We’re starting with some new materials, products, and partnerships in today’s 3D Printing News Briefs – GKN and Ultimaker are both introducing new materials, and SprintRay has announced a distribution agreement with Patterson Dental. TechShop will be reopening some of its locations under a new name, while Renaissance Services is launching a 3D printing division. UL is introducing an AM facility safety management certification, and the co-founder of Rocket Crafters Inc. has been awarded a US patent. Finally, Katje’s Magic Candy 3D printers are coming to a theme park near you…if you live in the Middle East, that is.
GKN Introduces New Titanium AM Powder
The advanced materials division of GKN Additive, called GKN Hoeganaes Specialty Metal Powders, is making an addition to its AncorAM 3D metal printing powder portfolio with its new AncorTi Beta 21S, a high strength beta titanium alloy. Beta 21S is metastable and heat treatable, and was designed to improve creep and oxidation resistance. It also has enhanced stability and strength under high temperatures, making it perfect for manufacturing parts in the medical, marine, chemical, and aerospace fields.
AncorTi Beta 21S is available in particle sizes that are optimized for SLM and EBM 3D printers.
Ultimaker Launches New Support Material and Print Core
3D printer manufacturer Ultimaker is introducing its own new material, along with a new product: Ultimaker Breakaway support material, and a new 0.25 mm print core, offered in type AA only. Breakaway is a hassle-free support material for multi-extrusion 3D printing, and has been optimized for the company’s ABS, PLA, Nylon, CPE, and CPE+ materials. It can be quickly and easily removed, and offers your models a smooth surface finish, with no post-processing required. The print core, which has been optimized for use with Ultimaker’s ABS, PLA, Nylon, CPE, and PP materials, can be used to print thin-walled, highly detailed objects on the Ultimaker 3, such as tolerance fit parts like nuts and bolts.
“Before we start developing something new at Ultimaker, whether this is hardware, software, material or new services, we make sure there is a true desire for it. We learn everyday by analyzing the way our products are used and the questions we receive through our online platforms,” said Paul Heiden, Senior Vice President Product Management, Ultimaker. “So, even though our PVA material is still a great solution for prints with intricate geometries and internal cavities that need support, we found that our users were also in need of a support material that takes less time to remove. With Ultimaker Breakaway they can seriously speed up post processing and use their newly printed objects right away. We also followed up on the desire for highly detailed prints by developing a print core with a smaller nozzle size.”
Both products are now available for purchase on the company’s website.
Distribution Agreement Between SprintRay and Patterson Dental
Los Angeles-based SprintRay has announced a distribution agreement with Patterson Dental, a business unit of Patterson Companies. Patterson Dental will distribute its entire range of 3D printing solutions, including its advanced resins, accessories, and high-resolution desktop 3D printers, to dental practitioners across the US and Canada; this includes the company’s next-generation MoonRay S DLP 3D printer, which was an Innovation Awards Honoree at CES 2017. The new distribution agreement took effect at the beginning of last month, with all of Patterson Dental’s US and Canadian customers receiving immediate benefits.
“Digital dentistry demands a modern 3D printing solution to provide doctors and patients with the very best experience possible. That is why we are so excited to be working with Patterson Dental. The company has a proven track record for bringing the most innovative and influential technologies to the dental market,” said SprintRay CEO Amir Mansouri.
SprintRay will continue to provide customers with direct technical support.
Asset Acquisition Allows TechShop to Reopen
Only hours before open-access makerspace TechShop planned to declare Chapter 7 bankruptcy last month and close all 10 US locations, CEO Dan Woods received a Hail Mary when he was approached by Dan Rasure, who owns Minneapolis-based B