Formnext, the largest additive manufacturing and 3D printing trade show in Europe will take place in three weeks time from the 13th through to the 16th November 2018. In the lead up to one of the most highly anticipated shows of the year, 3D Printing Industry is collecting all of the latest product release teasers and exhibition announcements, to keep our readers up to date.
This week, Prodways, Stratasys, Farsoon Technologies, Xaar, Polygonica, SABIC, Lithoz, Clariant and Fraunhofer ILT share what to expect from formnext 2018.
Prodways new dental 3D printer and RAF parts
French 3D printer provider Prodways will be presenting new materials for its ProMaker P1000 Laser Sintering system, the latest parts made by its metal Rapid Additive Forging (RAF) process, and the ProMaker LD20 Dental Model – which will debut at the show.
According to the company, the ProMaker LD20 has “The power of 40 desktop printers, in 1 compact industrial machine,” with the capability of 3D printing up to 48 dental models in an hour. Polypropylene will now be available for the ProMaker P1000, and we could expect to see some large scale RAF parts.
Find Prodways in hall 3.1, booth F80.
Will Stratasys show any metal?
Stratasys will be exploring concept modelling, prototyping, tooling and final part production in its exhibit in Frankfurt, including samples 3D printed on the Fortus 380mc Carbon Fiber Edition and demonstrations of the extended capacity of the J750.
For the first time at this particular show, the company will also show its latest parts made using its elusive metal 3D printing technology, and an 8-axis Robotic Composite 3D Demonstrator. We’ll have more to share about the Stratasys metal 3D printer soon.
Visit Stratasys at hall 3.1, stand G40.
Farsoon promotes open material capability
Industrial 3D printing solutions company Farsoon Technologies will be promoting its “OPEN FOR INDUSTRY” philosophy – i.e. allowing customers to use any material with their metal systems.
See Farsoon Technologies in hall 3.0, booth G48.
Lithoz debuts ceramic 3D printer
As previewed at AMUG 2018 Germany’s Lithoz, has a portfolio of high definition ceramic 3D printing products. The Lithoz CeraFabSystem, for industrial-grade ceramics, will be launched at formnext 2018.
Check out the new system and sample at Lithoz in hall 3.1, booth G49.
SABIC amorphous resins
Building on last year’s material releases, global chemical producer SABIC‘s formnext 2018 exhibit features new filaments, open architecture 3D printers and the use of amorphous resins with standard selective laser sintering (SLS) systems.
Discussions with SABIC representative are welcome at hall 3.1, stand G80.
Industrial 3D printer materials from Clariant
Also the materials sphere, Swiss specialty chemicals producer Clariant will presenting its latest industrial 3D printing materials at the show.
New formulations include ColorWords ColorForward filaments, and materials including additives like flame retardants, glass fibers and light stabilizers.
See Clariant at hall 3.1, stand H40.
futureAM update from Fraunhofer
The futureAM project led by researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT will report its new method most recent findings one year into the process of accelerating and cutting the cost of metal additive manufacturing.
The exhibit will also include the institute’s Extreme High-Speed Laser Metal Deposition (EHLA) technology.
Christian Tenbrock, research associate at Fraunhofer ILT and project coordinator of futureAM, comments, ““We are focusing on the complete process chain from order processing through design and simulation all the way to production in the machines. This approach is very important to us, as integration is at the very heart of the project.”
Find Fraunhofer ILT at the joint Fraunhofer booth in Hall 3.0, E70.
The latest Polygonica software toolkit
UK based 3D software company Polygonica will have a showcase of its mesh processing program as used by Renishaw, 3D Systems, Desktop Metal and Stratasys.
The company released Polygonica v2.2 in September 2018 featuring an automated hole filling tool.
Visit the Polygonica team in hall 3.1, stand E90.
Award winning exhibit from Xaar
“Xaar’s HL Technology combined with the fast, scalable nature of inkjet printing delivers true volume production and high productivity 3D printing,” says Simon Kirk, Senior Product Manager at Xaar, “This, together with our range of proven printheads, means we can provide integrators with a solution suitable for their specific 3D print applications.”
Sigma Labs to launch PrintRite3D INSPECT 4.0
And last, but not least, computer-aided inspection software company Sigma Labs is to launch PrintRite3D INSPECT 4.0 at formnext 2018.
This update of the company’s In-Process Quality Assurance (IPQA) software and respective SENSORPAK hardware features:
– Sensors coaxial to the laser optics to reduce potential gas flow interruption
– Melt pool spectral data evaluation capability
– And tools for reporting melt pool relative temperature
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Featured image shows inside floor 3.1 of formnext 2017. Photo by Beau Jackson of 3D Printing Industry