MANUFACTURING TECHNOLOGY

Velo3D Utilizes Manufacturing Capabilities for Aerospace Business

Velo3D | April 19, 2022

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Velo3D, Inc., a leader in metal additive manufacturing technology for mission-critical parts, announced that Lockheed Martin had selected Velo3D's end-to-end additive manufacturing solution for its Additive Design & Manufacturing Center, which is evaluating new additive manufacturing technologies for production deployments in Lockheed Martin's Space division. Velo3D was chosen for its strong quality assurance capabilities enabled by its Assure software, which enables layer-by-layer tracking of machine health, component integrity, and build reporting.

Velo3D provided Lockheed Martin with a Sapphire printer, Velo3D's Flow print preparation software, Velo3D's Assure quality assurance and control software, and Velo3D's underlying Intelligent Fusion manufacturing process, which optimizes the additive manufacturing process by combining process simulation, geometry-based detection, and print execution monitoring. This end-to-end solution ensures that mission-critical products printed with Velo3D's additive manufacturing technology retain their design intent. Additionally, it enables customers to make similar components on any Velo3D Sapphire printer, allowing them to expand production capacity simply by adding additional printers to their production facilities anywhere globally or by utilizing Velo3D's network of contract manufacturers.

“The past few years have uncovered weaknesses in the global supply chain, which is causing many companies to evaluate new technologies to feed production of their mission-critical parts and hardware, and distribute their manufacturing processes, An additive manufacturing solution that can print identical parts anywhere you have a printer can not only help solve some very specific, complex challenges in our global supply chain, it can also lower production costs and lead times, and enable the manufacturing of parts in closer proximity to where they are needed.”

Benny Buller, Velo3D CEO and Founder

Velo3D customers benefit from increased productivity and cheaper production costs thanks to the company's latest Sapphire XC system. Additionally, it permits the printing of items with a diameter of 600 mm and a height of up to 550 mm a 500 percent increase over the previous Sapphire system.

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Siemens is well-positioned to be the leader of the industrialization of Additive Manufacturing because it is the only company that combines all necessary competencies: Siemens experts are successfully applying their skills to the materials and processes used to create the company’s high-tech products, and it provides software and automation solutions to seamlessly integrate and industrialize AM.

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Siemens is well-positioned to be the leader of the industrialization of Additive Manufacturing because it is the only company that combines all necessary competencies: Siemens experts are successfully applying their skills to the materials and processes used to create the company’s high-tech products, and it provides software and automation solutions to seamlessly integrate and industrialize AM.

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Stratasys Direct Manufacturing and Xcentric Mold & Engineering Announce a Strategic Relationship

Xcentric | May 02, 2022

Stratasys Direct Manufacturing, a pioneer in 3D printing and advanced manufacturing services, has announced a strategic relationship with Xcentric. The partnership will enable Xcentric to expand its additive manufacturing capabilities by outsourcing 3D printing projects to Stratasys Direct. In addition, this will allow Xcentric customers to place orders online and access Stratasys Direct's fleet of more than 200 industrial-grade printers located in eight locations across North America. Stratasys Direct, with over 30 years of experience in 3D printing, design, and engineering, offers a comprehensive suite of additive manufacturing services, including FDM®, PolyJetTM, stereolithography, laser sintering, SAFTM, MJF, and DMLM, as well as a complete suite of secondary processing and assembly. Customers of Xcentric will be able to leverage these services while placing orders with Xcentric. "We continually strive to meet the evolving needs of our customers. One of those needs is the expansion of our 3D printing capabilities and providing an automated quoting and order platform for those services. Partnering with Stratasys Direct was a strategic and obvious choice given their deep expertise and experience in additive manufacturing services. Our core values are aligned, and we are excited about growing this strategic relationship," Matt McIntosh, CEO of Xcentric Mold & Engineering "Additive manufacturing is becoming an increasingly mission-critical part of any manufacturer's operations, and Stratasys Direct has built its capabilities and expertise to meet that growing demand at a world-class level of quality and consistency," said Josh Metzger, Director of Business Operations at Stratasys Direct. "Our additive manufacturing services will complement Xcentric's core services, which will benefit Xcentric's customers by providing a broader range of manufacturing services at their fingertips." For those interested in learning more about Xcentric's enhanced 3D capabilities, on May 5 at 1 p.m. EST, they will offer a joint webinar with Stratasys Direct to explore When to Use Additive Manufacturing vs Injection Molding (register here). If you require assistance with a 3D project, submit a quote request here. Click here to learn more about Xcentric's additive manufacturing services. With over 25 years of experience, Xcentric has always put the needs of designers and engineers first when it comes to rapid prototyping, injection molding, CNC machining, and 3D printing. Xcentric is designed to be agile, employs a team of professionals, and approaches all they do from an engineer-centric perspective. Xcentric is trusted by tens of thousands of product developers and engineers throughout North America to bring their innovations to life. Stratasys Direct Manufacturing, a part of Stratasys Ltd. is the market leader in 3D printing and advanced manufacturing services across a broad variety of additive and traditional technologies. Stratasys Direct assures the success of customers' projects at every level of product development, from prototypes to production runs, by using nearly 30 years of 3D printing, design, and engineering knowledge. Stratasys Direct provides methodologies, materials, and processes that improve and increase additive and conventional manufacturing capabilities for businesses of all sizes, from start-ups to established global brands.

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EarlyBirds Contribute to Manufacturing Innovation

EarlyBirds | March 08, 2022

EarlyBirds, the originator of the Open Innovation Ecosystem, published an article on how their organization might assist advanced manufacturing and production companies to close the innovation gap. By exploiting and deploying innovative technology across production sites, most businesses have been able to adjust to the enormous disruption created by the COVID-19 outbreak. Manufacturing and supply chain professionals must now step up their efforts to be competitive in today's market. Numerous reasons are escalating this demand for change. To begin with, the need for change in advanced manufacturing and production is being fueled by new client demands and a shifting market environment. Second, the epidemic changed many aspects of people's lives, including their preferences for products and services. Third, climate change and the urgent requirement to achieve net-zero emissions compel businesses to drastically reinvent their production techniques to mitigate the catastrophic effects of global climate change. Finally, the digital transition is here to stay, and companies must innovate to thrive in it. Consumers, the social order, and the status of the planet are posing new problems that require company executives to go beyond operations, productivity, and efficiency improvements. It entails capitalizing on their investments in sophisticated manufacturing to optimize existing operational models and develop and unlock whole new business models that produce and provide value to all stakeholders. This involves businesses and their consumers and their staff, the broader community, and the environment. EarlyBirds' founders noticed a gap in the market for enterprise-wide innovation services that may assist manufacturing and production organizations in rapidly resolving difficulties, seizing new possibilities, and adapting to the new world of business. To assist businesses in closing this innovation gap, EarlyBirds developed two essential features. The first is their Open Innovation Ecosystem, which connects large corporations in need of innovative solutions with startups, scaleups, and mature businesses that can provide those answers. Along with this platform, which already records over 4 million creative trades, EarlyBirds launched its Explorer and Challenger innovation initiatives. These programs enable large corporations to leverage EarlyBirds' network of innovators and subject matter experts to offer the programs and outcomes their businesses require. If companies have enough money, they can even be taught how to run these programs independently or help adopt a hybrid strategy that includes their programs. The Explorer Program is for companies that require innovation as a service to enhance their existing innovation initiatives or to perform innovation projects. By contrast, the Challenger Program is designed to address a single business or technological challenge at a time. It enables firms to identify innovators who meet their business, technical, commercial, and risk requirements. In addition, these programs assist early adopters of novel technologies in locating subject matter experts and independent advisors who can help them confidently resolve their difficulties. The Explorer and Challenger programs are particularly well-suited for addressing the drivers of change in today's economic climate and capitalizing on opportunities created by shifting customer demands, the establishment of Net Zero targets, and the relentless progress of digital transformation. EarlyBirds launched the Open Innovation Ecosystem and the Explorer and Challenger programs to assist major corporations interested in implementing creative improvements to their operations in identifying innovative startups and subject matter experts who can help them accomplish that goal. Anyone who wants to learn more about EarlyBirds' work, whether they are an innovative startup, a company looking for new ways to solve problems, or a subject matter expert who wants to help many businesses, can contact the company or go to their website.

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Alibaba Seeks to Expand its Offline Footprint Through New Garment Manufacturing Division

Alibaba | November 11, 2020

As most organizations race to develop their online presence, Alibaba is effectively trying to grow its disconnected impression through its new manufacturing division, Xunxi. The Chinese tech giant as of late opened three new “smart” factories obliging on the web marks that need to support their manufacturing abilities. The activity is being controlled by Xunxi related to Alibaba's eCommerce site Taobao, as indicated by Reuters. “A lot of these small and medium-sized brands, their advantage is that they can adapt to changes in the market and meet consumer demand, but their disadvantage is in manufacturing, because their technology and skills are limited,” Xunxi CEO Alain Wu told Reuters at a media event for Alibaba’s mammoth annual shopping event, Singles’ Day. Alibaba plans to grow the division by getting companies to use its services and learning which of its technologies can be scaled up, rather than just building more factories, said Reuters, citing Wu. China's Singles' Day, which is planned for Nov. 11, is a 24-hour shopping long distance race that flaunts the greatest deals on earth of any day of the year. An ongoing review of Chinese buyers by AlixPartners found that while customers have supported purchasing Chinese merchandise this year for energetic reasons, unfamiliar retailers ought to likewise appreciate the help of a sound deal. Notwithstanding garment plants, Alibaba likewise works a 100 or more store market chain called Freshippo, alongside a lodging and shopping center in Hangzhou, China. The aggregate has additionally dispatched an item sourcing and data analytics administration for accommodation stores, as indicated by Reuters.

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