Jun 14, 2017 | By Benedict

We’re halfway through the week, and here’s a quartet of 3D printing stories that will help see you through the day: BigRep launches Pro HS Filament, 3D Systems launches a medical 3D printing partnership scheme, and more.

BigRep launches Pro HS 3D printing filament

Tech startup BigRep, developer of a number of 3D printers and 3D printing filaments, has launched its latest printing material: Pro HS. The main quality of the material is its printing speed, with BigRep claiming the material can reduce printing time by up to 50 percent with no machine modification. It costs €109.95 ($124) for a 2.5 kg spool.

BigRep’s Pro HS Filament becomes the second product of the BigRep “Industrial Filament” line, following the high-temperature-resistant filament Pro HT. BigRep says the mechanical properties and printability of Pro HS are similar to those of PLA, but adds that the material is “somewhat more robust and has twice the flowability,” while also being more environmentally friendly than ABS.

BigRep Pro HS, available in natural and basalt colors, is purportedly suitable for printing large-format objects and prototypes.

“With the BigRep Pro HS Filament we have developed a versatile material,” claims René Gurka, CEO of BigRep. “In addition to the significantly reduced printing time, a major advantage of the product is that machines do not need to be modified for the application. It can be used on both new and older BigRep models.

“Especially when working with our large-format printers BigRep ONE and BigRep STUDIO, we offer our customers a flexible, complete solution for the most diverse requirements.”

BigRep Pro HS technical specs:

  • Material: BioPolymer
  • Density: 1.4 g / cm³
  • Diameter: 2.85 mm
  • Print Temperature Guideline: 170 – 210 ° C
  • Heating Bed: 0 – 60 ° C
  • Heat Distortion Temperature (ISO 75): 48 ° C
  • Tensile Strength (ISO 527): 43 MPa
  • Impact Strength (ISO 179): 59 KJ / m²
  • Flexural Modulus (ISO 178): 3500 MPa

3D Systems announces certified partner program for medical 3D printing

3D printing leader 3D Systems, a company with a large presence in medical 3D printing, today announced a new certified partner program for medical device additive manufacturing companies that will purportedly offer secure and premium services for medical device companies.

rms Company is the first business to sign up to the program, and will focus on design, development, and manufacturing of medical implants using 3D Systems’ Direct Metal Printing (DMP) technology. rms has already validated its 3D Systems ProX DMP 320 3D printer, as well as associated materials and critical support processes.

3D Systems says the first-of-its-kind partnership combines the “equipment, process, and materials expertise of 3D Systems with the manufacturing expertise of rms and enables medical device companies to efficiently source the development and production of FDA-cleared medical devices under one roof.”

“We want customers to be able to choose among multiple partners with the same level of medical device manufacturing expertise as 3D Systems,” said Kevin McAlea, Executive Vice President, General Manager, Metals and Healthcare, 3D Systems. “With our new certified partner program and our ability to insource models for large medical device companies at our certified facilities in Denver, CO, and Leuven, Belgium, we are able to offer the same quality experience to a broader set of customers.”

As part of the rms deal, rms will receive preferred access to experts from 3D Systems, and plans to exclusively use 3D Systems’ platforms for manufacturing medical implants.

PyroGenesis forms PyroGenesis Additive, dedicated 3D printing division (& soon-to-be spin-off)

PyroGenesis Canada, a high-tech company that designs, develops, manufactures, and commercializes plasma waste-to-energy systems and plasma torch products, today announced the establishment of "PyroGenesis Additive,” a new division of the company dedicated solely to PyroGenesis' additive manufacturing business line. This is the first step to the company's previously announced strategic spin-off into 3D printing.

In October 2015, PyroGenesis  announced that it would be reentering the metal powders market following a 13-year hiatus. It highlighted the commercial potential of additive manufacturing powders as a reason for doing so.

“The creation of PyroGenesis Additive is definitely the first step in spinning off our AM capabilities, which we announced over a year ago, into a standalone entity,” commented P. Peter Pascali, President and CEO of PyroGenesis, in a press release put out today. “We are dedicated to a spin-off for a number of reasons, all of which speak to increasing shareholder value.”

“The decision to re-enter into powder production was the right one,” Pascali added. “We are the inventors of Plasma Atomization, a process that arguably has helped bring AM to where it is today, and so we can say with confidence, that we are back. We are back to producing, but more so, improving the process that has become the gold standard in the AM Industry.”

On March 30, 2017, PyroGenesis announced that it had completed the assembly of its first powder production system, with its first powder run exceeding expectations. It has since received two powder orders, one in April and one last week.

Pascali commented that PyroGenesis Additive has exceeded his company’s “wildest expectations on every front.”

Grupo Sicnova launches JCR 600 industrial 3D printer and CloneInspector 3D cabin

Spanish 3D printing and 3D solutions company Grupo Sicnova has launched two new products: the JCR 600 industrial 3D printer and the CloneInspector 3D cabin for measurement and reverse engineering. Sicnova says both products offer specific solutions for industry 4.0 applications at an affordable price.

The JCR 600 is a large format industrial 3D printer with a build volume of 600 x 400 x 500 mm, using FDM technology for manufacturing parts with plastic extrusion. Sicnova says it’s capable of making bigger parts than traditional desktop 3D printers, making it a “link between small format machines and large industrial 3D printers.”

JCR 600 3D printer features:

  • Build volume: 600 x 400 x 500 mm
  • Dual extruder
  • Variety of industrial materials: PLA, PETG, ABS, PVA, more
  • Compatible with soluble materials
  • Nozzle diameters: 0.4, 0.5, 0.6, and 0.8 mm
  • Automatic leveling
  • Closed and heated environment with controlled temperature
  • Remote monitoring via webcam

CloneInspector 3D is an automated cabin for dimensional 3D measurement. It consists of two 3D blue LED scanners and a rotary platform within a 190 x 330 x 330 mm closed cabin that is isolated from light and dust. It is designed to get maximum precision in 3D scanning in industrial environments, regardless of the topology of the part. Scanning takes two to five minutes.

This 3D scanning cabin is suited for dimensional verification of physical parts, in order to compare them with their digital 3D sources, and also for reverse engineering tasks.



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