Jun 19, 2017 | By David

Developments in 3D printing technology are showing no signs of slowing down, and it's getting easier to lose track of what's going on out there in the world of additive manufacturing. Here's today's second brief roundup of recent news.

Immensa launches U.A.E’s first 3D printing factory

Additive manufacturing is a major priority in the United Arab Emirates, and the official Dubai 3D Printing Strategy, annouced by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, has been motivating serious developments and implementation of the technology in various sectors.

The latest milestone reached is the launch of the country’s first 3D printing facility by Immensa Technology Labs. Immensa itself was established in 2016 to provide comprehensive 3D printing solutions, and has pioneered a number of its own proprietary techniques.

The new Immensa facility will be capable of making production-quality parts, employing all kinds of rapid prototyping methods. According to Fahmi Al-Shawwa, CEO of Immensa Technology Labs, "There are ample opportunities for organisations in the UAE to adopt AM to enhance their efficiencies and competitiveness, and we are focused on providing world-class and viable 3D printing solutions."

"We believe in the extraordinary potential of 3D printing and its myriad benefits across all fields of business, where it can reduce costs, redefine productivity, and fuel innovation," Al-Shawwa added. "We are pleased to be opening our doors and supporting the Dubai 3D Printing Strategy, as we are confident that AM is the next big step in the world of manufacturing.’’

Stratasys introduces new 3D printing solution for aerospace parts 

3D printing specialist Stratasys has demonstrated a new dedicated manufacturing solution for the production of aerospace parts at the recent Paris Airshow. The technology is based on the company’s  Fortus 900mc Production 3D Printer, and the entire process will be certified by the National Center for Advanced Materials Performance (NCAMP), in a first for the industry. This means that getting complex FAA and EASA certification requirements for parts and components will be hugely simplified. 

The new solution uses ULTEM 9085 resin, which is a strong, lightweight thermoplastic that meets aerospace flame, smoke, and toxicity (FST) regulations, as well as a new edition of the Fortus 900mc Production 3D Printer which has specialized hardware and software to make parts with highly repeatable mechanical properties.

Scott Sevcik, Head of Aerospace, Defense and Automotive Solutions at Stratasys, said ‘“Until now, the process of achieving FAA certification for 3D printing has been limiting the adoption of additive manufacturing in aviation. There have been limited specialized solutions and statistical datasets available to support this complex process. With the new Stratasys Fortus 900mc Aircraft Interiors Certification Solution, we are removing major obstacles and making it much easier to 3D print airworthy parts, improving repeatability and performance’’

Robo 3D to receive investment of 1.8 million AUD for major sales boost 

Australian 3D printer manufacturer Robo 3D has received some firm commitments from investors to raise around 1.8 million AUD ($1.37M), in order to meet expected sales demand for its popular line of desktop machines, particularly the flagship R2 3D printer, an intuitive and easy-to-use machine.

Robo 3D’s international sales and distribution networks are expanding rapidly, with the recent establishment of a first international distribution office and a deal with a major distributor in Europe. The company is also due to exhibit at the largest education trade show in the U.S., ITSE 2017, on 25-28 June 2017. The expected attendance is around 15,000 education professionals.

Johnson and Johnson announces new innovation portfolio including custom 3D printed health solutions

Johnson and Johnson’s innovation portfolio will be expanding in the near future, with the help of a number of major collaborations. To prepare to combat disease outbreaks before they happen as well as to treat illnesses and conditions in urgent need of solutions, Johnson and Johnson requires an innovative, forward-thinking approach.

According to  Paul Stoffels, M.D., Chief Scientific Officer at Johnson & Johnson, "Fulfilling the unmet needs facing patients today requires continued investment in the ideas that could become the healthcare solutions that improve and extend patients' lives in the future... Today's collaborations illustrate Johnson & Johnson Innovation's continued commitment to identifying and advancing the most innovative ideas—wherever they originate—that could transform patients' lives, particularly those in most need in developing parts of the world."

The company has established more than 20 significant new strategic relationships in 2017 to add to its innovation portfolio, including leading a $900 million Series B financing in GRAIL to support development of blood tests for the early detection of cancer. It will be benefitting in particular from the recent sharing of molecular compound libraries by the Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies.

As for 3D printing technology, a 3D printing startup called Inkbit Corporation will be partnering with Johnson and Johnson to research customized healthcare solutions of all kinds that will hopefully provide better, more personalized treatment as well as improved patient satisfaction. Inkbit, which originated at MIT, has developed a unique multi-material 3D printing technology that is well suited for highly complex consumer products with integrated electronics.



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Melanie Keeley wrote at 6/21/2017 11:38:34 PM:

Check news of June 2014 announcing Dubai's first 3D printing factory!

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