North America’s premier event for discovery, innovation, and networking in 3D manufacturing opens Monday, May 8, at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh. The event kicks off with the presentation of SME/Additive Manufacturing Community Awards; a look at the State of America Makes provided by Rob Gorham, director of operations at the nation’s first Manufacturing Innovation Institute; and a keynote on Networked Matter and the Nature of Things by Mickey McManus, chairman, MAYA and Research Fellow Office of CTO/Future of Learning, Autodesk.
Other speakers and panel discussions will fill out the conference schedule through its conclusion on Thursday, May 11.
In addition, exhibits containing the newest and most innovative additive technology will be on display beginning on Tuesday, May 9, and running through Thursday.
There will also be tech briefings, workshops and an Additive Manufacturing Standardization Forum along with numerous opportunities for networking.
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Faster, Smarter FDM Prototyping
FDM-based F123 Series 3D printers are designed to make rapid prototyping more productive for design workgroups by producing new iterations in a matter of hours. Applications include consumer products, aerospace, and automotive, among others. Available in three models, the Stratasys F123 Series builds durable and accurate prototypes using a range of functional FDM materials in sizes ranging from 10 to 14″ (254–355 mm) in four material types and ten colors. A single Stratasys F123 Series 3D Printer addresses the complete prototyping workflow, from initial concept verification to design validation and final functional performance, resulting in better products and shorter lead times.
Stratasys Ltd. | Ph: 877-489-9449 | Web site: www.stratasys.com
Laser Surface Cleaning
CleanTech laser products are used for surface preparation, paint removal, and aerospace depainting, marine rust removal, automotive pre-welding ablation, or high-tech parts cleaning for bonding applications. Marketed under the Laser Photonics brand, the newly released CleanTech system incorporates Flexion technology that allows CleanTech to remove rust, paint, anodization, and other surface materials in areas that are typically difficult to reach. The CleanTech Megacenter with Flexion technology offers a motion control stage that operates in both X and Y axes, allowing the trajectory of the beam path to move in various directions to clean nested parts. Flexion technology allows the laser cleaning process to efficiently affect 100% of all sides of the exposed parts overcoming limitations of statically positioned systems.
Fonon Corp. | Ph: 407-477-5618 | Web site: www.fonon.com
Large-Scale Metal 3D Printer
EBAM 110 is an electron beam additive manufacturing system that is capable of producing large structural titanium parts. The EBAM process combines CAD, additive manufacturing processing principles, and an electron beam heat source. The moving electron beam gun deposits metal via wire feedstock, layer by layer, until the part reaches near net shape, followed by heat treatment and post-production machining. Real-time control is provided with IRISS (Sciaky’s Interlayer Real-time Imaging and Sensing System), which can sense and digitally self-adjust metal deposition with precision and repeatability. EBAM utilizes wire feedstock which can accommodate a wide variety of metals and refractory alloys such as titanium, tantalum, niobium, tungsten, Inconel, and stainless steels. Work envelope of the EBAM 110 is 70 × 47 × 63″ (1778 × 1194 × 1600 mm). EBAM systems can produce parts ranging from 8″ to 19′ (203 mm–5.79 m).
Sciaky Inc. | Ph: 708-594-3800 | Web site: www.sciaky.com
Co-Located UAM Hybrid
Fabrisonic LLC patented system co-locates both the additive and subtractive elements of the company’s Ultrasonic Additive Manufacturing (UAM) equipment. The patent covers enhancements to the Fabrisonic hybrid metal 3D printer. The patented UAM weld head becomes a tool in the CAT 50 toolchanger of a standard CNC mill. UAM technology is a 3D metal printing process that uses sound waves to merge layers of metal foil in a process that requires no melting. Building in the solid state enables joining dissimilar metals and other thermally sensitive materials such as electronics to manufacture complex components that have distinctive features and attributes not possible with traditional techniques.
Fabrisonic LLC | Ph: 614-688-5197 | Web site: www.fabrisonic.com
UV Inkjet Printing
UV direct-to-substrate inkjet printing equipment offers full-color decorating capabilities on virtually any substrate: natural or synthetic, rigid or flexible, flat or curved. Vibrant, weather resistant prints can be produced on plastic, glass, acrylic, metal, stone, wood, vinyl, canvas and more. The latest UV Printer model, the UVx90, offers an expanded imprint area of 24 × 36″ (610 × 914 mm) with a standard 6″ (152-mm) height clearance for printing larger areas on products like signage or doormats. The printer includes eight ink channels, with four channels assigned to the CMYK inks, two channels for white ink and one channel each for primer and clear gloss. The built-in UV-LED lamp cures the ink as it’s applied to the product to create durable imprints that are ready for immediate use. A flexible ink option is also available.
LogoJET | Ph: 877-432-2559 | Web site: www.logojet.com
Versatile Industrial Fiber Lasers
redPower CW fiber lasers are designed to provide exceptional levels of power and control for cutting, welding, and drilling. This new generation of Qube CW industrial fiber lasers are available from 300 W to 6 kW. The Qube lasers require only electrical power and water connections, allowing quick configuration and interfacing to any one of a wide range of laser material processes. The lower power Qube products (500 W to 1.5 kW) are available with multi-mode or single mode output fiber and are well suited to optimizing metal additive manufacturing processes and other high-precision applications. redPower Qube lasers can be integrated directly into production lines or machines for cutting, welding, and 3D printing applications.
SPI Lasers |Ph: +44 (0)1489 779 696 | Web site: www.spilasers.com
Upgraded SLM 280, Process Monitoring
SLM 280 2.0 has been upgraded with increased laser power and advanced gas flow. With a build chamber 23% larger than the competition and twin 700-W lasers the SLM 280 2.0 is the most productive metal additive manufacturing system in its class. SLM Solutions will also unveil its in-process melt pool monitoring on an SLM 125. As verification of processes and qualification of production components becomes increasingly important, melt pool monitoring will detect the thermal emissions from the melt pool in real-time and archive the data as part of the build record. In-process monitoring improves the build process by allowing builds to be aborted if defects are detected or adjustments need to be made during the print.
SLM Solutions | Ph: 248-243-5400 | Web site: www.slm-solutions.us
AM for Serial Production
RenAM 500M additive system is designed and engineered for serialized production. New file preparation software allows for tighter integration into the machine control for quick, accurate review of build files. The RenAM 500M builds complex metallic components directly from CAD using metal powder bed fusion technology and is the first in a family of products based around Renishaw’s optical systems and control technology. RenAM 500M offers unparalleled engineering, efficient design and safety, as well as intuitive automated capabilities and is ideal for industrial production.
Renishaw Inc. | Ph: 847-286-9953 | Web site: www.renishaw.com
Grade 5 Titanium Powder
Ti-6Al-4V is the most commonly used titanium alloy due to its combination of strength and ductility. CarTech Puris 5+ titanium powder is a custom composition that meets the specifications of Grade 5 while maintaining high strength with low oxygen content. CarTech Puris 5+ allows additive manufacturers to balance the low oxygen levels needed to obtain the desired mechanical properties with the increasing oxygen levels that result from reuse of excess powder.
Carpenter Technology Corp. | Ph: 800-654-6543 | Web site: www.carpenterpowder.com
Compact 3D Sensor Family
Zeiss Comet L3D 2 uses the latest sensor technology and project-oriented software for easy and reliable 3D data capture of components and objects. Working distances range from 45-500 mm. Applications include inspection, tool manufacture and mold making, design, rapid manufacturing, reverse engineering as well as the archeology and capture of art-historical objects. Available options to create an integrated measurement system include rotary tables, tripods, a variety of computers and in-depth, on-site technical training. Units feature high light intensity and fast cameras. Comet models with 1M, 2M, 5M, 8M and 16M pixel arrays are immediately available.
Zeiss Industrial Metrology | Ph: 763-744-2400 | Web site: www.zeiss.com/metrology
3D Printer Filaments
ABS, PLA, flexible TPU 85A, semi-flexible TPU 90A, PETG, PLA/PHA, HIPS, and PVA filaments will be showcased. Samples of each will be available, along with example prints and spool size options. Spools as small as 220 g, up to more than 25 kg are available as well as Pantone-matched color options along with custom colors on demand. Continuous sampling and laser-gaged measurements produce filaments with consistent ovality and diameter. Since 3D printing materials are sensitive to light and moisture exposure, all of MakeShaper’s offerings feature UV inhibitors to ensure consistent color and are manufactured in a monitored environment, and then packaged in a vacuum-sealed moisture barrier bag with desiccant.
MakeShaper | Ph: 919-776-6925 | Web site: www.makeshaper.com
Small Industrial Grade 3D Printer
Raco FDM+ is a small industrial grade 3D printer based on fused deposition modeling technology. The machine uses the 32-bit Cortex M3 kernel ARM CPU to improve the computing performance. Raco FDM+ features full leadscrew and guiderail structure and achieves high precision in printing. It produces super fine detail, completely removing the impression of a rough model printed by traditional FDM. It is suitable for customized models which are used in industrial design, artistic creation and educational environment.
Raco3D | Ph: 400-892-5660 | Web site: www.raco3d.com
Adds PolyJet Technology to Portfolio
Proto Labs has added PolyJet technology to its industrial 3D printing service, providing engineers with the ability to manufacture elastomeric and overmolded prototypes without investing in tooling. Product developers can create 3D-printed parts comprised of both elastomeric and rigid materials as well as multiple colors. Material selection includes multiple shore A hardnesses and rigid materials. PolyJet parts exhibit smooth surface finishes and can support complex geometries with flexible features. PolyJet builds parts layer-by-layer. The machine jets out droplets of liquid photopolymers onto the build platform where they are immediately UV cured. Once the build is complete, support structures are removed, and the parts are ready without the need for more finishing.
Proto Labs Inc. | Ph: 763-479-7560 | Web site: www.protolabs.com
Metallurgy of Powder Metals for AM
Composition and description of metal powders specifically developed for additive manufacturing, metals include Inconel 625 and 718, Hastelloy, Invar 36, Kovar, and stainless steels, including 304, 316, 410, 420, 430, 17-4PH. Applications and descriptions include suitability for harsh environments, resistance to corrosion, precision tools, and molds as well as structural components.
CNPC Powder North America | Ph: 902-316-0218 | Web site: www.cnpcpowder.com
Simulation for Additive Manufacturing
Enhanced versions of exaSIM and Flex software tools enable metal laser sintering users to predict what will happen before building their part, enabling customers to select the best build parameters, part orientation, and support strategy. exaSIM software tool enables part designers and machine operators to explore the effects of part geometry, orientation and support strategy on residual stress and distortion. The Flex software tool enables exploring the complex cause and effect relationships involved in metal AM. Flex enables direct prediction of thermal history, meltpool shape, material phase/state/microstructure transformations and defect/failure mechanisms based upon an accurate representation of the machine, material and scan strategies used to build a part.
3DSIM LLC | Ph: 435-776-6794 | Web site: www.3dsim.com
CAM Software for Additive Manufacturing
EOSPrint 2.0 is designed to be an intuitive, open and productive CAM tool to optimize CAD data for EOS systems. It delivers a comprehensive Additive Manufacturing (AM) CAM environment for engineers who want to fully leverage the benefits of AM with production-ready design. EOS has integrated numerous improvements and addressed customer requirements in version 2.0, particularly in the field of operability. This makes the initial steps of the actual AM build process easier. Also, users increase their productivity in construction.
EOS of North America | Ph: 248-306-0143 | Web site: www.eos.info
3D-Printed Tungsten Parts
Pure tungsten parts are AM-manufactured by powder bed laser melting for applications that require resistance to wear and heat, resistance to most acids and bases, and require high levels of hardness, high density, and high level of stiffness. Key product parameters include maximum product size of 230 × 230 × 200 mm; minimum feature size of 100 µm; minimum tolerance of 25 µm; minimum wall thickness of 100 µm; and high aspect ratios (1:700). Design cycle is short with minor product adaptations possible to optimize design-for-assembly.
Dunlee-Smit Röentgen | Ph: +31 40 27 62707 | Web site: www.philips.com
Portable Explosion-Proof Systems
Explosion-proof vacuum cleaner technology is available for 3D additive manufacturing of metals and plastics where powders can become extremely volatile and explosive. These manufacturing environments mandate well-maintained housekeeping practices along with the use of specialized and certified equipment for each particular application. Tiger-Vac’s complete line of explosion-proof portable vacuum cleaner and dust collection systems are NRTL legally certified for use in Division I, Class 11, Group E and D, F&G atmospheres. Vacuums are available in pneumatic and electrically operated units as well as single and three-phase systems. Various models and options are available for dry only or wet mix immersion separator recovery and HEPA filtration.
Tiger-Vac Inc. | Ph: 800-668-4437 | Web site: www.tiger-vac.com
Immersion Separation Vacuums
NA35 Series immersion separation self-contained vacuum systems are designed to eliminate the risk of an explosion in additive manufacturing environments where explosive or impact-sensitive materials may contain an ignition source (such as aluminum, titanium or zirconium) and other volatile dusts. The NA35 Series collects explosive or glowing media particles entering the vacuum and immediately mixes them in a turbulent liquid bath, submerging and neutralizing them in the vacuum’s hydrophobic and oleophobic water filter system. This process stops already contained materials from finding any ignition source that may be introduced into the vacuum, guaranteeing a safe, explosion-proof work environment.
Ruwac | Ph: 413-532-4030 | Web site: www.ruwac.com
3D-Printed Ceramics, Medical Applications
Lithoz specializes in the development and production of materials and additive manufacturing systems for 3D printing high-performance ceramics and medical applications. Components produced with Lithoz’s LCM (lithography-based ceramic manufacturing) technology have the same material properties as conventionally manufactured components. They include biocompatible materials such as alumina and zirconia, which are suitable for the generation of permanent implants. Lithoz is also developing bioresorbable ceramics like tricalcium phosphate or hydroyappatite as well as bioresorbable photopolymers. Those materials can be resorbed by the body and don’t require mechanical removal after the healing process. Lithoz also offers customer-specific development and new solutions for medical problems using the LCM-process.
Lithoz GmbH | Ph: +43 660 612-10 82 | Web site: www.lithoz.com
Dynamic Image Analyzer
Microtrac SI is a dynamic image analyzer with laser diffraction that enables users to quickly characterize complicated wet samples by using dynamic imaging, size, and shape analysis. Fifteen images per second are captured allowing users to get a complete picture of the sample being measured. Full frame camera ensures clear images and both high and low concentrations. Stroboscopic LED lights provide superior image clarity. Microtrac SI features the ability to measure 24 sizes and shape parameters in measurement ranges of 1 to 2000 µm; high-speed, high-resolution analysis; temperature range of 10 to 35° C.
Microtrac | Ph: 888-643-5880 | Web site: www.microtrac.com
PEKK Expanded Applications
Kepstan PEKK is a member of the Poly Aryl Ether Ketone (PAEK) family, which has the uncommon make-up of being a copolymer that contains Terephtalic and Isophtalic moieties. The T/I ratio allows the strict control of thermal properties and crystallization kinetics of the resulting polymer. Kepstan PEKK comes in three series, each with a different T/I ratio as designed by Arkema to better fit application requirements. Kepstan PEKK provides a unique combination of properties including high temperature resistance, high tensile and compression strengths/high stiffness, and high chemical resistance in harsh conditions, among others.
Arkema Inc. | Ph: 610-205-7000 | aWeb site: www.arkema.com