Ann R. Thryft, DesignNews.com, highlights 9 new 3D printing technologies:
- With the Stratasys J750, prototypes can include can include a vast array of colors, materials, and properties in the same part – more than 360,000 different color shades plus multiple material properties ranging from rigid to flexible and opaque to transparent.
The Stratasys J750 provides realistic colors
- MarkForged introduced its MarkTwo industrial 3D printer, which produces carbon fiber, fiberglass, or Kevlar continuously reinforced composite parts.
- Engineers at the University of Bristol in the UK have developed a new type of composites 3D printing that prints parts with tailored material properties and complex microstructures.
- Sciaky, the maker of aerospace-grade metal EBAM (electron beam additive manufacturing) 3D printers, has introduced what is its internal closed-loop control system for use only on its EBAM machines. The patented Interlayer Real-time Imaging & Sensing System (IRISS) is designed to provide consistent process control for part geometry, mechanical properties, microstructure, and metal chemistry for large-scale 3D-printed parts.
- Scientists at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH Zurich) have invented a different kind of metals 3D printing process: one that makes tiny, complex components from copper.
- 3D Systems’ ProJet MJP 2500 Series printers are equipped with the company’s MJP EasyClean System for no-hands, chemical-free finishing via non-toxic, melt-away wax supports, eliminating damage to delicate features.
- A direct-ink writing 3D printer invented by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) has been used to manufacture supercapacitors out of a graphene-based aerogel.
- Italy-based 3ntr’s industrial A2 and A4 fused filament printers have three printheads, allowing up to three polymers to be printed simultaneously. The range of materials includes ABS, PC, PC-ABS, nylon, nylon-carbon, HIPS, PETG, PLA, and TPU.
- German RepRap’s new X150 is a compact 3D printer. Its 0.4-mm nozzle enables highly detailed, precise prints up to a build size of 150 mm x 150 mm x 150 mm, with a print speed of 10 – 150 mm/s. Minimum layer thickness is 0.1 mm.
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