3D Systems to Announce DuraForm ProX EX NAT at RAPID+TCT

ROCK HILL, SC, May 17, 2019 – Attendees of the RAPID+TCT event this year can view 3D Systems’ digital manufacturing solutions and talk with the company’s experts in booth 1227. In addition to the latest Figure 4 configuration, as well as new Figure 4 and selective laser sintering (SLS) material offerings for production solutions, 3D Systems will showcase its unique metal solutions that help manufacturers scale factory productivity. Attendees can also explore the company’s powerful software portfolio that enables seamless 3D digital workflow integration. In addition, there will be an opportunity to learn more about 3D Systems’ On Demand services which provide customers with options to outsource manufacturing capabilities, or supplement factory capacity.

New Production-grade Nylon Material for Expanded Applications

3D Systems is announcing DuraForm ProX EX NAT (planned availability June 2019). This new material joins the company’s portfolio of production-grade nylons for its SLS 3D printers.  DuraForm ProX EX NAT is a tough, impact-resistant natural colored PA 11 nylon material that handles the rigors of repeated cycling and use, even in harsh environments. It enables consistent production of natural white color parts that can replace injection molded ABS and polypropylene. Its durability makes it especially suitable for applications like snap fits and living hinges requiring hundreds of open-close cycles, as well as testing in real-life scenarios like crash tests or other stress simulations.

3D Systems’ Customers Showcase Manufacturing Transformation

There will also be several opportunities to hear 3D Systems’ customers speak about the benefits they’re realizing from the company’s solutions including:

  • Vyomesh Joshi, 3D Systems’ president and CEO, will moderate a customer panel focused on the Industrialization of Additive Manufacturing, Wednesday, May 22, 12:30–1:30 pm. During this session, hear from Stewart-Haas Racing, rms Company and Nokia to learn how 3D printing is driving manufacturing transformation at these companies.
  • Dr. Ken Gall, chair of the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science, Duke University, will deliver a session titled “Compressive and Tensile Fatigue Behavior of Gyroid-Based Titanium Alloy Scaffolds Produced by Direct Metal Printing” on Wednesday May 22, 11:45–11:55 am.
  • Customer and application engineering presentations will run in 3D Systems’ booth throughout the event.
    • Jim Hall, chief engineer, Jay Leno’s Garage will present his experiences with 3D scanning with Faro scanners and 3D Systems’ Geomagic reverse engineering software to deliver one-off custom parts for classic cars.
    • Terry Hill, CEO and founder, Rapid Application Group will share his work as an additive manufacturing service bureau using 3D Systems’ SLS, Figure 4 and ProJet MJP 2500 IC 3D printers.
    • Mike McLean, general manager, 3dprintedparts.com will discuss conformal cooling design with 3D Systems’ 3DXpert™ additive software and metal production of injection mold inserts, as well as part production with the Figure 4 Standalone 3D printer.

For more information, please visit the company’s website.

Forward-Looking Statements

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About 3D Systems

More than 30 years ago, 3D Systems brought the innovation of 3D printing to the manufacturing industry. Today, as the leading additive manufacturing solutions company, it empowers manufacturers to create products and business models never before possible through transformed workflows. This is achieved with the Company’s best-of-breed digital manufacturing ecosystem – comprised of plastic and metal 3D printers, print materials, on demand manufacturing services and a portfolio of end-to-end manufacturing software. Each solution is powered by the expertise of the company’s application engineers who collaborate with customers to transform manufacturing environments. 3D Systems’ solutions address a variety of advanced applications for prototyping through production in markets such as aerospace, automotive, medical, dental and consumer goods. More information on the company is available at www.3dsystems.com.

Protolabs Celebrates 20th Anniversary

MINNEAPOLIS, MN, May 17, 2019 – Digital manufacturer Protolabs is celebrating its 20-year anniversary with today’s grand opening of its state-of-the-art advanced manufacturing facility in Brooklyn Park, Minn. The 215,000 sq. ft. CNC machining facility, which currently houses nearly 300 mills and lathes, is Protolabs’ eighth manufacturing plant in the United States, and 12th globally.

The new facility is the centerpiece of Protolabs’ 20th anniversary—a milestone the company reached in May. Founded in 1999, Protolabs has seen aggressive growth over the past two decades due to its manufacturing model that couples digital front-end part analysis with automated toolpathing to produce custom machined components in as fast as 24 hours.

“We are truly living in an on-demand consumer economy and that’s no different for manufacturing. Our customers are hungry for manufacturing partners that can see their products through ever-shrinking life cycles and Protolabs is uniquely positioned to serve our customers’ needs from early prototyping to on-demand production,” explained Vicki Holt, President and CEO at Protolabs.

The global digital manufacturer now serves more than 45,000 unique product developers each year, across three continents and 60 countries. Over the past 20 years Protolabs has grown in capabilities with four flagship services and 11 manufacturing technologies, and has added capacity with more than 1 million sq. ft. of manufacturing space that houses over 1,000 machines producing nearly 4 million parts each month.

“Protolabs has exceeded my wildest dreams,” said Larry Lukis, Protolabs’ founder. “The company was born out of personal frustration that manufacturing parts took months, when it could take days or even minutes. There needed to be a way to make it easier and faster for product developers to get prototype parts and accelerate development cycles. Protolabs has achieved that goal and made advanced manufacturing technologies accessible for everyone, from makers to startups to Fortune 500 companies.”

An official grand opening celebration and ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. today at the Brooklyn Park facility, providing community and industry leaders with an opportunity see the smart facility firsthand.

About Protolabs

Protolabs is a leading digital manufacturing source for rapid prototyping and on-demand production. The company produces custom parts and assemblies in as fast as one day with automated 3D printing, CNC machining, sheet metal fabrication, and injection molding processes. Its digital approach to manufacturing enables accelerated time to market, reduces development and production costs, and minimizes risk throughout the product life cycle. Visit protolabs.com for more information.

B&R Automation Releases X20CP0420 Compact-S Controller

B&R’s latest addition to its Compact-S series is a controller with an integrated switch. With an integrated switch, it enables daisy-chain cabling between network stations.

At a width of 37.5 mm including the power supply, the X20CP0420 is designed to be compact. The controller achieves cycle times down to 4 ms and is equipped with 128 MB RAM and 256 MB internal flash memory. With Ethernet, USB and RS232, the controller offers communication options. An optional CAN bus interface is also available.

X20 I/O modules can be connected directly to the controller. The controller has a built-in power supply for itself and the connected I/O modules. There is no need for a separate power supply module.

For more information, visit B&R Automation website.

Emerson Releases Micro Motion 4200 2-Wire Transmitter

Emerson has released the Micro Motion 4200 2-wire loop-powered Coriolis transmitter, a design that makes it possible to replace existing 2-wire flow devices. The device can accommodate a  line size  of 4” and offers an onboard real-time clock for diagnostics. The unit is available in a remote-mount option for applications that require the transmitter to be located separately from the sensor.

The 4200 transmitter provides a viable migration path where Coriolis meters were previously not practical as a 2-wire solution, either due to restrictions on running additional wiring or a lack of power sources. The unit is also a solution for greenfield applications.

The meter provides mass flow and density measurements, comes standard with Smart Meter Verification, that checks the structural integrity of the tubes. The data historian, with up to 14 days of storage and a real-time clock, facilitates trouble-shooting by time-stamping process data, audit trails and reports. The 4200 is also SIL 2-capable with single use and SIL 3-capable with multiple meters.

For more information, visit Emerson website.

EOS Announces Metal Materials for Additive Manufacturing

KRAILLING, Germany, May 17, 2019 – EOS, the world’s leading technology supplier in the field of Industrial 3D printing of metals and polymers, presents the four new metal materials EOS StainlessSteel CX, EOS Aluminium AlF357, EOS Titanium Ti64 Grade 5, and EOS Titanium Ti64 Grade 23. They have been tailored to suit a broad array of applications, ranging from automotive to medical applications.

EOS offers a comprehensive selection of metal powder materials that result in optimized part properties for AM (source: EOS)

EOS offers comprehensive data on the material properties of all four metals – such as the number of test specimens on which the mechanical properties are based on – as well as detailed scanning electron microscope (SEM) images that provide an insight into the material quality. Thus, EOS is providing companies with documentation and transparency that makes it easier for them to compare DMLS 3D printing with traditional manufacturing technologies and other 3D printing technologies. Such data and openness are a requirement for the use of additive manufacturing (AM) in series production.

EOS StainlessSteel CX powder (source: EOS)

Decades of Material Expertise at EOS

Hannes Gostner, director research and development, EOS says: “At EOS, the development of systems, materials, process parameters, software, and services have always gone hand in hand. All of the elements are perfectly aligned to each other. The result is reproducible high-quality parts at a competitive cost per part. This combination is of crucial importance, particularly for series manufacturing.”

EOS has over 25 years of experience in working with metals and currently offers a range of 20 different metal materials with more in the pipeline. With EOS Oy in Finland, EOS has a complete location that concentrates solely on the development, qualification, and quality assurance of metal materials and processes.

The New Metal Materials in Detail

EOS StainlessSteel CX is a new tooling grade steel developed for production with the EOS M 290 that combines excellent corrosion resistance with high strength and hardness. Components made from this material are easy to machine and enable an excellent polished finish.

EOS Aluminum AlF357 is the ideal material for applications that require a light metal with excellent mechanical/thermal strength. Components made from this material are characterized by their light weight, corrosion resistance and high dynamic loading. EOS Aluminum AlF357 has been specially developed for production with the EOS M 400, but it is planned to also make the material available for the EOS M 290 system in the near future.

EOS Titanium Ti64 Grade 5 has been specially developed for its high fatigue strength without hot isostatic pressing (HIP). Suitable for production with the EOS M 290, the material also offers excellent corrosion resistance, making it ideal for aerospace and automotive applications.

EOS Titanium Ti64 Grade 23 has also been specially developed for its high fatigue strength without hot isostatic pressing (HIP) and for production with the EOS M 290. Compared to Ti64, Ti64 Grade 23 offers improved elongation and fracture toughness with slightly lower strength. Thanks to these properties, it is particularly well suited to medical applications.

Reliable Component Characteristics as Basis for Series AM

EOS classifies the technological maturity of all its polymers, metals, and processes in the form of Technology Readiness Levels (TRLs). The TRL concept was developed by NASA and is established in numerous industries. Level 5, for example, refers to a verification of the technical solution, while the highest, level 9, refers to full production capability with extensive statistical data documentation. With validated parameters for part properties, EOS is both facilitating and accelerating the transition to series production using additive manufacturing.

Furthermore, for easy orientation, EOS divides its materials and processes into two categories: TRL 3–6 refer to CORE products, whereas TRL 7–9 refer to PREMIUM products and address the usage for series applications. One of the aims here is to make new materials available on the market with a clear value proposition.

The new materials belong to the following categories:

EOS StainlessSteel CX: Premium, TRL 8

EOS Aluminium AlF357: Premium, TRL 7

EOS Titanium Ti64 Grade 5: Premium, TRL 7

About EOS

EOS is the global technology leader for industrial 3D printing of metals and polymers. Founded in 1989, the independent company is a pioneer and innovator for holistic solutions in additive manufacturing. Everything EOS does is founded on the cornerstones of corporate responsibility and sustainability, both inward- and outward-facing. Whereby EOS embraces a deep commitment to customers and their needs.

Hexagon Releases ALPHACAM 2020.0

Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence’s Production Software business has released ALPHACAM 2020.0.

The Automation suite has been enhanced, improving the user’s experience and productivity when creating and deploying job configurations. Whether setting up a first automation job, or whether the user is involved in complex and dynamic environments, he says the new Setup Wizards will make short work of daily production tasks.

Regarding solids machining, specifically machining solid faces directly, brand manager Hector Henry says most industry packages are only concerned with extracting features from solids. “But ALPHACAM sets a new standard by allowing direct interaction with them. Previously, we enhanced our solids interaction by allowing users to saw a solid face directly. The Rough/Finish command (profiling) now allows the user to directly select and machine a solid face. And if your machine supports tool compensation on custom orientations (planes), this option provides the ability to create precision parts with minimal effort, via the use of G41/G42.”

Advanced 5-axis functionality has been updated to include numerous improvements. Two new key features include the ability to integrate the Toolpath Optimiser into a core cycle which can then be stored in a machining style and deployed with Automation; and the Advanced 5-axis functionality has been updated to include Barrel Mill and Double Profile Tools. Improvements in SWARF machining, multi-axis roughing and toolpath smoothing are also included in ALPHACAM 2020.0.

The geometry offset command is now intelligent and dynamic, making all operations more productive, whether the user wants to simply retain attributes and information on the geometry, or to completely re-assign machining cycle parameters to a newly created offset. “This new feature delivers an intuitive and simple way of changing toolpaths for everything from simple tasks such as passing associative/dynamic profile machining data, to complex ones including re-assigning a boundary to a 3D surfacing method,” says Hector Henry.

Regarding ordering and productivity tools enhancements, he says it is sometimes necessary to control the sequence of events and toolpath order with great care and precision, maybe requiring a preferred machining sequence to be added due to special considerations, such as hardware difficulties or lack of part hold-down. “This new feature provides a simple, productive and effective way to set a user-defined order in seconds.”

In conclusion, he says ALPHACAM 2020.0 contains numerous key features. These are the main ones which will be essential in improving productivity for our customers working across the metalworking, woodworking, plastics and stone industries. Full details of all the updates in this latest release of the software can be found on the ALPHACAM website, www.alphacam.com.

About Hexagon’s Manufacturing Intelligence Division

Hexagon’s Manufacturing Intelligence division is a metrology and manufacturing solution provider. For more information, visit HexagonMI.com.

Hexagon is a digital solutions provider that creates Autonomous Connected Ecosystems (ACE). Hexagon has approximately 20,000 employees in 50 countries and net sales of approximately 3.5bn EUR. Learn more at hexagon.com.

PENSA Selects MakerBot METHOD

BROOKLYN, NY, May 17, 2019 – MakerBot, a global leader in 3D printing, today announces details of one of its first customers utilizing the recently launched MakerBot METHOD, the first performance 3D printer. PENSA, an industrial design and invention consulting firm based in New York City, is using METHOD to streamline its product design and development processes while reducing overall production time and costs.

PENSA is a full-service design and engineering agency that develops products and experiences to help customers improve the quality of their lives. The agency works with industry-leading corporations and startups, including GoTenna, OXO, Bayer, One Blade, D.I. Wire, One Drop, and Pepsico.

Since integrating METHOD into their daily design process, the product development teams at PENSA are enjoying their new tool; testing ideas early and often in order to accelerate design iteration cycles and make quicker decisions. The designers and engineers utilize METHOD for a wide range of uses, including to print fixtures or end-use parts, form studies, volume studies, and functional testing.

“PENSA is centered on invention, and we use 3D printing as a way to help us invent. The MakerBot METHOD allows us to be uninhibited in our testing – a crucial step for invention and design,” said Marco Perry, co-founder, PENSA. “METHOD has proven itself to be an extremely reliable tool. The dimensional accuracy that we are getting with METHOD compared to any industrial FDM is as good or better than anything we have owned or used in the past. Before METHOD, we would only use industrial 3D printers to check for fit and finish. Now, we are using 3D printing earlier in our process, and we can run through iterations very quickly, using it to check for functionality, ergonomics, and mechanics.”

Previously, PENSA relied on a combination of desktop and industrial 3D printers to execute prototyping at different stages of the design process. However, the desktop machines were unreliable, while the industrial 3D printers were costly to operate, required dedicated technicians, and included lengthy cleanup times. This would ultimately translate to higher costs and longer production times for PENSA’s clients. As a result, the company invested in METHOD for its industrial grade 3D technologies, desktop accessibility, and disruptive price point.

“We are thrilled to receive such an overwhelmingly positive response from our early customers,” said Nadav Goshen, CEO, MakerBot. “As one of the leading product design firms in New York, PENSA understands better than most the need for reliable rapid prototyping. METHOD was engineered to enable product teams like those at PENSA to become more agile and help them speed up their innovation processes.”

METHOD carefully controls the 3D print environment to produce repeatable and consistent parts, vertical layer uniformity, and cylindricity. This level of dimensional accuracy and reliability are made possible by leveraging industry-leading Stratasys patents, including a circulating heated chamber, precision PVA water soluble supports, and dry-sealed material bays.

“The reality when it comes to physical models is that it is just a step in the process. The real result for our clients is that it is a product that sells well for them,” explains Perry. “The fact is that we rely heavily on our tools, just like a chef would rely heavily on a sharp knife. If a chef is thinking about how the knife works, he is not thinking about the meal he has to make. For me, the best tool is one where you do not have to think about how it works. We have to take it as a given that the product will work well because we are focused on the whole picture. The reliability of the METHOD really helps with that—it’s not even a thought. You just run it.”

About MakerBot

MakerBot, a subsidiary of Stratasys Ltd., is a global leader in the 3D printing industry. The company helps create the innovators of today and the businesses and learning institutions of the future. Founded in 2009 in Brooklyn, NY, MakerBot strives to redefine the standards for 3D printing for reliability, accessibility, precision, and ease-of-use. Through this dedication, MakerBot has one of the largest install bases in the industry and also runs Thingiverse, the largest 3D printing community in the world.

They believe there’s an innovator in everyone, so we make the 3D printing tools that make your ideas matter. Discover innovation with MakerBot 3D printing.

To learn more about MakerBot, visit makerbot.com.