3D Printing News Briefs November 21 2020: Titomic Etteplan Concre3DLab Interspectral Nanofabrica BCN3D & 3DGBIRE
3D Printing News Briefs, November 21, 2020: Titomic, Etteplan, Concre3DLab, Interspectral, Nanofabrica, BCN3D & 3DGBIRE
In this week’s 3D Printing News Briefs, we’ve got some business news to cover first, then moving on to software, and finally to microscale 3D printing. Titomic has appointed an interim CEO, Etteplan’s AM manager will leading the national 3D printing ecosystem in Finland, and BCN3D has announced a new partnership. Concre3DLab has created two plugins for Grasshopper, and Interspectral released a visualization software for the AM market. Finally, Nanofabrica is showing off what its Tera 250 is capable of with some truly tiny prints.
Titomic Names Interim CEO
Australian company Titomic Limited (ASX: TTT) announced that it has named industrial veteran Norbert Schulze as its interim CEO, succeeding Titomic Founder Jeff Lang, who will remain as a Director of the Board but move down to Executive Director and Chief Technology Officer. Schulze has more than 40 years of experience in the global defense, automotive, and manufacturing industries, and owns a consulting company that advises global defense companies on various strategies and growth opportunities. He served previously as the Senior Executive of Rheinmetall and RENK Group in Europe and Africa, and will work to continue strengthening Titomic’s vision to commercialize its Titomic Kinetic Fusion technology around the world.
The Titomic Board has begun the search to find a permanent CEO.
Etteplan’s 3D Printing Department Manager Leading FAME
Finland-based Etteplan provides solutions for industrial equipment, plant engineering, and software to the manufacturing industry. It recently partnered with several other companies to form the Finnish Additive Manufacturing Ecosystem, or FAME, which was launched in October, is financed by member companies and the country’s the Ministry of Employment and the Economy, and has a goal of reaching 5% of the global 3D printing market volume by 2030. Last year, Etteplan conducted a survey funded by Business Finland, which showed that Finnish companies were slowly warming to 3D printing, but wanted a neutral party to facilitate development and represent the private sector. In that role, FAME will bring design and printing experts, equipment manufacturers, and material suppliers together to work on adoption. Now, Etteplan’s Department Manager for 3D Printing, Tero Hämeenaho, has been appointed to lead FAME as the ecosystem’s chairman.
BCN3D Partnering with 3DGBIRE
Barcelona’s 3D printing solutions manufacturer BCN3D has announced that it is partnering with 3DGBIRE, a premium AM solutions and training provider in the UK and Ireland that helps companies easily integrate the technology within their workflows. 3DGBIRE will now be the exclusive distributor of BCN3D’s solutions across Ireland and Britain, which will help expand its growth in these markets. This announcement comes soon after BCN3D has released the next generation systems in both its Epsilon Series and Sigma Series, and now that the company is working with 3DGBIRE, professionals in several industries across the UK will be able to take advantage of these new 3D printers.
Concre3DLab Creates Plugins for Grasshopper
As its name suggests, Concre3DLab, a research institute embedded within the Department of Structural Engineering at Ghent University, is focused on 3D printing concrete structures. It’s currently developing several apps for Grasshopper, which will be shared in order to help others with the design and manufacturing of concrete prints. The first of these is VoxelPrint, a Grasshopper plugin that can construct simulation files specifically designed for applications in concrete 3D printing. It’s able to create Input files for ABAQUS simulation by voxelizing any 3D shape into a set of identical finite elements, and is free to use for academic and educational use, though you’ll need to contact Concre3DLab if you’re interested in commercial use.
The team is also working on a Grasshopper plugin called CobraPrint, which can be used to create finite element models without having to know any numerical modeling.
Interspectral Releases AM Explorer Visualization Software
Swedish company Interspectral, which develops intuitive software with volumetric rendering and 3D visualization of real captured data, has created a new software package called AM Explorer that’s specifically for users working with layer-based metal AM. Interspectral originally created the software exclusively for and with Siemens Energy, but AM Explorer is now being released on the full AM market, so that other users can explore and understand process data to better fuse and analyze simulation and machine monitoring data, design files, and post-print metrology data. The software package is data and machine agnostic, and can be easily plugged into existing systems, which will help companies using metal 3D printing analyze their data more quickly.
Nanofabrica Shows Off New Micro-sized 3D Prints
Israeli micro 3D printing provider Nanofabrica has released some information about, and incredible images of, tiny industrial parts printed on its Tera 250 micro AM system, which show just how precise it is. Based on a DLP engine but combined with adaptive optics and multiple sensors for a closed feedback loop, the Tera 250 is able to offer accurate, repeatable micron levels of resolution. The first part is an industrial impeller, with sharp edges and complex curves, that measures 5.66 (X) x 5.66 (Y) x 2.87 (Z) mm, and the second is a 9 x 6 x 6 mm fiber optic adapter. Impellers increase pressure and flow rate of fluid measuring in MEMS, and this tiny replica shows how customizable it is Nanofabrica’s capable hands. The adapter has complex internal curved cavities used to feed optical fibers, and this small version illustrates that the Tera 250 can be used for short series runs of this part.
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November 21, 2020 at 07:20AM