3Dologie will offer Ultimaker’s solutions for industrial quality parts printing in various materials choices. 3Dologie customers will gain access to Ultimaker’s personal 3D printers and open materials’ marketplace. Ultimaker targeted 3Dologie to expand coverage in the Mid-Atlantic and Southeastern region, including Tennessee, Virginia, the Carolinas, and Georgia.
“This partnership fulfills the gap in service in the Southeastern region and provides a vital introduction to potential clients through a trusted and customer service-oriented partner,” says Ultimaker Americas President Greg Elfering.
Metal 3D printing supports US Air Force landing gear testing
Open Additive won a Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) Phase II development effort to support the Air Force’s Landing Gear Test Facility (LGTF) at Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio. The LGTF’s 3D Runway Surface Scanning and Surface Recreation Project uses 3D scanning to develop digital models of runways. In the Phase I effort, Open Additive used laser powder bed fusion (LPBF) systems to accurately reproduce durable runway surface features.
With the $750,000/2-year Phase II contract (FA9101-20-C-0026), Advanced Runway Texture Imitations for Specialized Tiles Fabrication via Selective Laser Melting, Open Additive will advance and leverage its large-format LPBF capabilities for the application. To be suitable for end use in the dynamometer, the full-scale 3D-printed tiles must be 20" x 5" (51cm x 13cm), have precise surface features matching 3D scans, be printed or machined to specified curvature, and made from a lightweight alloy to minimize weight.
The company’s 24" x 24" x 12" (600mm x 600mm x 300mm) LPBF testbed will be the primary platform for producing sub-scale and full-scale parts.
Extended line of 3D printers
BCN3D Technologies’ Smart Cabinet, Epsilon W27, and Sigma D25 3D printers expand the company’s production line, aiding low-volume production, functional end-use parts, and manufacturing aids in the workbench segment.
Epsilon W27 provides a 50L build volume.
The Smart Cabinet integrates with the BCN3D Epsilon printer to boost performance. Its filament humidity control keeps materials in optimal condition, and an uninterruptible power supply (UPS) protects the print job.
The Sigma Series consists of the Sigma D25, the next generation of the Sigmax R19, replacing Sigma and Sigmax 3D printers.
Known for the Independent Dual Extruder (IDEX) system and large build volume, the Sigma D25 offers improved functionality. It also provides full accessibility for easy workflow. Developments include enhanced heat distribution, a refined calibration process, new embedded electronics, a refined extrusion system, and reinforced axes.
Vertical layer print technology
Vertical layer printing for large-scale additive manufacturing (LSAM) prints vertically rather than horizontally, allowing production of much taller parts. Workpieces more than 20ft tall can be printed on a vertical moving table supported by stainless steel belts that slide on the main table.
The system prints parts on a support structure fixed to the back, riding on the moving table while a second 5ft x 10ft print table is mounted vertically to the back of the main table. As the part grows, the moving table pulls the part onto the support structure. The LSAM-MT can then print parts up to 5ft x 10ft x 10ft.