In today’s 3D printing news, Lithoz showcases new technology and a new printer, and Artec 3D has released an update to its Studio software. Finally, make way for partnerships, because America Makes and Wohlers Associates jointly offer Design for Additive Manufacturing training, and AddUp is partnering with the Acrotec group to offer an industrial solution to the medtech sector.
Lithoz announces a new LIS technology, a ceramic 3D printer
First, Austrian ceramic 3D printing leader Lithoz GmbH is launching its new CeraMax Vario V900 system at the ceramitec event this week, in addition to a new website and its new Laser-Induced Slipcasting technology ( LIS) for large ceramic parts with thick walls and full densities. LIS uses industrial water-based slurries of oxide and non-oxide ceramics, allowing it to easily print dark ceramics like silicon carbide; this fills a major gap in the ceramic market. The suspension solution completely absorbs the laser beam, which means that the LIS-powered CeraMax Vario V900 offers purely heat-induced treatment.
The new printer features a build envelope of up to 250 x 250 x 290mm, can apply up to 1000μm of slurry per layer in less than a minute, and a much simpler debinding process, which allows printing in 3D thick walls. Green parts printed on the system are machinable without any restrictions, so they can be reintroduced into a traditional ceramic processing line, and optional software upgrades allow for better parameter adjustments and controls. The CeraMax Vario V900 also offers database-based storage and process data management for easy documentation of print jobs, real-time process monitoring, scan speed up to 8 m/ s, an F-Theta lens and a high-speed scanner for precision optics. , and is ready for Industry 4.0.
Artec 3D launches Artec Studio 17 3D scanning software
3D scanner and software developer Artec 3D has released the latest version of its award-winning scanning software, Artec Studio 17 (AS17). The release contains many exciting new updates and features, with better functionality for reverse engineering, quality inspection and color CGI workflows, and was designed with the user in mind, from so that all subscribers will automatically receive full access to AS17. There are several user-focused UI and UX improvements for transformed 3D workflows, including a new GPU optimizer, 10% faster processing workflow, updated algorithm, etc The AS17 also offers better metrological accuracy with manual target control and new scan-to-CAD tools, Boolean operations for reverse engineering, more efficient mesh division and better segment brush, as well as a new photo viewing mode.
“Our customers have spoken and we have listened. User input played a central role in the development of Artec Studio 17, and we are confident this product will excite anyone working with high-precision 3D data. We are proud of our state-of-the-art software solutions, but also very grateful to our strong customer base. That’s why we invest a lot of resources in evolving, improving and delivering ever better products for them,” said Artyom Yukhin, President and CEO of Artec 3D. “We believe AS17 will raise the bar again, and we can’t wait to see how our users react and what they create.”
DfAM Course by America Makes & Wohlers Associates
America Makes and Wohlers Associates, powered by ASTM International, have announced that they are partnering to offer a three-day Design for Additive Manufacturing (DfAM) course next month. The course, held at America Makes headquarters in Youngstown, Ohio, will take place July 18-20 and is open to the public, although America Makes members receive a discount. According to Wohlers Report 2022, end-use parts are the largest application of AM, as shown in the table above, and producing end-use parts almost always requires DfAM. The course will cover AM economics, such as consolidating multiple parts into one, in addition to topology optimization, DfAM rules and guidelines, lattice and mesh structures, modeling and simulation of distortion caused by heat, etc. The course will be taught by DfAM expert Olaf Diegel, with support from Terry Wohlers.
“AM offers fascinating opportunities for new types of products and businesses. Rethinking design methods, coupled with understanding the true capabilities of AM, presents immeasurable options for organizations of all sizes,” explained Wohlers, Head of Consulting Services and Market Intelligence at Wohlers Associates, powered by ASTM International.
AddUp and Acrotec team up for an industrial AM solution Medtech
Finally, the global metal 3D printing equipment manufacturer AddUp and the Acrotec group, one of the largest European medical subcontractors, are joining forces to develop an industrial AM solution for the medical technology sector. Acrotec’s Medtech division focuses on the dental, spine and trauma sectors, manufacturing surgical implants and instruments as well as precision components and sub-assemblies for medical devices, while AddUp collaborates with Medtech customers to develop and print surgical instruments and all kinds of implants, including knee, hip and shoulder prostheses, so these two companies know what they’re talking about. 3D printing is being used more than ever in the healthcare industry, thanks to improved design with customization options, increases in flexibility and productivity, and lower costs. Together, AddUp and Acrotec will develop additive and industrial solutions for the medical sector, always looking for ever more innovative tools.
“Stakeholders in the medical field have understood all the benefits of 3D metal printing and many implants or instruments are already manufactured using this technology. As a supplier of metal 3D printers and parts, AddUp has chosen to join forces with an experienced and recognized innovative partner, Acrotec”, explains Julien Marcilly, Deputy General Manager of AddUp. “With Acrotec’s knowledge of the Medtech industry and expertise in precision machining and AddUp’s mastery of the metal 3D printing process, our partnership will provide the best solutions for customers in this demanding market.”
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