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3D Printing News Briefs: January 30 2018

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As January comes to a close, we’ve got all the latest 3D printing news wrapped up for you in one location with today’s edition of 3D Printing News Briefs. Rize announces a new partnership with Eye2Eye, and Arcam AB is no longer on the stock exchange. Aerosint discusses the benefits of its multi-powder deposition technology, while recent research details how 3D printing technology was used in a novel application for EEG. Xometry plans to compare subtractive and additive manufacturing at the upcoming SOLIDWORKS World, Hackaday has a new 3D printing contest, and a 3D Printing Day event will be hosted in Berlin next month.

Rize Partners with Eye2Eye

Rize One

Boston 3D printing company Rize Inc. has announced a partnership with Singapore-based Eye2Eye, which  provides 3D printing and optical technology solutions to multiple sectors and helps customers speed up their design process by assisting them with digitizing and migrating to 3D production. Thanks to the partnership, Rize will be expanding sales of its sustainable Augmented Polymer Deposition technology to the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region for the first time. Eye2Eye will demonstrate the hybrid Rize One 3D printer at next week’s Inside 3D Printing Singapore conference and expo.

“We welcome Eye2Eye to our fast-growing community of partners.  I am delighted that our first partner in APAC is located in Singapore, given my long-standing relationship with that great country,” said Rize President and CEO  Andy Kalambi. “I spent a lot of time in Singapore and was privileged to see the growth of key companies there, such as  SAP, MatrixOne and  Dassault Systèmes. With Eye2Eye, Rize has become a truly global company, with partners now located throughout APAC, Europe and North America.”

Arcam AB Delisted From Stock Exchange

In 2016,  GE  announced its  intention to  acquire  Swedish metal additive manufacturing provider Arcam, well-known for its innovative  Electron Beam Melting (EBM) technology, in a public cash offer. GE  completed its purchase of 76.15% of controlling shares of Arcam  in December 2016, and recently surpassed  90% ownership of Arcam AB shares, which, in accordance with the Swedish Companies Act, allowed for the initiation of  the compulsory buy-out of the remaining shares by GE.

Today, the GE Additive company has officially delisted from the Nasdaq Stockholm exchange. Arcam’s delisting will allow for a “more fulsome integration with GE,” according to the release, and the last full day of trading of Arcam stock was on January 26, 2018.

Aerosint’s Multi-Powder Deposition Could Transform Industrial 3D Printing

Aerosint patterning process diagram and examples showing carbon-black colored PEEK powder (black) co-deposited with aluminum oxide powder (white).

Belgium-based startup  Aerosint, founded in 2016, introduced its patent-pending powder bed 3D printing process to the world in 2017. The company has a fundamentally different approach to multi-material powder deposition, in that it  selectively deposits powder material from a rotating drum that passes over a build area, rather than using several  complex actuated nozzles; two drums are used to achieve multi-powder deposition in a line-by-line technique at rates of up to 200 mm per second. The process is also less sensitive to powder characteristics than techniques which use pipettes.

Dr. Kevin Eckes, an American biomedical engineering PhD working as an R&D engineer at Aerosint, explains in a Medium post that in order to introduce new opportunities in a competitive market, the 3D printing world needs to rethink the approach in  powder fusion-based additive manufacturing.

“The maturation of multi-powder deposition techniques, whether pipette-based, drum-based, or otherwise, will no doubt open up a sea of opportunities for manufacturers,” Dr. Eckes wrote. “In addition to the benefits of powder waste reduction, material cost savings, and reduction of post-processing time, we see several areas of opportunity that can only be realized on an industrial scale using a multi-powder approach.”

To learn more about these areas of opportunity, and multi-powder deposition in general, check out the full post. Aerosint will also be releasing more perspectives about the benefits and applications of multi-powder deposition in the future.

3D Printing Used in Novel Application for EEG

A team of researchers from Vanderbilt University recently publish

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