3D Printing News Briefs, May 20, 2020: 3DEO, Fraunhofer, Xometry, Raise3D, Protolabs

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In today’s 3D Printing News Briefs, 3DEO has achieved an important industry certification. The Fraunhofer Project Center will soon host its second webinar, and Xometry has launched a video series. Raise3D announced its new all-in-one software solution, and Protolabs helped create a rugged wheelchair.

3DEO Achieves ISO Certification 

California metal 3D printing company 3DEO has received the important ISO 9001:2015 certification, which will allow it to operate more effectively on several levels, continue the commercialization of its technology, and continue to improve its production. The certification process only took three months, as opposed to the normal 6-12 months, since the company’s systems and factory were built with the requirement of process control and quality production methodology.

The ISO 9001 certification is a terrific milestone for 3DEO. A strong quality management system is the backbone of any world-class production line. The ISO certification marks an important step in realizing 3DEO’s long-term vision of leveraging next-generation technologies to build the world’s highest quality, data-driven factory of the future,” said Matt Petros, the CEO of 3DEO. “In the previous generation of manufacturing, spot checks and random sampling were best of class. 3DEO is building a dynamic production line with real-time streaming data that allows ongoing monitoring and end-to-end closed-loop feedback. For 3DEO, ISO is the starting point of what we expect to become the next generation of manufacturing.”

Fraunhofer Project Center’s 2nd Webinar

Earlier this week, the Fraunhofer Project Center (FPC) at the University of Twente held a free webinar about the challenges of adopting technologies related to Industry 4.0, and now it’s announced the date for the second webinar, regarding business opportunities for additive manufacturing. Titled “The AM Revolution: Making the Business Case,” the 60-minute webinar will be held next Tuesday, May 26th, at 12 pm CEST, and available to watch on-demand after it’s aired live. Ian Gibson, a design engineering professor at the university, will be joined by Renko Overmeen, Director of Programs at Aeronamic B.V., Bart Deweerdt, Ultimaker’s Business Development Manager, and Paulo Gennaro, the Managing Director for GF Precicast Additive, to make the business case for AM.

The webinar description reads, “The session will give insight into the current state of industrial additive manufacturing. Highlighting the potential for big corporates and small-medium enterprises and sharing examples of companies that have been able to incorporate additive manufacturing in their existing set-up. But we will also hear what the main challenges and obstacles are. How can a company properly assess whether they are ready for additive manufacturing? What are the most common assumptions and do they prove to be correct? And what do the experts see further down the road, what do they expect in terms of adoption and development of both hardware and materials in the coming 5-10 years?”

Register to join the discussion here.

Xometry Launches Video Series

Custom on-demand manufacturing marketplace Xometry recently launched a new video interview series, hosted by the company’s vice president Aaron Lichtig, called OK Xoomer. The episodes consist of 5-10 minute chats with creative engineers and other industry professionals, such as Additive America’s CEO and founder Zac Holcomb and Tuan TranPham, the CRO of AREVO, via Zoom video conferencing.

New episodes, some of which are 100% focused on 3D printing, are released every few days on Xometry’s YouTube channel and social media platforms. The interviews are focused on a variety of subjects, including manufacturing trends, data science applications, and interesting engineering projects. You can check out the 3D printed chocolate episode with Evan Weinstein, the founder of Cocoa Press, below:

Raise3D Introduces All-in-One Software Solution

3D printing solutions manufacturer Raise3D has announced the launch of a new solution, the ideaMaker Library, to its software portfolio. The page stores .STL Model Files and .Gcode Print Files, which can be downloaded and imported into ideaMaker, along with .Bin Slicing Profiles for both third party and Raise3D printers and materials. By combining its ideaMaker slicing and RaiseCloud Print Management software, Raise3D has created a seamless, all-in-one production workflow, letting users easily send models to their 3D printers and monitor the process.

“We keep working towards the goal of delivering an all-in-one solution that increases productivity. With ideaMaker Library as a new valuable asset, and the combination of ideaMaker and RaiseCloud, we are glad we can now provide this full solution and smooth workflow that will be a game changer for the manufacturing industry,” said Edward Feng, the CEO at Raise3D.

Protolabs Helps Create Rugged Wheelchair

The wheelchair combines strong, lightweight materials, including sheet metal fabricated by Protolabs, to create a versatile, compact, manual wheelchair.

Digital manufacturing leader Protolabs offers many fabrication services other than 3D printing, such as injection molding and insert molding. A recent project the company helped with didn’t require the use of 3D printing, but Massachusetts company GRIT did use its sheet metal fabrication to create a unique style of wheelchair, called the Freedom Chair, to give people with disabilities more independence in their recreational opportunities. The three-wheeled Freedom Chair, based on bicycle technology, is lever-propelled, with riders using their arm power to push and pull levers to move and stop, giving them the freedom to navigate terrain like mud, sand, and snow. Because the parts for the chair were complex, GRIT needed to find a manufacturer that was able to efficiently make high-quality, repeatable parts without breaking the bank. Protolabs was able to provide the company with three end-use, low-volume parts in three different sizes: the seatpan, which the rider sits on; the caster fork, which integrates both the steering tube and headset bearing interface; and the footplate, which supports the rider’s weight and acts as both a foot restraint system and a skid plate.

“Protolabs gives us peace of mind with adaptable manufacturing schedules using their lean and just-in-time techniques. This lets us better manage cash flow and successfully grow our direct-to-customer business,” stated Ben Judge, GRIT chief technical officer.

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