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06 May 2022

FOR OEMs looking to rationalise their plastic manufacturing supplier base, minimise their risk exposure and manage real time stock logistics, switching from multiple vendors to one domestic production partner that can handle every associated production service offers greater agility.

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07 April 2022

THE FUTURE of retail is being highlighted by an exciting 3D printing demonstration featuring an ABB robot in the Oxfrod Street branch of high-end department store, Selfridges.

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04 January 2022

By 2025 the electrical vertical take-off and landing market (eVTOL) is projected to be worth $524 million and is anticipated to more than triple to $1.9 billion by 2035. With such a huge growth curve on the horizon, at Southern Manufacturing & Electronics 2022, technical moulding, tooling and assembly specialist Broanmain Plastics will showcase its precision manufacturing prowess.

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22 November 2021

ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING and machining engineers at the National Manufacturing Institute Scotland (NMIS) which is operated by the University of Strathclyde, joined by six other companies, have created a low-cost remanufacturing solution that can extend the life of parts used within manufacturing by 120%, helping UK manufacturers to embrace the circular economy, boost sustainability, and save costs.

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05 July 2021

THE LATEST laser based technology to become available from Bromsgrove based TLM Laser is the new AL-3D Metal 200 additive manufacturing system. This innovative system brings a new dimension to metal additive manufacturing through the use of a cartridge based closed powder circuit.

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24 May 2020

With iglidur A350-PF, igus now offers its proven plain bearing material also as FDA and EU-compliant filament for printing temperature-resistant and lubrication-free wear resistant parts. The new tribo-filament fulfils the need of machine builders in the food and packaging industry by giving more design freedom to print functional components in special dimensions and small quantities.

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02 April 2020

CUPRA is using state-of-the-art multi-jet fusion technology to fashion parts in a fast and efficient way. For its new Leon Competición racing car, engineers at CUPRA have 3D printed the model’s door mirrors, air intakes and cooling intakes.

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24 March 2020

Stratasys has announced a global mobilisation of the company’s 3D printing resources and expertise to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, spanning its Stratasys, GrabCAD, Stratasys Direct Manufacturing and partner network with donated printing capacity across all regions. The initial focus is on providing thousands of disposable face shields for use by medical personnel.

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19 June 2019

Available via TLM Laser, 3D metal printing innovator InssTek provides a Direct Metal Tooling (DMT) variation on the Direct Energy Deposition (DEP) process. With DMT, standard industrial metal powders in conjunction with closed loop feedback systems offer manufacturing and repair capabilities. This includes mixing metals within the same print to maximise quality and reduce production costs.

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22 May 2019

An example of igus’ low-cost automation concept, the newly designed and constructed high-temperature 3D printer was built using drylin W linear guides, dryspin lead screws made of stainless steel and igus standard stepper motors, to facilitate the development of iglidur J350 high-temperature filaments.

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06 March 2019

Following the release of a Health and Safety Executive (HSE) report which found that the printers can create harmful emissions, Kora 3D, one of the UK’s leading manufacturers of FFF/FDM style desktop 3D printers, has developed a universal safety cabinet to protect 3D printer users.

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06 December 2018

At Southern Manufacturing 2019 Henkel will introduce an exciting new development, its 3D printing material solutions for industrial manufacturing.

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22 November 2018

The DMP Flex 350 and DMP Factory 350 are latest additions to 3D Systems’ proven DMP metal 3D printing platform, designed for volume production of critical components for industrial applications. In addition, the company introduced a new aluminum alloy material - LaserForm AISiMg0.6(A) - designed to produce strong, lightweight, parts without the need for casting.

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29 March 2018

XYZ Machine Tools has created a separate web page dedicated to its HP Muliti Jet Fusion 3D printing technology.

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29 August 2017

HP has appointed RP Support Limited (RPS) as a channel partner for its 3D printing technology in the UK market. RPS will sell and service the HP Jet Fusion range of 3D printers and accessories to all industry sectors across the region.

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06 July 2017

With custom-made 3D-printed injection moulding tools, igus offers designers a new possibility to produce self-lubricating and maintenance-free parts and small batches.

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02 January 2017

New from igus is a service to 3D print injection mould tools, enabling rapid and cost effective production of custom parts.

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21 July 2015

Whether you require injection mouldings or fully functional rapid prototypes, Rutland Plastics experts will be on hand to offer advice.

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08 June 2015

RS Components has strengthened its range of 3D printers for rapid prototyping, one-off production and design professionals by adding the EnvisionTEC Perfactory Micro XL personal desktop 3D DLP manufacturing system.

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25 February 2015

RP Support, a leading service, hardware and materials provider to the additive manufacturing market recently announced its new distribution agreement with Prodways as a sole supplier for the DLP (Digital Light Processing) based 3D printing technology for the UK and Ireland markets.

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FEATURES

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20 June 2022

Mike Bray looks at how growth of the additive manufacturing industry is paving the way for mainstream application

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10 June 2021

SHEFFIELD-BASED Additive Manufacturing Technologies Ltd (AMT) has teamed up with Mitsubishi Electric to further advance its innovative chemical vapour smoothing machine, PostPro 3D, by developing an integrated automation solution. This is based on Mitsubishi Electric’s MELSEC iQ-F Series compact PLC, HMIs, SCADA and MELFA articulated arm robots offered as a system option. The PostPro vapour smoothing machine fully automates surface finishing of 3D printed parts, skyrocketing productivity from a few parts finished every hour up to hundreds of parts per hour.

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01 July 2020

Orthotropy, or not to be? That is the question. The pertinent question for users of additive manufacturing, at least, as this article from Additive Flow explores

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08 October 2018

A recent step change in technology is set to revolutionise the manufacture of mould tools for plastic parts. Marcel Gowers explains this development and its benefits to businesses

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19 June 2018

Metal additive manufacturing is moving rapidly from prototyping to production for mission-critical, risk-averse applications in defence and aerospace, as this collaboration between 3D Systems and Thales Alenia Space to use Direct Metal Printing (DMP) for the production of antenna brackets for a geostationary telecommunications satellite demonstrates

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05 March 2018

The UK government’s sudden interest in and commitment to the manufacturing sector may have taken companies by surprise, but the investment is timely: manufacturing processes are being transformed at a speed unseen since the last industrial revolution. But with so much excitement surrounding Industry 4.0, are organisations at risk of becoming bogged down in strategising and conceptualising, rather than grasping the opportunity? Siert Wijnia, co-founder, Ultimaker, explains how they can leverage 3

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29 June 2017

Looking at 3D printing in terms of meaningful expression, rather than the accurate reproduction of digital data, a project at the Centre for Fine Print Research (CFPR) is using a flexible Mitsubishi Electric MELFA RV-7FLM articulated arm industrial robot

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14 June 2016

Proto Labs has over 400 CNC mills, more than 70 moulding machines and more than 50 3D printers. So, viewed objectively, which process is most attractive?

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01 March 2016

Robin Weston from Renishaw’s Additive Manufacturing Products Division, looks at the potential of 3D printing for manufacturing and why the adoption of new technologies should always be informed by a thorough evaluation

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11 June 2015

3D printing has come a long way since it was first introduced almost 30 years ago. The technology has significantly moved away from the scientific world and basic 3D objects to creating intricate designs for the fashion, automotive, medical and industrial automation sectors, says Rob Dumayne, director at igus

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15 June 2015

RS Components' Mike Hibbett looks at at using Design Spark PCB to create a simple USB interface for a foot operated switch, enabling a tap of the foot to trigger a series of keyboard commands to a PC.

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05 March 2015

Andy Pye looks at the various methods concerned with 3D printing and looks at the potential impact of the technology on the automation market

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24 June 2014

Traditional jig manufacture can limit design possibilities and necessitate assembling several individually produced parts. It can also be time consuming if more than one version has to be produced during development. Using a 3D printer addresses these issues, particularly when the jig is of a complex or organic design, or future design changes may be necessary. Stuart Lovett from Rutland Plastic explains

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15 March 2013

Investing in the latest 3D printing technology means Rutland Plastics can produce prototypes that are robust enough for full testing, at a reduced cost and in shorter lead times

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25 September 2012

Investing in Fused Deposition Modelling systems has enabled Thogus Products to focus on small-volume moulding with highly engineered materials and help position the company to compete with high-cost fabrication shops

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