Week in Review: Feb 27th to Mar 5th
CTC Electronic ramping up sales for Riverbase500 industrial SLA 3D printers, NVBOTS new ultra-high speed multi-Metal 3DP, and German Fraunhofer IFAMreveals new high quality metal printing tech.
Just one month after announcing its first industrial SLA 3D printer, the Riverbase500, China’s Zuhai CTC Electronic has secured a record-size order from UK-based Greenwich Planet Co. Ltd, which has requested 30 of these new industrial machines for its professional creative and design services.
The unexpected order has surpassed the company’s current capacity, and will only be delivered in three months’ time at the earliest, but the record-size order is no doubt the best possible way to start off the New Year! Details on 3Ders.
The company has recently announced that they are now offering access to the multi-metal 3D printing technology developed by NVLABS for commercial use. They are launching a new Alpha Program to provide companies with what they are calling the first metal 3D printing technology in the world that will be capable of printing with multiple metals in the same build.
According to NVLABS, their new metal 3D printing technology will potentially work with virtually any metal material, will be capable of using multiple metals throughout the entire build and will produce finished parts up to ten times faster than SLS. 3DPrint.com has the scoop.
A new German metal 3D printing technology has just been unveiled that could give a huge boost to that manufacturing process. Called 3D screen printing, it has been developed by the Dresden-based Fraunhofer IFAM institute, and is capable of mass producing small metallic objects and achieving details that other technologies, such as SLM or binder jetting powder machines, cannot even achieve.
It is quite a complex technology, and essentially consists of a paste (a powder or binder) that is extruded out of very precise opening between two sheets. This can be stacked into layers just as any 3D printed material, and is sintered afterwards. But the big difference is that this screen movement allows for very precise structures, down to a possible structure size of 60 µm, and doesn’t require support structures. Wall thickness can easily go down to the 50 micron range, making this a very potent technology indeed. Learn more about it at 3Ders.
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