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Bereits zum achten Mal hat die internationale Formnext Start-up Challenge junge Unternehmen aus der Welt der additiven Fertigung für ihre innovativen Geschäftsideen und technischen Entwicklungen ausgezeichnet. Von der bedarfsgerechten Produktion von AM-Pulvern über abbaubare Implantate bis hin zum effizienten roboterbasierten Postprocessing: Die prämierten Innovationen zeigen die hohe Innovationskraft des 3D-Drucks und des AM-Marktes. Die internationalen Sieger, die sich im Rahmen der Formnext 2022 der AM-Welt präsentieren werden, sind Photosynthetic (Niederlande), Lattice Medical (Frankreich), Rivelin Robotics (GB), Spherecube (Italien) und Alpha Powders (Polen). Der AM Ventures Impact Award ging ebenfalls an Lattice Medical.

3D printing has revolutionized the manufacturing industry, enabling the production of complex components with unprecedented ease and versatility. However, when it comes to super polymers and large format parts, the challenge becomes more complex. Roboze's ARGO 1000 HYPERMELT technology is here to overcome these challenges and offer an advanced solution.

What you should know about industrial 3D printing: advantages and disadvantages

Additive manufacturing (AM), also known as 3D printing, is one of the fastest developing manufacturing technologies in the world. It is a process of layer-by-layer material deposition to produce parts from 3D models. 3D printing has demonstrated its efficacy especially in low-volume, high-customisation industries such as aerospace, and there are many reasons for this.

By Evan Butler-Jones, Vice-President, Product & Strategy, Equispheres

In the rapidly evolving world of metal additive manufacturing, laser powder bed fusion has a bit more history behind it than some of the newer techniques. L-PBF technologies are advancing by leaps and bounds but a few outdated myths about powder-based processes persist. I’ve tried to dispel a few of the common myths below.

Rising kidney transplant demands underscore a pressing global health concern. While 3D-printed organs promise a potential solution, challenges in printing speed and accuracy persist. Leading the way, Vidmantas Šakalys of Vital 3D provides valuable insights and hints at a transformative solution on the horizon.

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Get to know your supporting partner in additive manufacturing

Unless your goals are limited to custom hockey pucks and little gnome figures, support materials will play a critical role in your 3D printing efforts. 3D printing support materials enable you to create and print complex geometries, parts with internal features, and parts that cannot be manufactured by any other method. Without support, your build material would deform before it hardened.

Functionality and flawless design are always important for manufacturing every product. However, to ensure this flawlessness, you must invest in plastic injection molding projects. You will get custom plastic manufacturing solutions from injection molding companies.

3D printing moves towards greater sustainability

● 41% of respondents say additive manufacturing is helping them to achieve their sustainable development goals
● 25% use additive manufacturing to accelerate product development
● 33% believe that budget is the main factor restricting wider adoption of 3D printing
● 84% of respondents are optimistic about the future of additive manufacturing
● 63% of respondents want to identify options for recycling 3D printed parts

Several years ago, Materialise outlined an ambitious roadmap to evolve its entire software suite to a model that offers customers cloud-based access to a complete platform of software tools. This platform strategy is based on an important trend in the manufacturing industry: the increasing use of 3D printing, not just for prototyping operations isolated from the conventional manufacturing process, but for repeat production of small and mid-sized series and mass customization. In other words, an irreversible move to integrate 3D printing as one of the processes in the overall production of goods.

Digital twin technology runs at the technological forefront of the Industry 4.0 adoption to assist manufacturers boost productivity while lowering operating costs, optimizing performance, and transforming the way predictive asset maintenance is undertaken. As manufacturing processes grow more digital, the digital twin technology helps companies to spot physical flaws quicker, anticipate outcomes more precisely, and develop better products, finds GlobalData, a leading data and analytics company.

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