A Run Through: What’s New In 3D Printing At RAPID + TCT?
Industry expert Todd Grimm set the stage for RAPID + TCT 2019 with a speedy rundown of what’s new in 3D printing.
The session, a mainstay kickoff, has proven popular as the fast-talking Grimm does actually run through the presentation. He has to: this industry is fast moving, so fast talking is the only way to hope to capture a snapshot.
RAPID + TCT, as ever, was home to a good number of introductions. For those without the media inbox influx of press releases pointing to every booth’s attractions, Grimm’s discussion during the opening keynote is a remarkably helpful guide to where to go if you want to see what’s new.
We’ll be digging into the meat of many of these soon, as we spoke to many of the companies listed here; as we begin our own RAPID recap, this snapshot of what’s new is a helpful guide for us too to kick off coverage.
Introductions are segmented into 3D printing hardware, 3D printing software, and 3D scanning, with specific product releases named by company. Helpful for event attendees, Grimm also listed each company’s booth number on the exhibit floor.
The look ahead began with hardware: new 3D printers and accessories.
Dyze Design — Typhoon / Pulsar
E3D — ToolChanger
BigRep — STUDIO G2 / PRO / EDGE
Essentium — HSE 180-S
Roboze — One - 400 Xtreme
RIZE — XRIZE
MakerBot — Method
Stratasys — V650 Flex
Sisma — EVERES Zero & Uno
Nexa3D — NXE 400
Formlabs — Form 3 & 3L
Carbon — L1 & M2D
Powder Bed Fusion
NXT Factory — QLS-350
Sintratec — Sintratec S2
EOS — Integra P 400
Farsoon — FLIGHT Technology
HP — Jet Fusion 5200
ExOne — X1 25PRO
Directed Energy Deposition
Powder Bed Fusion
Rapidia — Rapidia System
Digital Alloys** — Joule Printing
**Please note that per Digital Alloys, Joule Printing is not actually an extrusion-based process; they clarify: The process is not extrusion based, as we are feeding a solid wire through the print tip. It only becomes molten once it touches the part and is heated by resistance heating (aka Joule Heating) by electricity flowing through it. There’s a more detailed explanation, with some video, here.
Fabrisonic — SonicLayer 1200
Software for 3D printing is broken up into a few categories, based on where in the end-to-end additive manufacturing process each introduction comes into play.
ParaMatters — CogniCAD 2.1
Link3D — Shape Nesting
Dyndrite — Additive Toolkit
Teton Simulation Software — Intelligent Slicing Automation
CGTech — Vericut Additive
Velo3D — Flow
AlphaSTAR — GENOA 3DP
Siemens PLM — AM Process Simulation
3DQUE — QPoD / QSuite
3Degrees — TRACE
Valuechain — DNAam
Sigma Labs — PrintRite 5.0
3YOURMIND — Agile MES / Part Identifier
Bluestreak — Bright AMES
PostProcess Technologies — FORTI
AMT — PostProMini / PostPro Color
With time running short, Grimm also pointed to advances and new introductions in 3D scanning, which is of course tied into the 3D workflow.
We’ve linked to some of these introductions we’ve covered, and interviewed a good many of these companies during RAPID + TCT — so there’s plenty more to come on these and other technologies soon!