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Fully additive: Towards 3D Printed Mechatronic Systems – Part II

Rapidly maturing processing technologies are also allowing 3D Printing to increasingly compete on an economic basis and the first low volume manufacturing applications are emerging. Adding electronics functionality to 3D Printed parts to produce complete mechatronic systems is the next logical step in this evolution.
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The ‘Metal Head’: From leaving school to pioneering in 3D printing...

In 2000, Concept Laser was founded by Frank and Kerstin in a small area of a factory, where the construction of the very first machine was conducted. In the following year, the first laser-driven 3D printer for metals was presented at Euromold in Frankfurt.
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Volumatik gives volume to 3D printing ideas

When it comes to 3D fabrication and printing, Volumatik brings everything together in one place. The company works with an international team as well as with freelance professionals around the globe, to offer assistance to any type of customer.
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Fully Additive: Towards 3D Printed Mechatronic Systems – part 1

3D Printing of structural components in polymers, metals and ceramics is becoming well established industry driven by the unique freedom of design benefits that are unattainable with other traditional manufacturing techniques.
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The ‘Metal Head’: From leaving school to pioneering in 3D printing...

This is part II of the story behind Concept Laser: 'Metal Head' Frank Herzog decides to 'compromise' and joins a prototype shop in the neighbourhood, that belongs to Kerstin’s uncle Robert Hofmann. This decision changed his life.
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IKEA to launch mass produced 3D printed collection

IKEA was already taking steps into the world of 3D printing and is going to step it up with mass produced 3D printed objects. The collection is called OMEDELBAR, which is Swedish for immediate, direct (without intermediary or middle man). IKEA is collaborating on this project with Bea Åkerlund, stylist of Lady Gaga and Beyoncé.
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Additive Industries selected most promising young technology company

This year it is the third time that Dutch National newspaper has set out to identify new champions in the Dutch corporate life. Additive Industries has been selected as the winner among eight ‘New Champions’ by Dutch National newspaper ‘Financieele Dagblad’.
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The ‘Metal Head’: From leaving school to pioneering in 3D printing...

Frank Herzog - the 'metal head' - is the founder and CEO of Concept Laser, a pioneer in the 3D printing industry and industrial additive manufacturing. Concept Laser's equipment is capable of manufacturing delicate jewellery and dental implants, as well as powerful engine blocks for trucks (see video).
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Join the 3D fab+print group on LinkedIn

The 3D fab+print group on LinkedIn offers professionals an online networking platform to share thoughts, challenges, and experiences with respect to 3D printing / additive manufacturing.
Pictured: thermal image at 60 degrees Celsius (left), and ‘fully additive’ 3D printed heater.

Towards fully additive 3D printed electronics with Neotech

Neotech AMT GmbH is a leading company developing manufacturing technologies for 3D Printed Electronics (3D PE). To expand on the capabilities for fully additive 3D Printed Electronics, Neotech AMT GmbH is involved in two new major projects.
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3D Printing gold objects out of water solution … modern alchemy?

Converting base metals into noble ones is something many have been trying for ages already. With FluidFM, Cytosurge has gone beyond, by converting ‘water’ into finite noble metal sub-micron objects. With the FluidFM µ3Dprinter various metals such as Ag, Cu, Au, and Pt can be printed.
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Metal-based additive manufacturing technology for professional applications

Additive manufacturing with metal is one of the most complex and impressive production processes in the world. The technology of so-called metallic 3D printing is gaining importance in the industrial field. Recently 3D fab+print spoke with Mr Gregor Graf and Mr Stefan Ritt from SLM Solutions about this and many other topics.
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Engineering Simulation – Shaping the Future of 3D Printing

One technology that is often referred to in the context of additive manufacturing and 3D printing is engineering simulation. In contrast to additive manufacturing – which can directly create physical products from virtual designs – engineering simulation allows engineering professionals to virtually investigate the behavior of products and assemblies.
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Should you implement additive manufacturing?

With all the news about 3D printing and Additive Manufacturing a sort of FoMO is spreading. To help companies decide if they should implement 3D printing into their business, 3D fab+print summarised what you need to consider in order to decide whether your business could currently benefit from additive manufacturing.
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Additive design still needs to hit home in everyone’s minds as...

Altair Engineering GmbH develops a software that guides construction engineers toward an optimal design for additive manufacturing by virtue of numerical methods and artificial intelligence. In this interview, manager Dr. Pietro Cervellera explains where he sees the biggest advantages as well as weaknesses of additive manufacturing.