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Downer’s Mineral Technologies business and research alliance partners, University of Technology Sydney (UTS) and Innovative Manufacturing CRC (IMCRC) recently celebrated its first year researching solutions that will revolutionize the way mining products are manufactured by using additive manufacturing, or 3D printing.

The end goal of the alliance is to allow Mineral Technologies to manufacture bespoke models for mineral separation spirals, sent directly to a 3D printer solution. The commercial benefits include the ability to print on site and in real time which will ultimately deliver savings in both time and money.

Another key benefit of the project is the PhD study program. To date, the research project has completed multiple capstone masters achievements for UTS including winning a 2019 NSW iAwards for a rotational 3D printing system.

The research team has also confirmed the opportunity for additional development scope around Internet of Things (IoT) connectivity that will deliver the Industry 4.0 milestone outcomes that the project originally set out to investigate. This scope growth funding has again been matched by IMCRC.

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Artec 3D, the developer and manufacturer of professional 3D hardware and software, recently announced the availability of the Artec Turntable, an intelligent rotating platform that features auto-tracking capabilities for the creation of flawless 3D scans of even the most intricate small objects. Powered by Bluetooth, the Artec Turntable is directly integrated in the acclaimed Artec Studio 3D data processing software. The Artec Turntable is the perfect pairing for the Artec Space Spider, a handheld 3D scanner that boasts a 0.05 mm 3D point accuracy and captures 7.5 frames per second.

During the scanning process, users simply need to lift the scanner a little higher or lower while the object is automatically rotated, and the data capture is displayed through Artec Studio. As a result, it is very easy to keep tracking of the object.

If tracking is lost any time during the scanning process, the Artec Turntable will pause, and reverse rotate back to the point where tracking was lost. Here the scanner automatically regains tracking and the turntable will start to rotate again. This ensures a smooth scanning process, even for new users.

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PrinterPrezz Inc., a trailblazer in combining metal 3D printing, nanotechnologies, and surgical expertise to design and manufacture next-generation medical devices, recently announced that Arthur Zafiropoulo, a visionary recognized for his leadership skills and technical expertise throughout the semiconductor industry, will join its board of advisors.

Having served most recently as Chairman and CEO of Ultratech, Inc., Art Zafiropoulo brings over 50 years of extensive semiconductor technology and leadership expertise to PrinterPrezz. He has led numerous private and public high-tech companies resulting in industry recognitions including SEMI’s first Bob Graham Award for Marketing Excellence and induction into VLSI Research’s Semiconductor Industry Hall of Fame. Zafiropoulo is also Director Emeritus of the Board of Directors for SEMI (Semiconductor Equipment and Materials International).

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SAMSON is entering a new era in product development by taking up additive prototype manufacturing. The prototypes are built up layer-by-layer using the SLM (Selective Laser Melting) powder bed fusion technique. This 3-D printing method makes it possible to quickly produce metal products that have very complex shapes or geometries. In a first step, SAMSON is manufacturing valve parts from stainless steel 1.4404/316L. Later, other standard metal powders commonly used for components in process engineering will be used as well. The 3-D printer used makes it possible to produce valves in sizes up to DN 80/NPS 3. CFD simulations can be verified under real-life conditions by testing the valves on the test benches installed in the ROLF SANDVOSS INNOVATION CENTER with different process media and under different flow conditions, such as liquids, gases, vapors, multi-phase flows and media containing solid particles.

SAMSON is also planning to 3-D print custom tools and production equipment in the future to be capable of responding more quickly to changing requirements in production environments.

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Australian Digital Manufacturing Solutions company, Titomic Limited, is pleased to announce that it has entered into an agreement with FLSmidth, a global innovator of sustainable productivity equipment for the mining industry, headquartered in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Under this production trial, Titomic will utilize its proprietary Titomic Kinetic Fusion (TKF) additive manufacturing process to build high-wear resistant parts at a preliminary cost of AUD12,275 per part. The aim of this prototype is to validate improvements for high-wear resistant mining equipment using Titomic Kinetic Fusion.

As the market-leading supplier of engineering, equipment and service solutions, FLSmidth delivers sustainable productivity to the global mining and cement industries which improve performance, drives down costs, and reduces the environmental impact of operations.

Titomic is proud to partner with FLSmidth, the global leader in sustainable productivity to the mining industry to deliver TKF additive manufactured parts with real economic value to mining operations. Titomic is well positioned, as the global leader in industrial scale metal additive manufacturing, to partner with FLSmidth to provide next-generation technologies for improved commercial benefits of their customers.

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The Additive Manufacturing Users Group (AMUG) installed its 2019‑2020 board on July 1, 2019. The nine-member board is comprised of both elected and appointed positions. The board’s primary responsibilities will be to build and oversee the 2020 AMUG Conference and architect an organizational structure that will support the ongoing growth of this annual event.

Carl Dekker of Met-L-Flo will take on the role of president. Dekker replaces Paul Bates of UL, who opted not to run for re-election after serving two terms as president, and Bates will assume the role of past president. Andrew Allshorn of At 3D-Squared was elected for the vice president position.

Jamie Cone of BD will serve a third term as vice-president, Leslie Frost of GE Additive will serve a second term as secretary, and Thomas Sorovetz of FCA will serve as AMUG’s event manager.

AMUG members elected these individuals during the annual conference that was held in Chicago, Illinois. Candidates for the appointed positions of chairman, treasurer, and AM industry advisor were proposed and accepted by the elected officers. Filling these positions are Gary Rabinovitz, chairman, Vince Anewenter, treasurer, and Todd Grimm, AM industry advisor.

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Evonik, a global leader in biomaterials for medical implants, recently announced the launch of a new line of RESOMER® Filaments to enable the 3D printing of personalized, high-resolution bioresorbable implants.

Spools of high-quality filaments based on medical grade RESOMER® are supplied ready to use for Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF), also known as Fused Deposition Modelling (FDM), 3D printing systems. The design of tight dimensional and chemical specifications of RESOMER® Filaments enables reproducible implant properties and performance for high-resolution 3D printing applications.

A selection of Poly(L-lactide) (PLLA), Poly (L-lactide-co-glycolide) (PLGA), Poly(caprolactone) (PCL) and Polydioxanone (PDO) grades are available as standard grades, with additional customization options available upon request. Mechanical properties such as strength and elongation at break can be tailored to the target application, with bioresorption periods ranging from less than six months to more than three years.

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Rosswag Engineering has announced the acquisition of its third selective laser melting system from SLM Solutions. The third SLM®280 machine delivered to their facility in Pfinztal, Germany, expands their production and development capabilities with the metal additive manufacturing technology.

As a strategic partner of SLM Solutions in the advancement of the selective laser melting technology, Rosswag Engineering also qualifies new alloy powders and parameters by combining the capabilities of their simulation software package, powder atomizer and three SLM®280 machines. With the ability to quickly produce special metal powders, simulate build results, print tests using SLM’s material development module, then post-process and inspect builds in-house, the time to market cycle for new materials is reduced from months to weeks.

So successful is the process developed by the experts at Rosswag that the company was recently the first company certified as metal powder manufacturer by TÜV SÜD Industrie Service GmbH through their audit based on the AD 2000 Code for pressure equipment and the European Pressure Equipment Directive (PED).

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At the official launch of its AM TechCenter Hub in Singapore, German conglomerate thyssenkrupp also shared a comprehensive white paper on additive manufacturing (AM) potential in the ASEAN region which they projected could generate USD100 B economic value by 2025.

The white paper titled “Additive Manufacturing: Adding Up Growth Opportunities for ASEAN” offered a deep insight and perspectives of AM in the ten member countries making up ASEAN.

Some key highlights include “Additive manufacturing will surely be an innovative solution to further drive growth in ASEAN, as long as stakeholders work together to continue building awareness as well as a supportive ecosystem for additive manufacturing adoption and development.”

The TechCenter Hub in Singapore will be the regional hub for the company’s existing TechCenter in Mulheim an der Ruhr in Germany and will focus on innovations around additive manufacturing solutions in metal and plastic technologies for customers in marine and offshore, automotive, cement, chemical, mining and other heavy industries.

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Australian digital manufacturing solutions company, Titomic Limited, is pleased to announce that it has entered into an agreement with German-based plastic extruder parts manufacturer C.A.PICARD® Group to produce metal parts for the Extruder technology market, using Titomic’s Kinetic Fusion process.

Titomic will utilize its proprietary TKF additive manufacturing process to build a hardened metal extrusion screw at a preliminary cost of USD25,965. The aim of this prototype is to reduce the current cost and test potential improvements in wear resistance.

On the successful completion of test trials by C.A.PICARD®, Titomic will negotiate a contract to supply production from its TKF Melbourne Bureau for single, twin, and multi-screw extrusion systems. These parts are developed by C.A.PICARD® Group and distributed to over 50 countries, with the major markets being Europe, Asia, America, and the Far East. The global plastic extrusion machine market generated USD6.05 B in 2017, and is expected to reach USD8.24 B by 2025, growing at a CAGR of 3.8% from 2018 to 20251.

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