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.

By Infinite Editorial Team

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.

The Polypropylene (PP) is a new material for SLS®. This polymer is already used in about 1/3 of all plastic injected parts in the world so it has the potential to become the new standard in Additive Manufacturing (AM) applications as well.

For more than 30 years, Materialise has used 3D printing to transform manufacturing in industries like aerospace, medical, and automotive. Now, the world of sports is beginning to experience the benefits of personalization like never before, all thanks to additive manufacturing (AM).

Events where pioneers — medical device companies, clinicians, and researchers — gather to exchange findings, like at the recent Mass Personalization Summit hosted by Materialise, offer important insight into how personalization will drive business in the near and distant future. Eighty-nine percent of event attendees expect personalized care to become sustainable for many more patients in the coming ten years. The following five key takeaways capture the highlights from the event.

What does China’s leading transcatheter heart valve company need in their toolbox to stay at the top despite stiff competition? After speaking to Venus MedTech, we learn that it is a twofold answer. They need the correct tools for R&D to meet their goal of solving unmet needs in the structural heart space.


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