NASA recently awarded a $73.7 million contract to Mountain View, California-based Made In Space to demonstrate the abili..
06 August 2019
NASA recently awarded a $73.7 million contract to Mountain View, California-based Made In Space to demonstrate the ability to produce and assemble spacecraft components in low-Earth orbit. These capabilities could be vital in reaching, exploring, and possibly settling on Mars.
The contract initiates the second phase of a partnership established through NASA's Tipping Point solicitation. The partnership combines NASA resources and the private sector, with industry partners covering at least 25% of the program costs.
Archinaut One is the proposed space vehicle on which the printing and assembly would take place. It is expected to launch on a rocket in 2022.
Once the vehicle is positioned in low-Earth orbit, the spacecraft will 3D-print two beams that extend 32 feet from each side of the craft. As production moves forward, each beam will unfurl solar arrays capable of generating up to five times more power than typical solar panels on spacecraft of similar size.
The potential of these technologies is thought to include:
- The ability to enable remote, in-space construction of communications antennae and large telescopes
- Enabling small satellites to deploy power systems and reflectors currently reserved for larger satellites
- Avoiding the risks of spacewalks by performing tasks currently completed by astronauts
Made In Space began working on Archinaut in 2016. A year later it successfully 3D-printed structural beams in a NASA facility that mimics the conditions of space. Then, at the agency's Ames Research Center in Silicon Valley, they were able to validate that the printing equipment and hardware were capable of withstanding the environmental challenges of space.
The Archinaut group includes Northrup Grumman, Made In Space, Ames, and NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. The program is based out of the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama.
HP has unveiled a series of innovations and partnerships helping its customers accelerate their digital manufacturing jo..
14 May 2019
HP has unveiled a series of innovations and partnerships helping its customers accelerate their digital manufacturing journey. HP is expanding its industry-leading 3D printing portfolio with the new Jet Fusion 5200 Series 3D printing solution, an industrial 3D printing system bringing new levels of manufacturing predictability, efficiency, repeatability, and quality to customers scaling to full production. To further enable customers digitally transforming their manufacturing, HP is also expanding its strategic alliances with industrial leaders BASF, Materialise, and Siemens, and launching the HP Digital Manufacturing Network, a new global community of proven, large-scale 3D printed parts providers.
“The Fourth Industrial Revolution is one of the most transformative forces in our lifetime. New technology innovations will be required, new partnership models will emerge, and new modes of doing business will unfold,” said Christoph Schell, President of 3D Printing and Digital Manufacturing at HP Inc. “HP is committed to helping customers with diverse manufacturing needs turn change into opportunity by delivering the most innovative solutions portfolio and comprehensive ecosystem of industry-leading partners. The broadening of our portfolio with the new Jet Fusion 5200 Series 3D printing system, coupled with expanded industrial alliances and our new Digital Manufacturing network, are important accelerators of our digital manufacturing journey.”
HP Jet Fusion 5200 Series 3D Printing Solution: Breakthrough Economics, Productivity, and Applications
The new HP Jet Fusion 5200 Series 3D printing solution brings together new systems, data intelligence, software, services, and materials innovations enabling customers to scale their 3D production and target business growth. Leveraging these innovations, the new solution expands manufacturing predictability with high-quality and optimal-yield of parts at industrial levels of efficiency, accuracy, and repeatability; delivers best-in-class economics and productivity for production environments; and provides the increased flexibility, improved uptime, streamlined workflows, and simplified fleet management required for factory production settings. New data intelligence, software, and services capabilities, including the HP 3D Process Control and HP 3D Centre software offerings and the HP 3D Parts Assessment service, enable customers to achieve new heights of operational efficiency and repeatability, and identify and optimise production of new 3D applications.
HP also introduced a new certified thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU), ULTRASINT developed by BASF, to expand the breadth of final-parts applications for customers on the new Jet Fusion 5200 Series systems. The new TPU is ideal for flexible and elastic parts and complements HP High Reusability[i] PA-12, PA-12 Glass Beads, and PA-11 materials, with more coming in the future.
Numerous companies across the automotive, industrial, consumer goods, and manufacturing sectors are exploring new applications for the new Jet Fusion 5200 Series 3D printing solution, including Avid Product Development, BASF, Jaguar Land Rover, Kupol, Materialise, Sculpteo, Prodartis, and Vestas.
“Innovation and advanced technology are at the core of Jaguar Land Rover’s commitment to deliver outstanding customer experiences. The transition to an autonomous, connected electric and shared future and the journey to Industry 4.0 are central to our future strategy,” said Ben Wilson, Additive Manufacturing Manager, Jaguar Land Rover. “Our work with HP to advance our knowledge and in-house capability in 3D printing has been an important step towards production of quality parts to support current and aftermarket customers. The continuation of this collaboration through the early use of the new HP Jet Fusion 5200 3D printing platform will help us to better understand opportunities to unlock new application areas whilst supporting investigations to advance the productivity, efficiency and reliability of the technology.”
“As the largest provider of wind turbines in the world, Vestas is looking to innovators like HP to help us speed new product development for a more sustainable future,” said Jeremy D. Haight, Senior Principal Engineer of Emerging Technologies, Vestas VBIC. “The combination of new 3D printing materials and technology breakthroughs is a significant step toward unlocking new design possibilities, streamlining our manufacturing, and improving environmental sustainability.”
The new Jet Fusion 5200 Series 3D printing solution is available today. Full solution information can be found at www.hp.com/go/3DPrinter5200.
HP Deepens Industrial Alliances to Drive the Future of Digital Manufacturing
Today HP also unveiled expanded alliances with a number of industrial leaders to help customers on their journey to digital manufacturing.
Siemens, an innovation leader in automation and digitalisation, and HP are expanding their alliance to deliver an end-to-end additive manufacturing solution integrating HP’s 3D printing and data intelligence platform, including the new HP Jet Fusion 5200 Series 3D solution, with Siemens’ Digital Enterprise software portfolio. HP and Siemens are bringing together the power of both companies to expand the market and help customers create unique product designs, bring high-quality 3D parts to market faster, and set up digital factory environments that unleash the full potential of additive manufacturing.
“We are excited to expand our collaboration with HP. Innovative partnerships and cutting-edge technologies such as additive manufacturing are essential for the digital transformation of companies across industries. Siemens and HP are thinking ahead to the future and are bringing together the best from both companies in a complete, industry-specific solution that will accelerate the adoption of industrial additive manufacturing and help our customers to increase flexibility, efficiency, and speed of digital manufacturing,” said Klaus Helmrich, CEO of Siemens Digital Industries and member of the Managing Board of Siemens AG.
BASF, the world’s leading chemical company, and HP are expanding their alliance to deliver innovative BASF materials certified for HP’s new 3D printing solutions. The two companies will also partner to grow the market and help customers design and develop new applications with this unique combination of materials science and 3D printing capabilities. Already, BASF and HP are already working with Vestas, the world’s largest provider of wind turbines, and Sculpteo, a provider of 3D design and production services, on new applications produced with BASF’s ULTRASINT™ TPU on HP Jet Fusion 3D printing systems.
“Collaborative innovation among key players in the industry will help customers unlock the full potential of 3D printing,” said Dr. Markus Kamieth, Member of the Board of Executive Directors at BASF. “The introduction of the new TPU is a significant milestone in the cooperation between BASF and HP, aligned with our common objective to accelerate the industrialisation of additive manufacturing.“
Materialise, a 3D printing services and software leader, and HP are extending their partnership to integrate the new HP Jet Fusion 5200 and HP Jet Fusion 500/300 3D printing solutions with Materialise’s Build Processor and Materialise Magics 3D Print Suite. As an early customer of the new Jet Fusion 5200 3D printing solution, Materialise is also identifying and developing new innovative applications for customers using the new BASF TPU and other available HP 3D printing materials. Materialise is also an initial partner of the new HP Digital Manufacturing Network, leveraging HP 3D printing technologies to deliver parts at scale for the European market.
“The market is clearly embracing 3D printing for production and, as a long-standing HP partner, we are proud to expand our collaboration to new areas,” said Fried Vancraen, Founder and CEO of Materialise. “Our customers are excited by our tighter integration with HP, our joint work on new applications and materials, and our commitment to scale high-quality part production. Together we are helping our customers win in an increasingly competitive marketplace.”
HP Launches Digital Manufacturing Network: Proven Part Production at Scale
Many companies look to digital manufacturing service providers to help speed development of new products, shorten time to market, create leaner supply chains, and reduce their carbon footprint. To meet those needs, today HP introduced the new HP Digital Manufacturing Network, a global community of HP production partners to help design, produce, and deliver both plastic and metal parts at scale leveraging HP 3D printing solutions. Members of the HP Digital Manufacturing Network possess high levels of advanced additive manufacturing expertise, robust quality management and end-to-end manufacturing processes, and a proven capability for volume job production.
The HP Digital Manufacturing Network initially includes partners in the United States, Asia, and Europe. Digital Manufacturing Network production partners who have met HP’s stringent program qualifications include Forecast 3D, GKN Powder Metallurgy, GoProto, Jabil, Materialise, Parmatech, and ZiggZagg NV. HP will further expand the network into other target markets with additional qualified partners in the coming months.
Colex, the industry leader in wide-format finishing solutions, features the Sharpcut Conveyor Flatbed Cutter System. The..
07 May 2019
Colex, the industry leader in wide-format finishing solutions, features the Sharpcut Conveyor Flatbed Cutter System. The Sharpcut Conveyor is Colex’s most productive solution for automated finishing of wide format media. The new Sharpcut Conveyor can be used for a variety of applications. The conveyor system is designed to speed up the process of cutting soft to rigid boards, vinyl, fabric, and textiles by utilizing the automatic board feeder or the roll feeder allowing for faster production runs. The Sharpcut Conveyor is designed to operate with minimal operator intervention when equipped with the automatic board feeder or the roll feeder. This provides users with the best affordable digital cutting automation system.
Most shops have a router today, but traditional routers cannot efficiently perform the necessary specialized functions inherent in the versatile Sharpcut Conveyor tool library available. The Sharpcut Conveyor is special in that it allows finishing technicians to perform intricate cuts while operating fully automated. The Sharpcut Conveyor offers a Triple Interchangeable Tool Head station that selects the proper tool for the job and an energy efficient 6-Zone Vacuum System with a Vision Registration System. The Sharpcut Conveyor package includes a Fixed Knife, Oscillating Knife and a Router. The new and improved oscillating knife cuts at 14,000 strokes per minute cutting 50% faster along with a variety of new tools offered to customize the Sharpcut Conveyor to suit specific needs and workflow including the Universal Drawing Tool, V-cut Knife for 90 degree folds, Coroplast Knife, Creasing Wheel, Universal Single Edge Knife for Sintra up to 6mm, and the new motorized rotary knife for fabrics.
The Optiscout Vision Registration System features a high resolution color camera, the ability to import over 30 file formats, plug-in export data from CorelDRAW, Illustrator & AutoCAD desktop to the Optiscout desktop, user friendly material library and the ability to read any diameter registration mark, crop mark or square resulting in highly efficient production.
Summa is proud to announce that its brand new L3214 laser cutting machine will be introduced at FESPA 2019. This is the ..
30 April 2019
Summa is proud to announce that its brand new L3214 laser cutting machine will be introduced at FESPA 2019. This is the second Summa style laser unit and equipped with a 1.4 m long conveyor bed on a total width of more than 3.2 m, to be exact 3.35 m.
Besides the size, one of its most unique features is the on-the-fly cutting process, which allows for continuous feeding of material to the machine. This will make the user much more productive. While the machine continues cutting, the newly cut material is readily available for pick-up from the conveyor belt. Fast, accurate, and on-the-fly cutting – the L3214 is bound to change the go-to-market strategy for applications in soft signage, home decoration, sportswear and fashion. The L3214 will be on display at FESPA 2019 in Hall A5, Booth F20.
Meet your customers’ deadlines and improve your margin
Summa has developed a unique on-the-fly cutting concept to ensure a perfectly cut product that’s ready to roll off the table. The concept has many benefits to offer, which contribute to higher productivity, enabling L3214-users to serve their customers faster with high accuracy. To illustrate this, when processing typical jobs, the machine even cuts 400 m2 an hour.
At the core of the enhanced productivity lies a top-notch camera recognition system. Instead of getting your files ready, or waiting for the material to be scanned, this Summa L3214 Vision system continuously scans the material and automatically creates the cut vector needed for the job. The system secures continuous cutting, even when the conveyor is moving, saving you a considerable amount of valuable time.
At this high speed, Summa is still able to maintain the high standards for accuracy. A motorized de-reeler makes sure there is no fabric distortion while cutting. The system secures a constant and stable fabric feed onto the vacuumed cutting bed. By creating a loop in the material, the de-reeler relaxes the material, reduces distortion and secures an accurate cut. No more idle periods, yet boosted productivity instead with a perfectly cut product that’s immediately ready for shipment or further processing.
Like all L Series, also the L3214 enjoys the following benefits:
- Cutting quality that exceeds your expectations, thanks to the perfectly sealed edges.
- Processing textiles with high precision and without fraying by default, through contactless cutting with a laser.
- Any deformations are automatically recognised by the intelligent camera system and immediately compensated in the cutting vector.
- Material optimisation reduces waste with the Vision technology because the laser system does not need markers, the cutting designs can be placed much closer to each other, ensuring maximum use of the material.
- Environment & Safety is a priority. Fumes are removed by the internal extraction system and cutting by laser produces no dust fibres ensuring a clean work environment. The L Series is enclosed to meet the Class 1 standard, ensuring the laser cutting source is covered during operation and machine pauses if the cover is open.
Laser cutting excellence at FESPA 2019
Textile is one of the fastest growing markets nowadays, where on-demand digital printing proved to be the game changer many soft signage, sportswear and fashion brands need. Printed textiles still require finishing and nothing cuts as accurately as laser cutting. The contactless cutting means no fabric distortion, low to none dust generation, no tool wear and no fraying of synthetic textiles thanks to the edge sealing feature. It can be applied to any type of material and secures a quick and precise cutting of even the most intricate designs.
Wim Maes, Executive Director & CCO at Summa nv comments: “Our first model is a crowd-pleaser, especially in sportswear, but large format textiles and on-demand business models, raised the bar and a fast time-to-market is needed. The market asked for a bigger L Series model and we gladly comply. Textile will again be a major focus market at FESPA 2019 with many visitors looking for the perfect match of quality and price. Seekers of excellence in this field will find it on our stand F20 in Hall A5. We invite everyone to experience the benefits of laser cutting first-hand by joining one of the demonstrations and viewing the accurate and fast output the L3214 delivers with on-the-fly cutting technology.”
You may have noticed a change as Epilog Laser has revamped their look in February. Over the years, Epilog has excel..
08 April 2019
You may have noticed a change as Epilog Laser has revamped their look in February.
Over the years, Epilog has excelled in creating and delivering many high-quality laser machines. Their new branding and logo represents them not only as a manufacture, but as an innovator of these advanced products. The launch of the new branding coincides with the launch of their new laser machine – the Fusion Pro.
Epilog’s newest laser machine delivers our fastest speeds, largest work area, and highest engraving quality yet, along with a brand-new state-of-the-art camera system.
The new Fusion Pro line features the industry’s highest engraving speeds and incredibly precise camera positioning.
Epilog Laser, the leading producer of CO2 and fiber laser engraving, cutting and marking systems, is excited to announce the introduction of the new Fusion Pro 48 and Fusion Pro 32 to the company’s product line. These highly-anticipated systems introduce the industry’s highest-speed engraving and the most precise camera positioning features on a laser system.
Available in two sizes, 32” x 20 (812 x 508 mm) and 48” x 36” (1219 x 914 mm), the Fusion Pro introduces Epilog’s IRIS™ Camera System. Overhead cameras allow the user to see a real-time image of the laser bed, and laser operators can precisely position their artwork on the engraving piece in less time than ever before.
An additional camera at the lens assembly can also be used for finding registration marks on preprinted pieces. “The IRIS camera system on the new Fusion Pro is a game-changer for those looking for high-precision and quick setup of projects,” said Mike Dean, vice president of sales and marketing at Epilog Laser.
The Fusion Pro also features the industry’s highest-speed engraving at 165 IPS with 5g acceleration. “A machine of this caliber – that combines incredible engraving speeds and the most precise camera recognition capabilities – will allow engravers to produce more product faster, and with more accuracy than ever before,” explained Dean.
New features of the Fusion Pro 48 include:
- Highest Engraving Speeds
The Fusion Pro’s 165 IPS engraving speed and 5G acceleration combine to provide the fastest engraving in the industry.
- IRIS™ Camera Positioning
Overhead cameras provide an accurate picture of the working area for incredibly precise artwork placement, and a camera at the lens allows the system to locate preprinted registration marks.
- Touch Screen at the Laser
Select between jobs, change settings, and more right at the laser from the easy-to-use touch screen.
- SAFEGUARD™ Features
Keep the mechanics of your laser machine cleaner than ever before with side bellow enclosures, a fully covered x-axis assembly, and covered lens assembly.
Continuing Epilog’s reputation for industrially-built lasers, the Fusion Pro 32 and Fusion Pro 48 feature the highest-quality components for durability and low life-time ownership costs, and is proudly designed, engineered, and manufactured in the USA.
For more information, visit the Fusion Pro product page.
Massivit 3D Printing Technologies, the leading provider of large format 3D printing solutions, has expanded its portfoli..
08 April 2019
Massivit 3D Printing Technologies, the leading provider of large format 3D printing solutions, has expanded its portfolio of solutions with the new Massivit 1800 Pro that offers brand-new features including ground-breaking, patented Variable Resolution, new advancements optimising durability and resolution, and remote-operation options to significantly enhance operation efficiency & convenience.
Designed to maximise production cost effectiveness, quality and flexibility, the Massivit 1800 Pro will be presented for the first time in the United States of America at an Open House event that takes place in Las Vegas on April 24th and 25th at Pictographics, a Massivit 3D customer.
The Massivit 1800 Pro brings to the market a patented Variable Resolution capability that can be predefined via the printer’s Massivit SMART Pro software to allow a change of print mode (resolution level and layer thickness) on-the-fly during the printing of a model, according to the varying requirements of different model sections. In addition, a new Mega Quality resolution mode allows for faster, high-quality printing of large objects, optimising gel consumption and printing time. These two new features enable an even more cost-effective production process.
An all-new, remote-operation capability has been developed allowing users to operate the printer and monitor printing progress remotely via a tablet, as well as directly contact Massivit 3D’s responsive customer support and service team if needed.
Uptime is maximised by new, simple, automated maintenance procedures that are triggered according to collected data, as well as customisable priorities for preventative maintenance.
Designed to serve the visual communication, entertainment, concept prototyping, and interior design arenas, the Massivit 1800 Pro 3D Printer produces super-sized, captivating signage, displays, and props at high speed, high resolution, and with perfect repeatability.
This new addition joins the Massivit 1800 Flagship 3D Printer and the Massivit 1500 Exploration 3D Printer in a portfolio developed to empower print service providers as they expand their business into new markets with high quality 3D printing capabilities.
“The Massivit 1800 Pro is the next generation of large format 3D printers with enhanced efficiency, flexibility and control,” stated Amir Veresh, VP of Marketing and Business Development. “Its all-new Mega Quality mode, Variable Resolution capability, and remote monitoring offer cost-effective and reliable production and repeatability.”
Aleph Objects, the well-known 3D printer manufacturer, launches the LulzBot TAZ Pro, its first ever industrial open sour..
02 April 2019
Aleph Objects, the well-known 3D printer manufacturer, launches the LulzBot TAZ Pro, its first ever industrial open source 3D printer.
Aleph Objects has added to its award-winning line of 3D printers by launching what it’s calling its first-ever industrial open source 3D printer, the LulzBot TAZ Pro.
Grant Flaharty, Aleph Objects’ CEO and President, said: “The TAZ Pro is the first true multiple-material 3D printer with dual linear actuated hot ends at a prosumer price point.”
The Colorado-based 3D printer manufacturer explains that this new industrial machine builds on the previous open-source TAZ printer series.
However, this version boasts a dual-material extruder system, and was designed specifically for creating functional prototypes, print-on-demand parts, and manufacturing aids. It’s also larger than previous TAZ printers with an increased build volume of 280 x 280 x 285 mm.
LulzBot TAZ Pro Boasts Dual-Material Capabilities
Independent vertical lifting E3D hot ends with 360-degree part cooling give the printer dual-material capabilities. The result is clean transitions so users can print with unique material types, such as high-strength composite materials and materials with soluble supports, not just different colours.
A press release from the company adds: “The new LulzBot TAZ Pro delivers true multi-material printing, soluble supports, superior 3D print quality, and easy, professional results.”
To ensure printing high-heat composites is possible, Aleph Objects manufactured the printer with hardened-steel components. The company also added a sensor to alert the printer user to when more filament is needed.
Further features of the printer include a 5″ full-colour touch screen display, automated X/Y/Z offset calibration, self-levelling features, nozzle wiping, and belt-driven z-axis to improve accuracy and quality of prints.
Interested in buying a LulzBot TAZ Pro? You can now pre-order the printer and shipments will start around the end of April. The price is $4,950.
This isn’t all to come from Aleph Objects this year as the company also intends to launch an upgrade on the TAZ 6 system in a few months which promises faster and more accurate prints.
Rowmark’s FiberGrave™. is light weight, UV-stable, single ply modified acrylic sheeting with a Matte finish,..
02 April 2019
Rowmark’s FiberGrave™. is light weight, UV-stable, single ply modified acrylic sheeting with a Matte finish, specially engineered to make contrasting marks with Fiber and YAG lasers.
How? Rowmark Magic!
FiberGrave™ is a cost-effective large format solution for Fiber/YAG laser marking applications. Producing permanent, highly detailed marks, including variable tone images that are barcode and data matrix readable. FiberGrave™ is UV-stable for exterior industrial applications.
FiberGrave™ is available in Bright White that lasers dark grey and Jet Black that’s lasers white in 613mm x 1238mm sheets in either 0.5mm (.020”) or 1mm (.040”) thickness.
Shears, saws, flexible heat bendable and can be vector cut with standard CO2 lasers.
For further details contact Rowmark Australia on 1300 023 370 or Click here to request a sample piece.
Trotec Laser, Inc. is pleased to announce that it has further expanded its line of laserable acrylics to include TroGlas..
25 March 2019
Trotec Laser, Inc. is pleased to announce that it has further expanded its line of laserable acrylics to include TroGlass Glitter – a high-quality cast acrylic material with glitter distributed evenly throughout each sheet.
Available in a variety of colours and thicknesses, TroGlass Glitter products are designed to be color stable and will not bleach or fade when laser processed. The new product provides exciting opportunities for creative minds and designers to explore many different and interesting new visual effects, and can be used for a variety of applications including jewellery, signage, decorative items and point-of-purchase displays, to name a few.
Like all TroGlass products, TroGlass Glitter comes standard with a plastic laserable mask. This unique feature protects the acrylic from scratching, which reduces scrap and rework, and improves processing results. TroGlass products produce a smooth, polished edge in one process step, with little or no post-processing. Depending on the laser settings, laser engraving the material surface results in a prominent or subtle engraved image.
Warren Knipple, President of Trotec Laser, Inc., says that the new products were created with the company’s driving mission in mind: To make customers more profitable.
“Our growing materials product line allows us to provide our customers with new opportunities to broaden product offerings, meet a wider range of application needs, and get the most out of a laser investment,” Knipple says. “When we can empower our customers to grow business and increase profits, everyone wins.”
Summa nv, a leading supplier of high-end cutting plotters and finishing systems, introduces the L1810 laser cutter, brin..
19 March 2019
Summa nv, a leading supplier of high-end cutting plotters and finishing systems, introduces the L1810 laser cutter, bringing advanced laser cutting technology to benefit the sportswear, apparel, swimwear, dye sublimation garments and technical textile markets.
The new L1810, with its 1.8 m wide flatbed, is the first laser cutter introduced by Summa since the acquisition of CadCam Technology (CCT). This machine is part of the Summa L Series and equipped with proven laser technology, yet with enhanced features.
Wim Maes, Executive Director at Summa explains: “With our eyes focused on the textile market, this launch is an important step for Summa. A number of reasons convinced us that laser cutting is the best way to cut sportswear & apparel and we are ready to show the advantages, such as increased productivity, ease of use, cut accuracy and automated features, to the market. The development of this first Summa branded L1810 laser cutter is a powerful product to start with.”
The L1810 laser system is built to seamlessly meet the requirements for cutting textiles for sportswear.
- Processing sportswear involves sensitive and easily distorted textiles, the laser system uses contactless cutting, enabling users to process materials with high precision.
- Cutting quality that exceeds your expectations, thanks to the perfectly sealed edges.
- Enhanced productivity with the 1.8 m conveyor system for continuous production of roll materials.
- Any deformations are automatically recognised by the intelligent camera system and immediately compensated in the cutting vector.
- Ease of use & Automation thanks to the advanced optional Vision system, which quickly scans the material and automatically creates vectors for cutting, without the need of a cutting file.
- Material optimisation reduces waste with the Vision technology because the laser system does not need markers, the cutting designs can be placed much closer to each other, ensuring maximum use of the material.
- Environment & Safety is a priority. Fumes are removed by the internal extraction system and cutting by laser produces no dust fibres ensuring a clean work environment. The L1810 cutting area is enclosed to meet the Class 1 standard, ensuring the laser cutting source is covered during operation and machine pauses if the cover is open.
The L1810 laser cutter is especially suitable to cut textiles, such as sportswear, dye sublimation garments but also all sorts of raw materials used in the composite industry. All of these substrates are part of the wide variety of materials, which can be cut on Summa’s advanced L1810 laser cutting system.
Moreover, by using the optional Vision system, the L1810 Vision is utmost suitable to be used in high-production environments, demanding fast processing of printed textiles in order to achieve more throughput in less time. Always with the same high-end finishing quality, Summa stands for.
Wim Maes points out, “With the dedication and expertise on board, Summa continues to excel as a supplier of high-performance cutting and finishing solutions, broadening its portfolio in a growing number of markets. The introduction of the L1810 laser cutter is an ideal stepping stone to also build a reputation of a trusted partner in the textile industry. The broad spectrum of Summa’s cutting solutions, offering exceptional cut quality, versatility and productivity will perfectly serve the textile industry, similar as it has been serving the sign & digital market to date.”
DGSHAPE Corporation, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Roland DG Corporation and a leading provider of digital fabrication to..
30 January 2019
DGSHAPE Corporation, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Roland DG Corporation and a leading provider of digital fabrication tools, including 3D milling machines, 3D printers, and engraving machines, announced today the launch of its latest decorating solution, the DE-3. DGSHAPE continues the legacy of Roland engraving with a new model that features laser-pointing technology, ethernet connectivity, automatic depth regulation, and other intelligent enhancements.
According to Hisashi Bito, President of DGSHAPE Corporation, “The DE-3 builds on the legacy of Roland engraving solutions that is advanced today by DGSHAPE Corporation and affirms DGSHAPE’s commitment to providing reliable desktop solutions for the entrepreneur to build their business.”
The DE-3 can produce a variety of engraving applications including industrial nameplates, signage, awards, and gift personalisation. This next generation engraver incorporates many new improvements including: Ethernet connectivity, updated nosecone technology for higher quality engraving on uneven material, data buffer for offline engraving, laser pointer for precise material alignment, and new bundled software: Dr. Engrave Plus. This new software has advanced features such as AI and EPS file support, leveling and drilling functions, and Variable Data Printing.
A cornerstone of all DGSHAPE machines, Bito said, is their ease of use. Operation is as simple as pressing a button. DGSHAPE prides itself on the concept of the “Open System.” This open architecture offers the flexibility of using design software and tooling that engraving professionals are already familiar with. The DE-3 can be connected via USB or LAN which allows for increased flexibility in any environment. Dr. Engraving Plus is a design software that can create new artwork or take existing files from popular design software packages to output to the DE-3 for a true out-of-the-box solution.
The DE-3 easily produces popular engraving applications in a variety of materials. The DE-3 can be installed via USB or Ethernet. An optional centre vice increases the available materials that can be engraved
COLORTUFF EXT ® : THE NEXT WAVE IN SIGNMAKING SUBSTRATES ColorTuff EXT ® is the industry’s first 5 ye..
29 August 2018
COLORTUFF EXT ® : THE NEXT WAVE IN SIGNMAKING SUBSTRATES
ColorTuff EXT ® is the industry’s first 5 year exterior sublimatable aluminium sheeting. Available in sizes up to 2400mm x 1200mm and in 3 different finishes, it will stand up to the demands of the harshest environment.
Tom Johns from Rowmark Australia stated, “Come and see our ColorTuff EXT ® display at VI Sydney. The look and feel of the Texture finish bring an authenticity to signage that will change your perception of the applications and potential of sublimation.”
With great outdoor weatherability, durability of colour and 5 year performance guarantee, ColorTuff EXT ® will open many opportunities for sign makers from Architectural, Wayfinding, Exterior Signage to Compliance Signage, Garden Art and Outdoor Informational Graphics.
Colortuff EXT ® guillotines cleanly, drills without chipping and crazing and is graffiti resistant for easy removal of spray paint and permanent markers and will provide great new option for sign makers.
For more information about ColorTuff EXT ® contact: email@example.com , phone 1300 023 370, see us at VI Sydney 2018 or click here for more details.
HP Showcases Multi Jet Fusion 3D Printing Applications, Announces Expanded Partnerships HP‘s Multi Jet Fus..
27 May 2018
HP Showcases Multi Jet Fusion 3D Printing Applications, Announces Expanded Partnerships
HP‘s Multi Jet Fusion technology has been spreading to every corner of the industry as the company cements partnerships all over the world. This week in Barcelona at the HP Innovation Summit, HP announced additional collaborations that will see the technology further utilized by some industry heavyweights, as well as highlighting several of the applications in which Multi Jet Fusion is already being used to change how things are made.
“The digital transformation of the $12 trillion manufacturing industry is changing the game for the world’s designers, product developers, manufacturing and supply chain professionals, creating massive opportunity for the 3D printing ecosystem,” said Ramon Pastor, General Manager of Multi Jet Fusion, HP Inc. “In collaboration with our customers, we are proud to reinvent the way the world designs and manufacturers and to drive innovative new applications made possible with HP Multi Jet Fusion. Whether it’s helping the Swiss Guard protect the Vatican or reinventing what can be done for an entire industry like orthopedics, the possibilities are endless.”
Protolabs was one of HP’s original partners when Multi Jet Fusion technology was initially launched, and now the service bureau is upgrading its seven HP Jet Fusion systems to industrial HP Jet Fusion 4210 systems in order to meet growing demand for production-grade 3D printing. Applications in which Protolabs has already been using the technology to help customers include specialized packaging, such as a promotional series of Black Panther masks put out by Pepsi. In addition, Protolabs used MJF to help customer Stream Lion Design to solve a combustion turbine issue, 3D printing a modal hammer to survey engines in the field and double the speed of data collection.
“The demand for 3D-printed production applications continues to grow and HP’s Multi Jet Fusion technology is furthering our ability to deliver our customers industrial-grade parts quickly and cost-effectively,” said Vicki Holt, president and CEO, Protolabs. “By expanding the capacity of our HP Multi Jet Fusion services and installing printers in the United States and Europe, we are meeting the needs of our global customer base and demonstrating that geographically distributed, on-demand production is a reality today.”
Materialise was another early MJF partner, and has been using eight HP Jet Fusion 4200 3D printers. Now Materialise and HP have joined with RSPrint to scale an end-to-end solution for the production of personalized 3D printed insoles. Through RSPrint, FitStation powered by HP uses customer data to design custom insoles, which are then 3D printed on Materialise’s Jet Fusion 3D printers.
Belgian service bureau ZiggZagg has also jumped on the MJF train, investing in six HP Jet Fusion 4210 3D printers. ZiggZagg serves a variety of customers across industries including medical, consumer goods, industrial and automotive. According to CEO Stijn Paridaens, the company also plans to purchase an additional five Jet Fusion 3D printers by the end of the year.
IAM 3D Hub, an organization that brings together private companies, public entities, and R&D organizations to integrate and coordinate 3D printing activities around the world, has installed eight HP Jet Fusion 4200 systems and is also working with HP to expand educational and training opportunities and offer business mentoring.
“IAM 3D Hub shares HP’s vision to accelerate the adoption and development of 3D printing technologies for industrial production, and provide expansive education and training opportunities to grow the market,” said Aintzane Arbide, General Secretary, IAM 3D Hub. “HP’s leadership has already helped us move the needle across our various programs specific to technology innovation. The advanced capabilities of Multi Jet Fusion allow organizations to completely rethink their approach to product engineering and design, complex workflows, and advance the future of their manufacturing processes.”
At the summit, HP also showcased several of the applications in which customers have been using Multi Jet Fusion technology, such as 3D printed helmets worn by the Vatican’s Swiss Guard, lightweight bicycle helmets produced by Sculpteo for customer Syncro Innovation, and an ankle foot orthosis 3D printed by Crispin Orthotics.
The New Roland DGSHAPE LD-80 Laser Decorator Create dazzling customised products with digital laser foil decorat..
27 May 2018
The New Roland DGSHAPE LD-80 Laser Decorator
Create dazzling customised products with digital laser foil decoration
An industry-first in personalisation, the DGSHAPE LD-80 laser foil decorator offers a unique opportunity for your print shop, kiosk, online store or personalisation business to create exciting new custom products with stunning text and reflective graphics.
Using a Class 1 laser the LD-80 heat transfers a wide variety of metallized foils onto polycarbonate, acrylic, thermoplastic, silicone and other plastics.
Safe to operate, with no debris or gas leakage, the fully enclosed machine is operated via the included METAZAStudio Software for effortless control. The program is easy to use, so don’t worry if you're not an expert in graphic design. It's as simple as uploading your vector graphic or entering the personalised text and selecting your holographic, metallic or gloss foil finish. The internal vise holds your objects perfectly in place and with the touch-of-a-button, a laser pointer reveals the origin point on the media for precise positioning. And with that, your unique designs and personalisation are precisely transferred onto your gifts, promotional giveaways, merchandise and so much more.
The LD-80 is suitable for a huge variety of production environments. It's a compact, light-weight, desktop device and doesn't require special electricals, making it an ideal solution for anyone with limited space or would benefit from a more mobile solution. Pack it up and take it to different locations or events to produce on-site and on-demand personalisation like never before!
Class 1 laser decorator device
Loadable material size 100 x 200 x 20mm
Printable area 80 x 80mm
Suitable for plastic (ABS, PC, Acrylics)
Includes easy-to-use METAZAStudio software
Vector graphics, text and variable data
Portable production weighing only 12kg
Have you subscribed to our YouTube channel yet? We’ve just put up a brand new CorelDRAW step by step tutor..
08 April 2018
Have you subscribed to our YouTube channel yet?
We’ve just put up a brand new CorelDRAW step by step tutorial and walkthrough.
Laser Engraving expert Jordan shows you how to set up artwork in CorelDRAW so you can laser engrave your city map using a laser! You can even use this to engrave on furniture and make custom side tables with your favourite city map.
Leading machine tool supplier Alfex CNC Australia, (http://www.alfexcnc.com.au/) which celebrates its 40th anniversa..
03 April 2018
Leading machine tool supplier Alfex CNC Australia, which celebrates its 40th anniversary this year, has announced it will be unveiling the all-new Kern OptiFlex Laser on stand #G14 at the Visual Impact expo in Brisbane next month.
The OptiFlex is Kern’s flagship high-performance laser system, with a HyperDual motion package which Alfex says ‘sets the standard’ for large format laser cutting and engraving machines.
“This new system provides powerful, accurate cutting and engraving with cut acceleration rates up to three times faster than its competitors and work areas of up to 2,000mm x 3,000mm,” says Alfex CNC Business Development Manager, Christian Buhagiar.
“We’ll be showing the 1320 x 2540mm OPF 100 model on the Alfex stand, and demonstrating how its 400 watt laser enables it to cut metal as well as acrylic and plastic substrates, with ease.”
While the OptiFlex is sure to pull the crowds, Buhagiar says it will be just one of the highlights of the Alfex display. The company’s experienced staff will also be showcasing:
“We are excited to be able to showcase the latest solutions on our stand at Visual Impact, and we’re looking forward to giving visitors an introduction to how we can help them build their business via improved production processes and efficiency,” Buhagiar says.
Alfex CNC will be on Stand #G14 at Visual Impact Brisbane, which will run from 18-21 April at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre. Find out more at www.visualconnections.com.au or register online today to skip the queues.
Alfex CNC Australia Director George Buhagiar announced earlier this month the expansion of the laser and CNC company&rsq..
22 March 2018
Alfex CNC Australia Director George Buhagiar announced earlier this month the expansion of the laser and CNC company’s service department, creating new jobs and facility upgrades to their growing list of customers.
“2017 was a record year of growth for Alfex CNC and we are excited to see this growth continue in 2018. We’ve always been primarily service focused, and to maintain our reputation as having the best machine service we are expanding our service team.“
Alfex CNC was established in 1978 with the primary goal and a strong commitment to not only offer the finest machine tools available at that time but to also back them with some of the best support in the machine tool industry.
Haas Factory Outlet – Australia (A Division of Alfex CNC Australia) is the exclusive Australian distributor for Haas Automation. Today, Haas manufactures four major product lines: vertical machining centers (VMCs), horizontal machining centers (HMCs), CNC lathes and rotary tables, as well as a number of large five-axis and specialty machines. All Haas products are manufactured at the company’s expansive facility in Oxnard, California – the largest, most modern machine tool manufacturing operation in the United States. With around 1,200 Haas machine installations in Australia, it is no wonder that the team of Haas certified service technicians continues to grow.
With this growth and coinciding with our 40 year anniversary, we are pleased to announce the return of Marshall Philp to our Brisbane operation. Philp joined the team in early February as Haas CNC Service Coordinator. Philp previously workedfor Alfex CNC Australia where he became a Haas certified technician at the Haas Automation headquarters in the United States. “Marshall returns to the team with a great deal of experience to improve, strengthen and build our customer service/support efforts in Queensland and interstate”, says George Buhagiar.
“Our investment in our service department is significant and illustrates our commitment to our customers. We are proud to support our customers with their growth and look forward to continuing all of our new and long-term relationships.”
For further information on Alfex CNC Australia, visit www.alfexcnc.com.au
For more information on Haas Factory Outlet – Australia, visit www.haas-australia.com
Q: WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF HAVING MORE LASER POWER? A: Generally speaking, the more laser power you have the fa..
13 March 2018
Q: WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF HAVING MORE LASER POWER?
A: Generally speaking, the more laser power you have the faster you can engrave or the thicker you can cut. Keep in mind that not all materials require a lot of power – if you are only engraving materials like anodised aluminium or cast acrylic you do not need much power however if you plan on predominantly using your laser to cut then you’ll need to consider a suitable power depending on your specific application.
Q: HOW DO I KNOW WHICH DPI SETTING TO USE?
A: As a general rule you will want to use a mid-to-high dpi for engraving text or other items with fine details, and a lower dpi for photographs or large block-style objects. Again this is a general rule and you should experiment with the different settings to understand the different results you can achieve. The higher the dpi the more dots the laser will mark (basically more details) however this also increases the overall marking time. A lower dpi will provide for faster marking times but is not suitable for all jobs. One thing to keep in mind is that the lower the dpi you use the more laser power will be required in order to achieve the same depth/darkness of mark.
Q: WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO REMOVE SMOKE RESIDUE AFTER LASER ENGRAVING?
A: If engraving wood you have a couple of options
(1) If the wood has been sealed/lacquered you should be able to remove most or all of the residues with a damp cloth, however, if the wood is raw you may need to use some fine sandpaper to remove the residue – we recommend having some 220 grit sandpaper on hand in case you ever need it
(2) Alternatively, you can be proactive and use a light to medium tack masking paper first and then engrave it into the wood, allowing the residue to settle on the mark instead of your part. Then after the job simply remove the mask to reveal your perfectly clean engraved design
For materials other than wood
(1) You can try using Isopropyl Alcohol (IPA) to clean away any leftover residue
(2) Another tip is to use the Bottom-Up engraving feature found in your print driver (a standard feature on Epilog Lasers). In standard top-down engraving, there can be a large amount of engraving debris generated and as that debris is pulled towards the exhaust ports at the rear of the machine, some of it will collect in the areas that have just been engraved. The Bottom-Up function reduces the amount of smoke and residue so that it is not dragged across freshly engraved marks. This feature is particularly useful for two-ply engraving plastics where you are engraving through a colour like red/blue/green into white underneath.
Regardless of the material you are engraving it is also a critical factor to make sure you have sufficient extraction otherwise the smoke and residue will hang around and settle on your material instead of being immediately sucked away after engraving.
The Melbourne School of Design at University of Melbourne initiative for 2018 was to expose students to relative ind..
13 March 2018
The Melbourne School of Design at University of Melbourne initiative for 2018 was to expose students to relative industry machinery and processes that they would potentially use as designers and architects after graduation. A complete laser cutting and engraving system that was safe to use in the classroom as well as flexible enough to have all the features needed inside a workshop meant the LaserCELL by Kern Laser Systems was the perfect solution.
Australia’s leading university, The University of Melbourne, is known to help graduates become thoughtful and skilled professionals. With their distinctive curriculum, the Melbourne Model, The University of Melbourne continues to seek ways to give students a wider understanding of the world beyond their degree.
Dr Jas Johnston, Manager of the Fabrication Workshop at the Melbourne School of Design, University of Melbourne, explained that the university wanted to expose students to relative industry machinery and processes that they would potentially use as designers and architects. “Industrial laser scale equipment was part of that initiative, to get the students hands-on in the industrial design field”.
Whilst their existing range of lasers allowed students to create projects made of plywood, MDF and acrylic, Dr Johnston and the University were looking for a solution that would allow students to cut and work with metal. “We find that once the students have access to the machinery and its capabilities, it opens up their creativity,” says Johnston.
The University required a laser system that was capable of cutting stainless steel, aluminium and other metals whilst still offer the ability to engrave and cut acrylic, plywood, MDF materials and also pipe/tube. This eliminated many vendors, especially when combined with the need for expert local support. “We felt confident with Kern and Alfex CNC Australia because of their commitment to supporting Australian customers. We got to speak with not only several members of the local team, but also Kern Laser Systems CEO Derek Kern, which you just don’t get with other companies.”
Issues with equipment usually stem from incorrect setup, which can lead to students to lack confidence in using the machinery again. “Having the Kern engineers come in from the USA and the local Alfex CNC engineers to set up the LaserCELL really boosted our confidence in knowing that the LaserCELL would be set up properly from the get-go and we would have expert support here in Melbourne.”
Another reason why we went with the Kern LaserCELL over other systems, is that it will still process all the other materials our students use. We needed the variety of materials as well as metals.”
The LaserCELL is perfect for educational settings due to the blend of performance and safety. The fully enclosed (Class 1) design is devised for high traffic areas such as University workshops and classrooms where safety is of the utmost importance”, said Christian Buhagiar, Business Development Manager of Alfex CNC Australia.
Now that students have access to industry machinery, Dr Johnston says their first project with the LaserCELL is an augmented reality workshop. The workshop will see students use the LaserCELL to cut flat sheets of metal to create hologram instructions. The LaserCELL will also be heavily used for Furniture Design projects.
The LaserCELL is Kern’s fastest and most productive machine to date and is compatible with Pipe Rotary, K-Vision Camera Registration and Metal Cutting options.
Our goal was to get students more access to machinery in the industry. With the Kern LaserCELL we’re confident that we’ll see new and innovative ideas in the classroom” said Dr Johnston.
We’re very proud of the relationship that Alfex and the team at Melbourne University have built over the years. It’s always a pleasure working with Jas, Sean and the guys, and we’re really excited to see them put the Kern LaserCELL to good work. There will no doubt be many impressive projects come from this new installation”, said Buhagiar.
For more information on the Kern LaserCELL and how you can use it in your organisation, call or email the team on 1300 20 15 10 or firstname.lastname@example.org today.
Q: I HAVE A MAC, CAN I USE IT TO RUN MY LASER? A: Yes, but there are some caveats. If you are lucky enough to ow..
13 March 2018
Q: I HAVE A MAC, CAN I USE IT TO RUN MY LASER?
A: Yes, but there are some caveats. If you are lucky enough to own an Epilog Fusion M2 Laser then these come with a dedicated Mac driver which can run your laser directly from your Mac computer without the need for any additional programs. If your machine does not provide a dedicated Mac driver then you still have a couple of options; (1) Boot Camp for Mac – after loading Windows on to your Mac you then have the ability to choose between running Windows or Mac OS when you first boot up. (2) Parallels for Mac – similar to Boot Camp however with Parallels you can run both Windows and Mac OS simultaneously so you don’t need to reboot each time you want to change between operating systems
Q: HOW DO I GET A MARK ON BARE METAL PLATES WITH MY CO2 LASER?
A: Commonly used materials like stainless steel and aluminium can be best marked with a CO2 laser by utilising one of the many different metal marking solutions available today to achieve a near permanent, high contrasting black mark. It is critical that the stainless steel or aluminium is raw and has no coating (make sure it doesn’t have a clear coat) and that the surface is clean and free from oils and grease before you apply a thin coat of the marking solution. Use a slow-to-medium speed and high power for best results when laser engraving. You will need to use a slower speed for aluminium. We recommend MarkSolid 114 Aerosol.
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