We start with 3D printing news briefs, as Evolve and PostProcess Technologies have added new executives to their teams, and Multiphoton Optics is now a subsidiary of Heidelberg Instruments. The group of companies called Automotive Trim Developments acquired two EOS M 290 metal 3D printers. Finally, InnovationLab announced a breakthrough in 3D printing PCBs.
Evolve Additive Solutions appoints industry veteran as COO
Responsible for 3D printed production parts Evolve additive solutions (EAS), which developed Selective Thermoplastic Electrophotographic (STEP) process technology, announced that it has hired industry veteran Jeff Blank to join its management team as COO. Blank spent two decades supplying printers for Xerox Corporation and Tektronix, before moving to 3D Systems to manage its global engineering and product delivery organization; most recently he was COO at NanoVox / Vadient Optics. His experience in scaling cost-effective and reliable products from concept to commercialization will be useful as he leads Evolve’s engineering and operations teams and provides a solid roadmap to enhance growth. of the company.
“I I am very happy to join this team and participate in bringing this revolutionary technology to market. EAS and STEP will bring true high-precision thermoplastic parts to production customers in a way never before possible,” said Blank. “I look forward to bringing my experience in 2D and 3D product development to the organization and accelerating our path to growth.”
PostProcess hires a new marketing director
Next, automated and intelligent post-3D printing solutions provider PostProcess Technologies named another industry veteran, Melissa Hanson, as Director of Marketing. Hanson has over 17 years of experience deploying market-driven strategies, most recently as Vice President of Product Marketing at Nexa3D and Global Vice President of Marketing for the Transportation Industry at Trimble, as well as several marketing leadership positions at Stratasys. Reporting directly to PostProcess CEO Jeff Mize, Hanson will lead the company’s global marketing and inside sales, developing and executing strategies that accelerate its global reach and position as a provider of automated post-print solutions.
“I am thrilled to join the talented and passionate team at PostProcess, and eager to lead the way in educating about its vision and mission, as I believe it is having a huge impact. Now is the time to turn the 3D printing workflow on its head to prepare for a future where post-printing becomes a major consideration and a critical pillar in the mission of fully automating and digitizing additive manufacturing – and scale of production,” Hanson said.
Multiphoton Optics becomes a subsidiary of Heidelberg Instruments
Based in Würzburg Multiphoton Optics GmbHwhich manufactures 3D laser lithography equipment for subtractive, ablative and additive manufacturing processes based on two-photon polymerization (2PP/TPP), will become a subsidiary of Heidelberg Instruments Mikrotechnik GmbH from January 1, 2023. This merger will allow closer cooperation between the two technical departments, and will place more emphasis on the Multiphoton site for future 2PP-based product developments. For example, Multiphoton Optics presented its MPO 100 system this winter, and it is already in production at Heidelberg Instruments for the first customers.
“In addition to the successful onboarding of employees, the successful implementation of MPO 100 production at our Heidelberg site was an important milestone. Production at the ISO 9001-certified site in Heidelberg ensures a high level of quality, while our customers are optimally supported by worldwide sales and service through global subsidiaries and partner networks,” said Konrad Roessler, CEO from Heidelberg Instruments.
Automotive Trim Developments acquires two EOS 3D printers
A British group of companies called acquired two EOS M 290 metal 3D printers for his Warwick unit. The group was working on a complex, high-quality component for the interior electromechanical module of a luxury car and found that it was extremely noticeable and too light. Metal 3D printing proved to be the ideal solution, as ATD could then achieve the target weight, as well as guarantee a component of high aesthetic and functional quality. The technology was new to ATD, but the group was able to implement a complete turnkey solution – including training, 3D printer installation and setup, and production support transformation – with using the EOS Additive Spirits crew. The adoption of industrial metal 3D printing marks a shift in ATD’s continued evolution and commitment to the highest engineering and manufacturing standards.which focuses on the engineering and manufacturing of complete interior trim and electromechanical assemblies for the automotive and transportation sectors, has
“The adoption of additive manufacturing as a new process offers new opportunities for manufacturers, in exactly the same way as for ATD”, said Davide Iacovelli, Regional Director EMEA at EOS.
“Our solutions are designed to support manufacturers of all sizes, and our Additive Minds team offers a range of training and consulting services on optimizing, validating and scaling your additive manufacturing, helping you to get the most out of the machines from day one.
“We also support companies in all certified sectors facing complex engineering challenges.”
InnovationLab Announces Breakthrough in 3D Printing PCBs
Innovation Laban expert in printed and organic electronics, announced that he has made a breakthrough in additive printed circuit board manufacturing, or PCB. The research project funded by Horizon 2020 SmartEE2 provides accelerated support to companies for the integration of flexible and portable electronic technologies, and as part of this project, InnovationLab and its partner ISRA have developed a new process for manufacturing copper-based solderable circuits that will help reduce costs and to meet environmental standards for electronic production. In the process, the circuitry is screen printed in an additive process that uses no toxic strippers, and because it operates at lower temperatures of around +150°C, power consumption is reduced. Additionally, the PCBs are compatible with conventional reflow processes and the substrates used to produce the PCBs additively are up to 15 times thinner, meaning less material is used. The process is capable of printing standard and flexible PCBs with up to four layers, and can also be used for hybrid electronics product and process development. InnovationLab has successfully produced a physical prototype using the process.
“This is a state-of-the-art production process, which will reduce costs and logistical dependencies on suppliers, while providing three key benefits for the environment: consuming fewer materials, use less energy and produce less waste”, declared Dr. Janusz Schinke, Head of Printed Electronics at InnovationLab. “By the end of this year, we expect to have scaled this process to high volumes, meeting customer demands for a million or more solderable traces.”
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