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Spain-Based IAM 3D Hub Adds New Renishaw Metal-AM Machine, Announces Other Additions

Friday, January 22, 2021

IAM 3D Hub, a digital innovation center specializing in additive manufacturing (AM) with a mission to accelerate the adoption of AM in the European Union, has added the Renishaw RenAM 500Q AM machine to its arsenal. The new machine, featuring four 500-W lasers, replaces existing Renishaw AM 250 and AM 400 models at the center and allows more precise build rates to four times faster than those systems. The objective of incorporating this new equipment, according IAM 3D Hub officials: encourage innovation and the use of high technology such as multiple-laser machines in metal AM.

The new machine enables production of stainless-steel parts at speeds to 150 cm3/hr. in a build volume of 250 by 250 by 350 mm. The proximity between the lasers in the optical system reportedly reduces thermal errors and ensures simultaneous access of all lasers to the entire worktable surface.

Adding the Renishaw AM machine follows a recent expansion of the IAM 3D Hub, located in Terrassa, Spain. The Hub now totals 8600 sq. ft. and includes an exhibition hall, printed-parts showroom, metal-printing area, BASF materials laboratory and 3D printing pilot plant. 

And, the Hub also recently expanded its fleet of HP Multi Jet Fusion 3D printers to 16, along with HP post-processing and part-cleaning stations. Also, in 2020, the IAM 3D Hub inaugurated the new materials-testing laboratory with the support of Forward AM by BASF.  See also: ,

Two More Metal Printers for Sintavia, Destined to Produce Commercial Space Parts

Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Sintavia, LLC has acquired two M4K-4 printers from AMCM GmbH of Starnberg, Germany—the printers are ‘stretched’ versions of EOS M400-4 printers, each using four 1-kW lasers to print single-unit components with dimensions to 450 mm by 450 mm by 1m. Sintavia will use the new machines to expand its portfolio of thrust-chamber design and manufacturing for the rapidly growing commercial space industry. The two new printers will be delivered in June and July of 2021, and will be dedicated to printing copper and nickel alloys.

“Since the acquisition of our first M400-4 three years ago, Sintavia has devoted tremendous resources to developing successful and repeatable operating procedures for the quad-laser printing of extremely thin walls, such as those found in the thrust chamber of a rocket,” says Brian Neff, Sintavia CEO. “We now have eight M400-4 quad laser printers, and we expect that the successful strategies employed on the M400-4 will likewise work on these new M4K-4 units. We are pleased that we will be the first rocket printer in North America to offer the expanded footprint of the M4K-4 to our commercial space customers.”

Developed by AMCM, an affiliated company of EOS GmbH, the M4K-4 is a stretched and widened version of the EOS M400-4 printer, with more powerful lasers and an upgraded cooling system. The design of the M4K-4 was driven largely by demand from commercial space-launch customers looking to optimize thrust-chamber assemblies with fewer traditional joining steps. For most existing commercial rocketry currently in production today, the M4K-4 is able to manufacture the entire thrust chamber assembly as a single unit, including optimized regenerative cooling passages, thereby, dramatically reducing manufacturing complexity and time, according to AMCM officials. See also: , ,

Kent Joins PostProcess Technologies as CFO

Sunday, January 17, 2021

PostProcess Technologies Inc. has announced that Jim Kent has joined as chief financial offer, leading accounting and finance functions and also serving as an instrumental member of the senior leadership team and the primary interface to PostProcess’ global investor network.

Kent brings extensive international experience in financial leadership roles to PostProcess, which provides post-printing solutions for industrial 3D printing.

“Additive manufacturing at scale requires seamless data connectivity and full automation,” Kent says. “PostProcess plays a unique role in enabling this to make Industry 4.0 a reality. It also requires PostProcess to act as a software partner to the industry. I look forward to being a key member of the team as we roll-out our next-generation software platform, Connect3D, and expand rapidly beyond the 17 countries we currently ship to.” 

Adds Jeff Mize, PostProcess CEO: “With extensive experience in building and leading international teams, as well as guiding three different software companies through scale-up and acquisition, we are thrilled to have someone with Jim’s impressive track record of execution and results joining our team. Jim’s extensive experience in developing and deploying SaaS business models comes at a critical time as we connect the end-to-end digital thread to accelerate the use of additive manufacturing in production applications.”  See also:

January 21 STLE Virtual Program Focuses on AM

Sunday, January 17, 2021

The Philadelphia, PA, section of the Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers (STLE) is presenting a virtual technical program, Additive Manufacturing (AM)/3D Printing, on January 21. Breakout sessions begin at 12;30 p.m. EST and presentations begin at 1 p.m.

Presentations include:
  • Additive Manufacturing 101―A Brief History of Seven Families of AM, by Brian Slocum, managing director of Design Labs, and director of the Additive Manufacturing Lab at Lehigh University;
  • Leveraging Trace Nanofillers to Stabilize Already Low Wear Polymer Interfaces, by K. Istiaque Alam, graduate student at the University of Delaware;
  • Understanding Atomic Scale Interactions between Water and Oxygen with Molybdenum Disulfide Solid Lubricants Using an In-Situ HS-LEIS Tribometer, by Tomas Babuska, graduate student at Lehigh University and Florida State University;
  • Hybrid Additive Manufacturing, by a speaker from DMG Mori Advanced Solutions, Inc.

Register by January 20 for the $15 event.

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Free EWI Webinar Provides Intro to AM

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

EWI has scheduled a free webinar for organizations interested in adopting additive manufacturing (AM) processes into production, but not knowing where to start. The webinar, Introduction to Metal Additive Manufacturing, is scheduled for Wednesday, February 10, from 2 to 3 p.m. EST, followed by a 30-min. Q&A.

Topics will address concerns about deploying the process in a cost-effective and efficient manner, or simply how to benefit from a solid AM overview to better understand its advantages and limitations.

Presented by EWI applications engineers Ajay Krishnan and Aaron Wertz, the webinar will introduce attendees to the basics of metal AM and discuss what should be considered in regard to applications, business cases, value propositions, and material and design considerations. See also: