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3D Printing News Briefs: December 19 2017

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It’s getting closer to the end of December, which means the official start of winter is almost here. The days are getting colder, so why not warm your heart with stories of some interesting 3D printed objects – right after we bring you the latest 3D printing business news, that is. In today’s 3D Printing News Briefs,  Höganäs has acquired  Metasphere Technology, and UL has signed a Letter of Intent with Tooling U-SME to collaborate on additive manufacturing training, while Altair Engineering and solidThinking will soon showcase a preview of Click2Cast 2018. Students in Jerusalem used 3D printed joints to help build a suspended bamboo pavilion, and a man is dealing with his cancer diagnosis by 3D printing his skeleton. Finally, proceeds from the sale of 3D printed Christmas ornaments in Australia are going to help find a cure for muscular dystrophy.

Metasphere Technology Acquired by  Höganäs

Urban Rönnbäck, Metasphere Technology founder, and Fredrik Emilson, Höganäs CEO

Swedish startup Metasphere Technology, which was founded in 2009, developed a unique method for atomizing metals, carbides, and ceramics at very high temperatures. Powdered metals producer  Höganäs AB will now get to benefit from the startup’s technology, as the company recently acquired Metasphere. The startup’s technology allows for the high temperature melting and atomizing of different kinds of metals, like titanium, and its current customers receive products from the pilot reactor. Raw materials, like carbides and ceramics, that are not usually suited for the process can also be atomized using Metasphere’s technology.

“Metasphere's technology is unique and innovative.  We will be able to offer new and specialized metal powders for surface coating and additive manufacturing, among other areas,” said  Fredrik Emilson, Höganäs CEO.

“When we have scaled up to industrial production we will go to market with a broad spectrum of products, mainly within additive manufacturing, where there is a large demand for innovative materials.

“This is a unique process and Metasphere's plant is top notch.  We are excited about making the know-how and technology a part of Höganäs AB.”

UL and Tooling U-SME to Collaborate on AM Training

This week, global safety science company UL and Tooling U-SME, the  workforce development arm of the SME organization and a leader in manufacturing workforce and education development, have signed a Letter of Intent that centers on a collaboration between the two to improve development and workforce training efforts for manufacturers that wish to increase their additive manufacturing capabilities. Their combined effort will result in one source for professional AM certification, as it aligns both training and certification. The new AM certification program will debut at the 2018 AMUG Conference and RAPID + TCT, both in April.

Jeannine Kunz, Vice President of Tooling U-SME, said, “Both Tooling U-SME and UL have great strengths in our respective areas and by working to align workforce training and certification efforts, we can greatly impact the professional development of the manufacturing workforce.  Not only will this new collaboration enhance the value of the training solutions we provide, but, as identified by the America Makes Workforce and Education Roadmap, it's exactly the type of effort the industry is requesting.”

Click2Cast 2018 Preview at EUROGUSS

Click2Cast 2018 includes powerful new geometry tools for an easy creation of runners, risers, sleeves, chillers, and cooling lines within a single environment.

Next month in Germany at EUROGUSS, the International Trade Fair for Die Casting,  Altair Engineering, Inc. and solidThinking will present a preview of Click2Cast 2018, and its new geometry avatar, for the first time. The casting process software has added new editing capabilities, as well as powerful geometry tools for creating chillers, cooling lines, risers, runners, and sleeves, and users will be able to optimize the whole casting process by using all of the tools  in one single environment for the first time, which benefits the supply chain.

“Click2Cast has seen great adoption across the globe for being fast, easy, accurate and affordable, and as such, a fine balance between usability and function had to be attained in the development of the new release.  We are excited that we have not compromised on any front, despite adding powerful capabilities. Our philosophy of bringing high-end simulation tools to the early stage of the design process with our solidThinking Inspire framework has had tremendous impact in the design community,” said  Ravi Kunju, Vice President of Manufacturing Solutions at Altair. “Now we are doing exactly the same with casting simulation, by packaging it in the same framework as Inspire. Our development team has worked extremely hard and done a phenomenal job with both, our solvers and the tool’s interface and we are confident that users will love the experience even more now. We cannot wait to show it at EUROGUSS in January.”

The official release of Click2Cast 2018 will happen in March of 2018, though visitors to the solidThinking EUROGUSS booth #149 in hall 6 can sign up for a free trial.

Students Build Suspended Bamboo Pavilion with 3D Printed Joints

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