3D Printing News Briefs: July 21, 2017


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As usual, the 3D printing world has been busy over the last several days. For this week’s second edition of 3D Printing News Briefs, we’re covering everything from business and 3D printing mobile apps to 3D scanning, 3D printer kits, and a cleaning unit for 3D printed prototype parts. PostProcess Technologies has appointed four new members to its senior leadership team, while Airwolf 3D has launched an elite membership program and the Microsoft Print 3D app is now available for Windows 10 Mobile. The British Museum has published the first 3D scan of the historic Rosetta Stone online, and the Moai 3D Printer Kit from Peopoly is now shipping. Finally, the 1900BT cleaning unit from Omegasonics has received some important agency certifications.

PostProcess Technologies Adds New Members to Senior Leadership Team

PostProcess Technologies, the only provider of automated, intelligent post-processing solutions for 3D printed parts, announced that it has appointed four new senior leaders to the company, in order to drive company growth in the additive manufacturing market after a successful $4 million seed round in April. The new Vice President of Operations is Bob Bosinski, who spent over two decades at AirSep Corporation, and Michael Frauens, who’s worked with Stratasys and Eastman Kodak, will focus on advancing the company’s FINISH3D lab as the new Principal Process Development Engineer. Diana Robbins, the new Director of Marketing, will use her background in complex engineering settings to further the company’s marketing and business development functions, while Lynda DePetris, who’s had success in multinational organizations like IBM and Microsoft, will be in charge of sales efforts on the West Coast.

“Today’s announcement is another building block in PostProcess’ rapid and transformational journey. We are excited to add this impressive bench strength to our team, with deep knowledge and skills to further accelerate our mission of unlocking scalable industrial 3D printing,” said Jeff Mize, the CEO of PostProcess Technologies. “The entire team is extraordinarily passionate and dedicated to delivering exceptional customer satisfaction and in turn revolutionizing the additive manufacturing market.”

Airwolf 3D Begins Premium Pass Membership Program

In an effort to expand its reach to potential customers, 3D printer manufacturer Airwolf 3D has launched a new membership program, called Airwolf 3D Premium Pass. The premiere program is designed for anyone who uses FFF 3D printers that are compatible with 3 mm universal 3D printing filament, and offers complimentary shipping on all products in the company’s online store, members-only pricing on 3D printer filament, and early access to beta testing programs, new products, and regular promotions. Membership is available for just $99 a year, but only for US residents in the contiguous 48 states. To make the value of the Premium Pass clear to its customers, Airwolf 3D is offering a big promotion for its first members-only offer: buy one spool of filament and get one free, and choose a complimentary full-size bottle of Wolfbite Bed Adhesion Solution.

“We don’t cut corners. We use only the highest-grade materials. And, yes, we’re continually developing and employing proprietary techniques and formulas that yield the best results,” said Erick Wolf, Airwolf 3D CEO and co-founder. “However, our customers have given us a lot of feedback on our filament prices as well as a desire for free shipping, so this program is very much about getting our product out there and making high performance 3D printing less cost-prohibitive. We’re glad we could finally deliver a solution through Premium Pass.”

Microsoft Print 3D App Available for Windows 10 Mobile

Microsoft’s Print 3D app, which lets you view, capture, personalize, and print 3D models using 3D Builder, is now available for Windows 10 Mobile. The app is also available for Xbox devices, PCs, and the HoloLens, and allows users to download multiple kinds of 3D files and edit them, using the 3D modeling space. You can take a picture with your phone, and the Print 3D app will make it a 3D image, or you can upload TGA, PNG, JPG, and BMP files. You can also build your own 3D shapes, and Microsoft has included additional shapes that will help you make a 3D design.

You can send your designs to online 3D printing service i.materialise if you don’t have access to a 3D printer. You can download the Microsoft Print 3D app for Windows 10 Mobile here.

First 3D Scan of Rosetta Stone Published Online

Last week, the British Museum in London published to its Sketchfab page the first 3D scan of of the famous Rosetta Stone, one of the most important artifacts from ancient civilization. The heavy slab, which features nearly identical but incomplete texts in Egyptian hieroglyphics, ancient Greek, and Demotic, was first inscribed in 196 BC, and was discovered by Napoleon’s army in 1799. After British troops defeated the French in Egypt, the Rosetta Stone was sent to the museum in 1802, and French scholar Jean-François Champollion finally deciphered it in 1822. The Rosetta Stone then became the key to understanding ancient Egpyt. The British Museum has also scanned other artifacts for the public, including the ancient Jericho Skull.

Daniel Pett, a British Museum adviser who helped make the scan, told Digital Trends, “This scan was part of our larger attempt to capture as many of our iconic pieces from the collection — and indeed the unseen in store objects — and make them available for people to view in 3D or in more tactile forms.

“We have around eight million objects, not all will be suitable for 3D scanning, but we have managed to capture over 200 so far.”

The Rosetta Stone scan on the museum’s Sketchfab page is also accompanied by the website’s new sound support feature.

Moai Laser SLA 3D Printer Kit from Peopoly Now Shipping

This spring, Hong Kong-based Peopoly launched a Kickstarter campaign for its Moai Laser SLA 3D Printer Kit. The high-resolution Moai uses standard g-code through open source slicers, such as Slic3r and Cura, and features adjustable UV laser power, which can be fine-tuned to the optimal exposure. The affordable kit has a 70-micron laser spot size and a 13 x 13 x 18 cm build size, can print with an SD card, and uses a direct laser design, so distortion is reduced and the use of mirrors is eliminated. It can be assembled in four hours, and was designed for learning and experimentation. Now that the Kickstarter is over, the Moai 3D printer kit has officially launched and is shipping to customers.
“Our goal was to create a printer that allows designers, and makers to create objects with amazing details while staying in their budget,” Peopoly’s Shu Peng told 3DPrint.com “The community responded with a support of 250K USD to help us build Moai. In return, we begin delivering Moai in June as promised.”
The Moai DIY kit is also available on Peopoly’s online store for $1200, and in a direct response to user requests, the company will also begin selling the fully assembled Moai printer through its new distributor in China, HF Technology; the printer will be available to other markets at a later date.

Omegasonics’ 1900BT Cleaning Unit Receives Agency Certifications


Omegasonics, which manufactures ultrasonic cleaning systems and uses its technology to enhance 3D print post-processing, has secured Canadian Standards Association (CSA) certification, CE Marking certification, and Underwriters Laboratory (UL) certification for its 20-gallon 1900BT cleaning unit, the precursor to its 1900BTX unit. The plug and play 1900BT was developed for cleaning 3D prototype parts, and helps 3D printing companies reduce the costs, labor, and time normally associated with cleaning 3D product prototypes, so their time to market can be improved.

Frank Pedeflous, the president of Omegasonics, said, “By obtaining these certifications for the 1900BT, the industries that are adopting 3D printing technology can be confident that this ultrasonic cleaning unit will consistently perform within the safety parameters required by the CE, CSA and UL.”

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