3D Printing News Briefs, April 6, 2024: Depowdering, Cybertruck Door Handles, & More – 3DPrint.com

In right now’s 3D Printing Information Briefs, ioTech’s digital manufacturing CLAD expertise is opening up alternatives for microelectronics and additive manufacturing. Hexagon and Raytheon Applied sciences commercially launched the Simufact Additive Course of and Defect Evaluation instrument. In post-processing information, AMT launched a depowdering system for ‘non-industrial’ 3D printing customers, and M&H makes use of considered one of Solukon’s depowdering options. Lastly, one Tesla Cybertruck proprietor is utilizing 3D printed door handles to maintain the car clear from fingerprints!

ioTech Showcased CLAD Know-how at LOPEC 2024

On the current LOPEC occasion for versatile, natural, and printed Electronics in Munich, Israeli firm ioTech showcased its patented Steady Laser Assisted Deposition (CLAD) expertise, which is ushering in thrilling design alternatives for microelectronics and additive manufacturing. CLAD is material-agnostic, suitable with any substrate materials, and capable of deal with supplies with excessive viscosity. It’s versatile sufficient to allow speedy prototyping and mass customization of any geometric form, and the digital printer’s deposition fee is quick sufficient to match the excessive productiveness necessities of semiconductor packaging and meeting vegetation. ioTech gained the LOPEC Begin-up Discussion board Award for Most Impactful Know-how/Product in 2022, and on the 2024 occasion, it shared the expertise’s potential for mass manufacturing purposes in microelectronics, in addition to miniaturization in semiconductor packaging.

“We’re delighted to be exhibiting at LOPEC for the primary time and be capable of reveal how clients can improve manufacturing efficiencies, embrace a extra agile manufacturing strategy, and ship “until-now-impossible-to-manufacture” designs, all in a sustainable method,” mentioned Hervé Javice, ioTech’s Co-Founder and CEO. “The chances of our expertise are limitless. ioTech’s CLAD expertise has been validated by key gamers out there and is attracting orders from business leaders in microprocessors, µLED, protection, e-Mobility energy units and batteries.”

Industrial Launch of Simufact Additive PDA Software

In 2022, software program expertise firm Hexagon partnered with protection big Raytheon Applied sciences to develop a simulation instrument for steel laser powder mattress fusion (LPBF). The 2 have now commercially launched the Simufact Additive Course of and Defect Evaluation (PDA) software program instrument. The instrument was created by combining applied sciences from Hexagon’s Manufacturing Intelligence division and Raytheon’s Pratt and Whitney, and will assist producers of any expertise degree make higher merchandise extra effectively by predicting defects earlier than the 3D printing course of even begins. This may allow operators to judge the print consequence forward of time and check completely different mixtures of geometries, processes, and supplies. PDA predicts thermal historical past and defects on the laser path and powder layer scale, and was particularly designed to foretell lack of fusion, keyholding, floor roughness, and balling up dangers.

“We’ve partnered with Raytheon Applied sciences to ship an intuitive and accessible instrument that can assist engineers shortly predict and mitigate dangers. The flexibility to judge full laser powder mattress fusion (L-PBF) elements on the meso-scale will scale back the trouble to realize half certification and thereby assist industrialisation of steel 3D printing,” Jeff Robertson, Hexagon’s Director of International Enterprise Growth, mentioned again in 2022.

PostPro DPX Depowdering System for Non-Industrial 3D Printing Customers

Transferring on from pre-printing to post-printing, AMT PostPro has launched a brand new depowdering system, referred to as the PostPro DPX, for the non-industrial 3D printing market section. The corporate simply launched its PostPro SFX desktop chemical vapor smoothing system in October, and needed to supply its clients who work with 3D printing on a smaller scale a more cost effective depowdering machine. Mentioned to be well-suited for environments that require security, area effectivity, and excessive throughput, the brand new PostPro DPX could be good for industries akin to jewellery, dental, and prototyping, who, as AMT explains, “depend on small scale and desktop printers for his or her detailed and high-quality printing wants.”

The compact PostPro DPX was designed for efficiency, ease of use, and security, and has ATEX certification, in-built gloves for handbook operation, and a basket quantity of ten liters. Different superior options embody a robust filtration system, and an ionization unit for static discount, each of that are positively vital if you’re coping with powder. The brand new system is priced at €15,995, and with its extremely environment friendly post-processing and cleansing capabilities for smaller 3D printed elements, is supposed to enhance the desktop PostPro SFX. This might be particularly useful for many who use smaller SLS platforms, like Sintratec, Formlabs, and Sinterit. Plus, to assist its clients obtain main financial savings whereas additionally having fun with “a complete post-processing answer,” AMT can also be providing a bundled deal of €35,995 for each the PostPro DPX depowdering system and PostPro SFX chemical vapor smoothing system.

M&H Utilizing Solukon SFM-AT1000-S Depowdering System

Patrick Herzig, CEO and Philipp Schwemberger, Head of Additive Manufacturing at M&H CNC-Technik

Austrian 3D printing firm M&H is setting new requirements in cleansing and post-processing steel 3D printed parts, and gaining a aggressive benefit, with its use of the SFM-AT1000-S depowdering system by German high quality producer Solukon. This automated powder removing system can deal with giant, heavy steel parts weighing as much as 800 kg, at a top of 1,000 mm, and is claimed to take away powder residue from inside inner channels and cavities of complicated elements with ease. The precision of the SFM-AT1000-S, which comes from its two endlessly rotating axes with servo drive and built-in, high-frequency knocker, is what made the system so enticing to M&H. The corporate makes use of it to wash and post-process elements notably for the aerospace and worldwide racing industries, and Method 1 specifically.

“The flexibility to wash parts with excessive precision allows us to fulfill the particular and stringent necessities of those industries, the place precision and reliability are notably essential,” mentioned Patrick Herzig, the CEO of M&H. “Utilizing the SFM-AT1000-S from Solukon ensures that even the best geometries may be reworked with out compromising on high quality.”

3D Printed Door Handles to Preserve Tesla Cybertruck Fingerprint-Free

Just a few months in the past, my husband and I purchased a brand new dryer, and I strive in useless to maintain it clear—a virtually unattainable process as a result of the lint entice is on high, however I strive anyway, as a result of it’s nonetheless so shiny and new. The house owners of the brand new Tesla Cybertruck are having the same concern with the car’s 30X cold-rolled uncovered chrome steel exoskeleton. The Cybertruck, which supposedly handles like a sports activities automotive however is rugged sufficient for off-roading, has doorways with no handles, as a result of so as to add them would have meant slicing a gap on this exoskeleton, growing the price and compromising its sturdiness. So to open the doorways, the house owners are always placing their fingers on the truck, which is, sadly, a magnet for fingerprints and laborious to maintain clear. They may wrap their Cybertrucks with clear paint safety movies or vinyl, however this might value 1000’s of {dollars}. However by no means concern, ingenuity and 3D printing are right here!

One Cybertruck proprietor, who goes by ogdobber on Reddit, obtained artistic in retaining the smudges off the doorways. On his newest publish, he showcased a 3D printed piece that he created to repair the fingerprint drawback. The “door deal with,” which options three circles in your fingers, bolts on the facet panel of the Cybertruck doorways. Then, you simply put your three fingers within the deal with to close the door, as a substitute of getting to get your smudgy fingerprints all around the car’s chrome steel exoskeleton. Drawback solved! That is simply the primary iteration of the owner-designed, 3D printed Cybertruck door deal with, however I’m sure different makers will step as much as the problem and create their very own. You may see how this ingenious answer works within the video beneath: