We’re all business today in 3D Printing News Briefs, as we see companies introducing new products and starting new partnerships. Sharebot and Tractus3D both have new 3D printers, and Omegasonics is bringing its ultrasonic cleaning units to IMTS 2018. Perstorp and 3D4Makers have signed a joint venture agreement, while BIOLIFE4D announced that it’s now a resident Johnson & Johnson Innovation company in Texas.
Sharebot Presenting New Resin 3D Printer
Professional 3D printer manufacturer Sharebot, headquartered in Italy with a new California showroom, is introducing its new resin 3D printer, the Sharebot Rover. The compact, user-friendly Rover was officially launched earlier this month at the Technology Hub in Milan, and can be used by SMEs and larger companies to implement their professional projects.
Sharebot Rover weighs 33 lbs, with a print area of 2.45″ x 4.52″ x 3.93″ and an XY resolution of 47 µm. It can easily be implemented into the workplace, and counts high print speed and precision, enhanced by its Pyramis slicing software and Sharebox3D web interface, as two of its top features. Sharebot Rover can work with multiple high quality, photosensitive resins, which have a variety of technical properties developed by the company’s R&D department. However, Sharebot says we should “stay tuned,” as more important news regarding its materials will be coming soon.
Tractus3D’s Largest Delta-Style 3D Printer
Dutch 3D printer manufacturer Tractus3D makes advanced, delta-style 3D printers, like its T3500 – the largest commercially available delta 3D printer. Optimized for industrial and commercial manufacturing, the T3500 has a 1500 x 1500 x 3500 mm build volume, but can still print fine details, thanks to its 20 micron resolution on the XY axis and resolution of 50 microns on the Z; print speed can get up to 200 mm per second. The large-volume T3500 has added some additional features so the chances of print failure are lowered. For example, the 3D printer will automatically go into standby mode if it runs out of filament, and will pick right back up where it left off once more filament is added; this is also the case if there’s a power failure. It also comes with a Service Level Agreement, so the T3500 can be upgraded to the latest standard when new technology hits the market, and the retail price of €44,500 includes 3D printing software, and extensive training so employees can learn how to operate the T3500.
“We are proud to offer the largest commercially available delta 3D printer. The T3500 makes true large scale prototyping and manufacturing possible. Whether it concerns big batch sizes or a life-size object, the T3500 will do the job,” said Tractus3D CEO Ben Schilperoort. “Thanks to the way our 3D printers are built, we can even produce larger 3D printers on-demand. So, if the build volume of the T3500 does not meet customer requirements, we can still make it happen.”
To see the T3500 in action, check out this video of an old building in Rotterdam being restored with 3D printing:
Omegasonics Bringing Ultrasonic Cleaning Units to IMTS
In just a few months, this year’s International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) is coming to Chicago, and Omegasonics will be there. The company, which uses its technology to make 3D print post-processing quick and painless, also manufactures ultrasonic cleaning systems, like the 1900BTX, which is an enhancement to the 20-gallon 1900BT model and uses both a water agitation cleaning process and ultrasonic cavitation to clean 3D printed parts. These units both come standard with several agency ratings, which demonstrate that they “consistently perform within the safety parameters required by the CE, CSA and UL.”
Omegasonics also offers the Viking Series of multi-stage ultrasonic cleaning stations, which gives customers that need precision parts and components the same kind of effective, efficient ultrasonic cleaning technology they’ve come to expect from the company, but with high efficiency parts drying and multiple washes and rinses added on. The company offers the Viking X2, DX3 and DX4, all of which are portable and do not include automation. You can visit Omegasonics at IMTS in September at booth #121150, East building, Level 2.
3D4Makers Signs Joint Venture Agreement with Perstorp
A new 3D printing materials company called ElogioAM is the result of a new joint venture agreement between high-performance 3D printing filament producer 3D4Makers and Perstorp AB, a top specialty chemicals company. The new joint venture between the two companies was signed in order to advance the 3D printing industry, and ElogioAM will provide customers with Facilan, the world’s first fifth-generation 3D printing filament.
“I am incredibly proud to announce that Perstorp and 3D4Makers join forces to take this next step in unlocking potentials for unmet needs in high quality filaments for additive manufacturing / 3D printing,” said Marie Grönborg, Executive Vice President Innovation, Perstorp. “Following the successful cooperation Perstorp and 3D4Makers have developed, and the introduction of the Facilan range of high quality 3D printing filaments, I see the formation of this JV, ElogioAM as the next natural step to further accelerate this potential.”
The incorporation of ElogioAM, which will be based in the Netherlands, is currently pending approval from authorities.
BIOLIFE4D Setting Up Operations at JLABS in Houston
As part of a commercialization strategy for its life-saving 3D bioprinting technology, biotech company BIOLIFE4D is now a resident company at the 34,000-square-foot Johnson & Johnson Innovation (JJI) science innovation center (JLABS), located at the Texas Medical Center. BIOLIFE4D is working to make its core mission of 3D printing a viable human heart for transplant a reality, and operating out of Houston will be a big help, as the company will have access to excellent support and equipment and can collaborate with several renowned area medical centers, such as the Baylor College of Medicine and Rice University.
Steven Morris, the CEO of BIOLIFE4D, said, “This is a significant step forward for BIOLIFE4D in our quest to commercialize our 3D bioprinting technology and produce alternative viable treatment options for heart disease, such as patches, valves, and eventually, a human heart for transplant. Combined with our presence in Chicago and the agreements we signed with Northwestern University earlier this year, we have successfully penetrated two of the leading medical hubs in the world, and further positioned ourselves for success.”
Materialise Supporting Ulsan’s Adoption of 3D Printing
South Korea has been working hard over the last several decades to set itself up as a top manufacturing economy. The country’s seventh largest metropolis, Ulsan Metropolitan City, is at the center of its manufacturing industry, and is now working to adopt 3D printing as a complementary manufacturing technology. Ulsan just announced that it’s collaborating with 3D printing leader Materialise to drive business growth through the technology. As part of this new agreement, Materialise will help manufacturing companies in Ulsan set up applications that will enable manufacturing process optimizations, thus generating business growth. This will take place through co-creation campaigns that Materialise will engage in with local manufacturing companies, the results of which will be presented in September at the Ulsan 3D Printing Tech Festa.
“Additive Manufacturing is a transformational technology that has the potential to create fundamental changes in the manufacturing process. With major improvements in speed, quality and materials, Additive Manufacturing is quickly positioning itself as a complementary or alternative manufacturing technology when solving specific manufacturing challenges,” said Johan Pauwels, the Executive Vice President at Materialise. “By delivering weight, performance and cost advantages it allows for fundamental design optimizations and functional improvements, such as lighter designs, that are impossible to create with standard manufacturing technologies.”
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