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Calibry 3D scanner streamlines Italy’s cycling aerodynamics for Tokyo Olympics

January 18, 2022 |

A Calibry 3D scanner from Russian handheld 3D scanner developer Thor3D has been used by the Italian national cycling team to improve their aerodynamics in preparation for the upcoming Tokyo Olympics.  Cycling brands Pinarello and Hardskin, who are responsible for supplying the national team with bicycles and sportswear, turned to Thor3D’s partner in Italy, 3DiTALY, to digitize the bikes and athletes using 3D scanning. The scans were then used to enhance the aerodynamic efficiency of the Italian athletes in the lead-up to this year’s Olympic Games.  Calibry 3D scanning Thor3D first introduced its Calibry 3D scanner at TCT Asia in February 2019; the first offering from the firm to use its own proprietary camera. The handheld scanner was designed to scan historically challenging medium and large objects, such as full-body scans and entire cars.  With its name drawing influence from a hummingbird due to its reduced weight and size, the…    read more 

Fraunhofer ILT and TRUMPF team up to advance laser metal deposition 3D printing

January 18, 2022 |

The Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology (ILT) and German machine tool manufacturer TRUMPF have signed a cooperation agreement to accelerate the transfer of technology to industry within the field of laser metal deposition. The partners will combine their respective expertise in laser system technologies and application-specific know-how to carry out research and development into improving the productivity, speed, materials, and processes of laser material deposition for their customers. “Our core business is developing application-adapted processes and system technology components,” said Dr Thomas Schopphoven, Head of the Laser Material Deposition Competence Area at Fraunhofer ILT. “The basis for this is our 30 years of experience in laser material deposition – in applications we have developed for a wide variety of industries. “When we transfer our technologies to industrial applications, our customers are increasingly focusing on the questions of systems engineering implementation, especially with regard to the availability, stability, and suitability of…    read more 

Infinite Flex launches new pure copper SLM powder, Alloyed develops 3D printed copper cooling plate

January 18, 2022 |

The past month has yielded several announcements from the copper 3D printing sector. Infinite Flex, a Germany-based developer of smart materials, recently launched what it claims to be the world’s first pure copper powder for SLM 3D printing. Dubbed INFINITE POWDER Cu 01, the material has already been successfully tested on a number of standard SLM 3D printers such as the EOS M290 and Trumpf TruPrint 1000, and is now commercially available.  Elsewhere, UK-based alloy design firm Alloyed recently showcased its latest copper 3D printing application – a highly optimized cooling plate for use in high-performance temperature regulation applications. Michael Holmes, MD at Alloyed, said, “The cooling plate is a great example of what can be done when optimized AM geometry is combined with optimized AM material properties.” Alloyed’s 3D printed copper cooling plate. Photo via Alloyed. Infinite Flex’s INFINITE POWDER Cu 01 Pure copper is well known for its…    read more 

AM Flexible OLEDS Revealed – 3D Printing

January 15, 2022 |

January 13, 2022 Leave a Comment OLEDs are traditionally manufactured using multiple substrates of various materials. The light comes from the emissive layer, which exchanges electrons for photons to produce light. The color of the light depends on the type of organic molecule in the emissive layer. Typically they are manufactured by various deposition processes and use inkjet printing to add the organic layers between the anode and the cathode before a final piece of glass or plastic is applied to complete the OLED display. If that sounds like a bit of a chore, then you are absolutely correct. That is why OLEDs are expensive devices. But a team of researchers from University of Minnesota Twin Cities have recently published a means to 3D print OLED panels, which could open the way for OLED panels to be manufactured in the home. You can see the 64 pixel (hand for scale)…    read more 

German Company Designs AM Moon Bike

January 9, 2022 |

October 26, 2021 Leave a Comment Dresden-based motorbike company Hookie has recently revealed a concept for a Moon bike, which features 3D printed polymer wheels. The bike is named Tardigrade, after the small creature famed for its ability to survive the hard vacuum and radiation environment of space. According to the Hookie website, the bike was named as such because “Tardigrades are true survivors who have also endured the rigors of outer space.”, and we guess the bike can do the same. And this is what it looks like: The Tardigrade bike (Image credit: Hookie) The bike is fully electric, obviously, because you’d have difficulty running an internal combustion engine on the Moon, with the lack of oxygen (and gas stations) and whatnot. In terms of other stats, the concept bike measures 2.6 metres in length, has a range of 110km, a top speed of 15km/h and a weight of…    read more 

Researchers develop novel helical nanomagnets using 3D printing technology

January 6, 2022 |

An international team of scientists led by Cambridge University’s Cavendish Laboratory has used 3D printing technology to develop a novel set of microscopic nanomagnets. Created using a custom 3D printing process, the nanomagnets are in the shape of a DNA-inspired double helix. According to the research team, this unconventional structure lends itself to strong magnetic field interactions between the helices in a manner never seen before. Specifically, by twisting around one another, the 3D printed helices produce nanoscale topological textures in the magnetic field they generate. The team believes it can harness this phenomenon to closely control magnetic forces at the nanoscale, paving the way for ‘next generation’ magnetic devices. Claire Donnelly, first author of the study, explains, “This new ability to pattern the magnetic field at this length scale allows us to define what forces will be applied to magnetic materials and to understand how far we can go…    read more 

Artec Leo 3D scanning helps Vorteq create “world’s fastest” cycling skinsuits for Olympic athletes

January 6, 2022 |

Sports performance brand Vorteq has turned to Luxembourg-based 3D scanner manufacturer Artec 3D to create custom-fitted aerodynamic skinsuits for cyclists. Using a combination of Artec’s Leo 3D scanner, wind tunnels and engineering, Vorteq has designed what it claims to be one of the “world’s fastest” cycling skinsuits. The skinsuits are currently being worn by five different Olympic athletes at this year’s Tokyo Olympics, and are designed to be lightweight, breathable, and significantly reduce drag. “Our mission is to help serious athletes, many of whom are already at the top of their game or near, find those many ‘tiny’ gains that when you add them all together, can really give an athlete the kind of edge that helps them surge over the top and on to victory,” said Sam Quilter, Metrology Engineer at Vorteq. “In contrast to our previous scanners, Leo gives us that flexibility to just pick up and go…    read more 

UpNano launches new 3D printing materials for high-precision optical systems

January 6, 2022 |

The 2021 3D Printing Industry Awards shortlists are now open for voting until the 20th of October. Cast your votes here. UpNano, a Vienna-based manufacturer of high-precision 3D printers, has developed two new resins for use with its 2-photon polymerization (2PP) 3D printing technology. Named UpBlack and UpOpto, the photopolymer materials enable the printing of non-transmitting black and translucent parts, respectively. The company states that its latest offerings can be combined to 3D print entire optical systems, including components such as casings and lenses, using the firm’s proprietary NanoOne 3D printer. “We have a complementary optical transparent material in our commercially available materials range,” said Bernhard Küenburg, CEO of UpNano. “Called UpOpto, this material benefits from exhibiting very low fluorescence, which often interferes with many optical, biological, and medical applications.” According to UpNano, several of the company’s customers have already leveraged the new material combination in their day-to-day operations, including…    read more 

Exclusive Interview: 3D printing and jewelry on prestigious Place Vendome, Paris

January 6, 2022 |

Exclusive Interview with Patrick Baruel, co-founder of Maison Jaubalet, a custom-designed fine Jewellery store located on the prestigious Place Vendome, Paris At 3DPrintingIndustry we love sharing with you successful applications of the 3D Printing technology. It’s therefore natural that we could not miss the opportunity to present you how Maison Jaubalet is beautifully incorporating 3D Printing into its process to craft unique custom-designed fine pieces of stunning jewellery. I had the chance recently to interview Patrick Baruel, the co-founder and CEO of Jaubalet, a Fine Jewellery house located in one of the most prestigious address in the world, Place Vendome, in Central Paris. Patrick started the company in 2008, with a vision to produce and sell fine jewellery directly from the internet, with no stock but only a showroom on Place Vendome. Patrick spent 15 years at Hermes before starting Jaubalet. The Maison starting at the peak of the financial…    read more 

Flashforge Creator 4 Out Now

January 6, 2022 |

November 2, 2021 3 Comments Flashforge has announced the release of their new dual extruding printer with a heated chamber, named the “Creator 4”. The Creator 4 comes in a variety of dual-extruder configurations enabling side-by side printing of duplicate parts for faster printing of larger production runs for a range of filaments. As you can see in the picture below, it also has a nice aesthetic about it with its stainless steel body. This is not surprising, as Flashforge have traditionally made printers that look more like household appliances than your average printer manufacturer. Enclosure design is clearly a strong point for Flashforge, and the new design highlights this, as you can see. Figure 1 The Creator 4 is appliance-esque. (Image credit: Flashforge) It is a pretty machine, no doubt about it. But there is more to it than mere aesthetics. Let’s take a look under the steel hood…    read more