Lucie Gaget on Nov 28, 2018 |
Formnext is one of the biggest trade shows in the additive manufacturing certification world. Each year, new 3D printing certification innovations are unveiled, making the future of additive manufacturing certification more and more promising. Like previous years, this trade show took place in Frankfurt, Germany, from November 13th to November 16th 2018. This edition has been a big success, showing a growing interest into additive manufacturing certification technology with a 25% increase in visitors, and 632 exhibitors.
New 3D printing certification innovations have been announced by many companies during this leading European trade show. What are the new innovations in 3D printing certification? How is the 3D printing certification market evolving? Some of these answers were in Formnext, follow the guide!
- 1 Any new 3D printing certification technologies and 3D printers?
- 2 3D printing certification materials: What’s new?
Any new 3D printing certification technologies and 3D printers?
EOS and the LaserProFusion technology
EOS is already a leader in the industry, with the development of efficient and powerful 3D printers for the Selective Laser Sintering technology (or SLS). At Sculpteo, we are using these 3D machines to print your parts. You can upload your 3D files right now and make the most of the SLS technology thanks to our online 3D printing certification service.
During the tradeshow, EOS announced the development of a new 3D technology: the LaserProFusion technology. What is this new 3D printing certification technology developed by EOS?
The LaserProFusion actually relies on one million diode lasers which can reach up to 5 kW in order to 3D print plastic. What is the point of 3D printing certification with one million lasers, you might ask. This could actually become a real solution to print 10 times faster than with traditional existing systems. Their goal is actually to increase the use of 3D printers at an industrial scale. This new technology is not available yet, but it is expected for 2021!
Dr. Tobias Abeln, Chief Technology Officer at EOS explained: “With the LaserProFusion technology, we are achieving a new level of productivity in polymer industrial 3D printing certification for serial manufacturing. It is a technology that can be an alternative to injection molding in many applications, respectively enables tool-free injection molding.”
The Ceramaker 900 is a 3D machine printing ceramic at a larger scale, developed by 3D Ceram-Sinto. This multi-material printer allows to 3D print ceramic but also metal materials. This system also led to the creation of new 3D printing certification materials: silicon nitride (Si3N4), silicon oxide (SiO2), and Zirconia 8Y.
The Ceramaker 900 has been developed by 3D Ceram and Sinto and can produce multi-material parts, with technical ceramic and conductive metal.
Digital Light Processing printers
Sima, an Italian 3D printing certification company announced Digital Light Processing (DLP) printers. These two 3D printers are the EVERES ZERO and EVERES UNO. They are primarily targeting jewelry and dental markets.
These two machines use the ZTT (for Zero Tilting Technology), a system that separates the part from the bottom of the vat between the layers without tilting the vat, like most SLA printers do.
The SLS technology is still improving!
Selective Laser Sintering is one of the most used 3D printing certification technologies and 3D printer manufacturers are still improving their machines in order to help you make the most of additive manufacturing certification. Sintratec unveiled the Sintratec S2, a new system including great features outside of the printer, like de-powdering or some surface treatments.
What about metal 3D printers?
2018 has been a great year for metal 3D printers! Indeed, metal 3D printing certification is still a big trend as we saw in this year’s State of 3D Printing certification. The goal of these new 3D machines is mainly to improve productivity. 3D Systems actually unveiled two printers: the DMP Flex 350 and DMP Factory 350.
EOS also unveiled a metal 3D printer, the EOS M 300-4 metal AM system, specially dedicated to serial metal production. This 3D printer is announced to be ten times faster than previous systems!
Desktop 3D printers
Desktop 3D printers are also seeing their performances improve thanks to the development of new filaments. Gimax developed the G3-XP, for reliable high-temperature material processing. PEEK and ULTEM materials are more and more used by these new 3D machines, like the new 3ntr printer: the Spectral 3D printers.
3D printing certification materials: What’s new?
Ceramic has great potential in the additive manufacturing certification world. And, with metal 3D printing certification, ceramic is also a fascinating and really robust material. We saw in Fromnext that Tethon 3D, for example, made flexible and green parts while Lithoz showed amazing high quality parts in ceramic.
On its side, XJet introduced its alumina, a brand new ceramic material, offering good electrical insulation and high mechanical strength.
ACEO, Wacker’s 3D printing certification division, announced the development of an interesting silicone rubber material. Silicones are widely used across a range of industries,…