16 December 2016

Additive Manufacturing in medical applications in Switzerland 2/2

verall 3D-Print Lab at University-Hospital Basel   I was visiting Dr. med. et med. dent. Florian Thieringer, senior CMF consultant and Head of the Medical Additive Manufacturing Research Group (MAM). Dr. med. et med. dent. Florian Thieringer has a clear passion for Additive Manufacturing. As a surgeon, Florian realised the benefits of applying AM for medical applications....
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18 November 2016

FORMNEXT 2016 DAY 3 _ New AM / 3D printing Technologies

Day three of FORMNEXT 2016, the catch-up of Additive Manufacturing & 3D-printing industry Xjet presented its new NanoParticleJetting™ technology. The Material (metal or ceramics) is jetted in a liquid with a poly-jet but at temperatures up to 300 degrees. The sub-micron / nano-particles allowing layer thicknesses as low as 3 microns, that’s 0,000118811 inches. So far...
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16 November 2016

FORMNEXT 2016 DAY 2

Day two of FORMNEXT 2016, the catch-up of Additive Manufacturing 3D-printing industry   So what are the big players in metal additive manufacturing doing? Looking at the big players for laser based powder bed fusion systems there is a clear trend for automation. The aim is a reduction of labor and an increase in productivity. Electro...
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16 November 2016

FORMNEXT 2016 Frankfurt DAY 1

Day one of FORMNEXT 2016, the catch-up of Additive Manufacturing & 3D-printing industry After last year’s debut of FORMNEXT EXPO FORMNEXT-EXPO 2016 started the second time in Frankfurt GERMANY today. So what is news in metal additive manufacturing ? Important to know is the fact that key technology patents for bed fusion are about to expire. So this is...
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07 November 2016

21. Fachtagung Rapid Prototyping at HS -OWL [Lemgo, Germany]

On the 4th of November, Professor Franz-Josef Villmer and H & H corporation welcomed to the 21. Fachtagung Rapid Prototyping / the 21. Expert conference Rapid Prototyping at the University of Applied Sciences in Lemgo Germany. With about 400 registrations the lecture-theatre was filled to the last seat. The audience from industry as academia gathered to hear the latest news...
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08 February 2016

SIEMENS invests multi-millions in metal Additive Manufacturing

Siemens Industrial Turbomachinery AB invests 200 million Swedish crowns, about 24 million USD or 21,4 million Euros, in metal Additive manufacturing. The new workshop in Finspång Sweden with about 20 employees will increase Siemens existing metal AM manufacturing capabilities. In 2015 Siemens showed in this video their activities on metal AM to refurbish industrial turbomachinery components...
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03 January 2016

FORMNEXT 2015

A summary on trends in metal Additive Manufacturing The FORMMEXT trade show is focusing on Additive Manufacturing and 3D printing took place in Frankfurt from the 17th to the 20th November.   What’s news in metal Additive Manufacturing? TRUMPF Trumpf GmbH+Co. KG is a privately held company for manufacturing solutions from Ditzingen Germany. The industry...
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22 October 2015

People in 3D [Melbourne]

Last Thursday afternoon The People in 3D met again. People in 3D is a workshop on Additive Manufacturing, CAD software and digitisation. Everyone interested can join, network, share the latest news and learn from the others. The participants of this session were a good mix from companies from different backgrounds: TASMAN 3D Printers, 3DMedical, Thinglab, WRAYS,...
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12 October 2015

‘Implementing Additive Manufacturing’ ATSE workshop [Adelaide – South Australia]

Two weeks ago I was attending a workshop in in Adelaide. The event on ‘Implementing Additive Manufacturing’ was organized by  The Australian Academy of Technology Sciences and Engineering [ATSE] Michael Heard from ATSE was the MC and ‘the driving force’ in organizing the event. I had the great pleasure to meet and talk with Michael the evening...
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17 August 2015

Peter Sander [AIRBUS Operations GmbH] Keynote at RapidTech 2015 Erfurt [Germany]

Peter Sander Manager ‘Emerging Technologies & Concepts’ at AIRBUS Operations GmbH Germany gave a keynote presentation on Additive Manufacturing at AIRBUS at this years (2015) RapidTech in Erfurt Germany. The presentation was recorded and uploaded to Youtube. Unfortunately this presentation was held in German . So I took the time on a long flight to write...
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20 July 2015

Visit at SLM Solutions GmbH [Lübeck Germany]

It has been only one year since my last visit at SLM Solutions GmbH in Lübeck. But within this time staff and size of the company has almost doubled, from 120ish last year in June to just over 200 employees in July this year SLM Solutions GmbH is meeting the growth predictions of the Additive Manufacturing industry....
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09 July 2015

Visit at Additive Manufacturing Research UG [Duisburg Germany]

Last week I stopped by at Additive Manufacturing Research / AMR UG in Duisburg. Bernd Reinarz, research fellow at University Duisburg-Essen, has founded AMR in 2014. AMR specialize in research and development rather than just as a service bureau for AM-parts. AMR has positioned itself ideally in between OEMs of metal AM-machinery manufacturers, users of AM technology and academia. So AMR is...
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09 July 2015

Visit at RENISHAW GmbH [Stuttgart – Germany]

Coming from Switzerland heading up North I stopped by at RENISHAW GmbH, located in Pliezhausen right on the outskirts of Stuttgart. Jan-Peter Derrer (Produkt- & Salesmanager Additive Manufacturing) welcomed me. Jan-Peter explained to me that RENISHAW GmbH has just moved into a further facility to integrate the Laser Bearbeitungs Zentrum GmbH (LBC) an AM service bureau acquired...
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09 July 2015

Visit at Protoshape [Switzerland]

Protoshape GmbH is a service bureau for metal Additive Manufacturing in Klingnau (Switzerland). CEO Felix Reinert showed me around and highlighted that Protoshape is not just a job-shop for metal additive manufacturing. Embedded in a larger CNC-shop, a company called Max Horlacher AG, Protoshape combines the strength of metal additive manufacturing / Selective Laser Melting technology with...
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28 June 2015

Laser World of PHOTONICS [Munich] Day 2

The Tuesday morning started with a panel session on Industrial Laser Applications / Laser Additive Manufacturing The presentation of Dr.Thomas Ebert from IQ evolution GmbH was a good summary on the SLM. Dr. Ebert was explaining the challenges which can occur with powder bed  baser laser additive manufacturing. He described what it takes to make a component...
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28 June 2015

Laser World of PHOTONICS [Munich] Day 1

Every second year the Laser World of PHOTONICS is in Munich. Every even year the event takes place in Shanghai. Bigger than the LASYS expo the Laser World of PHOTONICS is the most important trade fair and conference on laser technology. So it is a fair showing new developments in laser technology. This time they...
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27 June 2015

The Bright World of Metals [Düsseldorf]

The Bright World of Metals at Messe Düsseldorf is a trade fair combining four trade fairs. The GIFA, METEC, The Therm Process and the NEWCAST all focus on metal casting industry and related technologies. So I stopped by to get an up-date on traditional casting processes and Additive Manufacturing applied in casting. Master parts for...
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27 June 2015

Nanyang Polytechnic AMIC [SINGAPORE]

Last week I visited the Additive Manufacturing Innovation Centre Nanyang / AMIC at Polytechnic (NYP) in Singapore. A walk through the I got showed the CNC-machine park seemed to be like a visit at the  DMG-Mori demo centre close to my hometown back in Germany. Though, a very impressive set-up of machinery for all kind...
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15 June 2015

People in 3D [Melbourne]

CONSULT3D organises frequently a networking event called People in 3D. The focus of this network sessions is to bring people in the field of 3D design and Additive Manufacturing together. Our aim is an exchange of news and knowledge to stay up to date and learn more about the capabilities of the others. This time David Chin and...
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31 May 2015

INSIDE 3D PRINTING [Melbourne Australia]

Just back from SME Rapid in Long Beach the INSIDE3D PRINTING Conference and Expo took place in Melbourne. The Inside 3D Printing was part of the AUSTECH, Australias largest trade fair on manufacturing, hosted in Melbournes Conference and Exhibition Center from the 26th to the 29th of May. The event started with good news from the Federal Government in Australia...
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22 May 2015

Day 4 at SME Rapid [Long Beach – USA]

The 4th and last day at SME Rapid started with the keynote of Terry Wohlers on the State of Industry. Terry’s talk focused on the market growth and the new big players like HP re-entering it with new technologies. Terry also stated that the AM market has quadrupled in the last five years and the predictions scope the same growths...
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21 May 2015

Day 3 at SME Rapid [Long Beach – USA]

The 3rd day at SME Rapid started with a keynote of William Warren on 3D Bio-printing. The essence was that there won’t be any complex organs likes hearts or kidneys be printed very soon. Though no real MINI-MEs in the near future but a lot hope for skin cancer patients and victims of accidents as...
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20 May 2015

Day 2 at SME Rapid [Long Beach – USA]

Tuesday, the 2nd day at SME Rapid started with a keynote session of Jason Dunn from Made in Space. Jason took us in his presentation through the whole project, from the early attempts with off-the-shelf machines to the development and operation of a custom system. Jason explained the difficulties the team had to overcome and...
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