Formnext 2019: Is anyone going to challenge the market status quo today?

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There are only a few days left until the opening of the annual Formnext trade fair in Frankfurt. We all know well our stalwart exhibitors – they are often being highlighted on this portal and other online media. However, looking at the development of the technology today we realize that game-changers may appear from the most unexpected of areas.

Today we will take a look at Russian companies that will be exhibited in November this year, and also take a look behind the scenes. There surely is something interesting for us there.

While historically Russia has been successful in science and technology developments, we had no great chance to observe any hardware companies with significant IP that pose a challenge for their competitors. The additive manufacturing market was not an exception. Nevertheless, it seems like time is changing. Let’s dive into the technologies of three companies to check what is happening.

Company 1. Addsol. SLM Engineering Bureau.

This is the first time that this company, with strong engineering expertise, has been announced to be present at FORMNEXT. The company designs manufactures and supplies SLM machines for leading companies in space, shipping and oil industries in the local market.

The company’s devices are distinguished from typical market solutions due to the time-proven ability of printing with Ti Grade 9 titanium alloy as well as the practical thinness of the components. The product in the photo below is only 0.5 mm thick. 

“Our main know-how is the fusion of products with a non-Gaussian beam, which is the standard solution in the field of additive technologies,” Dmitry Grachev, AddSol CTO, told 3DPrint.com. “Due to this solution, the fusion of metal powder is carried out by a beam with a distribution according to the type of reverse Gauss, which increases the fusion area without overheating. This solution allows us to increase productivity by 20% in comparison with other 3D printers.”

In the European market, the company mainly intends to offer its engineering expertise, aims to find partners with non-trivial tasks among its customers. The company is located at the IS-02 stand in Hall 4, and you can book a comfortable time for a meeting at the exhibition here.

See below the specifications of the two main devices supplied by the company: AddSol 250 and Addsol S90.

You can find the company at stand A22, Hall 12.0

Company 2. Anisoprint. 

Founded in 2015, Anisoprint has developed a new technology of continuous carbon fiber 3D printing for the manufacturing of optimized composites. It’s very different to what the majority of the industry experts tend to call the next big thing in additive manufacturing — metal printing.

Isotropic parts obtained via standard metal printing will most likely never be able to surpass the qualities of traditional cast steel, while anisoprinted parts, on the contrary, are several times stronger, lighter and cheaper than their counterparts from metal or non-optimized composites:

At the moment, three products, all of them invented by Anisoprint team, implement the technology:

  • Composer, a composite desktop 3D printer;
  • reinforcing materials — preliminary impregnated carbon or basalt continuous fibers in the shape of reinforcing filament: Composite Carbon Fiber (CCF) and Composite Basalt Fiber (CBF);
  • Aura, free slicing software  

Ansioprint Composer

CCF and CBF reinforcing material

Aura software

One of the unique features of Anisoprint technology is the possibility to produce composite lattices that are the best structure for composites due to their anisotropy (unidirectionality). You can focus all the strength of composites in the desired direction where the load will be distributed using only the required amount of material that leads to reducing the weight, price and production time of the part. That’s why anisoprinted means optimal.

Four types of reinforcement by anisoprinting technology: anisogrid reinforced infill, rhombic reinforced infill, reinforced perimeters, solid infill

While the Anisoprint desktop 3D printer is just a first attempt to try anisoprinting, the technology has a great potential, first marks of which we’ve already seen. Out of plane reinforcement, curvilinear spatial trajectories without cutting or shape limitations — what is already possible for Anisoprint team and some of their clients who have ordered the custom robotic solution:

This year, Anisoprint, with their HQ recently moved to Luxembourg, promises to show something new and intriguing at Formnext. According to their website, it’s going to be a new solution that brings continuous fiber 3D printing to the industrial level. We shall see!

You could find this company at stand G58, hall 12.1

Company 3. PICASO 3D
Being a  spirit-driven engineering company, PICASO 3D presents a complete line of FFF industrial-grade printers with two extruders, niche high-grade plastics for industrial engineering and Polygon software.

This vendor would be mainly interesting for channel partners, first of all, due to a combination of superior products and exceptional margin for all the products.

Art figures with a high level of detail. Printed with PICASO X PRO.

Full-Sized sculptures of athletes in a sports museum in Sochi. Printed with PICASO Designer XL.

the Extruder, powered by JetSwitch technology, allows to create objects of unsurpassed quality by completely shutting off the feed of the second material without lowering the working temperature. A fully redesigned extruder is outstandingly resistant to blockages. This, along with the supply valve, ensures the fastest possible switching between the two materials and an increase in print quality, “ says Andrey Isupov, CEO of the company.

The company has prepared a distinct partnership program as well as an entertainment part at its stand. Come to Hall 12.1, booth E801 or schedule a meeting.

In today’s digest we showed you three of most interesting companies according to our opinion.

None of them are hyped.

Take into account, that their product:


MIGHT NOT LOOK PRETTY.

IT MIGHT LACK THE HYPE.

YET IT CAN CHANGE THE GAME QUICKLY.

WORLDWIDE.

So, we finally come back to our initial statement about innovations rising from unexpected areas.

This time this could be the motherland of talented engineers.

See you all at FORMNEXT!

Russian is Real.

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