3D Printing News Sliced: Airbus, Markforged, SLM Solutions, PES

This edition of 3D Printing Industry’s Sliced news digest features the latest stories from: Markforged, Airbus, Adafruit, SLM Solutions, RMIT, Urquhart Opticians, PES and Twikit.

Airbus 3D printed boat part exhibited to celebrate 35th America’s Cup

A 3D printed component used in controlling the wing of racing boats has been exhibited at The Mariners’ Museum in Virginia. The part was 3D printed by Airbus subsidiary APWorks, using the company’s proprietary Scalmalloy material.

Composed of scandium, a rare earth mineral, and aluminium, Scalmalloy is a high performance material comparable to titanium for its weight to stringent ratio. It has also been used by APWorks to make the 3D printed Lightrider, tipped as one of the top motorcycles of 2016 by CNN.

The 3D printed forward organiser race boat part, exhibited at the Mariners' Museum. Photo via APWorks

The 3D printed forward organiser race boat part, exhibited at the Mariners’ Museum. Photo via APWorks

Raspberry Pi powered mini PC is perfect solution to 3D printer host control

The Ruiz Brothers on DIY tutorial site Adafruit have uploaded a mini PC design to help makers control and update 3D printers. Powered using a Raspberry Pi mini processor or PC/MAC connection, the setup is the perfect, configurable alternative to using a full sized laptop.

The Ruiz Brothers' 3D printed Mini PC. Photo via Adafruit

The Ruiz Brothers’ 3D printed Mini PC. Photo via Adafruit

SLM Solutions looks at options after failed €680 million bid from GE

Following the withdrawal of a €680 million bid from GE, SLM Solutions are seeking financial advice from asset management firm Lazard. In a report to Bloomberg Uwe Boegershausen, chief finance officer and interim CEO of SLM Solutions, said “We’ve hired Lazard to advise us on how to best deal with the new situation following the failed transaction with General Electric.”

GE’s additive manufacturing investment recently moved from SLM Solutions in favour of Germany’s Concept Laser.

A metal 3D printed gyro produced by SLM solutions. Photo via mynewsdesk

A metal 3D printed gyro produced by SLM solutions. Photo via mynewsdesk

RMIT University is looking for specialist lecturer in additive manufacturing

RMIT University in Australia is advertising for a Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in its School of Engineering. The job description details that the candidate must have skills and experience in advanced, and specifically additive, manufacturing techniques.

Applications close on Monday 19 June 2017.

Scottish opticians bring 3D printing to custom-made eyewear

Urquhart Opticians in Ayrshire, south-west Scotland, has partnered with Ivory Solutions service providers to bring 3D printing to its eyewear range.

Peter Telfer, business partner at Urquhart Opticians, told Optician Online, “The project is very much in its early stages, but we’re thrilled to be working with another local business to explore how this emerging technology can enhance our patient experience.”

Ivory Solutions' Ian Ivory (left) and Peter Telfer business partner at Urquhart Opticians (right). Photo via Optician Online

Ivory Solutions’ Ian Ivory (left) and Peter Telfer business partner at Urquhart Opticians (right). Photo via Optician Online

Markforged makes Eiger software available free of charge 

Award winning carbon fiber 3D printer company Markforged has released its proprietary Eiger software for free to designers and engineers. According to Ben Sklaroff, senior software engineer at the company, “Eiger lets engineers convert any STL file into a printable, fiber-reinforced model in seconds”. To this he adds,

You can add continuous carbon fiber to your part with one click and we’ll auto-route it for optimal strength, but you also have full layer-by-layer control if you want to optimize your part’s strength-to-cost. Users file support tickets just to tell us they’re impressed how powerful and easy-to-use our software is. Now anyone can create an account and upload their design to discover how to print truly strong parts.

Free Eiger access can be acquired by signing up online here.

Markforged displaying its Metal X 3D printer at RAPID + TCT. Photo via Markforged.

Markforged displaying its Metal X 3D printer at RAPID + TCT. Photo via Markforged.

PES videogame championship is awarded with 3D printed trophy

Konami Pro Evolution Soccer (PES) World Championship winner has been awarded a 3D printed trophy. The trophy was SLA 3D printed in resin by the 3DTrophyFactory at Belgium’s Twikit NV. It was awarded to 17 year old gamer GuiFera from Brazil, along with a cheque worth $200,000.

The 3D printed PES Championship Trophy. Photo via Twikit

The 3D printed PES Championship Trophy. Photo via Twikit

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Featured image: Sliced logo over a screen from Pro Evolution Soccer 2017. Original image property of Konami.

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