Koiwai offers casting services for automobile companies and was one of the first companies to take full advantage of 3D Printing in Japan. Having invested in Metal 3D Printing since 2013, the company is a leading force of innovation in Japan’s metal manufacturing industry. How did they transform their casting process? How do they deal with the challenges of mass producing metal parts? And where do they see the real value of 3D Printing?
In order to successfully print metal components, it is important to properly understand the process. One of the factors that influences quality is the recoater. What kind of recoaters exist and what potential issues are related to them? And more importantly: how can you prevent or fix these problems from the data preparation step?
Why would you produce jewelry using 3D printing technology, instead of creating it traditionally? Here are five reasons that convinced jewelry giants like Titan to start using 3D Printing in their business.
Applying a minimal amount of support is a matter of taking into account your design and part orientation. When support structures are still required, advanced 3D printing software offers you a wide range of support types that are ideal for the geometry of your part.
What can 3D printing technology bring to India? Materialise and Renishaw answered this question during their ‘Industrialization of Additive Manufacturing’ seminar in Pune, India, at Renishaw’s AM Solutions Centre. For this seminar, more than 40 people from different industries - aerospace, automotive, engineering, medical, oil and gas etc. - gathered from all over India.
Traditionally there has been a tendency to segregate research and industry when it comes to 3D Printing, based largely on the premise that finding out ‘what’s possible’ will always be at odds with identifying ‘what’s cost-effective’. The premise is flawed. Why? Because you can answer both questions by focusing on what enables practical progress right here, right now.
KLIO Design participated in a mobility conference where innovative concepts were presented to increase smart mobility in South Korea. They 3D printed parts of their car to avoid the laborious step of mold creation and make it possible to customize the design. With Materialise software, they were able to design complex, organic lightweight structures and successfully 3D print them.
BASF is the ultimate reference for plastic material production in Germany, as well as worldwide. Everything you see, from your shoes to your car, probably contains some of their polymers. The chemical giant has been around for more than a century and today the company is looking at the opportunities that 3D Printing offers.
Materialise and HP are exploring the possibilities of voxel technology to produce parts that have different properties on a volume-level. Together we created a voxel-printed part that visualizes the stresses that would impact a metal part. The 3D model was printed at HP’s R&D facility and sets a first example for the industry.
What is the current buzz in the 3D printing industry? There’s no better way to find out than by roaming around at RAPID + TCT and enjoying the atmosphere. Materialise has attended RAPID + TCT for years – in 2013 we even hosted the opening event – and we have witnessed the event shifting its focus from prototyping to manufacturing with our own eyes. We collected the hot topics of this year for you.