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Tuesday, December 18, 2018

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ONYX 18.5 takes print production to the next level as the first RIP solution with APPE 5.1

Salt Lake City, Utah – Onyx Graphics, Inc., today announced the global availability of ONYX 18.5 software, the latest version release of the company’s wide- and grand-format RIP software. ONYX 18.5 software builds upon the award-winning ONYX 18 version, taking print production to the next level with the distinction of being the first wide-format RIP solution with Adobe PDF Print Engine 5.1 (APPE 5.1). With APPE 5.1, users benefit from the latest technological advancements for complete design-to-print workflows including high impact color rendering, smoother edges for graphics, enhanced Unicode support; plus support for PDF 2.0 features such as black-point compensation, half-tone origin, special data for spot colors, and page-level output intent.

“ONYX 18.5 continues to lead the wide-format print industry with technological advancements that future-proof print service providers needing to differentiate themselves from their competition,” said Bryan Manwaring, Director of Product Marketing at Onyx Graphics. “Helping our customers stay ahead of the curve as well as enabling them to take advantage of unrivaled RIP and production speeds are achievements that can greatly benefit their operations for years to come.”

ONYX 18.5 also introduces new Quick Set application library management for improved automation, enhanced iccMAX compatibility with support for third-party files and new spot color tools for greater color accuracy and vibrancy. Coupled with new ColorCheck reports, ONYX 18.5 delivers industry-leading output that can literally be validated to print buyers.

Highlights of ONYX 18.5 include:

  • APPE 5.1, the latest Adobe PDF Print Engine
  • PDF 2.0 features including black-point compensation
  • Unrivaled performance gains with 2X faster RIP speeds and 5X faster production speeds
  • Added spot color vibrancy with Relative Gamut Mapping chroma preservation
  • QuickSet application library management to manage multiple QuickSets at the click of a button for securing data and getting to sellable prints faster

ONYX 18.5 software – covering the entire product portfolio of ONYX solutions including ONYX Thrive print workflow; and ONYX ProductionHouse, ONYX PosterShop, and ONYX RIPCenter RIP software – is now available to all ONYX Advantage customers by requesting a key update and to all other customers through a license purchase.

The ONYX Advantage subscription program gives ONYX software users a quick and easy way to keep their software current and secure their investment. Customers that are not ONYX Advantage subscribers should contact their local Authorized ONYX Reseller or visit onyxgfx.com for more information.

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In this edition of 3D printing news digest – Sliced, we have news about the launch of a 3D printed rocket, a 3D printer for construction, atomized metals for additive manufacturing and much more. Read on to know more about Hamilton Labs, PyroGenesis, axial3D, and Rocket Lab.

Taking AM around the world

Additive Industries, a metal 3D printer manufacturer known for the MetalFAB1, has appointed a new General Manager, to oversee the company’s expansion into the Asia Pacific region. Mike Goh has 20 years of experience in the industry and serves as a business developer at the Singapore Centre for 3D Printing.

The German Machine Tools Association (VDW) joined its first symposium on ‘Machine Tools from Germany’ in the U.S. The symposium was held in Detroit, Michigan and Charlotte, North Carolina. Detroit is home to Ford’s Advanced Manufacturing Center.

DyeMansion, a German post-processing workflow company, has announced UK-based Matsuura Machinery as a reseller of its post-processing technology and HP Multi Jet Fusion systems.

SLM Solutions North America, a metal 3D printer manufacturer, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with The Barnes Group Advisors, an additive manufacturing consultancy firm promoting industrialization of 3D printing. The Barnes Group will provide AM training to SLM Solutions’ customers. Aaron LaLonde SLM Solutions’ Director Applications Engineering, said, “By partnering our machine expertise with the industry leaders at The Barnes Group Advisors, we are able to lower the barrier to entry and shorten the learning curve for success with selective laser melting for our customers.”

Mike Goh with a MetalFab1 system. Image via Additive Industries.
Mike Goh with a MetalFab1 system. Image via Additive Industries.

Advancing simulation 

EDEM, a UK-headquartered software company known for Discrete Element Method (DEM) software for bulk material simulation, has released the latest version of its software. EDEM 2019 brings new tools and features with an integrated Python library for post-processing large data sets.

Richard LaRoche, CEO of EDEM said, “As confidence in the method has grown, we are seeing rapidly evolving requirements for applying EDEM to solve many industrial problems involving a large number of fine particles, notably in the powder handling industries such as additive manufacturing.” 

A simulation in the EDEM software. Image via EDEM.
A simulation in the EDEM software. Image via EDEM.

From veteran to machinist

CNCMachines.net, a seller of CNC machines has announced the ‘Veteran to Machinist Scholarship Program’. The company will award three scholarships worth $1,000 for veterans who want to pursue a career as machinists. Applications can be submitted at the scholarship page.

Building with 3D printers

Hamilton Labs, a Singapore-based 3D printing company active in the construction sector, has released an entry-level construction 3D printer. Willy Ng, the founder of Hamilton Labs said, “We want our entry-level model to be as standardized as possible, as user-friendly as possible, as mobile as possible, as low cost as possible.”

Hamilton Labs' 3D printed toilet design complete with energy genertaing solar panel roof. Image via Hamilton Labs
Hamilton Labs’ 3D printed toilet design complete with energy-generating solar panel roof. Image via Hamilton Labs

Emerging Medtech Company of the Year

Axial3D, a Belfast-based company specializing in 3D printed anatomical models, has won an ‘Emerging Medtech Company of the Year’ award. The award recognizes the company’s potential for innovation.

Don’t forget that the nominations process for the 2019 3D Printing Industry Awards is now open. Let us know who is leading the 3D printing industry.

Women in 3D printing is celebrating its fourth anniversary and has registered itself as a not-for-profit organization.

Detailed axial3D kidney mode, with cyst in black. Image via axial3D.
Detailed axial3D kidney model with a cyst in black. Image via axial3D.

Plasma metal powder

PyroGenesis, a Canadian metal powder known for its proprietary plasma technology, has received an order from a government body. The details of the order and the name of the government entity are not disclosed. PyroGenesis will produce reactive metal using its plasma technology for the latest order. President and CEO of PyroGenesis, P. Peter Pascali, said, “This order is clearly a recognition of PyroGenesis’ strengths as an innovative plasma Company, and further underscores our position, and value, to the Additive Manufacturing industry.”

3D printed pastries 

Jordi Bordas, a Spanish Chef, educator, and Pastry World Champion, uses a 3D printed mold to make the Golden Peanut, Bordas’ latest pastry. Bordas used the dual extruder BCN3D Sigma desktop 3D printer by Barcelona-based BCN3D to print the mold.

The 3D printed mold of the Golden Peanut. Image via BCN3D
The 3D printed mold of the Golden Peanut. Image via BCN3D

3DK Toys, a provider of .STL files for 3D printing toys has been granted a patent for a printing method that bypasses the build size limitation to let users print dolls of various sizes. The patent is filed under the name of “pin and void systems and methods for connecting 3D-printable objects” and is also called the Pin & Void system.

A journalist tested Android and iPhone’s facial recognition security with a 3D printed head. Thomas Brewster, a Forbes journalist had a replica of his head 3D printed by the Birmingham-based service bureau Backface. Brewster was able to unlock four Android phones, including a Samsung S9. However, the fake head could not fool an iPhone X. 

Thomas Brewster holding his 3D printed head. Image via Forbes.
Thomas Brewster holding his 3D printed head. Image via Forbes.

Launching a 3D printed rocket

Rocket Lab, an American aerospace manufacturer known for 3D printed rocket engines, has successfully launched the Electron booster in collaboration with NASA. The launch vehicle is carrying thirteen CubeSats. The Electron booster rocket was launched on Sunday from a base at New Zealand’s North Island at 6.33 GMT.

The launch of Rocket Lab’s Electron booster. Image courtesy of Trevor Mahlmann/Rocket Lab
The launch of Rocket Lab’s Electron booster. Image courtesy of Trevor Mahlmann/Rocket Lab

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Featured image shows Sliced logo over the launch of Rocket Lab’s Electron booster. Image courtesy of Trevor Mahlmann/Rocket Lab

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Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Press release from the issuing company

Jace Arthur Prejean, age 62, passed away peacefully on Sunday, December 16, 2018. He was a native and a resident of Houma.

Jace was the owner of Bayou Printing & Graphics, Inc. for 35 years and Dooley’s Nightclub. He was a founding member and past president of the National Print Owners Association, past president of the Gulf Coast Association of Quick Printers, and a member of the Southeast Printers Performance Group. He also served on the board of directors for the Houma-Terrebonne Jaycees, Kiwanis Club of Houma, Houma-Terrebonne Chamber of Commerce, and was a former member of Houma Elks Lodge, Knights of Columbus, a member of the Krewe of Hercules, and the Krewe of Terreanians.

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In a new project from Fenneclabs, self-professed maker Tomer Glick has demonstrated how to make transparent parts on a desktop FFF 3D printer.

A challenging project, due to the inhomogenity of melted plastic, Glick’s experimentation successfully creates focusing lenses, and clear blocks that replicate the effect of etched glass.

Sanding out the grooves

Glick’s 3D printed lenses are achieved by diminishing the bubbles created when depositing consecutive layers. To achieve this, he developed CURA settings that make each deposited layer as thin as possible, and over extrudes the plastic so it melts into and molds to the shape of the previous layer.

After some tweaks to keep over extrusion in check, the next step is post processing to ride the object of any grooves.

Though effective at smoothing the objects, acetone treatment resulted in cloudy parts. The most successful technique Glick found was sanding the parts with incremental grains of sand paper.

With this he managed he managed to produce a basic lens capable of focusing light.

Glick's basic lens pre (left) and post (right) processing. Photo via Fenneclabs
Glick’s basic lens pre (left) and post (right) processing. Photo via Fenneclabs

Replicating laser etching 

Through further experimentation, Glick managed to create curved lenses which could focus multiple laser beams into a single spot.

By working out how to add shaped internal cavities in Blender, Glick also created a miniature “frozen” Mario sculpture, and a small cube containing a snowflake-like pendant.

"Frozen" Mario, made on an FFF 3D printer. Photo via Fenneclabs
“Frozen” Mario, made on an FFF 3D printer. Photo via Fenneclabs

A larger, flat lens produced by Glick in this project is also capable of focusing sunlight across a room.

All prints pictures were made using Clear EasyABS from Prusa Research.

3D printed lenses

While Glick’s lenses aren’t suitable for use in a camera, this has been achieved before by designer Amos Dudley using SLA.

In Germany, researchers have also employed micro SLA technology to 3D print tiny lenses that give drones and robots sharper vision.

On a more industrial scale, Dutch company Luxexcel is leading the way for 3D printed, patient-specific lenses for sight correction.

To try 3D printing your own transparent objects, check out Glick’s full post on Fenneclabs here.

Focusing light with a 3D printed lens. Photo via Fenneclabs
Focusing light with a 3D printed lens. Photo via Fenneclabs

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Featured image shows Magnifying lens made on a FFF 3D printer. Clip via Tomer Glick on YouTube

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MyMiniFactory, a UK-based 3D content platform, has launched a new plugin to make 3D printing more widely accessible to consumers.

The Click & Print plugin is now available for OctoPrint, an open source interface used to control and monitor many aspects of print runs. This new feature allows users to 3D print without prior knowledge of slicing or STL file preparation.

Jim Neill, an OctoPrint plugin developer and the main developer on the project in collaboration with MyMiniFactory, stated:

“I think the Click & Print system that MyMiniFactory has developed expands the ease at which the non-technical/new 3D printer user will experience, and hopefully my plugin implementation for OctoPrint will expand that technology to the maker community at large.”

The Click & Print plugin. Photo via MyMiniFactory.
The Click & Print plugin. Photo via MyMiniFactory.

The OctoPrint interface

The OctoPrint project was created by Gina Häußge as a highly extensible and powerful tool that allows a user to control and monitor 3D printers remotely.

There definitely is a need for Open Source projects. In fact, I think the past couple of years the importance of Open Source has only grown as companies across the globe are seeing the benefits of sharing knowledge instead of reinventing their own wheels over and over again and have started to contribute more actively.

“In the field of consumer 3D printing, everything relies on Open Source – be it firmware, host software, slicers. And the CAD packages are also catching to their commercial and closed source competitors.”

Monitoring 3D prints remotely with OctoPrint.
Monitoring 3D prints remotely with OctoPrint.

The Click & Print Plugin

Additive manufacturing typically requires some understanding of parameters of slicing an STL file in preparation for print, according to the 3D model, material and 3D printer. MyMiniFactory’s Click & Print enables users to 3D print without this knowledge, ultimately encouraging more makers to 3D print while saving time within the process. 

According to the platform, “the goal of MyMiniFactory is to empower 3D designers to share their creativity and guaranteed 3D printable objects with the world, the idea came about as a way to expand the audience of those who can enjoy their digital content as objects.”

Romain Kidd, CEO of MyMiniFactory said, “It’s only one click away, so now anyone who knows how to use Instagram can now also enjoy 3D designer content and printing through MyMiniFactory.”

The Click & Print plugin is available for Octoprint on the MyMiniFactory app. 

Octoprint is available for free, and the MyMiniFactory app is available on both Google Play Store and iOS app. Instructions for enabling the plugin can be found here.

The Click & Print plugin. Photo via MyMiniFactory.

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Featured image shows the Click & Print plugin. Photo via MyMiniFactory.

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