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Sakuu Opens Up AM Battery Gigafactory

August 16, 2022 |

3D printed solid-state battery manufacturer Sakuu has opened up an innovation hub in Silicon Valley aimed at accelerating their battery printing initiatives. The company, who have developed the world’s first solid state battery, intends for the new site to serve as a blueprint for battery printing gigafactories around the world. The new 79,000 square ft facility will house battery, engineering, material science, R&D and 3D printing departments, and will oversee employee training and client product demos. 115 employees are expected to be working at the factory by early 2023, in time for the product rollout later in the year. New Sakuu gigafactory (Image credit: Sakuu) Sakuu has developed two key products that will be showcased at the new factory. The first is the company’s Kavian platform which is the world’s first large scale 3D printing platform for the additive manufacturing of custom ultra-high energy density solid-state batteries for a variety…    read more 

An Overview of 3D Systems’ High Temperature Materials

August 13, 2022 |

VisiJet M2S-HT90 High temperature & translucent VisiJet M2S-HT90 (MJP) is a strong and transparent / translucent material ideal for applications requiring temperature resistance and/or biocompatibility. It is well suited for rapid tooling, functional prototyping in warm environments, and medical devices with fine features and internal structures. This VisiJet material is fine-tuned for use with 3D Systems’ ProJet 2500 Plus MJP printer running in UHD mode. Source link 2022-08-11 19:55:53

Researchers Demonstrate Frontal Polymerization Composite Printing

August 10, 2022 |

A research paper and associated video has been published demonstrating the freeform printing of extruded thermoset plastics. The video shows a thermoset composite being extruded and curing in mid air, and without support material. It has been achieved with a process known as Frontal Polymerization, and the researchers from Colorado State University claim this is the first time that freeform printing thermoset composites with FP has been demonstrated. You can see the FP printing in action in the video below. Read on to know more about Frontal Polymerization. Thermoset The vast majority of extrusion-based carbon-fiber composite printer systems utilize feedstock consisting of short chopped fiber pieces encased within a thermoplastic matrix (the filament or pellet). This is exactly how a heat-based plastic printer works. It melts a thermoplastic with its hotend, it extrudes it, the extruded plastic cools rapidly as it leaves the nozzle, and it sets into shape. The…    read more 

Ender-3 Neo Series, HALOT-RAY, and Creality Sonic Pad Announced

August 7, 2022 |

3D printer giant Creality has two new product lines launched today and has also teased the upcoming release of the Klipper-integrated Creality Sonic Pad. Read on to know more about the new and upcoming releases, plus a couple of extra goodies for fans of Creality Cloud and the CR-Laser Falcon cutter. Ender-3 Neo series The new Ender-3 Neo series is the latest addition to the Ender 3 line and consists of three printers, the Ender-3 Neo, Ender-3 V2 Neo, and Ender-3 Max Neo. The Ender-3 Neo series carry durable full-metal Bowden extruders, offering great extrusion force and smooth feeding and retracting of filaments. They also integrate the CR-Touch automatic leveling system with Z-axis compensation functions, providing a hassle-free print bed leveling experience. The Ender-3 Neo is the updated version of Ender-3 Pro, and it integrates a silent mainboard reducing the noise during the printing process. The compact wavy-fin heat sink…    read more 

CERN to Spin-off AM Heat Exchangers

August 4, 2022 |

Researchers at CERN have been awarded funding to continue development of 3D printed cooling system components as part of the AHEAD project. The AHEAD project, which consists of CERN and 5 other partners, aims to produce lightweight, smart heat exchangers with a reduced part count by use of AM processes. AHEAD is one of several projects funded under the second phase of the ATTRACT program which is intended to spin-off research technologies into commercial applications. The AHEAD project will build on previous research conducted in phase one of ATTRACT, where a CERN research team had developed smart pipe technology. Smart pipe. (Image credit: CERN) The Smart Wall Pipes and ducts (SWaP) project (pictured above) used 3D printing to manufacture smart pipes with sensors embedded inside the component. The reduction in size and increase in complexity of these parts means they can be placed in tighter spaces, closer to the systems…    read more 

Solar energy output tripled using Stanford University’s 3D printed AGILE device

August 1, 2022 |

Researchers at Stanford University have used 3D printing to develop a novel device that could help boost solar arrays’ energy-capturing capabilities and remove the need for mechanized tracking systems. Shaped like a tipless inverted pyramid, the team’s Axially Graded Index Lens (AGILE) device captures over 90% of the light it’s exposed to and funnels it in a way that trebles its brightness. Compared to existing solar arrays, which follow the sun across the sky, the AGILE can also catch light passively from any angle, lending it the potential to help make solar panels smaller, cheaper, and more efficient. “We wanted to create something that takes in light and concentrates it at the same position, even as the source changes direction,” explains the device’s developer Nina Vaidya. “It’s a completely passive system – it doesn’t need energy to track the source or have any moving parts. Without optical focus that moves…    read more 


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