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3D printing news briefs, June 2, 2022: 3D printers, research, tooling, and more. – 3DPrint.com

We start with news from Farsoon in today’s 3D printing briefs, as the company has four new 3D printer models ready for the European market. Desktop Metal and Lumafield combine their skills to improve the supply chain, and Pepsi Co. used technology from Nexa3D to create tools. Finally, Etteplan supports research that could lead to a breakthrough in AM.

Farsoon expands its portfolio in the European market

Farsoon Technologies promotes the mass production of 3D printed parts and, as such, has announced that four new models in its portfolio are ready to be launched on the European market. The company paid attention to feedback from customers in Italy and Germany when developing the open models at its Chinese headquarters, and their performance was validated with several customers in China, as well as at the headquarters’ application center. This portfolio expansion, which was showcased at the recent Rapid.Tech 3D show, will increase part production productivity, as well as target higher quality and resolution of parts printed from plastic and metal powders.

The first new model is the Farsoon Flight-HT403P-2, with moving cartridges, two scanners and two 300-watt fiber lasers working to produce plastic parts using Farsoon’s special powder bed technology, Flight (light fiber laser). The Farsoon HT1001P-2 is the company’s largest laser sintering system and features a high degree of automation, as it uses the company’s Continuous Additive Manufacturing Solution (CAMS), which automatically changes build cylinders once a job is complete. The new Farsoon FS422M-4 uses four lasers and scanners on a 420 x 420 mm2 build area, and metal powder can flow in a closed loop; in addition, it also features higher build height and optimized software. Finally, the Farsoon FS621M-4 meets the demand for a much higher envelope with a build area of ​​620 x 620 mm2, making it what Farsoon says is “one of the largest laser fusion machines available. on the market”. In addition, the printer’s powder filter systems allow filter change without interrupting a print.

Lumafield & Desktop Metal Strengthen Supply Chain

We now know that 3D printing has been a big help for the supply chain during the many disruptions brought by the pandemic, but CAD models of every part are needed. Lumafieldand its X-ray computed tomography technology, is able to scan the internal and external features of parts in great detail, and now offers a Supply Chain Resilience Package together with Metal desk and its line of AM solutions, so manufacturers can quickly scan and reproduce important parts in-house to strengthen their own supply chain. Desktop Metal’s software and 3D printers can turn Lumafield’s mesh models into high-quality metal or polymer parts.

Benefits of the Supply Chain Resilience Pack include maintaining your place in the queue for delivery of a Lumafield CT scanner, 15 free CT scans performed at Lumafield facilities while you wait for your Neptune and application support for mesh extraction from the 3D printing workflow. But, this offer only works if you book a Lumafield X-Ray CT system and a Desktop Metal 3D printer between May 1, 2022 and July 1, 2022. To activate the package, place a refundable deposit of $1,000 for a scanner Neptune CT, and then share your invoice showing the purchase of a qualified Desktop Metal 3D printer, dated between May 1 and July 1. The Desktop Metal machines included in this package include all of its metal printers, such as the Shop System, Studio System, X-Series, and all production system models, including the P-1 and P-50. In addition, all ETEC DLP polymer 3D printers, such as the D4K, P4K, Envision One XL and Xtreme 8K, are included.

PepsiCo uses a hybrid solution to cut costs and time

Generating over $79 billion in net revenue last year, PepsiCoProducts include many tasty foods and beverages, with iconic brands such as Gatorade, Doritos, Mountain Dew, SodaStream, and more. Speed ​​to market is critical in the consumer goods market, and the company needed a faster, less expensive way to create metal tools for blow molding its many bottles. Producing a set of metal tools can cost up to $10,000 and take up to a month. While 3D printing can help, a blow mold tool printed in three days on a $250,000 PolyJet system in expensive ABS is less durable. So PepsiCo worked with Dynamismpartner of Nexa3Dto use a hybrid approach (3D printed inserts with a conventional metal mold) and get the job done.

Dynamism has validated Henkel Loctite’s Nexa3D xPEEK147 for printing tool inserts, as the material is strong and has a high heat deflection temperature. They were printed on the NXE 400 high-speed 3D printer, which allowed PepsiCo to reduce the development time of its prototype tooling from four weeks to just 48 hours. Thanks to its hybrid solution, the company can manufacture a complete mold in 12 hours, including eight hours of printing and four hours of curing. The resulting molds can be used to manufacture over 10,000 bottles, with a cost reduction of 96% ($350 per mold set) compared to traditional metal tooling.

Etteplan supports an AM research project in Sweden

Finally, technology services company Etteplanspecialized in software, embedded solutions and engineering, uses its expertise in additive manufacturing to support the ongoing ProThin AM project, which is part of the Swedish strategic innovation program Produktion2030. Led by RISE Research Institutes of Sweden AB, the project will last until 2024 and will study the robustness of the laser powder bed fusion (LPBF) AM process. The main objective is to determine how to use LPBF technology to 3D print components with thin walls and narrow channels, and eventually establish a methodology that will allow the mass production of components with these characteristics. The ten project partners will offer their particular expertise to the project; For example, Etteplan will help with product design and process simulation.

“Currently, it is possible to design complex components with such geometry, but reality and simulation are different. If you can’t do simulations that properly relate LPBF behavior with material properties, you can’t predict component manufacturing reliability. This will save time, money and material,” explained Niklas Eriksson, an additive manufacturing expert from Etteplan’s engineering solutions department.

“If you can produce the structures you want, manufacturers can create products with superior functionality. Parts can be lighter and require less material. This would also result in more durable and environmentally friendly parts.

“We will focus on simulation and design optimization for LPBF technology. The development of simulation workflows is very important and of great value in terms of predictability and accuracy. We want to learn more about technical limitations to ensure that even complex parts meet requirements. »