3D Printing Newsletters, September 18, 2021: Business, Materials & More – 3DPrint.com
We’re filling the front of today’s 3D printing briefs with plenty of business, as one company celebrates an anniversary and two others welcome new executives to their ranks. Moving on to materials, 3D Systems has launched a new material for jewelry design, and there is a new patented 3D printing process for tungsten alloy. Finally, a 3D sand printing facility is being installed at Airport City in Bangalore.
Lithoz celebrates its tenth anniversary
Austrian company Lithoz GmbH, a leading ceramic 3D printing company that started as a spin-off of TU Wien in 2011, is pleased to announce that it is celebrating ten years of supplying materials and machinery to ceramic 3D printing, as it strives to establish the technology as a reliable means of industrial mass production. The company has continuously strengthened its commitment to this business by combining several core values, including close ties to academia, collaboration with clients and the importance of the team. to look to the future. A “Lithoz Happy Birthday Hour” networking event was held at last week’s ceramics conference, several variations of the logo will be released, including the one pictured above, and a collection of “Best Of” recordings. will be published on the company’s LinkedIn page. Finally, a moving celebration video was shot in the recently opened Lithoz Innovation Lab to pay tribute to the company’s team spirit.
“When we started the company, no one was really capable of additive manufacturing high performance ceramics. No one could meet industry standards. We did something that was not possible before, ”said Dr Johannes Homa, CEO of Lithoz.
Equispheres welcomes two people to its board of directors
Equispheres Inc., a materials science technology company specializing in high performance metallic 3D printing powders for the automotive, aerospace and defense industries, has welcomed two new members to its board of directors, who have a lot of industry knowledge to share from the automotive supply. chain. Rob Wildeboer, co-chair of the Canadian Automobile Partnership Council (CAPC), is already executive chairman of leading automotive supplier Martinrea International Inc., and Keith Spencer, who advises private technology companies and sits on the boards of directors of several technology companies, co-directs the Services to start-up and emerging companies group as a partner at Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP. The two new additions will help Equispheres by bringing industrial and financial expertise as the company continues to grow and advance in the automotive supply chain.
“Wildeboer and Spencer will provide guidance as Equispheres gains traction in the automotive, aerospace and defense industries and we are grateful for their support and interest in accelerating momentum and commitment to the way forward, ”said Kevin Nicholds, CEO of Equispheres.
Massivit 3D appoints new Vice President of Business Development
Our latest business comes from high-volume AM solutions provider Massivit 3D Printing Technologies (Tel Aviv Stock Exchange: MSVT), who recently appointed industry veteran Ben Arnold as global vice president of business development. Arnold has been one of several companies in the AM industry over the years that have pioneered major innovations, such as polymer-based composites, powder-based metal 3D printing, l multi-material polymer 3D printing and multi-laser metal 3D printers. As a member of the management team, Arnold will focus on growing Massivit 3D’s patented GDP and Cast in Motion businesses, as well as expanding strategic partnerships, developing new business models, penetrating new vertical markets, etc.
“We are delighted to integrate Ben Arnold to further our entry into new industries and segments. Our goal is to transform the manufacturing of large parts. We are constantly looking for ways to make the manufacturing of large parts faster, more efficient and more profitable through digital processes and in line with the needs of Industry 4.0 in order to reduce lead times from several weeks to a few days, as well as costs to manufacturers and service providers. We believe Ben is the right person to help us grow our business and capitalize on the combination of our current and future breakthrough technologies and the growing market interest in multiple segments, ”said Erez Zimerman, CEO of Massivit 3D .
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“We are experiencing massive growth and strengthening our management team with experienced professionals such as Ben is an important part of ensuring our continued growth and success. “
3D Systems Introduces New Wax Jewelry Material
Subsequently, 3D Systems (NYSE: DDD) took jewelry design to the next level with the launch of its new material, VisiJet Wax Jewel Red. The company is already a leader in 100% lost wax casting for jewelry, and this new material, together with its AM software and 3D wax printing, will fit seamlessly into the workflow, reducing tooling time, waste and costs, and enabling the same. day pattern print. 3D wax printing is often used to produce models for jewelry casting, but some of the more intricate details and fine meshes can be difficult to achieve. 3D Systems claims that its VisiJet Wax Jewel Red was created to meet these needs, as its flexibility reduces breakage during the lost wax casting process, even for these complex areas.
“Additive manufacturing has left its mark in the jewelry industry, allowing artisans to push the boundaries and take their creativity to new levels. We created VisiJet Wax Jewel Red as the next step in our 100% wax casting portfolio, specifically to enable the unmatched quality of lost wax casting for jewelry design styles with fine features. This addition helps craftsmen and foundries deliver unique designs while improving productivity and reducing costs, ”said Dr. Edwin Hortelano, senior vice president, engineering and materials development, 3D Systems.
Patented AM process can create complex tungsten alloy components
The engineers of Bayerische Metallwerke GmbH, which belongs to Gesellschaft für Wolfram Industrie mbH, have developed and patented a new manufacturing process for the tungsten alloys WNiFe and WNiCu, allowing to obtain the multiphase mixed crystal alloy in powder form in order to that it can be used in 3D printing and coating processes. These alloys have high thermal conductivity for cold casting processing of aluminum, as well as corrosion resistance against molten metal and high density, but tungsten also has the highest melting point of all chemical elements, in addition to a Mohs hardness of 7.5, so it is difficult to create complex shapes like curves. You can use a mixture of powdered tungsten, nickel, and iron, but the latter two have lower melting points and end up evaporating uncontrollably, which is why the new process combines all three elements in the process. prealloy as a multiphase material in each powder particle. . The distribution and composition of the elements in the final product can be precisely controlled, no binder metal is lost, and the longevity and efficiency of the components that the powder is used to print are increased.
“The higher the proportion of tungsten in the final product, the more resistant it is to molten aluminum and the better its thermal conductivity. If, on the other hand, good ductility and mechanical machinability play a more important role, the proportion of tungsten in the alloy can also be reduced accordingly. The composition can therefore always be adapted to the specific application and the respective complexity of the form, ”explained Dr.-Ing. Hany Gobran, head of research and development at Bayerische Metallwerke and the one who invented this new manufacturing technology.
“Another special feature of our alloy is that we can make powder from offcuts or chips. This is a big step forward from an economic and environmental point of view, because it allows us to recycle and recover waste from conventional processes.
3D printing facility at Bengaluru City airport
Finally, an industrial group based in South India is developing a 3D sand printing installation with Bengaluru Airport City Limited (BACL), a 100% subsidiary of Bangalore International Airport Limited (BIAL). The AM sand facility, created by the Peekay Group, will be built in the airport city of BLR Airport and will include a production center and an experiment area, and will be used to increase awareness of 3D printing applications , train technology experts and engage young people. As of last year, Peekay has been planning to install Voxeljet’s VX4000 large-scale sand 3D printer at the site and recently signed a memorandum of understanding with the German 3D printer manufacturer for training, upgrading. skill level and more regarding installation. . The giant printer will be the most efficient and environmentally friendly choice, part of BIAL’s sustainability framework, and will also be the first installation of the VX4000 for an integrated AM service facility and service center. training.
“Peekay aims to create value for all of its stakeholders, including customers, suppliers, employees and society as a whole. We are pleased to announce that Peekay is moving forward with its purpose and vision with this current investment with Bengaluru Airport City Limited, ”said KE Shanavaz, Co-Managing Director of Peekay Steel Castings (P) Limited. “The company’s strategy has continuously improved productivity and aligned with external factors such as the environment, climate change and renewable energies. Peekay is investing in a standalone technology hub in Airport City to diversify its business into new areas such as aerospace, healthcare, renewable energy and transform into a technology-driven manufacturing company on a global scale. We would incorporate metal printing in addition to sand and ceramic in a future expansion.