This past month has been nothing like anything I’ve encountered before. I guess every new day is an adventure. Sure seems like that now. COVID-19 (Coronavirus) has impacted all of us in many ways. The most important of those is our need to be safe. I hope all of you are well, healthy, and protected. I also hope all of your efforts to help in the fight are being well received and safely applied. This is an opportunity for AM to impact many lives positively.
If you are currently working with AM, or planning on doing so, to help in the COVID-19 battle, we have a resource for you. Our document “AM/3D Printing Programs Supporting COVID-19 Response” provides a summary of initiatives, programs, and guidance for the deployment of AM.
As you are aware, we postponed the AMUG Conference. Now we are addressing the effects of that action. Last week, we made two significant decisions on the Board of Directors elections and member status. We have issued a press release on these actions, but I want to summarize them here.
We will delay the board elections until March 2021 so that they will take place during the AMUG Conference. This means that the current board will be in place for an additional 12 months. I am pleased that without hesitation all AMUG Directors agreed to serve an extended term.
This decision was not taken lightly, and we believe that it is in the best interest of AMUG Members and the organization. We think that it would have been unwise to install a new board during these chaotic and uncertain times. We believe that continuity is a crucial factor in successfully bridging the postponed conference to its new date.
Another factor is membership. Since our governing documents state that membership begins/ends on the first day of the AMUG Conference, all those that attended the 2019 conference will retain membership status until March 2021. Membership for those that paid for 2020 conference will initiate on the first day of the 2021 event. Since votes are cast by members in good standing, a board election this year would not capture the wishes of those new to AMUG.
In making the election-delay decision, we also considered our ongoing efforts to build an organization that can meet the demands of a fast-growing AMUG community. Phase one is complete, but the past few months have revealed the need for modifications. In keeping the current board, we benefit from the continuity that could have been lost with newly installed directors. As with the board, the chairs of the numerous committees created in the organizational revamp have been overwhelmingly open to extending their terms by 12 months. For that, I am thankful.
The AMUG Conference 2021 may seem far off, but your AMUG Board, committees, and volunteers are already mobilizing. There is much to do to prepare for the conference and to fine-tune the operations that support it. But rest assured, self-isolation, lockdowns, and uncertainty are not going to impede our progress.
Be safe and stay connected to the AM world.
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3D Systems Doing Its Part to Overcome COVID-19 Medical Device & PPE Shortage
3D Systems has several projects in flight that are showcased on its COVID-19 response page. Downloadable files are available on this site for an emergency stopgap face mask as well as a face shield frame that includes cutting instructions for the shield. The company has also created a Materials Technology Overview Chart for printer-material selection.
3D Systems’ On Demand is currently involved with approximately 50 different projects – working with private enterprises, NGO’s, and hospitals. Projects include face shields for hospitals in the UK, Italy and US, face masks, ventilator components, disposable valves to convert scuba masks to emergency ventilators, as well as door openers. The On Demand team in the UK produced 720 sets (2,880 parts total) of ventilator parts over the weekend of April 4-5 as part of Formula 1 ‘Project Pitlane,’ a coalition of motorsport and medical companies to design and build ventilators to support the National Health Service.
3D Systems’ On Demand team in the UK produced ventilator parts as part of Formula 1 ‘Project Pitlane.’
Helping the Helpers
“Life’s more persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’”
Martin Luther King, Jr.
These unprecedented times have forced us to change the way we live and interact with each other, but it has also brought out the best in people. In addition to material donations and technical support, our 3DP team has stepped up to the challenge, both as a company and as individuals, by 3D printing over 2,000 frames for protective face shields. These parts have been donated to the Heidelberg University Hospital in Germany to help protect our heroes (aka healthcare workers) from infection.
In North America, we are collaborating with partners and customers such as NewPro3D, Shop3D.ca, Cincinnati Inc., M. Holland, and others, trying to find ways to help hospitals fight against COVID-19. Whether these are face shield frames, components of various PPE, testing equipment, or other emergency aid, we are prioritizing our materials, capabilities and initiatives that help provide relief efforts around the world.
|Filaments: Ultrafuse (PLA, PET, ABS, etc.)||Face shield frames, PPE components||Ben.Rader@basf.com|
|Powders: Ultrasint (PP, TPU01, etc.)||PPE components||Jeremy.Vos@basf.com|
|Photopolymers: Ultracur3D RG35 and others||PPE components, point-of-care apps||Oleksandra.Korotchuk@basf.com|
On-Demand Webinar — COVID-19: A Tipping Point for Additive Manufacturing
In the wake of COVID-19, the manufacturing industry has been turned upside down. In a world of fixed supply chains and complex logistics, the mega factories we rely on are racing to get up-to-speed and respond. While manufacturing is not a cure for COVID-19, the gaps in the production of basic medical products like PPEs and respirators have made it clear that manufacturing is important in the battle. While we deal with our current crisis, it’s time to get real about where industrial 3D printing fits into the manufacturing ecosystem. Watch our on-demand EOS webinar on how AM can enable manufacturers combating COVID-19 hardships in the world of today and how it can better prepare them for the world of tomorrow.
Lessons from Covid Response (Webinar with Additive Minds, US)
EOS, Additive Minds, and 3YOURMIND have all taken different approaches to respond to the shortages around the COVID situation and finding niches where AM can provide value. But the last few weeks have shown that producing medically approved 3D parts while negotiating IP and safety considerations is a much bigger problem. With adequate preparation, AM can also fill those gaps to provide a digital stock of spare parts in an industrial environment.
Fabian Alefeld from Additive Minds of EOS North America and Alexandre Donnadieu from 3YOURMIND USA will present the lessons learned from responding to the crisis and what adjustments need to be made to make resilient digital production streams.
Register for the webinar.
Essentium Makes 3D Printed Face Mask With Reusable Frame
Essentium, Inc., led by the company’s COVID-19 Response Strategy Team, has been investigating how best to mobilize its resources and significant IP in materials and AM production to aid in the fight against COVID-19. The company has designed, and is now in production of, a protective mask kit comprising a reusable 3D printed mask frame and filtration media.
The first run of 500 masks is being delivered to the Pflugerville (Texas) Police and Fire Department following an order from the City of Pflugerville’s Community Development Corp. As Essentium redirects resources to the production of this personal protective equipment (PPE), it anticipates initial production capacity to be 5,000 units per week.
The Essentium reusable mask frame is made with a material known as Essentium TPU74D (thermoplastic urethane), which allows for easy cleaning, and it incorporates a single-use, replaceable filtration media. The Essentium mask has been created for general use during the COVID-19 epidemic, based on FDA Emergency Use Authorization, and may be used when FDA-cleared masks are unavailable. The company has made the design of the mask freely available through the National Institute of Health (NIH) open-source model.
Please join Blake Teipel, CEO and co-founder, Essentium, Inc., for a webinar on Additive Manufacturing’s Response to COVID-19: Three Ways to Support First Responders on Wednesday, April 22, 11 am EDT. For details and registration, visit the webinar page.
3D printed mask kit.
Renishaw, HiETA & nTopology Support Cobra Aero in the Design, Development and Production of a Novel UAV Engine
Join us for a webinar on Wednesday, April 22 at 1:00 pm (CDT) to discuss innovative engine design using additive technologies.
Cobra Aero, a successful producer of two-stroke engines for UAV applications, approached Renishaw to understand how they could incorporate AM into their existing manufacturing portfolio. Cobra had a vision for the use of metal AM in their business, and it enlisted additional help from HiETA and nTopology to help drive the development of an innovative engine design.
Leveraging the design opportunities of AM and the expertise of the partners involved, Cobra devised a pioneering and extremely efficient new engine design. Moreover, Cobra has explored the applications space, including the production of tooling, complex componentry, and highly customized components, in its sister motorcycle business, Cobra Moto.
Register here to attend.
High-performance UAV engine from Cobra Aero.
Witness the Future of Space Travel with Interstellar Technologies
See how Interstellar Technologies uses metal AM to improve combustion performance in our latest webinar. Enjoy this recorded session as we go into detail on liquid rocket engine fuel injectors and the role that next-generation metal AM is playing to boost performance.
Liquid rocket engine fuel injectors are critical to ensuring optimal combustion performance by controlling efficiency and stability. Interstellar Technologies has had great success utilizing the metal AM process to manufacture its injectors by drastically reducing the part count and simplifying the manufacturing process. The challenge comes when focusing on performance improvement. Different AM platforms require different levels of post-processing machining to achieve the desired performance levels. In this case study, we explore Interstellar’s new Phoenix sub-scale fuel injector with real data from cold-flow and hot-fire testing.
Watch the webinar (recorded).
Join HP for a Virtual Panel and a Keynote Presentation
Virtual Panel: How Additive Manufacturing is Solving Supply Chain Gaps Caused by COVID-19
Join HP’s virtual panel titled “How Additive Manufacturing is Solving Supply Chain Gaps Caused by COVID-19.” On April 23 at 12 pm EDT, the HP AM experts will sit down for a 45-minute panel discussion and Q&A session to dive into how COVID-19 is affecting supply chains and how AM can help solve for the newly discovered gaps.
Topics will include:
- What actions HP is taking to help healthcare workers and communities cope with COVID-19
- How you can use AM technology for bridge production and to address supply chain disruptions
- Real-world examples of how some companies have quickly pivoted to Multi Jet Fusion to solve their supply chain problems
Keynote in ASTM COE Webinar
HP is sponsoring the upcoming ASTM Center of Excellence webinar on April 22 and will be hosting a keynote on 3D Process Requirements and Hybrid Supply Chain Models, carried out by HP’s Director of 3D & Digital Manufacturing Strategy.
Learn how 3D printing could be used as a complement of injection molding to optimize financials across the entire product life cycle.
Join HP’s virtual panel: How Additive Manufacturing is Solving Supply Chain Gaps Caused by COVID-19.
Join Us for Webinar Wednesday: Going Big in Metal 3D Printing, Insights from Experts
Our customers are at the center of everything we do, which is why we want to continue sharing what we’ve learned from integrating AM into our business, products, and supply chain. Register for our next edition of Webinar Wednesday on April 22, 2020, and learn how large parts are built using 3D printing. You’ll also learn how to design for the process and what you should consider for post-print processing and quality requirements. Click here to register for this free session.
Overcoming the COVID-19 Pandemic – We Can and We Will!
It’s no secret that the COVID-19 pandemic is taxing our healthcare systems. Hospitals around the country are fighting an uphill battle with limited space, fatigued personnel, and a lack of critical supplies. The American advanced manufacturing community has risen to the challenge to assist in resolving some of our healthcare system’s most pressing supply chain and personal protective equipment issues.
After we overcome the COVID-19 pandemic—and we will overcome it—we at the Air Force Rapid Sustainment Office look forward to continuing the inertia of partnership and technological advancement at our inaugural Air Force Advanced Manufacturing Olympics from November 16-19, 2020, in Salt Lake City, Utah. This event will allow us to further expand our partnerships and continue bringing together broad communities to create innovative solutions to tackle challenges tied to long-established manufacturing methods.
Please visit our website to learn more about the 4-day event.
COVID-19: Inspiring and Uniting the 3D Printing Community
The COVID-19 pandemic is creating uncertainty and fear across the globe, and the outlook is changing at lightning speed. The future feels more unclear than ever, and at Nexa3D – with the other XponentialWorks portfolio companies – we are committed to using our innovation, agility, and vast resources to be of service.
These companies are hard at work creating solutions that can be used by healthcare workers and other essential professionals on the ground. These include face masks, test swabs, ventilator splitter valves, and generative design tools. 3D printing offers complexity for free and near-instantaneous solutions for shortages and supply-chain breakdowns. It is a vital and essential resource that we are eager to contribute.
There has never been a more urgent time for us to unite and build. So, let’s come together, because when we’re united, the possibilities for growth and innovation, even in times of crisis, multiply exponentially.
The NXE400 is producing test swabs at a capacity of 500K per week and face shields at 10K per week.
AM Options for Additional Capacity
DMG MORI is currently supporting COVID-19 responders with additional capacities on AM equipment. From rental programs to in-house production, DMG MORI is here for our customers!
Learn more at www.dmgmori.com.
DMG MORI offers flexible solution for COVID-19 response.
We’re Still Here to Support You
Like most of the country, Computer Aided Technology is mostly working from home, due to the COVID-19 virus, to continue supporting our customers. We have extended our technical support hours (8 am -10 pm EDT) to help our customers in similar situations. We have published articles on properly shutting down equipment and working remotely. See our technical blogs.
What else have we been up to?
- CATI has moved all current events and training to virtual sessions and expanded our offerings. We have several classes and webinars you can check out here.
- We’ve expanded our offerings for printing and scanning services to help those that are unable to travel to work.
- We’ve also printed thousands of face shields and other devices for our friends in the medical industries, including those as part of the Stratasys COVID-19 efforts.
Stay safe, everyone!
Senior Application Engineer Mark Abshire testing out one of our face masks.
Carbon Works with Global Network of Partners to Combat COVID-19
As the world faces increasing medical supply shortages, AM technologies can help.
Carbon is working rapidly with its global network of partners to meet the demand for medical equipment. Each week, Carbon is creating over 18,000 face shields, and if shortages continue, the company has the ability to scale production to 50,000 per week. In April, Carbon announced adidas is supporting the company’s efforts to donate face shields to U.S. healthcare organizations, first responders, and underserved communities that have the greatest need.
Additionally, Carbon partner Resolution Medical—an FDA registered, in vitro diagnostic and medical device manufacturer—announced it is 3D printing over 1 million nasopharyngeal swabs for COVID-19 testing using Carbon™ Technology each week.
Carbon encourages companies, governments, and others to reach out to them to learn about how they can fulfill urgent production needs for polymeric parts.
The Resolution Medical lattice swab, crafted with Carbon™ Technology.
DSM Shares Application and Material Knowledge with 3D Printing Community to Support COVID-19 Initiatives
As the COVID-19 pandemic spreads, supply chains have slowed or come to a halt while the demand for medical supplies, equipment, and replacement parts surges. AM is proving a viable solution, and the 3D printing community is doing its utmost to design and print parts to meet urgent needs. DSM is sharing its knowledge of AM applications and materials with the 3D printing community to help relieve the needs of hospitals and healthcare workers for medical supplies, equipment, and replacement parts. Learn more here.
DSM and JuggerBot 3D are hosting a webinar focused on fused filament fabrication and fused granulate fabrication (pellet printing) on Tuesday, April 28. The presentation will discuss the basics of FFF and FGF, as well as the pros and cons of printing using both technologies, and discuss thoughts on the future of pellet printing. Register today!
Arnite® AM8527 (G), a sustainable, glass-reinforced PET material for fused granulate fabrication.
SLM Solutions Launches Additive Alliance Against Corona
SLM Solutions has launched Additive Alliance Against Corona, an initiative to combine the forces of the AM industry to fight together against the effects of the Coronavirus. One of the biggest advantages of 3D printing is the rapid response time in being able to produce a product. COVID-19 has been spreading rapidly, and fast solutions to save valuable time are required.
Since 3D printing is already used in the production of medical components and the tooling to produce medical components, we can quickly leverage machines and processes already certified to the current European “Medical Device Regulation” (MDR) and ISO 13485 guidelines. SLM® machines in the USA are already printing metal injection molding tools for face shield production, showing that AM can contribute to combatting the crisis quickly.
SLM Solutions invites all companies and organizations that can provide support in the form of production, development, or logistics capacities, for example, or that already have concrete ideas and need a partner to implement them to join the Additive Alliance Against Corona. Further information and the opportunity to contact us can be found here.
Feeling Shut in Lately? Connect with Other Great Minds at Dyndrite’s Virtual Event!
The Dyndrite Developer Council 2020 (DDC2020) meeting that was planned for AMUG will now be happening online, and all AMUG members are invited to attend. Being held on April 21-22, 2020, this global virtual conference will bring together a diverse and broad range of experts in additive.
Conference topics will range from current business conditions, how additive software needs to change to build the industry, vendor presentations, and more. Attendees can spend time networking, collaborating, and learning new technologies for the advancement of the industry during the event. And it is free for everyone!
We look forward to you joining us.
Join Dyndrite for the 2-day virtual conference on April 22-22.
Banding Together for the Common Cause
No one person, government, or organization can singlehandedly “fix” the current pandemic. But together, each doing our part, we can make a difference. At Stratasys, we’ve put together a coalition to join us in using the power of AM to make face shields for frontline medical workers. We’ve enrolled partners and customers who have mobilized their 3D printing capacity into a collective production force to meet the demand for thousands of these shields.
Additionally, Stratasys and several other partners are sponsoring the CoVent-19 Challenge, an initiative started by a small group of anesthesiologists at Massachusetts General Hospital. The goal is to develop a rapidly deployable, minimally viable ventilator. The challenge is running on the Stratasys GrabCAD® Challenge site, which reaches a community of over 7 million engineers, designers, and students.
Do you have 3D printing capacity or design skills that can add to our growing team? Reach out to us and let us know your ask or offer. Join our CoVent-19 Challenge to potentially blunt the impact of the ventilator shortage.
Despite the tremendous unknowns associated with this pandemic, one thing is certain: the value of AM to meet critical supply chain needs and make a positive impact has been demonstrated loud and clear. Join us in using this technology to fight COVID-19.
Join the Stratasys coalition and CoVent-19 Challenge to address the needs of fighting the pandemic.
MEDIA PARTNER NEWS
3D Printing Is Finding Its Footing in the Wake of Pandemic
When we first began reporting on COVID-19, it was in terms of its impact on the supply chain. Well before the virus arrived in the US, additive manufacturers were finding opportunities to fill supply chain gaps for customers unable to get needed parts from abroad. 3D printing could shine as a fast, local manufacturing alternative.
Now, the United States is facing growing numbers of coronavirus cases each day, and 3D printing’s ability to manufacture quickly and locally is being leveraged for more urgent items like PPE and testing swabs. Small scale efforts are turning toward production, and potentially beyond AM. To keep tabs on this rapidly developing situation, we are creating weekly videos to put 3D printing (and manufacturing) in context. Our April 7 video addresses this pivot to production; watch here and follow AM’s response in this continually updated post.
A 3D printed mask made with selective laser sintering (SLS) is fit tested at a local clinic. Photo: Rapid Application Group
Biotechnology Anticipates 4D Printing
Rapid advancements in 3D printing that have fueled the development of advanced manufacturing applications are well-known. New printing techniques and their ability to print objects from a growing variety of materials such as plastics, metals, ceramics, and more allow developers and manufacturers to speed prototyping, streamline supply chains, and produce complex designs not previously possible. Even so, there are limits to what can be done because the materials are rigid.
What is the next step? It’s 4D printing, a term that is a bit of a misnomer because it still relies on 3D printers. Time is the element that pushes 3D to 4D, creating printed materials that change their shape over time. Read the story here.
4D printing solutions, for biotech and beyond, are just beginning their evolution.
Tech Updates & Latest AM News
The Additive Report supplies readers a steady stream of tech news, practical advice about 3D printing, and timely commentary. Below are examples of the editorial you’ll find on the AR website:
- Members of the 3D printing community at organizations small, medium, and large are working overtime to supply health care providers with PPE and other critical devices needed during the COVID-19 crisis. Read it here.
- AM is subject to an inherent weakness: anisotropy, or the tendency of an object to exhibit different mechanical properties along different axes. This can cause a part to delaminate. Continuous-fiber materials help prevent delamination. Read it here.
- PLUS: MIT professor talks about the risks of 3D-printing PPE; Porsche to print 911 and 718 seats; new technology reports … and more.
If you don’t receive the magazine, please subscribe at our website.
Continuous Composites’ CF3D combines the power of composite materials with rapid-curing resins.
Read the Latest Digital Issues of TCT Magazine
While working from home, the TCT editorial team has spent the last fortnight putting together the latest issues of TCT Magazine. Since many of you will have your subscriptions directed to your place of work, we’ve made sure to give you access via our digital platform. Inside our latest issues, you’ll find a focus on healthcare, the latest in architecture & construction, and post-processing technology, plus executive Q&As and cautionary tales on AM’s early days from our Expert Advisory Board.
Naturally, our healthcare feature has been dominated by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, and we’ve been keeping a rolling report covering the latest efforts from the AM community to help with the provision of PPE alternatives and components. If you’re using the technology to contribute, let us know.
Stay safe, everyone.
Latest issue focuses on healthcare, the latest in architecture & construction, and post-processing technology,
Building with Aluminum, New Powder Grades and More in 3DMP Spring Issue
In these trying times, 3D Metal Printing is dedicated to covering the vital developments and technologies needed to succeed. In our coming Spring 2020 issue, look for advice on 3D printing with aluminum, ways to achieve process repeatability, an overview of laminated-object manufacturing, an update on powder products and technology, and more.
And, we’re finalizing the 5th Annual 3D Metal Printing Experience and Tech Tour, July 22-23 in Northbrook, IL. Industry-expert presentations and give-and-take focus on industry trends, identification of suitable metal AM applications, smart build-plate technology, and more. The event also features facility tours of GPI Prototype & Manufacturing, as well as Northwestern University’s Ford Motor Co. Engineering Design Center, and its 3D Printing and Rapid Prototyping Lab.
Researchers have successfully 3D printed 6061 and 7075 aluminum alloys by adding nanoparticle grain refiners to the metal powders. Find out how in 3DMP’s Spring 2020 issue.
EOS on Inspiring Designers to Use the Full Potential of 3D Printing Against COVID-19
In the recent episode of Technology Forward, we interviewed Laura Gilmour, EOS global medical business development manager. In the discussion, we talk about how the AM industry can help in the fight against this pandemic. Listen to the interview, or read the transcript, here.
Laura Gilmour, EOS global medical business development manager.
COVID-19 Coverage on DE
As the COVID-19 pandemic has swept around the globe, upending businesses and everyday life, the engineering technology community has rallied. Software vendors have helped designers and engineers transition their often-complex jobs into a work-from-home environment via flexible licensing and cloud-based access to advanced simulation solutions, for example, but even more work is being done to support healthcare providers.
In Digital Engineering’s ongoing COVID-19 coverage, we have followed the efforts of scientists to leverage supercomputers around the globe to help track the virus and identify potential treatments. AM companies have also risen to the occasion, with printer manufacturers, rapid prototyping services, universities, maker spaces, and individuals creating localized manufacturing capacity to fill the gaps in the medical supply chain for critical items like masks, face shields, and ventilator and respirator parts. You can follow our ongoing coverage of the engineering community’s response to COVID-19 here.
The compound in this image (gray) was calculated to bind to the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein (cyan) to prevent it from docking to the human ACE2 receptor (purple). Photo: Oak Ridge National Laboratories
DEVELOP3D Magazine | Read It Anywhere During Lockdown
Life may have come to a standstill, but you can stay connected to the design and engineering world through the DEVELOP3D magzine.
The current issue of DEVELOP3D features:
- Design and engineering at Royal Enfield Motorcycles
- Cabin interior design at Volvo Trucks
- Peel3D Scanner Review
- Workstation Special Report
Read it anywhere — Download here.
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