Sliced 3D Printing Digest: the Light Rider, Robo 3D, Polaroid, Shining 3D, Sintavia and Concept …

Sliced 3D Printing Digest: the Light Rider, Robo 3D, Polaroid, Shining 3D, Sintavia and Concept Laser.

3D Printing Industry’s most recent slice of 3D printing news features: the Light Rider 3D printed motorcycle; Robo 3D scaling up production of 3D printers; Polaroid launching 3D pen across Europe; Shining 3D entering a new distribution partnership; Sintavia LLC producing additively manufactured parts in F357 aluminum and Concept Laser winning five awards for contribution to additive manufacturing.

Robo 3D R2 3D printers to be made in Taiwan

Taiwanese Foxconn Technology Group are to manufacture R2 3D printers for California-based Robo 3D (ASX: RBO). The production run is expected to reach a rate of 10,000 units per year, with the first shipments to customers arriving within Q1 of 2017.

The Robo 3D R2 was kick-started in 2016 after a successful crowdfunding campaign. It became publicly listed on the Australian Securities Exchange in December 2016.

A 3D printed T-Rex skull on the C2 model. Photo via: ROBO3D on Twitter

A 3D printed T-Rex skull on the C2 model. Photo via: ROBO3D on Twitter

Polaroid 3D pen to hit UK in February

After a preview at CES 2016, Polaroid have announced that their 3D pen will be available throughout Europe in select Currys PC World stores for £29.99/€39.99.

The Polaroid Play 3D pen comes packages with a specially designed Trace App that helps users to stencil their own photographs and pre-made images in 3D.

Demo of the Polaroid Play 3D pen. Photo via: Polaroid

Demo of the Polaroid Play 3D pen. Photo via: Polaroid

Shining 3D to distribute in 20 countries

3D printing educators and distributors PrintLab, headquartered in Lancashire, UK, have signed a strategic agreement with Chinese 3D scanning manufacturers Shining 3D.

PrintLab are to sell the EinScan series of 3D scanners to worldwide partners in 20 countries including Australia and South Africa.

PrintLab were founded on the basis of helping schools, universities and businesses to expand their potential through 3D printing. The addition of Einscan 3D scanners to their product range will especially enhance projects in the arts and engineering, by providing a tool to encourage a different method of 3D design.

Shining 3D EinScan Pro 3D scanner used to create 3D point cloud of a sculpture. Photo via: PrintLab

Shining 3D EinScan Pro 3D scanner used to create 3D point cloud of a sculpture. Photo via: PrintLab

3D printed motorcycle best of 2016

According to CNN Style the Light Rider motorcycle, made by German engineering company Airbus APWorks, is one of ‘Raw, edgy and super-naked’ top motorcycles of 2016. The Light Rider is 3D printed in APWorks’ aluminium-based Scalmalloy metal powder material. It weighs just 35 kg and operates using electric.

Nineteen other motorcycles complete CNN’s shortlist, including the futuristic BMW Motorrad Vision Next 100, and the UK’s Triumph custom Bonneville Bobbers.

The Airbus APWorks Light Rider at IMTS 2016 Photo by Michael Petch.

The Airbus APWorks Light Rider at IMTS 2016 Photo by Michael Petch.

Sintavia AM in F357 Aluminum

2017 is shaping up to be the year of metal 3D printing. Sintavia of Davie, Florida has announced development of, “full end-to-end parameters for producing additively manufactured parts in F357 aluminum, as well as other Al-Si alloys.” Doug Hedges, Sintavia’s President and COO said,

We are seeing an increased demand for additively manufactured Al-Si parts from both the aerospace and automotive industries. With Sintavia’s comprehensive manufacturing capabilities, we have developed processes to make F357 aluminum specimens and quickly test them to demonstrate they meet or exceed these industries’ strict validation parameters.

Congratulations to Concept Laser and founder Frank Herzog

Frank Herzog, the developer of Concept Laser’s registered LaserCUSING system, and the German company he founded have won five international awards for pioneering growth and innovation to the additive manufacturing industry. The awards include:

  • “Best Pioneer in the Manufacturing and 3D Printing Industry 2016” from European Business magazine.
  • “Best CEO in the Additive Manufacturing Industry” from European CEO magazine.
  • “Growth Champions 2017” for Concept Laser from Germany’s Focus magazine.
  • The “Bavarian Innovation Award 2016”
  • And the “Materialica Design + Technology Award 2016” at the tradeshow of the same name in Munich.
Concept Laser Metal Demo photo by Michael Petch

Concept Laser Metal Demo photo by Michael Petch

Featured image shows the Sliced logo over detail on the 3D printed Light Rider. Original photo via: lightrider.apworks.de

Nominations for the 1st Annual 3D Printing Industry awards are now open.

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3D-printed buildings: Expect taller buildings that clean the air

3D office, Dubai Dubai already has the world’s first 3D-printed office building, spread across 2,690 square feet where even the furnishings and interior design are 3D printed. (Reuters Photo)

What started off as a quicker means to mass produce small plastic toys is now becoming the norm for constructing buildings. Across the world, 3D-printing is being used to quickly construct buildings. Dubai already has the world’s first 3D-printed office building, spread across 2,690 square feet where even the furnishings and interior design are 3D printed. Rivalling that is China’s Jiangsu province where a five-story apartment block was 3D printed. The printer builds layers of ‘ink’ comprising a mix of glass fibre, steel, cement, hardening agents and recycled building waste. The advantages that 3D printing offers include faster construction, lower costs, reduced construction waste and the ability to use recycled materials.

Adding muscle to 3D printing for buildings is New York-based engineering materials and solutions company Arconic that plans to build a smog-eating, three-mile high skyscraper using 3D printing by, hold your breath, 2062. It plans to use EcoClean, a titanium dioxide-based coating, for aluminium which can absorb toxins from the air. The chemicals in the coating produce free radicals that pull the pollutants from the air and slide it off the building. So, you get cleaner air in taller buildings that can be constructed faster. While that may seem to be too far out into the future, Dubai has envisioned to 3D print a quarter of the city’s buildings by 2030. Obviously, that means fewer jobs for construction labourers, the second-largest work force in India after farmers. The next generation of construction labour will need to find newer jobs or up-skill quickly.

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