Two students from the Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW) in Switzerland have built a 3D printer with a three-axis tilting print bed, giving the printer a total of six axes. The 3D printer, still in its prototype phase, could be used to print objects with overhangs without adding supports.
Stratasys-owned 3D printer manufacturer MakerBot has announced a “restructuring plan” that will see 30 percent of its workforce laid off. The New York City-based 3D printer maker went through a downsizing of similar proportions in 2015.
Infill optimization in 3D printing is something that is constantly being tinkered with by designers, mathematicians and researchers around the world. The reason is ultimately to find ways to produce more with less.
We usually think of cyborgs as part human, part machine, but roboticists don’t limit themselves that way. Researchers have developed a hybrid robot built with body parts from a novel source: sea slugs.
German manufacturing and electronics company Siemens has engine tested its new 3D printed gas turbine blades. The 3D printed components were tested at 13,000 revolutions per minute and temperatures beyond 1,250 degrees Celsius.
Desktop Metal, a 3D printing startup based in Burlington, Massachusetts, has raised $45 million in a Series C investment round from investors including Google, BMW, and Lowe’s. Desktop Metal will use the money to prepare for the launch of its first 3D printer later this year.
Someone should tell Dorothy to pack up her ruby slippers because there’s a new ruby extruder in town. European 3D printer distribution company 3DVerkstan has just launched the new Olsson Ruby 3D printer nozzle, capable of printing new abrasive materials. The new 3D printer part, which was unveiled today is available for purchase in the United States and across Europe at certain resellers.
Brett Turnage, a 3D printing and RC racing expert, has unveiled two functional 3D printed RC motorcycles complete with a moving 3D printed rider. Both 3D printable models are free to download.
Robotics engineers have used 3D printing to create the joints for ‘Bat Bot,’ a futuristic flying robot that mimics the way bats move through the air. The winged creation, otherwise known simply as ‘B2,’ could serve as an aerial service robot.
GE Additive, General Electric’s 3D printing-focused venture, recently increased its 3D printer arsenal at its Global Research Center in Niskayuna, New York with the addition of a Roboze One+400 3D printer. The 3D printer will help GE to further its R&D of 3D printing technologies, as the branch is consistently searching for new and innovative ways to integrate additive manufacturing across GE.
Roboze, an Italy-based FFF 3D printer manufacturer, has become recognized within the 3D printing world for its innovative beltless 3D printing system. Not only beltless, the Roboze One+400 also integrates extruders that can heat up to 400 degrees Celsius, making the 3D printer compatible for use with a wide range of materials, including “techno-polymers” such as PEEK, polycarbonate, nylon 12, and more.
“We are excited to have this new 3D printer,” commented Scott Miller, Manager of the Material Systems Lab at GE Global Research. “It will let us explore ways to take advantage of 3D printing from high-performance polymers such as PEEK. We will also be able to evaluate new designs with greater complexity enabled by 3d printing in areas where we already use high-performance polymers.”
According to GE Additive, its first order of business with the Roboze 3D printer will be to explore the potential of PEEK for a range of applications, notably within the aviation sector. As a 3D printing material, PEEK has seen a rise in popularity, with companies such as Germany-based Indmatec manufacturing top quality PEEK filaments which have shown promise, most recently in the auto manufacturing industry.
Alessio Lorusso, Founder and CEO of Roboze, expressed excitement about providing GE with one of Roboze’s 3D printers, and plans to work with GE to not only promote the use of PEEK and other thermoplastic materials for 3D printed metal replacement parts, but to further improve his own company’s 3D printing technology. He said: “I’m very proud of what we have accomplished in the past year after tremendous effort in research and development. Successfully delivering our Roboze One+400 to the laboratories of GE Global Research in Niskayuna, points out to one main conclusion – our innovative 3d printing technology will be part of the global industrial revolution, offering ways to substantially reduce manufacturing costs, which is a primary goal of all large industrial corporations . We will work closely with our customers to follow their changing needs, and provide them with new solutions focusing on reinforced metal replacement materials. I’m honored to help and support GE in their journey of leading once again new industrial revolutions.”