In the course of my diligent efforts to keep you good people up to date on the state of additive manufacturing (AM), I come across many interesting news items. I’ll gather them up every so often and present them in a Rapid Ready Roundup (like this one). You can find the last Roundup here.
Today’s Roundup is focused on the happenings at EuroMold 2013. We already brought you news of 3D systems new product announcements. We’ll start today with some materials news from Stratasys. The company’s newest material is named Nylon 12, and it works in the Fortus line of AM systems. According to Stratasys, Nylon 12 offers up to five times greater resistance to breaking and better impact strength compared to similar materials. Continue reading
The news just keeps rolling out from Euromold. Additive manufacturing (AM) systems are on the rise, and EOS is adding to the possibilities offered by the technology with the announcement of two new industrial 3D printers. The EOS P 396 works with plastic material, and the EOS M 400 builds in metal.
According to the company, the EOS P 396 offers improvements over older AM systems by increasing material efficiency by up to 30%. Secondary processing times have been reduced thanks to a new point pyrometer and a low wearing, high speed recoater. The new point pyrometer measures the temperature of the powder surface with the intention of improving coating precision. Primary processing times have also been reduced with the introduction of a new, CO2, 70 W laser. Continue reading
Euromold is underway, and that means new product reveals and company announcements about future endeavors. As the largest design and manufacturing conference in the world, Euromold draws vendors and attendees from around the globe to hear about advances in technology, and see the latest innovations. Additive manufacturing (AM) has become an integral part of the conference, thanks to its growing impact on parts production, rapid prototyping, and end-use product manufacturing.
3D Systems is first off the blocks this year to showcase its newest products: the ProJet 4500 and ProJet 5500X. The ProJet 4500 offers high resolution, full-color plastic prints, and the ProJet 5500X advances 3D Systems’ dedication to multi-material composites printing. Let’s take a closer look at each in turn. Continue reading
For many of the smaller 3D printer manufacturers, simply launching a product is the end of a long struggle. By now, there are enough different manufacturers that new players in the market have to bring something special to the table if they hope to get noticed. For a few companies, however, producing a solid product that does what it claims it will do is enough to move forward.
Founded in 2011, Solidoodle has continued to produce additive manufacturing (AM) systems that, while not fancy, generally perform as advertised. As a result, the company has been able to continually refine its manufacturing methods and release updated models on a regular basis. The company’s newest offering is the Solidoodle 4, a desktop AM system that moves away from RepRap aesthetics to a sleeker, more professional appearance. Continue reading