Today we've got FORMLABS finally shipping the Fuse1, 3D Printed press brake tooling, jigs & fixtures, 3D Printed metal, and more!
Formlabs is FINALLY SHIPPING the Fuse One SLS 3D Printers! Long awaited. They've added an entire Sifting system, which I think was a major holdup. Now, you can get the whole setup, and print SLS Nylons right in your office, or garage, or workshop -- with the excellent workflows and cloud based systems of Formlabs. In the coming months, we'll see how it stacks up against the competition from Sinterit and Sintratec, for relatively low-cost SLS polymer solutions.
Custom Printed Press Brake Tooling. If you have a shop and you do any kind of sheet metal bending -- on the big press brakes from cincinnati, or the little harbor freight unit for a few hundred dollars -- 3D Printing press brake tooling is the most cost- and time-effective ways to get ROI with a printer. If you want something that will hold up over thousands of runs, HTN CF25 may be the solution. Being able to get a project, design the tooling, and print it overnight for immediate use is a HUGE advantage that most aren't taking advantage of yet.
3D Printed Jigs and Fixtures in manufacturing are another HUGE ROI booster for additive manufacturing. Jigs and fixtures often get expensive from raw metal costs, and machining time on top of lead times. Being able to design a jig or even mold, print it overnight, and use it the next day -- or re-print if necessary is a huge advantage. Essentium released a great video on this, specifically around their PCTG, HTN, and HTNCF25 materials -- all designed for jigs and fixtures, we've got them available at visionminer.com/materials right now, and they're in stock!
ExOne and Rapidia Designlab. The Designlab is currently compatible with the 17-4PH and 316L stainless steels, with the promise of more new alloys and ceramics to come. They also released a new calculator for metal parts -- so you can upload your parts and find out how much they will cost to produce. The new estimating tool takes a comprehensive range of costs into account, such as initial capital investment, throughput speeds, material, binder, and replacement printheads.
AIR2WATER by GE and DARPA. GE has been awarded 14.3 Million Dollars for 3D Printed prototypes that literally siphon water from thin air. This is a huge development, as it can be difficult to get water in a lot of places around the world -- this new technology, part of the Atmospheric Water Extraction (AWE) program over at DARPA, will be able to produce potable water through the use of sorbent materials absorbed through the air and by using a unique additively-manufactured heat exchanger. This will draw in heat over the materials in order to release water.
3D Printing Copper and Graphene. This combination of factors makes copper and other similar metals largely unsuitable for laser-based 3D printing processes, at least in their pure form. Along with improving the printability of the copper, the graphene coating survived the 3D printing process, meaning it further increased the density of the printed components while giving them a slick black sheen. Graphmatech is now in the process of scaling up its patented technology.
3D Printed Hunting Tools. Have you 3D Printed any parts or tools for the field? Fabbaloo had a cool article printing parts for compound bows, like sights and cable slides, along with carabiners, and more!
If you're in manufacturing, have you used 3D Printed parts in your job or shop? If not, WHY NOT? Send me the manager's number and we'll get one in there... Anyway, let's get right into the news!
At Vision Miner, we specialize in Functional 3D printing, especially high-performance plastics like PEEK, ULTEM, PPSU, PPS, CFPA, and more. If you're interested in using functional 3D printing and materials in your business, feel free to reach out, and we can help you make the right choice for your application.
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