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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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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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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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3-D Printers are Poised to Disrupt the Economy...

Posted by NOVATION Staff on Jun 11, 2016 9:00:00 AM

It's Monday morning. Your alarm goes off, and you slowly spill out of bed. You shuffle along to the kitchen and pour a fresh cup of coffee in your favorite mug — all set to start a new work week. But as you reach for some sweetener to add in, your arm knocks the mug off the counter, shattering it on the floor. How do you replace it? Not long ago, the only solution would be to go back to the store where you bought it and hope they have another one. That mug from your vacation eight years ago is out of stock? You're out of luck. Today, you can search online at any number of retail websites type "coffee mug" into Amazon, and you get 4.6 million results but you still have to wait at least a couple of days for it to be delivered. Ten years from now, you may simply fire up your 3-D printer, download an electronic file and make a new coffee mug in your home. While this may seem like a simple transition in the delivery of a product, 3-D printing (aka additive manufacturing) is actually poised to create a tectonic shift in the manufacturing and retail industries in the near future.

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3D Printed Prototypes Help with Custom Designed Sport Shoes...

Posted by NOVATION Staff on Jun 1, 2016 9:34:52 AM

In 200- and 400-meter sprints, an athlete’s control through the track’s curve can add or subtract crucial milliseconds — the difference between being crowned champion and taking second place. For gold-medal-winning American sprinter Allyson Felix, commanding this variable is just one of the many challenges integral to repeating her 2012 success. To address the challenge ahead of Rio, Felix entered into an unprecedented collaboration with Nike, comprising design and engineering research, with the aim of creating a new spike built specifically for the races’ requirements. The Nike Zoom Superfly Flyknit unites extensive scientific analysis from Nike’s Sports Research Lab (NSRL) with computational design by the company’s designers and pixel-level stitch placement by its Flyknit engineers. Combining this data with perception testing by Felix and additional feedback from her coaches, the collective team precisely adapted the spike’s key elements of strength, fit and flex to Felix’s specifications and biomechanics — exemplified by a long, graceful, powerful stride. To tailor the fit to the unique contours of Felix’s foot, a custom last was created specifically for Felix’s size 9.5, AA-width feet. The spike’s plate was also developed to align with Felix’s stiffness preference, a balance of flexibility and pop made possible through 3D print prototyping.

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3D Model Using PLA for Pre-operative Animal Health Procedure...

Posted by NOVATION Staff on May 25, 2016 10:49:34 AM

3D printing is currently changing the human healthcare industry. Could veterinary medicine be next?  If veterinary schools have their say, then yes, it could. 3D printing is evolving from an expensive tool for giant industrial institutions into a ubiquitous industrial necessity, and perhaps even into a household commodity. It has also found many proponents in veterinary doctors and scholars. Evelyn Galban, a neurosurgeon and lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Veterinary Medicine’s Department of Clinical Studies, said of a canine patient with a malformed skull, “It’s difficult to fully understand the malformation until we have it in our hands. That usually doesn’t happen until we’re in surgery.” That is, until now. To examine her patient’s skull deformity pre-surgery, Galban generated a 3D-printed replica of the patient’s skull. 3D printing could give veterinary doctors the option to study tangible models of the abnormalities they seek to correct. “To be able to hold a replica in your hand. The advantages of that are tenfold compared to a screen image,” said Frank Verstraete, from the University of California, Davis, School of Veterinary Medicine. Deidre Quinn-Gorham from Tuskegee University’s School of Veterinary Medicine recently completed a study that details the use of 3D printing in pre-operative animal health procedures. 

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3D Printed Airway Splints for Babies...?

Posted by NOVATION Staff on May 18, 2016 12:00:00 PM

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RAPID 400 3D Printer Based on SLA Technology

Posted by NOVATION Staff on May 9, 2016 11:02:14 AM

On the TCT Show + Personalize Asia held in Shanghai on 12th March, 2015, Prismlab, as among the exclusive manufacturers of 3D printer using LCD (optical device) in the world, solemnly launched Prismlab RAPID 400 based on SLA technology. Soon afterwards, Prismlab team shocked the Chinese 3D printing industry again on the INSIDE 3D Printing show in Zhuhai when releasing Prismlab RAPID 600, one of the world’s largest rapid prototyping equipments based on SLA technology with Matrix exposure system. This self-developed printer with patented MFP technology delivers up to 10 times faster printing speed than most SLA systems with its high printing output of 1,500g per hour, and makes high precision & large printing dimension possible, bringing its clients with super-excellent UE. As told by Prismlab CEO, Mr. Hou Feng, this RP600 can be seen as a proof that Prismlab team has always committed to solve problems of low printing speed and high cost to help 3D with an earlier access to applications considering much on speed and costs, medical, statue, etc., making 3D no longer confined to R&D or high-end applications and making mass production possible. What will effectively explore a wider market for 3D printing? Prismlab finds a customized solution (3D printer and its consumables) will be an excellent choice to meet all kinds of requirements of various users.

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Stratasys 3D Printers Enjoy Software Upgrade...

Posted by NOVATION Staff on May 3, 2016 8:41:01 AM

Objet Connex3 Stratasys has upgraded its Objet Connex3 line of 3-D printers, which are designed to create multicolor, multimaterial, intricate parts that have the same appearance, form and function as parts made via conventional manufacturing. 

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