Apr 5, 2017 | By David
Another quick summary of some important 3D printing news that might have passed you by this week, with a new project to 3D print in-ear devices, a partnership between Nano Dimension and Zuken, and much more besides.
Envision Tec and 3Shape offer system for 3D scanned and 3D printed in-ear devices
Demonstrated at this year’s AudiologyNOW! Conference, which is being held from April 5-8 in the Indiana Convention Center and Lucas Oil Stadium, a new turnkey system has been created by EnvisionTec and 3Shape for the production of in-ear devices. “EnvisionTEC is proud to continue partnering with 3Shape to deliver an integrated solution to the in-ear device market. Together, our 3D technologies delivers fast, reliable, custom solutions to hearing care professionals and their patients every day,” said CEO Al Siblani. The system will enable audiology professionals to make 3D scans of a user’s ear and use the model to 3D print an in-ear device that will be an excellent fit. A choice of 2 3D printers, the EnvisionTEC Vida Hi-Res DSP and the EnvisionTEC Micro Plus Advantage, will be available, integrated with 3Shape’s H600 3D Scanner and its accompanying software package, which are specifically designed for audiology applications
Nano Dimension partners with Zuken to establish comprehensive 3D printing manufacturing solution
A partnership established between Nano Dimension Technologies, Ltd and Zuken, Inc will allow Nano Dimension’s 3D printer service to take full advantage of Zuken’s innovative CR-800 Design Force. CR-8000 is a design tool with advanced features that will improve the 3D printing process. The software allows for the specification of unique rules for materials, which means that no extra steps are needed when 3D printing to silver, or any other future conductive material. Zuken also offers dedicated DFM solutions to support printed electronics via its DFM Inkjet module that optimizes CAD data for inkjet printers. According to Simon Fried, Chief Business Officer of Nano Dimension, ‘’It has been an amazing few years for our company as we've fielded interest in our technology. We're excited about working with Zuken to harness Design Force and take our products even further, giving our users a seamless experience from design to output and optimization.’’ The partnership will allow for hugely improved prototype turnaround times, and an overall smoother manufacturing process.
Tethon 3D releases new glass ceramic resin material for 3D printing
Leading 3D printing ceramics manufacturer Tethon 3D has announced a new product with some unique properties. Known as Vitrolite, the photo-curing glass ceramic polymer resin is intended for use in SLA or DLP printers. Following kiln firing, objects printed with Vitrolite are a semi-translucent white color with a smooth glassy surface. Vitrolite prints have a low level of density and porosity, and they are chemical resistant. Vitrolite is non-conductive of heat or electricity means that the resulting ceramics are highly resistant to thermal shock, and will be useful for a variety of different applications. Recommended sintering temperatures are relatively low for Vitrolite, around 2000F. Karen Linder, President and CEO of Tethon 3D, says that “The higher Vitrolite is fired, the less porous and more glass-like it becomes and this is still achieved at a fairly low temperature. The availability of a range of low firing temperatures gives the Vitrolite user a lot of options for controlling the object’s functionality and appearance.”
Graphene 3D lab announces release of new conductive adhesives
Composites manufacturer and developer Graphene 3D has added 2 new products to its G6-EpoxyTM line of advanced adhesive materials. Other products recently released in this line are some of the industry’s most innovative carbon-silver adhesive materials. The new epoxies are highly electrically conductive adhesives with a proprietary formula based on the combination of graphene and silver fillers and other additives. Their formulation means that they can maintain a relatively low silver content without sacrificing electrical conductivity. The reduced silver content makes the formulations less expensive, and also helps to improve mechanical properties and ease of processing. This will prove indispensable for a wide variety of applications, and the adhesives should be a major success for the company, which also offers an impressive portfolio of 3D printable filaments, through its 3D printing division.
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