3D Printing News Briefs, July 23, 2022: Metal 3D Printer, 3D Printed Electric Violin, and More – 3DPrint.com

In today’s 3D printing news, Kurtz Ersa offers a new metal 3D printer, and SLM Solutions reported that a major European automotive supplier has purchased two more of its SLM 3D printers. Visitech acquired Keynote Photonics to form a new division. Additivology is a new web portal to help connect education, training and workforce development for additive manufacturing. Finally, we’ll be looking at a 3D printed ultralight electric violin.

Kurtz Ersa offers a multi-axis and multi-laser metal 3D printer

Kurtz Ersa’s Flying Ray has a build rate of up to 500cc/h

German company Kurtz Ersa, which offers push-button metal 3D printers and electronic manufacturing equipment, has now added the multi-laser, multi-axis Flying Ray AM system to its portfolio. The printer uses Laser Beam Powder Bed Fusion (PBF-LB) technology, and the standard Flying Ray enables 3D printing in overlapping work areas, thanks to its eight arms, each with eight lasers and a swivel range of 45°. . The company says the new metal printer has applications in the aerospace, automotive, research and education, and medical industries, and is a good choice for small-batch 3D printing. , construction components and the manufacture of tools and moulds.

Kurtz Ersa’s Flying Ray is said to offer a trajectory speed of up to 1 m/s, a build rate of up to 500 cm³/h, and a position accuracy of +/- 25 μm. The system has a modular design, which means that customers can specify the number of lasers they want, the power of the lasers (between 50 and 400 W), the desired overlapping areas of the swing arms and the distance between, as well as number and length of axes. Currently, the Flying Ray is capable of processing aluminum, stainless steel and tool steel.

A major automotive supplier buys two more systems SLM Solutions

Metal additive manufacturing solution provider SLM Solutions Group AG has announced that a major European automotive supplier has purchased two more of its selective laser fusion 3D printers. This brings the brand’s installed base to more than ten SLM Solutions systems, including several quad-laser SLM 280s and SLM 500s. Over the next ten years, the global automotive market is expected to reach a volume of approximately 123 million units, and much of this growth is driven by the shift to electric vehicles, which are a good application for additive manufacturing. SLM Solutions 3D printers have been used many times for automotive applications, including by this OEM, which uses its fleet of SLM systems to print a variety of metal parts for mass production vehicles.

“This latest sale is a testament to the quality of our systems and our commitment to ensuring our partners achieve their visions. The productivity and reliability of our systems as well as the innovation and support of our team make us the benchmark for the world’s leading automotive suppliers. These are lasting relationships forged from trust and close collaboration as much as they are from metal and lasers,” said Sam O’Leary, CEO of SLM Solutions.

Creation of Visitech Americas with the acquisition of Keynote Photonics

Visitech AS is a supplier of high-end UV exposure subsystems that enable imaging solutions for direct imaging AM, bio-printing and maskless lithography. The Norwegian company has acquired Texas-based Keynote Photonics, which manufactures industrial projectors and has also developed industrial DLP solutions for customers in 3D scanning metrology and medical solutions, as well as advanced display systems used in the DNA analysis and the Olympic ceremonies. With this acquisition, the company announced the creation of Visitech Americas, which will act as a new subsidiary for sales, marketing, product services and engineering to support the growing AM market in the United States and the Americas. Keynote personnel and assets will transition to new roles at Visitech Americas over the coming months.

“We are delighted to be part of the Visitech team after working closely together for several years. The strengths of both organizations will accelerate our customers’ efforts to create production machines that will transform manufacturing worldwide for years to come,” said Adam Kunzman, Founder of Keynote Photonics. “Furthermore, proximity to our customers with a full set of manufacturing, engineering and logistics disciplines allows us to be nimble to market needs.”

Addivology connects the education, training and development of the AM workforce

A new web portal called Additivology is a digital network that connects education, training, and workforce development opportunities in the AM industry. A team of entrepreneurs designed the network, which aims to connect 3D printing students with industry professionals to grow the industry’s knowledge base. It also provides education, training, and workforce opportunities for students, and participating academic institutions can use Additivology to showcase their programs, courses, facilities, and degrees, while experienced professionals can join to continue. to hone their AM skills for career advancement. You can subscribe to the Additivology web portal for AM students and professionals here.

Additivology spokesperson Jeff Cianciola explained, “We designed the Additivology portal to fill a void experienced by students while identifying and understanding post-secondary institutions that offer additive manufacturing programs and… 3D printing. We work with schools, as well as students and industry professionals to create connections and opportunities that benefit the industry as a whole.

3D printed Karen ultra-light electric violin

Finally, while we often hear about custom 3D printed instruments like guitars and trumpets, it’s rare that we see high-end, i.e. expensive, 3D printed instruments available in large series. That changed with the commercial availability of Katahashi Instruments’ new Karen Ultralight 3D printed electric violin. The Japanese company designed all the traditional parts of the violin, while Barcelona design firm ANIMA Design took care of the rest, using computer design systems to make the instrument ergonomically as light as possible.

The body of the elegant violin has been 3D printed using HP’s MJF technology and recyclable nylon material, while the neck is made of maple wood with a birch fingerboard, covered with a black carbon fiber and jujube finish for the ankles and chin bar. There’s also a 6.35mm jack for connecting the instrument to an amp, a 9v battery-powered preamp, an active/passive switch, a headphone output, and a few tone control knobs. The 3D-printed Karen Ultralight Electric Violin sells for around €1,850, comes with a case, shoulder pad, composite bow, rosin and 9V battery, and is available in four colors: Piano Black, Pearl White, Dark Platinum and Red Copper, seen above. .