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3D Printed Mini Aircraft Using Polyamide...

Posted by NOVATION Staff on Jul 28, 2016 12:30:00 PM

A small-sized pilotless aircraft made using 3D printing (additive layer manufacturing) processes is showcasing Airbus’ pioneering and innovative spirit.  Airbus is using this mini aircraft project – known as THOR (Testing High-tech Objectives in Reality) – as a testbed for futuristic aircraft technologies: from 3D-printed structural parts to advanced aerodynamics and even artificial intelligence. “Print me an airplane” The initial THOR version weighs approximately 21 kg. and can fit in a four-meter-by-four-meter square. It is powered by two 1.5 kW electrically-driven propellers, and 90 per cent of its structural components were 3D printed from plastic polyamide powder.  “This mini aircraft does not represent an actual airliner design Airbus is considering, rather it is a platform to enable low-risk and fast-track development of different technologies in real flying conditions,” explained Detlev Konigorski of Airbus’ Emerging Technologies & Concepts activity in Germany, who oversees the THOR project. “The first version was to test whether the slogan ‘Print me an airplane’ can be converted into reality.”  A major advantage for THOR is the short lead time of 3D printing, which significantly reduced development time for producing the technology demonstrator compared to traditional manufacturing methods. Using an existing design concept, it took approximately seven weeks to print the THOR aircraft’s 60 structural segments, followed by approximately one week for assembly and three days to fine tune the electrical systems before it was flight-ready.

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Topics: 3D Printing

Custom Fit Sustainably Made 3D Printed Shoes...

Posted by NOVATION Staff on Jul 26, 2016 7:30:00 AM

Feetz, one of the companies to use 3D printing technology to make custom fit, sustainably made shoes for every pair of feet, announced that it has entered into a strategic partnership with one of the leading footwear retailers DSW Inc. Together the two companies plan to use Feetz' technology and DSW Inc.'s considerable retail footprint and customer base to bring affordable custom fit, sustainably made shoes to consumers. As part of this relationship, DSW Inc. led Feetz's Series A funding which also included participation from existing investors Khosla Ventures and The Jump Fund. Erin Kelly, Senior Director of Innovation at DSW, Inc will join Uli Becker previously CEO of Reebok and Vijit Sabnis of Khosla Ventures on the Feetz board. "DSW is excited at the possibility of bringing Feetz's innovative technology to our customers. The Feetz model will allow our customers to purchase true custom fit shoes at a fraction of what traditional bespoke shoes cost. We believe that giving customers the ability to purchase on-demand, affordable, custom fit shoes has the potential to disrupt the footwear market as we know it today," said Simon Nankervis Chief Commercial Officer of DSW Inc. "We've been amazed with the demand and the positive feedback we've received from our early Feetz customers. We've been perfecting and protecting our technology for the last 18 months so every customer gets what they deserve - a shoe that fits. Our new 3D printing manufacturing facility in San Diego, the first of its kind, will fulfill thousands of orders per month. DSW's impressive reach and customer centricity makes them the perfect partner for Feetz," said Lucy Beard, Founder and CEO of Feetz.

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Travel-friendly Refillable Fragrance Bottles ...

Posted by NOVATION Staff on Jul 23, 2016 9:30:00 AM

Whether for luxury or mass-market use, these mini fragrance bottles can now be easily refilled, making them suitable for travel or promotional giveaways. A separate adapter piece, which fits almost any perfume bottle, lets consumers fill a travel-size version of their favorite scent through the container’s base without using a funnel or pipette (imagine the photo above upside down to see how it works). This speaks to two of today’s consumer trends: customization and sustainability. Article reference: Qosmedix

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Topics: Innovative Ideas

Fiber Fabric for High-visibility Protective Apparel...

Posted by NOVATION Staff on Jul 21, 2016 1:00:00 PM

TOKYO, Japan -- Teijin Limited announced a new aramid fiber fabric suited for use in high-visibility protective apparel thanks to its extra-vivid coloring and resistance to fading. The new aramid fabric is expected to meet growing demands for safety clothing that offers comfort and maneuverability, as well as high visibility. The new aramid fabric is fully compliant with ISO 20471:2013, the international standard for high-visibility clothing that enables others to see the wearer in a variety of lighting conditions. Teijin developed the fabric in collaboration with Komatsu Seiren Opening a new window, one among leading fabric manufacturers. Teijin is strengthening its leading position in the Japanese market for protective apparel, putting forward new hybrid safety solutions that combine various high-performance materials to meet diverse customer demands. The company’s global-development initiatives are expected to boost sales in the global market for safety and protection field to JPY 20 billion by 2020. Over the decades, Teijin’s durable, heat-resistant, flame-retardant aramid fibers have contributed to the advancement of safety and protective apparel, providing police, firefighters and chemical-plant workers with high-performance clothing favored for their high-visibility, flame-retardant and flame-proof properties.

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Topics: Innovative Ideas

CF Fabric-based Light-weighted Cycling Helmet...

Posted by NOVATION Staff on Jul 19, 2016 9:51:40 AM

BORAS, Sweden -- Giro Sport Design, one among the cycling world’s design leaders, announces the release of an innovative new cycling helmet – the Aerohead Ultimate MIPS – that utilizes TeXtreme® carbon fiber fabrics to create a lighter, stronger and more rigid outer shell. In 1985 Giro pioneered the aerodynamic helmet category with the original Advantage and now it redefines the category with the release of two new models – the Aerohead™ Ultimate MIPS and the Aerohead MIPS – their fastest time trial helmets ever. “By utilizing TeXtreme® in the carbon fiber shell of the Aerohead Ultimate MIPS, we were able to further reduce frontal area exposure, making our fastest shape ever even faster,” says Rob Wesson, Giro Director of Helmet R&D. “We collaborated with the engineers at TeXtreme® and worked as partners in composites to analyze, test and find the optimal solution for the shell.” TeXtreme® Technology differs from conventional carbon fiber materials due to its innovative production methods using Spread Tows instead of yarns to produce a fabric with an optimized fiber structure. Its longstanding presence in the winner’s circle – in numerous areas of the sporting world – serves as proof to its lightweight and performance benefits. The Aerohead Ultimate MIPS has already been raced to victory on both the road and track by the world’s top professionals. It made its official debut at the Amgen Tour of California time trial stage, with BMC Racing Team, Team Katusha, and Team WIGGINS, while top professional triathletes including Linsey Corbin, and Andreas and Michael Raelert, will compete in the Aerohead MIPS this summer.

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Topics: Innovative Ideas

A Different Side of Reclosable Packaging...

Posted by NOVATION Staff on Jul 14, 2016 9:00:00 AM

This patented design shows a different side of reclosable packaging: The reclosure is located on the side of a bag rather than the top, a position that the inventor says provides better pour control to go along with product differentiation. Alan D. Olin, president, Olin Design Group, is an inventor who specializes in packaging. He has five patents to his credit including his latest invention, U.S. Patent # 8,992,085 B2, issued on March 31, 2015, for a “self-supporting storage bag with resealable pour spout.” The patent abstract reads as follows: “A reclosable bag or pouch configured to store, and to easily pour, material. The reclosable bag is configured with an integral pour spout having a reclosable fastener to facilitate the pouring of material from the bag, and subsequent resealing. By locating the pour spout along an upper side of the bag, material is focused downward from the bag, and not outward, when poured. Bags configured in this manner thus provide end users with enhanced control over the dispensing rate and direction of their contents. In some embodiments, the bag is also configured as a self-supporting bag capable of resting generally upright upon its bottom end.”

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Topics: Specialty Packaging

Revolutionizing Personalized 3D Printed Fashion

Posted by NOVATION Staff on Jul 12, 2016 1:24:36 PM

The 18-month project, known as 3D Fashion, will see Dr Bingham – among the world leaders in his field - produce 3D wearable, full size, Additive Manufacturing (AM) textile garments and footwear - with design input from a major fashion house. Advancements in AM textiles have made it possible to produce 3D printed garments directly from raw material, such as polymer, in a single manufacturing operation. This technology not only has the potential to reduce waste, labor costs and CO2, but can modernize clothing production by encouraging localized manufacturing and production. Currently, garment manufacture generates 1.8 million tons of waste material - equivalent to 70kg or 100 pairs of jeans per UK household, with 6.3 billion m³ of water used in the process - equivalent to 200,000 liters per year per household or 1,000 filled bathtubs. Dr Bingham said: “With 3D printing there is no limit to what you can build and it is this design freedom which makes the technology so exciting by bringing to life what was previously considered to be impossible. Personalized 3D printed fashion - manufactured within 24 hours - is the end goal of a new project led by Loughborough University that’s set to change the way we shop for clothes. Dr Guy Bingham, Senior Lecturer in Product and Industrial Design, has teamed up with global textile and garment manufacturer the Yeh Group, to embark on landmark work in 3D textile printing that could revolutionize how clothes and footwear are made.

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3D Printing Solutions for Composite Tooling at SAMPE 2016

Posted by NOVATION Staff on Jul 6, 2016 1:00:55 PM

MINNEAPOLIS & REHOVOT, Israel -- Stratasys Ltd., the 3D printing and additive manufacturing solutions company, presented its new 3D printingsolutions for composite tooling at SAMPE 2016 (Booth I32, May 23 - 26, Long Beach, CA), introducing composites manufacturers to new operational efficiencies, greater design freedom and faster time to market. New 3D Printed Sacrificial Tooling Solution Designed to Produce Complex Hollow Composite Parts Faster 3D printed sacrificial tooling, or more specifically 3D printed molds and mandrels, enable manufacturers to rapidly and cost-effectively create complex composite parts with geometries that would normally trap the tool. To further improve the process, Stratasys is introducing an innovative sacrificial tooling solution. It features Stratasys' new ST-130 material along with alternative fill patterns (patent pending) designed for faster dissolution, rapid build speed, and greatly improved tool quality and autoclave performance.



"Stratasys produced composite tools allows us to develop the same types of products much faster without compromising quality or performance of the part," said Rick Heise, President, Swift Engineering.

The new ST-130 material is available for the Stratasys Fortus 450mc and 900mc Production 3D Printers.

 

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Topics: 3D Printing