6K Additive | November 14, 2022
6K Additive, a division of 6K, a leader in the sustainable production of engineered materials for additive manufacturing and lithium-ion batteries, and Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT, one of the world's leading centers for contract research in laser development and application, announced today a collaboration to create a complete life cycle assessment (LCA) for additive manufacturing. The study will use sustainably manufactured Ni718 powder produced by 6K Additive, for an industrial component manufactured on a laser powder bed fusion machine to better understand the carbon footprint from material through additive manufacturing process and post-processing. Early results from the study will be on display at the Fraunhofer ILT stand # 51 Hall 11.
"There are conflicting views on additive manufacturing regarding its environmental impact compared to traditional manufacturing. The goal for this study is to analyse factual data to help us understand the real environmental impact for printing a metal AM part using LPBF, We also thought it was extremely important to evaluate the entire process, including powder manufacturing, which is why we partnered with 6K Additive, who has a proven method of sustainable powder manufacturing."
-Dr Jasmin Saewe, Head of Department Laser Powder Bed Fusion at Fraunhofer ILT.
6K's UniMelt platform offers multifaceted sustainability benefits like no other material production platform in the world. 6K Additive previously released two life cycle assessment projects for both titanium and nickel powders. This study was conducted by Foresight Management, an independent company who quantified the environmental impacts associated with the production of printable metal powders and specifically compared atomization technology methods to 6K Additive's. It was found that for Ni718 powder, 6K's UniMelt process at minimum delivered a 91% energy reduction and 92% carbon emission reduction from traditional processes. The independent study can be download here.
"We are excited to partner with Jasmin and her team at Fraunhofer ILT for this research. Our previous study clearly highlighted the environmental advantages our UniMelt® technology has over atomization, but this collaboration takes it to the next step shedding light on the entire AM process. The market has embraced sustainability and the results of this study will provide the tools to allow customers to identify real solutions and help organizations drive toward carbon neutrality."
-Frank Roberts, president of 6K Additive.
6K Additive is the world's first producer of AM powder made from sustainable sources and offers a full suite of premium powder including nickel, titanium, copper, and refractory metals such as tungsten and rhenium. The proprietary UniMelt system is the world's only microwave production-scale plasma system, with a highly uniform and precise plasma zone with zero contamination and high throughput production capabilities.
With sustainability at its core, 6K was founded in North Andover, Massachusetts, has developed UniMelt®, a proprietary advanced microwave plasma production system, to transform engineered materials into revolutionary products that advance industries across additive manufacturing, renewable energy, aerospace, consumer electronics, and more. 6K represents 6000 degrees, both the temperature of the operation of UniMelt®, the world's only microwave production scale plasma system, and the temperature of the sun's surface.
About Fraunhofer ILT:
With over 480 employees and more than 40 spin-offs, the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT in Aachen is one of the leading contract research and development institutes in its field. For more than 35 years, the Fraunhofer ILT experts have been developing and optimizing laser beam sources and laser processes for production and metrology, energy and mobility, medical and environmental technology, as well as quantum technology.
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Nexa3D | November 15, 2022
Nexa3D, the maker of ultrafast industrial polymer 3D printers, today announced that it will make its patented Lubricant Sublayer Photo-curing® (LSPc®) 3D printing technology available through Xometry’s (NASDAQ: XMTR) global digital marketplace, which connects enterprise buyers with manufacturing suppliers.
“We are very excited to make Nexa3D’s ultrafast technology available to our customers in the coming months, Our customers have the need for additively manufactured, engineering-grade components that have shorter lead times, but yet can be sourced economically, and we look forward to meeting those customer needs.”
-Randy Altschuler, Xometry’s Chief Executive Officer.
The 3D printing service will be offered through Xometry’s global network of vetted suppliers utilizing both the industrial NXE-series and XiP desktop 3D printers. Both printers use Nexa3D’s patented LSPc technology, which is a proprietary masked stereolithography (mSLA) process that is orders of magnitude faster than traditional stereolithography and digital light processes. The LSPc process uses an LED array as its light source, along with an LCD photomask, which shapes the layer image. The company’s proprietary Everlast Membrane minimizes peel forces resulting in faster layer speed powered by higher light intensity, which ultimately translates into better print quality and up to 20x productivity gains.
“We are thrilled to partner with Xometry to make our technology even more accessible to the global engineering community, With over 400 Nexa3D printers currently in use worldwide, it’s great to know that our technology is going to reach an even wider audience through Xometry’s on-demand manufacturing network.”
-Avi Reichental, Nexa3D Co-founder, and Chief Executive Officer.
Nexa3D is passionate about digitizing supply chains sustainably. The company’s patented Lubricant Sublayer Photo-curing® (LSPc®) technology powers its ultrafast polymer 3D printers that deliver up to 20x productivity gains to professionals and businesses of all sizes. Partnerships with world-class material suppliers and its open materials platform unlock the full potential of additively manufactured polymers for volume production. Automated software tools optimize the entire production cycle using process interplay algorithms that ensure part performance and production consistency, while reducing waste, energy, and minimizing carbon footprint.
3D Systems | November 11, 2022
Today, 3D Systems (NYSE:DDD) and ALM announced they have entered into a partnership to expand access to industry-leading 3D printing materials. ALM will add 3D Systems’ DuraForm® PAx material to its portfolio, providing its customers access to a unique copolymer specifically designed for use with available Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) technologies. As a result, ALM’s customers will have access to an expanded materials portfolio enabling them to choose the best material for their application. This partnership is the first step between 3D Systems and ALM to address the material needs of customers who may use SLS technologies from a variety of equipment manufacturers for their application needs.
“We’re excited to announce this collaboration with ALM, not only to expand access to this game-changing copolymer but to also show what’s possible when two industry leaders work towards a shared goal, By joining together, 3D Systems and ALM are not only helping manufacturers innovate more rapidly, but we’re also able to redirect our innovation pipelines to create more first-to-market materials. I believe this in turn will also foster future 3D printing technology innovations thus creating additional options for manufacturers to procure the optimal solution for their application.”
-Dr. David Leigh, EVP and chief technology officer for additive manufacturing, 3D Systems.
3D Systems unveiled its open materials strategy earlier this year with the announcement of DuraForm PAx. This material can be used to manufacture tough, lightweight, production-grade parts for applications such as orthotics, tooling handles, splints, and braces, ducting in rugged environments, living hinges, liquid reservoirs, and enclosures requiring high impact and high toughness. DuraForm PAx possesses properties similar to injection molded plastics and features high impact resistance with high elongation at break in any direction.
“We have long pursued a strategy of using our engineering expertise in formulating and producing high quality powders for Additive Manufacturing, providing the broadest portfolio of SLS materials on the market for all OEMs, Now, our collaboration with 3D Systems expands the market’s material options opening up new applications and opportunities for AM industry.”
-Donnie Vanelli, president at ALM.
About 3D Systems:
More than 35 years ago, 3D Systems brought the innovation of 3D printing to the manufacturing industry. Today, as the leading additive manufacturing solutions partner, we bring innovation, performance, and reliability to every interaction - empowering our customers to create products and business models never before possible. Thanks to our unique offering of hardware, software, materials, and services, each application-specific solution is powered by the expertise of our application engineers who collaborate with customers to transform how they deliver their products and services. 3D Systems’ solutions address a variety of advanced applications in healthcare and industrial markets such as medical and dental, aerospace & defense, automotive, and durable goods.
Advanced Laser Materials (ALM) specializes in material research, development and consultation for industrial 3D printing and additive manufacturing. Founded in 2004, ALM remains focused on providing customers with application-specific, quality-tested materials and engineering support to meet the most complex product specifications and production requirements. ALM offers the largest selection of laser sintering solutions with onsite capabilities to produce standard and specialized materials in varying quantities.