Stratasys Introduces Full-Color, Office-Friendly J55 PolyJet 3D Printer

It was only a few months ago that Stratasys introduced its latest PolyJet system, the J826, at 3DEXPERIENCE World 2020. This week, it’s unveiling the new J55 3D printer, which costs roughly a third of the price of the company’s enterprise-class PolyJet systems (100K versus $260k) giving product design teams fast, full-color, office-friendly 3D printing in one package.

“We developed this innovative new 3D printer to truly transform the product development process for product designers and engineers everywhere. Not only does the J55 fit the budget of virtually any product design team, but the quality of the parts you can 3D print are best in class. It’s so simple that anyone can set it up and use it, and it’s so quiet you’ll forget it’s running,” said Omer Krieger, Executive Vice President of Products at Stratasys.

The J55 is unique in many ways, starting with a patented, first-of-its-kind rotating build platform with a fixed print head that makes maintenance easier and increases reliability. Something else that’s increased is the machine’s output, even though its footprint is smaller at 4.6 sq. ft. This fact, coupled with ultra-quiet operation and ProAero filtration for odor-free operation, makes the J55 a great solution for product design offices.

The J55 3D Printer operates using a first-of-its-kind rotational printing platform, maximizing print reliability and offering greater output from a small footprint.

In developing the J55, Stratasys prioritized a simpler print workflow for designers. The 3D printer is supported by GrabCAD Print software, so that multiple common CAD files, like CATIA, Inventor, PTC Creo, Siemens NX, and SOLIDWORKS, and 3MF files, can be imported easily. Additionally, Stratasys is adding support for the latest 3MF color workflow for the first time through the use of KeyShot 3D rendering software from Luxion Inc.; this capability is currently in beta testing and is planned for later this year.

Designed to fit design studios and office spaces, the Stratasys J55 suits the budget of virtually any product design team, without compromising on part quality.

“We know that the risk and time involved with traditional prototyping simply doesn’t work anymore, yet there’s no room for compromise on design. Designers can and should do a lot more prototyping in-house, from initial concept modeling to highly realistic final prototypes,” said Tim Greene, a 3D printing research director at IDC, about how the product design process needs to change in order to match the current industry. “It’s just been a matter of bringing enterprise quality to a design shop’s price point and workspace. And now we’re there.”

Stratasys says that the J55 was created as a “smaller but equally capable complement” to its enterprise J8 series. The system offers the same great detail and resolution as the rest of the series, its 3D printed models match the color, finish, material, and shape of final products, and the entire design process is supported with same day send-to-print and little post-processing required.

The J55 opens up advanced full-color, multi-material 3D printing to everyday designers, giving them the power to significantly enhance product development.

Tony Guard, the Director of Innovation and Industrial Design at Kinetic Vision, stated, “There is no way to validate 2D designs without a realistic 3D model, it’s simply not possible.”

The Cincinnati-based company, designated an “essential business” during the COVID-19 pandemic, employs 175 people and creates products for businesses of all sizes, ranging from startups to Fortune 50 companies, in many industries, including aerospace, consumer electronics, medical, and packaged goods. Kinetic Vision is using the new J55, but with employee capacity so low, it seemed setup would be difficult. But Guard says a single employee, with remote support from Stratasys, was able to do it.

“My jaw dropped when I saw what the machine could do. We can validate products faster with form, color, finish, graphics, everything. We can offer our clients tangible 3D-printed models that represent a final retail product, faster than we ever could before,” he said. “I’d love the J55 to be our secret strategic advantage, but I don’t think it will be a secret for long.”

The J55 3D Printer combines realism and productivity, including high fidelity and five simultaneously printed materials that enable nearly 500,000 colors, PANTONE Validation, realistic textures and transparency in one printed part.

The J55 mixes productivity and realism so that users can achieve fast, full-color, and realistic designs. It offers high fidelity and full CMF (color, material, finish) capabilities, including five high-performance PolyJet materials, including support, that can be printed at the same time – allowing operators to avoid downtime due to material changes. The printer enables nearly 500,000 X-Rite-based color profiles, multiple textures, PANTONE validated color, and transparency with VeroClear material; VeroUltraClear will available later this year.

Other specs include:

  • remote monitoring
  • 22-liter maximum build volume
  • accuracy of ±100μ
  • hands-free soluble support removal
  • 503 lbs

Orders are being taken now for the new Stratasys J55 3D printer, which is expected to ship in July 2020. Check out the video here to learn more about the J55.

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FabRx Releases M3DIMAKER for 3D Printed, Personalized Pharmaceuticals

Most medicines these days are made with mass manufacturing production methods, which produce drug forms that have identical characteristics, such as appearance, drug release, and dosage. But issues abound with this way of doing things – inappropriate dosing can cause bad side effects, and even lead to a lack of treatment for young and elderly patients. Often in pediatric treatment, caregivers are told to split, or even crush, pills in order to meet the proper dosage requirements for their age. This can actually cause inaccurate dosages, and even medicines being incorrectly used. We obviously need age-appropriate pharmaceutical formulations, but personalized medicines aren’t really in the wheelhouse of most traditional manufacturing methods.

Founded in 2014, FabRx Ltd., a pharmaceutical biotechnology spin-out company from the University College London’s School of Pharmacy, has spent the last several years researching and developing 3D printed, customized drugs and drug-loaded medical devices. The company first tried out FFF and SLA technologies, and then SLS 3D printing, to fabricate its proprietary Printlets.

In 2018, FabRx received a grant of almost £1 million from Innovate UK to develop the first personalized medicine 3D printer. Last year, it completed the first in-human clinical study in the world with 3D printed tablets. The study successfully demonstrated that 3D printing is a feasible and effective manufacturing method to prepare oral tailored-dose therapies in a hospital setting. Now, the company has released the M3DIMAKER, the first pharmaceutical 3D printer for fabricating personalized medicines.

FabRx’s M3DIMAKER, including a data matrix reader and fingerprint access control.

“We are delighted to be launching our state-of-the-art 3D printing system in light of the recommendations from the regulatory organisations into the pharmaceutical market,” Dr. Alvaro Goyanes, Director of Development at FabRx, said in a press release. “I truly believe that we are one step closer to personalised medicine thanks to the M3DIMAKER™.”

The company’s hard work shows that additive manufacturing can deliver on-demand, unique medicines that feature dosages and appearances meant for specific patients. Its Printlets can be made with precise doses, and for patients who require a lot of drugs, the 3D printed tablets can even combine more than one medication into a single polypill.

The newly launched M3DIMAKER 3D printer was first introduced at the ILMAC Exhibition in Basel, Switzerland) in September 2019. It has been tested around the world in pharmacies, research institutes, and hospitals, which is why it’s now available on the market.

The printer, which features multiple nozzles for adaptive manufacturing purposes, is made with a “sleek hardware system” that’s controlled by special yet user-friendly software in order to select the required dose chosen by a physician’s prescription and prescribed by a pharmacist. It has camera monitoring to detect print errors and track progress, advanced in-line quality control procedures, and 3D print 28 Printlets, or one month’s worth of medication, in about eight minutes, depending on the specific medication being fabricated.

The M3DIMAKER system can make pills using both FDM technology and direct powder extrusion, thanks to its alternating nozzles. Additionally, the versatile printer ensures security and reliability by using fingerprint access control and a data matrix reader. This way, only authorized personnel will have access.

The M3DIMAKER 3D printing a number of tablets directly onto pharmaceutical blister packaging.

There are many different applications for the new FabRx M3DIMAKER 3D printing system, including making personalized medications for clinical practices, research, and drug development, such as producing small batches for pre-clinical and clinical studies. To see the system in action, take a look at the video found here.

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Mimaki USA Releases New Large-Scale 3DGD-1800 3D Printing System

Wide-format inkjet printer and cutter manufacturer Mimaki USA, an operating entity of Mimaki Engineering in Japan, is expanding its existing 3D printer offering with the new large-scale Mimaki 3DGD-1800 system, which complements the company’s full-color UV-cure inkjet 3DUJ-553 3D printer and 3DFF-222 desktop system. Due to its size, the new 3DGD-1800 is a great choice for 3D printing dimensional displays for multiple applications.

Mimaki USA develops and builds a full line of digital printers and cutters, and provides a total workflow solution for applications in the industrial 3D printing, art, sign graphics, and textile and apparel markets. Its new 3DGD-1800 3D printer, which offers a processing speed that’s three times faster than what conventional FFF and other extrusion-based systems can provide, creates large-scale prints using Gel Dispensing Printing technology, which sounds similar to Massivit 3D’s proprietary GDP method that combines FDM and SLA techniques.

Mimaki’s newest 3D printer offering, weighing in at 2,500 kg, is able to create a figure that’s 70.8″ high in only seven hours, with a maximum build weight of 150 kg and dimensions of 57” x 43.7” x 70.8”. The 3DGD-1800 has an assembly-based design, which allows users to print massive objects that, as Mimaki USA puts it, far exceed “the size of the formation area.” Additionally, because the system does not need to use support materials for internal structures, it can print objects with hollow interiors at a higher rate of speed than conventional 3D printers, “which can later accommodate infill material or be left open.”

Mimaki 3DGD-1800 3D printer

The Mimaki 3DGD-1800 features a dual-printhead configuration, which helps decrease production time as it can provide output for two different structures simultaneously. Its MG-100W material, which is a white UV-curable resin, is a good choice for applications that are lit internally with LED modules. The printer is a complete solution for fabricating large-scale 3D objects, and includes easy to use 3DGD slicer software.

Example application

The printer’s surface be decorated with output from Mimaki’s inkjet printers, and specialty graphics producers can add a desktop 3DFF-222 or full-color 3DUJ-553 as supplementary systems if they’re also interested in printing smaller 3D figures and models with fine details. The new Mimaki 3DGD-1800 is a great system for manufacturing large, colorful items, including channel letters and logos, event decorations and product mock-ups, movie props and sets, interior design elements and entertainment promotions, vacuum molds, interior-illuminated signage, museum/POP/window displays, and more.

Additional specs for the new Mimaki 3DGD-1800 include:

  • Ethernet
  • 1.8 / 2.6 mm diameter nozzle
  • Supports standard STL, OBJ, 3DS, ply, blend file formats

The new large-scale 3DGD-1800 3D printer is now available for purchase through Mimaki USA. With this new addition, Mimaki now offers more 2D and 3D printing solutions than any global wide-format digital printing company.

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Tractus3D Introducing Latest Large Volume 3D Printer, the Office-Friendly T2000

Dutch 3D printer manufacturer Tractus3D specializes in making Delta-style, large-format systems that are, according to its website, “more reliable, versatile and future proof than most others in the market.” The company is the 3D printing market leader in outdoor signage, though its tough, high quality printers can also be found working in the automotive, construction, healthcare, and manufacturing industries.

Through a partnership with Innofil3D, Tractus3D offers inexpensive filament to its customers, though its 3D printers are also open if anyone wants to use their own materials, and the company’s large volume systems are “born from a passion for perfection.”

The company has three different 3D printer series, in addition to several available add-ons and upgrades. The Desk series, for 3D printing smaller objects, includes the T1250, T850, and T650 3D printers, while the Pro series consists of the high temperature, industrial T850P and T650P systems. The Large Volume series is made up of the T3500, which can print objects up to 2.1 meters high, and the T3000, able to print 1.45 meters high. This week, Tractus3D welcomed a new addition to this series – the T2000 3D printer, “our perfect sized industrial 3D printer.”

“As you know at Tractus3D, we are always looking for new opportunities to offer our clients,” the company wrote in an email. “This is the moment we can officially introduce our newly developed 3D printer: the T2000.”

The new large volume T2000 3D printer offers a printing height of 1 meter, and a width of 68 cm. Even though it is a large-format system, it’s still small enough at 2 meters tall and 82 cm wide to fit through a door and be placed comfortably in any workspace or office.

“One of our passions is large volume printing. With our T3500 and T3000 we have two of the biggest 3D printers in the world. However, we noticed that large volume is also needed in a smaller space, say in every normal office. That’s where our latest 3D printer comes in,” the Tractus3D website states.

The new T2000 3D printer, which Tractus3D has labeled a plug and play system, provides extremely high accuracy when it comes to fabricating large objects, and it also features a closed chamber, which offers good temperature stability and helps to minimize the chance of prints warping. It has a fast printing speed of up to 400 mm per second, and also includes a flying extruder, a 7″ LCD touchscreen for ease of use, an F033L printhead with a fan unit, and an upgrade to the latest firmware 3.0.

Additional specs for the T2000 include:

  • net weight of 175 kg
  • automatic bed leveling
  • XYZ resolution of 20, 20, 50 microns
  • heated build plate (up to 110°C)
  • good layer resolution for five different nozzles

If interested, you can request a quote for the T2000 3D printer here. Tractus3D will begin shipping the new system in May 2020, on a first come, first serve basis.

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Metal 3D Printing: SHINING 3D to Present EP-M250 Pro at Formnext

Formnext 2019—held in Frankfurt, Germany—does not actually begin until November 19; however, there is already a torrent of news flowing in about the many innovations to be shown off through the 22nd. SHINING 3D will be there in full force, presenting the new EP-M250 Pro 3D printer.

As the latest in the SHINING 3D line of additive manufacturing solutions, the EP-M250 Pro 3D is a metal 3D printer, operating with dual lasers. Employing advanced metal powder bed fusion (MPBF) technology, the EP-M250 Pro is efficient at converting 3D files with complex geometries into 3D printed metal parts capable of high performance. In their recent press release regarding Formnext, the SHINING 3D team explains that this new 3D printer is meant for small-batch production of medium-sized parts.

With an impressive build volume of 262x262x350mm and precise control via the dual lasers, the EP-M250 Pro is designed for greater affordability in production due to high material consumption rates, and real-time monitoring of the 3D printing process. The SHINING 3D team also designed this new 3D printer with an optimized filter and unique gas flow management system.

“The SHINING 3D industrial line of 3D scanners and printers continues to grow to meet customer demands. As the industry continues to grow and adapt additive manufacturing solutions to various applications it is important that companies remain flexible in such a dynamic and ever-expanding field,” states SHINING 3D in their recent press release. “SHINING 3D looks to continue making professional 3D solutions accessible for all levels of customers. The EP-M250 Pro is the latest product in this endeavor.

“SHINING 3D prides itself on creating accessible 3D solutions for all and the industrial line of products are no exception.”

Visit the SHINING 3D booth (Hall 11.0, C49) at Formnext to catch the EP-M250 Pro 3D printer in action, as well as checking out 3D printed samples. The SHINING 3D team will also be exhibiting their premier metrology 3D scanners, their reverse engineering and design bundle, digital dental solutions, and even 3D digitizing solutions for footwear—including a 3D scanner for feet.

“Formnext is shaping up to be quite the event and SHINING 3D is excited to be a part of it.”

Founded in 2004, SHINING 3D is headquartered in Hangzhou, China. As pioneers in the research and development of 3D printing, they offer solutions for application such as:

  • Industrial manufacturing
  • Healthcare and life sciences
  • Product customization
  • Education

Currently, SHINING 3D works with customers in over 70 countries in:

  • Asia Pacific
  • Europe
  • North America
  • South America
  • Africa
  • Middle East

SHINING 3D continues to be a dynamic force within the 3D printing realm, from their continued international expansion to presenting new software options, scanners, and hardware.

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The Stratasys J850 3D Printer: Just Released—Designed for Designers / Also New FDM Thermoplastics

With today’s release of the J850™ 3D Printer, a full-color, multi-material PolyJet system, Stratasys meets its goal to continue pushing the boundaries—now they want to give us the ability to take ‘rapid prototyping’ to the next level.

The J850 offers:

  • Increased productivity with super high-speed mode
  • Seven material capacity enables more color, transparency, flexibility
  • Extremely high-quality prints and better part refinement
  • Modeling time reduction of up to 50 percent
  • Reduced time to market

“Stratasys PolyJet technology gives designers endless possibilities. With this solution, there’s no need to add or switch technologies throughout the design process,” said Alex Padwa, the Founder of Padwa Design, a premier industrial design studio building solutions for consumer goods, high technology, and the household.

“We can immediately achieve the exact design intent we have in mind – and bring it to life in our hands instantly. The J850 is truly designed for designers.”

Stratasys is also releasing two new PolyJet Materials:

  • VeroUltraClear material delivers detail and clarity, with an appearance like glass. This new clear material helps designers envision internal features and fabricate exceptional prototypes.
  • DraftGrey™ is an affordable new material for creating prototypes in the initial project stages.

The J850 also supports PANTONE Validated color, encompassing ‘a universal language of color’ for realism in prototypes and reliability in every stage of the creation process in 3D printing. The J850 is also supported by GrabCAD Print software, eliminating the need to convert .stl files.

“The new J850 has been built to meet the needs of the full design process in industries such as consumer goods, consumer electronics, automotive, as well as education settings,” said Shamir Shoham, Vice President, PolyJet Business Unit at Stratasys.

“Typically, that process includes two separate streams: evaluating geometric shape with a physical single-color model and considering color and texture on the screen. The J850 merges these two mediums into one full-color, multi-material model to make better design decisions, earlier.”

Stratasys will provide existing J750 customers with a straightforward on-premise upgrade path to the J850.

Also taking care of their ever-growing client base of engineers, Stratasys is releasing a line of new temperature and chemical resistant FDM thermoplastics for high temperatures and ‘challenging requirements’ in use:

  •  Antero 840CN03 – for the Stratasys Fortus® F900 FDM 3D printer, this is the second PEKK-based polymer from Stratasys, created for users with high customization needs and parts with consistent electrostatic discharge (ESD) performance.
  • Diran 410MF07 and ABS-ESD7 – for the Stratasys F370™ 3D printer, this is a nylon-based material offering added toughness and low-friction. ABS-ESD7 is made for static-sensitive applications and ‘ideal’ for tooling applications.

A 3D printed part fabricated with Diran.

“Manufacturing spacecraft poses intense material challenges in the development of parts that exhibit the right attributes,” said Brian Kaplun, Senior Manager for Advanced Manufacturing, Lockheed Martin Space. “One of those challenges is getting the right ESD or electrostatic dissipative properties, among other physical and mechanical characteristics.  Stratasys Antero ESD fits our needs for outgassing and electrostatic dissipative properties in a strong but lightweight additive manufacturing material.

“We see growing adoption of 3D printing in production environments, yet engineers and designers struggle with thermoplastics that just can’t match the extreme requirements of manufacturing-based applications,” said Adam Pawloski, Vice President of Manufacturing Solutions at Stratasys. “Our thermoplastics can remove these barriers to accelerate the adoption of 3D printing in manufacturing settings, allowing users to design and create faster, while minimizing costs often associated with traditional approaches.”

Stratasys has been lighting up the 3D realm with its PolyJet system and new materials for years now, highlighting incredible projects spanning everything from fashion and wooden structures to advanced medical models. What do you think of this news? Let us know your thoughts! Join the discussion of this and other 3D printing topics at 3DPrintBoard.com.

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Origin to Begin Shipping New Industrial 3D Printer, the Origin One

Today Origin will begin shipping their new Origin One, an industrial 3D printer which the San Francisco-headquartered company claims is already in high demand internationally. In fact, the developer of open platforms for additive mass production has already doubled their installed base.

Currently, Origin is working with customers in the US, Ireland, Germany, and Denmark, engaged in the following applications:

  • Footwear
  • Automotive
  • Contract manufacturing
  • Government

“Shipping our first production printer, Origin One, is a huge milestone for the company,” said Chris Prucha, co-founder, and CEO of Origin. “The tremendous customer growth and demand we’ve seen for the printer, as well as the positive reception from our open material network, is extremely gratifying and proof that we’ve created a platform that our customers need.”

In their recent press release to 3DPrint.com, Origin also announces that they are adding Avid and Interpro to their service bureau customer roster. They have had other major news too, aside from moving into a much larger space and adding a lab, as Jeffrey Lee has come on board as their chief operating officer, previously at DCM as a venture partner, and founder of Cost Cooperative, a member-based buying group for small businesses.

“I’ve worked with this team for almost two years, and I’ve never been so convinced that Origin is poised to finally bring additive to mass manufacturing,” said Jeffrey Lee, COO, Origin. “I’m excited to join the team and help Origin realize this vision.”

Origin will also offer Origin One parts to many of their customers through their new service bureau, passing on the benefits of 3D printing to their client base as they are able to get the components they need without having to invest in all the hardware, software, and materials—although that may be something they decide to do later as additive manufacturing continues to take hold for so many applications around the world.

“We’re thrilled to expand our additive capabilities and offer Origin’s P3 technology to customers,” said Doug Collins, Owner of Avid Product Development. “Origin’s throughput, material selection, and part quality will help us serve many more production applications today and in the future.

“We’re excited to offer Origin’s P3 technology to our wide range of customers in the automotive, aerospace and medical industries,” said Dan Straka, General Manager of InterPro. “Origin One will enable us to produce end-use parts with excellent surface quality and dimensional accuracy. Plus, the parts will be made of production-grade materials from the Origin Open Material Network.”

The company has also continued to refine their offerings, making significant improvements to Origin One with software, increasing:

  • Useable build area
  • Print speed
  • Chemistry capabilities
  • Surface quality

“Equipped with a true 4k lithography engine and a native resolution of 50μm, Origin One has the highest resolution and most flexible polymer process available in additive manufacturing today,” said Prucha.

The company was founded in 2015 and is led by alumni from Google and Apple. Investors include Floodgate, DCM, Mandra Capital, Haystack, Stanford University, and Joe Montana. 

Origin has continually been moving forward with new projects to include the development of new materials, forays into areas like footwear, and ongoing hardware development. What do you think of this news? Let us know your thoughts! Join the discussion of this and other 3D printing topics at 3DPrintBoard.com.

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3D Printing News Briefs: October 14, 2019

In today’s 3D Printing News Briefs, everything is new, new, new! Carbon is announcing a new RPU 130 material, and STERNE Elastomere introduces its antimicrobial silicone 3D printing. Protolabs launches a new polypropylene 3D printing service in Europe, and Hydra Research has officially released its flagship Nautilus 3D printer.

Carbon Introduces RPU 130 Material

At this week’s International K Trade Fair in Dusseldorf, Carbon will debut its new RPU 130 resin, a rigid polyurethane that’s rigid, tough, impact resistant, and stands up under high temperatures, making it a perfect choice for the automotive industry in applications such as brake caliper covers. Made exclusively for Carbon’s Digital Light Synthesis, the dual-cure engineering resin is comparable to unfilled thermoplastics, and Carbon also partnered with DuPont Tate & Lyle Bio Products to make RPU 130 out of sustainable Susterra propanediol, a 100% bio-based material that uses 46% less nonrenewable energy from cradle-to-gate and produces 48% less greenhouse gas emissions as well.

“We are focused on ways to incorporate more sustainable approaches to developing materials, and our partnership with DuPont Tate & Lyle emphasizes that commitment,” stated Jason Rolland, SVP of Materials at Carbon. “We believe that sustainability can go hand-in-hand with improved performance. In the case of RPU 130, we believe it will make the material even more appealing for our customers, as it makes it possible to create better quality products that are also ultimately better for the environment.”

You can learn more about Carbon’s new RPU 130 at its K-Show booth, H7.2, F12 from October 16-23.

Antimicrobial Silicone 3D Printing by STERNE

French silicone 3D printing specialist STERNE will also be attending K 2019 this month. Three years ago, the company unveiled its silicone 3D printer at K 2016, and its SiO-shaping 3D silicone printing technology makes it possible to fabricate very small pieces, according to standard ISO 3302-01 :2014 (M2) tolerances, at hardness from 30 to 60 Shores A. The printer also offers a full panel of colors in opaque, phosphorescent, and translucent.

The company is now combining 3D printing with antimicrobial silicone, in order to keep the silicone odor-free, avoid bacteria developing, improve the hygiene of a 3D printed object, and strengthen its immune barrier as well. You can learn more about this antimicrobial silicone 3D printing at STERNE’s Stand E23, Hall 8A, at K 2019.

Protolabs Offering Polypropylene 3D Printing in Europe

For the first time, digital manufacturing company Protolabs is offering polypropylene 3D printing, with the launch of a new service in Europe. The company has invested a lot in developing the material to be used with selective laser sintering (SLS) technology, on an SPro 60 system. SLS 3D printing with polypropylene plastic allows design engineers to rapidly develop and test prototypes, and fabricate complex designs as well, like internal channels and honeycomb structures.

“Polypropylene is one of the most used plastics available to modern manufacturers and is widely used for a number of applications. Polypropylene is one of the most used plastics available to modern manufacturers and is widely used for a number of applications. Now that we can produce a prototype in polypropylene, design engineers can develop and test it in an application using the same material that it will be manufactured from. The product design can then be quickly reiterated and retested until they have the perfect solution, before committing to tooling. This breakthrough takes product development to the next level using the most versatile of plastics, ” said Andrea Landoni, 3D printing product manager for Protolabs.

“Before, if you wanted to use polypropylene then you were limited in what you could design by the manufacturing technology available to you. Now the only limitation is your imagination.”

Hydra Research Releases Flagship 3D Printer

Oregon company Hydra Research, which began in a closet three years ago as a peer-to-peer print service, has announced the release of it flagship 3D printer, the Nautilus. The fully enclosed, industrial-grade desktop system – assembled in Portland – features a quick-change Tool Cartridge system that integrates E3D’s V6 hotend for fast nozzle switching, in addition to an integrated software solution. It also supports a variety of materials, provides Cura profiles for easy slicing, has a small footprint in a sleek frame, and offers customizable HydraCare support and consulting packages

“As a company, our primary goal is producing world-class hardware on an open source platform,” explained John Kray, the Founder and CEO of Hydra Research. “Manufacturers like E3D, Duet3D, and Fillamentum combine these values perfectly.”

You can now purchase Hydra’s Nautilus 3D printer on the company’s website, in addition to spare parts, accessories, and filament.

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Raise3D Introducing New Multipurpose E2 3D Printer at TCT Birmingham 2019

Perhaps best known for its original N series of 3D printers, global 3D printer manufacturer Raise3D introduced its flexible Pro2 3D printer series at RAPID 2018. Now, at the upcoming TCT Show, which starts next week in Birmingham, the company is announcing their newest system – the industrial-grade, easy to use, multipurpose E2 3D printer.

“There is always a fine balance between usability and performance,” stated Raise3D’s global CEO Edward Feng. “At Raise3D we want our 3D printers to be as inclusive as possible, operated by engineers, technical experts, and large manufacturing enterprises, while at the same time providing access to easy to use 3D technologies that support education, entrepreneurial ventures, and desktop engineering. We’ve made an extra effort to improve some usability factors in the E2, without compromising performance.”

The robust E2 system matches the Pro2 series as a multi-purpose open printer in the company’s current offering. In addition, it will mark the beginning of a new 3D printer series that Raise3D is currently developing for specific applications, industries, and materials. This coming series of systems will significantly increase the company’s portfolio by the end of next year.

Pro2 and Pro2 Plus

“Raise3D aims to have a portfolio that addresses the specific needs of major industries. With that aim in mind, our R&D team designed a new printer which is easier to optimize for each industry, while keeping the highest standards that we always strive for,” said Diogo Quental, Raise3D’s General Manager for Europe.

The new E2 3D printer features a 330 x 240 x 240 mm print volume, auto bed leveling, and a flexible build plate, in addition to an industrial video-assisted offset calibration guide. Other features include:

  • Automatic 3D printing pause when front door is open
  • Independent dual extruders for both Inverse and Duplicate 3D printing
  • Power save mode option

“Just like automobiles, we know some drivers prefer the manual gearbox to automatic transmission and vice-versa, so we believe the new features will be vitally important for the type of future users we expect from a variety of industries,” Feng explained.

The E2 3D printer

The E2 goes hand in hand with the company’s winning strategy of giving necessary resources to manufacturers looking to integrate desktop 3D printing in their manufacturing workflows. Some of these helpful resources include Raise3D’s Open Filament Program, which has an increasing amount of high-performance advanced and technical filaments; the fully integrated 3D print management ecosystem RaiseCloud, which is currently in beta testing mode; and desktop-based turnkey manufacturing solution RaiseFactory, which will be available in Europe after formnext.

Speaking of Europe, the new E2 will also be exclusively available there for educational purposes, at the reduced price of €2,499 + VAT (may vary in different countries.

“Having a competitive product for Education is always an important contribution to long-term success. Pro2 series is currently a best choice for manufacturing, and its approval by manufacturers is higher than ever before, but it is hard to combine with the requirements of Education, where, for example, a smaller printer would be easier to handle,” said Quental.

“With E2, we can be competitive also in this strategic sector, while at the same time improving our preparation for the future.”

Shipping for the new E2 3D printer is scheduled to begin in November. Come visit Raise3D at TCT Birmingham, September 24-26 at Stand F88, near the Introducing Stage.

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Divide By Zero Introducing New High-Speed Aion 500 MK3 Polymer 3D Printer

Mumbai-based 3D printer manufacturer Divide By Zero Technologies (DBZ) is well-known for its patented Advanced Plastic Fusion Modeling (APFM) technology. Rather than adhering to a uniform material flow, the process adapts to the needs of each layer and the complexities of the design, greatly improving layer adhesion and the overall strength and accuracy of the print.

The company’s industrial Aion 500 and advanced Aion 500 MK2 3D printers have already been adopted by several leading tech companies and design firms in India. Now, the award-winning startup is introducing its newest product – the Aion 500 MK3. The printer was recently unveiled at the Automotive Engineering Show in Chennai, and the company is touting its incredible speed.

“3D printing technology has been in the industry for the past 30 years and we all are fascinated by its potential, however, speed has been a drawback – until today,” said CEO & Founder Swapnil Sansare. “AION500 MK3 is 3X faster than conventional CNC machines. The printing speed is 10x more than any polymer extrusion-based platform anywhere in the world. Basically, you can now print the anatomical model of a human skull in minutes. Companies need not wait for a week for their orders when they can have it in mere hours.

“The RoI for this machine is barely 4 months.”

Powered by the company’s AFPM process, the new Aion 500 MK3 can print what DBZ says is ten times faster than other comparable systems without losing accuracy, mechanical properties, or surface finish. The company spent years researching how to make a high throughput, high speed 3D printer that could put the ‘rapid’ back in rapid prototyping, and the Aion 500 MK3 is the result.

“It is undoubtedly a ‘Breakthrough’ in the 3D Printing Industry and has the propensity to put INDIA on the GLOBAL MAP for Rapid Prototyping,” Shruti Karlekar, from Divide By Zero’s PR team, told 3DPrint.com.

“This machine is extrusion (fff) based 3D printer but it can print with speeds upto 600mm/Sec with travel speeds upto 1.5 m/s and Accelerations upto 1.5G. Material deposition rate on this machine is 100-270 grams / hour based on material type.”

Because they adhere to international standards of quality, DBZ’s 3D printers are often used in its home country of India by professionals in sectors such as automotive, defense, education, and manufacturers of customized jigs and fixtures. Some 3D printing methods are not well-suited for manufacturing jigs and fixtures, due to lack of affordability, speed, and strength, but DBZ claims that its “Next-Gen Industrial Grade Workhorse” is a great solution.

The company claims that its latest 3D printer is “Industry 4.0 ready,” as live imaging reduces the amount of time the user has to be physically present.

“This machine is also ready with interface for robot handshake in case of implementation of complete automatic print setup,” DBZ wrote in the product brochure.

The Aion 500 MK3, weighing in at 280 kg with a 450 X 450 X 450 mm build size, features a robust, high-speed print engine with rapid acceleration on the servo gantry. It uses a special blend of polymers that can be printed faster than other conventional 3D printers. Other features include:

  • maximum extruder temperature of 380°C
  • a unique X-Y motion system
  • 10-micron positional accuracy
  • new dual drive liquid-cooled print head
  • active carbon filter
  • patented precision filament flow sensor
  • USB, Wi- FI, and Ethernet connectivity

Take a closer look at DBZ’s new high-speed Aion 500 MK3 3D printer in the video below:

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[Source/Images: Divide By Zero Technologies]

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