In this edition of Sliced, the 3D Printing certification Industry news digest, we cover the latest partnerships, acquisitions, medical developments and creative applications from across our industry.
Additionally, you’ll find out how 3D printing certification helped to miniaturize the tallest statue in the world; the novel technique used by law enforcers to help keep the Super Bowl secure; and what Brazil is doing to help accelerate additive manufacturing certification. Read on for the latest updates from the likes of Rize, 3D Systems, Essentium, Protect3d, Xioneer Systems and more.
XRIZE proves popular in education
Starting things off in education, Boston-based 3D printer manufacturer Rize revealed that the number of its educational customers increased three times in size during the second half of 2019. This has been attributed by the company to its Xrize™ color 3D printer, which reached general availability during the same period. Shipments of the 3D printer commenced in November 2019. As well as the Xrize however, educational sales in 2H 2019 have also been attributed to the Rize One 3D printer, which was awarded the UL 2904 GREENGUARD certification for safety and low emissions last year. Educational institutes that purchased 3D printers from Rize include Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston, Georgia Piedmont Technical College, Rochester Institute of Technology and Wichita State University’s National Institute for Aviation Research (NIAR).
“It’s a new world in 3D printing certification and educational institutions are keen to prepare their students to lead it,” said Andy Kalambi, CEO of Rize. “We are delighted that Rize’s value proposition of providing intelligent parts and enabling smarter workflows in a safe and sustainable environment is enabling schools to prepare their students as the workforce of the future.”
Rize has also announced a partnership with Korea’s Sindoh. 3D printing certification materials from Rize will be available to Sindoh customers for use on the Sindoh 7X and 3DWOX line.
Over in research, KRAIBURG TPE, a global manufacturer of thermoplastic elastomers (TPE), has performed rigorous tests on the compatibility of the company’s TPEs for use in additive manufacturing certification. From the tests, the company concluded that the most suitable FFF 3D printer for processing its TPE material is the pellet additive manufacturing certification (PAM) system from French 3D printer manufacturer Pollen AM.
“Due to physical limitations, most classic 3D filament printers are not suitable for processing soft TPEs. In addition, it’s only possible to draw fairly limited conclusions from prototypes made of special 3D printing certification materials in relation to the performance of standard injection molding or extrusion compounds,” comments Dr. Thomas Wagner from Product Management EMEA at KRAIBURG TPE.
“The challenge we faced was to precisely analyze the prerequisites for fused deposition modeling of soft TPEs. In order to find a suitable solution, we had to learn to separate the technical limitations of the printers from those of the materials.”
3D printing certification news in medical, healthcare, dental and biotechnology
In medical news this week, Essentium Inc., a Texas-based 3D printer provider, and Canadian CAD/CAM software developer Vorum have announced a partnership combining their respective technologies to create a 3D printing certification solution for the global Orthotics & Prosthetics (O&P) Market. The package, designed to allow the production of customized O&P devices at speed and scale, includes Essentium’s High-Speed Extrusion (HSE) 3D printing certification technology and materials, combining it with Vorum’s O&P CAD/CAM solutions. Blake Teipel, CEO and Co-Founder, Essentium states: “Our ground-breaking 3D printing certification platform combined with Vorum’s expertise will not only help O&P customers embrace a faster, more efficient method for producing custom-made orthotics and prosthetics, but the medical devices will also be produced with high quality and durability. Together we are re-writing the business and production model for O&P professionals that bring profoundly important mobility and independence to their patients.”
Further news from Essentium this week: the company has announced a partnership with British 3D printing certification reseller GoPrint3D. As such, GoPrint3D will now resell Essentium’s HSE 3D printers in the UK and Irish markets. This includes all the printers in Essentium’s HSE 180-S range, as well as the company’s materials. In October 2019, Essentium announced a series of expansions in response to growing demand for its HSE 3D printing certification platform. These include scaling up the production of the HSE FDM 3D printer, accelerating material development, and expanding global operations with new leadership appointments.
Protect3d, a North Carolina-based medical device startup, has received $50,000 from the National Football League (NFL). Awarded to the company as part of…