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 3D formnext Conference Hours
Tuesday, November 13: 9 a.m-6 p.m. Wednesday, November 14: 9 a.m-6 p.m. Thursday, November 15: 9 a.m-6 p.m. Friday, November 16: 9 a.m-3:15 p.m.
BMW and Stelia, a French provider of pri- mary aircraft structures. After learning from the keynoters how these industry leaders are using AM, attendees have the opportunity to attend six sessions on AM trends and applications in automotive and aerospace, including a look at Audi’s use of selective laser melting at its Metal Additive Manufacturing Center and the design process at Airbus.
November 14 keynotes provide an opportunity to gain a medical-device per- spective on 3D printing from Onkos Sur- gical and to learn from Johnson & Johnson how 3D printing is disrupting and evolving healthcare solutions. Following, a medical session will discuss the use of 3D printing for bone-tissue engineering, prosthetics and anatomical models used in preoper- ative planning.
November 15 provides an opportunity to consider myriad industrial challenges. Among them:
• Striking the right balance between buying equipment and using service providers;
• Integrating augmented reality, visual reality and robotics;
• Using arc welding and diffusion bond- ing for AM of tools; and
• Implementing design-for-AM knowl- edge and experience in product-devel- opment efforts.
November 16 explores developments impacting aesthetics as well as metals for addressing post-processing challenges, including a newly developed plasma-elec- trolytic polishing process developed by Airbus researchers.
Top-Five Startups
Showcasing their wares and capabili- ties at the show, and featured here, are the winners of formnext Startup-Chal- lenge 2018—newer companies offering
industry-advancing technologies.
3D Fortify—Boston, MA
The company’s Digital Composite Man- ufacturing (DCM) is driven by Fluxprint technology, a magnetic 3D-printing process that creates optimized composites, according to 3D Fortify officials. Fluxprint combines magnetics and digital-light-pro- cessing 3D printing to produce composite parts. As a part is printed, fibers within the part reportedly magnetically align voxel by voxel to optimize the microstructure. The parts achieve best-in-class resolution and mechanics while reducing time to market as compared to traditional man- ufacturing, claim company officials.
Aerosint—Liege, Belgium
Aerosint has developed a selective-pow- der-deposition system to enable full 3D control over material placement in an SLS/SLM process, thus enabling multi- material part production. The product rep- resents an alternate powder recoating sys- tem that, instead of uniformly spreading a single powder material, selectively deposits two (or more) powders to form a single layer containing two materials. The com- pany’s powder-deposition technology, com- bined with proper thermal processing by laser, enables the printing of multi-material parts in various combinations (polymers, metals and ceramics).
AMendate—Paderborn, Germany
AMendate software provides automatic optimization of technical components for AM.
The result, according to company offi- cials: organic-looking structures that enable efficient and cost-effective AM production. The software’s core element is an intelligent optimization algorithm that automatically interprets a simulation result and converts it into common CAD exchange formats, thus reducing design lead time.
Kumovis—Munich, Germany
The company has developed 3D print- ers specifically to produce plastic medical implants. The printers can process high-
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performance polymers such as PEEK or PPSU, which have been approved for the manufacture of medical products. The Kumovis system is based on the fused- layer manufacturing process, which allows customized, decentralized processing of these plastics and provides considerable scope for design, according to company officials.
Nanogrande—Laval, Quebec, Canada
The company offers what it claims to be the first molecular-scale AM system. The MPL-1 can assemble highly packed multilayers of particles in diameters as small as 1 nm, thus creating a 3D object with unprecedented definition, according to company officials. It can work with a variety of materials, including oxides, met- als, wax and polymers. The technology does not require spheroid particles, allow- ing the creation of layers with fibers, flakes and other unconventional particle shapes, and also can combine various materials to form objects requiring little or no sup- port structure.
Design Competition, Matchmaking, Jobs and More
This year’s theme for the Purmundus Challenge, an international competition for innovative ideas in design, is Preparing for the Future with 3D Printing. The chal- lenge addresses what is technically feasi- ble today in AM with a nod to forward- looking solutions. The best ideas will be
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