3D Printing News Briefs, June 5, 2021: ExOne & Aurora Group, Solukon & Turbex, IQ Motion Control, Branch Technology – 3DPrint.com
In today’s 3D printing News Briefs, ExOne is partnering with the Aurora Group to expand its reach in Asia, while Solukon and Turbex are working together to do the same in the UK and Irish AM markets. Next up, IQ Motion Control launched a new range of servo motors. Finally, Branch Technology officially unveiled its 3D-printed building facade, made by cell fabrication and home to the new branch of a credit union in Tennessee.
ExOne works with Aurora Group in Asia
To expand the reach of its Binder-Jet 3D printing technology in Asia, ExOne Company (Nasdaq: XONE) announced a collaboration with Aurora Group, naming its two subsidiaries General Integration Technology (GIT) in Taiwan and Aurora 3D in China is authorized as a distributor to sell ExOne’s industrial binder jetting solutions. Its patented technology is known as a sustainable additive manufacturing method because of its ability to quickly print consolidated, lightweight designs for less money and with less waste. The company has qualified over 20 different metal, composite and ceramic materials for its binder jetting process, more than half of which are alloyed metals such as 316L, 304L, M2 tool steel and Inconel 718.
“We have been involved in the 3D industry for nearly 30 years, and we adhere to the principle of ‘3D innovation, integration and trend-setting’ as we continue to serve the industry. We strived to find a metal 3D printing system that could mass-produce high-density, high-precision, third-party qualified materials. More importantly, we believe ExOne’s sustainable manufacturing can achieve mass production of metal 3D solutions, ”said Daniel Chi, general manager of GIT and Aurora 3D.
“We expect ExOne metal 3D printing to advance our market from plastic prototyping and design to metal fabrication. Binder Jetting helps customers save time and money, reduce waste and increase manufacturing flexibility to create a win-win situation. “
Solukon adds Turbex as UK-Ireland sales partner
The German company Solukon Maschinenbau, which supplies powder removal and processing systems for metal and polymer 3D printing, has decided to expand its business activities in the UK and Irish AM market by selecting a new distributor: Turbex from Hampshire, which has been supplying cleaning equipment to hundreds of companies in the UK for nearly four decades, Turbex providing third-party products to customers in many industries including aerospace, automotive, energy and medical, is now Solukon’s Smart Powder Recuperation technology in Ireland and the UK to evict.
“Solukon pioneered powder removal from metal laser powder bed fusion parts – which means trapped powder is removed and reclaimed without contamination in a repeatable and certifiable manner. It therefore makes sense to work with a cleaning expert for one of our key markets who knows the region’s business landscape very well, ”says Michael Sattler, Global Sales Director and responsible for Solukon’s sales network.
“Together with Turbex, we will strengthen our market position as a technology leader in automated industrial powder removal.”
IQ Motion Control brings a new line of servo motors onto the market
IQ Motion Control, which develops and supplies high-performance motor modules for robotics and industrial applications, has just launched a new range of servo motors, the ultra-compact, high-performance Fortiq BLS42. The modules can currently be pre-ordered from Crowd Supply and consist of a straight-stack BLDC motor with a straight magnet, integrated motor control and magnetic rotary encoder for position detection. The line was specially developed for use in research institutions, industrial machine manufacturers and individual manufacturers in applications such as robotic joints, conveyor belts and 3D printers to minimize motor vibration and space requirements and to maximize torque and speed performance.
The company’s proprietary technology, born in the University of Pennsylvania’s robotics laboratory, aims to achieve high-end motor performance at an affordable price by combining innovative calibration and control software with unique hardware designs. Compared to conventional industrial servomotors, the new Fortiq BLS42 motors are said to have 50% less volume, a nominal output of 4,000 rpm and are 70% cheaper, with four different sizes with different torque values available.
Industry technology: opening of the 3D-printed building facade
That winter, we learned that Chattanooga-based additive construction company Branch Technology was 3D printing a facade for the local Tennessee Valley Federal Credit Union (TVFCU) using its Cellular Fabrication (C-Fab) technology. The credit union’s new Southside Branch recently celebrated its grand opening with the startup’s fully 3D-printed facade, which founder and CEO Platt Boyd says will be the first commercial 3D-printed building in the United States. We get tired of throwing the word “first” around when it comes to additive construction, but in this case it might actually be true since most of the 3D printed building stories we cover in the US are about houses. The panels of the 3D printed facade of the TVFCU are self-cleaning, water-repellent, weigh less than normal concrete and also look pretty cool.
“It’s not like all the other boring boxes out there. It took years to develop, ”said Boyd of the 3D printed facade.
“It’s a carbon-reinforced open Lattis that freezes in open space. Then we fill it with a light foam and it is nailed like a robot and clad on the outside with fiberglass concrete. “