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More Game-Changers in the World of 3D Printing

HP's industry-changing 3D printing announcement for commercial-scale end-production wasn't the only news of note at RAPID 2016 this week. Here are six more game-changing software and hardware news items, plus some videos explaining HP's technology.

Ann R. Thryft

May 19, 2016

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More Game-Changers in the World of 3D Printing

HP's industry-changing announcement of its Multi Jet Fusion 3D printing technology for commercial-scale end-production got the lion's share of attention at this week's RAPID 2016 show. But that wasn't the only news of note. Other companies made some game-changing software and hardware announcements as well, all of them aimed at making it easier to print quality production parts.

Along with a sampling of these, we also give you a couple of videos about HP's new 3D printers that weren't available when we posted Tuesday's story. One gives a better idea of how the technology works to achieve its high speed and precision. The other shows how the different parts of the end-to-end solution -- HP Jet Fusion 3D Printer, Processing Station, and build unit -- work together.

Click the image below to see more of what went on at RAPID 2016:

EnvisionTEC introduced what it says is the first industrial-scale 3D printer for producing woven fiber composite parts. The SLCOM 1 uses a process the company calls Selective Lamination Composite Object Manufacturing, which allows building composite parts using layer-by-layer laminated thermoplastic composite fabric sheets from a roll. Build volume of this first printer is 24inch x 30 inch x 24 inch. It can process a wide range of custom-made thermoplastic reinforced unidirectional or multidirectional woven fibers. Composite matrix materials include woven glass fiber, woven carbon fiber, or woven aramid fibers reinforced with a choice of nylon 6, nylon 11, nylon 12, PEEK, PEKK, and polycarbonate. Composites can be tailored for toughness, environmental resistance, vibration dampening, low flammability, high wear resistance, and high strength-to-weight ratio.
(Source: EnvisionTEC)


Ann R. Thryft is senior technology editor, materials & assembly, for Design News. She's been writing about manufacturing- and electronics-related technologies for 28 years, covering manufacturing materials & processes, alternative energy, and robotics. In the past, she's also written about machine vision and all kinds of communications.

About the Author(s)

Ann R. Thryft

Ann R. Thryft has written about manufacturing- and electronics-related technologies for Design News, EE Times, Test & Measurement World, EDN, RTC Magazine, COTS Journal, Nikkei Electronics Asia, Computer Design, and Electronic Buyers' News (EBN). She's introduced readers to several emerging trends: industrial cybersecurity for operational technology, industrial-strength metals 3D printing, RFID, software-defined radio, early mobile phone architectures, open network server and switch/router architectures, and set-top box system design. At EBN Ann won two independently judged Editorial Excellence awards for Best Technology Feature. She holds a BA in Cultural Anthropology from Stanford University and a Certified Business Communicator certificate from the Business Marketing Association (formerly B/PAA).

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