This year’s Formnext event took place last week, purely virtual. Here we offer highlights of the technology debuted during the Formnext Connect online event, and news announcements made throughout the week. The Formnext Connect platform remains available through the end of the year.
HP Inc. has introduced Universal Build Manager, which leverages proprietary HP software and data processing as well as Dyndrite’s Accelerated Geometry Engine to simplify and automate build preparation across additive manufacturing (AM) technologies at high speeds, according to HP officials. The new product reportedly benefits from GPU-accelerated processing and Python-programming-language scriptability inherent to the Dyndrite Corp. engine, and is designed to improve the AM technician’s efficiency, productivity and quality, thus enabling mass-personalization, complex workflow automation, and scalability and extensibility in both manually driven and automated workflows.
Velo3D has debuted its Sapphire XC large-format 3D metal printer and announced 13 advance orders for the system, with delivery beginning in fourth quarter of 2021. The XC, with the term denoting “extra capacity,” reportedly can increase production throughput by five times and reduce cost-per-part by as much as 75 percent as compared to the existing Sapphire system.
Leuven, Belgium, introduced a Desktop Metal Build Processor to support
Desktop Metal binder-jetting technologies, including its Shop System and
Production System platforms. This strategic partnership will help
reduce complexity for companies looking to scale their 3D printing
operations, by providing a more seamless, end-to-end workflow.
SLM Solutions has unveiled its NXG XII 600 powder-bed AM system, featuring an industry-first 12 1000-W lasers and designed for high-volume, serial production. The new machine, available now for commercial orders, reportedly produces at speeds 20 times faster than standard single-laser systems and five times faster than a quad-laser unit—printing as much as 1000 cubic cm/hr. when employing its Double Jump Speed feature.
has introduced a new de-powdering station for its laser powder-bed
fusion metal-AM process that combines two process steps in one system:
the unpacking of 3D-printed metal components and powder removal.
a digital manufacturer of custom prototypes and low-volume production
parts, has launched a new e-commerce platform for the United Kingdom,
responding to the need for reduced product-development time and evolved
project-management tools required for the growing shift towards
on-demand manufacturing. And, the UK launch will soon be followed by a
rollout of the platform across the Americas, in January 2021.
Inc. debuts two metal-AM machines, the HC-TBR and the CS250, based on
directed energy deposition (DED) and designed around 250 by 250 by 250
build volumes. Both are suitable for small-part production and repair,
including batch processing, and are available in three- or five-axis
versions capable of simultaneous five-axis coordinated motion for full
free-space printing, according to Optomec officials.
Simufact, part of Hexagon’s Manufacturing Intelligence division, has introduced metal binder jetting (MBJ) simulation, enabling manufacturers, at the design stage, to predict and prevent distortion that sintering processes will have on parts.
has launched a cloud-based industrial 3D-printing software platform,
the Digital Forge, designed to interconnect all Markforged systems,
employing machine learning (ML) to improve printing on all connected
machines, according to company officials.