Low cost 3D printers and materials are the focus of additive manufacturing at Euromold

Euromold 2010 has now come and gone, so here’s a quick look at some of the news announced during the show.

The price of 3D printers is in the spotlight again. Objet launched two new desktop 3D printers starting at $19,900. The Objet24 suits the office environment, providing low-cost 3D printing without compromise on model detail or functional versatility. The Objet30 prints a range of materials. More information is available at: http://www.makepartsfast.com/ArticleDetails.aspx?id=2419

A number of new materials were introduced at the show. Object launched its VeroWhitePlus material, which features the high dimensional stability of VeroGray, but in a white version. VeroWhitePlus will replace VeroWhite during 2011. Object also displayed its Objet Clear Material which features true transparency with dimensional stability.

EOS showcased its new direct metal laser sintering (DMLS) system at Euromold. “The Direct Metal Laser-Sintering (DMLS) system sets new standards in terms of part quality and repeatability, while providing a higher cost efficiency and improved usability,” said Peter Klink, Executive Vice
President Global Sales at EOS.

Along with new systems, EOS displayed its recently developed metal material, EOS NickelAlloy IN625 and two new materials for plastic, PrimePart FR (PA 2241 FR) and PrimePart ST (PEBA 2301). The metal material can be used to build complex aerospace parts for high-temperature and high-strength applications.

PrimePart FR is a flame-retardant material with an 11% elongation at break, which is significantly higher than its predecessor material PA 2210FR. PrimePart ST is a flexible elastomeric material with a range of mechanical properties depending on the laser-exposure strategy selected. More information is available at: http://www.makepartsfast.com/ArticleDetails.aspx?id=2420
and http://www.makepartsfast.com/ArticleDetails.aspx?id=2416

Creaform, a leading manufacturer of 3D measurement technologies, debuted its MetraSCAN optical CMM 3D scanner at Euromold. The portable, arm-free MetraSCAN 3D scanner in combination with the C-Track 780 dual camera sensor take precise measurements in the laboratory and in production. When combined with the HandyPROBE, this measuring system improves the reliability, speed and versatility of measuring processes. For more information: http://www.makepartsfast.com/ArticleDetails.aspx?id=2418

In other Digital Manufacuturing news this past week, QuickCutCNC.com added the 7075 Aluminum and Flame Retardant ABS to its material list. 7075 Aluminum is stronger and more robust than 6061 Aluminum, and is useful for testing industrial prototypes.

And Roland DGA Corp. announced a reorganization to meet growing demand for its UV-LED inkjet printers/cutters, engravers, and 3D products. Noted Rick Scrimger, vice president/general manager for Roland DGA Corp., “Roland UV inkjet, engraving and 3D products present tremendous opportunities for growth, and we have taken steps to strengthen our presence in key markets for these products including the label and package prototyping industry, personalization and industrial
marking industries, the educational market and other specialized markets served by our rapid prototyping solutions.”

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