TU/e researcher develops mechanistic model to keep 3D printed concrete walls stable

3D printed concrete walls

A professor of Applied Mechanics at the Eindhoven University of Technology in the Netherlands has developed a model for determining the dimensions and printing speeds needed to keep 3D printed concrete walls stable.

Construction 3D printing is an exciting area of additive manufacturing, but 3D printing with concrete-type materials doesn’t come without its problems. This is basically because 3D printed concrete is asked to do a lot more work than it is used to: while normal concrete deposited in formwork can harden over several weeks, 3D printed concrete needs to carry the burden of the next layer almost immediately after its deposition. Continue reading “TU/e researcher develops mechanistic model to keep 3D printed concrete walls stable”

Autonomous 3D scanner determines 3D printability of objects in real time

Autonomous 3D scanner

Let’s say the armrest is broken in your vintage car. As things stand, you would need a lot of luck and persistence to find the right spare part. But in the world of Industrie 4.0 and production with batch sizes of one, you can simply scan the armrest and print it out. This is made possible by the first ever 3D scanner capable of working autonomously and in real time.

Part of the charm of vintage cars is that they stopped making them long ago, so it is special when you do see one out on the roads. If something breaks or stops working in the vehicle, however, this special status quickly becomes a problem, as spare parts are no longer manufactured either. With the advent of Industrie 4.0, this is set to change: manufacturing is turning toward batch sizes of one and individualized production. This is sometimes also referred to as “highly customized mass production.” Continue reading “Autonomous 3D scanner determines 3D printability of objects in real time”

Additive Manufacturing & Artificial Intelligence to transform industries & business models – Interview with Victoria Akinsowon, RP Platform

Victoria Akinsowon

Additive Manufacturing & Artificial Intelligence to transform industries & business models – Interview with Victoria Akinsowon, RP Platform

Victoria Akinsowon is Marketing Manager at RP Platform, United Kingdom. Prior to joining RP Platform as Marketing Manager, she worked at the Daimler headquarters in Stuttgart, Germany. Victoria Akinsowon has a background in languages, having graduated from the University of Cambridge with a BA in French and German. Victoria Akinsowon will speak about Software Automation: The Future of Additive Manufacturing at the 3D Printing Design & Engineering Conference, on Apr 17, in Geleen, The Netherlands.

What drives you?

I am driven by the desire to discover new things: we live in an era where there are endless possibilities, not least in the realm of technological innovations. I am motivated to learn more about how these new fields can enhance and improve the lives of everyone around us. Continue reading “Additive Manufacturing & Artificial Intelligence to transform industries & business models – Interview with Victoria Akinsowon, RP Platform”

3D Printing Design & Engineering Conference welcomes Flam3D as Media Partner

Flam3D

3D Printing Design & Engineering Conference welcomes Flam3D as Media Partner

About Flam3D
3D printing or ‘additive manufacturing’ is a collection of technologies that make up a product (‘printed’) from a base stock, usually layer per layer. New markets are emerging as the production rates increase and more potential raw materials get developed. It is widely accepted that 3D printing will have a major impact on the way goods are produced and transported. The technology also offers huge opportunities for sustainable production.

Also interested in 3D-printing for your company? Contact us for more information. Continue reading “3D Printing Design & Engineering Conference welcomes Flam3D as Media Partner”

Spare parts stored digitally & 3D printed when needed, a competitive advantage (Video)

digital spare parts

Spare parts stored digitally & 3D printed when needed, a competitive advantage

Five percent of spare parts could currently be stored in digital warehouses. This would make parts more quickly and easily available, while creating considerable cost savings. Digitalisation will also enable individual customisation and an increase in the intelligence of parts. 

A two-year project involving companies, and led by VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland and Aalto University, investigated how businesses can gain a competitive advantage from digital spare parts.

Spare parts and all of the related information can be stored and transferred digitally. Availability increases when a new spare part can be 3D-printed according to need, close to the end user.

“Industry now has every opportunity to boost business by making spare parts into a focus area of development. Around five percent of parts can currently be manufactured digitally, according to need. 3D printing technology has reached the stage where high-quality manufacturing is possible,” says Sini Metsä-Kortelainen, VTT’s project manager for the project. Continue reading “Spare parts stored digitally & 3D printed when needed, a competitive advantage (Video)”

Software Automation: The Future of Additive Manufacturing – Presented by Victoria Akinsowon, RP Platform

Victoria Akinsowon

Software Automation: The Future of Additive Manufacturing – Presented by Victoria Akinsowon, RP Platform, at the 3D Printing Design & Engineering Conference, on April 17, 2018, at Brightlands Chemelot Campus, Geleen, The Netherlands. Read the interview

As additive manufacturing is increasingly integrated into wider manufacturing systems, companies must find better ways to integrate what have traditionally been disparate and disconnected processes. As we shift further towards Industry 4.0, software automation will play a crucial role in connecting these systems, leading to more streamlined AM workflows, and ultimately transforming current business models and supply chains. Continue reading “Software Automation: The Future of Additive Manufacturing – Presented by Victoria Akinsowon, RP Platform”

Get it right, from the start – Presented by Orlando Sardaro, Design8

Get it right, from the start – Presented by Orlando Sardaro, Design8, at the 3D Printing Design & Engineering Conference, on April 17, 2018, at Brightlands Chemelot Campus, Geleen, The Netherlands. Read the interview

Do you start your design with a pencil on a piece of paper… ? Do you start your design in 2D or 3D on a computer screen… ? Are you the appropriate one to start the design process at all… ? Instead of analysing whether you’ve done a good job, let’s analyse first and make sure you get it right, from the start. Continue reading “Get it right, from the start – Presented by Orlando Sardaro, Design8”

Brightlands Chemelot Campus is Hosting Partner of 3D Printing Design & Engineering Conference

Brightlands Chemelot Campus is Hosting Partner of 3D Printing Design & Engineering Conference, which will take place on April 17, 2018.

About Brightlands Chemelot Campus
Smart and Sustainable

Brightlands Chemelot Campus is one of the eight National Science and Innovation Parks in The Netherlands. Since 2012, the campus development is executed by a consortium of three parties: Royal DSM, the Province of Limburg and Maastricht University. In Sittard-Geleen advanced educational institutes and research institutes have been set up. Existing and new companies have developed, expanded or moved their activities to the campus. The Brightlands Innovation Factory was set up to stimulate entrepreneurship at Brightlands.
To accommodate these organizations, state-of-the-art facilities were realized, including laboratories, cleanrooms, conference centers, startup facilities as well as pilot plants. At the start of 2017, the number of people at the campus was 2500. The objective is to grow to almost 3900 community members in 2023. Continue reading “Brightlands Chemelot Campus is Hosting Partner of 3D Printing Design & Engineering Conference”

GE Additive acquires simulation software developer GeonX

GE Additive

GE Additive announced that it has acquired GeonX, a privately-owned developer of simulation software.  Terms of the deal are not being disclosed.

Headquarted in Belgium, GeonX provides software for engineers when developing new products, to simulate additive manufacturing, welding, machining and heat treatment processes in various industries such as aerospace, automotive and energy.

GeonX’s simulation software tool, Virfac® (short for Virtual Factory), assesses products prior to production; predicting defects, distortions and stresses and the impact manufacturing has on a product’s durability. This helps to reduce the number of prototypes built during the development phase, while improving the quality and lifetime of the manufactured products. This can minimize the time to market and development costs. Continue reading “GE Additive acquires simulation software developer GeonX”

Renishaw, Identify3D to offer an end-to-end, secure digital manufacturing process

Renishaw

Renishaw, Identify3D to offer an end-to-end, secure digital manufacturing process

Renishaw, a world leader in metrology and additive manufacturing (AM) technologies, and Identify3D, a leader in software for the digital supply chain, are pleased to announce a collaboration to offer an end-to-end, secure digital manufacturing process.

Identify3D will provide data protection coupled with contractual and manufacturing licensing from design to production on Renishaw AM systems. By choosing to secure all digital data in the engineering phase, the technology enables users of Renishaw systems to protect their digital intellectual property (IP), enforce production rules and provide traceability in the digital supply chain at the industry’s highest standard.

“Renishaw understands how important it is to have an efficient and reliable control of data flow all the way to its machines,” said Stephan Thomas, Chief Strategy Officer at Identify3D. “We are pleased that Renishaw, one of the world’s leading engineering and scientific technology companies, has selected Identify3D as a strategic partner to provide such a solution to the market place — from design to distribution and production.” Continue reading “Renishaw, Identify3D to offer an end-to-end, secure digital manufacturing process”