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AMUG January 2020

By January 16, 2020April 30th, 2020

January 2020

President’s Report

Hopefully your holidays were enjoyable and filled with cherished memories.  We took a bit of time for family, but we also had many activities underway in preparation for this year’s conference.

We have big changes to prepare for continued growth and to support the new bylaws. To succeed, AMUG needs you in whatever capacity you can fill. Maybe your role could be a director on AMUG’s Board; or perhaps, you’d like to ease into the flow as a committee member. Participation helps AMUG, and it helps you.  Your involvement on the AMUG organizational team is a great way to connect with subject matter experts, network with key players, and be connected to a pool of knowledge that will help your employer throughout the year.

Nominations for board positions will close February 14, while committee applications have no hard deadlines. Another important submission deadline is January 27. That is when our Scholarship Committee will close the application acceptance and begin the process of selecting one student and one educator as scholarship recipients.

When planning for your AMUG Conference experience, we encourage you to consider arriving early (Friday or Saturday) and staying until the very end (depart on Friday). That is a long stretch to be out of the office, but it will be worth it. For example, we have an expanded list of activities on Sunday, March 22, and we gather for a closing dinner on Thursday, March 26.  The late-March weather in Chicago may not be the nicest, but our program of activities and entertainment will keep you busy without having to brave the elements.

I encourage you to review all of the exciting information shared below.  Plan your trip now to make the most of this year’s event.  We are still working on other notable activities and important information, so be on the lookout for details that will be rolling out in the coming weeks.

Carl Dekker

Pre-Conference Offsite Tours

Get more out of the AMUG Conference with offsite tours at Renishaw and Fast Radius on Sunday, March 22.

Renishaw, Inc. (West Dundee, IL) is providing a unique opportunity to mix with HP, a world-leading 3D Printing Solutions company, and nTopology, a notable engineering software company. You will get a quick tour of Renishaw’s core Industrial Metrology businesses—all essential to control manufacturing process variation and how these interact with the 3D print space. In combination with these key sponsors, Renishaw offers you the chance to learn about the challenges, complexities and machine capabilities, processes and qualifications required to take AM into production. Starting with nTopology part design, you will be introduced to new software products that are helping revolutionize manufacturing across plastics and metals by discovering the functionalities that can be opened up using the print process. From there, you will follow the workflow, both for plastics (HP) and metals (Renishaw) AM, through to quality control. The tour wraps up with a panel discussion featuring production users that are successfully printing parts. You are welcome to quiz them on their journeys, failures, opportunities, and successes.

Fast Radius is hosting an afternoon (noon to 2:00 pm) of free food, drinks, and camaraderie to kick off AMUG 2020 in Chicago’s West Loop. Visitors will get to see Fast Radius, a company that was named one of the nine most innovative factories across the globe by the World Economic Forum, and the only one in North America. Fast Radius is home to some of the latest technologies in additive manufacturing, digital design, and metrology, including the largest public-facing Carbon factory in North America. See what a factory of the future looks like and understand how companies today are making use of industrial-grade additive to scale for full production.

Both tours offer free transportation from the Hilton Chicago. Space is limited, so register today at The linked page also provides additional details.

See, discuss, and learn at the Renishaw and Fast Radius pre-conference tours.

Pre-Conference Training/Workshop

There are two new pre-conference activities for those seeking technician certification or an understanding of the standards development process and current initiatives.

UL and SME are offering a 2-day AM technician review program that provides a preparation course followed by a certification exam. The certification covers key roles and responsibilities for an additive manufacturing technician, the additive manufacturing process chain, design for additive manufacturing, materials and process selection, secondary processes, and key safety considerations. The program starts Saturday, March 21, and concludes Sunday, March 22.

ASTM is offering a workshop, Accelerating AM Technology Adoption Through Standardization and Certification, on Sunday, March 22, beginning at 8:30 am. Through eight technical talks and a panel discussion, the workshop will provide an understanding of:

  • Additive manufacturing standard development process
  • Gaps in additive manufacturing standards
  • Research and development initiatives from ASTM CoE to drive standard development
  • Research and development opportunities skewed to standard development
  • Certification approach for additive manufacturing

 For pricing, details, and registration links, visit

2020 Conference Agenda Update

In just over two months, we will gather once again for a full week packed with presentations, training sessions, networking, and engaging conversation.  We are putting the finishing touches on the conference agenda as speakers finalize their submissions, Diamond and Platinum Sponsors prepare their speaking sessions, and keynote speakers accept our invitations.

What we have in store for you is now available through our Preliminary 2020 AMUG Conference Agenda. This preliminary version will be updated frequently, so check back to see the additions as we progress to the final agenda.

As a reminder, we have two pre-conference certification programs, off-site tours, and extended hours for the AMUGexpo. Don’t miss a minute of it! Come early and stay late. Register today, make your hotel reservations, and start working on your flights.

Officer/Director Nominations

As often mentioned, AMUG has done some restructuring, including alterations to the AMUG Board of Directors. We are now accepting, through February 14, 2020, nominations from those that would like to run for a board position. All positions are directors of the organization, and four positions also serve as officers.

Please note that we have changed the nomination process. AMUG will no longer be accepting nominations from the floor, so interested individuals must complete the nomination process in a timely fashion.

For descriptions of the eight elected positions and details on board operations, please visit our nomination portal. If you are interested in running for a position, complete the form. Our Nominating Committee will review each submission to ensure that candidates are qualified and able to dedicate the time needed to grow AMUG and make the AMUG Conference a success.

Qualified candidates will then be placed on the election ballot, and AMUG members will vote electronically on March 22 and 23, 2020. The newly elected individuals will be announced during the AMUG business meeting on Wednesday, March 25.

Please consider stepping up to assume a leadership role.

Nominations now being accepted for 2020 AMUG Board elections.

Scholarship Applications

The AMUG 2020 scholarship application deadline is fast approaching.

Do you know of a student or educator that has an extreme passion for additive manufacturing and/or 3D printing?  Maybe you are that person? Time is of the essence!  Don’t miss this opportunity to apply.  The deadline for applications is January 27, 2020.

Details and links to the applications are available at

2019 scholarship winners Victoria Sears and Dr. Wenchao Zhou.

DINO Nominations

Nominations are now being accepted for 2020 DINO (Distinguished INnovator Operator) Awards. From the nominee pool, AMUG will select up to 10 individuals to be named DINOs at the 2020 AMUG Conference. Nominations will be accepted through March 1, 2020.

This award is about so much more than tenure in the AM industry. It rewards actions taken through the years that are in line with AMUG’s credo: information exchange and support that helps others to advance in AM. To learn what an AMUG DINO represents, and to see the minimum requirements, please visit the DINO Selection page. There you will also find the link to the nomination portal.

AMUG accepts both self-nominations and peer-nominations.

Volunteers—AMUG Needs You

The AMUG Conference is made possible year after year by a ton of volunteer help, both before and during the conference. To make the coming event a huge success, please consider volunteering your time for the 2020 AMUG Conference!

What does a volunteer do?

At the conference, there are several opportunities, such as helping with registration badges, bag stuffing, moderating sessions, assisting in setup and tear down of the AMUGexpo, and helping to staff the registration desk.

We are also looking for volunteers to take on a larger role within AMUG. We have recently restructured the Board of Directors and established an expanded committee structure with many opportunities for volunteers to help.

If you’ve already filled out the survey letting us know you are interested, then you are all set, and we will be contacting you closer to the event. If you have not, please take a moment to fill out the survey here, this will give us a better idea of where you are interested in helping out and what your availability is. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at

Volunteers filling give-away bags at the 2019 AMUG Conference.

Conference Activities

Our Event Manager, Tom Sorovetz, wants to gauge interest in two extracurricular activities. If he receives enough response, he will move forward to make them happen. If interested, please send him an email (

The first event would be a golf outing at Topgolf on Saturday, March 21. Tom is working on the time and the cost (including food and roundtrip transportation from the Hilton Chicago), but he needs to know how many people would be interested. Participation will require an additional fee.

The second event is actually two outings for spouses and guests of AMUG Conference attendees. Tom is considering outings on both Monday and Wednesday. These would be nearly day-long excursions where our guests experience the sights, sounds and tastes of Chicago. If someone joining you at the conference is interested, please drop Tom a note to let him know which day(s) they’d like to be included. The plan is for these to be free outings.

For all at the conference, we will have a Wednesday themed dinner, “The Roaring 20s.” This is a fitting theme since we are now in the 20s and the conference is in Chicago. Feel free (not required) to pack 1920s styles to dress the part for this dinner. On Thursday night, we will have our Family Dinner, and Tom is interested in receiving your favorite family recipes.

Guests are invited to join outings during the conference (image: Cloud Gate at Millennium Park).

Book Your Hotel Soon

The primary hotel, and the location of the AMUG Conference, is the Hilton Chicago. For the best experience, you will want to stay at this beautiful property. Although AMUG has the entire hotel at its disposal, it is filling up fast. So don’t delay in making your reservation.

We will exceed the capacity of the Hilton Chicago, so we have also engaged the Palmer House Hilton as our backup. AMUG will provide shuttle services from the Palmer house to the Hilton Chicago throughout the conference (it is a 13-minute walk).

Both hotels have room rates of $149/night when using the AMUG links. For details and registration links, visit


DSM Additive

Custom Orthotics and Prosthetics with 3D Printing

Producing orthotic and prosthetic devices is expensive and requires skilled staff. Faced with the growing demand for complex products, healthcare providers are under pressure to make orthotic and prosthetic production more efficient.

With ProReva, an orthotic and prosthetic manufacturer, DSM investigated how additive manufacturing could improve production. The team evoked help from partners to develop a digital workflow solution.

The process (video) starts with ProReva, which works with healthcare providers to scan a patient’s injury, capturing information needed for 3D printing. Software company Twikit developed TwikFit®, which translates scan data to CAD files. Devices are printed with DSM materials (Novamid® ID1030 CF10, Arnitel® ID2045) on Ultimaker 3D printers.

The result is a comprehensive solution, enabling practitioners to offer better, faster care and provide custom devices to patients. Switching to digital manufacturing removed several steps required in traditional manufacturing, reducing production time to three days and cutting costs by up to 30 percent.

Patients receive improved orthotics and prosthetics, thanks to additive manufacturing.


SLM Solutions Group Increases Order Intake by 21%

In the fourth quarter of 2019, SLM Solutions recorded an order intake of EUR 29.5M, which represents 100% growth year-on-year and 21% growth compared to 2018. Meddah Hadjar, CEO of SLM Solutions since May 2019, comments, “As announced, we continue to work on addressing organizational gaps and positioning the company for long-term growth. Our interest is the long-term potential of SLM Solutions’ technology, however, the team has worked hard and achieved great progress in the second half of 2019. The double-digit growth in order intake in 2019 under the current market conditions demonstrates that the multi-laser technology is critical for additive adoption in all market segments. I want to thank the SLM team, our partners, and our customers in believing in SLM and the multi-laser technology.

Read the release here for full details.

Slicing on the Fly with Dyndrite

As 2020 gets into full swing, the Dyndrite team is rapidly gearing up development on both its Accelerated Computation Engine (ACE), a new-generation 3D kernel for the additive industries, and its Additive Manufacturing Toolkit (AMT) application for engineers and technicians to streamline their 3D printing workflow.

Dyndrite delivers significantly faster 3D print preparation by leveraging the power of your GPU as well as delivering accurate toolpaths generated from native CAD geometry. With the rich toolset, engineers can rapidly place and orient part data, define latticework, add supports, slice the file in a matter of minutes, and then automate the process with integrated Python scripting. With Dyndrite, additive software is finally catching up to the capabilities of 3D printing hardware.

Dyndrite will be at AMUG Conference in Salon A, Booth D10. Can’t wait until March to try out AMT? Apply for early access.

Adding lattice structures and viewing layers takes just seconds using Dyndrite AMT software.

Let’s Be Clear About This

For designers, turning ideas into something tangible not only takes creativity but the right tools, too. Multicolor, multimaterial 3D printing is one of the tools they rely on to create ultra-realistic models that give their ideas life. More importantly, it helps them make better design decisions and ultimately, better products.

That’s why Stratasys recently introduced VeroUltraClear™. This new PolyJet™ material sets a new standard among clear 3D printing materials. It comes with some pretty impressive credentials relative to clarity and light transmission, and it helps designers achieve a new level of realism with 3D printed models and prototypes.

There are other transparent 3D printing materials out there, but we think there’s only one clear choice. You can see why in this Stratasys blog post.

The difference is clear: VeroUltraClear (left) and VeroClear (right).


3D Systems’ Industry-leading Figure 4 HI TEMP 300-AMB Material Addresses New Production Applications

3D Systems has rapidly expanded its portfolio of materials designed for production applications. One of the latest is the company’s Figure 4 HI TEMP 300-AMB, an industry-leading, ultra-high temperature resistant rigid plastic that is suitable for the harshest thermal environments. Figure 4 HI TEMP 300-AMB has a heat deflection temperature of over 300°C at both low and high stress (HDT at 0.455 and 1.82 MPa). These unparalleled properties make this material well-suited for testing of high-temperature components in applications, including HVAC, consumer appliances, motor enclosures, stators, and molds. Figure 4 HI TEMP 300-AMB does not require a secondary thermal post-cure process, which significantly improves throughput yield and significantly reduces the extensive solvent cleaning cycles needed with other technologies.

In addition to Figure 4 HI TEMP 300-AMB, 3D Systems has released additional materials for a range of applications, including Figure 4 PRO-BLK 10, Figure 4 EGGSHELL-AMB 10, Figure 4 FLEX-BLK 20, Figure 4 MED-AMB 10, Figure 4 MED-WHT 10, Figure 4 TOUGH-BLK 20 and Figure 4 RUBBER-BLK 10.

High-temperature-resistant stator in Figure 4 HI TEMP 300-AMB plastic for testing and use in high heat environments.

BASF 3D Printing

Natural Surfboard Made with Our Sustainable Filament, Ultrafuse® rPET

More than 90% of surfers are highly concerned about ocean health, yet most of them are still surfing on boards that are pollutive, non-recyclable, and particularly toxic to ocean life. After 2 years of research and development, YUYO – a French Startup who makes 3D-printed surfboards – developed a new kind of eco-designed surfboards, exclusively made of natural and recycled materials.

YUYO’s surfboards have a 3D-printed internal structure made of our advanced Ultrafuse® rPET filament, an environmentally friendly PET made of recycled medical appliances manufactured on a large-format industrial 3D printer. The rPET core is covered with a layer of biocomposite, which results in an eco-friendly surfboard.

Ultrafuse rPET has proven to be a sustainable alternative to PET, it’s easy to print, and has delivered consistently outstanding end results for YUYO. Surf’s Up!

To learn more, download the case study or visit

YUYO surfboards feature BASF’s sustainable rPET filament.

Webinar—Additive Manufacturing and the Digital Value Chain: Optimize Your Product Lifecycle

Join this EOS webinar on additive manufacturing (AM) and the Digital Value Chain to discover the benefits of implementing a digital-first strategy for production. Discover how AM changes the way we think about the entire product lifecycle and bringing better, more effective parts to the market. While AM is a powerful tool of production, to leverage all its capabilities, we must think beyond the machine. We must think digitally, and that’s where the Digital Value Chain comes into play.

Register for the webinar here.

Webinar: AM and Your Product Lifecycle.

Formlabs at CES 2020 Showcases How 3D Printing Impacts Every Industry from Radiologists to Runners

Formlabs, the designer and manufacturer of powerful and accessible 3D printing systems, is highlighting at CES 2020 its impact in empowering anyone to make anything. The thousands of printed parts at the Formlabs booth are just a small representation of the millions of 3D printed parts that have found their way into the development and manufacturing of consumer tech devices, hospitals, sneakers, and furniture.

The display spans vibrators by Dame Products to a vertebra representing the Mayo Clinic’s Department of Radiology’s Anatomic Modeling Lab, which creates patient-specific models for surgeons to prepare for complex procedures. Also featured in the booth is New Balance, which will be showing off its line of shoes within the TripleCell collection that are built with Formlabs technology.

Read the press release here here.

New Balance TripleCell collection was one of many examples shown at CES 2020.

3YOURMIND’s Agile ERP Software Triples VIP Customers’ Orders for Initial, Prodways Group

Allocating employee hours effectively is a key factor in maintaining efficiency on the production floor. AM production engineers need to focus on the highest value projects and the most complicated parts. Time spent on manual tasks and processing small, rudimentary orders that can be automated means less contact with the customers who contribute most to the success of a company.

Yvon Gallet,  CEO of Initial, Prodways Group,  recently added 3YOURMIND’s Agile PLM into the company’s workflow. In this interview, Mr. Gallet discusses why this shift was critical in setting up the company’s future growth and how automating routine orders enables his team to dedicate significantly more time to bigger projects and clients.

Watch the customer spotlight video.

Yvon Gallet, CEO of Initial, Prodways Group, discusses Agile PLM’s impact on the company’s workflow (video).

Essentium Research Shows Manufacturers Demanding Open Additive Ecosystems

Essentium, Inc., has announced the second in a series of findings from independent global research on the current and future use of industrial 3D printing. The study reveals that virtually all (99%) manufacturing executives surveyed believe an open ecosystem is important to advance 3D printing at scale. While 85% of manufacturers reported that industrial-scale AM has the potential to increase revenue for their business, 22% said their 3D printing efforts have resulted in vendor lock-in that limits flexibility.

Manufacturers are now demanding open ecosystems to overcome system inflexibility and use the materials of their choice—50% of companies said they need high quality and affordable materials to meet the growing demand for industrial 3D printed parts.

An open additive ecosystem will see more partnerships focused on giving customers greater control of their innovation, more choice in materials, and industrial-scale production at ground-breaking economics. Market demand for Essentium’s open 3D printing ecosystem, developed in collaboration with multinational chemical company BASF and 3D software developer Materialise NV, is a clear indication that an open ecosystem approach is addressing unmet needs in the industrial additive market.

Find out more at here.

Independent study shows that open AM ecosystems are important to advance use at scale.


Sandvik and Renishaw Collaborate to Qualify New AM Materials

Renishaw is collaborating with Sandvik Additive Manufacturing to qualify new additive manufacturing (AM) materials for production applications. This encompasses a broad range of metal powders, including new alloy compositions that are optimized for the laser powder bed fusion (LPBF) process and which provide superior material properties.

Sandvik has worked with Renishaw AM systems since 2018 at its Additive Manufacturing Center in Sandviken, Sweden. During this time, the two companies have worked together to develop process parameters for a range of Sandvik metal powders, including stainless and maraging steels, and the latest Osprey® nickel-based superalloys. Sandvik has recently inaugurated a state-of-the-art titanium atomizer and powder processing facility and will now turn its focus to qualifying these alloys for industrial and medical applications.

Get the details here.

From left, Sandvik Additive Manufacturing’s Mikael Schuisky, VP R&D and Operations, and  Kristian Egeberg, President; Renishaw’s William Lee, Chief Executive, and  Andy Robinson, Director of Additive Manufacturing (Acting).

Webinar Offers Executive Insights on Business Advantages of Support-Less Metal AM

Join us on February 4 as we explore Executive Insights: The Business Impact of Support-Less Printing for Metal AM, hosted by:

  • Todd Grimm, AM Industry Advisor, AMUG
  • Mike Corliss, VP of Technology, Knust-Godwin
  • Jeff Thornburg, President, Interstellar Technologies
  • Richard Nieset, Chief Customer Officer, VELO3D

In this webinar, you will hear firsthand accounts from our panelists on the impact that support-less metal 3D printing has had on their businesses. From two divergent viewpoints—a precision machining services company and a manufacturer of rocket propulsion systems—you will learn what support elimination can do for your product designs, manufacturing operations, business growth, and product innovations. Armed with these insights, you will be better equipped to make a strong business case for metal 3D printing.

Primary Topics:

  • The role and impact of supports in metal 3D printing
  • The business advantages of support elimination:
    • Unshackling design and optimizing performance
    • Improving productivity, repeatability, and reliability
    • Expanding business opportunities and 3D printing applications
    • Fueling innovation

Mark your calendar for Tuesday, February 4, 2020, from  11:00 am – 12:00 pm PST and register here.

Discover the business-level gains of eliminating supports in the coming webinar.

The 8 Trends in 3D Printing You Need to Know

HP recently released its list of predictions for 3D printing and digital manufacturing in 2020. Informed by extensive interviews with a team of experts, this year’s research identifies top trends that will have a major impact on advancing Industry 4.0, such as the need for more sustainable production, how automation will transform the factory floor, and the rise of data and software as the backbone of digital manufacturing.

“The year ahead will be a time of realizing 3D printing and digital manufacturing’s true potential across industries,” said Pete Basiliere, Founder, Monadnock Insights. “As HP’s trend report indicates, digital manufacturing will enable production of users’ ideal designs by unlocking new and expanded software, data, services, and industrial production solutions that deliver more transformative experiences while also disrupting legacy industries.”

With our predictions, we wish you a very Happy New Year and look forward to continued joint success and progress (video) in 2020!

Celebrating our Partnership & your Pioneering Spirit (video).


Now Entering Smooth Skies for Additive Manufacturing at Scale with the New Concept Laser DMLM M2 Series 5

We’re pushing the boundaries of additive manufacturing, again, with the next generation DMLM machine. Built for superior part quality, machine usability, and repeatability, the new Concept Laser M2 Series 5 is the solution of choice for highly regulated industries like aerospace and medical.

This latest iteration of the machine meets the elevated expectations for part quality and consistency for customers in highly-regulated industries as they move to serial additive production. “Over the past year, teams from GE Additive have worked closely with GE Aviation—which operates a fleet of M2s—to get direct feedback on performance and productivity of the machine, and on improvements in reliability and quality,” said Chris Schuppe, general manager-engineering, GE Additive. This collaborative work incorporated an extensive machine design, system and component review, and an extended testing period, which has resulted in the GE Additive Concept Laser M2 Series 5.

Learn more about this machine and watch the GE Aviation customer testimonial  here.

The new Concept Laser M2 Series 5,  the solution of choice for highly regulated industries.

Computer Aided Technology (CATI)

The Creaform GO!SCAN SPARK

The GO!SCAN SPARK is a structured white light scanner capable of acquiring both the geometry and color of the scanned surfaces, making it ideal for reverse engineering and art/design applications.  Like many of our other scanners, we can take a raw scan and send that directly to our 3D printers, bypassing the need for CAD altogether.

A few key features of the GO!SCAN SPARK:

  • Speed: Our fasted 3D Scanner, able to acquire 1,500,000 points per second at a very high level of detail.
  • Accuracy: Very high accuracy for its intended reverse engineering application 0.050 mm (0.0020 in.)
  • Color: Color can be captured up to 200 DPI resolution, which could also be sent to full-color 3D printers.
  • Setup: No rigid setup required, just lay your part on the table and scan.

View the entire scanner lineup here. To learn more about CATI, visit our website.

GO!SCAN SPARK, a high-speed, high-accuracy, color 3D scanner.

3D Tooling Taking Off in Aerospace: Sustainable, Easy-to-Use Washout Tooling Method

A new method of creating lightweight parts with trapped geometries, such as ducting, tanks, struts, mandrels, and rocket shrouds, is being used by top-flight aerospace customers.

With this ExOne-exclusive form of sacrificial tooling, a tool is 3D printed in sand or ceramic sand. It is  then coated with a proprietary spray or Teflon tape so it can be used for layup of carbon- or glass-fiber thermoset composites.

After autoclaving, the tool can simply be washed out with tap water. This is possible because the binder used in the 3D printing process remains water soluble up to 180 °C (356 °F) throughout the process.

This approach offers high precision in the creation of complex-shaped composites because the media selected determines the coefficient of thermal (CTE) expansion. Sand silica offers a CTE of 20 ppm/°C (11 ppm/°F). Ceramic sand offers a CTE of 3 ppm/°C (2 ppm/°F).

Learn more at here.

Steps in the washout tooling process for composite layups.

Carbon and Lamborghini Expand Partnership to Digitally Manage Parts

After beginning work together in February 2019, Lamborghini recognized that the Carbon Digital Manufacturing Platform could transform the way many of its parts are designed, engineered, and manufactured—producing better parts, while also accelerating product development. In December, Carbon and Lamborghini announced an expanded partnership, and they will now digitally manufacture both the central and lateral dashboard air vents for the Sián FKP 37.

With the Sián air vents, Lamborghini reduced its part lead time by 12 weeks by moving swiftly from design to production directly on the Carbon Platform. Time-consuming and costly tooling steps associated with traditional manufacturing were eliminated completely. Carbon EPX 82 material was selected for the air vents given Lamborghini’s high standards for all car components.

This new collaboration marks a significant milestone in Lamborghini’s partnership with Carbon, and more broadly, the adoption of Carbon’s Digital Manufacturing Platform to produce parts by leading automakers.

Lamborghini Sián air vents digitally manufactured using Carbon EPX 82 material.



Soft Robotics

Material innovations and advancements in 3D printing are enabling a new class of “soft” robotics for healthcare and cooperative human assistance applications. This new class of machines is constructed of soft materials engineered to mimic properties of soft biological tissue, matching its compliance, elasticity, and low density. In the most recent issue of Digital Engineering, we take a look at these new materials, and how designers can make better use of them.

Read the article here.

Soft Robotics claims the mGrip can handle delicate items of varying shapes and sizes. Image courtesy of Soft Robotics.

3D Printing

Crystal-ball Gazing in the 3D Printing Industry

With the new decade underway, 3D Printing Industry asked additive manufacturing leaders and 3D printing experts for  predictions about what 2020 has in store . On the whole, the industry is optimistic, anticipating a new era of digital manufacturing with gains to be made across the trifecta of materials, machines, and software.

Elsewhere, big news will be coming up from 3D Printing Industry as we prepare to launch the 2020 3D Printing Industry Awards. This will be the fourth edition of our annual event, and we have some surprises planned. Sign up to our free newsletter if you want to be among the first to know.

Wolfmet 3D printed tungsten (not crystal) Collimator.

Metal AM Magazine

Read the Winter 2019 issue of Metal AM Magazine Now!

Read the latest issue of Metal Additive Manufacturing magazine for free today! The 152-page Winter 2019 issue is available to read for free in your browser, as a pdf download, or via our Metal AM app for iOS and Android; and it includes the following exclusive features:

  • The third Munich Technology Conference: The challenge of AM adoption and the inside track on aviation
  • From atomization to analysis: How Carpenter Additive is delivering improved material reliability, economics, and quality
  • The evolving metal powder marketplace: Total solutions, vertical integrations, and start-up innovations
  • Alloys by design: The future of materials for additive manufacturing
  • TRUMPF: Overcoming barriers to the adoption of AM in the aerospace sector
  • From silicone and rubber to steel and ceramic: The weird and wonderful world of wipers
  • Managing the industrialization process: Notes from Euro PM’s seminar on the future of additive manufacturing

View online or download your free copy, or get the app today.

Metal AM’s 152-page Winter 2019 issue is now available.
Additive Manufacturing

Reimagining Plastic Part Production

Additive manufacturing is opening new opportunities for plastic part production. 3D printing makes it possible to produce any run size of plastic parts without tooling. Lacking that investment, production can be established or reshored where the customers are. As a result, lead times are dramatically reduced—and products can more closely track with customer needs and preferences.

The January 2019 issue of Additive Manufacturing magazine explores the new options that 3D printing offers for plastics production. Stories in this issue look at Gantri’s process to provide designer lighting 3D printed not quite on-demand to consumers; and DustRam’s journey to become the manufacturer of its specialty products; and why GKN’s acquisition of Forecast3D will advance opportunities for plastics. Read it here.

On the cover: Multi Jet Fusion build of 120 parts represents a batch size that would have been impractical to injection mold (produced by Linear AMS).

Mechanical Engineering

Capturing Blood Cells to Isolate Tumor Cells

Current clinical practice for diagnosing cancer in a patient starts with imaging of the tumor. If the scan identifies a large enough tumor, a biopsy takes place, and the tissue is sent to a lab. However, that means any cancer cells that may have traveled to other parts of the body are not included in the initial biopsy.

Many devices have been developed to capture circulating tumor cells. They use microfluidic technology to recognize specific markers on the cancer cells, but none have been very efficient and often damage the cells that are captured.

Fatih Sarioglu and the team at the Biomedical Microsystems Laboratory at Georgia Institute of Technology developed a new microfluidic technology. Their method essentially reverses the process by removing the good cells to isolate the tumor cells, overcoming the shortcomings of earlier devices. Such blood serum testing can provide critical snapshots, allowing rapid and low-cost separation of tumor cells circulating in the bloodstream.

For the full story, click here.

A 3D-printed cell trap captures blood cells to isolate tumor cells from a blood sample. Photo: Allison Carter, Georgia Tech.

The Additive

Practical Advice about 3D Printing, Industry Insights

The Additive Report offers users of our multiple media channels practical advice about additive manufacturing and shares industry experts’ opinions and insights.

Current examples available on the Additive Report website include:

Coming up next from the Additive Report: The Q1 issue of the magazine, which will mail in February. Among the highlights will be stories about a machine shop that launched an additive division, the role of post-processing, 3D printing continuous-fiber materials, and printing microscale parts.

If you don’t receive the magazine, subscribe here.

HP’s head of metal 3D printing, Tim Weber (left), discusses vertical integration within HP and its new Metal Jet printer.

New Year, New Editorial Planner

In 2019, team TCT covered well over 200,000 miles across three continents to produce over 500,000 words on 3D printing and additive manufacturing. With our first event of the year, TCT Japan, kicking off in a matter of weeks and production on the first TCT Magazine issues of 2020 commencing on our return, things are showing no signs of slowing down.

This year, we’ve decided to shake up our editorial planner a little, giving each issue more balance and introducing some new features, too. Every issue will have a primary focus, detail the best application studies in a particular vertical, feature a technology overview, and highlight an industry challenge. Throughout the year, we will also be visiting an array of facilities, putting questions to a number of industry executives, and presenting expert columns. As always, we welcome your feedback.

Show floor activity at TCT Japan 2019.

3D Metal Printing

3DMP Prepping for AMUG, RAPID + TCT

3D Metal Printing will be in Chicago, Illinois, in March for the AMUG Conference and Anaheim, Calif., in April for RAPID + TCT, looking for the latest metal additive manufacturing (AM) news and technology. We preview both events in our coming Winter 2020 issue.

3DMP also is putting together its 5th Annual 3D Metal Printing Experience and Tech Tour, scheduled for July in Northbrook, Illinois. The event includes facility tours of GPI Prototype & Manufacturing and others; an overview of metal 3D printing trends and processes by Cullen Hilkene, CEO of 3Diligent; a methodology to identify suitable metal AM applications by Francisco Medina, associate professor and director of technology and engagement at the University of Texas-El Paso’s W.M. Keck Center for 3D Innovation; a discussion of smart build-plate technology by Mark Norfolk, president of Fabrisonic; and much more.

Ford Motor Co. invited attendees of 3DMP’s 2019 3D Metal Printing Experience and Tech Tour to its Advanced Manufacturing Facility near Detroit.

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How to Determine what Value Additive Manufacturing Will Add to Your Business

It seems as though additive technology comes out with a breakthrough almost every week. Such developments can make it difficult to determine how additive manufacturing can add value to a business.  But there are six key areas to examine to see what additive manufacturing can offer you.

The first of the six: how much design freedom do you need? Additive equipment can make any geometry you can design.  It handles geometric shapes that simply cannot be made by either machining, stamping, milling, or injection molding.  Internal channels—no problem. Spheres, with or without holes in the middle—absolutely.  Parts with twists and turns—of course.  Additive manufacturing gives you the freedom to indulge your imagination.

For the other five key areas to determine value, read the story here.

Freedom of design is one of six key areas to examine for AM value delivered.