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3D Printing News Briefs: August 28, 2018

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We’re talking about business, cool products, and events in today’s 3D Printing News Briefs, followed by a how-to video on smoothing your 3D prints and a student competition project. Nano Dimension has sold two of its DragonFly Pro 3D printers to separate branches of the US military, while AIO Robotics has introduced its new silicone drawing mat for 3D printing pens. A 3D printing and design company offered a sneak peek of a new 3D printed golf product, and Rize plans to demonstrate its technology at the upcoming IMTS show. A YouTube video explains how to smooth your 3D prints using automotive primer, and Ogle Models helped a university team complete its prototype for the Unmanned Aircraft Systems Challenge.

Nano Dimension Sells Two More DragonFly Pro 3D Printers

Israeli additive electronics provider Nano Dimension announced this week that it sold two of its industrial DragonFly 2020 Pro PCB 3D printers to two different branches of the United States Armed Forces. The 3D printer sales were closed by Fathom and TriMech Solutions, two of the company’s US value added-resellers. This news comes just two months after the company became a certified vendor for the DoD with its Commercial and Government Entity (CAGE) code, which means it can pursue and conduct business directly with the US Federal Government and its agencies.

“Nano Dimension continues to strengthen its position in the U.S. market, particularly in the U.S. defense sector. These sales to tier one customers demonstrate the attractiveness of our additive manufacturing solution,” said Simon Fried, President of Nano Dimension USA. “The ability to create functional circuit prototypes quickly and securely in-house is a key factor in the increasing adoption of our solution in the multi-billion-dollar U.S. defense sector. Nano Dimension’s DragonFly Pro 3D Printer makes it possible to 3D print radically new designs and improve workflows by leveraging the agility of additive manufacturing. The defense sector is highly motivated to enable additive manufacturing in the field by bypassing traditional manufacturing processes.”

AIO Robotics Introduces Silicone Drawing Mat

High-tech startup AIO Robotics, creator of the ZEUS All-In-One 3D Printer, is introducing its latest innovation – a silicone mat perfect for drawing on with your favorite 3D printing pen. The mat, made out of a, heat-resistant silicone material, is available on Amazon for $12.99, though you can save 10% on the mat when you also purchase one AIO Pen or an AIO Pen Filament.

The Silicone Mat for 3D Pen Drawing works with many materials, including PLA, ABS, and PETG, and can be used for simplified but high-precision 3D drawing of grids, circles, and rectangular shapes. When you purchase the mat, you will also receive two free silicone finger protectors, which allow you to safely and easily remove filament from a hot 3D pen tip.

3D Printed Golf Ball Accessory

3D printing and design company Two Brothers 3D Printing Solutions, based in Massachusetts, offers consulting, 3D printing, and CAD services, and also works hard to, as its website states, “showcase the incredible and affordable technology that is 3D printing.”

“Over the past 4 years, brothers Ryan and Tyler Stacy have spent countless hours learning the ins and outs of 3D printing. Over that time, the two have been able to use 3D printing to create solutions for many different areas; from power tools to prosthetics, replacement parts, birthday gifts, and quite literally, anything in between.”

Earlier this week, the company posted its latest unique 3D printed solution on Twitter – a moveable contraption, called a TeeMate, used to pick up golf balls so golfers do not have to bend down to do it themselves. Fore!

Rize to Showcase Its Technology at IMTS

At the upcoming IMTS 2018 show, 3D printing company Rize will be showcasing its technology at the booth belonging to Fuji Machine America Corporation. Rize makes industrial 3D printing safe and easy with its Rize One hybrid 3D printer, and can produce parts that have best-in-class strength in all axes. Additionally, thanks to its unique ink marking capability, the company also provides what it calls “the industry’s only Digitally Augmented Part capability for traceability and compliance.”

At IMTS 2018, representatives from Rize and its authorized reseller, Dynamic Machine, will demonstrate the technology’s quick and clean support removal, and explain how the company’s industrial 3D printing can be combined with Fuji’s comprehensive automated manufacturing solutions in order to provide significant cost and time advantages. Come see the Rize One for yourself, and get all your questions answered, at Fuji’s booth #339059 at the IMTS 2018 show, September 10-15 at McCormick Place in Chicago.

Smooth 3D Prints with Automotive Primer

We’ve seen people smooth their 3D prints with epoxy and with acetone, but another way is through – automotive primer. Youtuber gordontarpley recently published a video about how well it works to smooth your 3D prints with 2k automotive primer, saying that it’s been his “main method for the last few months.”

“I get asked all the time, ‘How do you clean up your 3D prints?’ and the method always varies. So I’ve been trying to figure out the best way to make a video about that,” Tarpley said.

“Most of the time I go straight from a 3D print…and I will just start with primer. Primer paint and then I’ll paint a layer, sand it, paint, sand, over and over until it looks smooth.”

Tarpley said that’s he learned some valuable information about the primers in this way. To learn more about smoothing your 3D prints with automotive primer, check out the video below:

3D Printed Prototype for Unmanned Aircraft Systems Challenge

Prototyping company Ogle Models and Prototypes has a history of helping student university teams with their competition projects. Recently, the company worked with a team from University College London (UCL) to create an unmanned aircraft prototype for their entry in the Unmanned Aircraft Systems Challenge, which is held by the Institutions of Mechanical Engineers and designed to develop and inspire the next generation of engineers.

The student team had to design, manufacture, and operate an unmanned aircraft that could complete several tasks simulating a humanitarian mission. The team ran into some issues – in order to endure wind tunnel testing, their prototype would need pressure taps in order to sample air distribution across it. So they called on Ogle for assistance, which recommended SLA 3D printing for the job so they could lower costs by building the taps within the model.

“The accuracy of industrial SLA ensured that the complex geometry of the scaled-down aerodynamic surfaces was replicated with precision. For clarity reasons, the team chose ClearVue resin, which allowed the pressure tapping pathways to be seen on the finished model,” explained Matt White, Senior Sales Engineer at Ogle.

“UCL is regarded as one of the best institutions in the country when it comes to training tomorrow’s mechanical engineers and we were only too happy to help when the team approached us.”

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