This edition of Rapid 3D Printing News brings you 3D printing news from the US where America Makes launched its third Satellite Center, World’s largest 3D printed home to be in Guinness World Records, Velo3D receives its largest order till date, and a new desktop FFF 3D printer in the market.
Read to know more on these exciting new developments from the industry.
America Makes Announced the Launch of its Third Satellite Center Solely Focused on Advancing the Use of Additive Manufacturing within the Aerospace Industry
Earlier this month, America Makes, one of the leading collaborative partner in AM and 3DP technology research, discovery, creation, and innovation from US, announced the launch of its third America Makes Satellite Center located at the Wichita State University Campus.
The center will be within the facilities of the National Institute for Aviation Research (NIAR). The relevant MoU was signed between America Makes, which is managed by the National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining (NCDMM), and WSU-NIAR.
The core objective of the new center is to expand the reach of the existing America Makes mission and further grow the adoption and utilisation of the additive manufacturing technology.
Speaking at the launch, America Makes Executive Director John Wilczynski said, “On behalf of all of us at America Makes, we are pleased to announce the selection of NIAR as the site of our third America Makes Satellite Center. For more than 30 years, NIAR has made a name for itself as the most capable university-based aviation research center in the United States, providing research, design, testing, certification and training to the aviation manufacturing industries. As our next America Makes Satellite Center, NIAR will have the unique distinction of being our first industry-specific Satellite Center solely focused on advancing the use of additive manufacturing within the aerospace industry. We are excited for this enhanced collaborative partnership with NIAR to get underway.”
Furthering this point, America Makes Director of Partnerships & Community Relations Erin O’Donnell added, “Our goal for the Satellite Centers is to leverage the existing collaborative partnerships and further grow them into a larger ecosystem of additive specialization. With NIAR joining the America Makes Satellite Center infrastructure, we are very excited to focus on certifying and qualifying additive technologies within the aerospace sector. The outcomes of such an effort are poised to have a tremendous impact on our membership community, the aerospace sector, and the additive manufacturing industry.”
S-Squared submits application to Guinness World Records
New York-based S-Squared 3D Printers (SQ3D) Inc., manufacturer of construction 3D printers, have officially submitted an application to Guinness World Records for what they believe is the world’s largest on-site 3D printed home in Patchogue, New York.
According to Bob Smith, the Co-owner of S-Squared 3D Printers (SQ3D) Inc., “The cement structure holds about 63,000 PSI, which is about twice the amount of standard cement. Fibers, are implemented to overcome the need for rebar but still, the company is working on formulas and designs to reach peak performance prior to hitting the market.
He added, “These homes can be used in disaster relief, overseas for affordable housing in developing countries, or right here in the U.S. for low-income homes.”
The home was first test printed earlier last month to understand the complete process and so once it was studied, the same structure was brought down and the cement structure was recycled. It took only about 12 hours to print, with an additional time to install the roof. The retail cost would be about $10-$15,000 to build, outfitted with plumbing and electric. Measurements and photos were submitted to Guinness World Records and Wikipedia.
The company says their cutting-edge technology has the potential to be the next big thing to help improve community infrastructure, with practically zero carbon footprint. By reducing the manpower and resources, the home printer can build a house in a fraction of the time, which reduces the impact on the environment, all while cutting costs and using eco-friendly materials and methods.
VELO3D to Deliver its Largest Order to an Aerospace Customer
Velo3D, a metal 3D printer manufacturer, received its largest order till date from its existing aerospace client. The company will be delivering four additional Sapphire 3D metal printers in stages by the end of the year.
As per Velo3D, it is a repeat order by its customer and the customer will now have nine Sapphire 3D printers at his facility.
Excited about the order, Benny Buller, CEO of VELO3D exclaimed, “We are excited to see customers ramping with Sapphire’s SupportFree capabilities. It is clear from customer feedback on our first deliveries that the demand for SupportFree, production ready, Sapphire metal 3D printers is strong and that we are exceeding expectations for the technology.”
Monoprice Launches Maker Ultimate 2 – Desktop FFF 3D Printer
Monoprice recently launched its all-new Maker Ultimate 2, a desktop FFF 3D Printer. It is a new version build upon its predecessor the Original Maker Ultimate. The desktop FFF 3D printer is offered at only $430 after application of the $50 introductory discount.
The latest 3D printer comes with enhanced features to boost the user experience by incorporating multiple additions like an auto-levelling print bed – which eliminates the hassle of getting started for new users, a full-enclosure – which helps maintain internal temperatures while printing allowing printing with materials like ASA & ABS without the fear of warping, a filament detector – which stops prints automatically when you run out of material, and even Internal LED lights – which allows easy monitoring of the print during nights and when used in dark places.
The 3D printer is perfect for new users, hobbyists, enthusiasts and even school students who want to get started on the 3D printing. The multiple features added to the printer at affordable price will surely help customers buy this product.
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