keep businesses thriving at the 2016 International Manufacturing Technology Show. In the South Hall, attendees experienced how Makino’s latest machining centers and engineering solutions merge to create adaptive automation systems for any market or production demand, including automotive, die/mold, aerospace, medical and general production markets.

During IMTS 2016, Makino unveiled a variety of all-new machine technologies. The new versions of the a51nx and a61nx horizontal machining centers provide expanded machining capacity through several productivity-enhancing features, including vision broken tool detection, enhanced levels of inertia active control and Geometric Intelligence technologies. Expanding capability and productivity for midsize part applications, IMTS 2016 also marked the introduction of the new a71nx, a high-speed 50 taper, 500mm horizontal machining center with a standard direct-drive NC rotary table and other nx-Series next-generation technologies.

Makino demonstrated several new vertical machining platforms as well. The L2 VMC provides high-volume, small-part production capability using a minimal footprint, while the processing speeds of the new DA300 5-axis VMC reduce manufacturing time and the pallet pool system helps shrink setups and keep work flowing across the spindle quickly and efficiently.

In addition, some of Makino’s proven technologies such as the EDAF3 sinker EDM machine with Hyper-i control shows faster servo speeds in multi-axis machining and features an on-board Alicona measuring system. The U6 H.E.A.T. wire EDM machine demonstrated its on-board CAM software and easy part setup using offline part loading and a manual shuttle system. The EDBV8 EDM hole drill was also on hand to showcase fast hole-drilling for blade and vane machining.

Makino’s booth demonstrated a variety of automation systems, as detailed below:

  • The a51nx-5xu 5-axis HMC, designed with a unique work-holding magazine and large-tool magazine, can perform continuous 5-axis machining unattended for extended hours in both high-mix, low-volume and low-mix, high-volume production environments.
  • The J3 HMC with stacked axes design enables it to be easily and reliably integrated into high-volume automation concepts. Two machines are included in this cell to demonstrate serial processing of repetitive, high-volume parts.
  • A die/mold automation cell featuring an EDNC6 sinker EDM and V33i-5XB 5-axis VMC with an EROWA ERC is set up to demonstrate low-volume, high-mix production of mold components while achieving utilization rates approaching 85 percent.
  • The a40 HMC with overhead gantry system performs high-volume, parallel processing of small, nonferrous, die-cast parts.

Manufacturers are certainly using these automation tools to improve productivity, reduce costs and produce quality parts, but there is potential to deliver even better efficiency through an enterprise connected by the Internet of Things (IoT).

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While the rumbler is often consigned to a dark corner in a factory and is one of the least likely machines to be replaced until it collapses, there is much more to vibratory finishing than meets the eye, as PDJ Vibro explained to visitors attending the TCT Show + Personalize this year.

The company used its presence to explain the many different aspects a manufacturer should take into account if it is considering automating the finishing function. A customer might be investing for health and safety reasons or to improve consistency of finish. Alternatively, if it already uses a vibratory bowl or trough, the firm may have started manufacturing different types of components and needs alternative vibro finishing equipment to process them.

A family owned and run company, PDJ Vibro has accumulated an extensive database of vibratory and centrifugal finishing solutions that it is able to share with existing and prospective customers. Its directors have over 100 years of experience between them in the industry and offer a consultancy service that is unrivalled in the business. It covers everything from deburring, edge breaking, radiusing, superfinishing, degreasing, rinsing and drying to pretreatment for anodising, chemical blacking or painting.

Suppose that a firm specialising in metalcutting decides to add the flexibility of an additive manufacturing (AM) machine to produce complex metal or plastic components. PDJ Vibro can explain the multiple considerations when finishing such components and where the dangers lie by calling on the experience of customers like Ogle Models, 3T RPD and Digits2Widgets, all of which use the supplier’s vibratory finishing plant.

Among the important things to remember is that the ceramic abrasive should be of a size and shape that will fall away from the smallest, most confined spaces within 3D printed components, otherwise the media can become lodged. For finishing external surfaces only, larger media should be selected to ensure that none becomes embedded inside the component.

Due to the abrasive nature of vibratory finishing, sharp edges are rounded slightly and this must be taken into account. Parts with thin edge detail should not be finished in this way, as they are delaminated and a burr is created. Similarly, large sections of mesh are unlikely to survive vibratory finishing.

Flat surfaces and areas of gradual curvature are smoothed well in PDJ Vibro bowls, hiding the stepped appearance that results from the layer-by-layer build process and creating a satin-like finish. Plastic parts become more flexible after vibratory finishing, as they absorb water from the bowl, replacing some of the material’s natural moisture that is lost during laser sintering at around 180°C.

Lead-time in preparing the surfaces of 3D printed items for subsequent painting is reduced by one-third using vibro processing compared with hand finishing with abrasive cloth, allowing jobs to be turned around faster. More importantly, experienced operatives are free to carry out other skilled work, improving customer service by taking both cost and time out of the process.

PDJ Vibro’s problem solving goes further than advice on the optimal choice of vibratory finishing and polishing equipment. At its technical centre and demonstration facility in Bletchley, visitors can see over 120 new and used machines for ex-stock delivery, with part-exchange offered in most cases. Over 6,000 varieties of consumable including ceramic and porcelain media, superfinishing compounds, liquid detergents and chemicals are available, more than 70 tonnes of which are held in stock.

Nine out of 10 people bring in sample components to be finished on a free trial basis so they can see the process in action and the resulting effectiveness. This offer was open to visitors to the company’s stand at TCT. Many parameters are taken into account, including the number of parts to be finished per batch, frequency of production, drainage and noise issues, the size of components and how vulnerable they are to impingement damage.

Another strand of PDJ Vibro’s service designed to make life easier for customers is the 24/7 subcontract vibratory finishing and polishing service in a unit adjacent to the company’s showroom. It is ideal if there is a temporary bottleneck in finishing capacity at a manufacturer, or if the firm decides that it does want to undertake on-site finishing. Component batch turnaround at the Bletchley centre is typically within 24 hours.

Upgrades to existing vibratory equipment in the field can also get customers out of trouble if applications change. Perhaps automatic component separation is needed to boost productivity, or an acoustic cover needs to be retrofitted to meet health and safety requirements, or an increase in throughput means that a machine becomes too small and needs to be swapped for a larger model. All of these scenarios are factored into the service offered by PDJ Vibro.

To complement its high-end vibratory finishing and polishing bowls, PDJ Vibro offers a range of three competitively priced models with process chamber capacities of 300, 150 and 75 litres. They featured prominently at TCT, as these economy models have taken a large slice of the market for low volume, intermittent finishing applications and as an alternative to buying a pre-owned vibratory bowl. They therefore now form an important part of the company’s product portfolio.

The economy models are built to a high specification with a durable, stress relieved bowl and cast polyurethane lining, driven by a heavy-duty, three-phase electric motor. Although normally supplied without additional equipment, a comprehensive range of options is available including PLC control of additive dosing, water metering and recirculation, as well as effluent control, automatic parts separation from the media and acoustic suppression.

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Roland DGA Corporation announced the launch of the MODELA MDX-50 Benchtop CNC Mill. Offered as a complete system, the MDX-50 comes with easy-to-use CAM software and features a number of enhancements over Roland’s popular MDX-40A mill, including a larger workspace, an automatic tool changer (ATC), and faster milling speed.

“The MDX-50 takes desktop digital milling to the next level, incorporating advanced capabilities that increase overall performance and open up new creative opportunities for users,” said Matt Anderson, Roland DGA’s Product Manager, 3D Solutions. “That makes this innovative, value-packed machine ideal for handling a wide range of applications within both professional product design and educational settings.”

Since introducing the world’s first desktop mill in 1986, Roland has focused on producing 3D milling machines that are compact, easy to use and affordable. The company’s MDX series mills have proven popular among engineers, product designers and STEM educators for everything from hobbyist projects, one-off prototypes and engineering samples to short-run manufacturing. MDX mills, including the new MDX-50, also allow users to work with a wide range of resins and woods, such as ABS, POM, nylon, plastic foam, modeling wax, chemical wood, hard wood, and more.

The MDX-50 boasts many of the same features that make the MDX-40A so popular, plus a number of improvements that allow for greater productivity and an easier, safer user experience. The machining area has been enlarged 60 percent to accommodate larger models and mill multiple objects simultaneously. It’s also equipped with a standard Automatic Tool Changer (ATC) that further enhances productivity by reducing the time and effort required to replace tools. An optional rotary axis unit can rotate work materials 360 degrees for milling cylindrical objects and automating the fabrication of two-sided, four-sided and custom-angled items. Together, these advanced features ensure trouble-free, uninterrupted production.

With the increasing number of students and individuals undertaking fabrication for the first time, Roland has equipped the MDX-50 with features that ensure both simple operation and optimum safety. An integrated control panel has been added to the front panel of the MDX-50, allowing spindle rotation and milling speed to be controlled while monitoring machining conditions. The on-screen, computer operated “VPanel” provides machine monitoring capability, sends emails when machining work is complete or if intervention is required, and records tool usage time and replacement intervals, all of which helps manage workflow. The MDX-50 also comes bundled with powerful yet user-friendly SRP Player CAM software. Machining conditions can be configured in just five intuitive steps, making production easy, even for first-time users. A full cover prevents waste from scattering, while an integrated chip collection tray collects dust and debris.

Anderson is quick to point out the role a high quality 3D mill can play in addressing increased R&D department demand for shorter prototyping and design schedules. “An advanced milling machine like the MDX-50 is the perfect complement to a 3D printer within a design department,” he said. “While 3D printers are great, often times, only a 3D mill will allow you to use materials that are similar to the final product for proof of concept prototyping. As a manufacturer of both precision 3D printers and 3D milling machines, Roland is committed to making devices that maximize the digital fabrication options for all users.”

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BotFactory, the New York City-based manufacturer of the Squink Multilayer PCB Printer announced that is has completed a $1M Seed Round of financing. New York Angels led the investment round, putting fresh capital towards expanding sales and marketing efforts as well as product development.

New York Angels is one of the largest Angel Investor groups in the World, injecting capital into early-stage to mid-stage companies in the New York Area. New York Angels Director Larry Richenstein will join BotFactory’s Board of Directors.

This Seed Round closes on the second anniversary of BotFactory’s successful $100,000 Kickstarter campaign, and a little more than a year since BotFactory began shipping out their Squink PCB Printer. In October 2015, BotFactory released their ‘Advanced Ink’, which allows users to print traces on Kapton and FR4, as well as many novel materials like ceramics and metals. Six months later, BotFactory released ‘Insulating Ink’, that enables users to create Multilayer PCBs at their desktop. Each release has been coupled with regular software updates that have improved printing, solder dispensing and pick-and-place functionality.

Squink is capable of creating a fully functional PCB from start to finish in a complete, integrated package. Amongst their user base, BotFactory counts a number of Fortune 500 companies, Ivy-League Universities and Research Labs who use Squink to reduce their PCB Design cycle time and bolster their innovation and product development efforts.

BotFactory this year won a Best Technical Development Manufacturing Award from IDTechEx, a $30,000 Grant from the NYCEDC Futureworks program and a second-place finish in the AlphaLab National Hardware Cup.

The $500Bn Electronics Industry has been clamoring for a better prototyping solution that is relatively quick and inexpensive. A typical small to medium sized company or university will spend thousands of dollars creating one-off Printed Circuit Boards (PCBs), and still have to wait one to three weeks for it to be made. Compounding the lost time and money, there is no guarantee that IP is secure from theft by outside PCB vendors or contract manufacturers.

Key features of BotFactory Squink Multilayer PCB Printer:

  • Print multilayer PCBs on flexible or rigid substrates like Kapton and FR4
  • Print any smooth, non-porous materials capable of retaining it’s shape at 110 celsius
  • Dispense solder and conductive glues onto any PCB design - even ones made by other outside vendors
  • Pick-and-place parts as small as 0603s or QFNs at a rate of 4 parts per minute
  • Intuitive Software - upload GERBER as well as Image files of PCB designs using a browser as the key interface
  • Plug-and-Play - no assembly or downloading required - entire software package is on each Squink

CEO Nicolas Vansnick commented on BotFactory’s status on the leading edge of a paradigm shift in manufacturing. “We’re just starting to scratch the surface of what is a huge problem for an electronics industry that is only growing faster, driven by new developments like the Internet of Things. Everyone is trying to lower the cost of fabricating one-offs in factories designed to make millions, when we’re miniaturizing that factory and bringing it closer to where it is needed: on the engineer’s desk.”

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Creaform announced the latest generation of its automated inspection solution, the MetraSCAN 3D R-Series, which features drastically improved cycle times to further support industrial production control.

With seven built-in laser crosses, the system can now pick up to 480,000 measurements/second on complex surfaces with high reflectivity, providing faster data acquisition than ever before. Attuned to the needs and requirements of high-volume manufacturing operations, the robot-mounted optical-based 3D scanners seamlessly integrate within any working environments and without impeding the production workflow.

“By extending our optical-based 3D scanning technology to automated quality control processes, Creaform meets the market’s call for turnkey inspection solutions that can be seamlessly integrated right into the manufacturing stage,” explained Jérôme-Alexandre Lavoie, Product Manager at Creaform. “Along with enhanced shop-floor performance, the new MetraSCAN 3D R-Series enhancements capitalize on several application-oriented key features, such as an optimized robot reach to enable fast measurements of large parts with complex geometries. Its small shop-floor footprint and shop-floor-ready accessories provide easy control of the scanner parameters for maximum operator safety. Along with TRUaccuracy, it is also compatible with a turntable. This advancement in automated 3D metrology is a big step forward in informed manufacturing and production, and underscores Creaform’s core values: versatility, flexibility and ease of use.”

In addition to its rugged new design, the MetraSCAN 3D R-Series also features new glass-protected positioning targets that can withstand harsh environmental conditions and ensure overall improved durability in shop-floor environments, such as airborne dust or dirt, that could impact product lifecycle and require unnecessary and repetitive calibrations.

The MetraSCAN 3D R-Series is now available for ordering.

For more information, visit: www.creaform3d.com/en/metrology-solutions/robot-mounted-optical-cmm-scanners-metrascan-r

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In only a few other branches of industry are development pressures as enormous as in aircraft construction. One of the reasons is the fact that legislation is getting ever stricter about the CO2 emission of aircrafts at the same time as market expectations are of a rapidly accelerating growth in the sector. It is as a consequence of this development that aero engines are becoming a focal point. They need to show a reduction in fuel consumption, while at the same time having to guarantee greater propulsion values. It is obvious that such a development has a massive effect on the components used in the engines. They are made of extreme materials that have to withstand high stresses. The question is: how can one machine these materials with speed, precision and process integrity? The EMAG experts have a highly effective answer to this question: their ECM technology. Cutting processes often lose out in the decision making. The ECM machines from EMAG open up new opportunities in aero engine manufacturing.

There is one important correlation to be found in the manufacture of aero engines: the higher the temperatures generated by the engine, the more efficient it is. The aircraft will consume less fuel over the same distance and increase its flying range. It is easy to imagine what this means for the materials used in the bowels of an aero engine. The higher temperatures irrevocably lead to the use of extremely hardwearing materials that perform better under stress.  But that is only “half of the truth” as, at the same time, many components are becoming more complex and still have to be machined at the highest precision. It is the only way to achieve the targets set over a decade ago by the aero engine sector, namely a 20% reduction in both CO2 emission and fuel consumption.

Of course, this is not an unfamiliar development, as the automotive sector provides another example. However, in aircraft manufacture it has more extreme consequences. And the industry has arrived at a crossroads. Experts estimate that over the next two decades air traffic will increase by 5 percent per annum. The prediction voiced by Airbus is that there will be a demand for 7,600 new engines every ten years. Although this offers great opportunities, it is certain that to conquer new markets the aero engine manufacturers will have to come up with constantly greater improvements. New aero engines are becoming top of the agenda.

What are the manufacturing solutions that ensure the new high-performance engine components can be produced efficiently? ECM und PECM technology (Precise Electro Chemical Machining) from EMAG is an outstanding option, even though many developers and design engineers have not yet recognised the fact. This process comes into its own where complex components are to be produced in demanding materials, as it machines high-tensile alloys and similar materials with a minimum of tool wear. The surfaces are of outstanding quality – with no burrs and no changes in the microstructure of the material. In contrast, using cutting processes could lead to a number of problems. The temperatures generated by traditional machining methods often have a negative effect on the microstructure of the material. Tool life in the machining of high-tensile materials is short. And the high infeed rates required to make the machining process economically viable, make the machining of filigree geometries difficult. It should therefore not come as a surprise that the demand for ECM is increasing in aero engine manufacture. Since EMAG entered into this technology in 2009, a number of their machines have been delivered to the supply chain for aero engine manufacturers, where they are used to machine central components, such as blisks, disks and individual blades in nickel alloys at speed and with great precision.

The electro-chemical process ensures a particularly soft removal of the material. The workpiece acts as positive anode and the tool as negative cathode. Between the two flows an electrolyte solution that dissolves metal ions on the workpiece. The contour of the cathode and the workpiece with their active, current-conducting sectors, are matched, to ensure that the material removal on the workpiece leads to the desired contour of the component. Contours, channels, grooves and cavities are generated without touching the component – and at the highest possible precision. And tool wear is minimal. With PECM, EMAG have developed the ECM technology further. The gap, through which the electrolyte solution flows, is particularly narrow; and the flow is optimised by a mechanical oscillation. This guarantees a particularly effective and precise removal of the material. The possibilities this technology opens up are best shown by the example of blisk productions.

For the machining of turbine blade disks the specialists from EMAG have developed an ECM system equipped with 11 machining stations that carry out drilling, contouring, radius machining and polishing operations in one machine.  The high-tensile Inconel material is machined at a feedrate of 5 mm per minute, without burrs or negative thermal effects. The tolerances achieved are between 0.1 and 0.3 mm. The life expectancy of ECM tools is very high, making sure that the tooling costs in production are much lower than those using cutting tools for the process.

For more information, visit: www.emag.com/machines/ecm-pecm-machines.html

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Creaform announced the release of its new portable coordinate measuring machine (CMM), the HandyPROBE Next. This next-generation, optical-based contact inspection solution addresses the increasing demands of rigorous quality control directly on manufacturers’ production lines.

The HandyPROBE Next features productivity and efficiency enhancements in a more shop-floor-ready design for unprecedentedly accurate part inspections—wherever they need to be performed. The CMM is perfect for quality control experts who rely on portable tools to validate the dimensional conformity of production tools, jigs, assemblies, sub-assemblies and final products on the shop floor.

Features Include:

  • 2X more accurate measurements: Volumetric accuracy of 0.064 mm (0.0025 in.)—ASME B89.4.22 compliant
  • Instant measurement: HandyPROBE Next’s wireless probe enables the instant capture of coordinates
  • Greater, extendable measurement volume: Can be easily and dynamically extended
  • New ergonomic, sturdy design for shop-floor hardware reliability
  • Available in Standard and Elite versions

“Manufacturers are under increasing pressure to integrate more rigorous quality control operations into their production processes, while still maintaining the same efficiency. Aligned with today’s requirements for the efficient production of top-quality products, the HandyPROBE Next delivers versatility, shop-floor accuracy and portability, unlike articulated arms or fixed CMMs. The solution comprehensively addresses quality issues that, if left unattended, can lead to unwanted production and part approval delays, fabrication shortcomings and unexpected costs,” explains Daniel Brown, Senior Product Manager at Creaform.

As part of Creaform’s comprehensive quality control solution, shop-floor operators can add 3D scanning capabilities to their inspection sequence with the MetraSCAN 3D portable CMM scanner. The solution is also fully compatible with VXinspect, Creaform’s dimensional inspection software.

For more information, visit: www.creaform3d.com/en/metrology-solutions/coordinate-measuring-machines-handyprobe

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ST Robotics announces the availability of their new advanced vision inspection system, the STVS-X, integrated with the full range of ST Robotics’ arms for the automated and accurate handling, testing and inspection solutions of critical parts.

Developed to specifically address the need for tighter fault detection and quality assurance in the manufacturing of high precision components, an ST robot arm picks up the part to be inspected and rotates the part in front of a an Epix SV5M10 high resolution camera for an all-round, accurate inspection.  Measurements can be made down to a 0.001 mm resolution.

Utilizing ZephaVision’s Video Toolbox, two basic modes of operation accurately measure defects at a high rate of inspection validity: 1) The Golden Image comparison in which the part is compared to a known good part whose image is stored in the computer.  Defects are easily seen in the comparison images and the robot automatically separates the reject parts; and 2) Critical Measurements in which the robot positions the part from many different angles while the inspection system takes measurements of critical dimensions and compares them at a very high precision level.

“ST Robotics’ advanced vision system can be used to vastly enhance the quality inspection of any critical, small parts,” said David Sands, President and CEO of ST Robotics. “It is successfully being implemented in the orthopaedic industry and we are currently seeking partners in other industries such as aeronautical, pharmaceutical, and electronics, to integrate our automated robotic inspection solution.”

ST Robotics has offices in Princeton, New Jersey and Cambridge, England as well as offices in Asia.

For more information, visit: www.strobotics.com

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LMI Technologies is pleased to announce the official launch of the HDI Advance R4x 3D scanner. Designed for industrial metrology customers who need a versatile measuring solution, the HDI Advance R4x is a high-precision scanner that quickly generates 3D models and offers unmatched flexibility for scanner setup.

The HDI Advance R4x's new industrial design and improved performance make it the ideal scanner for the industrial metrology market. Compared to the R3x, the R4x's accuracy has been increased by 20% with higher resolution cameras and projector.

Notable features include a highly stable carbon-fibre bar for mounting cameras (and DLSR) that allows customers to use the scanner over extended periods of time without the need for recalibration; the ability to set the cameras at fixed positions and angles and scan objects with various fields of view and measurement ranges using the same scanner; and a high end scanning engine (FlexScan3D) that automatically aligns scans, edits 3D models, exports the 3D models into various industry formats and automates the user's processing workflow through a powerful and easy-to-use scripting environment.

“With the HDI R4x we’ve delivered a more accurate and flexible scanner for industrial metrology applications like automotive and aerospace parts inspection, including wear and tear analysis for mechanical parts such as pumps and valves, and reverse engineering for CAD model reconstruction” said Chi Ho Ng, Director Product Management at LMI Technologies.

The release includes an update to the HDI's FlexScan3D software to version 3.3.5 to fully support the HDI Advance R4x higher resolution cameras and projector. Also, all Nikon models and Canon EOS Rebel Tx family DSLR cameras for color texture are now fully supported in FlexScan3D 3.3.5.

For more information, visit: www.lmitechnologies.com/products/hdi-advance

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When welding titanium, zirconium and some stainless steel joints it is important that the welding zone is purged of oxygen to a level as low as 10 parts per million (ppm).

A flexible chamber is available from Huntingdon Fusion Techniques HFT® for a fraction of the cost of a rigid welding chamber. Flexible Welding Enclosures® provide a solution where a rigid chamber may not be economically viable or where space may be at a premium.

Luke Keane, Technical Support at HFT® said: “For many years the enormous cost of a metal enclosure prevented all but the major companies taking on work involving the fabrication of these metals. To the rescue came HFT® a decade or so ago with the introduction of these flexible welding bubbles.”

Size for size, HFT®’s range of Flexible Welding Enclosures® can cost less than one tenth of a metal glove box and less than one hundredth of a vacuum system. These enclosures provide a very fast purging time down to a few ppm of oxygen and are ideal for small production quantities of items that need total gas coverage.

Aerospace, automotive, biochemical, medical, food, beverage, semiconductor and nuclear sectors have all taken advantage of the low cost and easy to use Flexible Welding Enclosures®. More recently, companies experimenting with wire plus arc additive manufacturing (WAAM) have also invested in these enclosures.

The standard enclosures are manufactured with two sets of glove ports as standard and the upper half of the enclosure, above the arm entries is optically clear, providing excellent welding vision. A transfer sleeve makes it possible to pass small parts in or out of the enclosure without affecting the purge quality.

As in the case of the robot manufacturing cells and for laser and arc additive manufacturing applications, special enclosures are designed and manufactured to suit.

For more information, visit: www.huntingdonfusion.com

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Dymax Corporation introduced a new application for its UV light-curing spot and flood-lamp systems that enhance configurations for 3D post-curing applications or help rework the model.

After a 3D model is built, it may be necessary to supply additional curing energy to the part to ensure that optimized material properties are achieved.

Dymax UV light-curing flood-lamp systems are designed for area curing or for curing multiple assemblies at once. These flood-lamp models use a powerful UV light-curing lamp (up to 225 mW/cm2) for fast curing over a 5" x 5" (12.7 cm x 12.7 cm) area.

For rework or repair, such as curing drain-hole fills, assembling larger assemblies, or repairing cracked or broken models, the company’s BlueWave® 200 3.0 spot-lamp system is the ideal solution. This unit is a high-intensity lamp that emits energy in the UVA and visible portion of the spectrum (300-450 nm) and is ideally suited for either manual or automated processes. It contains an integral shutter which can be actuated by a foot pedal or PLC and a universal power input that allows operation globally and provides consistent performance at any voltage.

For more information, visit: www.dymax.com/curing-systems/flood-lamps

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Perceptron, Inc. has launched a full range of 5-axis CMMs complete with the revolutionary Renishaw® REVO-2 scanning probe and a fully-integrated UCC CMM controller and MODUS® metrology software.

Elliott Mills, Perceptron’s CMM Product Sales Director says, “By combining the metrology stability of the COORD3 Universal CMM with the latest Renishaw REVO-2 5-axis measuring system, CMM dynamic error is minimized for high-speed probe motion since all part feature scanning motion is within the REVO-2 head. The REVO-2 is the only scanning system for CMMs that simultaneously controls the motion of three CMM and two probe head axes, while collecting workpiece data using its range of 3D tactile probes, surface roughness measurement probe and non-contact vision probe. It uses laser measurement for precise workpiece measurement at extremely high rates of data capture. Scanning rates of 500mm/sec can now be achieved that are 20 times faster than traditional 3-axis scanning CMMs.

The Universal CMMs utilize a high-technology alloy moving frame design that provides the benchmark for dynamics and measuring accuracy performance. This design overcomes the issues associated with operating traditional build CMM structures, in the typical, less than perfect, CMM operating environments. A CMM thermal compensation system of both machine and part, allows the measuring system to automatically and dynamically compensate for changes in the CMM operating environment. This system allows the CMM to perform with stated measuring accuracy between 16 and 26-degrees C. Gold-plated 0.1µm measuring scales are free-floating in support tracks, eliminating any CMM structural changes from influencing its measuring accuracy.

Universal CMMs have a very efficient design in terms of machine simplicity which improves long-term reliability and ultimately cost of CMM ownership. The COORD3 Universal CMMs have an isostatic design for each axis that provides optimum machine geometrical alignment in the construction of the machine, which ultimately benefits the ability to make accurate field calibrations. Universal has a monolithic base-plate, with integral inverted dovetail guide-way, and a generous 90mm (3.5 in.) x 90 mm (3.5 in.) Z Ram section providing outstanding metrological performances. Direct axis drives, using toothed drive belts, provide the vibration-free motion with zero hysteresis.

Universal CMMs can also be equipped with an optional SZP (Safety Zone Protection System) which uses laser scanners to monitor the defined protection zone when the CMM is in high speed automatic measuring mode. SZP reduces the CMM speed upon infringement of the safety zone by an operator and automatically returns the CMM to its full measuring speed, only after the zone infringement has been cleared. The SZP system allows safe use of the CMM in a production, shop-floor and fully-automated applications.

The COORD3 Universal CMM range accommodates part sizes up to 3000mm x 1500mm x 1200mm. COORD3 has already supplied 5-axis CMM’s to several North American aerospace manufacturing companies.

For more information, visit: www.perceptron.com

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Renishaw announced two new metal additive manufacturing (AM) systems: the RenAM 500M and the AM 400.

RenAM 500M industrial metal additive manufacturing system (initially introduced as EVO Project)
Fully designed and engineered in-house to be used for serialised production, the RenAM 500M builds complex metal components directly from CAD using metal powder fusion technology. Highlights of the system include a Renishaw designed and engineered optical system with dynamic focusing; automated powder sieving and recirculation; 500 W ytterbium fibre laser and patented high capacity dual filter SafeChange™ system.

AM 400 metal additive manufacturing system
Renishaw also launched the AM400 flexible metal additive manufacturing system. This new model is a development of the AM250 platform. It includes all the advantages of the latest machine updates with larger SafeChange™ filter, improved control software, revised gas flow and window protection system, and a new 400 W optical system that gives a reduced laser beam diameter of 70 micrometres.

For more information, visit: www.renishaw.com/additive


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Concept Laser presented a new machine and plant architecture which promises a new level of Additive Manufacturing in terms of quality, flexibility and increase in performance. The modular integration of machine technology into the manufacturing environment is achieved with a new approach in the design of process components. Ultimately, this makes faster and more economic industrial production solutions available. Concept Laser has announced a market launch by as early as the end of 2016.

The previous solutions for machine and plant technology in the market all relied on ideas such as “more laser sources,” “more laser power,” “faster build rates” or “expansion of the build envelope sizes.” The machine technology represented a “standalone” solution without any consistent integration into the manufacturing environment. Build job preparation and build job process proceeded sequentially. Concept Laser is now attempting, with a new machine architecture, to expand the usually quantitative sections with new, qualitative aspects. “In essence,” says Dr. Florian Bechmann, Head of R&D at Concept Laser, “it is about splitting up build job preparation/build job follow-up processing and Additive Manufacturing in any number of combinable modules. With comparatively large build envelopes, build jobs can be carried out with a time delay. The intention is that this should drastically reduce the “downtimes” of previous stand-alone machines. There is plenty of potential here for improving the level of added value in the production chain. In contrast to purely quantitative approaches of previous machine concepts, we see here a fundamentally new approach for advancing industrial series production one step further.”

At present, regional printing centers are being created as service providers all around the globe. This development is characterized by the transition from “prototyping” to a desire for flexible series production at an industrial level. The AM users experience the pressure of traditional manufacturing: demand for space, expansion of the machinery, increasing operating tasks and in particular times. In the new concept from Concept Laser, interesting solutions are offered in this regard: Production is “decoupled in machine terms” from the preparation processes. The time window for AM production is increased to a “24/7 level,” meaning that there is higher availability of all components. An automated flow of materials palpably reduces the workload for the operators. Interfaces integrate the laser melting machine into traditional CNC machine technology, as is important for hybrid parts, for example, but also into downstream processes (post-processing / finishing).

The new plant architecture is characterized essentially by decoupling of “pre-production,” “production” and “post-processing.” This includes among other things flexible machine loading and physical separation of the setting-up and disarming processes. The objective here was to coordinate the process components in a more targeted way with interfaces and increase the flexibility of the process design to create an integrated approach. This becomes possible thanks to a consistent modular structure of “handling stations” and “build and process units” which, in terms of combination and interlinking, promises considerably greater flexibility and availabilities. It will also be possible to handle the present diversity of materials better, and ultimately more economically, through a targeted combination of these modules. For example, in future the machine user will be able to use the modules to very precisely “customize” the production assignment in terms of the part geometry or material. All in all, the level of efficiency and availability of the production system will be markedly increased, along with a significant reduction in the amount of space required. Simulated production scenarios have in fact shown that this space can be reduced by up to 85% compared to the possibilities that exist at present. In addition, the laser power per m2 is increased seven-fold. Dr. Florian Bechmann says: “The build rates have increased enormously thanks to the multilaser technology. The build envelope sizes have also experienced considerable growth. We now want to use an integrated machine concept to highlight the possible ways that the approaches of “Industry 4.0” can change Additive Manufacturing as the manufacturing strategy of the future. There is plenty of potential here to increase industrial added value and enhance suitability for series production.”

The process station shown has a build envelope of 400 x 400 x >400 mm³, laser sources, process gas management and filter technology are integrated in the module, and the layer thicknesses are within the usual range. In addition, the machine solution has a variable focus diameter and will be available optionally with 1, 2 or 4 laser optics with a laser power ranging from 400-1,000 W. An available redundancy of the lasers will ensure that, if one laser fails, the remaining three lasers will still cover the entire build plate – the build job can still be completed. Dr. Florian Bechmann says: “More and more laser sources only increase the expected speeds to a limited extent. But ultimately they also increase the level of complexity and dependencies, which can result in vulnerability, and thus turn the desired positive effect into a negative.”

The new handling station has an integrated sieving station and powder management. There is now no longer any need for containers to be used for transportation between the machine and sieving station. Unpacking, preparations for the next build job and sieving therefore take place in a self-contained system without the operator coming into contact with the powder. But what also makes a modular handling station attractive is the specific configurations: A handling station can be linked to two process stations to create a “manufacturing cell.” The factory building kit also enables several handling stations to be joined together to create a material preparation facility and be physically separated from the process stations.

The new factory building kit boasts three types of modules: process module, dose module and “overflow” module, which are to be offered in different heights. What is remarkable is the direct link between these modules without the use of any pipes or tubes and their identification via RFID interfaces. Accordingly, the result is a reliable flow of materials with high material throughputs along with great flexibility when there is a need to supply different types of materials for the build process and handle them. “In the future,” says Dr. Florian Bechmann, “we think that AM factories will be largely automated. The transport of material or entire modules can be envisaged as being done by driverless transport systems. This could then be the next step in the development. Additive Manufacturing can be automated to the maximum extent.”

The new machine concept has a new type of 2-axis coating system which enables the return of the coater to be performed in parallel with exposure. This results in a considerable time saving during the coating process.
The coater blades, optionally made of rubber, steel or carbon, can be changed automatically during the build job. This results in several advantages according to Dr. Florian Bechmann: “An automated tool changing system, as is the case with CNC machine technology, promises a high level of flexibility, time advantages when setting up the machine, and reduces the level of manual intervention by the operator. We deliberately talk here about ‘robust production’.”

For more information, visit: www.conceptlaser.com

Published in Concept Laser

Additive Industries’ first truly industrial 3D metal printing system, MetalFAB1, offers substantially improved performance over typical midrange systems. The industrial grade additive manufacturing machine and integrated Additive World software platform will deliver up to a tenfold reproducibility, productivity and flexibility.

The improved performance is achieved by robust and thermally optimised equipment design, smart feedback control and calibration strategies, elimination of waiting time and automation of build plate and product handling. The modular design of the MetalFAB1 system allows for customer- and application-specific process configuration. Multiple build chambers with individual integrated powder handling make this industrial 3D printer the first to combine up to four materials simultaneously in one single machine. The MetalFAB1 can be equipped with a maximum of four full field lasers, thereby eliminating the need for stitching when printing large objects. MetalFAB1 is also the only system to include a furnace for integrated stress relief heat treatment. The size of a single build envelope (420x420x400 [mm]) places the MetalFAB1 among the top 3 largest 3D metal printers available.

On Monday November 16th, the first customers and international press were invited to Eindhoven to get a preview of the first two MetalFAB1 systems. Additive Industries will start its Beta test programme next month and four Beta machines have already been reserved by customers from demanding markets like aerospace, high tech equipment and tooling. ‘We are eager to work closely together with our Beta customers. We will team up to further develop the process, new materials and applications as well as testing the performance to substantially improve the business cases of our customers’,  said Daan Kersten, co-founder and CEO of Additive Industries.

For more information, visit: www.additiveindustries.com

Published in Additive Industries

RS Components (RS) has announced the availability of the first 3D printer from CEL. The Robox offers professional-quality specifications and exceptional print speed with future-proofing adaptability. The Robox is suitable for a wide range of users including electronics, mechanical, and product engineers involved in creating designs and needing rapid prototyping capabilities, or those in the education field as well as domestic users.

The key differentiator that makes the Robox exceptional and unique is its proprietary dual-nozzle system, which prints objects faster with high resolution and can improve print speeds by up to 300%. This can be achieved as a single material feed can be directed out of one of two nozzles: either via a 0.3mm-diameter extrusion nozzle or a larger 0.8mm nozzle. This enables the Robox to produce highly detailed visible exterior surfaces and quickly fill the object using the larger nozzle multiple layers at a time without affecting part strength or detail, and enables a very-high-quality exterior finish with a much faster print time. Other high-level 3D print specifications include a build volume of 210 x 150 x 100mm and maximum layer resolution of 20 microns.

Very importantly, the head is also replaceable using the company’s HeadLock System, which allows the head to be removed to change the function of the Robox quickly and easily. The replaceable head therefore transforms the Robox into a future-proof multifunctional micro-manufacturing platform, rather than just a 3D printer. The company has an extensive hardware and software upgrade roadmap that will bring new functions and features to the Robox. For example, two of the heads in development are the soon-to-be-launched dual-material head, and a drag knife or stylus cutter, which will enable the Robox to cut paper, card and vinyl to any shape required. This level of flexibility and adaptability will enable the Robox to become a complete micro-manufacturing and prototyping system.

The Robox 3D printer is compatible with Windows, Apple and Linux operating systems, and is supplied with Robox AutoMaker software, which translates 3D designs into a language suitable for the printer by ‘slicing’ the 3D model into layers and sending the information to the Robox ready for production. The machine is compatible with a wide variety of materials including PLA, ABS, HIPS, Nylon, PETG and PVA, and its automatic bed levelling ensures the print adheres to the plate every time with no user intervention required. In addition, the printer’s Automatic Material Recognition system saves time and effort with material information and print profiles pre-loaded on each reel to help users get started quickly. The printer also comes in an enclosure that blocks draughts and is quick, safe and very easy to use.

The Robox 3D printer augments the growing range of rapid prototyping machines now available from RS, which includes other highly affordable 3D printers from 3D Systems, MakerBot, Ultimaker, BEEVERYCREATIVE and RepRapPro, as well as the RS IdeaWerk and IdeaWerk Pro 3D printers.

The Robox 3D printer is available now from RS Components and the kit includes one reel of filament, built-in 4GB memory, USB stick, USB cable, AC plug, tool set and alcohol wipes. It is also supplied with an instruction manual and has two-year warranty as standard, as well as access to a dedicated customer service team to help resolve any issues.

For more information, visit: uk.rs-online.com/web/p/3d-printers/9031321

Published in RS Components

Direct Color Systems® has joined forces with additive manufacturing newcomer, ChemCubed, to release the next generation in UV LED flatbed inkjet printers. The ElectroUV3D printers allow users to print conductive liquids to conductive, support, and insulating materials.

With the fine detail deposition of conductive liquids and available options to print directly to PCB boards and low temperature sintering, it has never been easier to print single or multi-layer electronic components.

Many of the features that have made the Direct Jet UV LED printer models the ideal solution for UV LED ink printing are available for printing conductive liquids with the ElectroUV3D line of printers. New features include ChemCubed jettable liquids, multi-layer processes, and electronic component printing.

“We are very excited about the opportunity that this release provides to our industry,” says Dan Slep, Chief Technology Officer for ChemCubed. “The ChemCubed jettable liquids are calibrated to print with this system and provide better resolution than mechanical and lamination processes.”

ChemCubed opened its research laboratory in the Advanced Energy Center located on Stony Brook University's campus.

For more information, visit: www.chemcubed.com

Published in ChemCubed

GF Machining Solutions has introduced the AgieCharmilles AM S 290 Tooling additive manufacturing system. Representing its collaboration with additive manufacturing leader EOS, the AM S 290 Tooling is based on the proven technology of the EOS M 290 metal laser sintering system.

The new AM S 290 Tooling was created to further extend the scope of solutions provided to mold and die manufacturers, and complements GF Machining Solutions existing lines of AgieCharmilles wire and die-sinking EDMs, Mikron milling centers, Laser texturing centers and System 3R automation systems.

With the additive manufacturing provided by the AM S 290 Tooling, moldmakers can move thermal exchange closer to the surface of a mold, improving temperature homogeneity to reduce throughput times and increase part quality. The incorporation of additive manufacturing also lowers energy consumption and opens the door for programmers to improve part designs through conformal cooling and heating channels.

The ongoing collaboration between GF Machining Solutions and EOS revolves around optimal integration of additive manufacturing for mold and die shops. The AM S 290 Tooling features controls and software that allow for easy and quick integration with existing machine tools and measuring devices.

GF Machining Solutions is the world’s leading provider of machines, automation solutions and services to the tool and mold making industry and to manufacturers of precision components. The products range from electric discharge machines, high-speed and high-performance milling machines, including clamping and palletization systems, and 3D laser surface texturing machines, to services, spare parts and expendable parts, consumables and automation solutions. GF Machining Solutions is a globally acting division of the Georg Fischer Group (Switzerland) and maintains a presence on 50 sites worldwide within its own organization. Its 3,008 employees generated sales of CHF 905 million in 2014.

For more information, visit: www.gfms.com/us

Published in GF Machining Solutions

Following the July announcement of its large scale additive manufacturing (LSAM) program, American Kuhne customer Thermwood Corporation, a US-based manufacturer of CNC routers, announced that its development system performed well during initial additive testing through its entire operating range.

Kevin Slusarz, American Kuhne vice president of process technology, assisted in the start-up effort. ‘It is my pleasure to support Thermwood beyond the design phase. This was a good opportunity to combine our polymer processing know-how with Thermwood’s CNC technology expertise to advise optimizations to melt piping & tooling design for this unique application,’ he said.

Thermwood’s development system is supplied by a 1 ¾ inch American Kuhne extruder custom engineered for this application. ‘Although it’s a demanding application, our extruder performed flawlessly during initial testing,’ said Thermwood chairman & CEO Ken Susnjara. ‘We are quite pleased with our selection of American Kuhne as our development partner in this effort, not only for the quality of the equipment, but also for the service & support,’ he added.

Thermwood expects to fit this initial test machine, which can print parts up to ten foot by ten foot by five foot thick, with a five axis ‘subtractive’ gantry trim system in the next few months. This will enable the system to perform both the ‘additive’ and ‘subtractive’ functions on the same machine. Called ‘near net shape’, this approach uses a high volume thermoplastic printer to quickly create a part that is nearly, but not exactly, the final net shape. The ‘subtractive’ function then machines the part to the exact final net shape.

Testing included initial validation of an all new ‘MeltShape Technology’ for enhanced control of layer shape and improved bonding between layers, a new and promising technique in the advancement of LSAM. This new patent-pending approach uses one or more shaping wheels to shape, form and compress the hot plastic melt as it is being extruded, insuring that each new layer is the proper shape and thickness and that it bonds firmly to previously applied material.

Thermwood plans to continue this development effort with the goal of offering these machines in a variety of large sizes for commercial applications, specifically targeting aerospace patterns and molds. Management cannot yet determine when the technology might be sufficiently refined for commercial rather than purely research and development applications. Thermwood plans to work with material vendors, R&D organizations and potential users in the ongoing development effort.

For more information, visit: www.thermwood.com

Published in Thermwood Corporation

For decades, ARKU has made a name for itself in leveling technology and now the company is entering the deburring market with launch of the new EdgeBreaker® deburring and rounding machine. The launch will take place on October 8, 2015, in Cincinnati, Ohio, as part of ARKU’s “OktoBurrfest 2015” event. “The time has come to expand our areas of competence and take the next logical step,” said Albert Reiss, ARKU’s managing director. “In order for our proven high-precision levelers to work even more efficiently, the use of deburring machines of equal quality and reliability is recommended. Therefore, we are building on our expertise in leveling, and applying it to burr-removal technology.”

The EdgeBreaker represents the debut machine in the newly developed product line specifically adapted for parts with greater thickness. “From our many years of experience in leveling technology, we know that flatness results are improved when you start with a clean, burr-free part,” explains Franck Hirschmann, ARKU’s Key Account Sales Manager. “Our customers will now have the ability to obtain not only leveling machines, but also deburring machines, comprehensive consultation and service from a single source.”

Whether this material is aluminum, steel or titanium, the oscillating roller equipped EdgeBreaker removes unwanted burrs, while transverse-running rounding units equipped with rounding locks, simultaneously round the edges on both sides. A patent-pending One-Click system allows for a quick replacement of the rounding blocks. Part parameter input is quick and easy using touch-screen controls. Once stored, the data can be retrieved at any time allowing the EdgeBreaker to run jobs automatically on just 25 kW. The Edgebreaker is a dry processing application and can perform double-sided deburring and rounding.

The new EdgeBreaker is available for tests and contract deburring at the leveling and deburring center in Cincinnati. “With this broad performance spectrum, ARKU is providing support to sheet processors and helping them achieve time and cost savings,” said Eric Cohen, ARKU’s North American Sales Manager for deburring machines.

For more information, visit: www.arku.com

Published in ARKU

Arcam has received an order for two EBM systems from CalRAM in the US. The systems will be used for production of aerospace components.

CalRAM, a Midstate Berkshire Company, is a customer to Arcam since 2005 and presently operates 5 EBM systems. Midstate Berkshire is a recognized leader in precision machining, fabrication and assembly for the aerospace, defence and oil and gas industries.

"With demand for additive manufacturing production increasing rapidly, we continue to invest in EBM technology to secure capacity and give CalRAM an edge in the aerospace industry,” says Duane Pekar, CEO of Midstate Berkshire. “Arcam is the leading supplier of titanium additive manufacturing systems and we turned to them with confidence, having used their EBM products for years.”

"Arcam’s strategy is to offer Additive Manufacturing solutions specifically targeting production volumes in the aerospace and orthopaedic industries. This deal confirms the potential for our EBM technology within the aerospace industry. We look forward to continue working closely with CalRAM to further grow their activities in this innovative, demanding industry,” says Magnus René, CEO of Arcam.

For more information, visit: www.calraminc.com

Published in Arcam

The world’s largest delta 3D printer - standing at 12 meters tall - is no longer just a research project but it is now a reality. The team behind this project is WASP, a Ravenna, Italy based enterprise and leader in the world of architectural 3D printing.

The giant 3D printer named BigDelta will be presented during a three day rally event, along with workshops, conferences, concerts and shows that will liven up the final unraveling of this dream.

Building BigDelta is much more than a dream come true if we consider that by 2030, international estimates foresee a rapid growth of adequate housing requirements for over 4 billion people living with yearly income below $3,000. The United Nations calculated that over the next 15 years there will be an average daily requirement of 100.000 new housing units to meet this demand.

Over the past years WASP has made the very idea of auto production and shared knowledge the heart of its project. The company proposes a vision that goes well beyond that of low cost housing. We are talking about the MakerEconomy, a new model where everything can be self manufactured through shared solutions, These leverage on 3D printing and are tied to meeting life’s primary necessities: work, health and housing.

“Reality of dream” is the name of the three day rally that will see philosophical reasoning meet technology and sustainable progress to permeate all activities during the course of the event. There will also be a space for the arts: BigDelta will become the stage for the theatrical Shamballa show, presented at the Rigodon Theatre, written and directed by Alessandro Cavoli.

Three days of innovation and sharing, from September 18th to the 20th. The detailed program of the event is being finalized an will soon be made public.

For more information, visit: www.wasproject.it

Published in WASP

FARO Technologies, Inc. announces the release of the new FARO Freestyle3D X Handheld Laser Scanner, a 3D Laser Scanner designed to transform the way the Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC), Law Enforcement, and other industries document 3D data through easy to use, intuitive data acquisition. With the release of the Freestyle3D X, FARO´s portfolio now contains two handheld scanners designed to help customers increase productivity, save time and make effective, data-driven decisions.

The new FARO Freestyle3D X incorporates state-of-the-art scanning technology that delivers enhanced scanning accuracy of 1 millimeter at a 1-meter range. The Freestyle3D X is available with a U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) traceable calibration accessory to provide users with verifiable data accuracy, which is critical for forensic scanning and other highly regulated industries. On-site calibration data is exportable in PDF format, allowing information to be easily shared with other team members.

The Freestyle3D X also incorporates an automatic flash mode enabling users to scan objects in a variety of lighting conditions. New software tools deliver an intensely detailed visualization of the created 3D point cloud, and an integrated best-point filter enhances the quality of the scan data by reducing noise up to 35%. Finally, post-processing functions have also been improved, offering up to 5x faster data writing speed to further improve productivity on the job site.

The Freestyle3D X can be employed as a standalone device or used in concert with FARO Focus3D X Series Laser Scanners. Point cloud data from all devices can be integrated seamlessly – even in grey scale.

"The Freestyle3D X sets the industry standard for ease-of-use and verifiable accuracy among professional, portable scanning devices," stated Joe Arezone, Senior Vice President and Managing Director FARO Asia and EMEA. "The new features such as automatic flash mode, best point filter and new algorithms decisively enhance the overall scanning experience and enable users to carry out more projects with better quality at the same time. Moreover, the new Freestyle3D X will allow the most demanding users to achieve better accuracy in their projects."

For more information, visit: www.faro.com/products/3d-documentation/handheld-3d-scanner-freestyle-3d/overview

Published in FARO

Omegasonics, a manufacturer of ultrasonic cleaning systems, announced that two of its cleaning units for the 3D printing market now have CE Marking Certification, making them eligible for sale in the European Union.

The CE Marking signifies that Omegasonics’ SST4030 and 1900BT cleaning units comply with the essential requirements of relevant European health, safety and environmental protection legislation.

The Omegasonics 20-gallon 1900 BT and the 187-gallon SST4030 cleaning units utilize precision ultrasonic technology to accurately and methodically remove all support material from 3D printed parts. They are designed with solid state components, Plug & Play construction, and require no regular maintenance.

“Due to 3D printing’s rapid expansion into a variety of industries, the market for 3D printing ultrasonic cleaning systems is growing significantly,” said Frank Pedeflous, President of Omegasonics. “More companies are recognizing the time and cost benefits of ultrasonic cleaning technology and the rapid return-on-investment it affords.”

For more information, visit: www.omegasonics.com

Published in Omegasonics

Netherlands based Blok Group is investing in two new laser melting systems from Concept Laser. They include an X line 2000R® system, which combines the largest metal 3d printer build envelope currently available with the latest multi-laser technology for reactive materials. A new M2 cusing system also supplements their manufacturing capacity for medium-sized metal parts.

The new X line 2000R® at Blok will be the first system of this scale in the Netherlands. With a build envelope of 800x400x500 mm3, the X line 2000R® currently offers the largest build envelope for laser melting metals. Its heart, the dual laser system in the X line 2000R®, is based on two 1,000 watt lasers. The useful build volume also increased nearly 27% from 126 l to 160 l compared with the X line 1000R. In addition, the X line 2000R® features a new sieving station that uses a quiet vibrating sieve instead of the tumbler sieve. The concept is incredibly compact, as the oversized particle container is now smaller, and has been integrated into the sieving station. The new sieving unit reduces the unit's footprint – and its fully enclosed design keeps the surrounding area clean and tidy. The dose unit has also been redesigned so the dose chamber is filled completely and fully automatically within one cycle.

Erik Blok, CEO of the Blok Group: "Speed and volume are important requirements for high-quality, economical production. The benefits offered by the X line 2000R® can also be seen clearly when compared with competing systems: It offers almost three to four times the build volume. Overall, the 2nd build module gives us high availability, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for additive manufacturing."

A new M2 cusing system by Concept Laser completes the range at Blok Group in the medium-sized machine segment. It has been redesigned compared with the previous model. The laser and the filter are also fully integrated into the system. The surface area of the filter has also been increased fivefold. Moreover the M2 cusing is fitted as standard with a water-submersible filter in order to guarantee safety when changing the filter. This system will be used in future to build medium-sized 3D geometries, positioning Blok as a comprehensive service provider for laser melting metals in the Netherlands.

Installation of the new capacity will start in August 2015 with the M2 cusing, followed by the X line 2000R® in Q1 of 2016.

For more information, visit: www.blokgroup.nl

Published in Concept Laser

Thermwood Corporation, a U.S. based manufacturer of 3 and 5 Axis CNC routers, has announced a program to develop a 3D Additive Manufacturing System, capable of making large carbon graphite reinforced composite thermoplastic components. The systems utilize a “near net shape” approach where a relatively large extruder, mounted to the machine, is used to heat, melt and deposit, or “print”, carbon graphite filled thermoplastic material to quickly create a structure which is almost, but not quite the exact final shape. That structure, when it cools and hardens is then five axis machined to the final net shape.

These new systems will be based on Thermwood’s Model 77, semi-enclosed, high wall gantry machine structures, which are currently offered in sizes up to sixty feet long. For the plastic extruder, Thermwood turned to American Kuhne who developed a custom system, which integrates tightly, both mechanically and electronically, with Thermwood’s CNC machine. This allows not only the machine but also the plastic extruder to be controlled and managed by a central CNC control, insuring smooth integration and increasing both capability and flexibility.

With the addition of a second gantry, both the “Additive” and “Subtractive” processes can be performed on the same machine. The second “Subtractive” gantry will be offered as an option. Companies that already have five axis machining capacity and want to work with Additive Manufacturing may only require “Additive” machine capability as they can use existing equipment for the “Subtractive” part of the process.

The systems will feature full six axis articulated additive deposition head, allowing it to build layered structures on both a horizontal plane as well as planes canted in any direction up to ninety degrees from horizontal. Management believes this capability will be important as technology advances and more complex structures are required.

The initial development machine, which is nearing completion, can make parts up to ten foot by ten foot by five foot high, is equipped with a 20HP, 1 ¾ inch diameter, 24-1 L/D extruder and support equipment capable of processing over 100 pounds of material per hour. Despite the relatively heavy weight of the extrusion system and head, which are both mounted on and move with the machine, the machine generates impressive performance with high acceleration rates and high feed rate capability. This is an ongoing research and development program and it is unknown when commercial systems might be available to the market.

Thermwood is already a major manufacturer of the “Subtractive” machinery part of the equation and this same technology is the basis of the “Additive” equipment. Thermwood also designs, builds and programs its own sophisticated CNC controls which it can tailor to any new requirements and also has experience developing sophisticated design and CAD/CAM software packages which are also an important part of this new technology.

For more information, visit: www.thermwood.com

Published in Thermwood Corporation

Hybrid Manufacturing Technologies is proud to announce the world premiere of the millGrind, the world’s first hybrid grinding machine on the market.

The millGrind is a continuous-dress creep-feed grinding machine made by Elb-Schliff WZM GmbH (“ELB”), equipped with Ambit™ laser cladding and milling capabilities. This system sets a new standard for precision feature addition by integrating surface and profile grinding with additive manufacturing (AM) in a single setup.

ELB’s vision for feature addition by integrating Hybrid’s AMBIT™ laser metal deposition into a grinder came from Dr. Markus Stanik, ELB’s managing director. His experience of combining additive into CNC machines goes back more than two years, to his work at Hamuel where he played a critical role in the advent of commercially available hybrid machines.

Dr. Stanik says that “This millGrind machine offers a new level of flexibility by reducing the number of setups needed to get to finished parts. We believe that our customers will benefit from both the ability to add metal and mill features together with precision grinding surfaces and profiles. This multi-tasking machine breaks new ground for time and cost savings and is aimed squarely at aerospace applications.”

This is the first Additive Manufacturing product from ELB, which was developed in collaboration with Hybrid Manufacturing Technologies. Dr. Jason Jones, CEO of Hybrid stated, “It has been a privilege to join with ELB to produce the world’s first hybrid grinding machine. The ability to automatically change between precision grinding, milling, and AMBIT™ metal deposition sets this machine apart in a class of its own. Perhaps most exciting is that precision ground surface finishes are now achievable in-process on parts made by additive manufacturing.”

For decades additive manufacturing has been searching for improved productivity and surface finishes and the recent emergence of hybrid machines with in-process milling for additive has provided a substantial step forward. To more fully address this same opportunity, it was only natural that hybrid grinding would also quickly come of age.

Although the perceived cost of grinding is often higher than milling, when used appropriately it can provide dramatically more cost-effective material removal as well as a superior surface finish (often an order of magnitude improvement over milling). Grinding particularly excels in cost-effectiveness for processing materials that are difficult to machine, such as nickel-based superalloys. The millGrind runs conventional abrasives (corundum) with superabrasive capability and has an XYZ resolution of 1/10th of a micron (0.0001mm). Changeover between grinding wheels (both grinding wheel and dressing tools) can be done in a matter of seconds. In addition, the 8,000 RPM spindle can be automatically loaded with milling cutters for drilling, tapping and other milling operations as needed.

For more information, visit: www.hybridmanutech.com

EnvisionTEC is proud to announce the new Perfactory® WaxEra™ 3d printer, which can print light curable paste as an alternative to liquid based polymers.

The first material the WaxEra™ will run is E-Wax, a new wax paste with a photosensitive polymer binder designed for jewelry investment casting. The quality and resolution of the parts 3D printed using E-Wax paste rivals those that have been 3D printed using liquid photopolymer materials on the EnvisionTEC Perfactory® equipment.

“We are proud to deliver the very first Digital Light Projection technology based 3D printer that can print with a paste material, opening up the possibility to 3D print using highly filled materials. These new highly filled paste materials will allow EnvisionTEC to penetrate new markets, and deliver 3D printing solutions not previously available in the 3D printing space. Whether you want a highly filled ceramic part for high temperature resistance or a highly filled wax part for direct investment casting, the WaxEra™ brings 3D printing into a new era by delivering innovative 3D printing solutions to an expanding selection of new markets,” said Al Siblani, CEO of EnvisionTEC.

For more information, visit: www.envisiontec.com/3d-printers/desktop-family/perfactory-waxera

Published in EnvisionTEC

Sciaky, Inc., a subsidiary of Phillips Service Industries, Inc. (PSI) and provider of metal 3D printing solutions and advanced welding machines, announced that it has launched a new website that features an expanded lineup of new metal 3D printing systems, based on its Electron Beam Additive Manufacturing (EBAM) technology.

The expanded lineup of EBAM 3D printing systems includes new options for medium, large, and extra-large part applications, making EBAM the most widely scalable metal 3D printing solution on the market (in terms of work envelope) for parts ranging from 12 inches (305 mm) to 19 feet (5791 mm) in length. EBAM is also the fastest deposition process in the metal 3D printing market, based on documented deposition rates ranging from 7 to 20 lbs. (pounds) of metal per hour.

The new website also includes updated information on Sciaky’s industry-leading electron beam welding solutions, as well as a recent video that shows how Sciaky’s EBAM technology is helping Lockheed Martin Space Systems 3D print titanium propellant tanks for satellites.

“Sciaky is proud to launch its new website and unveil its expanded lineup of new EBAM metal 3D printing systems,” said Mike Riesen, general manager of Sciaky, Inc. “We hope the new website enlightens visitors about our innovative, industry-leading solutions and inspires them to contact us.”

Last week, Sciaky revealed the availability of financing and leasing options for U.S. customers who purchase EBAM systems and electron beam welders.

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Additive Industries confirmed the launch date and revealed the name of its new industrial additive manufacturing system: MetalFAB1. This comprehensive system embodies the ambition of Additive Industries to take 3D metal printing beyond the current lab and prototyping use, to actual fabrication use on the factory floor.

In the short introductory film, Additive Industries reveals aspects of their fully integrated 3D metal printer. "Our system will bring a substantial improvement in reproducibility, productivity and flexibility as a result of our quest to design an industrial grade metal printing process", said Daan Kersten, CEO of Additive Industries.

The high reproducibility of MetalFAB1 takes its inspiration from the semiconductor industry. Stability is achieved by robust machine design in combination with a continuous calibration strategy. Additive Industries believes in an integrated process flow for industrial additive manufacturing, therefore multiple process steps are incorporated in one machine for the first time. Fully automated handling connects all process steps, reduces manual labour, and improves product consistency and quality, while also increasing operator safety. The modular architecture offers maximum flexibility, allowing the user to start with a basic machine configuration with the possibility to enlarge the scope of the process, enabling substantially increased productivity. Moreover, modules can be added to allow the use of multiple materials in one machine without having to clean the powder system and running the risk of cross-contamination. "We are on schedule to launch the machine in the fourth quarter of this year", adds Mark Vaes, Technology Manager of Additive Industries and the leader of the MetalFab1 development project.

For more information, visit: www.additiveindustries.com

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UNISIG announces its new USC-M series of 7-axis deep-hole drilling and machining centers. Ideal for mold production, these machines allow manufacturers to process large and small parts with four-sided machining capability in a single set-up.

The USC-M series machines utilize two independent spindles: one for gundrilling and BTA drilling and a second CAT 50 machining spindle. When this additional capability is combined with a rotatory workpiece table and programmable headstock inclination, accurate deep-hole drilling and all standard high-performance machining capabilities are available within the working envelope of the system.

The seven axes of control on the M-Series machines utilize the B, A, X, Y and Z axes for 5-axis machining operations, the W-axis for the combined gundrilling and BTA deep-hole drilling spindle, and the U-axis for machining. This provides 3 plus 2 machining to make deep-hole drilling and machining of compound angles faster, easier, and improves productivity and throughput by reducing setups and eliminating changeovers to multiple machines. In fact, using a deep-hole drilling headstock capable of conventional gundrilling and BTA high-performance drilling has proven to be five-to-seven-times faster than gundrilling alone.

Like all of its equipment, UNISIG engineers and manufactures the USC-M series in the United States with high-performance components. Currently, the series comprises two machines: the USC-M38, which offers a nominal drilling depth of 59.1", and the USC-M50, which extends the nominal drilling depth to 72". Both allow for drilling diameters up to 2".

UNISIG also offers a full complement of options for these machines to further enhance their milling and machining functions, including full-enclosure guarding, a 120-position automatic tool changer, a laser tool pre-setter and probing. 

Upon machine installation, UNISIG provides its customers with comprehensive training that involves machine operation and process optimization as well as gundrill tool sharpening. The company also offers customers reference information and practical advice for proper machine operation.

Headquartered in Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin, UNISIG manufactures deep-hole drilling systems and technologies for precision-focused metalcutting industries, including aerospace, automotive, energy and medical. A state-of-the-art production facility and reliable network of local suppliers allow the company to design and manufacture its BTA, gundrilling, trepanning and skiving machines as well as its tooling solutions and automation in the United States.

For more information, visit:  www.UNISIG.com

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Concept Laser announced the installation of the M2 cusing Multilaser metal additive manufacturing system at Faustson Tool of Arvada, Colorado. The high precision, machine shop specializes in the aerospace, aeronautics, defense, energy, medical and semiconductor industries.

“From our inception, Faustson Tool has committed to being a pioneer in the industry by utilizing new leap-frog technology and pushing the bounds of a traditional machine shop,” said Alicia Svaldi, President, Faustson Tool. “While conducting our in-depth research on additive manufacturing processes available on the market, the LaserCUSING® technology from Concept Laser was the best fit.”

“Staying at the forefront of technology is critical, not only to stay competitive, but to provide our customers with the best manufacturing solutions available on the market. Concept Laser’s M2 cusing Multilaser system with 2 x 400 W lasers provides another depth to our manufacturing services,” said Heidi Hostetter, Vice President, Faustson Tool.

“There is a tremendous emphasis on UAV and defense in Colorado,” continued Hostetter. “As new technologies, such as metal additive manufacturing came on to the market, our customers began requesting services that could only be produced on an additive manufacturing system. The technology we found from Concept Laser was stronger then other metal additive manufacturing technology available, offered flexible parameters, and fit into our current process seamlessly. The multilaser technology offers throughput similar to higher-powered systems (e.g. 1kW), while maintaining the high-precision and superior finish available with lower power settings.”

Concept Laser introduced the redesign of the M2 cusing with multilaser option at the end of 2014. With a new look and fully integrated structure, the M2 is equipped with a new filter design and increased surface area of 20 square meters. The M2 cusing Multilaser is available with 2 x 200 W lasers, or alternatively with 2 x 400 W lasers, and makes use of Concept Laser’s improved segmented exposure strategy for laser melting of metals. The dual-laser configuration increases the machine’s throughput by up to 1.8 times over that of its single-laser counterpart. The increase is dependent on the geometry of the corresponding component. These solutions with multilaser technology are interesting to digital service centers with a tendency to industrial mass production.

“Concept Laser is very excited about our partnership with Faustson Tool,” said Zach Murphree, PhD, Regional Manager, Technical Sales Engineer, Concept Laser. “Companies like Faustson Tool represent the next step in the maturation of the additive metals industry, where the technology is gaining acceptance within production facilities, not just OEMs. The M2 cusing Multilaser system is the result of fifteen years of continued metal additive development at Concept Laser and is accelerating the acceptance within the industry, and Faustson is on the leading edge of this wave.”

To begin, Faustson will build with Concept Laser’s recently introduced CL 92PH (also known as 17-4 PH Stainless Steel) and Nickel Alloy 718.

Faustson Tool operates a 16,000-square-foot facility with more than 20 highly skilled employees, and is owned and operated by Alicia Svaldi, President, and Heidi Hostetter, Vice President. Faustson Tool remains in the forefront of the manufacturing industry, continuing a tradition of pioneering the newest technology and pushing its limits. Faustson Tool takes on the most challenging applications only a few U.S. companies can handle, using state-of-the-art precision machining to do things no one else in the industry thinks can be done. Faustson’s reputation for innovation and excellence has earned the company prestigious clientele: Faustson Tool manufactured a key component in NASA’s Kepler space telescope, and has worked with Ball Aerospace to produce parts for the U.S. F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter jet.

Photo Left: Ralph Sassenhausen, Technial lead for 3D printing
Photo Right: Mike Muessel, Manufacturing Manager

For more information, visit: www.faustson.com

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SMART3D from Perceptron represents a productivity breakthrough for the reverse engineering and modeling sectors. The system offers a fully integrated automatic rotary table and intuitive easy-to-use SCANWORKS® STUDIO Software. A simple teach-and-repeat process allows scanning of repetitive parts using the ‘Auto Rescan’ Feature. The accuracy of the acquired dataset is significantly enhanced over equivalent data acquired using manually operated scanning systems.

SMART3D automatically provides 3D polygonised models for reverse engineering, 3D printing or graphical web content. The SMART3D system can also be used for the verification of production parts against nominal part geometry data.

SMART3D incorporates Perceptron’s patented HELIX smart scanning sensor technology which is used extensively throughout the global automotive industry for in-process laser scanning of car bodies for dimensional stability and gap and flush measurement. HELIX incorporates MEMS technology and offers the world’s first programmable laser scanner whereby the laser line quantity, density and scanning volume are fully user programmable, negating the necessity to physically move the laser scanner over the part. All scanning motion is contained within the HELIX smart scanning sensor itself, dramatically improving quality of scanned data while maintaining a volumetric accuracy down to 50 microns. The unique HELIX configurable line density allows for scan line intervals programmable down to 0.1mm. Combining the unique features of programmable scanning volume, and line number and density for specific regions of interest on highly detailed complex parts allows for true scanning optimization.  The use of a coherent laser light source in the HELIX provides a larger dynamic range allowing scanning of multiple colors and finishes.  The dynamic range has been further extended by the incorporation of adjustable laser power control and dynamic auto laser intensity.

The SMART3D system is supplied with a fully integrated automatic rotary table that allows for the full 360 degree scanning of parts without the need for targets or best fit alignment. The overall scanning volume is 200mm x 225mm x 225mm which is compatible with the volume of most 3D printers.

From arrival at a scanning location, the portable SMART3D system can be fully operational in less than 15 minutes. The complete SMART3D system is easily transported in purpose-designed rugged equipment cases providing a truly portable solution. SMART3D can be used with a tripod for maximum portability or can be fixture mounted for the more demanding environment.

The scanned dataset is streamed real-time into the accompanying SCANWORKS STUDIO data collection software with automatic full 3D STL model creation. The SCANWORKS STUDIO software comes with a complete package of tools to refine and enhance the completed scan project; the generated STL model can also be used with all major 3rd party point cloud and 3D printing software.

SMART3D user benefits over other portable scanning systems can be summarized as:

  • Absolute measuring System (no targets required)
  • Fast, Accurate and Industrial Grade
  • Portable and Mobile
  • Automatic Data Acquisition
  • Multi-color scan path differentiation
  • Eliminates human influence on acquired data
  • Structured dataset minimizing post scan processing
  • Programmable scan regions with individual scan line density
  • Wide dynamic scanning range
  • Low susceptibility to ambient light and temperature conditions
  • Intuitive ScanWorks Studio software with comprehensive STL enhancement tools

Perceptron’s CEO Jeff Armstrong states “Perceptron has been a leader and innovator in the field of 3D laser scanning in the automotive sector for more than 30 years with global support for our metrology equipment which is used in the most demanding of industrial applications. The SMART3D  product launch extends our position out into the general scanning and reverse engineering sector with SMART3D being the first in a series of innovative, cost efficient products we will be launching with our renewed focus and commitment to gaining a leadership position in this fast growing market.”

For more information, visit: www.perceptron.com

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Industries worldwide have embraced the collaborative benefits of the user-friendly UR5 and UR10 robots that feature unrivaled performance vs. affordability and can work next to people with no safety guarding. With the new UR3 robot, Universal Robots brings this market leading concept to the table.

The new compact table-top robot weighs only 24.3 lbs, but has a payload of 6.6 lbs, 360-degree rotation on all wrist joints and infinite rotation on the end joint. These unique features make UR3 one of the most flexible, lightweight, table-top robots to work side-by-side with employees in the market today.

The U.S. launch of UR3 is at 10am at Universal Robots’ booth #960 at Automate 2015 in Chicago, March 23 CTO and co-founder of Universal Robots, Esben Oestergaard, led the three-year development phase of the new addition to the UR robot family.

“With the UR3, table-top automation is easy, safe and flexible; a single worker can accomplish what traditionally would be a two-person task by having the UR3 robot as a third-hand helper. It’s an ideal choice for applications that require 6-axis capabilities where size, safety and costs are critical,” says Oestergaard.

“UR3 is an optimal assistant in assembly, polish, glue, and screw applications requiring uniform product quality. Our new robot can also be used in a separate work station mounted on the table, picking, assembling and placing parts in optimized production flows. Because of its compact form and easy programming, it’s easy to switch it between tasks to meet agile manufacturing needs making total cost of ownership low and payback period fast.”

UR3 applications span manufacturing industries from medical devices to circuit boards and electronic components. “A big demand driver will be automating production in confined environments. With the UR3, we can now fit a 6-axis robot into more assembly and manufacturing lines where erecting large safety enclosures would not be feasible. The UR3 is ideal for relieving employees from working in environments with toxic or hazardous materials, and that scenario will also drive the adoption of UR3 robots.”

UR3 has 15 advanced, adjustable safety settings. One of these is the unique force sensing that enables the UR3 to limit the forces at contact if the robot collides with an employee. The new robot has a default force sensing of 150 Newton but can be set to stop if it encounters a force as low as 50 Newton in its route. By combing UR’s industry leading easy programming technology with infinite rotation and improved force control, the UR3 will be an expert craftsman. The robot can pick up screws, mount and tighten them applying the correct torque. In gluing applications UR3 can dose exactly the same amount of glue with constant and steady pressure along a narrowly defined path. The UR3 features the same 0.1 mm repeatability as the UR5 and UR10 robots and can follow the outline of a surface – such as the aluminum edge around a smartphone – by “feel” rather than through the programming of precise movements and coordinates, which otherwise would require more than 100 data points programmed into the application.

“With the UR5 and UR10 robots, we see end users integrating our robot arms in applications and industries that we didn’t initially expect. I’m sure we will be equally surprised to witness the adaptation of the UR3 into new scenarios whererobots haven’t ventured before,” says Oestergaard. Dan Kara, Practice Director, Robotics, Automation and Intelligent Systems for ABI Research, notes:

“Universal Robots has a well-deserved reputation for producing reliable industrial robotic arms that can be easily programmed to work safely and cooperatively with humans. With the introduction of the UR3, Universal Robots is expanding the range of applications for their unique technology, as well as the number and types of business that can immediately benefit from robotic assembly and manufacturing automation. By doing so, the company has also greatly increased the scope of their own addressable markets. Everyone benefits.”

Key Features:

  • 6 axis, collaborative table-top robot UR3 applies glue with steady and consistent pressure UR3 tightens screws applying the correct torque.
  • Weight: 24.3lbs
  • Payload: 6.6lbs
  • Reach: 19.7in
  • 360 degree rotation on all wrist joints, infinite rotation on end joint
  • Repeatability: ±0.1 mm (±0,004 in)
  • 5 adjustable, advanced safety settings; force limit: Default 150 N , can be adjusted down to 50N
  • Modular design: exchanging a joint takes less than 30 minutes with one day delivery
  • Improved force control
  • New motherboard with faster boot-up|


  • Soldering
  • Gluing
  • Screwing
  • Painting
  • Pick and place
  • Operating hand tools
  • Laboratory work
  • Fume hood tasks

Universal Robots is a result of many years of intensive research in robotics. The product portfolio includes the collaborative UR3, UR5 and UR10 robot arms named after their payloads in kilos. Since the first UR robot entered the market in December 2008, the company has seen substantial growth with the user-friendly robots now being sold in more than 50 countries worldwide. Average payback period for UR robots is the fastest in the industry with only 195 days. The company is headquartered in Odense, Denmark, where all development and production is carried out. Universal Robots’ global sales target is a doubling of revenue every year from 2014 to 2017.

For more information, visit: www.universal-robots.com/en/products/ur3-robot

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The ExOne Company (Nasdaq: XONE), a global provider of three-dimensional printing machines and printed products to industrial customers, announced its latest 3D printing system, Innovent™, designed especially for research and education customers.

Innovent, ExOne’s industrial-grade, laboratory-sized machine, allows for testing material properties, specifically in educational institutions, research laboratories, and research and development (R&D) departments at commercial organizations. Innovent is uniquely designed in that it balances a specific build box for the technical qualification of materials with a smaller overall lab machine platform size, when compared to other industrial-grade 3D printers.

“Innovent expands upon ExOne’s lab machine offerings by allowing customers, whether they are educators or companies, the ability to qualify materials, an option not previously available in these types of 3D printers,” said S. Kent Rockwell, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer for ExOne. “ExOne is improving its laboratory solution to help drive the overall industrial sector towards increased experience with and use of binder jetting 3D printing.”

Compared to the company’s previous lab model, Innovent offers a build volume that is eight times larger – measuring at 65mm x 160mm x 65mm. Similar to the company’s M-Flex™, Innovent’s software and mechanical components incorporate ExOne’s most up-to-date technology.

“Innovent was specifically designed to complement ExOne’s larger machine platforms, so those who are using Innovent for testing purposes can easily migrate to the larger M-Flex and M-Print™ when they are ready for larger scale prototyping or series production,” added Mr. Rockwell.

Innovent employs the ExOne approach to additive manufacturing, utilizing a print head to selectively dispense micro-droplets of specially-engineered binder into very thin layers of powdered metal. Within the world of additive manufacturing, ExOne is distinctive in that it offers solutions that are focused on industrial users and applications, and the Innovent is the latest machine to serve that market.

ExOne is offering Innovent as part of a complete system – also including an oven and furnace – at a competitive price point, opening a host of opportunities for the company as education and research-based customers can now more affordably use binder jetting 3D printing technology.

For more information, visit: www.exone.com

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GP3D has announced their first desktop 3D Printer available for production named "Sprout". With an MSRP of $549, Sprout is an affordable, capable, and compact desktop 3D Printer that does not limit the imagination of its users. Come join GP3D as they unveil Sprout at the 2015 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Nevada from January 6 - 9. GP3D is setting a goal to gain traction for Sprout through the Kickstarter crowd funding program. Sprout's production will immediately begin after the funding goal is met.

"Our focus was to make an affordable and high quality 3D printer to the masses" said Joseph Wu, president of Green Project. Sprout has a metal body with dimensions of 11.7" in length, 8.7" in width, and 15.9" in height making it perfect for a compact desktop 3D Printer. Comparable to its competitors, Sprout has a build plate of 5.9" in length, 5.9" in width, and 5.5" in height. Sprout uses PLA plastic filament, a biodegradable thermoplastic from renewable resources.

It can print down to 0.18mm resolution displaying an immense amount of detail for a printer of its size. Anyone can easily set up Sprout and start printing via SD card or Windows operating systems. GP3D is striving to drive 3D printing closer to home. Sprout is not just available to be used by designers and engineers to have cost effective rapid prototyping, this 3D printer is designed in mind to be used by everyone.

Sprout will be available to ship few months and will debut Tuesday, January 6th at the 2015 International Consumer Electronics Show (Booth 35317, Upper South Hall).

Based in Hacienda Heights, California, GP3D is a subsidiary company of Green Project Inc. The company’s vision is to inspire people of all ages to embrace the next generation of printing. GP3D wants to encourage 3D printing with affordable and practical 3D printers. "Grow your imagination" with GP3D, supplier of premium 3D printers, accessories and filaments.

For more information, visit: gp3d.com/printers.html

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Fuel3D, a developer of 3D scanning solutions, announced the launch of SCANIFY, a handheld, point-and-shoot 3D scanner built to enable consumers and professionals to 3D scan objects in high-resolution shape and color in under a second.

SCANIFY is designed for a range of 3D applications, such as 3D printing and personalization, as well as on-screen applications like 3D art and animation. Without the ability to transform real-world objects into high-quality 3D models quickly and cost effectively, consumers cannot fully realize the potential of 3D printing. SCANIFY puts the power of 3D creation directly into consumers’ hands.

“When we set out to create SCANIFY, our goal was to democratize the 3D movement for consumers and, in particular, to allow for the personalization of their creations,” said Stuart Mead, CEO, Fuel3D. “SCANIFY allows consumers to transform highly-complex subjects – such as the human face – into high-detail, full-color 3D scans as quickly as they could take a photo using a digital camera.”

Since generating worldwide attention through a successful Kickstarter campaign in 2013, Fuel3D has secured millions in private investment and signed retail and distribution partners across the world in preparation for the launch of SCANIFY. Based on technology developed at Oxford University, SCANIFY breaks down the cost and technical barriers that have limited consumer adoption of 3D scanning and printing.

SCANIFY is groundbreaking in three key ways:

  • Speed: SCANIFY combines pre-calibrated stereo cameras with photometric imaging to capture a 3D image in a tenth of a second. This rapid speed of capture gives SCANIFY a unique ability to scan subjects that may move during capture.

  • Ease of Use: SCANIFY mimics the intuitive point-and-shoot technology of digital cameras while delivering fast, high-resolution shape and color capture for a range of 3D modeling applications.

  • Affordability: Able to capture color detail down to 350 microns (0.35mm), and priced at $1,490.00 (excluding tax), SCANIFY is less than one tenth the cost of professional handheld 3D scanning systems that capture a similar level of detail.

SCANIFY comes with Fuel3D Studio software, which allows scans to be manipulated and exported to popular file formats for 3D printing and on-screen applications. This allows consumers to capture everyday objects as accurate, 3D models (with color) for printing, animation and other applications.

SCANIFY is currently available to U.S. consumers for preorder via the Fuel3D online store, with shipment expected to begin in the first quarter of 2015 and general retail availability expected in the second quarter of 2015.

For more information, visit: www.fuel-3d.com

Published in Fuel3D

Concept Laser is comprehensively upgrading its models in order to improve performance with the new M2 cusing featuring a modern machine design and numerous innovations including multilaser technology.

Concept Laser has in particular improved the process including innovations in the segmented exposure strategy and on a ground-breaking quality assurance module QMmeltpool 3D. Apart from this, two new certified materials are also available.

The new M2 cusing features a new, modern appearance with a fully integrated structure and no longer any external components for the laser and filter system. This self-contained solution provides benefits for the user in terms of the accessibility of the system components as well as greatly reduced space requirements.

The new M2 cusing is equipped with a new filter design which has increased the surface area of the filter from 4 to 20 square meters. The new filter module has been designed with fixed tubing as well as being fully integrated into the system. The frequency with which the filter has to be replaced can be reduced to such an extent that the overall throughput of the system is increased. This enhancement is important when using the multilaser technology which increases formation of smoke particles.

"Significantly faster build rates demand safer filter replacement concepts. Every filter change must be quick and easy. We have incorporated the new enhanced filter technology with safety as our primary consideration", explains Dr. Florian Bechmann. For instance, the M2 cusing is fitted as standard with a water-submersible filter in order to guarantee safety when changing the filter.

"Our product range is now enhanced with multilaser technology and it directly affects the exposure time. Our experience has shown that build rates can be increased by up to 80%. That's a very pleasing result", notes Dr. Florian Bechmann, Head of Development at Concept Laser.

The multilaser technology is initially being incorporated into the medium size segment. For instance, a multilaser version of the new M2 cusing – called the M2 cusing Multilaser – is available right now. It's available with 2 x 200 watt lasers, or alternatively with 2 x 400 watt lasers.

What's more, Concept Laser has also signalled the arrival of multilaser technology in their largest machine, the X line 1000R. In addition to the X line 1000R which is already well established in the market, in the near future the X line 2000R will also be available, and will be fitted with 2 x 1000 watt lasers. The aim is to drive ever faster construction speeds which are required by users in the aerospace and automotive industries.

Concept Laser has likewise raised its game in relation to its exposure strategy. The key term is segmented exposure. It is common that higher laser power produces a rougher surface finish. "Our new systems technology implements the hull-core principle, which enables density and surface quality to be controlled independently”, says Dr. Florian Bechmann. This means that segmented exposure has an influence on the outer parts of the component – including overhangs and high-density areas of components – in a targeted manner. "An optimised exposure strategy improves both the level of quality and build speeds." The end result is that a component's performance characteristics can be significantly improved through the use of segmented exposure strategy.

Concept Laser has demonstrated key enhancements in real-time process monitoring for quality assurance purposes. "Inline process monitoring" is one of Concept Laser's strategic technology fields, and one which we are now expanding with the QMmeltpool 3D", says Dr. Florian Bechmann: "If we can dynamically micro-analyse the construction process, the level of quality increases. Important key industries with their sophisticated applications have enabled us to develop this important innovative step", Dr. Bechmann continues. In a comparable manner to computed tomography (CT), the new QMmeltpool 3D makes it possible to generate 3D data sets that corelate directly to the component and/or it´s structure. According to Concept Laser, this allows local effects that arise during the construction of the component to be clearly identified and analysed. The practical added value of this innovation is not just that it is an original way of providing real time quality assurance, but also that production builds can be optimised through iterative variation of the parameters. Support structures can be adapted, and above all, the construction of the component can be structured in a more efficient and production-friendly manner. And not least, real time monitoring opens new opportunities in the materials research field.

Concept Laser's development center has certified two new materials. For high-temperature applications, Inconel 625 is mainly intended for use in turbine construction where components are exposed to high thermal stress of up to 1000°C. The second material is  stainless steel, 17-4 PH which can be hardened and consequently made highly resistant to abrasion, wear and corrosion. The certification of 17-4 PH stainless steel applies to the Mlab cusing R, M1cusing, and the M2 cusing series.

For more information, visit: www.concept-laser.de/en/home.html

Published in Concept Laser

Renishaw is pleased to unveil the machine that it is developing specifically for production manufacturing. Provisionally named EVO Project, it is the first additive manufacturing system designed and engineered in-house at Renishaw and reflects the company's 40 years of experience in supplying high quality equipment to demanding global manufacturing businesses.

The new machine, which has a strong emphasis on automation, monitoring technologies and reduced operator interaction, is designed for single material industrial production. Powder handling is almost entirely hands off, whilst powder recirculation, recycling and recovery are all carried out within the inert atmosphere of the system, protecting both the user and the integrity of the material.

The EVO Project machine incorporates a high power 500 W laser which will aid productivity whilst still maintaining precision and surface finish. It also boasts a class leading high capacity filtration system, a large 19” HMI user interface and intelligent workflow to further reduce the need for operator interaction.

The new machine, which is planned to be available in the second-half of 2015, is designed to complement and not replace the current Renishaw AM250 system which is better suited for flexible manufacturing and research applications where changes between materials are a requirement. The AM250 has an interchangeable hopper system which allows various materials to be used on the same machine.

Renishaw continues to develop the AM250 system which is also benefitting from some of the developments made for the EVO Project machine. This has led to the recent introduction of the PlusPac™ upgrade pack which offers improvements to Z-axis seals and chamber lighting, plus substantially improved gas recirculation and filtration.

At Euromold 2014, taking place between 25th and 28th November in Frankfurt, the Renishaw stand will feature an EVO Project machine, AM250 system and an AM250 fitted with the PlusPac upgrade.

For more information, visit: www.renishaw.com/evoproject

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3D Systems (NYSE: DDD) announced the immediate availability of the ProX 800, the latest in the company’s production-level Stereolithography (SLA®) 3D printers. The ProX 800 production SLA printer features a revolutionary new laser print head and print material management system to lower the total cost of ownership.  A new industrial design reduces the printer’s footprint by up to 50%, doubling production output per unit of floor space, without sacrificing print volume or maximum part size capabilities.  An upgraded easy-load resin module and integrated touchscreen controls make it easy to use.

This new production SLA printer offers high-quality, high-resolution 3D printed parts and a large print volume, allowing 3D printing service bureaus as well as automotive, aerospace, defense, consumer products, and dental and medical device manufacturers to boost production capabilities. Users can quickly create large parts or a vast number of small parts with the exceptional detail, surface finish and overall accuracy they’ve come to expect from 3DS’ SLA.

“The ProX 800 is designed for serious volume production with the highest precision, highest accuracy and broadest array of functional plastic materials in 3D printing. Its large build volume is equally capable across both big and small parts while delivering the lowest part cost and lowest total cost of ownership available in a production grade printer,” said Buddy Byrum, Vice President of Product and Channel Management, 3DS. “We continue to innovate SLA technology, and have made it more economical and efficient than ever before.”

This new production 3D printer improves the already legendary reliability of SLA with new features including:

  • 50% smaller footprint, doubling production output per unit of floor space
    • A 50% smaller footprint, compared to previous models in its class, drives operational efficiencies. By simplifying the printer architecture and optimizing ergonomic efficiency for machine operation and service, the new ProX 800 can print up to two times the output per unit of floor space, resulting in production growth without additional facilities costs.

  • Innovative direct power print head control reducing total cost of ownership
    • Advanced print head control boosts useable print head output, extending print head life by up to 15% and reducing total cost of ownership.

  • Dust-proof print heads reduce maintenance, maximizing uptime
    • Fully enclosed print heads are impervious to dust build-up, requiring no cleaning and increasing mean time between service (MTBS) and resulting uptime.

  • New touchscreen and easy-load materials for maximum operator efficiency
    • The ProX 800’s new touchscreen provides fingertip control while the new, easy-load material delivery module provides ergonomic, fast, intuitive operation to maximize operator efficiency.

For parts small and large, the ProX 800 prints with no loss of resolution or accuracy. Whether it’s being used for dental guides, end-use plastic housings or huge casting patterns, users benefit from part accuracy that rivals traditional machining.

The ProX 800 combines the benefits of material versatility and a highly efficient, eco-friendly 3D printer, allowing manufacturers to do more while saving money. In addition to high-quality plastic, the ProX 800 features biocompatible materials approved for surgical applications, CastPro casting pattern material for creating direct casting patterns without tooling, clear plastics for prototype applications, and high heat materials for heat deflection up to 260 degrees Celsius. The ProX 800 prints each of these materials efficiently with very little material waste, all in a machine with the lowest cost of operation for high-capacity 3D printing.

“It’s not enough to only create high-quality prints anymore. Our customers need a dependable 3D printer, something that they can count on regardless of part size and material requirements,” said Byrum. “That’s what the ProX 800 delivers. It’s the versatile workhorse for a huge range of industrial applications.”

The ProX 800 SLA production printer is immediately available and will be on display at EuroMold 2014 in Frankfurt, Germany from November 25-28, 2014, at the Messe Frankfurt in booths D69 and F90 in hall 11, along with 3DS’ latest 3D printers, advanced material options, cloud-sourced custom parts and digital thread of 3D capture, creation, print and inspection tools.

For more information, visit: www.3dsystems.com/3d-printers/production/proxtm-800

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3D Systems (NYSE:DDD) announced it will offer a preview of its latest industrial Direct Metal Printing (DMP) system, the ProX™ 400, at EuroMold 2014 in Frankfurt, Germany. The ProX 400 gives aerospace and automotive companies, medical implant makers, tool & die makers and service bureaus the power to print high-quality, end-use metal parts faster and more economically than traditional processes allow. For parts up to 500 X 500 X 500 mm3, the ProX 400 produces strong, fully dense metals and exceptional surface finish, and it does so without the complexity of multi-step machining or the time and expense of tooling. The ProX 400 sets the standard for high-capacity metal 3D printing, producing precise parts in a multitude of alloys.

“Our direct metal 3D printers are known throughout the industry for precision and mechanical properties that rival precision machined parts from billet,” said Avi Reichental, President and CEO, 3DS. “With the ProX 400 we’ve added best-in-class productivity to go along with the accuracy, surface finish and metal quality of our other direct metal printers. That’s a winning combination for everyone from engine builders to aircraft manufacturers, as well as service bureaus doing one-off specialty metal components.”

A breakthrough tool for a multitude of metals applications and project requirements, the ProX 400 is capable of printing in more than a dozen alloys, including stainless steel, aluminum, cobalt chrome, titanium and maraging steel. This material selection, along with the enlarged, 500 X 500 X 500 mm3 print volume, means the ProX 400 is ready for whatever you can throw at it. The ProX 400 also ramps up the speed of industrial-grade metal 3D printing with a two-laser system that increases throughput and a modular design that makes it easy to turnaround print jobs in a little as 15 minutes. This fast, high-volume metals manufacturing printer offers simple, automated post-processing and material recycling features for advanced productivity.

“Our Direct Metal Printers and the ProX 400 are redefining metal manufacturing and the products they go into,” said Reichental. “Aerospace companies can make lighter weight parts that are simpler, require fewer assembly steps and offer better reliability. Manufacturers can create geometrically complex parts that could never be cast or machined. Medical device makers can print bio-compatible, patient-specific surgical implants in a manner that is scalable and cost efficient. The ProX 400 is changing the metal manufacturing paradigm from A to Z.”

The ProX 400 will be previewed at EuroMold 2014 in Frankfurt, Germany from November 25-28, 2014, at the Messe Frankfurt in booths D69 and F90 in hall 11. Commercial availability of the ProX 400 will be announced at a future date.

For more information, visit: www.3dsystems.com/3d-printers/production/proxtm-400

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3D Systems (NYSE:DDD) announced the immediate availability of its new Geomagic® Sculpt™ 3D modeling software with Touch™ haptic 3D stylus. Geomagic Sculpt erases the boundaries of solid modeling, empowering the freedom of designing complex, curvy and organic shapes. With precise positioning input and instant force feedback that mimics the sense of physical sculpting, the Touch 3D stylus adds the ability to literally feel what is being created. Touch uses the power of haptics to allow users to feel every shape, every texture and every curve in design creations. Together, they are the most intuitive way to design functional and beautiful products, and enhance existing product design workflows.

Geomagic Sculpt with Touch 3D Stylus Features:

  • Virtual Clay Modeling – Harness the power of virtual clay to easily create exquisitely complex and organic forms. Enjoy the ability to tug, ridge, emboss and form just like real clay. Unlock intuitive design potential when you can feel the model using the Touch.

  • Seamlessly Beautify Your CAD Models – Geomagic Sculpt works alongside your current CAD software, so you can design like never before while working within established workflows. Geomagic Sculpt completes your design suite by adding unconstrained geometry to your existing 3D modeling tools.

  • Multi-representational Design Freedom – Geomagic Sculpt is the only software that combines the benefits of voxel modeling and Sub Divisional (SubD) surface modeling with dimension-driven sketch tools. You can create exactly the geometry you envision, using constraints where you need to and omitting them where you don’t.

  • Incredible Detailing Tools - Fine tune even the smallest elements and make your products stand out. Geomagic Sculpt lets you bake textures of any complexity into virtual clay and perfect them for the ideal look and feel. Design flourishes, which are often impossible in CAD, are simple to do in Sculpt – just import any image and go.

  • 3D Print Ready - Always be ready for 3D printing with Geomagic Sculpt’s voxel-based modeling engine. Coupled with its automatic 3D printability analysis, Geomagic Sculpt lets you optimize designs on the fly for printing and will even check for common printability issues like feature size and proximity, flagging them so you can make changes before you print.

Geomagic Sculpt with the included Touch 3D stylus is available immediately through 3DS’ resellers of Geomagic software. A free trial of the software is also available.

For more information, visit: www.geomagic.com/en/products/sculpt/overview

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HP (NYSE: HPQ) introduced its vision for the future of 3D printing by unveiling its new HP Multi Jet Fusion 3d printer, a revolutionary technology engineered to resolve critical gaps in the combination of speed, quality and cost, and deliver on the potential of 3D printing.

Leveraging the company's decades of leadership in the print market and advanced materials science, HP Multi Jet Fusion is designed to resolve fundamental limitations in today's 3D print systems while delivering higher productivity and quality at a lower cost.

"As we examined the existing 3D print market, we saw a great deal of potential but also saw major gaps in the combination of speed, quality and cost," said Stephen Nigro, senior vice president, Inkjet and Graphic Solutions, HP. "HP Multi Jet Fusion is designed to transform manufacturing across industries by delivering on the full potential of 3D printing with better quality, increased productivity, and break-through economics."

Multi Jet Fusion is built on HP Thermal Inkjet technology and features a unique synchronous architecture that significantly improves the commercial viability of 3D printing and has the potential to change the way we think about manufacturing.

  • 10-Times Faster: Images entire surface areas versus one point at a time to achieve break-through functional build speeds that are at least 10 times faster than the fastest technology in market today.

  • New Levels of Quality, Strength and Durability: Proprietary multi-agent printing process utilizing HP Thermal Inkjet arrays that simultaneously apply multiple liquid agents to produce best-in-class quality that combines greater accuracy, resiliency and uniform part strength in all three axis directions.

  • Accuracy and Detail: Capable of delivering fully functional parts with more accuracy, finer details, smoother surfaces, and able to manipulate part and material properties, including form, texture, friction, strength, elasticity, electrical, thermal properties and more.

  • Achieves Break-through Economics: Unifies and integrates various steps of the 3D print process to reduce running time, cost, energy consumption and waste to significantly improve 3D printing economics.

HP is committed to developing a platform that will become an industry standard and remains focused on growing the highest potential commercial markets. While the HP 3D Print technology is available today, HP is working directly with customers under the HP Open Customer Engagement Program. Through this program, HP will continue to extend the capabilities of the HP 3D Print platform throughout development and will provide a certification process for partners to drive materials innovation. Wider distribution of the HP 3D Print system will begin in 2016.

By inviting open collaboration, HP and contributors will be able to achieve greater flexibility and versatility in 3D Print materials beyond the current use of thermoplastics, which will enable new solutions in segments such as additive manufacturing and will expand applications for engineering, architecture and consumer goods. HP will also bring its color science expertise and the full-color capabilities of traditional HP printing to 3D world in future-generation 3D Print systems.

For additional information, visit: www8.hp.com/us/en/commercial-printers/floater/3Dprinting.html

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Wichita State University has been awarded a nearly $1.9 million grant from the U.S. Economic Development Administration to purchase laboratory equipment for the experiential engineering building, the first planned building on the Innovation Campus.

The funding will be used to purchase equipment for a state-of-the-art laboratory to allow manufacturers, entrepreneurs and designers to simulate and perform multi-robotic additive manufacturing, allowing them to test production process before committing to large-scale capital investments.

"This laboratory is one of dozens of elements we are bringing to Innovation Campus to ensure that WSU student and faculty researchers and the community have access to the most advanced tools for learning and economic development," said Wichita State President John Bardo. "We are thrilled that Wichita is identified as a leader in the resurgence of American manufacturing."

The lab will consist of two elements:

1) a large-scale virtual reality environment for assessing the feasibility of implementing additive manufacturing
2) multi-robotic additive manufacturing system for developing prototypes.

Additive manufacturing is also referred to as 3D printing, a technology that is gaining the interest of many large scale manufacturers as a way to increase production and decrease cost.

John Tomblin, WSU vice president for research and technology transfer, said equipment and software purchased with the EDA grant will help secure Wichita State's role as a leading university-based research center for advanced manufacturing.

"The laboratory will test the feasibility of using additive manufacturing technology in the manufacturing process – to verify that the newly designed production process is producible, scalable, processable, affordable and maintainable," said Tomblin.

The equipment will also be used to train students and existing and new workforce on simulation and additive manufacturing technology.

The equipment will be installed in the Experiential Engineering building as soon as it is complete. Until then, it will be housed within Wichita State laboratories at the National Center for Aviation Training.

Groundbreaking for the experiential engineering building is planned for February. The building will replace the Wheatshocker Apartments building and is expected to encompass 180,000 square feet. It will include an experiential learning environment, innovation laboratories and an incubator space.

The grant is the first one resulting from the federal government's Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership (IMCP), announced in May.

The equipment selected for the experiential engineering building addresses all four priorities identified by the IMCP task force. Those priorities are:

  • Prototyping facilities with equipment and supporting services that integrate design optimization software including computational fluid dynamics (CFD), cutting technologies, and machining (development, testing, evaluation and certification)
  • Materials-based development, testing and evaluation to support prototyping
  • Process improvements at both the prototyping and manufacturing stages
  • Flexible automation

For more information, visit: www.wichita.edu/innovation

Sciaky, Inc., a subsidiary of Phillips Service Industries, Inc. (PSI) and provider of large-scale additive manufacturing solutions, announced that it recently received a purchase order from Lockheed Martin Space Systems to provide a turnkey electron beam additive manufacturing (EBAM) system. The EBAM system will help Lockheed Martin reduce time and cost on the production of titanium propulsion tanks.

On July 10, Sciaky announced the availability of EBAM systems to the marketplace. This is the second multi-million dollar order from a major global manufacturing company since the announcement. In addition, Sciaky is working with over a dozen other companies and entities within the aerospace, defense and manufacturing sectors to provide EBAM systems for their unique needs.

Lockheed Martin Space Systems designs, develops, tests, manufactures and operates a full spectrum of advanced-technology systems for national security, civil and commercial customers. Chief products include human space flight systems; a full range of remote sensing, navigation, meteorological and communications satellites and instruments; space observatories and interplanetary spacecraft; laser radar; fleet ballistic missiles; and missile defense systems.

Sciaky’s EBAM process combines computer-aided design (CAD), electron beam manufacturing technology and layer-additive processing. Starting with a 3D model from a CAD program, Sciaky's fully-articulated, moving electron beam gun deposits metal (via wire feedstock), layer by layer, until the part reaches near-net shape. From there, the near-net shape part requires minor post-production machining. The 110” x 110” x 110” (L x W x H) build envelope of the EBAM system will allow Lockheed Martin to produce large titanium parts, with virtually no waste.

“Sciaky is proud to partner with a progressive leader like Lockheed Martin Space Systems” said Mike Riesen, general manager of Sciaky, Inc. “Sciaky’s EBAM technology will help Lockheed Martin significantly reduce material costs, lead times, and machining times.”

Besides offering innovative additive manufacturing solutions for metal parts, Sciaky provides state-of-the-art electron beam and advanced arc welding systems, as well as job shop/contract welding services, for manufacturers in the aerospace, defense, automotive, and healthcare industries. Sciaky’s welding equipment meets rigid military specifications to manufacture items such as airframes, landing gear, jet engines, guided missiles and vehicle parts.

For information, visit: www.sciaky.com

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Cooksongold, part of the Heimerle + Meule Group together with strategic partner EOS, has announced the launch of the PRECIOUS M 080 Direct Metal Laser-Sintering (DMLS™) system at the Hong Kong Jewellery and Gem Fair 2014. Dr. Adrian Keppler, Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) at EOS states: “This Additive Manufacturing (AM) process introduces an innovative and paradigm shifting technology to the luxury goods industry. With Cooksongold we found the perfect partner for the extension of our technology into this industry. Additive Manufacturing paves the way for a completely new approach towards design and manufacturing, enabling the design-driven manufacturing the industry has long been searching for.”

With AM, Cooksongold will support the most demanding jewelry brands in the creation of entirely new product lines that meet their high quality standards. David Fletcher, European Product Manager at Cooksongold, explains: “Utilizing the power of 3D CAD design, DMLS technology will challenge a designer’s imagination and enable the creation of jewelry and watch components that previously would have been impossible to successfully manufacture. AM will change the economics of producing watch and jewelry products by offering a streamlined manufacturing process that dramatically reduces the time required from design conception to final part realization. DMLS will also enable the production of design driven pieces that are not limited by the restrictions of conventional production techniques such as lost wax casting, eliminating many process steps and costs that we normally encounter.”

At Cooksongold, product and service offerings will range from the sale and installation of a PRECIOUS M 080 machine and the supporting supply chain for jewelry and watch production including licenses, Advanced Metal Powder, and software and training. Cooksongold will also provide consultation for a DMLS-driven design process and bureau service production of bespoke precious metal parts.

The PRECIOUS M 080 system is equipped with a 100-watt fiber laser, providing exceptional beam quality and power stability. This guarantees optimum and consistent processing conditions for highest quality part building. The system has a small spot size with excellent detail resolution allowing the creation of even the finest structures.

It is designed to ensure maximum accountability of the precious metal powder used in the process. The system also enables a quick turnaround between jobs and materials via its unique cartridge-based system which includes an extraction cartridge for easy removal of powder. The PRECIOUS M 080 has an 80 mm diameter round build platform with a working stroke of 95 mm (high, including building platform). The Advanced Metal Powders produced by Cooksongold have been optimized to match the performance of the Precious M 080 system, ensuring that customers can start building parts immediately upon machine installation. Currently the system can build parts using a variety of gold alloys and future development of additional materials to meet customer requirements is planned.

During the design process, it is key that customers design with the capabilities of DMLS in mind and that they follow some critical design guidelines in order to achieve the best results. This will enable designers to produce pieces previously unachievable by conventional production methods. A copy of the design guidelines can be accessed via the Cooksongold DMLS website.

Cooksongold will provide clients with detailed and fully comprehensive training packages for PRECIOUS M 080 machine operation and designing for DMLS. Training can either take place at the Cooksongold production & technical facility in Birmingham, UK prior to installation or at a client’s facility after machine installation.

EOS and Cooksongold recommend familiarizing yourself with the capabilities of the process first. For this, Cooksongold has introduced a number of offers which are available for potential system purchase customers and bureau service customers. This will enable clients to test DMLS with their designs to begin to understand the benefits of the technology.

For more information, visit: www.cooksongold-emanufacturing.com

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LaserStar Technologies, a leading manufacturer of laser welding, marking, engraving and cutting sources and integrated systems, announced that they introduced their new 3900 Series FiberStar Laser Cutting System at this weeks’ IMTS Show in Chicago, IL. “Our FiberStar Laser Cutting System provides users with an excellent tool to create dimensionally accurate laser cuts for a wide range of materials,” says James E. Gervais, President and C.O.O. "Complex custom designs, intricate patterns and custom one-of-a-kind parts can all be achieved with LaserStar's New Laser Cutting System."

FiberStar Laser Cutting Systems offer a significant competitive advantage for today’s marketplace while producing high quality, dimensionally accurate laser cuts for a widerange of industrial applications. The state-of-the-art, fully integrated fiber laser source provides excellent beam quality while producing many years of reliable performance.  The cutting system offers a programmable 4-Axis CNC system controller, integrated computer with Windows operating software, integrated chiller, chamber exhaust with material filter capture, and G-Code programming software.

The highly flexible, all-purpose 3900 Series provides superior edge quality, tight dimensional tolerances and precision cut patterns on a wide range of metal, plastic and ceramic materials.  Designed to the highest standards of reliability, repeatability, and user safety, all FiberStar cutting systems offer a factory sealed, maintenance free laser source.

FiberStar Cutting Systems are ideal for a wide range of complex alloys and applications including:

  • Medical Device and Instruments
  • Aerospace and Electronics
  • Automotive and Micro Components
  • Tool & Die Components
  • Jewelry (Gold, Silver, Platinum, Titanium)
  • Prototyping Components
  • Complex Industrial Alloys
  • Ceramics and Plastics

LaserStar Technologies Corporation is a world leader in compact, high power laser welding, marking and cutting systems. Founded in 1957, the company offers a wide range of laser sources and system solutions for a variety of applications and industries. LaserStar has its headquarters in Riverside, RI and has additional facilities in Orlando, FL and Pasadena, CA.

For more information, visit: www.laserstar.net

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Optomec announced the availability of the latest member of its 3D printer family, the Aerosol Jet 5X system for printing 3D electronics. The system delivers the precision and flexibility required to produce high resolution 3D printed electronics such as conformal antennas, sensors, and circuits used in consumer electronics, automotive, aerospace and medical applications.  Equipped with an Optomec Sprint® Print Module and a 5 axis coordinated motion platform, the Aerosol Jet 5X system is ideally suited for 3D printed micro-electronics development applications.

The Aerosol Jet 5X system can also be optionally configured with an Optomec Marathon® Print Module extending the printers capabilities from prototyping to low volume production applications.  For high volume production applications, Optomec also offers a scalable version of the Marathon Print Module that can be configured with up to four print heads for integration into production platforms.

The advanced Aerosol Jet 5X platform was specifically developed to enable a new generation of lighter weight, high performance micro-electronic devices such as smart phones, tablets, and sensors. Aerosol Jet 5X systems are currently shipping with initial installations in North America.  

“Optomec continues to break through traditional manufacturing barriers by extending the advantages of 3D printing to advanced applications such as 3D printed electronics, and further showing the promise to be competitive in the production of cost-sensitive devices such as smart phones and the sensors driving the Internet of Things. With the Aerosol Jet 5X system, Optomec is enabling functional electronics to be readily integrated onto and within 3D structures in ways not previously imagined,” said Mike O’Reilly, Director Aerosol Jet Product Management at Optomec.

Using its patented material input and aerodynamic deposition capabilities, the Aerosol Jet 5X can print feature sizes ranging from 10 microns on up to millimeters in width. The system’s 5 axis motion platform  enables a print envelope of 200mm x 300mm x 200mm.The Aerosol Jet 5X supports a wide variety of functional materials, including conductive inks, dielectrics, polymers and adhesives and can deposit these materials on low temperature substrates enabling a  range of applications.

For more information, visit: www.optomec.com/additive-manufacturing/printed-electronics/aerosol-jet-printers/aerosol-jet-5x-system

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Roland DGA Corporation, a leading manufacturer of wide-format inkjet printers and 3D devices, announced the release of the monoFab™ series, including the company’s first additive 3D printer, the ARM-10, and a new compact 3D subtractive milling machine, the SRM-20.

“The monoFab series desktop fabrication tools are the culmination of over 25 years of experience in 3D milling,” said Rachel Hammer, 3D product manager for Roland DGA. “By combining the capabilities of these advanced rapid prototyping machines, users can select the best method for their workflow, from concept to production. Now, designers have greater opportunities to turn their ideas into reality.”

The ARM-10 3D printer is ideal for validating a design in the initial stages of prototyping or modeling a complex shape. Incorporating a Digital Light Processing (DLP) layered projection system, this rapid prototyping 3D printer builds models by sequentially curing layers of resin from a resin tray. Simultaneous production of multiple objects can be accomplished within the same work area to reduce modeling time. The suspended build system also minimizes resin usage. Roland’s imageCure™ resin becomes semi-transparent when cured, and post-processing procedures like support removal and polishing are simple to do. The included monoFab Player AM software supports 3D printing from STL files and features automatic functions such as healing that fills in any gaps in 3D data, simplifies meshes and generates supports.

Based on more than 25 years of Roland innovations in manufacturing CNC machines, the SRM-20 desktop mill incorporates the latest subtractive rapid prototyping technologies. With its new milling spindle, independent collet, circuit board and firmware, the SRM-20 delivers speed, precision and ease of use in a compact desktop size. The SRM-20 can mill a variety of non-proprietary materials typically used for prototyping, including acrylic, ABS, wood and modeling wax, making it possible to check the feel and weight of materials that are similar or the same as final deliverables. An interlocked cover prevents dust from escaping during milling for a safe, clean and quiet environment. A full suite of software is included for out-of-the-box productivity.

For more information, visit: www.rolanddga.com/monofab

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Airwolf 3D announced it has added an entry-level 3D printer the AW3D HDL to its rapidly expanding line of high performance 3D desktop printers for the professional market. The HDL delivers the same award-winning quality and technical support as the company’s high-end 3D units with the scalability to add more technically advanced features later.

The HDL is ideal for educators, professionals and resellers desiring a 3D printer that meets their needs without breaking their budgets. As their requirements grow, however, the HDL’s modular design keeps pace, allowing users to gradually add capabilities such as the jam-resistant JRx hot end or dual hot-end that print engineering-grade filaments like polycarbonate and Bridge nylon.

The HDL features a class-leading build envelope of 1,100 cubic inches (12" x 8" x 11"), which is three to four times larger than competitors at a similar price. The printer offers layer-to-layer resolution as fine as 0.08 mm and a maximum speed of 150 mm/s. It comes fully assembled and calibrated. Print media include biodegradable PLA, and PLA variants such as Soft PLA, LayBrick, LayWood, and BronzeFill as well as TPE and TPU filaments.

“The AW3D HDL is not a toy for hobbyists,” stated Erick Wolf, Airwolf 3D founder and chairman. “It’s a serious professional 3D printer built in response to customers asking for a high-quality unit at an aggressive price point. The only difference between it and our most advanced 3D printer is the absence of technically advanced features, which can easily be added as needs and budgets dictate.”

For software support, Airwolf 3D offers complimentary MatterControl PRO for organizing and managing all 3D prints. To help educators introduce students to 3D printing, Airwolf 3D also offers lesson plans on its website.

The HDL is in stock and available for immediate purchase. The first public demonstration is scheduled for 3D Printer World Expo in Seattle, August 22-23, 2014.

Airwolf 3D is committed to manufacturing high-performance 3D printers that are fast, affordable, durable and easy to use. All 3D printers are made in America, manufactured in the company’s 12,000 sq. ft. facility in Costa Mesa, California. Currently, Airwolf 3D printers can be found in engineering firms, Fortune 500 corporations, government agencies and schools worldwide.

For more information, visit: www.airwolf3d.com

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3D Systems (NYSE:DDD) announced that its iSense™ 3D scanner for iPad is immediately available for pre-order on Cubify™ and through affiliated retailers, resellers and distributors with commercial shipments to commence in the second half of July. Previewed at the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show, the iSense is ideal for physical photography on the go, empowering users to easily capture and readily 3D print their memorable moments. Powered by 3DS’ popular Sense 3D scanning software, the iSense scans wirelessly in seconds for an easy capture experience.

As the newest addition to 3DS’ consumer offering, the iSense fully integrates with the Cube® family of consumer and prosumer 3D printers and also offers direct upload options to Cubify for cloud printing in a range of materials including Ceramix, Aluminix and Clear.

Powered by 3DS’ popular Sense software, the iSense gives you the freedom to scan anything and you don’t have to stand still or place an object into a box as required with other 3D scanners. Users simply attach the iSense to an iPad, walk around and scan entire objects or environments obtaining a digital copy of the real thing.

iSense Features:

  • Physical photography for the iPad - Discover the power of mobile 3D scanning on your iPad or iPad mini with the new iSense. Its integrated design makes it easy to capture every dimension of your favorite moments on your iPad. Scan your family and friends, everyday-events and adventures, all on your iPad, all in 3D.

  • Upgrade your iPad and get inspired on the go - The compact snap-on design of iSense instantly transforms your iPad into a 3D scanner, giving you the freedom to scan spontaneously where ever you are. Take it with you and allow your physical world to spark your creativity.

  • Big or small, scan it all - From shoes to SUVs, iSense has the most versatile scan range in its class with auto-optimized settings for objects large and small.

  • Zero-in on what matters - Automatic object recognition extracts precise targets from the busiest of backgrounds.

  • Edit with ease - With quick cropping, enhancement and solidifying tools, iSense can prepare 3D printable files within minutes.

  • Scanned for 3D printing - Physical to digital, and back again. Fully integrated with Cubify and your Cube 3D printer, the iSense allows you to upload scans directly for 3D printing, either at home or through the cloud.

For more information, visit: www.cubify.com/Products/iSense

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Formlabs announced the Form 1+, an extensive overhaul of their flagship desktop stereolithographic 3D printer. The fast-growing 3D printer startup also announced a new material, as well as the launch of their European store.

“The Form 1+ incorporates everything that we’ve learned in the past year,” said Ian Ferguson, Lead Engineer at Formlabs. “We’ve given every part of the machine another look, updating it for better performance and reliability: a new laser, a new control system, and upgraded precision and quality for dozens of components.”

The Form 1+ has a second-generation laser system that is four times more powerful than its predecessor, allowing it to print up to 50% faster. It also has a redesigned galvanometer control system, so it produces models with finer detail and a smoother surface finish. Numerous other components have been overhauled to provide a more reliable printing experience.

A reinforced peel motor assembly and an all-new light-blocking injection-molded resin tank – allowing resin to be easily stored — ensure repeatable, dependable prints, and better materials care. Along with these improvements, Formlabs is proud to offer an industry-leading 1 year warranty, at no extra cost.

“The Form 1+ is a huge step for us,” Maxim Lobovsky, cofounder, said. “With the Form 1+, we’re maintaining our lead in providing the most affordable, professional-quality machines to artists, designers, and engineers around the world.”

Factory Upgrade Program
Owners of the original Form 1 will have the opportunity to participate in a factory upgrade program that will bring their printer to Form 1+ specifications and grant them a new 1-year warranty. The Form 1+ Upgrade is available for $749 (€599).

Black Resin Released
Formlabs also announced the release of a new material today. Black resin joins White, Clear, and Grey in the company’s growing materials library. Michal Firstenberg, a Formlabs Materials Scientist, said, “Our black resin captures details amazingly well, and has a beautiful finish and rich color. We’re excited to see what people will make.”

New Website & Software
Formlabs is devoted to providing the best end-to-end customer experience possible. In that spirit, the Form 1+ launch is accompanied by a major software release, PreForm 1.5. The updated software introduces powerful manual support controls, a much-requested feature. Formlabs also rolled-out a revamped, internationalized web store, website, and support center, to continue to provide top-notch customer support and high-quality educational materials.

Expansion to Europe
Along with new product releases, Formlabs is also announcing an expanded European presence today. The Boston-based company now offers EU-based sales, shipping and servicing, dramatically reducing the shipping costs and servicing time that international customers experience. “This is the first stage of greater expansion to come,” said Luke Winston, Operations Lead at Formlabs. “We’re excited to offer better service to customers around the world.”

For more information, visit: www.formlabs.com/products/form-1-plus

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Until now the only way engineers and designers could print prototypes and parts fabricated from polycarbonate, nylon and other engineering-grade materials requiring high temperatures was to purchase large, expensive 3D printers. Today, Airwolf 3D announced a major price/performance breakthrough with the introduction of its AW3D HDx, a desktop 3D printer that prints engineer-grade materials.

Based on the proven AW3D frame, the HDx comes standard with Airwolf 3D’s advanced JRx (jam resistant) hot end. The patent-pending JRx can sustain temperatures of 315 degrees Celsius (599 degrees Fahrenheit), which easily handles polycarbonate, Bridge nylon, Nylon 645 and over a dozen other materials.

“Imagine a 3D printer that can print engineering-grade materials placed on every desktop,” said Erick Wolf, founder and CEO of Airwolf 3D. “Imagine the creativity it could unleash as engineers and artists experiment and create objects that until now were virtually impossible to affordably print. That’s our vision: to bring imagination to the desktop.”

The AW3D HDx 3D printer upgrades the current AW3D HD, with higher acceleration, faster movement and more accurate positioning. It also uses nylon gears for less wear and longer life and a finer pitch lead screw for increased z positioning accuracy. It features a class-leading build envelope of 1,150 cubic inches (12” x 8” x 12”), making it ideal for large prototyping. The printer offers layer-to-layer resolution as fine as 0.06mm and a maximum print speed of 150mm/s with a positioning precision of 0.02mm. No link-up to a computer is required and it comes fully assembled and calibrated.

For current customers, Airwolf 3D’s JRx hot end can be retrofitted on existing AW3D HD and AW3D XL 3D printers, providing an inexpensive upgrade path that enables them to print engineering-grade materials.

Airwolf 3D is committed to manufacturing high-performance 3D printers that are fast, affordable, durable and easy to use. All 3D printers are made in America, manufactured in the company’s 12,000 sq. ft. facility in Costa Mesa, Calif. Currently, Airwolf 3D printers can be found in engineering firms, government agencies and schools worldwide.

For more information, visit: www.airwolf3d.com

Published in Airwolf 3D

EOS, the technology and market leader in design-driven, integrated e-manufacturing solutions in the field of Additive Manufacturing (AM), will be exhibiting its products at its stand at this year‘s Rapid.Tech, on May 14-15 in Erfurt. At stand 2-301 in Hall 2, the company will be displaying its brand-new EOS M 290 system, the successor to the established and market-leading EOSINT M 280, designed for the tool-free production of high-quality serial components, spare parts and prototypes. With a build volume of 250 mm x 250 mm x 325 mm, the EOS M 290 permits flexible and economic manufacturing of metal components.

Dr. Adrian Keppler, CMO at EOS stresses, “EOS has incorporated proven elements from the M 280 system generation in the new EOS M 290, but at the same time, the EOS M 290 also allows us to set new standards in Additive Manufacturing while expanding our product portfolio for metal applications and extending our innovation leadership in terms of quality management and monitoring. This new system is designed to serve the requirements of our serial-production customers. At the same time, we have also created new optimisation potential in terms of build quality for customers from the prototyping space.” Despite all the innovations that have been incorporated in the EOS M 290, its central processing elements have been retained: process chamber, gas stream, process parameters, etc. This ensures constant process behaviour and in turn consistent component quality beyond the EOSINT M 280 and EOS M 290.

Extensive quality management, expanded monitoring functions, EOSTATE

The new EOS M 290 offers extensive monitoring functions both for the system itself and for monitoring the build process. This adds even more extensive quality assurance to the field of Additive Manufacturing. In particular, it makes the system attractive for industrial applications in the aerospace industry as well for medical applications. With the aid of EOSTATE PowderBed, a camera built into the process chamber monitors the powder bed, following powder deposition and exposure, by means of still images. EOSTATE Base ensures the consistent monitoring of a range of parameters, including the position of the Z axis or scanner, laser power, air humidity, temperature and pressure. Finally, EOSTATE LaserMonitoring measures the laser power throughout the entire build period.

Flexible components and extensive accessories

The system is equipped with a 400 Watt laser, which is characterised by its high radiation quality and stability of performance. The EOS M 290 can be operated under an inert (nitrogen) atmosphere or under argon, which permits processing of a great breadth of materials. These include light alloys, stainless and tool-grade steels, and superalloys. The EOS parameter sets ensure that parts can be manufactured with standardised property profiles, resulting in a broad spectrum of applications. As with the previous model, EOS also supplies its EOS M 290 customers with the EOS ParameterEditor, to allow them to modify a range of exposure parameters for themselves. The tool enables customers to develop their own parameters for specific applications on the basis of the EOS parameter sets. These include laser power and exposure speed or strategy. A new version of the Parameter Editor is currently under development, which will also allow modification of layer thickness, inert gas stream, build platform temperature, and skip layers.

High level of user friendliness, optimised process gas management, intuitive software

The EOS M 290 has been rendered even more user friendly thanks to the new EOSYSTEM machine software, which allows intuitive and task-oriented operation of the system via a graphic user interface, which was developed especially for production environments. In addition, an operator assistant is included which guides the user through the program. The new EOSPRINT Desktop Software allows jobs to be prepared and computed directly at the workplace, separately from the build process. The job file can then be transferred through the network to the system, which can then concentrate fully on building the part. Thanks to the availability of offline job preparation, complex parts with large job files can be processed quickly. This in turn improves the flexibility of the application development process.

Process gas management has also been optimised. The EOS M 290 is fitted with an air circulation filter which itself is equipped with an automatic self-cleaning function. This considerably increases the filters operating life, with the result that they require less frequent replacement. It also reduces filter costs.

The solution portfolio for the EOS M 290 also includes data preparation software, component handling devices, and extensive services.

Founded in 1989 and headquartered in Germany, EOS is the technology and market leader for design-driven, integrated e-Manufacturing solutions for Additive Manufacturing (AM), an industrial 3D printing process. EOS offers a modular solution portfolio including systems, software, materials and material development as well as services (maintenance, training, specific application consulting and support). As an industrial manufacturing process it allows the fast and flexible production of high-end parts based on 3D CAD data at a repeatable industry level of quality. As a disruptive technology it paves the way for a paradigm shift in product design and manufacturing. It accelerates product development, offers freedom of design, optimizes part structures, and enables lattice structures as well as functional integration. As such, it creates significant competitive advantages for its customers.

For more information, visit: www.eos.info/eos_m_290_metal_additive_manufacturing_system

Published in EOS

Creaform, a worldwide leader in portable 3D measurement solutions and 3D engineering services, announces the launch of the next generation of HandySCAN 3D laser scanners, which have been completely re-engineered for optimum speed, accuracy and portability.

The new HandySCAN 300 and HandySCAN 700 provide ground-breaking accuracy, resolution and substantially higher measurement rates—all in truly portable device. The benefits of the metrology-grade HandySCAN 3D’s are truly compelling:

•    40% more accurate with a volumetric accuracy of 60µm/m.
•    25 times faster than former generation.
•    TRUaccuracyTM feature ensures accurate measurements in real life operating conditions
•    Unmatched versatility: Limitless 3D scanning possibilities, regardless of the part size, complexity, material, or color.
•    Quick set-up: Get up and running in less than 2 minutes.
•    Automatic mesh output: Get ready-to-use files as soon as data acquisition is complete—and integrate within your workflow without any post-processing.

Handyscan 3D scanners can be used at all stages of product lifecycle management, including:

•    Concept: Product requirements as well as concept design and prototyping
•    Design: CAD designs, prototyping, and testing, simulation, and analysis
•    Manufacturing: Tooling design, assembly/production, and quality control
•    Servicing: Documentation, MRO, and replacement/recycling

Creaform also announced the launch of two completely new versions of the Go!SCAN 3D scanner. Both versions provide unmatched fast and reliable 3D measurements, while offering the easiest portable 3D scanning experience on the market.

The Go!SCAN 50 was designed to measure the shape of medium to larger parts and offers optimal flexibility. The Go!SCAN 20 delivers maximum resolution and is dedicated for use with smaller objects with intricate details, making it the perfect companion for 3D printers. Customers will attest to the Go!SCAN 3D’s multitude of benefits:

•    High speed: Typical objects are scanned in five minutes or less.
•    Professional-grade measurements: The Go!SCAN 3D provides an accuracy of up to 0.1 mm (0.004 in.) and resolution of up to 0.2 mm (0.008 in.).
•    Full-color 3D models: Users can easily and simultaneously capture of high-quality geometry and colors.
•    TRUsimplicity™: Extremely simple scanning process.
•    Point and shoot: No preparation or complicated setup is required. The scanner is up-and-running in less than two minutes.

Go!SCAN 3D scanners are tailored to the unique needs of:

•    Product development engineers and technicians from all industries
•    Engineers who use CAD and 3D printing professionals
•    Museology, heritage preservation, restoration, digital archiving, 3D scanning for research, analysis and publishing, multimedia, entertainment, computer graphics and special effects

“Thanks to this latest Go!SCAN 3D release, 3D scanning has never been easier,” explained François Leclerc, Product Manager. “With the addition of color and the intelligent hybrid positioning system, the Go!SCAN 3D are the professionals’ go-to all-around solution for professional-grade 3D scanning capabilities.”

At the same time as the Go!SCAN 3D release, Creaform launched the revolutionary new HandySCAN 3D scanner, which has been completely re-engineered for optimum speed, accuracy and portability. In addition, Creaform released the VXmodel, a Scan-to-CAD software module that integrates directly into Creaform’s 3D software platform, VXelements.

In addition, Creaform released VXmodel, a Scan-to-CAD software module that integrates directly into Creaform’s 3D software platform, VXelements.

For more information, visit: www.creaform.com

Published in Creaform

Hexagon Metrology announced the next generation of the ROMER Absolute Arm. The portable coordinate measuring machine (CMM) provides non-contact laser scanning capabilities for CAD-to-part inspections and reverse engineering applications. It provides immediate feedback of critical features after design iterations for quality control or rapid prototyping. The enhanced portable measuring arm features optimized ergonomics, a new wrist design, and greater stability to create a better user experience while further reducing operator fatigue. Hexagon Metrology’s ROMER Absolute Arm is available immediately worldwide.

The 6-axis portable measuring arm introduces a new wrist designed around the complex contours of the human hand. The new wrist on the 7-axis Absolute Arm has a more natural feel with rotation centered around the system’s probe. Both systems feature a lockable, Zero-G counterbalance which improves arm movement, protects it from hard falls, and enables single-handed operation. In addition to upgraded ergonomic features, the 6-axis wrist includes a built-in work light and digital camera. Haptic feedback vibrates the wrist and warns the user of possible harmful conditions, making it ideal for noisy shop-floor environments. The arm also features a redesigned tube inspection configuration for quick inspections and reverse engineering of bend paths. The 7-axis arm is designed to accept an integrated or external, high performance laser scanner at any time. It may also be purchased without the scanner and used as a hard probing system. Both arms do not require recalibration after a probe or scanner change.

“With this next generation of the ROMER Absolute Arm, we have created a versatile and mobile non-contact measurement tool for 3D printing and design engineering applications,” said Burt Mason, product manager for Hexagon Metrology, Inc. “The arm’s optimized ergonomics, thermally stable construction, reliable encoders and plug-and-play probes deliver a new level of performance for this rapidly growing market.”

All ROMER measuring arms are available with PC-DMIS Touch Portable, a revolutionary measurement software that utilizes high-resolution Multi-Touch display technology on a tablet PC. The PC-DMIS Touch interface is particularly well suited to ROMER portable arm users and further complements their experience.

For more information, visit: www.hexagonmetrology.us/products/portable-measuring-arms/romer-absolute-arm

Published in Hexagon Metrology

Mitutoyo America Corporation is pleased to announce the new STRATO-Apex574 Coordinate Measuring Machine to its STRATO-Apex line of CMMs. This new configuration offers a more compact footprint while still offering the same state-of-the-art blend of high-speed operation and highly accurate measurement. The STRATO-Apex574 is a compact bridge-type design featuring accuracy as low as 0.7µm. It utilizes a 0.05µm resolution scale and temperature range of 18 to 22 C° (64.4 to 71.6 F°). This CMM is ideal for manufacturers who produce high precision small parts for industries such a medical, precision mold, and aerospace that require a smaller footprint for CMM inspection.

The STRATO-Apex line offers high speed and accuracy in measurement that is ensured by a specially designed machine body that has improved rigidity of the structure, a precision guide mechanism, ultra-high precision crystallized glass scales with near-zero thermal expansion and the incorporation of newly developed compensation technology. A standard vibration-dampening unit is included as a standard accessory to round out this CMMs advanced capabilities. The STRATO-Apex line features dual joysticks, air balanced Z-axis ram, precision air bearings on all axes, a USB, fully digital DC 32 bit Mitutoyo CNC CMM Digital Signal Processor controller with a PH10MQ quill mounted probe head featuring internal wiring. A wide range of inspections solutions including scanning probe, non-contact laser scanning, video, and surface roughness inspection can be added to ensure versatility that will satisfy almost any inspection need.

Mitutoyo Corporation is the world's largest provider of measurement and inspection solutions offering the most complete selection of machines, sensors, systems and services with a line encompassing CMMs (Coordinate Measuring Machines), vision, form and finish measuring machines as well as precision tools and instruments, and metrology data management software.

Mitutoyo's nationwide network of Metrology Centers and support operations provides application, calibration, service, repair and educational programs to ensure that our 6,000+ metrology products will deliver measurement solutions for our customers throughout their lifetime.

For more information, visit: www.mitutoyo.com

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Hexagon Metrology announced the launch of the 7.10.7 SF, a new generation of shop floor coordinate measuring machines (CMMs) specially designed to excel in harsh industrial environments. The new product line introduces significant advancements based on decades of experience, the implementation of thousands of shop floor machines, and the support of those CMMs in the field worldwide. The 7.10.7 SF offers distinctive usability enhancements aimed at making the CMM more convenient and productive for manufacturing operations. The 7.10.7SF is available immediately worldwide.

The 7.10.7 SF’s computer, controller, and interface boxes are housed in one self-contained unit for easy transport on the shop floor.  The CMM has a measuring stroke of 710mm x 1010mm x 680mm, and uses standard 110/220 volt single phase outlets with no need for shop air. A major new feature is the integrated and flexible part fixture system enabling customers to locate up to four 300mm x 300mm fixture plates or one 500mm fixture plate on the table. Using a unique kinematic locating system, the fixture plates can be quickly loaded and unloaded, allowing users to swap individual parts or part types in a matter of seconds.

“The 7.10.7 SF is our new generation offering in the SF series, and a natural progression from the original 4.5.4 SF design and its quantum leap in CMM usability,” said Eric Bennett, product manager of bridge CMMs from Hexagon Metrology. “The 7.10.7 SF continues the trend of pushing dimensional inspection from the quality lab to the shop floor so inspection becomes simply another operation in the manufacturing process. Our attention to detail and focus on usability has resulted in a CMM with great value and exclusive benefits for our customers."

Other user experience improvements include fully integrated workspace lighting and message lighting. The workspace lighting feature fully illuminates the measurement volume addressing the concern that a poorly lit measurement volume is a major impediment to productivity. Message lighting on the CMM’s Z-axis cover displays the status of inspection operations on the shop floor, and eliminates the need to “baby sit” the CMM. Status lights visually indicate when the inspection process is complete, whether a part passed or failed, or if an unexpected problem occurred during the operation.

PC-DMIS Touch, an optional software feature on the SF series, features an intuitive touch screen interface that expedites measurement tasks and creates, selects and launches inspection programs. Shop floor personnel do not require CMM expertise to inspect parts using PC-DMIS, the world’s most popular metrology software. With a few selections on the touch screen, PC-DMIS Touch graphically guides users through part setup and measurement, and then produces concise, meaningful reports for immediate action. The 7.10.7 SF and PC-DMIS Touch create an attractive alternative to functional gaging on the shop floor.

For more information, visit: www.hexagonmetrology.us/products/cmms-shop-floor/7-10-7-sf

Published in Hexagon Metrology

The Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory is partnering with Cincinnati Incorporated, a manufacturer of high quality machine tools located in Harrison, Ohio, to develop a large-scale polymer additive manufacturing (3-D printing) system.

The partnership aims to accelerate the commercialization of a new additive manufacturing machine that can print large polymer parts faster and more cheaply than current technologies. The partnership agreement supports the Department’s Clean Energy Manufacturing Initiative to increase the efficiency of the U.S. manufacturing sector and ensure that innovative clean energy technologies continue to be developed in America.

Additive manufacturing, often called 3-D printing, can offer time, energy and cost savings over traditional manufacturing techniques in certain applications, but most 3-D polymer printers on the market today can only fabricate small prototype parts. By building a system that is 200 to 500 times faster and capable of printing polymer components 10 times larger than today’s common additive machines – in sizes greater than one cubic meter – the ORNL-CINCINNATI project could introduce significant new capabilities to the U.S. tooling sector, which in turn supports a wide range of industries. Access to such technology could strengthen domestic manufacturing of highly advanced components for the automotive, aerospace, appliance, robotics and many other industries.

“The Energy Department and its national labs are forging partnerships with the private sector to strengthen advanced manufacturing, foster innovation, and create clean energy jobs for the growing middle class,” said David Danielson, the Energy Department’s Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. “Developing innovative manufacturing technologies in America will help ensure that the manufacturing jobs of tomorrow are created here in the United States, putting people to work and building a clean energy economy.”

The cooperative research and development agreement was signed today at the Manufacturing Demonstration Facility (MDF) established at ORNL by DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy and funded through its Advanced Manufacturing Office. The MDF helps industry develop, demonstrate and adopt new manufacturing technologies that reduce life-cycle energy and greenhouse gas emissions, lower production costs and create new products and opportunities for high-paying jobs.

“When private-sector businesses connect with the tremendous expertise and capabilities of Oak Ridge National Laboratory, everybody wins,” said U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann (R-Chattanooga), who attended Monday’s signing. “That’s not just the company and scientists.  Most importantly it’s the American taxpayer, whose investments in the National Laboratory System are so important for driving American competitiveness.”

The project will draw on CINCINNATI’s experience in the design, manufacturing and control of large-scale manufacturing systems, especially laser cutting systems used in metal fabrication. CINCINNATI focuses on manufacturing powdered metal compacting presses, a process used to produce high volume production parts for the automotive industry.  The machine tool manufacturer has shipped more than 55,000 machines during its 115 years of operation.

“Cincinnati Incorporated has enjoyed a long working relationship with Oak Ridge National Laboratory,” said CINCINNATI CEO Andrew Jamison.  “Over the years we have supplied over 40 metal working machine tools to Oak Ridge and its various subcontractors.  As one of the oldest U.S. machine tool manufacturers, with continuous operation since 1898, we view this exciting opportunity as starting a new chapter in our history of serving U.S. manufacturing.  Out of this developmental partnership with ORNL, CINCINNATI intends to lead the world in big area additive manufacturing machinery for both prototyping and production.”

The partners will start by incorporating additive manufacturing technology with the machine base of CINCINNATI’s state-of-the-art laser cutting system, creating a prototype, large-scale additive manufacturing system. The research team will then integrate a high-speed cutting tool, pellet feed mechanism and control software into the gantry system to offer additional capabilities.

“Today’s agreement with Cincinnati Incorporated exemplifies ORNL’s strong commitment to working with industry to move our innovations into real-world applications,” said ORNL Director Thom Mason. “These partnerships come with the potential for significant energy and economic impacts.”

For more information, visit: science.energy.gov

Published in ORNL

Hexagon Metrology announced the release of WLS qFLASH, a compact white light solution (WLS) that utilizes state-of-the-art blue light technology, for industrial measurement applications. The new Hexagon Metrology WLS qFLASH is a non-contact, stereo vision system used to quickly capture 3D measurements on the shop floor. The portable solution creates reports and digitizes acquired data on the spot for analysis or direct CAD comparison. Handheld or used on a mobile pedestal, the overall optical head design is smaller, lighter, and easier-to-handle in limited or confined industrial spaces. The new WLS qFLASH is ideal for measuring aerospace components, automotive plastic parts or interiors, closures, aluminum and metal castings, as well as medium sheet metal parts, molds and dies.

The WLS qFLASH is wrapped in a rock-solid carbon fiber optical housing, and employs advanced blue LED high power illumination for reliable results. The system’s rapid image acquisition provides high throughput by utilizing patented stereo vision technology and 2D image processing to measure surfaces, closed features and edge lines. With low sensitivity to machinery vibration, industrial light or temperature changes, qFLASH enables manufacturers of small to medium size parts to measure surfaces and features in shop-floor environments. Hexagon Metrology’s patented stereo-vision technology allows the qFLASH to easily operate in production environments including stamping facilities and aircraft flight lines. The product is paired with Hexagon Metrology’s proprietary CoreView measurement software suite.

“The WLS qFLASH comes with state-of-the-art blue light technology based on the WLS400 product family. Its price point, small footprint, and light weight design make it a very attractive product”, said Amir Grinboim, Product Manager White Light & Automation for Hexagon Metrology Inc. “Together with the new CoreView 7.0 software, we are enhancing our white light solution offering to better support our customer base.”

The qFLASH stereo-vision technology enables fast image acquisition at an average of 10 milliseconds for constant measurement workflow. Shiny objects and surfaces can be measured without treatment. A random pattern is projected on a part, captured by the cameras, and analyzed at subpixel level, finding the differences in gray levels. Using the three cameras for triangulation, a 3D point cloud is reconstructed. Combined with 2D image analysis and propriety algorithms, the WLS qFLASH can extract closed features and edge points/lines without any post processing, such as STL generation, in a robust and repeatable process. This gives the qFLASH the unique ability to output inspection studies based on dense point cloud and 2D image analysis.

The product also includes a reverse engineering image acquisition mode which utilizes the sensor for both fast dimensional measurement and for reverse engineering. Among the new capabilities of CoreView 7.0 software is STL on-the-fly functionality to quickly and seamlessly generate high-quality data in the STL format for reverse engineering applications.This STL on-the-fly functionality is generated in the background so it will not slow down qFLASH’s data acquisition, enabling the qFLASH to maintain the WLS industry leading time from measurement to actionable data.

The WLS qFLASH is available immediately through Hexagon Metrology’s sales network and resellers.

For more information, visit: www.hexagonmetrology.us/products/white-light-measurement/wls-qflash

Published in Hexagon Metrology

With the new Optiv Performance 443, Hexagon Metrology offers a complete multi-sensor package in the mid-price range: the tactile LSP-X1 High-Speed Scanning Sensor, touch-trigger probes, a variety of optical sensors and the optional Dual Z-Design.

The new Optiv Performance 443 provides users with a precision system for an affordable price. The device is capable of both contact-less and tactile measurement procedures. The comprehensive options package includes tactile scanning, touch-trigger probes, vision sensors, chromatic white light and through-the-lens lasers. As the only machine of its class, the Optiv Performance 443 can be provided with the exclusive Dual Z-Design from Hexagon Metrology.

The Dual Z-Design involves two vertical Z-axes which can be moved independently of one another. One axis is intended for optical sensors, and the other holds tactile sensors. While the tactile sensor is taking measurements, the axis with the optical sensors is located outside the measuring range. As a result, there is plenty of space for any type of sensor to be used with the measuring machine. The Optiv Performance 443 Dual Z can thus, for example, be combined with the TESASTAR-m (motorised indexable head for probes) and the LSP-X1 High-Speed Scanning Sensor. Any feature can be effortlessly achieved with this Leitz-branded sensor, which is also part of Hexagon Metrology. Shapes and contours can be measured quickly and very precisely.

With conventional multi-sensor systems, optical and tactile sensors are attached to a single axis. This limits the amount of space available. For example, the use of tactile probes on motorised indexable heads is not possible with conventional multi-sensor measuring machines.

The software used with the Optiv Performance 443 is PC-DMIS Vision, the origins of which reach back to tactile measurement technology. PC-DMIS Vision contains all the functions required for tactile and optical measurement. The software supports tactile single-point measurements, tactile scanning and camera measurement, to name a few examples.

The new Optiv Performance 443 is ideal for both the measuring room and use on the shop-floor. It is now available at all Hexagon Metrology commercial operations in the EMEA region.

For more information, visit: www.hexagonmetrology.com

Published in Hexagon Metrology

EOS introduced the EOS P 396 production system for the manufacture of plastic parts at this year's Euromold. The successor model to the EOSINT P 395 offers a multiplicity of features that comprehensively meet the growing demand for increased manufacturing efficiency, process stability, and building capacity. The latest CO2-laser generation and a completely revised temperature regulation enable double-digit increases in productivity. Global distribution of the EOS P 396 begins in April 2014.

“With the presentation of the EOS P 396 at Euromold we are sustaining a leading role in plastics-based Additive Manufacturing, a position that stands alongside our metals technology. The EOS P 396 seamlessly supersedes our highly successful EOSINT P 395 model in the mid-frame segment. We have made a number of improvements that allow our customers to produce both plastic prototypes and serial parts with an even higher quality and cost efficiency,” explains Adrian Keppler, Managing Director at EOS.

With the unveiling of the new EOS P 396 the company has introduced a number of improvements. Dependent on the fill level and spectrum of parts, potential increases in manufacturing efficiency of up to 30 percent are possible. A reduction of the secondary processing times is achieved by a number of features, including a new point pyrometer and a low wearing, high speed recoater. Primary processing times are shortened thanks to the introduction of a new and significantly higher performance laser. The energy and material consumption of the system per manufactured component also has been further improved.  This results in a reduction in operations costs and in an optimized product carbon footprint (per part). When the system is viewed in combination with highly economical materials such as PrimePart® PLUS, then combined cost savings of some 30 percent per part are achievable in relation to the system's predecessor.

A newly integrated point pyrometer continually measures the temperature of the powder surface for coating with a high degree of precision. This enables secondary processing times to be further reduced leading to a corresponding increase in productivity. Furthermore, this feature forms the basis for a more stable regulation of the production process, thereby improving process reliability. With the availability of Release 3.7 of the EOS process-software (PSW) at the start of series production, the functional scope is once again expanded, and furthermore the Windows 7 operating system supported. The building capacity of the EOS P 396 is in line with that of its predecessor, at 340 x 340 x 600 mm.

With the introduction of the EOS P 396, the plastic materials PA 2200 and PrimePart® PLUS (PA 2221) will also be commercially available for this system from April 2014. Further materials will follow over several stages, until all of the powders approved for the predecessor system are available.

For more information, visit: www.eos.info/systems_solutions/plastic/systems_equipment/eos_p_396

Published in EOS

SLM Solutions unveiled to the public at Euromold the latest developments in SLM technology with their new PSA 500 system for metal powder recovery.

Dr. Markus Rechlin, CEO of SLM Solutions GmbH: "We see ourselves as a pioneer and trendsetter in the manufacturing technology for many industries from automotive and mechanical engineering to medicine-up to the air and space technology. We will surprise this year the industry with a new development. With the PSA 500, our system for automatic powder recovery, we go one step further in the additive manufacturing."

The PSA 500 operates autonomously. With automatic powder recovery, the entire unused powder obtained during the SLM process led from the build chamber through a discharge station for vibrating screens conditioning. By coupled with the seeving ultrasound unit a very fine grain size and a higher yield can be ensured. The seeving process has no influence on the parallel construction processes and reducing unproductive downtime.

The Automatic Powder Sieving Station PSA 500 and Build Volume Handling Unit is a fully automatic powder filtering unit. The machine is equipped with a special screw system for emptying the process chamber overflow containers and refilling the powder container under an inert gas atmosphere. The electrically operated build volume is carried out to a container station to empty the whole build powder into a funnel. From this device the powder is forwarded controlled to the vibration sieving system. The sieved GO grain powder passes into steel container which is fixed in position inside the sieving system. The sieving process runs fully automatically and does not have an influence on the parallel running build process of the SLM system, which reduces the ancillary times. Fresh powder is brought via a screw system from the main reservoir either direct to the re-coater or a defind powder volume above the system.

The system is equipped with an additional ultrasonic device to support the sieving procedure. Fine mesh filters and sieves are standard and commercially available products and pre-assembled with a 100µm mesh insert.

For more information, visit: stage.slm-solutions.com/index.php?psa-500_en

Published in SLM Solutions

EnvisionTEC, a manufacturer of proprietary 3D printing solutions, unveiled the newest 3D printer in its 3SP line, the Xede® 3SP™.

Earlier in 2013, EnvisionTEC introduced their new 3SP™ (Scan, Spin and Selectively Photocure) technology.  This new approach to 3D printing employs a multi-cavity laser diode with an orthogonal mirror spinning at 20,000 rpm.  One of the advantages of this technology is that it expands on the build size capability of EnvisionTEC’s DLP technology, enabling EnvisionTEC to produce 3D printers with a large format such as the new Xede® 3SP™. With a build envelope of 18" x 18" x 18", the Xede® 3SP™ allows for the production of exceptionally large 3D parts, build at fast build speeds without sacrificing surface quality and part accuracy.  Highly accurate parts can be printed quickly from STL files regardless of geometric complexity with no signs of stairstepping on the inner and outer surfaces.  Each 3D printer is delivered and installed with all the relevant software to enable automatic generation of supports and perfect model production.

The Xede® 3SP™ from EnvisionTEC can be used to produce everything from concept models to functional parts.


  • A single material is used for both build and easily removable, partially cured perforated supports
  • Very few moving parts make the system user-serviceable
  • Office friendly plug-and-play operation with a built-in touch screen and quiet operation
  • Low part cost due to minimal material waste
  • Produce everything from concept models to functional parts
  • Can connect directly to a PC workstation or be integrated into a network for pre-processing of the job files and for remote monitoring
  • The system has a stand-alone PC, which allows it to work independently from the pre-processing workstation

For more information, visit: www.envisiontec.com/announcing-xede-3sp

Published in EnvisionTEC

EOS is presenting the new EOS M 400 at Euromold 2013. The new modular and extendable system gears additive manufacturing up for application in industrial production environments. The system enables the manufacture of larger components with an increased level of automation. In addition, the EOS M 400 delivers improved quality assurance and is easier to use, thereby answering key requirements of our series production customers. The commercialization of the basic model begins in the spring of 2014, with the global distribution planned from the summer.

“EOS is pursuing a platform-based strategy for the metal technology and is able to support its customers from the research and development phase, through to the series production. The EOS M 400 represents the key to the industrial series utilization of Additive Manufacturing. If the EOSINT M 270 and EOSINT M 280 models have set the technical benchmarks, then the EOS M 400 takes these a step further. The new system supports users not only in the context of its qualification for production, but also in actual manufacturing applications. “We won't be drawing the line at a single solution. We will be expanding the platform with successive performance modules”, says Adrian Keppler, Managing Director at EOS.

The EOS M 400 is based on a modular concept and is initially available with both set-up, and process stations. Within a year, an automated unpacking station will also be on offer. With this extension of the system, an exchangeable frame, including components and residual powder, is moved, following the build process, from the process station to the unpacking station. Here, the job will quickly be cleaned of all loose and excess powder by way of a clean-up program comprising rotation and vibration. The modular concept makes it possible to incorporate the unpacking station retroactively to expand on the set-up and process stations. Users thereby gain a future oriented e-manufacturing solution designed for application-specific, modular extension.

A further key innovation of the EOS M 400 is the volume of the building chamber, which measures 400x400x400 mm so that larger components can now be produced. The first extension to the basic model, with its corresponding processes, will initially be offered with the EOS Aluminum AlSi10Mg and EOS NickelAlloy IN718 materials and is thereby particularly suited for use in the automobile and aerospace sectors. Processes for further materials are still in the development phase, including both tool steel and titanium.

In the EOS M 400 the laser has a performance of up to 1,000 watts. It allows the use of new materials that require more powerful lasers. A new user interface with touchscreen, developed out of talks with many customers, further simplifies the system usability. The complete handling has been optimized. Additionally, the filter from the air filtration system is automatically cleaned and has a significantly longer use-life. EOS has also further optimized both the monitoring and reporting functions, enabling the user to enjoy advancements in quality control. All of these innovations are aimed at meeting the requirements of series production and represent a further important step in making this a reality.

From 2015, EOS is planning to offer in addition to the EOS M 400 the EOS M 400-4 which will come with four lasers. While the single-laser version opens the way for the development of new applications, the focus of the multi-mode variant lies in achieving productivity increases of qualified production processes that have been already achieved for the EOSINT M 280.

For more information, visit: www.eos.info/systems_solutions/metal/systems_equipment/eos_m_400

Published in EOS

3D Systems (NYSE:DDD) announced the immediate availability of the Sense™ 3D scanner. Sense is flexible with scan size and can capture everything from a cupcake to a full-body, processing data in seconds for an instantly 3D printable file. Sense comes with an intuitive user interface with easy and automated zoom, track, focus, crop, enhance and share tools. Sense printables can be sent to Cube® and CubeX™ 3D printers, or directly uploaded to Cubify.com for cloud printing in a range of materials.

The Sense is priced at $399 and immediately available on Cubify.com. The Sense will also be available on Staples.com and in hundreds of Staples retail stores nationwide starting November 18, 2013.

"The Sense is the first ever 3D content camera for everyone, making it possible to capture people, objects and places on the go," said Rajeev Kulkarni, Vice President and General Manager, Consumer Products, 3D Systems. "I anticipate that the Sense's intuitive nature, portability, range, unmatched quality and powerful user interface and user experience will spur a new social movement around 3D sharable and printable physical photography."

Product Features:

  • For your life on the go: hand-held mobility gives you the freedom to scan spontaneously, everywhere you go. The Sense is mobile scanning compatible with the Microsoft Surface™ Pro 2 tablet.

  • Scan small, scan large, scan it all: Sense small and large objects, people and scenes. The Sense has the most diverse scan range in its class with auto-optimized settings for small and large objects like a book or a motorcycle, heads to full bodies and scenes as large as 10 feet tall and wide.

  • Zero-in on what matters: automatic object recognition extracts precise targets from the busiest of backgrounds, scanning only the object you want.

  • Edit confidently: Sense software is intuitive, fast, accurate and easy to use. Scans process in seconds and can be cropped, enhanced and solidified for printables in just minutes. No design experience is necessary.

  • Mash-up your world: merge your scans in Cubify Sculpt™, the ultimate consumer software for editing STLs, mash-ups and organic modeling. Full integration between the Sense and Cubify Sculpt gives you the creative freedom to import your scans and combine them with other favorite designs.

  • Physical to digital and back again: Sense is fully integrated with Cubify.com and your Cube 3D printer. Scans can be uploaded directly for cloud printing with a variety of materials on Cubify.com, or sent directly to your 3D printer.

Sense is powered by Geomagic® software, making the Sense unmatched in quality, scan speed and easy editing capabilities for consumers. Sense delivers professional performance at an affordable consumer price and guarantees an awesome user experience.

For more information, visit: www.cubify.com/sense

Published in 3D Systems

What's black and white and has lasers? The MakerBot® Digitizer™ Desktop 3D Scanner! The MakerBot Digitizer Desktop 3D Scanner is a fast and easy way for anyone to create 3D models. Pre-orders are being taken now, with shipping expected mid-October.

"Bringing the MakerBot Digitizer Desktop 3D Scanner into the world has been a big goal of ours this year," stated MakerBot CEO Bre Pettis. "We are really excited about the MakerBot Digitizer. This is another innovative product for visionaries, early adopters, experimenters, educators, creative hobbyists, 3D sculptors, organic modelers, designers, and architects who want to be the first to become an expert in Desktop 3D Scanning."

The MakerBot Digitizer takes a real-life object, scans it using a camera and two lasers, and creates a 3D digital file — without any need for design or 3D software experience. The MakerBot Digitizer Desktop 3D Scanner is optimized for and works seamlessly with MakerBot's Replicator Desktop 3D Printers and MakerBot Thingiverse. The MakerBot Digitizer can be used in the office, manufacturing space, workshop, classroom, or in the home to jumpstart the modeling and prototyping process and create artworks, sculptures and figurines, as well as memorializing keepsakes and archiving. Just connect the MakerBot Digitizer to a laptop or computer and you are ready to digitize.

The MakerBot Digitizer Desktop 3D Scanner offers:

  • Simple, yet sophisticated software to create clean, watertight 3D models with just two clicks
  • A 3D digital design file in just minutes
  • No design skills, 3D modeling or CAD expertise required to get started
  • Outputs standard 3D design file formats that can be modified and improved in third-party 3D modeling programs, like Autodesk's free software MeshMixer
  • Creates a 3D digital file to be printed on a MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer and on other 3D printers
  • Easily upload scans directly to MakerBot's Thingiverse.com, the community for discovering and sharing 3D printable things with more than 100,000 members.
  • Ability to digitize physical objects up to 8" in diameter and 8" tall and up to 3 kg (6.6 lbs.)

"We believe that the MakerBot Digitizer Desktop 3D Scanner is an innovative technological breakthrough that sets the standard for affordable desktop 3D scanning," noted Pettis. "We focused on making the MakerBot Digitizer super easy to use, intuitive and simple. The MakerBot Digitizer is powered by MakerBot MakerWare software, and we plan to offer in the future additional software updates that are expected to add even more features and capabilities."

For more information, visit: www.makerbot.com/digitizer

Published in MakerBot

Solidscape®, Inc., a Stratasys company (NASDAQ: (SSYS), announced the introduction of the 3Z MAX, the newest member of the 3Z Series.

The 3Z MAX is Solidscape’s fastest 3D wax printer. The 3Z MAX supports higher throughput and delivers significant production gains when working with bulkier precision designs in jewelry manufacturing, industrial and medical applications.

With one-touch simplicity, the fully automated 3Z MAX printer combines the power of 3D high-precision printing with the increased performance that direct manufacturing requires. Its user-friendly touch screen and software allows operators of any technical level to produce their own high-precision wax parts ready for casting, making the promise of 3D direct manufacturing available to nearly any business.

“The 3Z MAX is the direct product of our Voice of the Customer program which focuses on customer satisfaction and product innovation,” said Fabio Esposito, President of Solidscape. “Our customers said they wanted the precision for which Solidscape is known with increased performance. The 3Z MAX delivers both at a very affordable price.”


5000 X 5000 dpi (197 X 197 dots/mm) in X, Y
8000 dpi (158 dots/mm) in Z


± 0.0010 inch/inch (±25.4µ/25.4mm) along each axis X, Y and Z

Layer Thickness:

0.0010in - 0.0020in (25.4µm - 50.8µm) in ¼ mil (6.3µm) steps

Surface Finish:

32-63 micro-inches (RMS)

21.4” W X 18”D X 16” H (558mm X 495 mm X 419 mm)

Build Envelope:
6” X 6” X 4” (152.4 X 152.4 X 101.6 mm)
X, Y, Z Consistent results over entire 6 inch x 6 inch (152.4mmx152.4mm) area

For more information, visit: www.solid-scape.com/products/3d-printers/3z-max

Published in Solidscape

Office Depot, Inc. (NYSE: ODP) is now offering 3D printers from 3D Systems (NYSE: DDD), including the Cube® and the CubeX™. Whether for small businesses, product designers or students, Cube 3D printers are an affordable 3D printing solution that puts customers just a click away from their imagination. These printers offer a new way to express personality by creating fully formed objects through advances in printing software and technology.

“Office Depot is excited to offer innovative products and print solutions like the Cube and CubeX 3D printers that harness the power and versatility of the latest printing technology for our customers,” said George Hill, Office Depot’s Senior Vice President of Copy and Print Depot. “We are already an established leader in 2D printing services and print product offerings. 3D printers are just the latest example of Office Depot’s commitment to providing new and pioneering products and solutions that customers need to start, run and grow their business.”

Cube 3D printers are ready to use right out of the box. Featuring Wi-Fi for a simple connection to other devices, they are compatible with Mac or Windows and come with 25 free 3D templates designed by professional artists, with additional templates available online. With ultra-portable designs, Cube 3D printers fit into the home, office or classroom.

Cube 3D Printer

The Cube 3D Printer is packed with user-friendly features, starting with its contemporary design and tablet-like touch screen. Print-ready and compact, it has 16 different color options, including two that glow in the dark, and prints objects up to 5.5” x 5.5” x 5.5” in size.

CubeX 3D Printer

The CubeX is the ultimate 3D printer for tech enthusiasts, serious hobbyists, educators and entrepreneurs; boasting the largest print volume in its category. It has 18 different color options, including two that glow in the dark, and prints objects in all sizes up to 10.8” x 10.45” x 9.5”.

“We are thrilled to offer consumer and professional-grade technology like our family of Cube 3D printers at Office Depot so that everyone can now enjoy this latest generation of 3D printing,” said Avi Reichental, 3D Systems’ President and Chief Executive Officer. “Office Depot already has a robust offering of printing products and services, and with the addition of our 3D printers we can now expand our reach and bring businesses, schools and consumers access to this powerful new form of creativity and expression.”

For more information, visit: www.officedepot.com/a/browse/3d-printers/N=5+551578/

Published in Office Depot

LMI Technologies (LMI), a leading developer of 3D scanning, measurement, and data visualization technologies, announces the official release of the next generation of the HDI Advance 3D scanning system. This is the first HDI product launch since the acquisition of 3D3 Solutions earlier this year.

The purpose of the redesign is to push the limits of the scanner’s hardware by improving scanning repeatability and ease of use. The new HDI Advance now uses USB 3.0 cameras for both faster and simpler connectivity to a computer. The scanner also features new lenses that produce higher accuracy scans with less scan distortion compared to its predecessor. The sleeker mount design delivers better repeatability in scan results and offers more stability while scanning.

“The HDI Advance is a great 3D scanning solution for the computer graphics industry,” said Terry Arden, CEO of LMI. “Our system provides great flexibility for scanning people and objects. Gaming, animation and movie studios have used the HDI Advance for 3D modeling and CGI in major motion pictures and top selling video games. The scanner generates high resolution digital 3D models accurately and quickly in color. With the release of the new generation of HDI Advance, we offer the best 3D scanning system in terms of speed, accuracy, and performance at an affordable price.”

The system is also valuable to companies for various applications including 3D visualization, 3D inspection, reverse engineering, or rapid prototyping. The new HDI Advance is available in two performance models, HDI Advance R1x and the R3x. The systems are available for order today.

For more information, visit: www.3d3solutions.com/products/3d-scanner/hdi-advance

Published in LMI Technologies

Fabrisonic LLC has introduced the newest addition to its line of ultrasonic additive manufacturing (UAM) machines, the SonicLayer® 4000. This mid-size, fully automated, 3D printing machine can be customized for specific settings and applications. The Ohio State University College of Engineering has been the first to adopt the SonicLayer 4000 for use in its research on embedded smart materials.

“Ultrasonic additive manufacturing is changing the way that we produce parts,” says Fabrisonic CEO Mark Norfolk. “By combining process capabilities, UAM can create deep slots, hollow, latticed of honeycombed internal structures, and other complex geometries that just cannot be made using conventional subtractive processes. This technology opens up a whole new frontier for manufacturers.”

The SonicLayer 4000 has a 3-axis CNC mill with bed dimensions of 40” x 24” and a 25HP 8000 RPM spindle for machining any metal part. It utilizes Fabrisonic’s patented 9kW UAM welding head to additively manufacture solid metal parts. To enhance productivity, every machine comes with a copy of Fabrisonic’s custom-made G-code CAM software, which allows for true CAD-to-part automation. When CAD geometry is imported into the SonicCAM, the software generates the tool path for both welding and machining. The automatically-generated G-code is then moved to the machine for production.

  • Specifications of the SonicLayer® 4000:
  • Footprint – X direction: 12’; Y direction: 12’; Height: 113”
  • Axis Working Travel – Powered X Axis: ~40”; Powered Y Axis: 24”; Powered Z Axis: 24”
  • Linear Accuracy – Positioning: ±0.0002”; Repeatability: 0.0001”
  • Table Size – Length x Width: 44” x 24”
  • Welding Machine – US Power: 9 kW; Welding force: 2500 lb, Welding speed (max): 200 ipm

Fabrisonic, LLC, was founded in 2011 as a joint venture between EWI and Solidica Inc. of Ann Arbor, MI. Since its founding, the company has introduced cutting-edge UAM equipment for research, development, and full-scale production environments. Fabrisonic is based in Columbus, OH.

For more information, visit: www.fabrisonic.com/products.html

Published in Fabrisonic

LaserStar Technologies, a U.S. manufacturer of Nd:YAG and fiber laser welding and marking systems, announced that it introduced their new 7800 Series Open Laser Welding Workstation. "Our new 7800 Series Open Workspace Laser Welder provides users with an excellent tool when performing general welding of large parts, tool & die repair, injection mold repair, etc.," says James Gervais, President and Chief Operating Officer. "Deep welding, seam welding, contour welding and complex pattern welding can all be achieved with LaserStar's Open Workspace platform."

LaserStar's 7800 Series Manual Welding Systems are ideal for a variety of common spot and seam welding applications including plastic injection mold, dies and tooling repair, complex electronic components, high-precision industrial assemblies, pressure-sensitive hermetic laser sealing and other unique industrial applications for the automotive, aerospace, aviation, computer, medical device, mold repair and consumer product industries.

Many materials can be laser welded including 300 and some 400 series stainless steel, mild steels, nickel and nickel alloys, aluminum and aluminum alloys, titanium, precious metal alloys (gold, silver and platinum), etc. Multiple power levels are available (60 Watt - 200 Watt) to meet a wide variety of application requirements. Made in USA.

LaserStar Technologies is a lean, laser equipment manufacturer. Our goal is to maintain leadership in the market segments in which we compete. The resources and focus of the Company are concentrated in creating and maintaining excellence in its laser welding equipment, laser marking equipment and laser engraving systems and accompanying laser education programs and research activities. Our aim is to enhance the quality, performance and innovation of our laser products, programs and services on a continuing basis. We invite our customers, employees and friends to be an active participant in this mission.

For more information, visit: www.laserstar.net/welding-products/open_welding_workstation.cfm

Published in LaserStar Technologies

ENGEL has expanded its range of all-electric e-motion injection molding machines to include a tie-bar-less 30-ton version. The new ENGEL e-motion 30 TL combines maximum precision and energy efficiency with low machine weight and a compact design.

ENGEL has been constructing tie-bar-less, all-electric injection moulding machines for the small clamping force field for more than 12 years. The machine concept has now taken a major step forward with the expansion of the series. The experience of selling more than 60,000 tie-bar-less machines in the ENGEL victory and ENGEL e-victory series and the findings of extensive analyses have led to optimisation of the mechanical properties of the machine components along with a reduction in the weight of the new machine.

The most striking innovation is that the ENGEL e-motion 30 TL has a new kind of 'intelligent' frame concept in place of the double machine frame. This guarantees very high platen parallelism together with an even distribution of clamping force across the entire mould fixing platen. The sealed three-point toggle lever with maintenance-free crank mechanism works with a servomotor to facilitate very short dry cycles of well under one second.

The servoelectric ejector and mould height adjustment are integrated into the moving mould fixing platen. As with all ENGEL e-motion machines, the main movements are servoelectric; this makes it possible to synchronise parallel movements.

As far as injection is concerned, the ENGEL e-motion 30 TL is equipped with the established in-line injection unit 50, which now delivers an injection speed of 800mm/s. Three barrel diameters are available as standard: D15, D18 and D20.

With a length of just three metres, the new all-electric tie-bar-less machine offers a highly compact design that saves valuable floor space. Thanks to tie-bar-less technology, it is possible in many applications to use a smaller machine than mold size would normally dictate. With no tie-bars in the way, mold fixing platens can be used to the hilt. Tie-bar-less technology also makes mould changes easier and speeds up automation as direct parts handling is possible from the side.

Promising high precision, efficiency and flexibility, the ENGEL e-motion 30 TL is ideal for manufacturing high quality optical components and electronic parts such as connectors for mobile devices. At the same time, the high performance level of the new tie-bar-less machine offers advantages to producers of other components requiring a low clamping force.

For more information, visit: www.engelglobal.com/engel_web/global/en/126.htm

Published in ENGEL

The National Nanotechnology Manufacturing Center (NNMC) announces the release of the Multi Proto Lab, a brand new concept in rapid prototyping. The MPL is capable of 3D Printing, precision milling, drop-on-demand printing, extrusion deposition, plus much more—all in one machine.

The benefits from performing all these processes in one machine are many, including lower up-front cost, faster prototyping, amazing precision, lower prototype production costs, plus much more.

The Multi Proto Lab is also capable of producing fully-operational, multiple-material parts in one single machine.

Rapid prototyping technology is allowing inventors and engineers to visualize and even test new concepts in ways that were unimaginable just a few years ago. Yet even with these advances, rapid prototyping can be expensive and time-intensive for prototype operators.

Traditional rapid prototyping often involves moving the prototype piece from one prototyping machine to another. In some cases, the prototype is developed over days in several different machines. Each of these machines can be very costly.

"What makes the Multi Proto Lab different from conventional rapid prototyping is that it can perform many different prototyping processes in one machine", said Calvin Close, NNMC’s media spokesperson for the Multi Proto Lab.

The patent-pending Multi Proto Lab is a multi-module machine. Each module, or attachment, performs a unique process, such as 3D printing, Drop-on-Demand printing, laser curing and many others. The MPL picks up a module (such as the 3D Dual Additive Printing Head) and performs that process on the prototype part. Once that process is completed, the Multi Proto Lab then picks up another head (such as Drop-on-Demand Printing Head) and performs that process on the same prototype piece.

This process can be repeated with an unlimited number of different modules until a completely functioning part is produced. The number of modules and their individual processes are limited only by the imagination and need of the user.

The Multi Proto Lab opens rapid prototyping to far more organizations because of its lower up-front and operating costs.

Currently, the Multi Proto Lab comes in two models, the compact MPL-1000 and the larger MPL-2000.

The main differences between the models are the maximum prototype size the machines are capable of producing, and the number of modules that the platforms can hold.

For either machine, you can increase the capabilities of the machine by manually changing out modules.

More than five years and over $1 million has been spent on developing the Multi Proto Lab.

For more information, visit: www.RapidPrototypingMachine.com

The Multi Proto Lab is a multi-tool, multi-function rapid prototyping machine that can perform 3D ABS printing, high-precision milling, extrusion deposition, nano-scale drop-on-demand, conformal polymer layer dispensing, plus much more. <p><a href="http://media.uqast.com/uqastprod/.mov"><img src="http://http//uqastprod.s3.amazonaws.com/author_media/2113/5530_Slide1Cropped.jpg" alt="Multi Proto Lab - Rapid Prototyping Machine" height="360" width="640" /></a></p>
Published in NNMC

Optomec announced availability of a new low-cost offering in its lineup of metal 3D Printers named the LENS 450. The LENS 450 is built on the same LENS core technology that is used throughout industry to repair, coat and rapidly manufacture a wide variety of high performance metal components. The system was developed specifically in response to growing industry interest in 3D Printing of metals, including the need to train a new generation of workers in metal additive manufacturing technology.

The first delivery of the LENS 450 3D Printer will be to the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Material Science at the University of Pittsburgh, where it will be used in their new Advanced Manufacturing education program. Professor C. Isaac Garcia stated, “Re-establishing America’s global competitiveness is dependent upon a new generation of technicians and engineers trained in advanced manufacturing technologies. The LENS 450 system is an excellent tool to conduct basic and applied research, and for training students on industry proven technology for metal Additive Manufacturing.”

The LENS 450 3D Printer can process a wide variety of materials, including stainless steel, cobalt chrome, titanium and superalloys, making it ideally suited for rapid prototyping and repair of small metal components. The cost-effective system provides a 100mm^3 (64 cubic inch) work envelope within a class 1 laser enclosure that is hermetically sealed to maintain a pristine processing environment and operator safety. Additional features include a 400W fiber laser, powder feeder, motion control system, and proprietary part preparation and process control software.

Optomec is a privately held, rapidly growing supplier of Additive Manufacturing systems. These solutions utilize Optomec’s patented Aerosol Jet Printed Electronics technology and LENS (Laser Engineered Net Shaping) Printed Metal technology to reduce costs and improve performance. Together, these unique 2D and 3D printing solutions work with the broadest spectrum of functional materials, ranging from electronic inks to structural metals and even biological matter. Optomec has more than 150 marquee customers around the world, targeting production applications in the Electronics, Energy, Life Sciences and Aerospace industries.

For more information, visit: www.optomec.com/Additive-Manufacturing-Systems/Laser-Additive-Manufacturing-Systems

Published in Optomec

IPG Photonics Corporation announces the introduction of the IX-255 UV Laser Micromachining System, an advanced, highly flexible system from IPG's Microsystems Division, for multi-purpose, R&D and small-scale production applications.

IPG's multi-functional system can be configured with a beam energy density up to 25 J/cm2 for applications such as drilling ceramic materials or with lower energy density for large-field exposures such as conformal coating removal, insulation-stripping and annealing. A third configuration allows the programmable selection of beam shapes for general-purpose patterning, cutting and machining of blind features.

IPG's IX-255 is a fully interlocked, Class 1 workstation built on a granite base and support structure for vibration minimization and thermal stability with dual microscope vision systems for automated part alignment and inspection. The workstation is integrated with a proprietary UV laser. System software includes macro-building tools for fast programming and generation of automating processes for complex feature machining while additional utilities allow complex pattern input from standard CSV and DXF files.

Applications for the IX-255 include drilling and cutting of ceramics, patterning of microfluidic devices and machining of low taper-angle holes in polymers.
The IX-255 system can also be used in microelectronics for 3D micromachining, glass drilling and cutting, selective material removal (exposure of contact pads) and trimming of conductors. In large-area exposure mode, the system can be used for surface annealing applications of semiconductors, electrical connectors and biomedical devices.
To facilitate precise dose control, the IX-255 can be equipped with an optional Extended Beam Homogenizer that enhances beam uniformity while providing up to a doubling of system throughput in large-field exposure applications.
"IPG's IX-255 is intended for very high precision micromachining, advanced materials processing development and light duty manufacturing," states Jeffrey Sercel, President of IPG Microsystems. "It is easily configured with the full range of IPG Microsystems industrial grade beam-forming and micromachining functions that customers frequently request within a single laser workstation. The use of a high pulse energy UV laser, interchangeable beam delivery elements and fully integrated software results in a flexibility that makes the IX-255 the ideal general-purpose laser micromachining tool."

For more information, visit: www.ipgphotonics.com/IX255.htm

Published in IPG Photonics

Ideal for machining aluminum, alloy and steel parts, the 5-axis HEM 500U features a highly dynamic 12,000-rpm spindle and 30-tool magazine that provides a 2-second chip-to-chip time for high-speed continuous milling operations and increased spindle uptime. Additionally, a 20,000-rpm spindle and 60-tool changer are available.

The machine’s trunnion table measures 19.7” (500 mm) in diameter and accommodates workpiece weights up to 440 lbs. (200 kg). It tilts +50 mm/-110 mm in the B-axis and rotates 360 degrees in C for 3 + 2 machining as well as 5-side positioning. Axis travels in X, Y and Z measure 19.7” (500 mm), 17.7” (450 mm) and 15.7” (400 mm), respectively, while a distance of 5.9” (150 mm) between the machine spindle nose and rotary table surface allows for ample maneuverability around workpieces.

The HEM 500U relies on a new Heidenhain iTNC 530 control for quick and reliable machining. This versatile, workshop-oriented control for 5 (3+2) axis machining features an integrated digital drive control with integrated inverter, enabling it to produce a highly accurate workpiece contour while machining at high velocity. The HEM 500U also comes equipped with smart machining modules that provide advanced levels of monitoring critical to part production.

For more information, visit: us.gfac.com/products/details.cfm?prodID=454

Published in GF Machining Solutions

Okuma America Corporation offers an expansive line of vertical machining centers that provide reliable machining meeting a variety of production needs. Okuma’s new MU-6300V is no exception as it delivers high efficiency and high-productivity for 5-axis, multi-sided machining.

This CNC vertical machining center has a highly rigid and accurate double column structure and low center of gravity in workpiece movement (trunnion table) that enable both heavy duty cutting and high speed finishing. Built on Okuma’s Thermo-Friendly structure, this machine performs consistently from the first part to the last, regardless of warm up time or ambient temperatures.

“The MU-6300V is a true workhorse machine that is able to take on the toughest materials with its dual-driven rotary trunnion design,” says Kyle Klaver, 5-axis Product Specialist, “and would be a great fit for any industry looking to add a high efficiency, 5-axis machining center especially the aerospace, automotive, and medical industries”.

The MU-6300V was recently honored with the Nikkan Kogyo Shimbun’s (Business and Technology Daily News) 2012 Best 10 New Product Awards. The Best 10 New Product Awards are given to selected products for their contributions to the development of manufacturing and strengthening of Japan’s international competitiveness. Winners are chosen from among all products developed and in practical use in a given year.

For more information, visit: www.okuma.com/mu-6300v

Concept Laser expands the range to include a new flexible model in a small format with the suffix "R" for titanium applications. The new Mlab cusing R was developed to allow economic fabrication of delicate dental products and medical implants, and for medical instruments made from titanium.

The small machines in the Mlab cusing family allow users to start off in the "flyweight class" of additive manufacturing with metals. Generally, since the Mlab cusing machines were introduced at the start of 2011, they have been opening up the market segment for small delicate components in economic terms. The new Mlab cusing R now also expands the previous range of materials to include titanium and titanium alloys. The clever thing about the Mlab cusing R is the "drawer principle" with what is known as a glovebox module for safe handling of the material. The patented drawer principle from Concept Laser enables a quick change of material without the risk of any contamination of powder materials.

Quality with no compromises

The generative method makes a substantial contribution to improving quality. Cavity formation, rejects and a large amount of reworking, which can arise with the casting method, are now a thing of the past. The Mlab cusing combines a high degree of freedom of geometry, quality and increased material density. Metal laser melting is also a very contemporary method, particularly from the point of view of time: In contrast to the traditional casting method, it offers the advantage that the fully automatic, generative production process can run unattended and overnight. An order can be processed and delivered to the customer the very next day, additive manufacturing with metals means consistently high quality with a short delivery time, and consistent results, time after time.

Change comes as standard – drawer principle allows quick change of material

The concept behind the Mlab cusing R is ideally suited to the production of components with delicate structures made from titanium. It offers a perfect look and structures when a high surface quality and the finest component structures where it matters. The Mlab cusing offers extremely compact dimensions of 705 x 1848 x 1220 mm (WxHxD) coupled with a weight of 500 kg. The clever thing about the Mlab cusing R is the "drawer principle" with the patented glovebox module for safe handling of the powder. The operating principle is extremely practical and simple: The glovebox module is docked onto the machine for the loading and unloading process. The build module can simply be pulled out into the glovebox thanks to the drawer principle. The glovebox is then flooded with argon to inert the chamber, essential for safe titanium processing. The operator accesses the build chamber through the glovebox gloves in order to carry out the loading process or to remove components. After the end of the process, the build module is moved back into the machine and finally the glovebox is undocked. The retractable drawer system is regarded as extremely user-friendly. This includes both the build chamber with dose chamber and the storage container. The drawer system is available in three different build envelope versions: 50 x 50, 70 x 70 and 90 x 90 mm, with the height of the build envelope always 80 mm. The drawer principle enables the use of different build envelopes in a machine. The user can easily exchange the drawers and this ensures flexibility: This offers particular advantages when processing precious-metal alloys because their high material prices mean that it is advisable to use a smaller build envelope. In addition, it is easy to remove the drawers for the purpose of storing materials. Contamination of the powder with oxygen is ruled out because of the component structure in a closed system. The Mlab cusing R is designed in accordance with ATEX directives for safe processing of reactive materials such as titanium and titanium alloys.

The heart of the machine – the laser

The robust and powerful 100 W fibre laser operates with a focus diameter of less than 25 µm in order to reproduce supreme surface qualities and intricate and delicate component structures.

LaserCUSING in XS format with titanium and titanium alloys for the first time

The Mlab cusing R offers a range of ever increasing materials, to include: gold, silver alloys, bronze, cobalt-chromium alloys and stainless steel. New materials which can now also be processed on the machine are titanium and titanium alloys such as Rematitan® CL from Dentaurum, CL41TI ELI (Ti6Al4V) and pure titanium. This increasing variety of material options, make this new machine attractive to different sectors of industry and their specific applications.

Retrofitting is possible

The Mlab cusing machines which are currently on the market can be retrofitted as a customer upgrade. Qualified service engineer install this upgrade package to the machine to level "R", followed by a training session in the handling of reactive materials like titanium and the special safety procedures needed.

Bionics included – LaserCUSING focuses consistently on dental and medical technology

The new Mlab cusing R also expands the previous range of materials to include titanium and titanium alloys, such as rematitan® CL from Dentaurum. One particularly striking characteristic is the high material density, which for the extreme mechanical loads offers advantages over conventional cast parts in dental applications. However, laser fusing also allows bionic structures for use in implant technology. This enables implants to be constructed with a porous structure. As part of this process, cellular structures which support growth into the bone tissue are integrated into the component. Such macroporous surface structures for improving the level of growth into the bone tissue may be used for hip implants, for example. In this field of application, specific, geometric characteristic features can be taken into account in order to allow new functions or functional integration. Depending on what is required, the volume structure of the implant can be adapted to that of the bone tissue in order to ensure that it works durably over a long period of time. Larger machine concepts such as the M2 cusing from Concept Laser are of course also available for larger components.

Increase potential for adding value

If you are currently looking to switch from the conventional milling or casting fabrication of dental or medical implants, as well as delicate and intricate medical components or instruments, the Mlab cusing from Concept Laser provides you with new options in terms of cost calculation and order throughput. The generatively produced component simply has to be separated from the build plate, the supporting geometry removed and then finished. The potential for adding value offered by LaserCUSING is opening up new horizons – now also in an XS format for beginners.

Overview of the new Mlab cusing R

  • Machine for LaserCUSING with a low level of investment
  • Compact machine
  • Benefits in order throughput time
  • High material density
  • Less reworking
  • Standardised production process
  • Constantly high quality
  • Less wastage
  • Fewer material costs
  • Improved efficiency
  • Increasing range of materials to currently include: gold, silver alloys, bronze, titanium, titanium alloys, cobalt-chromium alloys and stainless steel

Benefits in the choice of materials

The new Mlab cusing R offers universal material options: gold, silver alloys, bronze, titanium, titanium alloys, cobalt-chromium alloys and stainless steel, all can be currently processed generatively.

For dental technology, Dentaurum is the partner of Concept Laser. The Dentaurum Group, which leads the way in the field of stainless-steel-free alloys, produces exclusive powder materials to order for the LaserCUSING process. Two patented and clinically proven materials which were previously available as alloys in the form of cast cylinders and as milling blanks for conventional fabrication are now available to users exclusively in powder form: remanium® star CL and rematitan® CL.

The products which are produced using the laser-fusing process meet the requirements of the German Medical Devices Act (DIN EN ISO 9693 / DIN EN ISO 22674).

For more information, visit: www.concept-laser.de

Published in Concept Laser

3D Systems (NYSE:DDD) unveiled its CubeX®, the ultimate desktop 3D printer, boasting the largest print volume in its category and triple-color printing, making it the ideal printer for tech enthusiasts, serious hobbyists, educators and entrepreneurs. The CubeX will be on display at CES, January 8 – 11, 2013, in the Las Vegas Convention Center in the Main Hall, booth 15447, and the CES MommyTech Zone, booth 71003, in the Venetian.
Need big, professional parts fast? With CubeX it’s a slam-dunk. CubeX provides an intuitive consumer experience with multi-color, professional grade printability. Pricing starts at $2,499 and includes a variety of advanced features.
Product Features:

  • Professional Printability – CubeX can print as big as a basketball with 1,070 cubic inches of space, or 10.8” x 10.45” x 9.5”. CubeX offers three times the options for print modes, including a choice of accuracy: High Definition (125 Micron), Crisp Definition (250 Micron) or Standard Definition (500 Micron), and a choice of print fill density: lite, medium or solid. CubeX prints in both PLA and ABS plastics with optional, easy peel away supports for the most complex prints.

  • Print Speed – CubeX can print regulation basketball size parts in three colors up to 2X faster and in higher definition than other 3D printers in its class.

  • Material Options – CubeX prints in both compostable PLA and recyclable ABS plastics, providing a range of flexibility, strength and support options for professional utility. CubeX offers multi-color choices, starting with basic single color CubeX, dual color and material CubeX Duo or the top of the line triple color, multi-material CubeX Trio. The CubeX Trio has the highest range of print options of any desktop 3D printer.

  • Smart Cartridge System - MoistureLock cartridge ensures extended shelf life and total material usage, improving print quality and sustainability. The printer detects material type based on the cartridge, providing automatic settings when switching materials between ABS and PLA. The cartridges are easy to load and store while preserving the life and quality of the materials.

  • Consumer Experience for Professionals – Professionals, educators and serious hobbyists deserve the same ease-of-use offered to mainstream users which is why CubeX has an easy touchscreen interface, lightning fast software, simple printing from a USB flash drive or direct USB connectivity and sleek design while delivering high speed and high definition prints in 16 color choices.

  • Sustainability – CubeX users can send back empty cartridges for reuse in exchange for a discount on new cartridges and send back their used ABS and PLA prints for responsible recycling or composting. All CubeX printers are shipped locally from USA and EU distribution centers reducing freight. The new CubeX uses a heatless print pad that delivers significant power conservation compared to other 3D printers. 3D Systems is committed to making consumer 3D printing efficient, affordable, and sustainable.

  • 3D Printing Services – Registering your CubeX for free on Cubify.com allows for easy hardware and software updates and immediate access to Cubify’s cloud printing service, whether users store designs on Cubify® or use cloud printing for higher quality prints and consumer products. Cube Experts offer both email and hotline support 16 hours each day from 3:00am to 8:00pm EST.

3D Systems has made 3D printing even easier to own and simpler to use by including 3 cartridges, 10 free prints, and Cubify Invent design software, the only 3D design tool optimized for 3D printing, with every CubeX 3D printer. Cubify.com provides a platform for CubeX users to utilize, monetize and play with 3D printing for both professional and personal interests.

“We are proud to unveil the ultimate desktop 3D printer and to offer it on our consumer platform, Cubify, where prosumers can work and play in one place without sacrificing their professional needs or desires for fun printing,” said, Cathy Lewis, CMO, 3D Systems.  “We are excited to see the innovations that are sure to come from CubeX educators, entrepreneurs, and serious 3D enthusiasts.”

The company is now accepting orders and plans to commence shipment on February 8, 2013.

For more information, visit: www.cubify.com/cubex/index.aspx?tb_cubex_learn

Published in 3D Systems

The new high-tech, high-speed MIKRON HSM 200U LP milling machine from GF AgieCharmilles will make its North American debut at the 2013 Medical Design and Manufacturing (MD&M) West Show. The show takes place Feb. 12-14 at the Anaheim Convention Center in California.  

Available in 3- and 5-axis versions, the MIKRON HSM 200U LP (linear performance) brings speed, efficiency and precision to the machining of small, highly complex components, such as medical implants, electrodes and watch components. With a compact footprint, the machine easily fits into most facilities, which is key for dental labs, watchmaking shops and other locations where floor space is often extremely limited.

According to Gisbert Ledvon, director of business development for GF AgieCharmilles in North America, the MIKRON HSM 200U LP accommodates the medical industry’s increased need for lean manufacturing via small-footprint, high-speed machines that bring amazing accuracy and supreme surface finishes to small parts production.   

The MIKRON HSM 200U LP can produce workpieces via true 5-axis simultaneous high-speed machining. Linear motor technology in the main machine axes and optimized direct-drive motors for the B and C axes result in high precision and superior part surface finishes as fine as Ra 0.05 µm. Furthermore, the machine’s powerful 50,000-rpm, 11.4-hp Step-Tec spindle also assists in providing excellent surface finish and part detail.

To counteract the high levels of heat that can develop over prolonged periods of high axis feedrates, the MIKRON HSM 200U LP employs a sophisticated thermal management system. Each of the linear axes features a cooling unit to systematically draw the heat out of the machine, creating geometric stability and high repeatability of movement guidance.

A Heidenhain iTNC 530 control system and smart machining modules on the HSM 200U LP provide advanced levels of monitoring critical to the production of high-value precision medical parts. The system allows the machine to automatically check and evaluate tools and workpieces, inspect tools for breakage and perform measurements of the workpiece. Additionally, the smart machine modules automatically monitor spindle vibration, calibrate machine geometry and transmit process status messages to an operator’s cell phone.

To avoid inconsistent loading of small tools and 3D geometry errors due to the inaccurate measurement of those tools, the MIKRON HSM 200U LP features Intelligent Tool Measurement (ITM). ITM records the complete tool tip up to a diameter of 0.47” on image sensors. Special software cleans and measures the recorded tool geometry for repeatability in the micrometer range.

The MIKRON HSM 200U LP's robust polymer concrete machine base provides increased performance in the areas of vibration dampening and thermal stability, extending tool life and reducing operating cost. Also, attention to the ergonomics of the machine’s design allows for uncharacteristically easy access to workpieces.

Lastly, the MIKRON HSM 200U LP possesses the capability for 24/7 unattended machining using its optional MIKRON pallet magazines with System 3R and Erowa interfaces. These fully integrated pallet magazines can be loaded without interrupting cutting operations already in progress. The automation of tool or workpiece handling is possible from three sides of the machine.

For more information, visit: www.gfac.com/us

Published in GF Machining Solutions

Following the widespread success of the Equator™ 300 gauging system launched in 2011, supported by a turnkey installation service and global support network, Renishaw has expanded the range with the new Equator 300 Extended Height system. Developed in response to customer needs, it provides users with extra fixturing space below the measuring volume.

This new variant allows components to be transferred onto the machine on their machining fixtures and also allows the use of automated systems such as robots and conveyors. The system can inspect features on parts up to 300 mm tall, with rapid changeover to smaller parts using an extended fixture plate spacer.

Since its launch Equator systems have been installed in multiple automotive, aerospace, medical and electronic companies across the world. Users have been attracted by the reduced purchase, maintenance and fixture costs compared to traditional gauges, plus the ability to gauge multiple parts and to re-program for design changes. Equator 300 Extended Height systems have already been supplied to customers looking for the flexibility allowed by an extra 150 mm height below the measuring volume.

In seconds, users can load parts that are still attached to the fixtures used during machining operations. The Equator fixture plate can be easily exchanged for other plates, each mounted to the Equator base using highly repeatable three-point kinematic seats. The plates can also be exchanged for fixture plate spacers, allowing smaller parts on their own fixture plates to be gauged in the same measuring volume.

Turnkey installations

Since the launch of the Equator gauging system in 2011, many customers have also taken advantage of the turnkey programming service offered by Renishaw and its partners. Using Renishaw's comprehensive MODUS™ software, experienced engineers work closely with a customer to generate programs that allow a wide range of parts to be gauged on a single Equator system.

A customer's shop-floor staff then simply select and run programs using the intuitive Modus™ Organiser operator front-end software, requiring little or no training. The Organiser software can report gauging results with a simple ‘pass' or ‘fail' message, while also allowing a full inspection report to be viewed.

Global support

Reflecting the international nature of many modern manufacturing organisations, Equator customers have been able to take advantage of Renishaw's extensive network of Equator support engineers. Projects initiated in one country or region can be easily transferred and locally supported in multiple locations. Renishaw now has approaching 70 regional support offices and multiple approved partners, covering every industrialised area of the world.

Equator principle of operation

Equator is a radical alternative to traditional dedicated gauging, filling a gap in the market never before addressed. The patented low-cost design, unique in construction and method of operation, is capable of high-speed comparative gauging for inspection of high-volume manufactured parts. Equator is a lightweight, fast and highly repeatable gauge that operators can use with ‘push-button' simplicity. Equator can switch between parts in seconds, perfect for flexible manufacturing processes or accepting parts from multiple machines.

Thermal stability

Equator's innovative and highly repeatable gauging technology is based on the traditional comparison of production parts to a reference master part. Re-mastering is as swift as measuring a production part and immediately compensates for any change in the thermal conditions of a shop-floor environment. Equator can be used in factories with wide temperature variation – simply re-master and the system is ‘re-zeroed', ready for repeatable comparison to the master.

Traceability to calibrated CMMs

Master parts do not need to be expensive custom parts like those used on a traditional gauge; users simply take a production part and measure it on a co-ordinate measuring machine (CMM) to establish the variation from CAD or drawing nominals. The results from CMMs can be configured to be used directly within the Equator software.

Effectively, the calibrated absolute accuracy of the CMM (often located in remote temperature controlled rooms to ensure accuracy) can be ‘extended' onto the shop floor to provide calibrated traceability to Equator measurements. With the calibration file loaded into the Equator software, measurements made in the Equator system can be referred back to the CAD or drawing nominals.

Low-cost fixturing

Compared to dedicated gauging, Equator cuts fixture costs considerably. By using fixturing that positions parts to within 1 mm of where the master was measured, there is no significant effect on system repeatability and the need for expensive precision fixtures is removed.

Integrated stylus changing

Further versatility is offered by the Equator-specific stylus changing rack, included in the purchase price of an Equator system, which allows automated in-cycle changing of SH25 stylus holders. The SH25 holders couple to the industry-standard Renishaw SP25 probe, allowing Equator users to swap the stylus configurations without re-qualifying each time. Up to six stylus combinations can be loaded into the rack at any time and they can be used on a single complex part or with multiple parts of varying geometries.

For more information, visit: www.renishaw.com/en/equator-the-versatile-gauge--13465

Published in Renishaw

New to the market from HEIDENHAIN are two Touch Probes featuring hybrid technology, both offering radio and infrared signal transmissions.  Known as the TS 460 for workpiece measurement and the TT 460 for tool measurement, these touch probes are highly functional, reliable and easy to use.

The dual signal transmission of these new touch probes enables the user to select either mode, combining the advantages of radio when extended range and large amounts of data are required, or the benefits offered by infrared signals when the highest accuracies and fast signal transmission are needed.  This way, one version of a touch probe can be operated on any machine size (from small and enclosed to large and open).  Difficult applications, such as plunging into a cylinder and 5-axis articulating spindle heads, are also simple to maneuver giving a user greater application flexibility and machine versatility.

The radio transmission uses the 2.4 GHz frequency band, which does not require a license, and has 16 channels.  The range is usually 15 m, but much larger ranges are possible under ideal circumstances.  The infrared transmission has a range of 7 m. The carrier frequency method makes this transmission very reliable, and the high frequency ensures a short delay time.  No matter which signal transmission chosen, users need only one SE 660 transmitter-receiver unit.  And these, as well as all HEIDENHAIN touch probes, have 360 degree range of transmission.

On both the TT 460 and TS 460, the optical sensor is free of wear, and so provides the specified probing reproducibility even after a large number of probing processes (5 million switching cycles during type testing).  And the compact design makes it possible to use these touch probes even where installation space is limited.  The smaller contours of the TS permit much freedom when tilting into position.  The TS workpiece touch probes also have blower jets for cleaning the workpiece, either with coolant or compressed air.

Both touch probes have an optional adapter to protect against collision and thermal decoupling.  In these instances, the adapter is placed between the touch probe and taper shank.

For more information, visit: www.heidenhain.us

Published in HEIDENHAIN

ENGEL AUSTRIA handed over its 1500th injection moulding machine to the LEGO Group at the beginning of December. LEGO® elements in many shapes and colours are produced on ENGEL injection moulding machines at the LEGO sites in Denmark, Hungary and Mexico. ENGEL and the LEGO Group have enjoyed a good working relationship for over 40 years now and have driven many new developments forward together over the course of this period.

Excellent performance combined with maximum efficiency and sustainability are what ENGEL injection moulding machines and system solutions stand for in markets all over the world. "Like the LEGO Group, we are a family business and decisions are made swiftly and efficiently," says Christian Pum, ENGEL AUSTRIA's Sales Director. "This allows us to respond to new challenges very quickly and develop individualised solutions to meet the specific needs of each customer. Our close relationship is constantly giving birth to completely new ideas and impulses – from both sides. That's what makes our relationship special.”

Investment in energy efficiency

One of the main contributors to the relationship is the interest of both companies in sustainability. "It is our ambition to have a positive impact on the environment," stresses John Hansen, Senior Vice President and Head of Quality & Engineering at the LEGO Group. "We are in the business of play, and children are our vital concern. They inherit both the future and the planet, and they have a right to a healthy and rich environment.  That's why we have devoted ourselves to sustainability and place so much emphasis on it. This means that with regard to injection moulding, we invest exclusively in energy-efficient machines. ENGEL technologies are part of this.”

The LEGO Group works out which drive system and process technology is the most energy-efficient solution to meet its needs in conjunction with its supplier in each individual case. ENGEL supplies LEGO factories with both servo-hydraulic and all-electric injection moulding machines.

Just under half of the 1500 injection moulding machines supplied by ENGEL in the last four decades are in use at LEGO Group factories today. The demands on the machines have grown continuously throughout this period. Christian Pum says: "We always look forward to new challenges with the LEGO Group. I am sure our partnership will be making an important contribution to the continuous development of both companies in the future as well.

For more information, visit: www.engelglobal.com

Published in ENGEL

Jet Edge Inc. is pleased to announce that Precision Waterjet Concepts Inc. has installed a third Jet Edge waterjet cutting system at its full-service 5-axis and 3-axis waterjet cutting facility in Northern Minnesota.  The thriving water jet cutting service now features three 3-axis waterjet systems and three 5-axis waterjet systems.

Precision Waterjet Concepts’ newest Jet Edge system is a 4’x4’ Jet Edge High Rail Gantry equipped with four abrasivejet cutting heads.  The system is powered by a 150hp Jet Edge waterjet intensifier pump.  The company also has a  Jet Edge Mid Rail Gantry capable of processing materials up to 8’x13’ and a Jet Edge High Rail Gantry capable of processing materials up to 9’x13’, as well as three 5-axis waterjets which process materials up to 144" x 96" x 36”.

An ISO9001:2008-certified company, Precision Waterjet Concepts serves a wide variety of customers nationwide and cuts virtually any material, specializing in AR Plating and titanium.

Precision Waterjet Concepts has grown an average of 20-30% each year since opening in 2002 and has had to relocate three times to accommodate its growth, said Joe Quaal, company president.  In 2008, the company built a state-of-the-art 19,000 square foot headquarters in Pequot Lakes, Minn., designing it especially for the waterjet cutting process and for future growth.

Quaal attributes his company’s success to an overall increase in awareness about waterjet technology as well as to his company’s commitment to quality and its full-service solutions approach that includes CNC programming, intricate 3D cutting, high-volume 2D cutting, CMM inspection, final machining and welding.  The company even machines its own 5-axis fixtures on a vertical machining center to ensure parts are cut to customer specification.

Precision Waterjet Concepts originally started as a 5-axis only shop, but added its first Jet Edge 3-axis waterjet system in 2006 after determining that many customers also needed high-volume parts cutting services that were impractical on a 5-axis system.
“We chose Jet Edge for our 3-axis systems because they are easier to run and maintain than the competitor systems that we looked at, plus we were looking for a manufacturer in Minnesota that could get someone in here quick if there was a problem,” Quaal said.  Quaal also noted that his Jet Edge intensifier pumps have been much less expensive to maintain than a competitor pump that powers his 5-axis systems.

“Our Jet Edge pumps cost 20% less to maintain than our other pump because the Jet Edge seals are less expensive. The seal life is similar, but we save $8,000 to $9,000 a year. The Jet Edge iP60-150s are the best thing on the market.  I will keep putting them in.” In addition to its 3-axis waterjet systems, Jet Edge now offers its Mid Rail Gantry system with Permalign EDGE® taper control and bevel cutting capabilities.

For more information, visit: www.waterjetconcepts.com or www.jetedge.com

Published in Jet Edge

Waterjet systems manufacturer Jet Edge, Inc. recently released a new international brochure highlighting its precision waterjet cutting and mobile waterjetting products.

The brochure is currently available in English and German, with additional languages coming soon. The brochure features Jet Edge's precision water jet cutting systems and waterjet pumps as well as its mobile waterjet cutting systems and ultra-high pressure surface preparation equipment. It also highlights Jet Edge's 28-year history in the waterjet industry, and includes several proud moments in the company's history when Jet Edge equipment came to the rescue during high-profile crises, including the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, the Kobe earthquakes and the Kuwait oil fires.

Jet Edge manufactures a wide range of precision waterjet cutting systems in sizes up to 9m x 30.5m. The St. Michael, Minnesota, U.S.A.-based waterjet manufacturer also offers the widest range of waterjet pumps in the industry, including 2500, 4100 and 6200 bar models, electric and diesel, from 22-209kw, intensifier and direct-drive. Jet Edge's mobile waterjetting products include linear and pipe cutters and waterjetting lances. Jet Edge waterjets have been sold worldwide since 1984.

Established in 1984, Jet Edge is a global designer and manufacturer of waterjet systems for precision cutting, surface preparation and coating removal. Jet Edge systems are used around the world in a broad range of industries, from the world's leading airlines to automotive, aerospace, industrial manufacturers, machine and job shops. Jet Edge waterjet systems are proudly made in the U.S.A.

For more information, visit: www.jetedge.com

Published in Jet Edge

EOS will be presenting the FORMIGA P 110 - successor model of the established and very successful plastic laser-sintering system FORMIGA P 100 - at this year's EuroMold in hall 11, booth E148. The FORMIGA P 110 continues to be the system of choice in the compact class, offering the flexible, cost-effective and highly productive entry into the world of laser- sintering.

Peter Klink, EVP Sales at EOS, adds: “’FORMIGA-quality' has already become a quality label for the additive manufacturing of plastics. This ongoing development of the P 100 product line will help us to further extend our lead in the compact class." Various EOS parameter sets enable a focus both on economic efficiency and component properties such as surface quality. With short throughput times and comparatively low investment costs, the  FORMIGA P 110 can be integrated perfectly into production environments that require maximum flexibility.

The system is suitable for the economic production of small series and customized products with complex geometries. This makes it ideal for small, sophisticated components used in the medical device industry or for high-value consumer goods, for example. With a build envelope of 200 mm x 250 mm x 330 mm, the system manufactures products made of polyamide or polystyrene directly from CAD data within only a few hours.

Hannes Kuhn, Managing Director of Kuhn-Stoff GmbH and a pilot customer for the FORMIGA P 110: "The additional parameter sets 'Balance 1.0' (120 µm layer thickness) and 'Top Quality 1.0' (60 µm layer thickness) allow an even more detailed and flexible production. The increased build rate rounds off the advantages compared with the FORMIGA P 100."

Innovations for use in production

Numerous technical innovations have been integrated in the FORMIGA P 110, all of which enhance process stability and reproducibility even further. These include the newly designed 4-channel heating and the use of a single-point pyrometer. Least-cost integration in factories that have a central nitrogen supply system is guaranteed by an external nitrogen connection. The established dosing and coating system was retained. The system is extremely user- and maintenance-friendly and requires just a minimum of accessories. Low energy consumption and thus overall costs of operation were other important factors considered in the design process. The FORMIGA P 110 is a door-passing laser-sintering system with low erection requirements. It can be installed and calibrated in less than two days. Since data preparation can conveniently take place at the workstation, the system is also very suitable for decentralized production areas. The high level of automation and ergonomic peripheral equipment of the FORMIGA P 110 also permit comfortable handling and optimum utilization of machine capacity and materials.

For more information, visit: www.eos.info/en/products/systems-equipment/plastic-laser-sintering-systems/formiga-p-110.html

Published in EOS

Objet Ltd launched today at Euromold the Objet1000, the company’s largest 3D printer to date. Featuring a 1000 x 800 x 500 mm (39 x 31 x 20 inch) wide-format build envelope, the Objet1000 is ideal for automotive, defense and aerospace, industrial machinery, consumer goods and household appliance sectors as well as high-end service bureaus that need to create industrial size, 1:1 scale prototypes.

Ideal for all-round fit, form and functional prototyping, the Objet1000 combines a large and extremely convenient build platform with the advanced precision of inkjet 3D printing and Objet’s renowned Connex multi-material capability – all in a single machine.

According to Objet CEO David Reis, “As our largest ever 3D printing system, the Objet1000 takes advanced inkjet 3D printing technology to the next scale. The system enables our customers in a range of industries to now quickly and effectively prototype anything at full size, 1:1 scale, from whole airplane and automobile assemblies to complete household appliances. The Objet1000 is the next step in the 3D printing revolution”.

"The Objet1000 saves manufacturers and designers from having to assemble prototypes from smaller-sized jigsaw pieces or from having to use various less effective or efficient solutions,” said Igal Zeitun, VP for Product Marketing and Consumables at Objet.

“Unlike comparable 3D printing systems, the Objet100 is just as good at printing 1:1 scale casings that can be drilled, assembled, and screwed together as it is at reproducing the precise look and feel of small, complexly assembled consumer products. The system is easy to use, can work for prolonged unattended periods, and requires only the minimal manpower to operate,” added Zeitun.

The Objet1000 system offers an unrivaled choice of over 100 materials, enabling designers and engineers to simulate both standard and ABS-grade plastics. As with all Objet Connex 3D printers, the Objet1000 is also able to print up to 14 different material properties within a single model.

The Objet1000 also will be introduced at Autodesk University 2012 in Las Vegas. Bruce Bradshaw, Marketing Director for North America, will be presenting “Additive Manufacturing: Affordable? Accessible? Adoptable?” on Wednesday, Nov. 28 at 8 a.m. (PST) at Mandalay Bay (Breakers H, Level 2), and media are welcome to visit Objet’s booth, #1101, throughout Autodesk University.

First shipments of the Objet1000 will be to select customers starting from Q2/2013. Wider availability is expected during H2/2013.

Objet1000 Summary of Benefits:

  • Precise 3D printing of very large and very small, finely detailed 3D models
  • Extremely large build envelope – 1000 x 800 x 500 mm (39 x 31 x 20 inch)
  • Objet Connex multi-material 3D printing technology
  • Wide range of usages and applications to meet Form, Fit & Functional verification needs
  • Simulates standard & ABS-grade engineering plastics
  • Exceptionally reliable with large resin cartridges
  • Requires only small operating teams & unattended jobs
  • Efficient cost of operation & fast ROI
  • Ideal for automotive, aerospace & defense, consumer goods, household appliances, industrial machinery and specialist service bureaus

For more information, visit: www.objet.com/3d-printers/connex/objet1000

Published in Objet

Where workshop floor space and machine installation weight are considerations, producers of small and precise parts need look no further than GF AgieCharmilles' new MIKRON HSM 200 LP and HSM 200U LP Milling machines.

With three and five axes respectively, the machines are candidates for awards in the areas of compact footprint, built-in flexibility for dedicated Automation requirements and production-proof axis design and chip management solutions.

The HSM 200 LP and HSM 200U LP perfectly meet high-speed Milling needs in production environments where location and available floor space limit machine installation weight and dimensions. Second-floor dental labs and watchmaking operations are two such examples. Moreover, these machines are perfectly aligned with the Milling needs of producers of smaller electrodes and higher-volume precision parts.

Dimensions of the three-axis HSM 200 LP and five-axis HSM 200U LP during commissioning can be as little as 890 x 2,000 mm (width x height) or 35.03 x 78.7 inches (width x height) with a weight of approximately 3,600 kg (7,900 lb). The tables feature not only a standard automated chuck but can be equipped with up to four additional media channels to operate automated individual part clamping systems on top of a palletized standard interface. With this functionality, production of even small to medium batch sizes with short cycle times may be tackled in unattended shifts, 24/7.

Great care was taken during the machines’ development to reduce the footprint of the machine tool cell without sacrificing high-quality machining results. That is accomplished with a revolutionary axis concept built for in-process precision and stability and superior chip fall. More specifically, the design ensures rigidity and damping of the machine tool base for the most smooth tool center point movement under changing load conditions yielding excellent machining characteristics and finish part quality.

Plus, with linear direct drives on all axes, the HSM 200 LP and HSM 200U LP produce perfect surface qualities down to Ra < 0.05 microns, reducing processing time, and impressively prolonging tool life. The machines feature a Heidenhain iTNC 530 control, a powerful 50,000-rpm HSK-E32 motor spindle, 30- or 60-piece tool magazine, and an 80- or 400-liter coolant tank with efficient chip separation by progressive filter stages.

The two machines underscore GF AgieCharmilles' reputation for innovating on behalf of customers. The HSM 200 LP and HSM 200U LP offer the power, flexibility and precision to increase customers’ competitive edge.

For example, in medical technology, the HSM 200U LP is the new five-axis production machining solution for ceramic dental prostheses as well as implants made of titanium, cobalt-chrome, or a variety of plastic materials.

As another example, the HSM 200 LP is an asset to die and mold manufacturers producing hardened tool steel inserts and copper electrodes for light-emitting diodes (LEDs), zoom cameras and microfluidics like lab-on-chip devices, and to makers of parts for watch movements with built-in COCN direct part clamping solutions.

Like all GF AgieCharmilles products, the HSM 200 LP and HSM 200U LP are supported by a continuum of Customer Services customizable to your particular needs. GF AgieCharmilles’ Customer Services offers the industry’s most comprehensive service package: preventive services, training, a dedicated Helpline, original wear parts and certified consumables, and a Privilege Club with special advantages available only to GF AgieCharmilles customers.

For more information, visit: www.gfac.com/gfac/products.html

Published in GF Machining Solutions

At EuroMold this year SLM Solutions will present the SLM 500 HL selective laser melting machine, in Hall 11.0, booth C80. On Nov 27th the new system will be unveiled to interested trade fair visitors. The laser beam melting system SLM 500 HL is both the largest and most productive system for powder-bed based laser beam melting.

The SLM 500 HL provides a build chamber of 500 x 280 x 325 cm³ and a unique double beam technology. Each of the two fibre lasers (400 +1000W) operate on the powder bed by a 3D scanning unit. Two of these units are working at the same time what makes a total of 4 lasers in operation. Included in the SLM® 500 HL is the shell-core-imaging process with two different laser beam profiles. These profiles may be used independently, but also parallel and simultaneously in the process. This will significantly increase productivity.

This method takes into account not only 2 lasers operating simultaneously and parallel ("Dual spot scanning"), but at the same time the lasers are melting several layers of powder in one melting process with a 1000W-Laser.  That is the reason why the melting process has a 10 times higher build rate compared to former additive metal systems.

To manage the weight of higher metal volume, a new changeable build chamber has been developed. The transport of metal powder is done by a continuous conveying system due to the increased volumes and weights. This automates the management of powder and eliminates the manual handling of loads with bottles and containers. The time consuming manual filling the system no longer applies.

The system offers Magic AutoFab to process CAD/STL data files as a standard feature which is also used for slicing and support generation. In addition the software architecture includes modules for monitoring, auditing and quality assessment to exercise optimal quality control in production.

These options contribute to an uninterrupted and error-free basis melting process. They not only present high quality assurance requirements in medical technology, aviation and aerospace, but also significantly increase the level of process reliability and reproducibility.

For more information, visit: www.slm-solutions.com

Published in SLM Solutions

Solidoodle, the leader in affordable 3D printers, announces the Solidoodle 3 – 3D printer, providing one of the largest build areas in the consumer 3D printer class. With printable dimensions of 8” x 8” x 8” (512 in³) — more than twice the volume of the Solidoodle 2 (216 in³) — users will be able to print large objects with up to .1 mm in layer resolution. Priced at $799, this latest addition keeps with Solidoodle’s commitment to providing consumers with high-quality, plug-n-play 3D printers. The new printer is available for pre-order and will begin shipping in January 2013.

“I’m absolutely ecstatic about the success we’ve seen this year,” says Solidoodle CEO Sam Cervantes. “By offering the Solidoodle 3, we will be able to help satisfy a need for an even larger-format 3D printer while keeping with our focus on affordability and usability.”

Growing Demand

With burgeoning growth in the 3D printer market and a need for an affordable, high-quality option, Solidoodle’s ability to deliver on value has propelled its own rapid growth. Within its initial year of operations, the company has grown to over 60 employees and has delivered over 1,200 printers. With the announcement of its latest model, Solidoodle expects to see a record-breaking 2013.

Solidoodle, founded in late 2011 by aeronautical engineer and 3D printer industry-veteran Sam Cervantes, builds affordable 3D printers for both professional and consumer use. Solidoodle was named among CNET’s “Best of NY Tech Day 2012” out of more than 200 tech startups. Made in America, Solidoodle printers sell across the globe from Brooklyn to Brazil, with orders placed in more than 30 countries to date.

For more information, visit: www.solidoodle.com/2012/11/solidoodle-3-3d-printer

Published in Solidoodle

TeraDiode introduced at Fabtech the TeraBlade-2000, a 2-kilowatt ultra-high brightness direct diode laser, specifically for cutting steel and other metals in industrial applications. Direct diode is inherently the lowest cost, most compact, and highest efficiency industrial laser; when used with wavelength beam combining (WBC), the laser also has the brightness previously provided only by larger, higher cost, and more power consuming fiber, disk, and CO2 lasers. Wavelength beam combining was invented and patented by MIT and is exclusively licensed to TeraDiode.

The TeraBlade 2000 operates at 970nm and has a 100-micron output fiber. The company expects to ship beta-level systems to multiple customers in the first half of next year. Due to its modular design, the TeraBlade platform is scalable up to 6kW to cover a wide range of applications in the cutting and welding markets; such higher power lasers will be introduced in the coming quarters.
Dr. Parviz Tayebati, CEO of TeraDiode stated, “WBC direct diode is the third generation of multi-kilowatt high brightness industrial lasers and a disruptive force in the industrial laser market.  The machine tool builders with whom we are closely collaborating recognize the simplicity of WBC compared to the first generation CO2 and second generation fiber and disk lasers.  No other laser technology can fundamentally compete with WBC for cost, size, efficiency and reliability in their high brightness applications.”

TeraDiode is the leader in developing direct diode laser technology for industrial and military applications. The company's technology, pioneered at MIT Lincoln Laboratory, has broken all records for combined power and beam quality from a direct diode laser. Many experts consider direct diode lasers to be the future of the industrial laser industry. TeraDiode is backed by investments from Stata Venture Partners, Argonaut Equity Partners, and Camros Capital.

For more information, visit: www.teradiode.com

Published in TeraDiode

Mantis Vision launched its F5-Short Range 3D imager, featuring the widest depth of field and working range available for small object, close-range capture, at the SPAR Europe Conference. Built for maximum mobility and versatility, the F5-SR 3D imager brings together compact, ergonomic design with speed and ease-of-use to effortlessly reach and capture small, intricately detailed objects, in the field and on the move.

Whether digitizing the human form, capturing small, hard to reach manufacturing components, or documenting cluttered crime scene details out in the field, the F5-SR spares no detail. Designed to work alone, or as a complimentary tool to Mantis Vision’s F5 imager, the F5-SR is the ultimate solution to complete hard-to-reach detail in complex large-scale scenes or objects.
The F5 Series of handheld 3D imagers is the only 3D scanning solution specifically designed to meet the rigorous demands of field use:

  • The fastest-speed-of scan available today.
  • A true standalone solution designed for field mobility– a single user it all it takes.
  • Exceptional results in any working conditions: outdoors, indoors, direct sunlight or complete darkness.
  • Effortless accuracy - No positioning targets, advanced scene preparation or contamination needed.
  • Battery operated, cable-free, and hassle-free – no gear, laptop or accessories needed.
  • Rugged shell and components withstand the toughest of environments
  • Easy to use – a short training session is all that is needed to achieve great results.

Mantis Vision is celebrating the expansion of the F5 series with a new, highly competitive pricing program, and a special offer for the purchase of the complete F5 series at an attractive bundle price. "Recent advancements in our production technologies have enabled us to significantly reduce pricing for the F5 series, without compromising on the quality or field-readiness that our customers have come to expect," stated Shabtay Negry, VP of Business Development for Mantis Vision. “We are confident that the launch of the F5-SR, together with the new pricing, will significantly expand the scanning capabilities of our customers”.

For more information, visit: www.mantis-vision.com/page/products

Published in Mantis Vision

Renishaw’s new SFP1 probe option for the REVO® five-axis measurement system is the first to allow surface finish inspection to be fully integrated within coordinate measurement routines.

With a measurement capability of 6.3 to 0.05 Ra, the SFP1 surface finish probe makes the CMM a “single platform” metrology system. It eliminates the need for hand-held surface measurement devices or transporting parts to a dedicated surface measuring machine, reducing labor costs and inspection lead times. The system allows automated switching between dimensional measurement and surface finish measurement, with the analysis contained in a single report.

The SFP1 probe is a fully integrated option for the REVO 5-axis measurement system, supplied with two dedicated styli, straight and cranked, which are selected via the measurement program control using the system’s modular rack system (MRS). The probe incorporates a C axis that, combined with the infinite positioning of the REVO head and choice of stylus holders, allows the probe tip to be automatically oriented to any angle to suit the part, ensuring that the highest quality surface data is acquired. This enables flexible access to component features, combined with the consistency of fully automated CNC control. Using the straight stylus, the SFP1 can perform a measurement trace within a 10 mm diameter bore to a depth of 100 mm.

A skidded probe with a 2 µm (0.000079 in) radius diamond stylus tip, the SFP1 probe outputs Ra, RMS and raw data formats to the metrology application software via Renishaw’s UCCServer software, using the I++ DME protocol. The raw data can subsequently be presented to specialized surface analysis software for more detailed reporting.

Calibration of the probe is also automated under the CMM program. A surface finish calibration artifact (SFA) is mounted on the MRS rack and is measured using the SFP1 probe. Software then adjusts parameters within the probe in accordance with the artifact’s calibrated value.

For more information, visit: www.renishaw.com/en/cmm-probes-software-and-retrofits--6329

Published in Renishaw

Mitutoyo America Corporation announces availability of new, generation D MF/MF-U® measuring microscopes. The new MF/MF-U® measuring microscopes offer the long working-distance objectives and sub-micron accuracy glass scales of previous models.

Enhancements Include:

  • Three-axis, motor-driven positioning with variable speed joystick control and collision prevention (Z axis) to reduce operator fatigue and increase accuracy.
  • The motorized X-, Y- and Z-axis motor functions that can be combined with a new Mitutoyo Vision Unit to produce a new levels of automation in toolmaker microscopes.
  • Laser Auto-Focus (LAF) models provide high accuracy and repeatability in two modes of operation: Just Focus (JF) mode for quick focusing and Tracking Focus (TF) for maintaining focus as the stage moves.
  • Many optical options are available including magnification levels, BF/DF and LED illumination.

High repeatability and productivity make the new Mitutoyo MF/MF-U® microscope ideal for measurement of cutting tools, molds and other machined components. Semi-conductor wafer holders specific to the generation D MF/MF-U® measuring microscope are available.
Additionally, new MF/MF-U® Measuring Microscopes can support output to measurement data applications such as MeasurLink®, Mitutoyo's proprietary statistical-processing and process-control program which performs statistical analysis and provides real-time display of measurement results for SPC applications. The program can also be linked to a higher-level network environment for enterprise-wide functionality.

Mitutoyo Corporation is the world's largest provider of measurement and inspection solutions offering the most complete selection of machines, sensors, systems and services with a line encompassing CMMs (Coordinate Measuring Machines), vision, form and finish measuring machines as well as precision tools and instruments, and metrology data management software.
Mitutoyo's nationwide network of Metrology Centers and support operations provides application, calibration, service, repair and educational programs to ensure that our 6,000+ metrology products will deliver measurement solutions for our customers throughout their lifetime.

For more information, visit: www.mitutoyo.com

Published in Mitutoyo

Additive manufacturing with metals is becoming increasingly important in the automotive industry. Time and cost reductions in production are making this generative technology increasingly attractive to the carmakers. The primary focus is on aluminium alloys which provide the basis for lightweight automobile construction. For applications involving vehicle and engine technology, but also from other areas, Daimler AG is now consistently embracing the resource-efficient, generative laser melting of metals. In order to meet all future assignments, the Swabia-based company got the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology (ILT) and the LaserCUSING specialist Concept Laser to develop a new super laser melting machine X line 1000R whose build chamber size surpasses anything that was known previously.

The Fraunhofer ILT from Aachen and Concept Laser from Lichtenfels are presenting the new high-performance LaserCUSING® machine X line 1000R for fabricating series components in an XXL format to the general public for the first time at Euromold 2012. A first machine is already in operation at Daimler AG.

Pilot machine on a mega scale

The large machine X line 1000R boasts a superlative build chamber which, according to Frank Herzog, managing director of Concept Laser, has impressive dimensions. The X line 1000R was developed for the tool-less manufacturing of large functional components and technical prototypes with material properties which are identical throughout the range. The centrepiece of the X line 1000R consists of a high-power laser in the kilowatt range which enables an increase in productivity of up to a factor of 10 compared with standard laser fusing machines available on the market.

Develop complex components faster

The machine was specifically configured to cater for Daimler AG's special requirements for automobile applications. The aim of Daimler AG was to replace costly sand-casting and die-casting applications in early phases of development. In addition, the LaserCUSING process will in future offer the possibility of generating lightweight structures with a high level of rigidity which will permit weight-optimised geometries, with almost no restrictions on the design, but at present cannot be manufactured in this way with the manufacturing techniques which are available today.

Cooperation between Daimler, Fraunhofer ILT and Concept Laser

The project partners got together as part of the "Alu generative research and development project (German Ministry of Education and Research)“. The Fraunhofer ILT examined, together with different partners from industry, including Daimler AG, the laser fusing technology for production applications involving aluminium components. The industrial use for fabricating production components was previously, mainly as a result of the materials and costs, restricted to smaller components or dental and medical technology. As part of the project, the application potential for manufacturing aluminium components for other areas of industry was examined. The well-known characteristics of the production process include conservation of resources, independence from mould-making, freedom of geometry, as well as the speed of construction and development. The examinations were appraised at Daimler as a fundamentally new way of looking at manufacturing options with the aim of creating innovative and environmentally friendly products. From the point of view of the development partners, these also provided a solid basis for tackling the pressure of costs in production and safeguarding Germany's long-term future as a place for high-tech manufacturing.

Requirement in automotive construction

The demands of Daimler AG as an industrial partner were a significant increase in the build-up rates, an improvement in the quality of the surface finish, reproducibility and reliability of the machine as a result of appropriate process monitoring, as well as the qualification of further aluminium series alloys for a range of applications. The Fraunhofer ILT, which has been one of the leading research institutions in the field of laser melting for over 15 years, supplied its know-how for designing the kW laser beam source and the matching optical lens system in order to ensure the desired build-up rates of different aluminium alloys. In addition, the process control for processing the different alloys alongside the machine construction was worked out and the mechanical properties of the components were examined.

Concept Laser as a machine constructor

The preliminary work now needed to be turned into "solid" machine technology. In parallel with this, the functional specification was drawn up at Concept Laser in Lichtenfels together with the partners and the design phase for the new X line 1000R was then started. The findings which had been obtained in the meantime by the Fraunhofer ILT, e.g. in relation to temperature control of the build chamber in order to avoid any warping in the "oversized" components, and in relation to the design of the powder application system were consistently implemented in the design of the X line 1000R. "This really was uncharted territory for us. The development of a machine concept of these dimensions in close collaboration with Daimler AG and the Fraunhofer ILT, based on our LaserCUSING® technology, clearly illustrates our claim to be the technology leader in the field of laser melting. This patented, top-class machine technology from Concept Laser has been exported throughout the world since 2000. As a result of the cooperation project with Daimler and the Fraunhofer ILT, we hope that the generative machine technology will meet customers' requirements on a broad basis and that it can be employed profitably," says Frank Herzog in reflecting on the cooperation project. For the development of parts at Daimler AG, the high and flexible availability of such a machine opens up entirely new possibilities for further optimisation of the product development process.

For more information, visit: www.concept-laser.de

Published in Concept Laser

The new ND 120 QUADRA-CHEK metrology digital readout (DRO) from HEIDENHAIN is designed specifically for manual measuring machines such as optical comparators and measuring microscopes.  As an offshoot of HEIDENHAIN’s ND 1200 QUADRA-CHEK, the ND 120 offers most of the functionality but at a lower price point.  It supports two- to three-axes with the third axis switchable between linear or rotary.

The new ND 120 QUADRA-CHEK has a monochrome flat-panel screen for displayed values, measured features, and graphical displays.  It combines the robust design and hardware of HEIDENHAIN’s machine tool DROs with the software and functionality of the QUADRA-CHEK metrology units.  The rugged diecast aluminum enclosure makes the ND 120 perfect for harsh factory floor environments where production control takes place.  Meanwhile, the capability to measure and tolerance points, lines, circles, distances, and angles makes the ND120 well suited for the demands of metrology.

The appropriate combination of defined function keys and context-dependent soft keys provides the user with a clear overview and a simple-to-use system.  The user friendly GUI follows previous QUADRA-CHEK software, providing users with a simple, convenient, cost effective digital readout.

Finally, to keep up with market demands, the ND 120 is capable of direct USB communication with a computer.  This feature allows for easy storage of data and convenient interfacing with any current computer the user may have.  In keeping with HEIDENHAIN tradition, the ND 120 offers reliability and ease of use now in a more economical package

HEIDENHAIN CORPORATION is the North American subsidiary of DR. JOHANNES HEIDENHAIN GmbH, a leading international manufacturer of precision measurement and control equipment.  Our product line includes linear scales, rotary and angular encoders, digital readouts, digital length gages, CNC controls, and machine inspection equipment.

For more information, visit: www.heidenhain.us

Published in HEIDENHAIN

ST Robotics announced today the latest addition to their R12 robot product line, the Tandem R125, a low cost two-armed robot system.

The impressive Tandem R125 is comprised of two 5-axis vertically articulated robot arms which are mounted to a programmable carousel.  The two robot controllers are interconnected, enabling communications to synchronize the motions of the two robots moving together; or allowing the robots to cooperatively alternate turns while performing one task.
“Unlike other manufacturers’ recently introduced two-armed robots, ST Robotics’ Tandem R125 is a real industrial system with real industrial programming, and at a fraction of the price,” said David Sands, President and CEO of ST Robotics. “This really does bring two-armed robotics into the realm of small industry”.
Customer Francois Auden of Effinov in France agrees: “This product is just amazing!”
Including the programmable carousel, ST Robotics’ Tandem R125 robot has a total of 11 axes.  The entire system is available for less than $20,000 and includes everything to get up and running: the two R12 five-axis robot arms mounted on the carousel, two K11R controllers, RoboForth II software, intuitive teach pad, simple interfacing with other equipment, cables, manuals, a two-year warranty and unlimited free technical support.
Other models and variations of ST’s Tandem Robots offer two six-axis R12s for a total of 13 axes with a maximum reach up to 1000 mm; an R19 cylindrical format; and linear tracks up to 3m.
ST Robotics, widely known for ‘robotics within reach’, has offices in Princeton, New Jersey and Cambridge, England. One of the first manufacturers of bench-top robot arms, ST Robotics has been providing affordable, easy-to-use, ready-to-go, boxed robots for nearly 30 years.  ST’s robots are utilized the world over by companies and institutions such as Lockheed-Martin, Amazon, Motorola, Honeywell, MIT, NASA, Pfizer and Sony, to name a few. The numerous applications for ST’s robots benefit the manufacturing, nuclear, pharmaceutical, laboratory and semiconductor industries.

For more information, visit: www.strobotics.com

Published in ST Robotics

voxeljet presents the world's first continuous 3D printer VXC800. This series machine is based on the innovative VXConcept study, which garnered considerable attention at GIFA 2011. The VXC800 will celebrate its premiere at EuroMold 2012.

"Our presentation of the concept study was so well received that we decided on a rapid implementation of the project. The VXC800 establishes a completely new generation of machines that allows the building and unpacking process steps to run at the same time, without having to interrupt the operations of the system," says Dr. Ingo Ederer, CEO of voxeljet technology.

This leap in technology has become possible thanks to a novel patented design with a horizontal belt conveyor that controls the layer building. The layers are built at the entrance of the belt conveyor, while the unpacking takes place at the exit. The finished component can simply be removed from the rear end of the system when it has gone through the entire material.

The length of the moulds is virtually unlimited with this type of system, as there are no restrictions with respect to the length of the belt conveyor. The width and height of the build space are 850 x 500 mm. The VXC800 works with a 600 dpi high-definition print head and layer thicknesses ranging from 150 µm to 400 µm.

Apart from the technological highlights, users will be pleased with the investment and operating costs, which are lower than those of conventional systems. "The development of the world's first 3D continuous printer is a milestone not just for voxeljet but the entire industry. Orders for the machine can be placed as of the start of the EuroMold. The first deliveries are planned for the second quarter of 2013," says Dr. Ederer.

For more information, visit: www.voxeljet.de

Published in voxeljet
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