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Sigma Labs Appoint Immel Senior Director of Business Development

Friday, August 14, 2020

Sigma Labs Inc. has appointed Steve Immel as senior director of business development for North America. He will be responsible for engaging with 3D-printer OEMs, additive manufacturers, academic institutions and research organizations for the developer of additive manufacturing (AM) quality-assurance software.

A veteran of the AM industry, Immel frequently presents at industry conferences, has written about myriad AM topics including mass customization and MRO, authors the AM: Ideation to Industrialization blog and has been a contributor to numerous AM expert panels.

“Steve brings to Sigma Labs a unique mix of in-depth experience in CAD/CAM/CAE software, 3D-printer hardware and production manufacturing combined with passion for advancing the industry,” says Ron Fisher, vice president of business development for Sigma Labs, a provider of PrintRite3D in-process quality-assurance software. See also:

New Version of Software for CNC-Machining Simulation Adds AM Features

Thursday, August 13, 2020

CGTech’s newly released Vericut 9.1 software for CNC-machining simulation offers enhancements to its additive manufacturing (AM)-simulation capabilities. Overall, the software includes several new features designed to increase efficiency. These include new visibility options, and enhancements to toolpath optimization, tooling and multi-tool stations, measuring and inspection reporting, and more.

Specifically for AM, Vericut 9.1 allows users to simulate AM processes without the need for a starting stock model. Use the software to build nested additive parts and assemble them into “bonded” parts, or move them independently into subsequent setups for machining. A new Additive default machining type enables Vericut 9.1 to make the best use of system resources to improve additive simulation performance, according to CGTech officials.

The software’s capabilities related to a directed energy deposition (DED) project were detailed in the Winter 2020 issue of 3D Metal Printing. See also:

Velo3D, Lam to Team on Development of Semiconductor Applications

Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Velo3D and Lam Research Corp. announced a joint development agreement that includes collaboration on unique materials and designs in metal-additive manufacturing (AM) applications for the semiconductor industry, as Lam plans to significantly increase the volume of parts produced via AM over the next five years. Velo3D will develop new metal alloys on its Sapphire printer that are critical to Lam designs and technologies, and Lam Capital will invest an undisclosed amount in Velo3D.

“Lam Research is leveraging AM as a driver of the innovation that enables our customers to build smaller, faster, more powerful and power-efficient electronic devices for everyday use,” says Kevin Jennings, senior vice president of global operations at Lam Research. “This joint-development arrangement aligns well with Lam’s mission to continuously seek new technologies that push the limits of product design and manufacturing. We are excited to lead the semiconductor industry in delivering value to our customers from AM.”

Adds Benny Buller, CEO and founder of Velo3D: “Semiconductor manufacturing is one of the best examples of high-volume production and Lam requires the highest levels of repeatability and consistency to achieve precision control at atomic scale. This relationship aims to accelerate Lam’s journey of continuous innovation toward producing equipment that creates cutting-edge microprocessors, memory devices, and numerous related product types.”

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Spee3D AM Technology Added at U.S. Army Rock Island Arsenal

Monday, August 10, 2020

Phillips Federal has added Spee3d metal-additive manufacturing (AM) technology to support its public-private partnership (P3) and AM programs at the U.S. Army’s Rock Island Arsenal (RIA) in Illinois.

Spee3d machines employ cold-spray AM technology, working on a cold-fusion principle where compressed air is used to fuse powders, meaning that no volatile gases or heat sources are required to bond layers together, according to company officials. In recent Australian Army field trials, the company’s Light Spee3d and Warp Spee3d machines were deployed successfully, providing the ability to build components on demand in the field.

“We are very pleased to join forces with Spee3d at RIA,” says John Harrison, president of Phillips Federal. “Its unique technology and capabilities will be located at RIA’s Center of Excellence for Advanced Manufacturing in the support of developing future applications for expeditionary forces. Spee3d adds another terrific dimension to our P3’s growing scope of additive solutions supporting RIA’s manufacturing-innovation objectives.” See also:

3DEO Earns MDIF Award for Stainless-Steel Firearm Part

Thursday, August 6, 2020

As part of its International Design Excellence Competition, the Metal Powder Industries Federation (MPIF) in July recognized 3DEO Inc. with an Award of Distinction in the Aerospace/Military/Firearms category for metal-AM components. 3DEO earned the award, within the competition’s Special Technologies market segment, for an anchor link (pictured) used in a firearms application, produced via a hybrid metal-AM process.

Los Angeles, CA-based 3DEO uses its proprietary Intelligent Layering metal 3D printing technology to supply small, complex stainless-steel components to customers in the medical, defense, aerospace, and industrial equipment markets. 

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