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Sandvik Achieves ISO 13485:2016 Medical Certification

Sandvik’s new powder plant in Sweden has recently received the ‘ISO 13485:2016’ medical certification for Osprey titanium powders, now approved for use in the additive manufacturing of medical applications. “This standard will reassure our customers that Sandvik has the necessary quality management systems in place to meet the stringent requirements of the medical industry,” says Keith Murray, VP and head of global sales, Sandvik Additive Manufacturing.

Sandvik heating titanium rod powder plant Sandviken, Sweden

Additive manufacturing (AM), also known as 3D printing, is already playing a significant role in the medical segment. With additive manufacturing, implants and prostheses can be manufactured directly from an individual patient’s anatomical data. This allows these customized products to be manufactured quickly, significantly enhancing the healing process and improving the prognosis for the patient.

Sandvik’s titanium powder plant, located in Sandviken Sweden, was inaugurated in the end of 2019, with more than 150 guests including end-users in key industries like aerospace and medical. Since then an extensive work has been ongoing to ramp-up the highly automated plant, finetuning the process and optimizing the powder to ensure the best possible consistency, morphology and quality required for additive manufacturing. As a result of this meticulous and structured work, the ’ISO 13485:2016’ certification for medical was recently received, in August. Earlier this year, the same powder plant also achieved the prestigious ‘AS9100D’ aerospace certification.

Osprey powder jars from Sandvik

“Achieving the ISO 13485:2016 medical certification will allow our medical customers to complete the necessary regulatory supplier approvals when bringing a medical application to market, utilizing Osprey titanium powders from Sandvik,” says Keith Murray, VP and head of global sales at Sandvik Additive Manufacturing.

The properties of the metal powders used, directly impact the reliability of the performance of the AM-process, as well as the quality and performance of the finished product. This medical certification ensures that best practices and continuous improvement techniques – including the company’s development, manufacturing, and testing capabilities – are leveraged during all stages of the powder lifecycle, resulting in a safer medical device.

“In additive manufacturing it is essential to use high-quality metal powders with consistent quality, adapted to the different additive manufacturing processes. Sandvik’s highly automated manufacturing process ensures excellent consistency,” says Keith Murray.

Titanium powder tower, Sandvik, Sandvien, Sweden

Complete Traceability – from Titanium Sponge to Finished Powder

Product traceability is especially important in the medical industry. Sandvik offers a complete traceability for its titanium powder, made possible by having the full supply chain in-house – from titanium sponge to finished powder. The new titanium powder process uses advanced electrode induction melting inert gas atomization technology to produce highly consistent and repeatable titanium powder with low oxygen and nitrogen levels. The production facility also includes dedicated downstream sieving, blending and packing facilities – integrated through the use of industrial robotics.

The powder plant is located next to Sandvik’s additive manufacturing facility in Sandviken, Sweden, which includes all relevant metal additive manufacturing processes. This means that the company can tailor the powder to different printing processes, on the same site.

“Having atomized fine metal powders for more than 40 years, and supplying titanium to the medical and aerospace industries for decades, Sandvik is no stranger to powder atomization or the requirements of the most demanding industries,” says Keith Murray.

Titanium has exceptional material properties, being strong yet light and offering high levels of corrosion resistance. At the same time, it is biocompatible. However, the cost and complexity of machining from titanium billet have historically restricted its use. Additive manufacturing opens up new opportunities.

“Now we are one of few metal powder and additive manufacturing companies that holds both the AS9100D quality certification for aerospace and the ISO 13485:2016 certification for medical. This will facilitate many customer collaborations going forward. Imagine what 158 years of leading materials expertise can do for your additive process,” says Keith Murray.

Powder metallurgy is also labeled a ‘recognized green technology’ – and the net-shape capability of technologies like additive manufacturing not only means that material waste is minimized, but also that great energy efficiency can be achieved, by eliminating manufacturing steps.

The first two powders produced at the plant will be Osprey Ti-6Al-4V Grade 5 and Osprey Ti-6Al-4V Grade 23. Other alloys are available on request. In addition to the ISO 13485:2016 and AS9100D certifications, the new titanium powder plant is also certified according to ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and ISO 45001.

About Sandvik Additive Manufacturing

Sandvik Additive Manufacturing has a world-leading position in metal powder with the widest range of AM-alloys on the market, and the company has also made sizeable investments into a wide range of AM printing technologies for advanced metal components since 2013. Adding 158 years of leading expertise in materials technology, 75 years in post processing methods like metal cutting, sintering and heat treatment, Sandvik has well-established and leading competence across the entire AM-value chain. In 2019, Sandvik acquired a significant stake in BEAMIT, a leading European AM service provider with the largest printing facilities in Europe, and in August 2020 BEAMIT acquired 100% of ZARE, bringing together the two leading AM service bureaus in Europe – to create one of the largest AM service providers in the world – servicing the most demanding industries.

Sandvik AB is a high-tech and global engineering group with approximately 40,000 employees and sales of approximately 100 billion SEK in more than 160 countries (2019). The company was founded in Sweden in 1862. 

For further information: www.metalpowder.sandvik or www.additive.sandvik

Nexa3D Unveils xCE-White

VENTURA, CA, Sep 18, 2020 – Nexa3D, the maker of ultrafast polymer production 3D printers, announced the immediate availability of a new photoplastic material called xCE-White, a functional polymer for producing end-use plastic parts and injection molding tools in minutes. xCE-White is the fastest single cure material in the company’s portfolio to date, helping deliver 20X productivity increases in AM and boasting high flexural strength comparable only to dual cure cyanate esters. Developed for the company’s NXE400 3D printer, xCE-White can be used to produce isotropic parts that are well suited for a variety of automotive parts, automation and robotic assemblies, and many industrial components at speeds similar to injection molding processes.

10 life-size joysticks printed in 33 minutes or a single a part every 3.3 minutes

“We are very excited to bring to market our fastest functional photoplastic material yet, underscoring Nexa3D’s commitment to providing our customers with the highest levels of design agility and supply chain resiliency both now and post-Covid-19 that produce functional parts literally within minutes,” said Michele Marchesan, chief growth officer for Nexa3D. “With xCE-White available through our rapidly expanding global reseller network, we are delivering a new performance photoplastic that is ideal for many production parts in addition to being an outstanding injection molding tooling material. Our expanding portfolio of ultrafast stereolithography and laser sintering production printers, coupled with our growing family of high-performance photoplastics and thermoplastics, provides a significant speed and productivity advantage at an attractive cost of ownership.”

21 life-size midsoles printed in 48 minutes or a single part every 2.3 minutes

Beyond the impressive speed advantage that is 20X faster, there are many reasons why additive plastics like xCE-White are increasingly in high demand. xCE-White is a lightweight yet sturdy material that comes with inherent functionality designed to withstand load, pressure and temperature. These highly desirable features and attributes are ideal for stationary components like brackets, pulleys, gears, impellers and robotic devices. To learn more on how Nexa3D is unlocking the full potential of series production and faster tooling and prototyping, register for the webinar on Tuesday, Sep 29, 2020.

50 life-size venturi tubes printed in 29 minutes or a single a part every 35 seconds

The company tested xCE-White extensively in a variety of end uses and found it to exhibit excellent thermal stability, making it an ideal material for many automotive, electronics, and industrial components.  Additionally, xCE-White is used to produce injection molding tools for a wide range of thermoplastic polymers including PP, PE, HDPE and PETG. Molds printed from xCE-White were successfully injected hundreds of times at temperatures between 230°C and 280°C without any visible mold temperature degradation or adhesion, and without the use of any mold release agents. Check out the full performance specification by downloading xCE-White’s TDS. xCE-White is available for immediate delivery by ordering here, or from one of our authorized resellers.

Throughout Covid-19, Nexa3D continues to expand its portfolio of products as well as its partnerships with world class resellers and prominent polymer suppliers. With each portfolio expansion, the company is enabling more customers to strengthen their design agility and supply chain resiliency by compressing their design and manufacturing cycle, effectively reducing the time required to produce functional prototypes and production parts from hours to just minutes.

About Nexa3D

Nexa3D makes ultrafast industrial grade polymer 3D printers affordable for professionals and businesses of all sizes. The company’s printers are powered by proprietary Lubricant Sublayer Photo-curing (LSPc) and Quantum Laser Sintering (QLS) technologies that increase print speed and productivity by orders of magnitude. The company’s partnerships with world-class material suppliers unlocks the full potential of supply-chain approved photoplastic and thermoplastic performance polymers that are tailored for faster prototyping and volume production applications. Nexa3D’s end-to-end production solutions and validated workflows reduce 3D printing cycles of functional parts from hours to minutes.

To learn more, visit www.nexa3d.com.

Cimquest Partners with Ultimaker

BRANCHBURG, NJ, Sep 15, 2020 – Cimquest, Inc. announced their partnership with Ultimaker to provide professional 3D printers, software, and materials in the New England and Mid-Atlantic region.

Cimquest is a leading resource for CAD/CAM, 3D printing, and reverse engineering solutions and they were looking at how to further support their customer base. “We realized our customers were seeking an open material platform for 3D printing that was easy-to-use and enterprise ready. Frankly, Ultimaker was the perfect fit,” said Shawn Crews, president of Cimquest.

Along with the Enterprise Cura software and expanded Ultimaker S line, Cimquest also plans to utilize their application engineers to assist customers with the most demanding customer applications. “Cimquest saw a great opportunity to bring on a value brand to fill out their product portfolio,” said Greg Elfering, president of Ultimaker Americas at Ultimaker. “With the growing demand of Ultimaker, we are excited to have a great partnership with a highly respected reseller and engineering team in the northeastern US.”

About Ultimaker

Since 2011, Ultimaker has built an open and easy-to-use solution of 3D printers, software and materials that enable professional designers and engineers to innovate every day. Today, Ultimaker is the market leader in desktop 3D printing. From offices in the Netherlands, New York, Boston, and Singapore – plus production facilities in Europa and the US – its global team of over 400 employees work together to accelerate the world’s transition to digital distribution and local manufacturing.

More information on the company is available at www.ultimaker.com.

About Cimquest

For East Coast manufacturing and engineering firms, from enterprise to startup, Cimquest, Inc. is the leading resource for a complete range of products and services. Valued for three decades of expertise, experience, and cutting edge technology, they are most highly regarded for their leadership, supportive partnerships, dedicated efforts and forward-thinking approach to customized manufacturing solutions.

Cimquest sells and supports Mastercam CAD/CAM software, as well as a complete line of 3D printers and scanning products including brands such as HP, Desktop Metal, Nexa3D, Formlabs, and Ultimaker. Their product line-up grows along with the changing industry. They also offer a full range of training and custom services and their sales territory includes the Eastern half of the US. Their offices include their corporate headquarters located in Branchburg, NJ, with regional offices in Harrisburg & Butler, PA, MA, OH and FL.

More information on the company is available at www.cimquest-inc.com.