Today’s 3D printing news Sliced features developments in medicine, design, materials and business from: Omegasonics, NuVasive, Stryker, UC Davis, Nuvotronics, MX3D, Eclectical Engineering, Plumen, Carpenter, EOS, Institute of Ceramic Technology, colorFabb, Palermo Astronomical Observatory, Titomic, Apis Cor, Blackbird Robotics, UI Labs, Airwolf 3D and ONO.

Validation for 3D medtech and bioprinting

Omegasonics, a global manufacturer of ultrasonic cleaners, has secured agency certifications for its SST4030 machine. The 187 gallon machine is used for post processing of 3D printed parts, particularly for the medical industry, and the new ratings mean that it meets safety measures set out by the CE (European distribution), CSA (Canada) and UL.

San Diego’s NuVasive, a medical device company focusing on the development of spinal treatments, is expanding its HQ with an innovation center of excellence including “a prototype design facility with 3D printing capabilities.” The facility will add 100,000 square feet of space to the exiting site, amassing a total of approximately 250,000 square feet.

Mock-up of NuVasive's expanded San Diego HQ. Image via NuVasive
Mock-up of NuVasive’s expanded San Diego HQ. Image via NuVasive

Another 3D printed Tritanium device from Stryker has achieved 510(k) clearance from the FDA. The C Anterior Cervical Cage adds to Stryker’s existing catalog including a Tritanium PL Posterior Lumbar Cage that has been in use since 2016.

The University of California, Davis, has opened a Makerspace for biologists. Encouraging the adoption of 3D printing and other innovative technologies into study the center, according to UC Davis Professor Marc Facciotti, was created as “for students interested in hands-on exploration and creative expression in biotechnology, bioengineering and biodesign.”

Professor Facciotti adds, “We aspire to be a hub for creative expression in biotechnology, a place to host new hands-on courses, a home for student clubs and design teams. We also want to be a nurturing environment for budding entrepreneurs.”

Designs of the future

North Carolina startup Nuvotronics has emerged as a contender in the 3D printed electronics market, with its patented PolyStrata process that has particular focus on boards that can produce 5G connection.

According to company CEO David Sherrer, the process “is a 3D additive technology that can be envisioned as a blend of semiconductor processing and 3D printing […] No other company in the world can achieve the miniaturization and performance metrics like Nuvotronics—all because of its unique proprietary technology.”

Blueprint of the integrated modules on a Nuvotronics PCB. Image via Nuvotronics
Blueprint of the integrated modules on a Nuvotronics PCB. Image via Nuvotronics

Amsterdam’s MX3D has confirmed further progress and an ETA for its metal 3D printed bridge. Now confirmed for completion in 2018, the bridge has made significant process since the firm’s last update in December 2016.

In the latest project from YouTubers Eclectical Engineering, the team has made an underwater Iron Man suit using 3D printing to make the unique motor mount.

Low energy lighting designer Plumen has released the Ruche line of light shades, that are 3D printed from PLA and made-to-order in up to three different colors.

Stellar progress of core materials

Carpenter Technology Corporation, who recently increased investment in additive titanium powder production, has announced that base prices for non-contract orders of stainless steels products will increase by 3% to 8%.

Contributing to a commitment for modular design, EOS has introduced the ICPM M Pro system for easier handling of metal powder with the M 290 metal additive manufacturing system. The semi-automated system is capable of extracted a complete build from the M 290’s chamber, and sieving excess powder to be recycled for future builds. With minimum manual input, the system makes metal part process much cleaner, easier and faster than before.

Spain’s Institute of Ceramic Technology (ITC), has announced the launch of the 3DPRINT advance initiative to further knowledge of ceramic 3D printing.

colorFabb has released the polyester based nGen_LUX filament with a superior surface finish that sparkles in the light.

Sparkle sparkle - colorFabb's new nGen_LUX filament. Image via colorFabb
Sparkle sparkle – colorFabb’s new nGen_LUX filament. Image via colorFabb

In another twinkling development researchers at Palermo Astronomical Observatory, the University of Palermo, and the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, have used 3D printing to make demonstrative models of star system explosions.

Million dollar investments in digital and 3D printer updates

On introduction to the Australian Securities Exchange, “Kinetic Fusion” metal 3D printing firm Titomic has raised the equivalent of $5.2 million ($6.5 million AUS) through its initial public offering.

Rusnano Sistema Sicar, a private equity fund established Sistema and RUSNANO, has announced the intention to invest $6 million in Apis Cor, the Russian/American cement 3D printing company that constructed a house in just 24 hours.

3D Printing Industry will be at next week’s World’s Top 50 Innovators from the Industries of the Future to hear more from Apis Cor CEO Nikita Chen-iun-tai about how to 3D print a house in 24 hours.

Exterior of the 3D printed, then painted Apis Cor house. Photo via Apis Cor
Exterior of the 3D printed, then painted Apis Cor house. Photo via Apis Cor

Blackbird Robotics, specialists in remote laser welding using a robotic arm, has appointed a new CEO that previously worked for KUKA AG, PTR Präzisionstechnik and Linde AG. Blackbird co-founder Dr. Wolfgang Vogl comments, “Karl Christian Messer was a lucky find for us, not only due to his industry experience, welding expertise and precise knowledge of market challenges from both the customer’s and system supplier’s vantage points.”

Adding that, “He’s also an internationally experienced pragmatist who’s already been doing business intensively in North America, China and Korea.”

Chicago’s manufacturing innovation accelerator UI LABS has received $500,000 from the U.S. Department of Commerce in support if its City Digital program “to deliver commercial solutions to urban markets.”

Airwolf 3D has launched a buy back program allowing customers to trade in old 3D printer models against the value of its new AXIOM 3D printer. The program offers a maximum trade-in value of $2,500, giving customers over a 50% discount on a new machine.

The Airwolf 3D Axiom 3D printer range. Image via Airwolf 3D
The Airwolf 3D Axiom 3D printer range. Image via Airwolf 3D

ONO, dubbed “The First Ever Smartphone 3D Printer”, has released an update confirming new issues in the delivery of its Kickstarter campaign. Blaming firmware updates of smartphones creating control problems, the ONO Team has announcedthat it will be integrating Bluetooth into the 3D printer as an alternative, causing some further delays to production.

The news has, unsurprisingly, not been well received by Kickstarter backers.

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Featured image shows the Sliced logo over a robotic arm 3D printing Amsterdam’s metal bridge. Original photo via MX3D

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