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Additive manufacturing solutions for the factory floor

Additive manufacturing solutions for the factory floor
Engineering-grade additive manufacturing solutions were on show from 3D systems, with a range available for all budgets and production requirements at MACH 2018. The company covered a full range of prototyping and manufacturing applications, and the 3D Systems stand featured end-to-end solutions for plastics and metal fabrication. 
17th April 2018

3-DIY: printing your own bioprinter

3-DIY: printing your own bioprinter
  Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University have developed a low-cost 3D bioprinter by modifying a standard desktop 3D printer, and they have released the breakthrough designs as open source so that anyone can build their own system.
17th April 2018

Printing the soft robots of the future

Printing the soft robots of the future
  Three-dimensional printing offers advantages, but still faces many challenges, for fabricating small, flexible robots that can navigate through the human body and other confined spaces, according to a review in the journal Science and Technology of Advanced Materials.
15th March 2018


Nanodiamonds boost 3D printed polymer performance

Nanodiamonds boost 3D printed polymer performance
Carbodeon and Tiamet 3D have announced the first nanodiamond-enhanced filaments for 3D printing. The Carbodeon/Tiamet 3D filaments are based on a jointly-patented technology which significantly improves the mechanical and thermal properties of 3D printed items. “By joining forces we’ve already developed filaments with a 100% increase in tensile strength, improved printability, and better thermal properties,” said Mr Reid Larson, CEO of Tiamet 3D.
15th March 2018

Clip-on turns smartphone into fully operational microscope

Clip-on turns smartphone into fully operational microscope
Researchers have developed a 3D printable 'clip-on' that allows anyone – from scientists to the scientifically curious – to turn their smartphone into a fully functional microscope. The smartphone microscope is powerful enough to visualise specimens as small as 1/200th of a millimetre, including microscopic organisms, animal and plant cells, blood cells, cell nuclei and more.
20th February 2018

Engineering artist and designer creates a bigger 3D footprint

Engineering artist and designer creates a bigger 3D footprint
If you delve deeper into 3D printing of larger fine art sculpture pieces and specialist elements for the stage and theatre industry, you will find engineering artist and designer Richard Grant, who decided to take the plunge and build his own. For the x/y gantry, he used the drylin E linear robot from igus. Since completing a multi-disciplined engineering degree at Brunel, then a postgraduate in 3D printing at Stafford (1996), Richard Grant has been employing advanced technologies for his craft sometimes years in advance of it becoming mainstream.
14th February 2018

Embedded electronics add-in makes 3D printing easy

Embedded electronics add-in makes 3D printing easy
Additive electronics provider, Nano Dimension, has unveiled a new SOLIDWORKS add-in to its DragonFly 2020 Pro 3D Printer that makes additive manufacturing with embedded electronics a feasible option for mechanical and electrical engineers. For the first time, 3D printing of complex prototypes made of polymers and metals and designed in Dassault Systèmes’ SOLIDWORKS applications can be easily 3D-printed on Nano Dimension’s DragonFly 2020 Pro 3D Printer in a single build process.
12th February 2018

Process enables 3D printing of nanoscale metal structures

Process enables 3D printing of nanoscale metal structures
For the first time, it is possible to create complex nanoscale metal structures using 3D printing, thanks to a new technique developed at Caltech. The process, once scaled up, could be used in a wide variety of applications, from building tiny medical implants to creating 3D logic circuits on computer chips to engineering ultralightweight aircraft components. It also opens the door to the creation of a new class of materials with unusual properties that are based on their internal structure.
12th February 2018

Plasma systems enable high processing for 3D and wafer-level assembly

Plasma systems enable high processing for 3D and wafer-level assembly
Nordson MARCH has introduced the MesoSPHERE Plasma System for very-high throughput processing of 3D and wafer-level packaging processes such as fan-in, fan-out, wafer-level, and panel-level -handling wafers up to 450mm and panels up to 480mm. The MesoSPHERE's new, patented W3 three-axis symmetrical plasma chamber ensures that all areas of the wafer are treated equally and uniformly. Tight control over all process parameters gives highly repeatable results.
5th February 2018

EBAM systems can 3D print titanium structures

EBAM systems can 3D print titanium structures
Sciaky, a subsidiary of Phillips Service Industries, (PSI) and leading provider of metal additive manufacturing (AM) solutions, announced it has posted record machine sales in the month of December with the sale of four Electron Beam Additive Manufacturing (EBAM) systems. The buyers will use the machines to 3D print titanium structures for aerospace applications, as well as to produce large parts for ground-based military vehicles, and warships.
2nd February 2018


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SPIE Photonics Europe 2018
22nd April 2018
France Strasbourg
MultiMedia Market 2018
23rd April 2018
France Paris
Hannover Messe 2018
23rd April 2018
Germany Hanover
Med-Tech Innovation Expo 2018
25th April 2018
United Kingdom Ricoh Arena, Coventry
The Future of Industrial IoT
26th April 2018
Germany Munich