Category Archives: 3D Printing

3-D Printing: Additive Works Joins the Altair Partner Alliance

TROY — The engineering technology developer Altair Inc. anounced that Amphyon, 3D printing software from the Bremen, Germany-based Additive Works GmbH, has been added to the Altair Partner Alliance.

Amphyon is a simulation-driven, process software for powder bed-based, laser beam melting additive manufacturing processes. It allows for automatic optimization of part orientation as well as a build-up process simulation and the adaption of process parameters in order to achieve a higher part quality and more process stability.

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Ricoh Japan Signs Dealership Agreement With Dearborn’s EnvisionTEC

DEARBORN — The Dearborn-based manufacturer of desktop and full production 3D printers EnvisionTEC announced it had signed a dealership agreement with The Ricoh Japan Co., Ltd., part of the imaging and electronics company based in Tokyo.

Beginning later this year, Ricoh Japan will begin selling 3D printers, materials, training and support in Japan through its agreement with EnvisionTEC GmbH, the German arm of EnvisionTEC’s global family of companies.

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EnvisionTec Rolls Out LED Lighting For 3D Printer

DEARBORN — The 3D printer manufacturer EnvisionTec announced a new custom LED light system for its fourth-generation Perfactory 3D printer.

In development for more than a year, the new LED system is more powerful and efficient than other light projector systems on the market. The company says it offers a variety of benefits, such as lower operating costs and crisper black-white contrast between pixels, which means even better final part detail.

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EnvisionTEC Previews High-Speed 3D Printer for Dental Market

DEARBORN — The 3D printer manufacturer EnvisionTec Friday plans to preview a new high-speed printer to joint the company’s Vida line for dental professionals.

The unveiling will come at the LMT Lab Day in Chicago Feb. 24-25. Now in its 33rd year, LMT Lab Day is the largest dental lab event in the United States. Sponsored by LMT Communications Inc., publishers of LMT, or Lab Management Today, it showcases printers, scanners and other machinery to the dental lab industry.

The new Vida cDLM is the second 3D printer based on EnvisionTec’s patented and groundbreaking Continuous Digital Light Manufacturing (cDLM) technology, which allows for accurate, high-speed 3D printing with fewer supports.

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EnvisionTEC Plans New Look, New Products For 15th Birthday

DEARBORN — EnvisionTEC, the Dearborn-based manufacturer of 3D printers, plans a brand makeover, new products, the launch of a user community and a social media contest to mark its 15th anniversary in business.

EnvisionTEC now sells more than 40 models of 3D printers on six distinct technology platforms, and says it plans at least five new and updated products to be launched throughout the year, including an all-new line of bioprinter materials.

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Dearborn’s EnvisionTEC Offers New Industrial 3D Printer

DEARBORN — The Dearborn-based 3D printer manufacturer and materials supplier EnvisionTEC has rolled out a new 3D printer, called the Vector Hi-Res 3SP, at Formnext, an international exhibit of manufacturing technologies Nov. 15-18 in Frankfurt, Germany.

The Vector Hi-Res 3SP has a building area of 300 by 175 by 200 millimeters, or 11.8 by 6.9 by 7.9 inches, and offers resolution of 0.002 inches, or 60 micrometers, in the X and Y planes. That is nearly double the resolution of the original Vector 3SP, which launched a year ago.

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LTU Gets Ford C3 Grant To Slash Cost Of Affordable Housing

SOUTHFIELD — Lawrence Technological University has received a $25,000 Ford College Community Challenge grant that could revolutionize the production of affordable housing – starting with one new home in Pontiac.

The grant will help fund the construction of HOUSE02, a proof of concept home that will use the techniques developed over the past two years by LTU architecture professors Scott Shall, Jim Stevens, Ayodh Kamath, and Brian Oltrogge, and LTU architecture graduate students.

The goal is to build a home at a cost of $50 to $65 per square foot. That would put the cost of a modest, 1,000-square-foot home at $50,000 to $65,000 – not the $110,000 to $150,000 achieved through traditional construction methods, Shall said.

The techniques will make it more likely for affordable housing to attract financing on a large scale, as well. For a video of Lawrence Tech students and faculty discussing this issue, visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8demrSIp0R0&feature=youtu.be.

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EnvisionTEC Sues Competitor For Patent Infringement

DEARBORN — The 3D printing manufacturer EnvisionTEC says it has sued Somerville, Mass.-based Formlabs for patent infringement in the United States District Court for the Central District of California.

In the complaint, EnvisionTEC asserts that Formlabs’ 3D printers infringe upon two patents held by EnvisionTEC.

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Water Quality Monitoring On Your Smartphone From UP Firm

LAKE LINDEN, Mich. — A biotech company in the Upper Peninsula is offering a portable, handheld device to test for agricultural nutrient runoff in soil and water for just $270.

NECi Superior Enzymes developed the device in conjunction with Michigan Technological University and Joshua M. Pearce, who holds assistant professorships in both materials science and engineering and computer science and engineering at the university. Pearce is also a 3D printing expert, and the photometer is manufactured on a 3D printer.

The company also got off the ground with government research grants. The U.S. Department of Agriculture awarded the firm a Small Business Innovation Research grant in 2011 to develop the portable soil phosphate test kit. More recently, the National Science Foundation awarded Superior Enzymes and MTU a $225,000 grant in 2014 to develop the photometer using open-source technology.

The $270 device includes the portable photometer and a 10-pack of test reagents. The handheld photometer measures the amount of nitrate or phosphate in a sample by measuring the light that is passed through the sample, following a simple enzyme reaction.

“We developed an accurate, reliable test method that works in laboratory settings. Then we simplified the method so that anyone can do it. We believe users should have confidence that their results actually mean something,” said Ellen R. Campbell, CEO of NECi Superior Enzymes.

The product was developed in response to a serious concern over agricultural nutrients fouling water. Algal blooms in Lake Erie and the Gulf of Mexico are caused by excess nutrients in those waters.

Nitrates and phosphates are essential for plant and soil health. Fertilizers rich in these nutrients increase crop yield and ensure food security. The problem comes when excess nutrients run off agricultural fields into local watersheds. This wastes valuable crop nutrients, contributes to harmful algal blooms, and causes unmanageable levels of nitrate at drinking water processing plants.

Learn more about NECi’s biotechnology tools anyone can use at http://www.nitrate.com.

SME, Rapid News To partner On 3D Printing Event

DEARBORN —  SME and the England-based owner of the TCT Group, Rapid News Publications Ltd, announced they would team up to produce the annual RAPID 3D manufacturing event starting in 2017.

The two organizations are combining their nearly 30 years of insights and experience in  3D manufacturing technologies. They say the new event, to be renamed RAPID + TCT, will result in an increased impact on the U.S. manufacturing industry.

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