Via Smithsonian Mag.
Kaitlyn Hova is many things: a violinist, a web developer, a designer, a composer and a neuroscientist. And it was the blurring of these interests that bore a clear and clever idea.
As music programs are being slashed from school budgets, and STEM education is receiving more funding, why not take advantage of the influx of 3-D printers and teach students how to print their own musical instruments?
Hova and her husband, who cofounded Hova Labs, have developed the Hovalin, an open source, 3-D printable acoustic violin.
At “The Long Conversation,” an event that brought together 25 thinkers for an eight-hour relay of two-person dialogues at the Smithsonian Arts & Industries Building last December, Hova even performed on a souped-up Hovalin that paired her notes with a colorful light show emitted from the transparent body of the instrument.
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There are a variety of large-scale metal 3D printing systems to choose from nowadays, but one of the earlier companies to offer 3D printing on a massive scale was Additive Industries, which introduced its MetalFAB1 system in 2015. With a build envelope of 420 x 420 x 400 mm, the MetalFAB1 was one of the largest metal 3D printers available at the time. It also features multiple build chambers, offering a means for manufacturers to utilize 3D printing for industrial-scale production.
Additive Industries has become a valued partner in the automotive industry, working with Switzerland’s Sauber F1 team to produce components for its race cars. Now the company has announced a partnership with Volkswagen, which is no stranger to 3D printing itself.
“We see great potential for 3D metal printing of a broad range of car parts and tooling and have joined forces in Volkswagen internally to increase our facility seven fold to be prepared for the digital future,” said Klaus-Jürgen Herzberg, Betriebsrat.
Additive Industries will work with the Volkswagen Group to 3D print advanced tooling and spare parts.
“The investment in the most modern 3D printing equipment allows us to continue to be front-runners in toolmaking and give our craftsmen access to the latest technology,” said Oliver Pohl, Department Manager.
In September, Additive Industries installed its fully automated and integrated MetalFAB1 system in Wolfsburg, and the first 3D printed products have been produced after intense training for the Volkswagen team.
“For Additive Industries, the partnership with Volkswagen, the world’s largest car maker is a confirmation of our strategy to accelerate industrial additive manufacturing and focus on innovators in their markets,” said Daan Kersten, CEO of Additive Industries.
Additive Industries was established in 2012 in Eindhoven, the Netherlands. Founders Kersten and Jonas Wintermans built the company on the principles of “open innovation,” dedicating a team of professionals to accelerating the industrialization of additive manufacturing. The company has seen its technology successfully used in the aerospace, automotive, medical technology and high-tech equipment industries.
“We are proud to work closely with the Volkswagen team in Wolfsburg to execute on our roadmap for manufacturing excellence and expansion of the metal additive manufacturing footprint,” said Jan-Cees Santema, Sales Director Europe for Additive Industries.
With access to Additive Industries’ technology, Volkswagen will benefit from the ability to produce tooling and spare parts at rapid rates, accelerating its production and allowing it to make 3D printing a truly pivotal part of its manufacturing processes.
Additive Industries is currently attending formnext, which started today in Frankfurt, Germany and is running until November 16th. If you’re at the show, you can visit the company at booth E40 in Hall 3.0 to learn more about the MetalFAB1 system and its partnership with Volkswagen. 3DPrint.com is at the show as well.
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With Formnext under way, we’re getting a good sense of every major additive manufacturing company’s biggest offerings. One of the major developments is the increase in massive industrial machines for high-strength thermoplastics. In this department, BigRep is making waves like no one else. While the company is unveiling its new printers, they’re also showcasing the […]
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Massachusetts-based additive manufacturing company RIZE is best known for its Augmented Polymer Deposition (APD) technology, which allows for the quick, easy release of supports from a 3D printed part. But we haven’t seen a new 3D printer from the company since it first introduced its industrial-grade desktop Rize One in 2016…until now.
Today at formnext in Frankfurt, the company officially launched its new XRIZE 3D printer – the first industrial desktop AM solution for manufacturing full-color functional polymer and composite parts. Additionally, RIZE is also taking the opportunity to introduce several materials and IoT solutions at the trade fair. All of these new products will provide the company’s customers with maximum flexibility and a fast ROI, while still offering the minimal post-processing they’ve come to expect from RIZE.
The XRIZE 3D printer leverages the company’s patented APD process by extruding an engineering-grade thermoplastic, while at the same time jetting cyan, magenta, yellow, and black inks through its industrial printheads. Then, Release Ink is jetted between the automatically-generated supports and the part, so that users can quickly peel the supports away for a smooth surface finish with no additional finishing required.
Typically when it comes to full-color 3D printing, users have to make trade-offs between color, price, and strength, choosing inexpensive colored parts that are not functional or paying a premium for working, full-color prints. Separate 3D printers are often required to deliver different capabilities, like providing full-color, end-use and production parts, being quiet enough for office use, and printing with carbon fiber and other similar materials.
With the new XRIZE, users can now produce full-color, functional polymer and composite parts. The machine is safe, secure, and easy to use, with minimal material management, and is capable of fabricating prototypes for applications like consumer products, GIS mapping, FEA and stress analysis, anatomical parts for the medical field, package design, tooling with safety instructions, and parts for marketing and entertainment sectors.
The 61 kg XRIZE 3D printer comes with a heated build chamber, auto-leveling build plate, best-in-class Z axis strength, intuitive touchscreen, and automatic filament changeover. It has optional Internet and Cloud connectivity, and RIZE ONETOUCH software makes it fast and easy for users to import color CAD files and apply images, text, and texture maps to monochrome part files. The system has four-channel color, with an additional channel dedicated to Release Ink, and can use several kinds of materials, including RIZIUM One and RIZIUM Black.
Additional specs include:
- 310 x 200 x 200 mm build volume
- .250 mm or .125 mm layer thickness
- X/Y 300 dpi resolution, X 200 dpi resolution at .125 mm layer thickness
- Safe process and materials for office compatibility
The XRIZE can also run the company’s two newest materials: RIZIUM CARBON and and RIZIUM ENDURA. The former, an engineering-grade, carbon fiber-reinforced thermoplastic filament, has a higher modulus and excellent visual finish, and is good for applications like functional prototyping in manufacturing. Fiber-reinforced RIZIUM ENDURA has high impact strength and accuracy, is compatible with the company’s full-color inks, and is ideal for 3D printing large functional parts.
The company also introduced RIZE CONNECT at formnext today, which allows users to manage and monitor their RIZE ONE and XRIZE 3D printers remotely for maximum efficiency. RIZE CONNECT will send notifications, manage an enterprise print farm, and queue jobs from both desktop and mobile devices. Additionally, users can make parts with greater security and part traceability, thanks to options like digital part identification, QR codes, and version control.
RIZE CONNECT will be available in 2019.
“Our mission from the beginning has been inclusive and sustainable innovation. With this approach, we can take additive manufacturing anywhere and to everyone. The way to do that is to make industrial 3D printing easy, safe, and fully digital,” said Andy Kalambi, the President and CEO of RIZE. “Our innovative platform approach is the core to driving sustainable innovation. With the launch of XRIZE, RIZIUM CARBON, RIZIUM ENDURA and RIZE CONNECT, we are now realizing the potential of this platform, providing our customers with maximum flexibility, complete ease of use and quickest ROI.”
The new XRIZE 3D printer, with an MSRP of $55,000, will be available for purchase in 2019. To see this new system, and the rest of RIZE’s comprehensive product suite, visit booth C28 in Hall 3.1 at formnext, which ends on November 16th. In addition, Kishore Boyalakuntla, RIZE’s VP of Products, will be discussing the announcement in further detail during a presentation this afternoon, titled “RIZE: Announcing a Technology Platform for Connected Innovation and Scale,” on the TCT Stage.
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Today, during Formnext 2018 in Frankfurt in Germany, INTAMSYS has released their FUNMAT PRO 410 3D printer. This printer features smarter design and is multiple functional materials 3D printing all-in-one solution ideal for industry additive manufacturing. This industrial 3D printer, with its 12x12x16 inches printing volume, will expand INTAMSYS’ current FUNMAT series product line. INTAMSYS now has a complete line up of high-performance high-temperature printers to meet the growing demand for these industrial systems capable of processing multiple functional materials such as PC, PA, PA+CF, ULTEM, PEEK, etc.
INTAMSYS has always led the functional materials 3D printing market in terms of value and ease of use, the FUNMAT PRO 410 is no exception. However this time INTAMSYS has gone further in meeting customer’s needs through innovations in design and engineering. The new FUNMAT PRO 410 has Advanced Thermal Design which includes a heated build chamber up to 90℃, a high-temperature nozzle to 450℃ and a heated build plate up to 160℃. This leads to fewer print failures, less warping, better control over crystallization, better layer adhesion and better surface quality. All these features enable FUNMAT PRO 410 provide customers with multiple functional materials 3D printing all-in-one solution.
The 410 also includes Dual Nozzle giving users dual nozzle 3D printing capabilities which expands their design space. There is one dedicated support and another dedicated build material nozzle. The support material nozzle can be moved up and down during printing to avoid scratching in normal dual nozzle design. This coupled with the high speed and high precision that the printer is capable of will increase user performance and satisfaction. Build plate leveling is automated and done through the help of advanced sensors. There is also an automated jam warning system, a filament detection system and a power failure recovery function. The 410 also has WiFi, network cable and USB connectivity. Furthermore, this printer has a very nice industrial design. All these features above make the 410 an office friendly and smart industrial 3D printer as well as an ideal solution for factory usage.
The FUNMAT PRO 410 is not only easy to use but also has been made to high safety standards. It has also been optimized for continuous production. This is a workhorse of a printer that is meant to be used day in day out, no idle desktop slouch the 410 is a machine meant for the enterprise.
The 410 Tri design means that the printer, nozzles and profiles have been optimized for three distinct groups of materials. PLA, Engineering Plastics and High-Performance materials have very different considerations and settings while being printed. With the Tri design philosophy, performance has been optimized for each of these groups of materials. Each group also has their own support materials for easy printing with support. The 410 should work well as a printer for the quotidian PLA and also for ultra-high performance materials such as CF PEEK and PEKK.
The FUNMAT PRO 410 has been created in order to print multiple functional materials. PEEK and PEI, for example, have very high abrasion resistance, chemical resistance, and strength. These materials let you print real-world parts with high performance. For ABS, PC, PA, PA+CF etc., very frequently used engineering materials in industry, this printer can also provide a perfect big size printing solution with dedicated support materials. The printer is also suitable for office application like R&D functional test during new product development. With a seven inches smart panel, the printer feels intuitive. Key information is easy to see and adjust as well. For experienced 3D printer operators working with the FUNMAT will be a breeze. For companies new to 3D printing this tool will be relatively easy to master. Whether you are printing single prototypes or doing a continuous production of series of parts the 410 will be your reliable smart multiple functional materials all-in-one solution provider and 3D printing application exploration partner.