In this edition of our 3D printing news digest – Sliced, we tell you about the latest trends in 3D printing. We have news from the medical and entertainment sectors, new materials and business opportunities. Read on to know more about Nano Dimensions, Local Motors, AMUG, Doctors Without Border, and Fabrisonic.
Promoting 3D printing
Nano Dimensions, an Israeli AM company specializing in 3D printing precision electronics, has sold a machine in South Korea. With the help of the company’s reseller in South Korea, HDC, Nano Dimensions installed a DragonFly Pro system at the Chungbuk Technopark, a not-for-profit business incubator focused on biotechnology. Gilad Reshef, Nano Dimensions’ APAC Director, said, “The South Korean market is very important to Nano Dimension and installations at premium and innovative customers such as Chungbuk Technopark are one of the key reasons why we have partners like HDC.”
GoProto Inc., an on-demand 3D printing and manufacturing service bureau, has opened a facility in Melbourne, Australia. The new 9,000 sq facility is now producing using the HP Jet Fusion 4210 printer.
Gener8tor, a startup accelerator operating in Madison, Milwaukee, and Minneapolis, has partnered with Youngstown Business Incubator, a part of the additive manufacturing cluster in Ohio and part of the MAMLS project.
Gener8tor will introduce gALPHA and gBETA programmes on additive manufacturing in Youngstown, Ohio. gALPHA is a four-week workshop to help student form start-up companies and gBETA will provide professional help to early-stage startups operating in Youngstown. Both programmes will begin in 2019.
Driving 3D printing forward
Local Motors, an Arizona-based automaker, has announced the Olli Fleet Challenge, which invites residents and councils to propose a three-month use of the Olli in their district. Olli is an environment-friendly autonomous electric vehicle, nearly 30% of which is 3D printed.
Jay Rogers, CEO and co-founder of Local Motors said:
“The world is eagerly searching for innovative solutions for sustainable transportation. Over the past few weeks, we’ve provided nearly 2,000 Olli rides to thrilled audiences including government decision makers,”
Rogers further added, “This challenge is a meaningful opportunity for local and business leaders to take the next step and put their collective heads together to envision how mobility is going to change in their communities, and then have the opportunity to immediately test that vision.”
The BMW iFE.18, an electric race car by BMW will have its debut at the ABB FIA Formula E Championship in Ad Diriyah, Kingdom of Saudia Arabia. The electric motor of the drivetrain component has an aluminum casing which is 3D printed.
The Additive Manufacturing Users Group (AMUG) has announced the recipient the annual Innovators Award. Professor Gideon Levy of Technology Turn Around (TTA), an Israeli start-up consulting company, will receive the award at the 2019 AMUG Conference.
The Manufacturing Technologies Association (MTA) has appointed a new President. Marcus Burton will serve for two years as the President of the association. On 4 December Burton met with Business Minister Richard Harrington and Chi Onwurah MP at Westminster. Burton commented, “I’m honoured to take up the Presidency and looking forward to using my term to make a difference to the industry in which I have enjoyed such a rewarding career. Issues such as Brexit and Industrial Digitalisation will have a major effect on our industry and I want to make sure that our voice is heard.”
A peek at support materials
3DGence, a Polish 3D printer manufacturer, known for the INDUSTRY F340, has released a soluble support material for PEEK and ABS. The Engineering Soluble Material (ESM-10) is designed to serve as support for the PEEK and ABS models.
Furthermore, the Polish manufacturer has also introduced the Support Dissolving System (SDS), a 55.2 liter capacity tank. Finished parts are dipped into the SDS to remove support material.
Making people smile
The Texas Department of Criminal Justice has announced that 3D printed dentures will be provided to inmates in Texas prisons.
The proposition was granted after a piece of investigative journalism revealed that prisoners in Texas penitentiaries were denied dental prosthetics on a regular basis.