3D Printing News Briefs: September 6, 2019

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In 3D Printing News Briefs today, we’ve got some business and materials news to share. ASTM International has announced five female board nominees, and cycling brand fizik is working with Carbon to make a 3D printed bike saddle. Moving on, VBN Components will exhibit its 3D printed cemented carbide at the upcoming EMO Hannover, and finally, Custom Color 3D Printing is now offering full-color HP Jet Fusion technology.

ASTM International Announces Women as Nominees 

Global standards organization ASTM International has announced the six nominees for its 2020 board of directors, five of whom are women, while current member Vicky J. Taylor, a senior research technologist at INVISTA, has been nominated to serve as vice chair. Nazli Yessiller, PhD, director of the Global Waste Research Institute at California Polytechnic State University, will be the first female editor for ASTM International’s Geotechnical Testing Journal, and Teresa Cendrowska, the organization’s VP of Global Cooperation, will participate in the first signatory meeting of the UN Economic Commission for Europe’s Declaration on Gender Responsive Standards and Standards Development. Finally, ASTM International’s president, Katharine Morgan, debuted a new “Women in Standards” video that showcases the growing role of women in developing technical standards.

The six board nominees are:

  • Francine Bovard, senior technical specialist with Arconic
  • Bonnie McWade-Furtado, associate research and development scientist at Cabot Corp.
  • Carol Pollack-Nelson, PhD, owner of Independent Safety Consulting LLC
  • Casandra W. Robinson, physical scientist at the US National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
  • Dalia Yarom, director of the standardization division at the Standards Institution of Israel (SII)
  • Michael J. Brisson, technical advisor at the Savannah River National Laboratory

fizik and Carbon Partnering to 3D Print Bike Saddle

Last week, Carbon and new partner Specialized introduced their digitally printed lattice bike saddle, and now Carbon is announcing another partnership, this time with top cycling brand fizik. Together, they will use Digital Light Synthesis technology to create the padding for Adaptive, another digitally printed bike saddle. fizik can address cyclists’ needs in comfort, power transfer, shock absorption, and stability with DLS 3D printing, and used pressure mapping data collected from professional cyclists over a nine-year period to produce the Adaptive saddle.

“We’re proud to partner with fizik to unlock their unique product vision to push the limits of saddle design. fizik used the Carbon Lattice Engine to match optimized response profiles based on rider feedback and create a digitally tuned lattice geometry for the Adaptive — enabling differentiation based on their unique product vision and design,” said Erika Berg, Head of Application Development at Carbon.

The first digitally printed Adaptive bike saddles will be based on fizik’s carbon fiber Versus Evo 00 platform.

VBN Components Exhibiting 3D Printed Cemented Carbide

Large demonstration drill with cutting fluid channels, made with Vibenite, 40 mm diameter and 220 mm length.

Swedish company VBN Components celebrated its 10th anniversary last October, and promised “a revolution in material development.” Not long after, the company made good on its word by releasing the patented hard metal Vibenite 480, a new type of cemented carbide that combines high heat resistance and toughness. Vibenite 480 is based on metal powder produced through industrial gas atomization, and allows for the EBM fabrication of components such as rock drills and gear hobs. Now, VBN Components is planning to showcase this unique material at the EMO Hannover fair, which takes place September 16-21.

“EMO Hannover is the perfect event to showcase our technology,” said Ulrik Beste, CTO and one of the founders of VBN Components. “We will meet with experts in the metalworking field from different parts of the world to discuss how our 3D printed cemented carbide can improve performance in components and overall production.”

The EMO website has highlighted Vibenite 480 as one of the fair’s most important new technologies, and VBN will give two expert talks on the material at the event. Visitors can see Vibenite 480 for themselves at the EMO fair in Hannover in the Additive Manufacturing Circle, Hall 9.

Custom Color 3D Printing Offering Full-Color HP Jet Fusion Technology

Chicago AM company Custom Color 3D Printing recently purchased two HP Jet Fusion 580 Color 3D printers, which means it can now offer small and mid-sized businesses specialized full-color 3D printing services. The systems are part of HP’s Jet Fusion 3D 300/500 series, which is a lower-cost version of its MJF technology. Custom Color 3D Printing partners exclusively with these types of businesses for customization, prototyping, small to medium run productions, and other specialized 3D printing services that need a full-color alternative to more conventional production methods.

“This is the future of 3D printing. We’re one of the most innovative printing service companies in the US that is making HP’s revolutionary Multi Jet Fusion 3D printing technology accessible to small and mid-sized businesses. Our HP 3D printers offer businesses a scalability that allows them to address very specific needs. This option to customize is a crucial factor in helping businesses grow and succeed,” stated Kent Mages, the Founder of Custom Color 3D Printing.

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