Sep 28, 2017 | By David

3D printing developments never stop coming, and it's easy to lose track of what's happening in such a fast-paced industry. Luckily we've got another 3D printing news roundup for you, in case you missed anything recently. Recent stories include ShareBot joining Techniplas' innovation program and Stratasys expanding options for users of its J750 3D printer, as well as much more.

3D printer manufacturer ShareBot joins Techniplas open innovation program

Leading global automotive provider Techniplas is running a major program to promote innovation in industry, and it recently announced that it will be welcoming 3D printer manufacturer ShareBot into the program.

ShareBot, based in Italy, provides a huge range of 3D printing solutions, and has over 3,000 3D printers around the world, making use of three major 3D printing technologies: FDM, SLS, and SLA. Under the terms of the new partnership with Techniplas, the company will be installing several of its large-format 3D printers in Techniplas’ Additive Manufacturing Innovation Center in Ventura. The center was opened back in July, with a mission to encourage collaboration and increased implementation of 3D printing technology in industry.

Techniplas will be using Sharebot's open 3D printing platform to tailor specific, high-impact, conductive, and high-temperature materials for particular applications. This will enhance its breadth of capabilities for fabricating customizable manufacturing jigs, fixtures, and tools, eventually leading to the development of next-generation, cost-effective, flexible manufacturing cells.

According to 3D printing bigwig Avi Reichental, Vice-Chairman of Techniplas and CEO of Techniplas Digital, "Sharebot's printers are the ideal complement to our additive manufacturing strategy...As part of our open innovation initiative, we look to attract and work with partners that can deliver the necessary resources, technology, and capabilities required toward making the connected world a reality.’’

HP expands 3D printing business with Jaguar, Henkel, others

HP has made several announcements indicating the acceleration of its 3D printing growth, gaining several new partners and customers and launching new centers for various purposes.

Five new major manufacturers from all around the world will be implementing HP’s 3D printing solutions as part of their digital transformation. The biggest name is Jaguar-Land Rover, the UK’s largest vehicle manufacturer. The others are: Danfoss, a Danish technology leader; ETH Zurich, one of the world’s top science and engineering universities; KTM, an Austrian motorcycle and sports car manufacturer; and the UK’s National Center for Additive Manufacturing.

The company also announced that Henkel, a global leader in high-impact solutions, is going to be the first global reseller of HP Jet Fusion 3D printers. The company’s engineers are collaborating closely with HP in its 3D Open Materials and Applications Lab in Corvallis, Oregon, and Henkel will also be opening three demonstration centers to showcase the new 3D printing solutions.

HP and its partners have now opened a total of 25 3D Printing Reference and Experience Centres, with new additions in Austria, Denmark, Portugal, and Sweden on top of the originals in France, Germany, the Netherlands, Spain, and the UK.

3D Printing Solutions selects SAP as Asian partner

Leading 3D printing service provider 3D Printing Studios has announced the selection of SAP as its partner in the Asia Pacific Japan region. The company, which was founded in 2013, currently has Singapore as its Asian hub, and has a studio in Sydney as well as a recently opened one in Melbourne.

“Having been in the 3D printing industry for almost a decade and being the early pioneer in this region, we have grown with our customers and have seen an increase in demand from companies adopting 3D printing for 'Industrial Grade' printed parts meant for functional applications,’’ said Jason Joo, Managing Director for Asia and Co-Founder of 3D Printing Studios. “This moves the use of this disruptive technology beyond just for prototyping”

3D Printing Studios is intending to expand its B2B 3D printing services, in order to improve its service to companies across 12 countries: Singapore, Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Philippines, Vietnam, India, Sri Lanka, Japan, and South Korea.

SAP Distributed Manufacturing provides a scalable process for manufacturers to collaborate with 3D printing companies, service and materials providers, and OEMs in open or private environments. Its software application has been adopted by over 40 different companies, as it supports the entire end-to-end, quote-to-contract process, enriching standard procurement objects with all required details on how to make the part through additive manufacturing.

3D printing company Farsoon Technologies establishes base in Austin

Farsoon Technologies will be carrying out direct sales, training, integration, and support operations in North America for the first time, with the establishment of a new base in Texas. Its new Sales and Support center is in Round Rock, a suburb of Austin. Round Rock is known as the birthplace of the Selective Laser Sintering technique.

Farsoon Technologies was established in 2009, and this recent expansion into North America displays its renewed commitment to an open technology and open material strategy, with a core mission of advancing customer-centric solutions. Decreasing the cost per part, total cost of ownership, and increasing the value proposition in additive manufacturing technologies are three of its key goals.

The company began its search for a new team and a base of operations back in April. According to Chuck Kennedy, VP of Operations, "While this has been an eye-opening and sometimes painful process because of the tremendous growth in a vibrant city like Austin, we are pleased with the progress to get operational in a relatively short period of time."

3D printing giant Stratasys expands multi-material functionality and versatility

Stratasys has announced that it will be improving options for users of its J750 3D printing solution. The company’s flagship 3D printer is a full-color, multi-material machine, and it will now be getting increased functionality, versatility, and material compatibility for rapid prototyping and tooling applications.

Users of the J750 will now be able to print with Stratasys’ PolyJet Agilus30, a rubber-like material, and Digital ABS Plus engineering-grade material. This will greatly expand the range of design and manufacturing possibilities.

Agilus30 is ideal for many prototyping requirements, such as advanced design verification and functional performance testing. Models produced with Agilus30 can stand up to repeated flexing and bending, and they have features that accurately simulate the look, feel, and function of seals, gaskets, living hinges, soft-touch parts, molds, and other flexible parts and rubber-like elements. The material also provides improved surface texture.

“We are using the new Agilus30 rubber-like material on our Stratasys J750 3D printing solution to simulate the installation and performance of rubber-like parts in our high performance vehicles and support equipment,” said Neil Oately, Head of Design and Development at McLaren Racing, one prominent Stratasys customer.

The other material, Digital ABS Plus, enables users to build strong functional prototypes, manufacturing tools, molds (including injection molds), snap-fit parts for high- or low-temperature use, electrical parts, and product casings, as it simulates a range of durable production plastics with an enhanced toughness.



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