“When you’re a designer, you’re only as good as the projects that come along for you to do.” Designer Kevin Quigley may be as modest as he is talented. Recently recognized by the TCT Group for their annual design awards, he and his Quigley Design team have shown just how skilled they are, creating a complex, highly innovative tool for nuclear decommissioning in partnership with Viridian Consultants.
In this interview, we talk to Jurgen Roekens, Materialise’s Design and Engineering Director, about how the Design for Additive Manufacturing (DfAM) process helps his clients produce exactly the right engineering solution that adds value in many different ways.
What makes Materialise’s new Ultrasint TPU 90A-01 a dream for 3D printing? Its reliability, durability and extremely flexible nature, according Giovanni Vleminckx, Research Project Manager in our process engineering unit. We recently sat down with Giovanni, who researches all new materials and technologies that we offer, to get an insider’s view on the ins and outs of the new TPU offering made using Multi Jet Fusion (MJF).
When going from concept to car, every second of the production process counts. RapidFit wants to help you reach this finish line faster by automating your parts-measurement process. Curious whether moving to laser checking fixtures is right for you? Read on to find out more about our RapidFit calculator and take the guess work out of determining your cost savings and efficiency gains from making the switch.
Reduced waste, production efficiency and functional gain driven by greater design freedom and flexibility. An increasingly familiar summary of the key benefits afforded by metal 3D printing. Meanwhile, high-volume repeatability, precision surface finishing, particularly in relation to tight tolerances, remain characteristics more closely associated with CNC machining. But what if there was no competition? No ‘either/or’?
This month, Materialise was awarded the label of ‘Factory of the Future 4.0’. So what does the Factory of the Future look like for automotive tooling? At RapidFit, managing director Filip Dehing says the Factory of the Future will be built on two key principles: mastering the complete value chain, and doing so digitally. In service of this vision, RapidFit’s latest addition to their high-tech workshop is a large-format 5-axis CNC milling machine, large enough for even cubing projects — quality inspection tools the size of an entire car — combined with Siemens NX CAM software.
The industrial landscape is going digital. By 2020, PwC expects as many as 64% of manufacturing factories to use connected sensors, and expects the number of factories using 3D printing to double. And 2020 isn’t all that far off any longer. So where are we today? For Materialise, the emergence of Factories of the Future is not a phenomenon we’re waiting for. It’s a vision we’re realizing today. And last week, we were proud to be awarded the ‘Factory of the Future Label 4.0’ by Agoria and Sirris, after a rigorous selection procedure. But we’re not going the distance alone. Read on to discover why you can’t be a Factory of the Future in a vacuum.