Design of the Week: From the Earth to the Moon

This week’s selection is the fun “From Earth to the Moon” string-climbing rocket toy by Oklahoma-based Greg Zumwalt.

There’s Much More to Metal 3D Printing Than Just The Printer

I’m reading an announcement from Materialise about a new metal capability, but realized there’s another part to the story. 

ZYYX’s Professional 3D Printer

Another 3D printer manufacturer has developed a professional-level version of their desktop 3D printer. 

Only a Few More Days to Enter Our 3D Printer Contest

Dear readers, we have been running a contest this week that could award you with one of two desktop 3D printers. 

Post Processing 3D Prints is More Complex Than You Might Imagine

The forgotten part of 3D printing: post processing. It’s a lot more complex than you can imagine. 

The Role of Hybrid Manufacturing in 3D Printing

A range of AMBIT tool heads for hybrid manufacturing. (Image courtesy of Hybrid Manufacturing Technologies.)

A range of AMBIT tool heads for hybrid manufacturing. (Image courtesy of Hybrid Manufacturing Technologies.)

Between the worlds of CNC machining and additive manufacturing (AM), there lies a bridge technology referred to as hybrid manufacturing. 

Hybrid systems combine both production techniques to join the benefits of subtractive and additive processes—the precision of the former with the freedom of the latter.

One of the first companies to get hybrid manufacturing into the market is Hybrid Manufacturing Technologies, which develops specialty tool heads that make it possible to transform any CNC machine into a hybrid AM system. Now, over half of the hybrid machine tool models available feature tool heads from Hybrid Manufacturing Technologies.

As promising as hybrid manufacturing is for changing the way objects are made, the state of the technology makes it ideal for a specific niche in the market. To learn more, ENGINEERING.com spoke to Jason Jones, CEO and co-founder of Hybrid Manufacturing Technologies.

The Birth of Hybrid 3D Printing

Jones explained that, about a decade ago, when he was a senior research fellow at De Montfort University, his lab purchased a 3D printer, which absorbed the lab’s budget across multiple years.
 
“When it was delivered we were very pleased with new and critical deposition technology, but what we realized is that roughly 75% of the price we had paid was for a 3-axis motion platform,” Jones said.“We looked around our lab and thought that although this motion platform was very nice, we already have eight or 10 motion platforms. Wouldn’t it be nice if we could buy only the deposition head and put it inside a CNC machine?”

It was then that Jones and his lab pursued a competitive grant that resulted in the launch of the four-year research project named RECLAIM (REmanufacture of high value products using a Combined LAser cladding, Inspection and Machining system). Along with eight other companies—including Airfoil Technologies International, Cummins, Delcam, Electrox, the Manufacturing Technology Centre, The Welding Institute, Precision Engineering Technologies and Renishaw, De Montfort University and Jones’ lab were able to pursue this new technology.

“What we really wanted to do was to create a fully automated solution for additive and remanufacturing,” Jones said. “We went around and picked software from Delcam and metrology from Renishaw, The Welding Institute and other local partners in the United Kingdom.”

The result was a tool-changeable deposition system that Hybrid Manufacturing Technologies dubbed AMBIT, launched at EMO 2013. When the company began marketing the technology, it found that end users were the first to bite, but, eventually, machine tool manufacturers also took to the idea of incorporating the company’s technology into existing systems. Now, you can find Hybrid Manufacturing Technologies in a number of machines from large manufacturers like Mazak.

Read more at ENGINEERING.com

Inside the Stratasys Continuous Build Demonstrator

Earlier this month Stratasys announced an unusual demonstrator that is capable of almost continuous 3D printing. We got a very close look at it. 

Could the BuildOne USD$99 3D Printer Be Different?

Another ultra-low cost desktop 3D printer has been launched on Kickstarter: BuildOne. 

Roboze Experimenting With Metal-Plated 3D Printed Parts

Italy-based Roboze has been marketing high-temperature desktop 3D printers for a while, but this experiment may make the prints even better. 

This Modular Furniture System is a Nod to ‘The Universal Brick Making Machine’

While not feasible for every product out there, ceramic materials are one of the few natural materials available to us that can be formed into just about anything. 

Stepping Through Sculpteo’s Annual 3D Printing Survey

Each year Sculpteo performs an interesting survey of the 3D printing community and the results this year show some interesting trends. 

MakerOS Provides Even Deeper Integration for 3D Printing Businesses

We’ve been watching MakerOS for several years now and they’ve always provided significant updates. Now there’s another one. 

BigRep Solves Their Own Problem and Everyone Else’s Too

BigRep introduced a new 3D printer filament that could make life much easier for many 3D print operators. 

Leslie Frost – “Aerospace is in its infancy with 3D printing and it is just beginning to realize the true capabilities of additive manufacturing”

Leslie Frost manages Arcam’s marketing efforts globally for the EBM business along with AP&C’s powder business and DTI’s orthopedic contract manufacturing business since April 2016. 

Stratasys’ Stealth 3D Metal Printing Strategy

Of all the major 3D printing companies, only one lacks a 3D metal printer product: Stratasys. Or do they? 

M3D Officially Launches New 3D Printer Product Line

As revealed some months ago, desktop 3D printer manufacturer has officially released their new product line, which includes two 3D printers for desktop use. 

Affordable Clay 3D Printing with ClayXYZ

A startup company has launched a 3D printer specifically designed for clay 3D printing. 

An Unusual 3D Printing Filament from 3dk.berlin

There’s plenty of competition in the 3D printer filament market these days, so it takes a lot to stand out among the crowd. It seems that 3dk.berlin has done so with their new “k-top” product. 

Police Using 3D Printing?

We’ve received a press release from the UK’s Hawk 3D Proto, who apparently have equipped a police department with a 3D printer. 

Design of the Week: Motorized Saber Toothed Tiger

This week’s selection is the fun Saber Tooth Tiger model by Greg Zumwalt.

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