3DP Tech Scouting at IMTS

Tim Fahey, Senior Vice-President of Team NEO, and co-leader of the Northeast Ohio Additive Manufacturing Cluster attended the International Manufacturing Technology Show to scout out the latest and greatest in 3DP.

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WHAM Machine: Photo from www.3dprintingmedia.network

Last month, Tim Fahey, Senior Vice-President of Team NEO, and co-leader of the Northeast Ohio Additive Manufacturing Cluster attended the International Manufacturing Technology Show to scout out the latest and greatest in 3DP. Even though he attended RAPID in April, (the most influential additive manufacturing show in North America), he said the technology has advanced greatly in such a short period of time.

Q: As a company in Northeast Ohio, or cluster member of the Northeast Ohio Additive Manufacturing Cluster, why should you care about keeping up on advancements being made in the world of 3D Printing?
A: “It is important to recognize that additive manufacturing is rapidly evolving, and it is critical to keep up with the latest advancements because it is evolving faster than traditional industries. You don’t want to make uninformed capex or materials decisions without knowing what is currently available.”Q: What was the most interesting start-up you saw at IMTS?
A: “Velo 3D, a Bay Area start-up, unveiled their new metal machine. They launched their product in August of 2017, and were on the list of the 7 most funded 3D printing metal start-ups. They have now raised a total of $90 million in venture capital funding according to Tech Crunch.com. Their software allows engineers to design low-angle overhangs of 5° and large inner diameters without the use of supports making impossible designs a reality. 

According to Velo3D.com,  “Intelligent Fusion is our proprietary technology invented to free the conventional laser powder bed fusion (LPBF) approach from design constraints by process simulation, prediction, and closed-loop control.” View their white paper here.

Q: What advancements are being made in biomedical applications?
A: Carbon showed off their focus on the dental market featuring the world’s first FDA approved class II materials for 3D printed dentures. A partnership between CARBON and DENTCA.” (Read Here

Q: Who did you meet with that is interested in coming to the region to see our 3DP assets?
A: “I met with Hybrid Manufacturing Technologies whose machine is located at Youngstown State University. Their integrated machining center combines the design freedom of additive with the precision of CNC. They are interested in visiting the region to learn more about cluster companies, America Makes and YBI.”

Q: Which companies debuted a new 3DP machine at IMTS? 
A: “HP unveiled its HP Metal Jet, it claims 50x more productivity than other 3DP metal methods and at a lower-cost. It doesn’t seem to be available on the market yet, but it will be available in 2019. Like their polymer machine, it will be a full closed-loop system. They are partnering with GKN the European metal powder company. (Read Here)

Another new metal AM company was Digital Alloys from the Boston area. It claims to be very fast and low-cost. It is fed with wire instead of powder so it is a high-speed build process, and can use any kind of metal wire. Precision isn’t great, but it is very fast and low-cost. It also is not available yet, but it will be on the market in late 2019.

EOS also unveiled a new metal machine, the M300 series (Read Here). 

Ingersoll announced their new 3D printer the “WHAM” which has surpassed the BAAM machine and is now the largest 3D printer in the world, touting a work envelope measuring W 23’ x H 10’ x L 46’. (Read Here)”



Written by: Melinda McNutt, Membership Director, Northeast Ohio Additive Manufacturing Cluster. 
To learn more about membership, e-mail us at mmcnutt@teamneo.org 


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