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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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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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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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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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Baker College Instructor’s Winning Car Now 3D Printing Teaching Tool

FLINT — A miniature race car 3D printed by Tom Spendlove, engineering instructor at Baker College of Flint, has not only claimed first place in a race.

The design advanced the understanding of 3-D printing for students in Spendlove’s computer aided engineering classes fall quarter.

“The students ran analyses on the design and its manufacturability, and checked the best way to build or print it,” he said. “It’s the type of real-world project in which we want to involve our students. Even though it was a miniature car, it had to work.”

The project was between Spendlove and Classic Instruments, a Boyne City-based company that designs and creates instruments for classic “street rod” cars. Turning to Spendlove for the model that was produced with 3-D printing was a natural because the company and Baker College had already worked on previous projects during the past three years.

Classic Instruments used the miniature race car in the “Manufacturer’s Shootout” heat of a pinewood derby race at an aftermarket hot rod convention in Las Vegas, pictured below.

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Classic Instruments designed the car, and Spendlove transferred that design to a 3-D printer, which created the chassis in one piece.

“We made a couple of configurations to get the best build on the 3-D printer,” Spendlove said. “Because the car was going to be a showpiece, I printed it as slow as possible to get the best detail.”

The finished product is 6 inches by 12 inches and is made of corn-based thermoplastic called PLA. Classic Instruments finished out the model, adding paint and other details.

According to Devin Butterbrodt, who is in new product research and development for Classic Instruments, 3-D printing provided an edge over other production options.

“The 3-D printer built a car with features that are not feasible with other manufacturing processes,” he said. “A CNC milling machine would not have been able to machine the details without multiple, costly setups. Taking the traditional approach and carving it out of a block of wood would have been time consuming and not as accurate. It has been a great experience working with Baker College and its engineering program.”

After its victory, the miniature car stayed in Las Vegas and was included in a live auction at a later automotive specialty products trade event. Proceeds were used for charitable donations and scholarships.

For more information about Baker College of Flint’s engineering program, contact Kevin Pnacek in the admissions office at kevin.pnacek@baker.edu or (810) 766-4000, or visit http://www.baker.edu.

The largest private college in Michigan, Baker College is an accredited, not-for-profit higher education institution serving more than 23,000 students on multiple campuses and online. Baker grants certificates and associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in more than 150 programs across diverse academic fields, including business, health sciences, engineering, information technology, education and human services.

Michigan Tech 3D Printing To Help Kids In Nicaragua

HOUGHTON — With all the technology we have today, there are so many possibilities. The whole world can collaborate and create open-sourced information to help develop thousands of scientific uses for new technologies like 3D printing.

Enabling the Future is a Los Gatos, Calif.-based nonprofit that is doing just that. It is a global network of volunteers using their 3D printers, design skills and personal time to give the world a “helping hand” with free 3D-printed prosthetic hands for those in need. Now, they’re getting help from Michigan Technological University.

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ESD Gets Members-Only Tour Of 3D Printing Firm

PONTIAC — Nearly 20 members of The Engineering Society of Detroit got a peek at the “next industrial revolution” Thursday with a tour of the 3D printing laboratory of Pontiac-based DASI Solutions.

DASI owner and co-founder David Darbyshire gave the members a detailed history of the family-owned business — which now employs four of the 11 children of David’s father, an engineer.

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Michigan Tech 3-D Printer Recycling Effort Wins Ford Grant

HOUGHTON — “It’s an octopus,” says Open Source Hardware Enterprise team member Ian Peoples, holding up a previously finished model as a nearby 3-D printer nozzle continues to lay down
heated plastic filament in precise, fractional increments.

Fellow team member Lucas Wilder proffers a blue bust of Yoda, further evidence of how 3-D printer stock, fed wirelike from spools, builds layer upon layer to create three-dimensional objects.

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UP Company Launches Advanced Manufacturing Robot

HOUGHTON — An entrepreneurial trio from Michigan’s Upper Peninsula has launched a new company to market a more flexible version of a 3D printer.

The people behind Phidias LLC have dubbed their new machine the “Athena, the Personal Manufacturing Robot.” (In Greek mythology, Athena was goddess of wisdom, mathematics, and arts and crafts, among other things.)

Company co-founder Jerry Anzalone says Athena is derived from 3D printing technology — but it’s a whole lot more.

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