3D printing news briefs, October 1, 2022: ready-to-fly parts, rapid prototyping, and more. – 3DPrint.com


America Makes announced its new executive committee members, and PUNCH Torino and Roboze are partnering to increase adoption and improve the FFF 3D printing process. These are the stories that kick off our 3D printing briefs today, and then we continue as iFactory3D launched its automated belt-driven 3D printing technology. FLYING-CAM is working with CRP Technology to create a ready-to-fly part for its super drone, and Gogo Business Aviation has enlisted Quickparts for rapid prototyping. Finally, discarded cigarette butts are turned into 3D printing material in a great example of circular economy.

America Makes Announces New Executive Committee

America Makes is now in its tenth year, and its executive committee will help lead the program into its next phase by serving as the main strategic advisory committee. America Makes recently elected new members to its Executive Committee, who will advise on matters relating to membership value, education and training, ecosystem and partnership strategies, and reach. technical support, while ensuring that the appropriate advocacy, policy and strategy are in place to achieve the institute’s mission. The government representatives are Shawn Moylan, mechanical engineer and project manager at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST); Beth Ripley, deputy chief of the office of healthcare innovation and learning at the US Department of Veterans Affairs; and Rick Russell, NESC Technical Fellow for Materials, NASA. The newly elected members of the 2022-2023 America Makes Executive Committee are:

  • Rachel Andrulonis, Director, Advanced Materials Research, National Institute for Aeronautical Research, Wichita State University
  • Edward D. Herderick, Director of Additive Manufacturing at The Ohio State University Design and Manufacturing Center of Excellence
  • Stephanie Gaffney, Director, Advanced Manufacturing Programs, Youngstown Business Incubator
  • Brian Meincke, Vice President, Global Business Development and Innovation Strategy, ASTM International
  • Melanie Lang, CEO, FormAlloy
  • Nicholas Mule, Director, Additive Manufacturing, Boeing
  • Brian Rosenberger, Senior Technical Researcher, Lockheed Martin
  • Zach Simkin, President, Senvol

PUNCH Torino and Roboze sign an agreement for the development of the FA

With the aim of accelerating the development and industrialization of additive manufacturing for the automotive and marine industries, Italian advanced manufacturing companies Roboze and PUNCH Torino have signed an agreement to increase the adoption of the technology, as well as to improve the FFF 3D printing process to make it more sustainable and competitive. PUNCH Torino specializes in the design and development of propulsion systems and has acquired strong skills in AM since 2015, when it started developing these capabilities for the automotive industry. For its part, Roboze will deploy its Automate technology, which has been developed for its Production systems, including the precise and repeatable ARGO 500, which makes it possible to replace metals with super polymers such as Carbon PA and PEEK. From an economic perspective, the implementation of AM will reduce the time and cost of developing and manufacturing products, with the possibility of digitizing warehouses. Additionally, bringing production to the point of use will welcome skills and job opportunities.

“We chose Roboze as our partner because we strongly believe in its patented ultra-precise 3D printing technology for super polymers and composites, which will allow us to replace metal alloys throughout the life cycle of functional automotive components and sailors, thus reducing the total weight of the powerpack system and the associated Co2 emissions, which we know to be increasingly strict and difficult.This technology allows us to create increasingly complex, resistant and functionally integrated systems thanks to the application of specific product development techniques for additive manufacturing,” said Gianmarco Boretto, Hardware Engineering Director of PUNCH Torino.

iFactory3D launches belt technology for automated 3D printing

German additive manufacturing company iFactory3D, founded two years ago, has announced the launch of its belt-driven 3D printing technology, which will help automate the additive manufacturing process. While 3D printing can be less tedious, less expensive, and less expensive than traditional manufacturing, it does have constraints in batch size and automation. iFactory3D’s One Pro belt system will help fill these gaps for production teams at companies in Europe and the United States. The company spent four years refining its initial prototype and used feedback from customers and industry experts, as well as excellent industry standard components, to develop the final printer, which uses automated leveling and a treadmill as a build plate for printing long objects and geometries with 45° angles.

“I remember in 2018 I needed a larger amount of long components for a specific project, but I was unable to do so with the limited space provided in conventional 3D printers, and it wasn’t cost-effective to place an injection molding order for just a few hundred parts to develop. I had to create an improved printer to do the job,” explained Martin Huber, co-founder and CTO of iFactory3D “We made the 3D printer available to the public because we wanted to give countless companies around the world the ability to manufacture their products at an affordable price.”

FLYING-CAM & CRP Technology 3D Printing Part for Super Drone

Detail of the Discovery tail rotor gearbox housing made by CRP Technology in Windform® XT 2.0 material. Courtesy of FLYING-CAM

Belgian company FLYING-CAM, a world leader in the design and manufacture of unmanned helicopters and a pioneer in professional drone filming services, worked with CRP Technology to complete the construction of its unmanned aircraft system ( UAS) the newest and most versatile, the Discovery. The “super drone” is an unmanned single-rotor helicopter with a maximum take-off weight (MTOW) of 75 kg, with integrated sensors for multiple filming applications. The drone needed stiff but lightweight physical and aerodynamic protection for its GPS antenna and tail rotor actuators, and CRP technology used its Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) technology and fiber-filled polyamide composite. Windform XT 2.0 carbon to print a flight ready, tail rotor gearbox housing, which attaches to the Discovery’s main tail boom and also supports the carbon plate used as tail rotor floor protection.

Emmanuel Previnaire, Founder and CEO of FLYING-CAM, said: “The most innovative aspect in using the 3D printing process with Windform by CRP Technology, is the free-form design, which is important for aerodynamics, as well as the ability to create complex and functional parts such as internal wiring channels with a solid, one-piece attachment point. This is a very great added value that corresponded perfectly to our objectives and our standards.

Gogo Business Aviation uses Quickparts for rapid prototyping

Gogo Business Aviation, the world’s largest provider of business aviation broadband connectivity services, turned to Quickparts when it needed a realistic antenna prototype for a major product announcement during its a trade show in a week. The real product is not only smaller and lighter than the average satellite dish for in-flight Wi-Fi connectivity, but it also has a lower profile than any other on the market. But even though the part was small, Gogo could only find one 3D printing company that could print it in one high quality piece and paint it in a week, and that was Quickparts, which suggested stereolithography (SLA) 3D printing to speed up production and get a show-ready part.

Brandon Fichera, Principal Mechanical Engineer at Gogo Business Aviation, said: “All the other 3D printing companies told me they were too big and would have to be printed in multiple parts, would have a thickness layer that wouldn’t be smooth enough to work as a centerpiece of the concept model, or the print delay would cause us to miss the show.

“Quickparts was able to handle a large 3D print with a nice high gloss paint finish, in a very short time. We really appreciate the work that has been done to help this all come together in a week.

Recycling cigarette butts into 3D printing material in Estonia

One of the special bins for cigarette butts, Source: Tallinn Municipality

Finally, the northern municipality of Tallinn in Estonia has found a unique way to celebrate Baltic Sea Day. In a two-month pilot project, special bins were installed in which smokers could dispose of their cigarette butts, which will then be turned into compostable 3D printing material. These non-biodegradable butts are one of the most common types of marine litter in the Baltic Sea, and just one can poison up to 1,000 liters of water, while the toxins they release into the water can remain up to 16 years old, which is lethal to aquatic life. The municipality’s administration helped choose the locations for the 20 bins, which were placed on several beaches and promenades. At the end of the pilot project, a team will assess whether pollution from cigarette butts on the beach and in the waters has been reduced, and if so, more special cans will be purchased and installed in beach areas and around Tallinn.

“Each year, nearly 80 tonnes of cigarette filters end up in nature. They do not break down and the toxic substances they contain once again find their way into the arc through marine animals and into human food,” Deputy Mayor Joosep Vimm said. “I hope the special cigarette butt boxes will help reduce the generation of this widespread marine litter.”


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