Nov 15, 2017 | By Tess

In today's 3D printing news roundup you'll find exciting partnerships, acquisitions, and new 3D printing technology...

Nexa3D, BEGO, XYZprinting jointly developing and commercializing dental 3D printing tech

In a bid to “transform” digital dentistry, SLA 3D printer manufacturer Nexa3D, dental material supplier BEGO, and Taiwanese 3D printing company XYZprinting have entered into a three-way partnership.

Through the collaboration, XYZprinting will manufacture Nexa3D’s new high-speed dental 3D printer which, in turn, will be exclusively marketed and sold through BEGO. By combining their three areas of expertise, the companies are aiming to break into the multi-billion dollar digital dentistry sector.

Agreement being signed by: Simon Shen, CEO of XYZprinting; Chris Weiss, Managing Partner of BEGO; Avi Reichental, Chairman of Nexa3D; Michele Marchesan, SVP of XYZprinting; Dennis Wachtel, Director of 3D Printing for BEGO

"This comprehensive three-way strategic alliance is designed to accelerate dental market access to affordable industrial grade 3D printing solutions globally," explained XYZprinting CEO, Simon Shen. "We believe that cutting-edge digital materials coupled with precision, speed and top quality manufactured products are the name of the game in the world of digital dentistry.”

BEGO will reportedly also market and sell other dental-related 3D printing products made by XYZprinting under its own label and will supply its “most advanced digital materials.” Nexa3D, as mentioned, will be responsible for developing the technology and products for the dental collaboration, which will be based on its proprietary Lubricant Sublayer Photo-curing (LSPc) technology.

As Avi Reichental, Nexa3D executive Chairman, explained: “The BEGO 3D printers that we will jointly bring to market are powered by Nexa3D's proprietary Lubricant Sublayer Photo-curing (LSPc) technology and a patented structured light matrix capable of reaching top speeds of 1 cm per minute. This can drastically cut down 3D printing cycles, from hours to minutes literally transforming the cycle and economics for the dental industry.”

The three companies say that together they will achieve “full commercial status” for their dental 3D printing tech in the second half of 2018.


ANSYS acquires 3D printing simulation tech company 3DSIM

In our second roundup news story, engineering simulation software developer ANSYS has announced the acquisition of 3DSIM, a company specializing in 3D printing simulation technology. While the exact terms of the acquisition were not released, ANSYS says it now possesses the “only complete additive manufacturing simulation workflow.”

3DSIM is a Utah-based company that has developed advanced simulation software specifically for metal 3D printing. Its products, which include exaSIM and FLEX, have enabled engineers and other industrial users to digitally simulate 3D prints and test different parameters without any physical trial and error, which is costly, both in terms of time and materials costs.

Prior to its acquisition, 3DSIM has provided its innovative simulation technology to clients including metal 3D printer manufacturers, research labs, aerospace and automotive OEMs, part manufacturers, and more.

"By bringing exaSIM and FLEX onto our Workbench platform, ANSYS can offer customers the only end-to-end additive manufacturing simulation workflow available," commented Shane Emswiler, vice president and general manager at ANSYS.


BASF to become BigRep’s partner for industrial 3D printing materials

German 3D printer manufacturer BigRep is the latest company to partner with chemicals giant BASF for the development of industrial 3D printing materials for FDM/FFF technologies. The two companies say they are in the process of finalizing their alliance negotiations and should see the partnership solidified in coming weeks.

Through the agreement, BASF will take on the role of BigRep’s “preferred development partner” for 3D printing materials.

The partnership follows what has been a deliberate move into the 3D printing area by BASF, which just months ago officially opened BASF 3D Printing Solutions, an additive manufacturing  focused subsidiary.

“Our goal is to offer the best additive manufacturing solutions to our customers with BigRep equipment and BASF industrial materials,” said René Gurka, CEO of BigRep.

BigRep, a Berlin-based company that specializes in large-format 3D printers, will reportedly continue to develop its 3D printing equipment and software solutions to help meet growing demands for advanced digital manufacturing technologies.


SLM Solutions introduces large-format SLM 800 metal 3D printer at formnext

As formnext begins its second day, there is already much excitement about what AM companies have brought to the table this year. One such excitement-inducing company is metal 3D printing company SLM Solutions, which has unveiled the new SLM 800, a large-format, scalable metal 3D printer.

The machine boasts a build envelope of 500 x 280 x 850 mm and can integrate up to four 700w lasers which, if used, enable the production of large-scale metal parts. The company believes its new system will offer new manufacturing opportunities to clients both in terms of the size of metal parts and scalability.

The 3D printer was designed to fit into a larger configuration consisting of an automated handling station, which takes care of such processes as unpacking, pre-heating, cooling down, powder removal, and powder transfer in an automated way.

Further, the company says its SLM 800 3D printer integrates a permanent filter technology, melt pool monitoring (MPM), multi-laser power monitoring (LPM), improved machine control software, and an optional powder feed unit (PSV) which is based on vacuum technology.

The new 3D printer is being presented at formnext along with SLM Solutions’ other 3D printing technologies, materials, and software. In the latter category, the Lübeck-based company has introduced a trial version of its Additive Designer pre-processing software, which it says “provides more opportunities to prepare and control metal-based additive manufacturing optimally.”

SLM Solutions can be found at booth E70 in hall 3.0 at the formnext trade show in Frankfurt, Germany. The 3D printing event is on until this Friday, November 17.



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