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3D Printing News Briefs: November 7 2017

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We’ve got a lot of 3D printing business news heading your way in today’s edition of 3D Printing News Briefs, followed by a 3D printing event, a 3D printed work of art, and some 3D printed products for your feet and teeth. DSM and Toyota have signed a technology partnership agreement, while Authentise partners with ProtoTech and LPW Technology is partnering with Magnitude Innovations to  support the industrialization of metal AM. Graphene 3D Lab will be moving its base of operations to a new facility, and the Third Mini Maker Faire from Barnes & Noble and Maker Media is coming up this month. A 3D printed Times Square art installation features the world’s largest lens, RESA Wearables will debut its custom 3D printed insoles at select Costco stores, and you can now floss all of your teeth in one bite with an interesting new 3D printed dental product.

DSM and Toyota Sign Technology Partnership Agreement

Global science-based company Royal DSM has signed a One DSM framework technology partnership agreement with Toyota Motor Corporation subsidiary Toyota Motorsport GmbH (TMG), a high-performance development, testing, and manufacturing company that specializes in 3D printed products for motorsport use and other external customers. The non-exclusive agreement involves all of DSM’s businesses that supply materials and technology to the automotive sector, such as Somos and  DSM Dyneema. DSM will be the  preferred material and product provider for TMG, which will create and pilot new engineering solutions and automotive products with DSM’s high-performance materials, as well as test and evaluate other DSM products.

“We are looking forward to extending our cooperation with DSM as a dedicated technology partner. Our relationship has developed strongly over the last few years and significantly enhanced our capabilities as well as contributing to DSM's product development,” said Gerard Winstanley, Manager, Future Production Technologies & Processes, Fabrication and Additive Manufacturing at TMG. “TMG's mission is to push the boundaries of automotive technology for motorsport and road car applications both for Toyota projects and also those of our third-party customers. We believe this partnership will support that.”

Authentise Partners with ProtoTech  

Additive manufacturing process automation software leader Authentise will be partnering with 3D visualization and CAD/CAM/CAE niche software development company ProtoTech in an exclusive agreement to build automatic capabilities for its 3Diax customers to embed watermarks, like serial numbers, into digital design geometries. ProtoTech will offer its watermarking technology through 3Diax, which Authentise will then market as the  3Diax Watermarking Module. The module can speed up the supply chain, allow for more reliable and efficient tracking and sorting of parts, and lower how many counterfeit parts are being circulated.

“As all Modules on the 3Diax platform, Watermarking works '˜behind-the- hood.’  This means the actions happen automatically, without the need for manual operator interactions, which saves our clients time and enables them to scale,” explained Andre Wegner, CEO of Authentise. “The modular structure of the platform and the API access also enables us to integrate this module with others, or directly into corporate IT systems. We're delighted to work with CAD software professionals such as ProtoTech to extend the platform.”

The new module allows identifiers like barcodes and serial numbers to be embedded at any point in the geometry, whether it’s on an attached tag or the part itself, or below the surface so it can only be detected by X-ray technologies.

LPW Technology and Magnitude Innovations Support Industrialization of Metal AM

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In order to support the industrialization of metal additive manufacturing, LPW Technology Ltd and Magnitude Innovations Ltd are combining their collective AM experience. LPW, which is a global developer and manufacturer of high quality metal AM powders, views the technology from the viewpoint of the powder, while Magnitude looks at it from a process perspective, encompassing R&D, production setup, and technology qualification. The two companies will align metal powders, parts, and machine optimization to build AM production.

“We are experienced in process development, machine qualification and calibration, and the optimisation of AM parameters to reach the requirements within highly-regulated industries like aerospace and energy.   We've supported organisations to bring critical applications into production, established quality management systems, and trained and educated teams to enable the adoption of Metal Powder Bed Fusion,” said  Matt Tusz, CEO and co-founder of Magnitude.

“Magnitude's knowledge of AM system and design qualification, production setup, complex application support and technical troubleshooting is complementary to LPW's expertise in metal powders manufactured specifically for AM and powder handling systems developed to carefully control contamination and deliver full traceability to the AM process.    We are excited to be collaborating with LPW in supporting the AM industry with process and application-related challenges.”

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