Essentium | September 06, 2022
Essentium, Inc., a worldwide leader in industrial additive manufacturing (AM), today announced that Additive at Scale, an advanced manufacturing services provider, used the Essentium High Speed Extrusion (HSE™) 180 ST 3D Printing Platform and Essentium PCTG-Z to design and manufacture 100 pilot units for an asset tracking solution for a multinational chemical company. The company used Essentium's 3D Printing technology to overcome design, cost, and time constraints, delivering the asset tracking solution for fleet management and monitoring of 18-wheeler chassis that transport chemicals in just 60 days.
Additive at Scale partnered with Blues Wireless to create an asset tracking solution that offers GPS capabilities and an onboard accelerometer while allowing the end-user to input data to the cloud without Wi-Fi or Bluetooth connectivity. However, the challenge was quickly developing electronic enclosures to mount the solution to the chassis. The enclosures require a specific form factor, custom PCB mounts, and a rugged design for outdoor installations – all of which can be costly and time-consuming when using traditional production methods.
To overcome the challenges, Additive at Scale designed an electronic enclosure with an O-ring groove and seal, threaded inserts, and custom PCB mounts. It printed 100 units for its pilot phase with an Essentium HSE 180 ST 3D Printer. The Additive at Scale team chose to use Essentium PCTG-Z for its electrostatic discharge (ESD)-safe properties, impact strength, chemical resistance, and low cost.
"Having Essentium as a strategic partner has allowed us to tap into the expertise of their material scientists and application engineers to help select the right material and process settings to meet our client's needs, They also offer the best ESD-safe materials on the market, which in most cases, is ideal for electronic enclosures or assembly of electronics."
-Madison Jones, Director of Additive at Scale.
With Essentium's technology along with its material scientists, service and support team, and training support, Additive at Scale was able to complete the pilot phase quickly and efficiently. Due to the project's success, Additive at Scale has been given official vendor status and is in the process of scaling-up production.
Essentium, Inc. provides industrial 3D printing solutions that are disrupting traditional manufacturing processes by bringing product strength and production speed together, at scale, with a no-compromise engineering material set. Essentium manufactures and delivers innovative industrial 3D printers and materials, enabling the world's top manufacturers to bridge the gap between 3D printing and machining and embrace the future of additive manufacturing. Essentium, Inc. is ISO 9001:2015 and ITAR certified.
Nikon | September 15, 2022
Nikon Corporation (Nikon) today announced an investment in Hybrid Manufacturing Technologies Global, Inc. Hybrid Manufacturing Technologies Global, Inc. (HMT), an award-winning industry leader in additive manufacturing (AM), successfully created an approach that enables users to integrate additive tools onto any platform. This groundbreaking technology allows users to take full advantage of the manufacturing process by unifying multiple complementary technologies in one set up.
Parts manufacturers will often use AM processing and machining in tandem, depending upon their specific production goals and tolerances. HMT enabled a game-changing leap forward by unlocking the freedoms of additive while retaining the precision and surface finish capabilities of CNC, all in a single system. When using their patented AMBIT™ deposition heads only a simple tool change is required to switch from cutting to adding metal, giving users unprecedented flexibility. HMT's tool changeable heads are not limited to laser processes but are also compatible with numerous materials and a vast array of deployment methods. HMT can upgrade existing vertical platforms to enable both additive and subtractive machining capabilities in one system or create bespoke solutions with customized heads to meet the user's objectives.
Nikon manufactures some of the most precise equipment in the world, with its products being used in applications ranging from semiconductor manufacturing and mass production of panels for televisions and smart devices, to medical systems, automotive and satellites. Nikon established the Next Generation Project Division to accelerate the launch of new growth businesses, including advanced materials processing technologies, through synergies resulting from strategic investments and alliances with industry-leading companies worldwide.
This latest investment will enable HMT and Nikon to leverage their combined expertise to accelerate innovation and expand the hybrid manufacturing landscape. Yuichi Shibazaki, Nikon Corporate Vice President and General Manager of the Next Generation Project Division said, "This investment in HMT is the latest component of our Next Generation Project program to further industrialization of digital manufacturing. As an industry leader with demonstrated collaborative capabilities, HMT and its AMBIT™ portfolio are well-matched with Nikon technologies. We look forward to working with them as part of our commitment to creating value and advancing society through novel industries like hybrid manufacturing."
"We are honored to receive investment from such a longstanding technology leader as Nikon. Together we will more fully deliver on the promise of additive and digital manufacturing. We expect the results of this technology will touch the lives of virtually all people on earth in the coming decades."
-Dr. Jason B. Jones, Co-founder and CEO HMT.
Hybrid is all about synergy, Peter Coates, HMT Co-founder and CTO added. For the better part of ten years in this industry we have taken pride in the strategic nature of our collaborations and our partnership with Nikon takes this to a whole new level by adding value to advanced manufacture.
Nikon has been a pioneer in optical technology markets worldwide since its inception in 1917. Today, utilizing advanced technologies, Nikon offers a wide range of products and solutions from digital cameras and binoculars to industrial precision equipment such as FPD and semiconductor lithography systems, microscopes, measuring instruments and products for the healthcare industry. Nikon aims to take advantage of its technologies to generate new core pillars of growth including material processing while continuing to be a leading company in precision and optics fields resulting in sustainable long-term increase in enterprise value.
About Hybrid Manufacturing Technologies Global, Inc:
Hybrid Manufacturing Technologies, LLC which is the US-based operating company of Hybrid Manufacturing Technologies Global, Inc. has been a global industry leader in hybrid and additive manufacturing since 2012. Pioneering a solution to marry the freedoms of additive with the precision of CNC machining, Hybrid has developed an unprecedented line of compact interchangeable deposition and inspection heads with elegant integration methods. This extends the capabilities of the everyday CNCs and robots without compromise, accelerating the adoption of the next wave of digital manufacturing.
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Eclipse Automation | August 30, 2022
Accenture (NYSE: ACN) has completed its acquisition of Eclipse Automation, a provider of customized manufacturing automation and robotics solutions headquartered in Cambridge, Ontario, Canada. Terms of the transaction, which Accenture announced on July 21, 2022, were not disclosed.
Eclipse Automation creates automated manufacturing systems to produce sophisticated products for life sciences, industrial equipment, automotive, energy and consumer goods companies. The acquisition, designed to help clients build factories of the future, allows Accenture to offer automated production lines that leverage the cloud, data and artificial intelligence (AI), making factories and plants smarter and thus, more productive, sustainable and safe. Eclipse Automation’s approximately 800 professionals join Accenture’s digital engineering and manufacturing service, Industry X.