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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's SLCOM 1

 

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)


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)

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