Nov 8, 2017 | By David

Here’s another round-up of some 3D printing news events you might have missed today. Stories include Nano Dimension opening a 3D printing customer experience center, SelfCAD giving away free licenses, and more besides.

1. Nano Dimension opens customer experience center for 3D printing

3D printed electronics expert Nano Dimension has announced the opening of its first 3D printing customer experience center, located in Israel. It will also serve as customer and reseller training facility and sales support centers, and is to be the first of several worldwide. Nano Dimension's CECs will also serve as customer and reseller training facility and sales support centers.

''Companies that are engaged in computing and actuating hardware products are under pressure to speed up their concepts into market-ready products quickly while meeting the need for small, faster and more functional electronics," said Amit Dror, CEO of Nano Dimension. "We are making agile hardware development immediately accessible through our Customer Experience Center, which will serve as a one-stop shop for advanced additive manufacturing technology."

A key part of the CEC will be a demonstration of the company’s commercially available DragonFly 2020 Pro. This revolutionary machine allows for 3D-printing of a multilayer circuit boards overnight, which allows users to rapidly test and iterate resulting in better workflow efficiencies.


2. SelfCad announces free licenses for all students and teachers for 3 years

3D printing and design software expert SelfCAD has announced that it will be giving away licenses to its products for free, to teachers and their students. The licenses will last up to three years, and give free access to the company’s range of products, which are specially designed for the 3D printing process. They feature advanced 3D modelling capabilities including drawing and sculpting, a huge library of over 25,000 3D objects, and a built-in slicer to prepare the digital designs for physical 3D printing.

"This is a natural next step for teachers who have maximized their usage of TinkerCad for younger students and want or need something more advanced for 6th-12th graders," explains Jonathan Gross, the Chief Marketing Manager. “SelfCAD is currently being used in over 100 schools nationwide and we will be expanding that number by the end of the year,” he said.

SelfCAD will also be introducing a $39 yearly membership, which will allow regular users to benefit from its 3D modeling platform, as well as various tutorials and design exercises to improve their 3D modeling and overall 3D printing skills.


3. 3D printing materials company Victrex opens new facility

Victrex New Polymer Innovation Center

Victrex has recently opened a new facility that is intended to develop its portfolio of 3D printing materials further, pioneering pro-active research for the next generation of additive manufacturing. Approximately $13 million (£10 million) was invested in the construction of this new “Polymer Innovation Center”, which is now fully operational. Research and development is currently focused on Victrex PEEK polymers and other differentiated grades within the PAEK family of high-performance thermoplastics. Victrex is currently leading a consortium backed by Innovate UK to focus on 3D printing.

Around 60 new jobs should be created in the local area over the next 10 years, which is located at Victrex’s UK headquarters. According to Jakob Sigurdsson, the new CEO at Victrex, "This new facility is another important step for us, particularly as we anticipate around 10-20% of our overall sales will come from new differentiated PAEK polymer grades and our mega-programs in the medium term.''


4. 3D printer on sale at UK budget supermarket Aldi

Aldi, one of the UK’s more well-known budget retailers, has announced that it will be selling a desktop 3D printer alongside its frozen foods and other cheap goods. It will be the first UK supermarket to offer a 3D printing system, which will be a Balco.

The Balco 3D printer is available on the Aldi website for £300, and is part of a new range of consumer electronics offered by the retail giant. Stocks could be limited for the machine, which is over three times cheaper than the least expensive 3D printer offered by rival electronics retailer Currys PC World. Despite the relatively low price, print quality is promised to be of a high standard, and the product includes step-by-step wizard guides , touchscreen controls, and SD card support. Aldi's Balco 3D printer is available to order online from November 19 but won't be shipped until November 23. Around this upcoming Christmas season, many people could be tempted to take the plunge into 3D printing for the first time.


5. LPW partners with Apworks to strengthen 3D printing materials portfolio

LPW Technnology Ltd, the UK-based provider of quality materials for 3D printing, has announced a strategic partnership with Apworks. This will enable the company to sell Apworks’ Scalmalloy metal powder, a high-performance material in demand throughout the AM sector. LPW’s already impressive metal powders range will now be expanded, and the company can now build on its experience in the aerospace sector to reach even greater heights of success.

Scalmalloy is the world’s first material specifically developed for AM and, due to its high cooling rates and rapid solidification, it possesses a unique microstructure which remains stable at high temperatures. It offers exceptionally high fatigue properties, weldability, strength and ductility compared to other aluminium alloy powders, which makes it particularly well-suited to aerospace, transportation and defence applications.

Apworks is a subsidiary of Airbus that provides holistic 3D printing solutions, including software, materials and technology, to a broad range of industries.



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