Wagner Labels makes “substantial investment” in Durst solutions

Aussie labelling company, Wagner Labels, has purchased the Durst Tau 330 RSC E and its converting equipment in a “substantial investment” worth well over $1 million.

The investment makes Wagner Labels a new customer for Durst and is the first Tau RSC E installation in Australasia.

Durst Pacific labels and package printing sales manager Paul Sanelli told Sprinter that Wagner Labels made this “substantial investment” in converting equipment, flexo and digital press to improve its business operations.

“The main agenda for Wagner Labels was to increase the capacity of its digital offering and to expand into new markets,” he said.

“For us, as a company, it means that we’ve secured another important client – someone that is established and has been in business for more than 80 years. From a Durst perspective, we know that he’s thorough in his assessment of solutions in the market but chose the Tau as the product to take his business to the next level.

“It’s also an acknowledgement by a well-respected label house that Durst’s pre-sales, sales and post-sales structure has met the requirements of the business.”

Sanelli also mentioned that the Tau is a fully scalable system, enabling Wagner Labels to upgrade the solution in width, colours and speed without a forklift.

“So, for on the field upgrades, if they have a capacity issue, they can upgrade the Tau instead of running a second shift or having to purchase a separate unit. They’ll get a 40 per cent productivity increase just by scaling the system,” he said.

Wagner Labels managing director John Galea said the features of the Tau impressed him and was the reason behind the purchase.

“We were looking for speed and quality, and we felt that with the options out there that the Tau provided the best solution. Its resolution – 1200 by 1200 dpi – is probably one of the best in the market now,” he said.

“We have been dominating as a label printer and have been looking into moving into the packaging space, so the Tau gears us up for that space. The purchase was for expansion, not replacement, so it complements the other solutions that we use.”

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Pennsylvania shop 3D-prints tools, saving CNC machining time

People have been using metal injection molding (MIM) and metal sintering for decades to produce high-volume, net-shape parts for various industrial sectors. Automakers and agricultural equipment manufacturers rely on powdered metal (PM) parts for exhaust systems, camshaft assemblies, and structural components, for example, while MIM is used for everything from pistol slides to the table trays on commercial aircraft.

Someone who can tell you all about PM applications is Nate Higgins, plant manager for Alpha Precision Group’s MIM division, who noted that the St. Marys, Pa., company’s three divisions have more than 50 years of combined experience servicing these and other markets.

What intrigues Higgins the most right now, though, are several entirely novel ways of processing PM. One of them—additive manufacturing (AM)—already has produced significant benefits for him and his manufacturing team, with more to come as they expand their new capabilities to APG’s customer base.

In July 2018 APG purchased a Studio System 3D printer from Desktop Metal Inc. It does not print with loose metal powders like those used to make PM and MIM parts. Instead, its feedstock is metal rods impregnated with a binder material, which the system extrudes into the desired shapes in a manner similar to that of fused deposition modeling printers. Unlike FDM, however, parts printed on a Studio System require post-build debinding and sintering, processes with which APG is intimately familiar.

Higgins does not anticipate using the system for customers’ parts, however. “I’m a little critical of the dimensional accuracy and surface finish, in that neither are on par with what APG can accomplish with MIM,” he said. “And while it might be a very viable solution for shops making prototypes and low-volume end-use parts, I have to say that we’re awfully good at tooling up for MIM. So by the time you tweak the build settings to meet the required part tolerances and then finish-machine any critical surfaces, we can probably deliver actual MIM parts instead.”

Tooling Up

What he is using the Studio System for, and with excellent results, is 3D-printing tooling components for APG’s extensive machine shop.

“Chuck jaws is a big one, but we also make a lot of inspection gauges, coining and sizing dies, fixtures, and jigs, as well as lightweight end-effectors for our 6-axis robots,” said Technical Sales and Operations Manager Chris Aiello. “It’s given us the ability to test multiple design iterations quickly, with minimal investment in raw material and without having to tie up one of our CNC machines. Perhaps most importantly, it’s made us very flexible, and helps us to service our customers more effectively.”

The notion of 3D-printing end-of-arm tooling is particularly interesting for any shop looking to automate. Said Higgins, “We’ve had to make some fairly significant design changes to accommodate the additive manufacturing process, but, long story short, we’ve reduced the weight of the end effectors by around 30%, so it’s much easier on the robots. We’ve also developed some part geometries that would have been impossible to produce with traditional processes, and because we have the ability to print whatever we need in-house, there’s never the risk of unplanned downtime.”

Aiello added that the Studio System isn’t APG’s first foray into additive—not by a long shot. The company bought a Mark One continuous-fiber printer from Markforged in 2014, and today it has five 3D printers from the Massachusetts-based equipment manufacturer, including an Industrial series printer, all of which serve the machine shop.

“Between the Markforged machines and now the one from Desktop Metal, we can print tools from carbon-fiber reinforced nylon, fiberglass, Kevlar, and a variety of tool steels and have them on the shop floor in a day or two,” Aiello said. “It’s been a big improvement for us.”

Manufacturing engineers at Alpha Precision designed and 3D-printed this mechanical assembly used to tighten and loosen Allen bolts on a workholding fixture fitted to a vertical machining center. Image provided by APG

Next Step

Despite the success APG has enjoyed with its existing 3D printing equipment, Aiello and Higgins suggested that the path forward for the company is another new AM technology, one that will take 3D printing out of the machine shop and onto customers’ receiving docks.

It’s called binder jetting, and although the two managers are still exploring available options, they plan to bring binder jet capacity in-house during the second quarter of 2020.

“Probably 90% or more of our 3D-printed parts are currently for internal use,” Aiello said. “We plan to change that ratio as we move into binder jetting, which produces high-quality, fully dense metal parts much more quickly than competing technologies like DMLS [direct metal laser sintering] and SLS [selective laser sintering].”

Higgins agreed, adding that one of the coolest things about 3D printing is how it changes your way of thinking. “Bringing in the Studio System from Desktop Metal, for instance, has allowed our manufacturing engineers to think differently about their tooling designs and process flows,” he said. “Beyond that, it helps to secure the future of APG. AM is an extremely flexible technology and can be applied across a wide range of applications, a wide range of customers. So even though some in the MIM and PM industry might see it as a threat, we see 3D printing as a promising new opportunity and as providing us with a distinct leg up on our competition. For us, at least, there’s no going back.”

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HOW TO PENETRATE THE WORLD OF MUSEUM EXHIBIT DESIGNS

Exhibitions & Events

A museum can be a truly magical place. Think about it as a place where great inspirations have materialized and come to life visually. Museums can simultaneously entertain and educate, making them a favorite for educators worldwide. Behind the scenes, a lot of expertise, creativity and hard work is needed for each and every display. They are created by highly-skilled professionals who have spent years honing their craft. For them, coming up with a great museum exhibit design and then seeing it through to final production is incredibly fulfilling, although often fraught with the pressure of meeting deadlines that cannot be shifted. There’s even a specialty MA degree in exhibition design now offered at George Washington University.

The truth is, print shops and prop makers claim that there has been increasing interest for large format 3D printing from museums and galleries. Artists are turning to 3D printing, too. Here is Claudio Ciaravolo’s piece being produced by Sisma Italia on the Massivit 1800 and then showcased in Italy.

There are numerous advantages that 3D printing brings, specifically the ability to fabricate one-off projects at a reasonable cost, significantly reduced turnover times compared with traditional fabrication processes, and new realms in terms of creative freedom.

Turning a curator’s or designer’s vision into a reality can no doubt be challenging. So how does one go about building a great museum exhibit? We dove into the topic ourselves, and here’s what we found.

Phase 1: The Concept and Vision

A display or exhibit can be about science, history, art, or archeology. Yet the implementation and form need to be geared towards a designated target audience and age group. Thought must also be given to the required level of interactivity. How can you best engage with the personas that the museum aims to reach out to?

In the case of this 10-foot (3-meter) tall dinosaur, the aim of the museum was to attract train commuters to a new paleontology exhibition at the Musée National d’Histoire Naturelle in Paris. It was decided to start promoting it at the closest train station. Looking for a way to produce a life-size Triceratops with authentic, intricate scales and features, the museum turned to large format 3D printing to create this massive beast. It was so effective and realistic that it caught the eye of all passersby. Print shop, Metropole, used the size of their Massivit 3D printer to their advantage for this undertaking, and the resulting authenticity demonstrated that any finish is truly possible, in this case, bringing an extinct species to life.

Making an exhibit interactive or dynamic in some way generally leaves a far greater impact on visitors. Lights, illumination, sensor triggers, or augmented reality features are sensory mainstays. They appeal to any audience and can effectively draw visitors’ attention to a particular part of an exhibit at a particular moment.

Large 3D printed displays can easily integrate interactive features. So it’s important to take these capabilities into account when designing or creating a museum exhibit.

Assuming the storyline, background context, and educational content have been defined, any featured animal, prop, or setting can be fabricated digitally, meaning the end result will precisely replicate the design. Today’s technology means you can either scan a physical object with a 3D scanner or design it from scratch in CAD software such as ZBrush or Rhino. What you see on the screen is what emerges straight out of the 3D printer, within hours.

Making an exhibit interactive or dynamic in some way generally leaves a far greater impact on visitors. Lights, illumination, sensor triggers, or augmented reality features are sensory mainstays that appeal to any audience and can effectively draw visitors’ attention to a particular part of an exhibit at a particular moment. Large 3D printed displays can easily integrate interactive features, so it’s important to take these capabilities into account when designing or creating a museum exhibit.

Phase 2: Production

One of the key reasons why it has become popular to create museum exhibits with large format 3D printers like the Massivit 1800, is the speed at which projects can be delivered, from design through implementation. Being that fabricators are regularly presented with short deadlines, large 3D printers are often the only realistic option.

Phase 3: Installation and Logistics

Another big advantage to using a Massivit large format 3D printer is that the parts are 3D printed hollow. From the start, they are light and yet strong. This helps with transportation and logistical considerations. It also allows for last-minute changes in the final context, as parts can easily be moved around. Producing hollow models and displays also enables more control over the degree of internal illumination.

Phase 4: The Unveiling

Once your clients know they’re able to incorporate an augmented reality app or social media hashtags into their visitors’ journey, they’re sure to want to leverage these marketing and engagement tactics, so it’s important to expose them to it at the start.

These features can also be planned for the launch of the museum exhibit to attract more visitors. Your job is to ensure your potential clients know the full range of creative possibilities and that you are fully equipped to hit their deadlines.

To find out more about how large format 3D printing is helping print shops win projects across multiple verticals, contact Massivit 3D for a chat.  To read more, scroll down.

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Executive Q&A: Massivit 3D’s Erez Zimerman

Lod, Israel’s Massivit 3D was founded in 2013, and in the past six years

has made a substantial impact with its 3D printing technology.

Massivit 3D has two basic units on the market: the flagship Massivit 1800/1800 Pro and the Massivit 1500 Exploration Printer, the latter an affordable option for print service providers looking to get into 3D printing. The applications for Massivit’s 3D-printed products are many, and are often combined with 2D graphics like retail displays, signage or billboards to make them “pop.” And not just pop—one of the company’s aims is to create 3D displays or objects that serve as “selfie spots,” or opportunities for people—young people, primarily—to snap pictures of themselves with the object.

Erez Zimerman joined Massivit 3D four years ago as VP of Global Sales, and was appointed CEO in May 2019. We caught up with Zimerman at the recent PRINTING United show in Dallas.

WhatTheyThink: How does Massivit 3D see the market for 3D printing?

Erez Zimerman: Massivit is leading 3D printing for visual communications. You know that 3D printing has many, many sub-categories or niches that are in the field today from footwear to automotive—you name it, 3D printing is penetrating in a very nice way. Massivit is leading the 3D penetration with the Massivit 1800 printer. We’re actually capable of printing large-scale 3D props and visual communication aids that can be installed in terminals and window displays.

WTT: Who are your typical customers? Is it agencies, print service providers or some third party? 

EZ: Usually we have several. Let’s categorize them in two main categories. The first are the print service providers, the companies that have wide-format printers from EFI or Durst or HP who are doing all kinds of campaigns and want to add 3D elements to open new business opportunities for them. That’s the first market. Another market that we have is theme parks. They’re the Disneys, the Universals, doing all kinds of props that are being produced using, let’s say, analog techniques, and now we’re bringing digital 3D printing to them so they can produce smarter, faster and in a more efficient way.

WTT: What are some of the top applications that you’re seeing customers produce? Obviously props are one of them…

EZ: One example is a 3D-printed Spiderman, that’s for the theme park or scenic fabricators. It’s very straightforward: you print the prop and it can be installed in Disney or Universal in all kinds of campaigns. Another application includes all kinds of window displays. We show an example for Blue Moon beer or Bud Light. [A giant bottle] can be 3D-printed and put in a bar or a window display in a sports bar or wherever to promote it.

WTT: Something like the beer bottle for Blue Moon or Bud Lite would be more likely to come from an ad agency, I’m guessing. 

EZ: An ad agency, of course. Assume that you have Louis Vuitton [as a client] and you want to use a Louis Vuitton bag: it can be 3D-printed. A bottle of champagne—all kinds of things around consumer goods and consumer electronics. For the corrugated industry, with Massivit you can add 3D elements to a corrugated display. One of our main benefits is illumination. Illumination grabs people’s attention. We are the only ones capable of printing totally hollow, meaning you can add illumination from the inside. For signage, we can print channel letters and we are doing all kinds of textures that can be only done with 3D printing. Again, illumination is the key to success. SEG [silicone edge graphics] frames for soft signage are very strong. HP has the new Stitch machine and we can print a 3D frame. SEG is often limited to square frames but Massivit can do all kinds of shapes.

WTT: What are the economics of 3D printing for your customers? What kinds of margins can you get for some of these large-scale applications? 

EZ: Our margins are top margins in terms of what you can do with the machine. Our customers bring something totally different. Today, the price is per square meter or per square foot. In our case, it’s a totally different game because you price by event. Our customer in Canada did a campaign for Adidas [that involved giant 3D-printed sneakers]. It’s a “selfie point.” They’re adding to their customer something that is totally new and this brings the margin back up for the business. That’s what young people look for: selfie points, and it’s a different game in different markets.

WTT: Do your customers partner with other print service providers to do other types of printing, like posters or retail graphics or perhaps commercial printing applications like direct mail? 

EZ: Retail graphics, yes, but not direct mail. Definitely wide-format printing and digital offset or commercial printing.

WTT: Massivit has two 3D printers on the market. What’s the difference between them? Are they intended for different markets? 

EZ: The same market, but the newer model offers increased resolution, increased speed and improved ease of use for the customer.

WTT: What is the front-end process like? How do you go about designing for 3D printing? 

EZ: Since 3D printing became popular, my 12-year-old daughter is doing 3D design by herself using our free software or [Trimble] SketchUp or others that you can download for free from the Internet and do all kinds of design. And then I say, half jokingly and half seriously, that 3D design today is easier than using Photoshop. It’s become so popular that people learn by themselves to do 3D design and printing. There are lots of tutorials on YouTube. So it’s very easy to do 3D design.

WTT: Is there anything else you’d like to add about 3D printing? 

EZ: Massivit 3D brings something totally new to this market and enables print shops to invent themselves from the beginning. No longer are prices based on the square foot or square meter. We are bringing something totally different.

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Clever Systemtechnik, Schnaittach, Germany The uncomplicated

Clever Systemtechnik, Schnaittach, Germany The uncomplicated and powerful Durst Workflow Label is ideally suited to achieve fast turnaround times in repro and production planning.

“It is extremely important to achieve fast turnaround times in repro and production planning especially for small and medium runs. The uncomplicated and powerful Durst Workflow Label is ideally suited for this, and the competent employees of Durst Professional Services were on hand to help us with words and deeds.”

(Niko von Hanstein, Head of Production, PrePress)

Clever Systemtechnik has been offering innovative complete solutions for all types of labels since 1993. From three different locations, the company supplies customers throughout Germany in the food, cosmetics, beverage, textile and automotive sectors. In 2017, Clever Systemtechnik decided to invest in a Durst Tau 330 Low Migration UV Inkjet Printer and to plan the integration of a workflow in order to meet its customers’ demands for shorter runs and shorter delivery times.

“Until then, we had had all repro work done externally and it simply took too long. Customers are demanding that their jobs be completed in ever shorter time and in shorter runs. It was clear to us that we could only optimize our connectivity and job scheduling with an efficient workflow solution. We also became aware of the Durst Workflow Label with the purchase of the Durst Tau 330.”

“Since we had to start from scratch, we naturally researched different vendors and solutions,” says Mr von Hanstein. “But it quickly became clear that the Durst Workflow Label was simply the best solution for us. Durst’s competent staff stood by us step by step during the introduction and optimized the software and press without interface problems.

“The powerful Durst Workflow Label now covers all processes from data management and print data preparation to print output and reporting! This optimization has resulted in an enormous increase in productivity. For jobs that used to take up to 10 days, we now only need 4 days,” explains Mr von Hanstein.

The company is also enthusiastic about the easy handling of the software. The intuitively designed program is very user-friendly and does not require a fully trained repro force for common corrections. The outdated folder structure at Clever Systemtechnik could be replaced by a modern database-driven solution that organizes data management in the Durst workflow.

Thus, the company has a fast and clear access to all articles manufactured so far. All data, including variable data, which previously had to be printed separately, can now be created easily and quickly via the software and sent to the printer. As a result, the company was not only able to react better to the wishes of existing customers, but was also able to win many new customers, such as start-ups.

“But the Durst Professional Services team does not stand still. We are now working together to implement an interface from the ERP system to the workflow in order to further increase the speed from order entry to printing. In the next 6 – 12 months we want to introduce an approval portal so that customers can see and approve their print image faster and delivery times can be shortened again. Together with Durst, we are already planning an online shop so that customers can design and order online as required. Without Durst’s future-oriented and competent employees, this project would certainly not have been so successful! Durst Professional Services has been a strong partner for us from the very beginning. No matter whether we need support for our workflow or our printing press, Durst’s competent employees always have a solution ready for us.”

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PRESS RELEASE – Desktop Metal Expands Metal Portfolio with Launch of 4140 Chromoly Steel for Industrial Applications

NOV 12 2019Desktop Metal, the company committed to making 3D printing accessible to engineers and manufacturers, today announced the launch of 4140 chromoly steel for the Studio System™, the world’s first office-friendly metal 3D printing system for prototyping and low volume production. One of the most versatile chromoly steels, 4140 is characterized by its toughness, high tensile strength, and abrasion and impact resistance, making it a key all-purpose steel for industrial applications.

“As global demand for the Studio System grows, Desktop Metal is broadening its materials portfolio to include 4140 chromoly steel, enabling designers and engineers to print a broad variety of critical industrial applications, such as couplings, forks, pinions, pump shafts, sprockets, torsion bars, worm gears, connecting rods, and fasteners,” said Ric Fulop, CEO and co-founder of Desktop Metal. “Now, teams around the world will be able to leverage the Studio System to iterate quickly on 4140 prototypes and ultimately produce end-use, customer-ready parts faster and more cost-effectively.”

Early applications of 4140 parts printed with the Studio System illustrate the benefits across a variety of industries, including automotive, oil and gas, pumps and hydraulics, agriculture and defense, among others:

Automotive: Connecting Rod

A key component in combustion engines, connecting rods are used to connect a piston head to a crankshaft. During combustion, connecting rods experience significant loads and must endure high temperatures, so functional testing must be conducted using metal parts. 4140 is a key material choice for this application as it can withstand the high temperatures and mechanical stresses experienced by connecting rods. With the Studio System, users have the ability to create functional prototypes in a matter of days, and then rapidly iterate on those designs. This ensures engineers can develop efficient components and validate how they perform before committing to the manufacture of potentially millions of parts via casting or forging.

Agriculture: Mechanical Coupling A common component in many types of machinery, mechanical couplings are used to connect two rotating parts. Where off-the-shelf parts don’t suffice, however, custom couplings must be fabricated for the specific application – a process that can be both time-consuming and expensive. The complex geometry and fine features of this particular coupling, used to attach a motor in a hopper metering system, make it a difficult and expensive part to machine. With the Studio System, the design team is able to produce a prototype of this part in a matter of days, then test its functionality in the machinery where it will be used. Printing this part allows engineers to create working models of machinery faster and with less expense. By printing in 4140, the material’s high torsional strength also enables it to stand up to the stresses couplings must withstand on a day-to-day basis.

“It’s well-known in additive manufacturing that the selection of metal materials is limited to a few options for high value-added parts,” said Dominique Ghiglione, R&D Manager – Materials & Process at CETIM, the Technical Centre for Mechanical Industry. “The fact that Desktop Metal offers 4140 is excellent news for the mechanical industry. This material is indeed the ‘Swiss army knife’ because of its good performance-to-cost ratio and its mechanical characteristics. This material is found in many automotive components, special machines, construction machinery, agricultural machinery, and so on. CETIM knows this material very well for having used it for a number of mechanical applications. Having this steel to use with our Studio System will allow us to effectively continue the spread of metal additive manufacturing within the mechanical industry.”

Industry: Sheet Metal Tooling

Press brake tools are used to create bends in sheet metal with a wide range of applications – from the production of heavy-duty metal parts, to electronics enclosures. This tool in particular is used to create a custom bend angle in aluminum. The long lead times and increased costs that accompany custom tooling make it impractical for smaller or specialty jobs. Now 3D printing with the Studio System allows shops to quickly create custom tools like this one and take on specialty jobs, while still keeping cost per-part low. 4140 is an ideal material choice for the production of this press brake tool due to its toughness and resistance to impact.

4140 is the latest addition to the Studio System materials library, which also includes H13 tool steel, and 316L and 17-4 PH stainless steels. Desktop Metal plans to introduce additional core metals to its portfolio, including superalloys, carbon steels and copper. To learn more about 4140 and the Studio System, please visit www.desktopmetal.com.

About Desktop Metal

Desktop Metal, Inc., based in Burlington, Massachusetts, is accelerating the transformation of manufacturing with end-to-end 3D printing solutions. Founded in 2015 by leaders in advanced manufacturing, metallurgy, and robotics, the company is addressing the unmet challenges of speed, cost, and quality to make 3D printing an essential tool for engineers and manufacturers around the world. Desktop Metal was selected as one of the world’s 30 most promising Technology Pioneers by the World Economic Forum; named to MIT Technology Review’s list of 50 Smartest Companies; and recognized among the most important innovations in engineering in Popular Science’s “Best of What’s New.” For more information, visit www.desktopmetal.com.

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NOBEL LAUREATE JOINS XJET TO LEAD SCIENTIFIC ADVISORY BOARD

Rehovot, Israel – November 4th, 2019 – XJet Ltd., the additive manufacturing company, announces today the appointment of Professor Dan Shechtman to lead its Scientific Advisory Board. Winner of the 2011 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for the discovery of quasicrystals, Shechtman’s role will be to help steer XJet’s material and application development roadmap. With his broad knowledge of scientific challenges and innovation, he will help guide pioneering applications, materials and the way materials are used for XJet NanoParticle Jetting (NPJ) technology that could revolutionize many different aspects of additive manufacturing for a variety of industries.

Crediting his Nobel Prize win to cultivating an expertise in a particular field, whilst retaining a broad knowledge of science – and above all tenacity – Shechtman believes applying those same proficiencies could see some exciting new development in additive manufacturing, “I’ve long been fascinated with additive manufacturing and the way it enables innovation and turns many concepts on their head. I feel there’s still a huge untapped potential for pushing this technology, through the materials. XJet’s NPJ technology grabbed my heart, mind and imagination and is particularly intriguing to me. Because it jets a liquid, in tiny droplets, it allows for innovation to surpass the level of a single material and involve new mixtures and complex structures.” he says.

“My vision for NanoParticle Jetting technology is to solve ‘impossible’ manufacturing challenges,” explains XJet CEO Hanan Gothait, “we look at existing manufacturing methods and we are bringing additive manufacturing solutions that deliver time and cost efficiencies, but we do much more than that. we are enabling innovation and the creation of things that have, up to now, not been possible. This is fascinating and exactly why the appointment of Professor Shechtman to the XJet team is so momentous. His knowledge of materials and innovation is unrivalled, thus his unique perspective will be priceless to the business.”

Shechtman’s expertise is in material science and the nature of matter. His discovery of quasicrystals in 1982 was initially extremely controversial and strongly denied by some peers, who wouldn’t reconsider their conceptions of crystallography and of the atomic structure of matter. It took a while and a lot of determination to lead a paradigm shift in chemistry. But eventually there were some who embraced the breakthrough and developed it into a thriving science. In 2011 the discovery was recognised with the Nobel Prize and today quasicrystals are found in applications from the formation of durable steel to non-stick frying pans.

XJet has already seen customers adopting its NPJ technology to overcome challenges that were seemingly unsolvable. “The University of Delaware and Marvel Medtech had both developed devices that they knew could provide trailblazing advances in their respective fields of 5G antennae and breast cancer treatment,” adds Gothait. “But they just couldn’t find manufacturing methods that would deliver the functions they needed, be it smooth, accurate internal channels, or the right material properties for directing waves. XJet NanoParticle Jetting has delivered a new and unique method of manufacturing that will allow them to make their designs a reality.

“Clearly, when we were developing NanoParticle Jetting technology, we couldn’t foresee these exact applications, we only thought we might have an impact on some industries. With Professor Shechtman’s expertise and understanding of science, chemistry and its challenges, and his approach to innovation, I can only start dreaming of what else we can achieve. concludes Gothait.

 

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Durst launches Rho 2500 modular series at PRINTING United and debuts P5 350 in North America

Brixen, Italy / Dallas, USA, 21.10.2019 – Durst, manufacturer of advanced digital printing and production technologies, will use its booth #7816 at PRINTING United in Dallas, Texas, from 23-25 October 2019 as the launchpad for the new Rho 2500 Series as well as showing the award-winning Durst P5 350 printer in North America for the first time.

An evolution of the Rho 1300 Series, the newly-designed Rho 2500 is a modular, versatile industrial production printer available in three different versions with upgrades possible at any time. All are equipped with Durst Workflow Print new production software and the monitoring tool Durst Analytics. The machine will be running alongside the Durst P5 350, which will also be making its debut at the inaugural PRINTING United show. The Durst P5 350 – launched at FESPA – won the European Digital Press Association (EDP) award for Flatbed/Hybrid Printer < 250 sqm/h at the same time in May.

The Rho 2500’s new 8pl printheads with variodrop printing technology enable higher resolution of 1000x800dpi, finer printing quality and excellent sharpness with productivity up to 1,200sqm/h. Other possibilities are for volume production, high speed and a Smart 4 printing mode for the six-color version. Starting with six head rows for the S model, the next level for the Rho 2500 M comprises eight head rows and the Rho 2500 L has 10 head rows. All can have white. Other options include a stacker for ¾ or full automation, a dual track printing mode, a safe ink refill identification system and camera control on the outside of the printer while operating the monitor screen.

Tim Saur, Managing Director of Durst North America, said: “Order volumes this year have been exceptionally strong, so we are looking forward to continuing the momentum by having live systems running at PRINTING United. The P5 is an outstanding new technology platform while the launch of the Rho 2500 industrial production printer provides a modular system that can be upgraded at any time. All of our machines benefit from the comprehensive Durst software solutions to maximize the potential of process automation and digitization.”

Christian Harder, Durst’s Global Sales Director, Large Format Printing, said: “PRINTING United gives us another perfect platform to showcase our world-class production, software, and service capabilities. North America is an extremely important market for us and has an abundant growth potential. The show’s objective – to focus on the opportunities that convergence presents – resonates with our own business philosophy. We are really looking forward to the exhibition.”

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Durst to unveil more groundbreaking innovations and show live demonstrations of the updated Tau RSC portfolio at Labelexpo 2019

Brixen, Italy / Brussels, Belgium – 30.07.2019 – Durst, manufacturer of advanced digital printing and production technologies, will launch and present groundbreaking innovations and show live demonstrations of the updated Tau RSC portfolio – including the launch of a new model – on its stand C50 in Hall 9 at Labelexpo 2019 in Brussels, Belgium, from 24-27 September.

Introduced two years ago, the Tau 330 RSC and Tau 330 RSC E UV inkjet single-pass presses set new benchmarks in the label industry with already more than 50 installations all around the world. Visitors will be able to have a close look at the technology and different applications used by customers. New features such as a special high opacity white and high speed white print mode are helping to boost the performance and range of applications for customers.

The focus on the booth will also be on the new software portfolio offered by Durst Professional Services. New features of the Durst Workflow Label combined with the Durst SmartShop and integration packages help to fulfil Industry 4.0 standards to drive the Tau RSC portfolio.

Helmuth Munter, Durst’s Segment Manager, Labels and Package Printing, said: “We are really looking forward to Labelexpo 2019 where we will be unveiling more groundbreaking innovations. This will include new software and the expansion of our updated Tau RSC portfolio that will set the base for the future of industrial digital inkjet printing.”

Full details will be officially unveiled at Durst’s press conference in the Press Office Theatre at Labelexpo, Brussels, Belgium on Tuesday, 24 September at 14.15 to which you are invited.

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PRESS RELEASE – University of Sheffield becomes one of the first UK recipients of new additive manufacturing technology by Desktop Metal

 

  • The University of Sheffield, working with Tri-Tech 3D, to install latest Desktop Metal Studio Systems
  • New system enables printing of a wider range of components to higher resolution finishes, at reduced costs
  • Desktop Metal Studio System provides on-demand metal 3D printing that can deliver scale and flexibility for diverse engineering needs

JUL 17 2019—BURLINGTON, MA, SHEFFIELD, UK: Two leading manufacturing centres of excellence in the UK have been named as the first to install a transformative additive manufacturing technology, developed by Desktop Metal, a company committed to making metal 3D printing accessible to global manufacturers and engineers. World top 100 academic establishment the University of Sheffield, and global engineering solutions firm Weir Group, are the first UK organisations to implement the Desktop Metal Studio System, working with UK reseller and platinum partner Tri-Tech 3D.

The Studio System is designed to provide an office-friendly metal 3D printing solution that can allow for rapid prototyping at low volume and cost, while providing users with the ability to efficiently produce tooling, jigs and fixtures, features which were previously cost prohibitive. The Studio System has already had a major impact on the additive manufacturing arena, with companies such as Ford, Google ATAP, Goodyear, BMW Group, John Zink Hamworthy Combustion and ProtoLabs, all becoming early adopters of the platform and attracting encouraging interest from fast followers. Based on 2019 worldwide benchmarking data collated by Desktop Metal, many parts produced using the Studio System demonstrated drastic cost reductions – some by as much as 90% relative to machining and selective laser melting (SLM) – as well as speed in fabrication, producing parts in days instead of weeks or months.

The University of Sheffield is working with the Tri-Tech 3D team to install their Desktop Metal Studio System at the Royce Translational Centre. Royce@Sheffield is part of the University of Sheffield’s Department of Materials Science and Engineering and is a major partner of the Henry Royce Institute for Advanced Materials. It comprises the Royce Translational Centre (RTC), and the Royce Discovery Centre, which is currently being built at the University’s city centre campus.

Royce Translational Centre’s Director – Prof Iain Todd, commented:

“We at Royce@Sheffield are very excited to receive our Desktop Metal Studio System. Additive Layer Manufacturing (ALM) is a critical part of the strategy for many high-value manufacturing sectors, as they look to reduce material waste and increase productivity. ALM covers many technologies, and with the Studio System, we are expanding our set of advanced 3D metal printers, which already includes electron and laser beam powder beds, and blown powder methods. Our industry partners range from start-ups to multinational aeronautical manufacturers: for them we represent a valuable missing link between small-scale laboratory metals processing and industrial scale manufacturing. The Desktop Metal Studio System keeps us at the cutting edge of near-net shape manufacturing capabilities in the UK.”

Weir Group Head of Additive Manufacturing – Sozon Tsopanos, commented:

“The additive manufacturing arena is dynamic, growing rapidly as a market, and presents exciting opportunities for innovative companies such as Weir. We are continuing to partner with world-class organisations as we proactively develop our additive manufacturing offering. The addition of this versatile system complements our existing capabilities at Weir Additive Manufacturing Solutions, allowing us to explore, prototype, test and commercialise components and tooling that will deliver significant benefits for our Mining and Oil & Gas customers globally.”

Since its founding in 2015, Desktop Metal has rapidly grown to become a leading systems developer for additive manufacturing technologies, with the Studio System attracting business interest all over the world. Tri-Tech 3D, the authorised UK Desktop Metal reseller, is targeting the rollout to other UK installations in 2019 and beyond.

Colin Cater, sales manager at Tri-Tech 3D commented:

“These first installations lead the way in a new direction for metal 3D printing, making metal parts available and more accessible to a wider range of customers. It complements all those currently using FDM, that require a metal part instead.”

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