Schneider Electric, AVEVA Partner with IN-CORE

MISSISSAUGA, Canada, June 24, 2024 – Schneider Electric, the leader in the digital transformation of energy management and automation, and AVEVA, a global leader in industrial software, driving digital transformation and sustainability, today announced a partnership with IN-CORE Systèmes to drive efficiency in Electric Vehicle (EV) battery production.

Schneider Electric and AVEVA partner with IN-CORE Systèmes to improve Electric Vehicle battery production process (Photo: Business Wire)

The joint offering will connect electrode level to final cell performance and provide customers with a complete data picture to improve processes.

As the EV market continues to see exponential growth, battery production is under greater pressure to improve quality, efficiency and business outcomes. This increased production can lead to new issues, including failure modes and process variation, which in turn create operational, material and labor losses.

In recent years, EV battery production has seen up to 20 per cent of materials scrapped, and an inefficient use of energy with 47 kWh of energy needed to produce 1 kWh of an EV battery cell. These challenges can only be mitigated by greater operational insight.

The partnership between Schneider Electric, AVEVA and IN-CORE will bring greater data connectivity to the production process by addressing data traceability at the electrode level. The IN-CORE Traceability Solution will work with AVEVA System Platform to connect critical parameters to electrode manufacture, final cell, and pack performance, providing relevant data at the right time and format to ensure a complete data picture. This provides customers with positive outcomes such as:

  • Faster troubleshooting of field issues
  • Waste Reduction
  • Production Optimization
  • Materials Optimization

“Operational challenges are the greatest barrier to success in EV battery production,” said Christel Galbrun, Segment President for Mobility at Schneider Electric. “As demand grows, we must improve quality and efficiency, while reducing variation and scrap. This partnership with IN-CORE will provide new levels of data connectivity to the EV market and help customers establish a complete data architecture across all processes.”

“We are delighted to partner with Schneider Electric to address one of the key challenges in the EV market, electrode level data connectivity,” said Michel POPOVIC at IN-CORE Systèmes. “Together, we can collect traceability data, connecting it to the rest of the value stream and contextualize it to bring immediate value to customers.”

About IN-CORE Systèmes

IN-CORE solutions are renowned for their flexibility and scalability, seamlessly integrating into complex environments and adapting swiftly to changes. Additionally, their architecture eliminates the silo effect by consolidating data into a single access point shared by all machines.

This approach ensures data is readily available for analysis of quality production and automatic processes, such as scrap rejection at the stacking line.

By choosing IN-CORE, manufacturers gain easy access to qualified data for rapid ramp-up, maintain high yields through swift analysis of a unified data set, and reduce costly manual interventions by automating defective electrode treatment processes.

About Schneider Electric

Schneider’s purpose is to create Impact by empowering all to make the most of our energy and resources, bridging progress and sustainability for all.

Schneider Electric is a global industrial technology leader bringing world-leading expertise in electrification, automation and digitization to smart industries, resilient infrastructure, future-proof data centers, intelligent buildings, and intuitive homes.

They are a people company with an ecosystem of 150,000 colleagues and more than a million partners operating in over 100 countries to ensure proximity to customers and stakeholders.

For more information, visit www.se.com.

Petit Bateau Selects Centric Market Intelligence

CAMPBELL, CA, June 24, 2024 – Centric Software is pleased to announce that Petit Bateau has selected Centric Market Intelligence to execute its data-driven pricing strategy. Centric Software provides the most innovative enterprise solutions to plan, design, develop, source, buy, make, price, allocate, sell and replenish products such as fashion, outdoor, luxury, multi-category retail, grocery, food & beverage, cosmetics & personal care and consumer electronics to achieve strategic and operational digital transformation goals.

Founded in Troyes in 1893, Petit Bateau is synonymous with quality and French know-how. This legacy is embodied by its 2600 employees who write the brand’s history every day, all over the world. Today, Petit Bateau operates in 55 countries, through a network of e-commerce sites and more than 350 points of sale.

Faced with a range of market challenges including rising raw material costs, such as the rising cost of cotton, a falling birth rate in Europe and an explosion in the second-hand market, Petit Bateau needed a high-performance, intuitive competitive market intelligence (CMI) solution. It is vital for the brand to have in-depth, real-time analysis on assortments and prices, as well as robust data on product trends. Petit Bateau’s objective is to remain competitive with a more strategic assortment and pricing architecture to maintain its appeal to customers.

“Price increases have their limits and we needed to fine-tune our pricing strategy and the breadth of our offer, including the number of products in each category,” explains Anne-Laure Christoph, head of children’s sales merchandising and pricing at Petit Bateau. “We wanted to offer our customers a fair price in relation to the perceived value of each product and the pricing practices of our competitors.”

To develop their pricing architecture, Petit Bateau had been using rudimentary methods with teams manually collecting prices from competing online sales sites and compiling data in spreadsheets. Petit Bateau tried using a different CMI solution but this other platform lacked critical functionality such as the ability to scan a wide breadth of product categories and provide easy-to-use analyses and reports based on detailed product attributes and style features, critical to apparel.

Petit Bateau thus looked for an alternative solution and chose Centric Software. With Centric Market Intelligence, Petit Bateau can now reap the benefits of sophisticated AI-powered product monitoring and high-quality product image matching capabilities for a wider range of styles and categories, coupled with best-in-class accuracy.

“Centric’s solution seemed very intuitive, and we had great conversations with the pre-sales team,” notes Christoph. “Data reliability was addressed right from the start and the Centric team was very attentive and very reactive. They were quick to respond.” Christoph adds, “Centric simplifies errors or data anomalies in product categorization. Teams are now monitoring twice as many brands as they did with our previous solution.”

“With just a few clicks, we have accurate, reliable information on colors, materials, pricing architecture and price changes made by our competitors,” finishes Christoph.

“We’re delighted that Petit Bateau, an established name in children’s and adult fashion, has chosen Centric Market Intelligence. This French brand enjoys a solid reputation and has been able to withstand the ups and downs of the market by innovating over the decades, while remaining true to its heritage,” says Fabrice Canonge, president at Centric Software. “With Centric Market Intelligence, Petit Bateau now has intelligent, reliable and high-performance data at the heart of its decision-making process. We are pleased to develop this promising partnership.”

About Centric Software

From its headquarters in Silicon Valley, Centric Software provides an innovative and AI-enabled product concept-to-replenishment platform for retailers, brands and manufacturers of all sizes. As experts in consumer goods like fashion, outdoor, luxury, home, multi-category retail, grocery, food & beverage, cosmetics & personal care and consumer electronics, Centric Software delivers best-of-breed solutions to plan, design, develop, source, buy, make, price, allocate, sell and replenish products.

Centric Software’s market-driven solutions have the highest user adoption rate, customer satisfaction rate and fastest time to value in the industry. Centric Software has received multiple industry awards and recognition appears regularly in world-leading analyst reports and research.

For more information, visit www.centricsoftware.com.

Hanshow Unveils Smart Solar Energy at Intersolar Europe

for Real Business Results

MUNICH, Germany, June 24, 2024 – At Intersolar Europe, the world’s leading solar industry exhibition, Hanshow is making its mark unveiling its digital energy solutions. Hanshow is proud to introduce its latest lightweight solar components. Designed for ease of installation and superior performance, these components mark a significant advancement in solar technology.

Hanshow at Intersolar Europe 2024 (Photo: Business Wire)

Hanshow provides customized solar systems tailored to each client’s unique energy needs and sustainability objectives. This bespoke approach optimizes each solution for maximum performance and reliability, enabling clients to achieve their green energy goals while maintaining operational efficiency and cost-effectiveness.

These solutions seamlessly integrate into existing energy infrastructures, enhancing efficiency and promoting the adoption of clean, renewable energy sources. By addressing every aspect of the energy value chain, Hanshow ensures a holistic approach to energy management and sustainability.

Comprehensive Digital Energy Solutions

Hanshow offers a comprehensive range of digital energy solutions that cover the entire value chain, including industrial and commercial distributed photovoltaic power generation systems, energy storage systems, and charging pile systems.

Flexible Financing Options

Hanshow’s comprehensive approach reduces the need for multiple vendors by offering flexible financing options that minimize upfront costs and operational risks. The Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) financing and leasing support model streamlines the renewable energy transition by providing development, financing, construction, and maintenance all under one roof.

High-Quality and Performance Standards

Hanshow is backed by established engineering management expertise, reliable professional and technical skills, robust business development capabilities, efficient resource integration, and comprehensive service operations.

360° Sustainable Transition

Hanshow provides a seamless and efficient approach for businesses of all types to adopt renewable energy, reduce their carbon footprint, and enhance overall sustainability.

Advanced Energy Storage and EV Charging Solutions

Hanshow’s energy storage component features a 400 kWh capacity, ensuring efficient use of solar power by storing excess energy for use during non-sunlight hours and electric vehicle charging component with 360 kW capacity, providing essential infrastructure to support the adoption of electric vehicles.

Innovating for the Future

Later this year, Hanshow and Singfilm Solar will inaugurate a joint research laboratory dedicated to advancing solar technology. This collaborative effort aims to develop a new generation of solar cells that will feature significantly higher efficiency, an extended lifespan, and reduced production costs.

About Hanshow

Hanshow is a global leader in developing and manufacturing electronic shelf labels and digital store solutions. The company offers customers a series of customized IoT touchpoints and digital store solutions that deliver customer-centric insights. Hanshow’s solutions have provided services to a vast number of stores in over 50 countries and regions, helping them streamline operations, optimize pricing strategies, and offer consumers a more personalized experience.

For more information, visit www.hanshow.com.

Medidata Launches Clinical Data Studio

NEW YORK, NY, June 24, 2024 – Medidata, a Dassault Systèmes brand and leading provider of clinical trial solutions to the life sciences industry, announced the launch of Medidata Clinical Data Studio, a unified experience that unlocks the true power of clinical research data. This groundbreaking technology gives stakeholders greater control over the quality of data and the ability to deliver safer trials to patients faster.

Built on the Medidata Platform, Clinical Data Studio integrates data from both Medidata and non-Medidata sources, accelerating decision-making across the full clinical trial process and delivering holistic data and risk strategies that connect patients, sites, and sponsors. Through AI, study teams can more effectively identify potential data issues and safety signals, resulting in a more accurate understanding of the patient. This reduces the challenges posed by siloed data systems and enables action data review and reconciliation up to 80 percent faster.

“Clinical Data Studio unlocks the broad ecosystem of clinical data. Powered by embedded AI, we are democratizing access to data and revealing the signals, risks, and insights that matter most. Together this accelerates trial execution and creates rich data for new discoveries,” said Tom Doyle, chief technology officer, Medidata.

Clinical Data Studio offers a comprehensive workspace for data integration, transformation, and management. It includes AI-assisted data reconciliation and anomaly detection, self-serve data listings, robust risk-based quality management, and tools to implement a holistic data and risk strategy supported by workflows and visualizations.

“As data volume and sources grow exponentially, managing this data and garnering real-time insights is becoming increasingly complex. Not only is this impacting time-to-market, but it is also delaying the timely delivery of therapies to patients, thus impacting patients’ lives,” said Dr. Nimita Limaye, research vice president, Life Sciences R&D Strategy and Technology, IDC. “By enabling users to manage all their data, both Medidata and non-Medidata data, in one place, Medidata Clinical Data Studio has the potential to disrupt the industry by accelerating clinical trials and getting therapies to patients faster.”

About Medidata

Medidata is powering smarter treatments and healthier people through digital solutions to support clinical trials. Celebrating 25 years of ground-breaking technological innovation across more than 33,000 trials and 10 million patients, Medidata offers industry-leading expertise, analytics-powered insights, and the largest patient-level historical clinical trial data set in the world. More than 1 million registered users across 2,200+ customers trust Medidata’s seamless, end-to-end platform to improve patient experiences, accelerate clinical breakthroughs, and bring therapies to market faster. A Dassault Systèmes brand, Medidata is headquartered in New York City and has been recognized as a Leader by Everest Group and IDC.

For more information, visit www.medidata.com.

About Dassault Systèmes

Dassault Systèmes is a catalyst for human progress. We provide business and people with collaborative virtual environments to imagine sustainable innovations. By creating virtual twin experiences of the real world with our 3DEXPERIENCE platform and applications, our customers can redefine the creation, production and life-cycle-management processes of their offer and thus have a meaningful impact to make the world more sustainable. The beauty of the Experience Economy is that it is a human-centered economy for the benefit of all –consumers, patients and citizens. Dassault Systèmes brings value to more than 350,000 customers of all sizes, in all industries, in more than 150 countries.

For more information, visit www.3ds.com.

Movellus Introduces Aeonic Power

SUNNYVALE, CA, June 24, 2024 – Movellus announced the introduction of the Aeonic Power product family aimed at meeting the on-die power delivery needs of computational blocks, functional blocks, and die-to-die interconnects for complex SoCs. The Aeonic Power family debuts with two products: Aeonic Power HC, enabling energy optimization of digital cores and logic blocks, and Aeonic Power LN to simplify power delivery for die-to-die interfaces (e.g. UCIe).

Aeonic Power HC is a high-current, on-die solution that delivers local, distributed power, enabling fine-grained DVFS for computational cores, clusters, and logic blocks. It can reliably supply core power to processing elements across a wide current range, helping SoCs balance performance and power, resulting in energy savings of up to 15%.

“Even with architectural innovations that are improving performance per watt, AI and HPC workloads are driving dramatic increases in total SoC power,” said Michael Smith, senior director SoC, Tenstorrent. “The industry is applying every available option to optimize power, and we believe that on-die voltage regulation will be invaluable in helping design teams take the next steps in energy-efficient computing by bringing fine-grained power management closer to computational cores.”

Aeonic Power LN is built to support die-to-die interconnects in the chiplet ecosystem. Simplifying power distribution for D2D interconnects via on-chip regulation and reduction of inductive filters results in overall BOM improvements for chiplets.

“Power is a critical design parameter for large SoC design teams. While everyone wants more compute power, it comes at a significant cost at the chip, system and data center levels,” said Kevin Krewell, principal analyst, TIRIAS Research. “Movellus has a very interesting solution to the power challenge with their on-die voltage regulators that enable power management at a silicon block level, closer to each core. Design teams need every advantage to combat growing power demands, and Movellus offers a very valuable solution.”

The Movellus Aeonic Power family delivers a suite of power-focused telemetry, providing valuable insight into customers’ power delivery networks. These features assist engineering teams with a data-driven approach to designing power networks and applying optimal silicon life cycle strategies.

“Power delivery is one of the most challenging areas in SOC design today,” said Mo Faisal, CEO, Movellus, “On-die voltage regulation holds tremendous potential to reduce power, simplify design, and increase the robustness of PDNs, but to date, only a handful of companies had the capability to tackle this using custom designs. Aeonic Power takes a new, scalable approach to on-die voltage regulation to make these solutions available to the broader market.”

Movellus continues to advance high-performance silicon through energy and performance-optimized infrastructure in the AI era. The Aeonic Digital IP platform has been integrated by multiple customers and ported across various process nodes from 40nm to 3nm. End applications range from ultra-low power edge AI devices to performance-centric cloud datacenter compute and AI offerings. This latest milestone enables advanced on-die voltage regulation for high-performance SoCs and chiplets.

Key Benefits Aeonic Power

  • Scalable, modular architecture to meet various load requirements
  • Fine-grain power management for energy optimization
  • Static IR compensation
  • Virtual power islands
  • BOM optimization
  • Advanced power telemetry
  • Process portable

Availability

The Aeonic Power HC and Aeonic Power LN are sampling and will be generally available in 3Q24. For more information on the Aeonic Power product family, visit www.movellus.com.

About Movellus

Movellus provides critical technology that is integrated into an array of applications ranging from edge AI devices to performance-centric cloud datacenter compute and networking offerings. The company is headquartered in Sunnyvale, CA, with R&D centers in Michigan and Toronto.

For more information, visit  www.movellus.com.

Excel Dryer Partners with Architecture + Design Master

EAST LONGMEADOW, MA, June 24, 2024 – Excel Dryer, the global leader in touchless hand hygiene solutions, is excited to partner with Architecture + Design Master Continuing Education, a leading industry resource for architecture and design professionals, to offer an exclusive new continuing education unit (CEU): Introduction to the WELL Building Standard and Its Impact on 3 Architectural Product Categories. Architecture + Design Master Continuing Education is the education division of Endeavor Media, offering CEUs powered by brands such as Architectural Products, Buildings, American School & University and many more.

Colleagues engage in a casual conversation in a cozy office nook, blending natural design elements with comfort.

“Guided by Version 2 of the International WELL Building Institute’s WELL Building Standard, this course adapts the forward-thinking insights and methodologies we applied to the recent expansion and renovation of our own global headquarters—which resulted in the healthiest, most beautiful office space imaginable,” said William Gagnon, COO, Excel Dryer.

There is no charge for the CEU, which offers 1.25 LU/HSW American Institute of Architects (AIA) credits. To complete the unit, visit Architectural Products’ Continuing Education Center: go.exceldryer.com/Intro-to-WELL-CE.

Participants will explore the principles of modern, sustainable design and specification with a focus on industry and manufacturing advancements in the hand dryer, lighting and furniture product categories.

On completion of the course, they will be able to:

  1. Describe how the WELL Building Standard has helped designers and owners understand how interior environments can support the health and well-being of occupants.
  2. Discuss the founding principles, framework, concepts and award system of the WELL Building Standard version 2.
  3. Explain how the hand dryer product category can help a project earn WELL points.
  4. Compare the purpose of circadian lighting with that of tunable lighting.
  5. Discuss ways in which furniture can promote human health and activity in the workplace.

About Excel Dryer, Inc.

Excel Dryer is a family-owned and operated company that revolutionized the industry with the invention of the XLERATOR Hand Dryer, which set a new standard for performance, reliability and customer satisfaction. For more than 50 years, Excel has been manufacturing American-made hand drying solutions that are dependable, cost effective, safe and sustainable. Backed by the best customer service, Excel Dryer products can be purchased through an established network of sales representatives and distributors globally.

Learn more about Excel Dryer at exceldryer.com.

Ansys Announces ConceptEV

PITTSBURGH, PA, June 21, 2024 – Ansys announced the availability of a new SaaS cloud-native offering, Ansys ConceptEV. The solution enables component and system engineers to work together on EV powertrain concept designs through a model-based approach — facilitating early design decisions for improved EV driving range and battery charge times, lower development costs, and faster time-to-market.

Simulated performance of a dual-motor EV powertrain across the WLTP drive cycle, showing predicted driving range and energy efficiency

EV powertrains are complex systems comprised of core functional components including the battery, inverter, motor, and transmission. To develop the most efficient powertrain, the components must be designed and optimized as part of the system, not separately. A system-level design approach is crucial to increasing the driving range and efficiency of EVs while decreasing the cost.

ConceptEV is a first-of-its-kind, accessible solution capable of linking component designs to system-level requirements. Specification and component design changes are easily implemented and traceable, empowering users to rapidly evaluate and quantify system trade-offs for the optimal powertrain design. The model-based approach facilitates rapid analysis of the complete system against requirements, reducing errors, saving time and costs, and informing smarter decisions earlier in the development process.

“Ansys ConceptEV promises to be a critical advancement for the electric powertrain industry,” said John Reeve, technical director, FluxSys Ltd. “Focusing on optimizing the complete powertrain rather than individual sub-systems will increase our productivity and accelerate innovation. ConceptEV is approachable, collaborative, scalable, and will help us meet the growing demand for performant EV powertrain systems.”

“ConceptEV is flipping the script on traditional EV powertrain workflows and enabling customers to pursue a more robust, data-driven result,” said Shane Emswiler, senior vice president of products at Ansys. “The solution brings together cross-functional teams in an open environment that encourages collaboration and knowledge sharing to foster innovation. The powertrain is the heart of a vehicle’s performance, so having the right tools to optimize its design to make it lighter, more durable, and more cost-effective is critical.”

About Ansys

When visionary companies need to know how their world-changing ideas will perform, they close the gap between design and reality with Ansys simulation. For more than 50 years, Ansys software has enabled innovators across industries to push boundaries by using the predictive power of simulation. From sustainable transportation to advanced semiconductors, from satellite systems to life-saving medical devices, the next great leaps in human advancement will be powered by Ansys.

For more information, visit www.ansys.com.

Desktop Metal X25Pro Now Powered by TurboFuse

BOSTON, Ma, June 21, 2024 – Desktop Metal, a global leader in Additive Manufacturing 2.0 technologies for mass production, today announced that the X25Pro production binder jet 3D printer can now process TurboFuse – an intelligent, high-strength binder chemistry that eliminates a heating step during printing and improves already-fast binder jet 3D print speeds by 50% or more, depending on selected print parameters and material.

Now offered on the Desktop Metal X25Pro production metal binder jetting platform, TurboFuse is an intelligent, high-strength binder that eliminates a heating step during printing and improves already-fast binder jet 3D print speeds by 50% or more, depending on selected print parameters and material. (Graphic: Business Wire)

TurboFuse is currently available for use on the X25Pro with 316L stainless steel, and will require purchase of an upgrade kit for existing customers. The binder is also compatible with 16 metals and one cermet, with parameter validation now underway.

Eaton, an intelligent power management company with six Desktop Metal printers, is currently beta testing TurboFuse on its X25Pro at its Additive Manufacturing Center of Excellence, a part of Eaton Research Labs, in Southfield, Mich.

“Eaton is thrilled to collaborate with Desktop Metal to prove this new binder technology. Using the new binder, we have reduced our print times by nearly 4x from the previous binder system,” said Eric Johnson, Ph.D., senior manager — additive manufacturing, at Eaton Research Labs. “This is a game changer and significantly enhances the affordability of this technology.”

Ric Fulop, Founder and CEO of Desktop Metal, said the Desktop Metal team is delighted to finally unveil this new binder to the market, with availability of upgrade kits slated for Q3.

“TurboFuse is an intelligent chemistry developed specifically for binder jetting by the world’s most experienced binder jetting team at Desktop Metal,” Fulop said. “By implementing TurboFuse on the X25Pro, we have dramatically improved print speeds of the market’s most popular and trusted production binder jet system and delivered other benefits as well, such as stronger green parts and improved printhead life — all of which reduce operating and per-unit part costs.

“The entire team at Desktop Metal remains as committed as ever to binder jetting as we prepare to showcase significant customer parts produced on the X25Pro in aluminum, silicon carbide and more, at RAPID + TCT in Los Angeles. These parts demonstrate new milestones in binder jetting.”

With the launch of TurboFuse, Desktop Metal now offers the most diverse portfolio of binders for binder jet 3D printing — sold under the “Fuse” name — to process the widest range of metals and ceramics for specific properties and applications. The portfolio now includes TurboFuse, CleanFuse, AquaFuse, PhenolFuse, and FluidFuse.

The X25Pro is a mid-sized production metal binder jet 3D printer with a build volume of 400 x 250 x 250 mm (15.75 x 9.84 x 9.84 in). It is part of DM’s X-Series line of metal 3D printers featuring Triple Advanced Compaction Technology (ACT), which has discrete mechanical controls for dispensing, spreading, and compacting ultra-fine powders in binder jetting. This feature enables tight parameter control across a wide range of metal and ceramic powder types and size distributions.

For more information, visit TeamDM.com/X25Pro_TurboFuse.

About Desktop Metal

Desktop Metal is driving Additive Manufacturing 2.0, a new era of on-demand, digital mass production of industrial, medical, and consumer products. Their innovative 3D printers, materials, and software deliver the speed, cost, and part quality required for this transformation. They’re the original inventors and world leaders of the 3D printing methods we believe will empower this shift, binder jetting and digital light processing. Today, their systems print metal, polymer, sand and other ceramics, as well as foam and recycled wood. Manufacturers use our technology worldwide to save time and money, reduce waste, increase flexibility, and produce designs that solve the world’s toughest problems and enable once-impossible innovations.

For more information, visit www.desktopmetal.com.

Stratasys, BASF Partner to Deliver Polypropylene Material

for Stratasys SAF Technology

EDEN PRAIRIE, MN and REHOVOT, Israel, June 21, 2024 – Stratasys Ltd. announced the commercial availability of its groundbreaking new material, SAF Polypropylene (PP)for use on the Stratasys H350 printer, set to launch in fourth quarter of 2024.

Flexible automotive component produced with SAF PP on the Stratasys H350, ideal for tight and chemical resistance applications. (Photo: Business Wire)

Stratasys SAF PP, offered in partnership with BASF Forward AM, is designed to provide greater cost efficiency and superior part quality in Powder Bed Fusion technologies. This innovative material offers a lower cost per part and exceptional surface aesthetics as compared to existing materials and is designed to meet the rigorous demands of high-volume production while maintaining exceptional overall quality.

“With superior nesting ability and a total turnaround time of less than 36 hours, SAF PP allows customers to produce hundreds of parts in a single build,” said Neil Hopkinson, vice president, additive manufacturing technology, Stratasys. “This boosts productivity and cost efficiency, delivering high-quality parts at a lower cost.”

Automotive speaker grill printed with SAF PP on a Stratasys H350 printer, and finished with the VaporFuse Surfacing process using the Powerfuse S PP machine from DyeMansion. (Photo: Business Wire)

SAF PP is engineered for a wide range of applications, catering to diverse industries such as automotive, medical, consumer sports, and industrial sectors. SAF PP provides durability, chemical resistance, and flexibility for automotive components like housings and ducting, as well as orthotic devices and consumer sports gear like shin guards. Its lightweight nature, and water and air tightness, make it an ideal choice for producing intricate, high-quality parts across various applications.

The new material has also demonstrated the capability to produce robust, defect-free parts with complex geometries, such as flexible tight pipes and intricate sensor mounts.

“The surface finish of SAF PP parts is unparalleled,” said Philipp Götz, CEO, Götz Maschinenbau GmbH & Co. KG, a beta customer of this material. “The fine detail resolution and uniform appearance are far superior to any other PBF printed PP we have seen, significantly enhancing the visual appeal of our final products.”

“The consistent quality of SAF PP is exceptional,” said Jennifer Govea, application engineer, Sun Digital. “It’s airtight and watertight properties ensure reliable performance across various applications. With SAF PP, we can now bring a wide array of additive manufacturing benefits to unlimited applications that use PP today in traditional manufacturing.”

“We are pleased to collaborate with Stratasys on the development of this new polypropylene material, optimized for their SAF 3D printing technology,” added Martin Back, CEO, BASF Forward AM. “This partnership underscores our commitment to providing robust AM solutions tailored to the needs of industrial manufacturers. Together, we aim to broaden the adoption of AM technologies to make our customers more successful.”

About Stratasys

Stratasys is leading the global shift to additive manufacturing with innovative 3D printing solutions for industries such as aerospace, automotive, consumer products and healthcare. Through smart and connected 3D printers, polymer materials, a software ecosystem, and parts on demand, Stratasys solutions deliver competitive advantages at every stage in the product value chain. The world’s leading organizations turn to Stratasys to transform product design, bring agility to manufacturing and supply chains, and improve patient care.

To learn more about Stratasys, visit www.stratasys.com.

BigRep Launches VIIO 250 3D Printer

BERLIN, Germany, June 21, 2024 – BigRep announced the release of a brand-new industrial fused filament fabrication (FFF) 3D printer, the VIIO 250 – their most automated large-scale machine made to print engineering-grade and fiber-reinforced materials. The 3D printer is built to produce large, high-resolution parts as effortlessly as possible so users can press print, and the machine takes it from there with little to no manual intervention.

The breakthrough features for uninterrupted printing are the seamless automatic filament handling aptly named Infinity Box and the backup extruder functionality called Relay Mode both of which enable around-the-clock production. It also has a new controls platform delivering industrial CNC quality and the convenience of over-the-air software updates.

The other key features of the 3D printer are the temperature-controlled build chamber of 250 liters (1000mm X 500mm X 500mm) that reaches 50°C, an open material system compatible with BigRep and third-party filaments, and dual Smart Manufacturing Extruders (SMX) that heat up to 350 °C. The machine has a new upgrade that is a hit among the first users – an intuitive human machine interface (HMI), that comes in multiple languages and has animated guides to steer users through standard operations.

The machine is positioned for sectors in industrial manufacturing, especially the automotive industry, where unattended operation can be a game-changer. Designed for high efficiency, the VIIO 250 enables affordable production of functional parts with reduced energy consumption.

Dr.-Ing. Sven Thate, managing director of BigRep GmbH commented, “The VIIO 250 is a significant leap forward in automating and simplifying 3D printing technology aiming to advance industrial users’ productivity. By integrating advanced automation features and user-friendly interfaces, we aim to set a new standard for efficiency, ease of use, reliability, and repeatability in large-scale industrial-grade 3D printing striving to continuously improve customers’ Overall Equipment Efficiency (OEE) and Total Cost of Ownership (TCO). With this we are setÝng the foundation for widespread adoption of large-format Additive Manufacturing (AM) in series production of large, accurate, strong parts in industrial manufacturing.”

One of the first users, Jens Krämer, head of prototyping at Magirus Fire Trucks added, “Great to see that comfort features known from desktop printers have arrived in an industrial setÝng. Being able to rely on the automatic calibration of the print bed, flow rate, and x/y makes my life a lot easier and caters to reliable outcomes.”

Highlights of the VIIO 250

  1. 24/7 Automation
    Auto calibration including bed mapping and filament flow rate adjustment is designed to make printing easier than ever. The Infinity Box automatically loads new filament during the print job, and the Relay Mode is an auto backup extruder functionality that kicks in for reliable non-stop printing.
  2. Large-scale Build Volume
    The 250-liter (1000mm X 500mm X 500mm) spacious build chamber has an active temperature control of up to 50°C to achieve maximum geometric accuracy. Built with a compact design, the VIIO 250 offers large-format printing capabilities in a robust, sleek frame that fits any workspace.
  3. Intelligent Dual SMX Extruders
    Advanced print monitoring thanks to dual SMX (Smart Manufacturing Extruders) extruders that reach up to 350°C with embedded sensors for precise control. The extruders have LED light indicators to signal different statuses and come in 3 nozzle sizes – 0.4mm, 0.6mm, and 1.0mm.
  4. Intuitive Machine User Interface
    The HMI (Human Machine Interface) is available in multiple languages to guide users through the print process with animated walkthroughs. Easily check, prioritize, and line up print jobs with the intuitive UX/UI guides and alerts that are designed to ensure efficient workflow management.
  5. Continuous and Optimal Filament Handling
    The add-on feature – The Infinity Box – is designed to automatically detect when the filament runs out during an active print job and loads new material without any intervention ensuring uninterrupted printing. The Infinity Box doubles as an active filament dry box to store material in optimal conditions and holds 4 spools of up to 8kg each.

About BigRep 

With more than 1,000 large-scale 3D printers already in operation across various industrial sectors, BigRep has earned its reputation with its expertise in large-scale FFF. The German-manufactured 3D printers empower engineers, designers, and manufacturers, spanning from startups to Fortune 100 corporations. BigRep’s vision is to expedite the transition from prototyping to production, ensuring products get to market quickly.

For more information, visit https://bigrep.com/.