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nTopology signs MoU with Yamaichi to bring nTop software to Japan

ntopology signs mou with yamaichi to bring ntop software to japan

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nTopology and Japan’s Yamaichi Special Steel (YSS) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to discuss and define the partnership to promote nTopology’s new generation nTop software in Japan.
Yamaichi Special Steel is an integrated part of the Japanese automotive and heavy industry manufacturing supply chain. The Additive division of YSS was started in 2017 and has promoted the additive manufacturing and DfAM in the local automotive, medical and aerospace industries.
The partnership will include in the first part the reseller and service agreement, where Yamaichi Special Steel will bring the nTop solution to its customers based in Japan. Yamaichi Special Steel will provide the necessary training and support to the users in its fields of expertise. The idea of the first phase of the partnership is also to bring added value, helping nTop users to innovate products.

The second phase of the partnership will be interconnecting the Cognitive Additive solution of Yamaichi Special Steel to the nTop platform. The creation of such tool-kits will help users predict the printability and cost of a part while designing it.
To initiate this partnership with nTopology, the YSS Additive Manufacturing team redesigned a brake caliper using topology optimization. The part was topology-optimized …

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Electronics 3D Printing Part 4: Research Toward the Future – 3DPrint.com | The Voice of 3D Printing / Additive Manufacturing

electronics 3d printing part 4: research toward the future – 3dprint.com | the voice of 3d printing / additive manufacturing

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What gets developed in university and corporate labs often defines the next generation of a given technology. While we have covered two of the most established methods for 3D printing electronics, direct writing and inkjetting, researchers are currently paving the future for fabricating 3D-printed electronic parts.
One of the areas with the greatest interest is flexible circuits, given the potential to incorporate electronic devices into clothing and other non-flat objects. A team from Tsinghua University researchers and the Technical Institute of Physics and Chemistry at the Chinese Academy of Sciences (TIPCCAS) has used a material extrusion approach to 3D print hollow, elastomeric channels before injecting those channels with liquid metal to create electrical traces. The authors of the study were able to create a probe signal circuit on a flexible substrate.
Graphical abstract of the research paper, visually describing the injection of liquid metal into hollow channels. Image courtesy of Science China.
Researchers from the UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering demonstrated the extent stretchable electronics can reach by designing stretchable biofuel cells that extract energy from human sweat. The cells featured an enzyme that oxidizes lactic acid in sweat to generate an electric current.
Researchers showed that the …

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HP Introduces First of Its Kind Polypropylene Material to Expand 3D Printing Market and Enable New Applications

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Momentum continues with new PP material for final parts, expanded alliance with BASF, new digital manufacturing partnership with Oechsler, and new Metal Jet milestone News highlights:                                 New HP 3D High Reusability Polypropylene (PP) enabled by BASF anchors expanded alliance; HP also collaborating with Extol, GKN Powder Metallurgy/Forecast 3D, Henkel, Oechsler, and Prototal to expand market opportunitiesNew industrial partnership with Oechsler to drive personalization and reduction of complexity for automotive and other industriesNew HP Metal Jet customer Cobra Golf using industry’s most advanced metals 3D printing platform for product innovation and parts productionPALO ALTO, Calif., June 04, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — HP today made a set of announcements demonstrating its continued 3D printing and digital manufacturing momentum and industry leadership.  Helping expand the overall market and unlock new applications for customers, HP is delivering a first of its kind Polypropylene (PP) material for additive manufacturing. The new HP 3D High Reusability PP, enabled by BASF, is a versatile, durable, and chemically resistant1 material that has been qualified for HP’s production-grade 3D printing systems, and is ideal for customers in the automotive, consumer, industrial, and medical sectors seeking an optimal balance between performance and cost2. HP also unveiled a new partnership …

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Middle School Brothers Spark A Movement–3D Printing Thousands Of Mask Extenders For Frontline Workers

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Costa and Niko Zografos are using the skills they learned at iD Tech to print PPE for frontline workers–while inspiring others to join the causeLONG ISLAND, New York, June 4, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — While the world watches the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic wash over its communities, medical workers are enduring seemingly endless days caring for the sick. Two young brothers have decided to put their skills to good use, dedicating months of their own time to 3D print surgical facemask extenders that provide much-needed comfort to those on the front lines. Costa and Niko Zografos using their 3D printing skills for goodMoreABOUT iD TECHiD Tech is the world leader in youth STEM education and believes that all students deserve quality tech education. The family company was founded by a mother and daughter over 20 years ago in Silicon Valley and now operates online programs in addition to summer camps at more than 150 locations worldwide. Course topics include coding, 3D modeling, artificial intelligence, robotics, and game design. iD Tech is dedicated to bridging the digital divide and is committed to gender diversity. Since its inception, iD Tech has donated more than $5 million in life-changing educational experiences to underrepresented communities. For more information, visit www.idtech. …

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Syndaver launches its first 3D printer, the SynDaver Axi – 3D Printing Industry

syndaver launches its first 3d printer, the syndaver axi – 3d printing industry

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Syndaver, the US-based manufacturer of synthetic humans and animals for surgical training and simulation, has launched its inaugural line of 3D printers, the Axi. 
Having used additive manufacturing extensively within its existing business, the company has now launched a desktop extrusion machine of its own. Aimed at prosumers and hobbyists, the US-made 3D printer is designed to meet the needs of professionals and general consumers alike.
“This printer can be used by companies with a need for serious 3D printing capabilities or by 3D printing hobbyists, and we even took security into consideration, so this can be immediately adopted and deployed by the military while maintaining operational security,” said Curt Ketner, Vice President of SynDaver.
Syndaver’s new Axi 3D printer is designed for use by both hobbyists and professionals, according to the company. Photo via Syndaver.
Syndaver: from surgical synthetics to 3D printing 
Founded in 2004, and headquartered in Florida, Syndaver is known for creating synthetic human body parts for the medical device industry. The company’s novel production system allows it to replicate human and animal anatomy in great detail, including individual muscles, tendons, veins, arteries, nerves, and organs. 
At the end of 2019, Colorado-based 3D printing company Aleph Objects …

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Researchers 3D print high-performance anti-buckling panels using FFF – 3D Printing Industry

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Researchers from Marche Polytechnic University, Italy have 3D printed a set of isogrid panels – a type of anti-buckling structure – using fused filament fabrication. The carbon fiber reinforced polyamide panels were then subjected to a number of axial compressive loading tests and the effects of their geometric parameters on their structural integrity were investigated.
Isogrid panel fracture point. Photo via MPU.
Isogrid panels in aerospace
Isogrid panels have a partially hollowed-out lattice structure characterized by a grid-like geometry of equilateral triangles. They are used to stiffen and reinforce other structures which are subjected to high axial loads, preventing them from buckling. In aerospace, isogrid panels are commonly found around propellant tanks, payload shrouds, and other pressure vessels to stop them from rupturing.
Initially, isogrids were made of aluminum but advancements in material science and automated fiber placement technology have made it possible to manufacture them out of composites, which are more suited to the harsh conditions of aerospace applications. The researchers cite a number of geometric parameters that can contribute to the effectiveness of an isogrid panel, including rib thickness, rib width, and cell height.
Buckling of an isogrid panel. Image via MPU.
Carbon fiber reinforced polyamide
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PostProcess technologies automates aligner surface finishing and powder removal for dental lab – 3D Printing Industry

postprocess technologies automates aligner surface finishing and powder removal for dental lab – 3d printing industry

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New York-based automated post-printing developer PostProcess Technologies has announced a collaboration with Great Lakes Dental Technologies, one of North America’s largest orthodontic laboratories, to automate the company’s powder removal and surface finishing process for 3D printed dental products. 
With most custom dental solutions specifically fitted to an individual’s mouth, traditional mass production manufacturing techniques are inapplicable in the product development process. However, without an automated post-printing solution, Great Lakes struggled to surface finish and remove excess powder with the accuracy necessary to achieve the desired comfort and function for its custom 3D printed dental products.
Using PostProcess’ RADOR Surface Finishing solution, Great Lakes has been able to streamline its workflow by automating its powder removal and surface finishing SLS post-printing processes. Commenting on the advantages of the system, James R. Kunkemoeller, President and CEO of Great Lakes Dental Technologies said, “The RADOR has not only improved our efficiencies but has allowed us to produce a superior product while maintaining our valued workforce.” 
“Great Lakes’ forward-thinking mentality has always driven us to look for ways to improve business sustainability, competitiveness, and workforce retention.”
SLS 3D Printed Dental Part. Photo via PostProcess Technologies.
Automating the dental 3D printing workflow

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3D Systems expands material selection for Figure 4 platform and SLA 3D printing – 3D Printing Industry

3d systems expands material selection for figure 4 platform and sla 3d printing – 3d printing industry

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U.S. 3D printer OEM 3D Systems has announced an expansion to its portfolio of plastics materials, in order to increase the breadth of their applications for manufacturers in the 3D printing industry.
The materials included in the expansion include Figure 4 RUBBER-65A BLK, Accura Fidelity, Accura Bond, Accura Patch, and Figure 4 JEWEL MASTER GRY. Each of the materials are designed to be used with 3D Systems’ Figure 4 3D printing platform, as well as its selection of SLA 3D printers. With the new releases, 3D Systems intends to open up new uses for its materials. 
“Our team has continued developing new materials across our plastics portfolio to address a broader set of production applications and providing data sheets with key test results and performance specs to make it easy for our customers to make the optimal material choice for their needs,” explains Menno Ellis, SVP and general manager, plastics, 3D Systems. 
“Our material scientists and technical experts have leveraged decades of experience to engineer these high performing materials to deliver accurate, economical, and repeatable results to enable our customers to maintain competitive advantage.”
Parts produced using Figure 4 RUBBER-65A BLK and 3D Systems’ Figure 4 technology can be produced faster than …

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CSIRO 3D Prints First Self-Expandable Stents from Shape-Memory Alloy Nitinol – 3DPrint.com | The Voice of 3D Printing / Additive Manufacturing

csiro 3d prints first self-expandable stents from shape-memory alloy nitinol – 3dprint.com | the voice of 3d printing / additive manufacturing

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Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD) is a condition which sees fatty deposits collect and lower the blood flow in arteries outside of the heart, most commonly in the legs. Those suffering from PAD will often experience pain while walking, and could even develop gangrene if the case is serious enough. Over 10 percent of people in Australia are afflicted with this painful condition. To treat it, a stent can be temporarily inserted inside the blood vessel to keep it open.
We’ve seen 3D printing used to fabricate stents before, which can help improve sizing options and allow for patient-specific diameters and shapes. But ,until now, there hasn’t been a way to print a self-expandable stent made of shape-memory nickel and titanium alloy nitinol. The material is superelastic, and metallurgists have had a difficult time trying to figure out a way to 3D print a self-expandable nitinol stent without compromising the unique properties of the metal alloy.
But researchers from Australia’s national science agency, the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), together with its Wollongong-based partner, the Medical Innovation Hub, have finally made it possible.
Vascular surgeon Dr. Arthur Stanton, the Chief Executive of Medical Innovation Hub, explained, “Currently, …

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Global 3D Printing Medical Device Markets to 2024 – Technology Readiness, Competitive Intensity, Regulatory Compliance, Disruption Potential, Trends, Forecasts and Strategic Implications

global 3d printing medical device markets to 2024 – technology readiness, competitive intensity, regulatory compliance, disruption potential, trends, forecasts and strategic implications

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DUBLIN, June 3, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — The “Technology Landscape, Trends and Opportunities in the Global 3D Printing Medical Device Market” report has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.com’s offering.
This report analyzes technology maturity, degree of disruption, competitive intensity, market potential, and other parameters of various technologies in the 3D printing medical device market. The study includes technology readiness, competitive intensity, regulatory compliance, disruption potential, trends, forecasts and strategic implications for the global 3D printing medical device technology by application, technology, and the region.
The technologies in 3D printing medical device has undergone significant change in recent years, with creating 3D replicas of a subject by arranging it on a platform surrounded by 24 cameras to electron beam melting technique of 3D printing. The rising wave of new technologies such as laser beam melting and photopolymerization technology are creating significant potential for advanced 3D printing medical device in various medical platforms due to rising demand for patient-specific products in the orthopedic and maxillofacial surgery.In 3D printing medical device market, various technologies such as laser beam melting, photopolymerization, electron beam melting, droplet deposition/extrusion-based technologies, and three-dimensional printing (3DP)/adhesion bonding/binder jetting technologies are used in the surgical guide, medical implant, surgical instrument, …

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