Apr 1, 2017 | By Benedict

It might seem like we’re cheating you with all these roundups, but there’s simply a lot of 3D printing news this week. Here’s a quartet of shorter 3D printing stories that came out later this week, with PostProcess Technologies, Sigma Labs, and PyroGenesis all in action.

PostProcess Technologies announces large format finishing for 3D printing

Automated post-processing specialist PostProcess Technologies has announced the introduction of the second generation DECI Rectangular, the company's largest product in the Surface Finish (SF) series. The SF DECI Rectangular is the only automated SF machine that has been specifically designed for additive parts, integrating proprietary agitation algorithms into a system designed with a large chamber.

PostProcess Technologies' new large format machine

PostProcess Technologies says its new machine is capable of finishing parts 3D printed with any additive technology and all additive materials, making it suitable for both higher volume production runs or for larger complex geometries. The new machine even has a divided chamber that allows for two parts to be processed simultaneously.

“The compact panel, with color touchscreen display, is built to the highest quality standards using industrial-grade aluminum and steel for an exceptionally robust device housing,” commented Eric Reiner of Beckhoff Automation, which provides all automation tech for PostProcess machines. “With scalable multicore processors that go up to 4-core Intel® Atom™ in this variant, the demanding HMI and machine control functions are effectively executed in one multi-tasking device.”

Sigma Labs furthers strategic 3D printing alliance with Morf3D

Quality assurance company Sigma Labs has invested $500,000 in Morf3D, a California-based additive manufacturing specialist and existing Sigma Labs strategic partner. The deal will see Morf3D lease an EOS M400 3D printer in order to fulfill aerospace and defense 3D printing contracts.

Morf3D's additive manufacturing facility

“As we continue to cement our long-term relationship, this convertible note will enable Morf3D to acquire new equipment, increase its production capacity, and, in tandem, use Sigma Labs’ PrintRite3D® QA software as it expands its additive manufacturing offerings to customers,” said Mark Cola, President and CEO of Sigma Labs.

“Our objective is to deliver a seamless and fully-integrated digital manufacturing enterprise using the most advanced AM technologies,” added Ivan Madera, Morf3D CEO. “We’ve seen success with our client-collaboration business model, and now we’ll expand this with Sigma’s industry-leading quality assurance systems.”

PyroGenesis readies additive manufacturing powder production system

PyroGenesis, a Montreal-based plasma processes specialist, announced on Thursday that it has completed the assembly of its first powder production system, with the first powder run exceeding expectations. A four-month ramp-up is already underway.

PyroGenesis uses plasma atomization to make smooth-flowing AM powders

“The first production run not only exceeded our expectations in terms of powder quality and production rate, but it also marked both the official start of the ramp-up period and a critical step in achieving our stated goal to become a leading supplier of high purity powders catering to the Additive Manufacturing Industry,” said Pierre Carabin, Chief Technology Officer of PyroGenesis.

The first powder produced using the new powder production system was Ti-6Al-4V, one of the most sought-after powders on the market. The new system will also allow PyroGenesis to produce other materials such as Titanium alloys and nickel-based superalloy materials. It uses Plasma Atomization to make, small, uniform, fully dense and spherical metal powders that flow like water.

GE launches Brilliant Skills curriculum to train workers in 3D printing

Earlier this week, we took a look inside GE’s Advanced Manufacturing & Engineering Center, where the American corporation is developing 3D printing and augmented reality (AR) technology to increase productivity across its numerous businesses. But to take full advantage of new manufacturing methods, GE is looking to develop its staff as well as its technology. According to a press release, it will do this via the Brilliant Skills Curriculum, a new training program that will teach its workers about “lean, advanced, additive, and digital manufacturing.”

GE's Brilliant Skills project will train workers on additive manufacturing and other technologies

GE says that the Brilliant Learning curriculum is designed and adapted to individual site needs, and will include seminars, workshops, online courses, and a series of immersion boot camps on lean manufacturing practices, advanced manufacturing, additive, and other digital technologies transforming the industry. Many area of training will be hands-on and held in the manufacturing sites themselves.

“Today, manufacturing is driven by productivity—and when combined with the merging of hardware and software, the need for a highly skilled labor force is becoming integral to the success and modernization of our industry,” said Philippe Cochet, GE’s Chief Productivity Officer. “At a time when the creation and retention of U.S. jobs in America’s manufacturing cities is more important than ever, GE is helping to secure these jobs through the execution of ‘Brilliant Learning,’ and we hope it becomes a model for the industry.”



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