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British metal additive manufacturing specialist Renishaw has extended its partnership with topology optimization software company ParaMatters.

Through the collaboration, the two parties continue to pursue opportunities to make 3D printing easier for manufacturers. This includes the ongoing optimization of ParaMatters CogniCAD software.

“We worked with Renishaw to establish a smooth workflow that made it possible to automate the entire process from design to manufacturing,” explains Michael Bogomolny, ParaMatters Co-Founder and CTO.

One of the new additions to CogniCAD includes “Click to Print” functionality, which will help assess the “printability” of generative designed parts.

The Renishaw RenAM 500M machine. Photo by Beau Jackson
A Renishaw RenAM 500M machine. Photo by Beau Jackson

ParaMatters generative design

ParaMatters CogniCAD software is a generative design platform enabling design engineers to rethink lightweighting of parts.

Complete with finite element analysis (FEA) the program promises high fidelity designs based on specific constraints, e.g. stiffness and stress. These models can then be automatically converted to CAD for further iterations, or 3D printing.

Case in point – the Nightstalker motorcycle

Together with Renishaw, CogniCAD software was applied to the design of the Nightstalker, for luxury motorcycle manufacturer ECOSSE Moto Works.

The engine mount bracket produced as a result of this collaboration resulted in a 35% weight reduction over the traditionally machined alternative – helping to improve the fuel efficiency and overall dynamics of the bike. These benefits, which prove how effective 3D printing can be in a production setting, will be the focus of the companies’ future work together.

Highlighting some of the challenges to additive adoption Stephen Anderson, AM Business Development Manager at Renishaw Inc., asserts, “Generative design has a clear role to play in lightweighting parts that cannot be produced by computer numerical control (CNC) machining alone. However, for many manufacturers, the initial investment required to perform such optimizations is too high,”

“By working with ParaMatters potential users can easily try topology optimization, see the results and then engage with Renishaw to assess final suitability for additive manufacturing.”

The Nightstalker motorcycle with CogniCAD designed, Renishaw 3D printed, engine mount bracket. Photo via ECOSSE Moto Works
The Nightstalker motorcycle with CogniCAD designed, Renishaw 3D printed, engine mount bracket. Photo via ECOSSE Moto Works

More from Renishaw

In a further step to increase additive adoption, Renishaw will also give ParaMatters access to its 3D printers for joint customer projects.

Most recently, Renishaw announced a partnership with Swedish engineering group Sandvik to increase its additive manufacturing capacity.

The company’s most recent machine, the RenAM 500Q, is a quad laser system and was released at Formnext 2017.

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Featured image shows parts designed and 3D printed through ParaMatters CogniCAD. Image via ParaMatters

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Wednesday, December 19, 2018

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Discover how designers' ideas become reality by means of JP4 and JP4 EVO printing machines

Heimtextil 2018 (8 – 11 January 2019 Frankfurt am Main); visitors will be able to look and touch the outstanding printing results achievable by using JP4 and JP4 EVO printing machines at the industry's most important global event for interior textiles and interior design.

MS (Hall 3.0 – Booth J61) is showcasing both versions of JP4 textile printing machines.

  • JP4 model – 3200mm printing width – is printing in combination with Digistar Bravo: JK Group's disperse ink. JP4 is an ink and software open system equipped with Kyocera KJ4B-300dpi printheads. Whilst being the “baby” in MS’s fabric product range for direct textile printing it offers Industrial Production Speed: 150 sqm/hour @1500 (double CMYK) and 85 sqm/hour @1500 (8 single colours). JP4 is the joining link between paper and textile printing thanks to its possible double configuration: paper & fabric; revealing-itself a very profitable investment.
  • JP4 EVO model – 3200mm printing width – is printing in combination with Digistar Bellagio: JK Group's reactive ink which is debuting at Heimtextil. JP4 EVO is an ink and software open system equipped with Kyocera KJ4B-600dpi printheads, offering Industrial Production Speed: 220 sqm/hour @1500 (double CMYK) and 160 sqm/hour @1500 (8 single colours). JP4 EVO has been developed for non-elastic fabric offering: high-print quality results as the “sis” JP4 by adding high productivity and reliability crucial in direct textile printing.

Both JP4 models printing in mode up to 16 drops from 4 to 72 pl.

Live demo will help visitors to figure out the accuracy and reliability of MS's printing systems which allow to scale productivity and production speed without losing image quality.

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Wednesday, December 19, 2018

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Pittsburgh, Pa. – The Print and Graphics Scholarship Foundation (PGSF) is pleased to announce that a new scholarship has been funded by Graphic Arts Alliance. The GAA Scholarship endowment will be initially funded at the Print Heritage endowment level of $25,000. The scholarship is being established by GAA in recognition of the organization’s concern with supporting the future workforce of the industry.

GAA is headquartered in Philadelphia, but its member companies cover the entire United States. Since being founded in 2002, the organization has grown to become the leading purchasing group in the industry. Its 221 members provide a wide range of graphic communication services and products.

“GAA is pleased to take a lead position in creating this scholarship for young people interested in a career in the industry” stated CEO John Braceland. “We have a number of members who feel this is an important issue and want to take an active role in enhancing the future workforce.”

The GAA Scholarship will provide young students who are pursuing a course of study in the graphic arts with the opportunity to enhance their education. The offspring of employees of member companies will be given preference for consideration, thereby providing an enhanced company benefit. Over the next few years, GAA plans additional contributions to build this endowment into a six-figure fund.

“PGSF is dedicated to promoting careers in the graphic arts, and we are pleased to provide this vehicle for GAA to do the same.” Said John Berthelsen, VP-Development for PGSF. “With the establishment of this endowment the GAA name will remain a perpetual testament of their dedication to the industry.”

For information on how you or your organization can contribute to the future of the graphic arts industry, please contact John Berthelsen at jberthelsen@printing.org or visit the site at www.pgsf.org

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Wednesday, December 19, 2018

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Clevedon, UK – Beams International says it 'felt like a bit of a guinea pig' when one of Europe's first Roland DG VersaUV LEC-540 printer/cutter systems was installed at its UK HQ in 2010. But eight years on, the packaging expert is using the same VersaUV LEC to print high-quality mock-ups for Christmas 2019.

Beams International, based in Gillingham in Kent, is a specialist gifting supplier, providing branded gift packs for retailers and for alcohol and food brands. Its designs for this Christmas are in supermarkets and high-street shops now, but it works with its big-name clients months in advance to ensure eye-catching cartons are ready to hit the shelves for busy shopping periods like Christmas next year.

To meet this demand, the VersaUV LEC-540 can produce up to 170 cartons a week during the busiest periods – boosting Beams International's turnaround speeds exponentially compared to its previous process.

Andy Cooper, Senior Artworker at Beams International, explains: "Before the Roland was installed, we'd design a carton, print it onto paper on a large format inkjet printer, and stick the paper onto the card. Now we can print directly onto the final substrate, adding spot UV, embossed and metallic effects, and more. Our VersaUV LEC also has white ink so we can print onto clear stock and labels.

"All in all, our mock-ups are finished at a quality that is damn close to production quality, in around one hour. It had a big impact on production speeds immediately and the attraction for our clients was huge. Even now we're one of very few businesses to offer full-colour mock-ups. The Roland lets us offer that bit extra."

He adds: "We bought the Roland from Revolution Digital after seeing it at a trade show and felt like a bit of a guinea pig at first as we were one of the first users in Europe. But it's ideal for what we do here – it does exactly what we need."

A course at the Roland Academy in 2011 also helped Beams get to know the system better. Alongside the more compact VersaUV LEC-330, the Roland VersaUV LEC-540 UV printer/cutter offers a host of options on one device: CMYK and white printing; cutting and folding; varnish and embossed effects and more, on virtually any material. It's perfect for prototype packaging, proofing and labels, as well as custom large format and speciality graphics.

On the machine's age, Andy says 'it's a lot like a car': "As long as you look after it you can expect it to carry on going. Plus the Silver Service package from Roland DG Care is second to none, and good value compared to third party services."

Andy says he's happy with the VersaUV LEC at present but is interested in a visit to the Roland Creative Centre in Clevedon to catch up on eight years of innovation.

For more information on Beams International, please visit www.beamsinternational.com

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Wednesday, December 19, 2018

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Topeka, Kan. – The Foil & Specialty Effects Association (FSEA) invites companies in the finishing, printing, folding carton, greeting card and binding industries to submit their best work to the 26th Annual FSEA Gold Leaf Awards Competition.

“The print finishing industry is performing spectacular work each and every day on greeting cards, presentation folders, labels, invitations, folding cartons, packaging boxes and much more,” said FSEA Executive Director Jeff Peterson. “The FSEA Gold Leaf Awards program grows every year as entries are submitted from around the world by finishers and binders that want to compete against the best in the industry.”

New technologies have fueled growth, too, with expanded award categories in areas such as digital foil and other specialty UV coatings. Entries will be judged on design, execution and level of difficulty in more than 25 categories, with a gold, silver and bronze award presented in each category.

A “Best of Show” award will be selected from among all of the Gold Award winners. All winning companies will be announced, with their winning entry displayed, at an awards reception during the 2019 Odyssey Expo, to be held May 1-3, 2019, in Atlanta, Georgia. Competition winners also will be highlighted in promotional campaigns, PostPress magazine and other trade publications, on the FSEA website and at industry events throughout 2019.

To submit entries or for complete information on rules, regulations and entry fees, download an entry form from the FSEA website at www.fsea.com. Questions? Call the FSEA at 785.271.5816. Entry deadline is March 15, 2019.

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