26 June 2017 12:17
Prodways Group recently announced the launch of their Rapid Additive Forging (RAF) technology. This new method of 3D printing metal works by building up layers of molten metal in a cloud of inert gas, allowing parts that would previously have taken several months to produce to be delivered in a few hours, with minimal material waste. The long-term goal of the new technology is to print metal parts in a way that consistently delivers superior metallurgical quality compared to previous methods. At the time of writing, the technology is only ...
26 June 2017 9:46
3D Printing Industry recently reported on a major deal between SLM Solutions and BeamIT, a leading Italian manufacturer, with experience in a wide range of sectors. Over the course of several years, SLM will provide BeamIT with 25 cutting-edge 3D printers, to be used to deliver parts for the medical, automotive, aerospace and aeronautic sectors. This deal represents the latest stage of BeamIT’s explorations of AM, particular with regards to metal printing. We are seeing more and more highly respected specialists in traditional manufacturing methods not just exploring AM, but wholeheartedly ...
23 June 2017 8:53
Much was made in the manufacturing industry press when General Electric (GE) acquired Arcam AB in September 2016. Following a failed acquisition of SLM, GE would acquire a second AM bureau, Concept Laser, in December of the same year, and partner with Stryker in June 2017. GE’s Chairman and CEO, Jeff Immelt described the developments as part of a wider move towards operating as a ‘digital industrial company’, with AM as a key component of this evolution. So what is the rationale behind a global manufacturing company investing in AM ...
21 June 2017 8:30
3Dprint.com recently reported on current research at Texas A&M University, Essentium Materials and Texas Tech into strengthening plastic parts printed with FDM technology. This involves printing with special CNT-coated filaments, then welding the resulting parts using precisely applied microwave irradiation. The result is stronger parts that are suitable for a range of industrial applications -- effectively mitigating one of the key disadvantages of FDM printing. At the same time, Michigan Technology University is conducting research into a more energy-efficient recycling material waste from plastic 3D printing. The goal is to allow ...
20 June 2017 8:03
We were honoured to be featured on 3Dprinting.com, in a piece that looks closely at our partnership with 3Faktur, and how this has made opened up a whole new way for forward-thinking architects to order 3D-printed models of their designs. We look forward to building on our partnership with 3Faktur and seeing more of the innovative designs they are delivering for their clients. Read the article here.     ...
14 June 2017 8:54
The team at RP Platform were incredibly interested to read about the launch of Desktop Metal's new metal printing methods, bound metal deposition (BMD) and microwave sintering. The former utilises metal powder bound in plastic filament, then printed using a process similar to fused deposition modelling. The latter utilises existing metal injection moulding materials, which are combined with a binding material and sintered in a specially-designed furnace. It’s always exciting when a new method for 3D printing is unveiled, and these two new approaches certainly have huge implications for additive ...
06 June 2017 8:47
We’re looking forward to a busy six months in the world of additive manufacturing. All over the world, leading manufacturers, researchers and industry experts are gathering at trade shows and conferences to explore the very best AM has to offer. Here are some of the events the team at RP Platform are most excited about. We’ll be visiting Rapidtech on the 21st and 22nd June, and will be presenting our latest innovations at Formnext In November. We look forward to seeing you there or hearing about your experiences!   Maker Faire Berlin June ...
18 May 2017 14:58
To help us better understand the challenges additive manufacturing companies and teams are facing, we want to hear from you! This short survey is your chance to tell us where you feel your additive manufacturing workflows could be improved and the specific challenges you face in your day-to-day operations. All participants in this survey will receive a detailed report from RP Platform, in which we analyse the results and consider what they mean for the AM sector as a whole.   (function(t,e,s,o){var n,c,i;t.SMCX=t.SMCX||[],e.getElementById(o)||(n=e.getElementsByTagName(s),c=n[n.length-1],i=e.createElement(s),i.type="text/javascript",i.async=!0,i.id=o,i.src=["https:"===location.protocol?"https://":"http://","widget.surveymonkey.com/collect/website/js/T_2BtR1U6spUwpB7e0Fq_2B_2Bds53sugHbBYlBMuEo3jjT315FZVltRK0kelad4iAIPi9.js"].join(""),c.parentNode.insertBefore(i,c))})(window,document,"script","smcx-sdk");   We look forward to hearing from you!     ...
16 May 2017 8:35
At RP Platform, we’re always excited to hear about the creative ways our clients and their customers are making use of our software’s capabilities. Streamlining and automating the process of ordering quality 3D-printed parts creates the perfect space for innovation to flourish, as we see regularly during consultations with our longstanding clients.   One recent example that particularly caught our eye was 3Faktur’s work using RP Platform to provide leading research and academic institutions across Germany with an easy way to order 3D-printed molecular models -- created using a sophisticated combination of ...
15 May 2017 8:41
RP Platform have recently launched an innovative feature for fully integrating their software solution with the most widely-used email systems, including Gmail, Microsoft Office 365 and Exchange. The feature was rolled out on May 11th as part of their most recent software update, following a long period of development, testing and consultation with the platform’s longstanding users. The goal is to empower additive manufacturing companies to better manage customer requests and communications and make more effective use of their time and resources.   The update is the latest stage of RP Platform’s ...