3DExpress Unveils Stunning 3D Models of “Pillars of Creation” at RAPID + TCT Event

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We are back with #3DEXPRESS to show you all the highlights of the news from the additive manufacturing sector this week! First up, Colibrium Additive, a subsidiary of GE Aerospace, unveiled several innovations, including the latest model of the Spectra printer range. This new Spectra M printer uses electron beam powder bed fusion, and contains an update to the EB-PBF software. Next, NASA has announced the publication of their 3D models of the iconic Pillars of Creations. Third-in-line, HP announced updates to the Metal Jet S100 printer, the launch of the HP Metal Jet Production Service, a new Metal Jet Adoption Center, expanded partnerships with Autodesk and others, and a collaboration with Leopoly to develop the HP 3D Texture Visualizer. Next up, Kimya introduced a new technical material called Kimya PA Carbon, a carbon-filled nylon known for its exceptional mechanical performance, heat resistance, and chemical resistance. And lastly, Bryson DeChambeau Wins US Open with 3D Printed Golf Clubs from Avoda Golf. Let’s get started!

Colibrium Additive Presents Innovations at RAPID + TCT 2024

At RAPID + TCT 2024, Colibrium Additive, a subsidiary of GE Aerospace, unveiled several innovations. These included the latest model in the Spectra printer range, utilizing electron beam powder bed fusion (EB-PBF) technology, along with an update to the EB-PBF software. The new Spectra M printer is now available for order, with deliveries scheduled for early Q1 2025. This printer addresses the growing demand for smaller EB-PBF printers while maintaining the design and productivity benefits of electron beam fusion technology. This development aims to meet the specific needs of additive manufacturers, especially in the orthopedic and medical implant sectors.

NASA Publishes 3D Model of the Pillars of Creation

Earlier this week, we reported on 3D-printed LEGO bricks made from moon dust, designed to inspire young explorers’ interest in space exploration. Now, another 3D-printed artifact from space could soon be making its way into children’s bedrooms. NASA recently published a visualization and a 3D model of the iconic Pillars of Creation, a star formation site located 6,500 light years from Earth. These pillars, composed of gas and dust, are among the most well-known images from space, first captured by the Hubble telescope in 1995. The new visualization combines images from both the Hubble and the James Webb Space Telescopes. With the 3D model now available, anyone can reprint the columns using a 3D printer. For the best results and to capture fine details, a resin 3D printer is recommended.

HP Unveils Innovations in the Metal Sector at RAPID + TCT 2024

HP made several significant announcements at RAPID + TCT 2024 in Los Angeles. Among the key highlights were updates on the Metal Jet S100 printer, including the launch of the HP Metal Jet Production Service and the opening of a Metal Jet Adoption Center in Corvallis, Oregon. HP also expanded its partnership with Autodesk and established new collaborations with Altair, CoreTechnologie, and Dyndrite to optimize the design and print preparation process for users. Additionally, HP teamed up with Leopoly, a provider of 3D and XR software, to develop the HP 3D Texture Visualizer. This new tool allows users to apply and view 3D digital textures on their CAD models in real-time.

Technical Filament for Industrial Applications: Kimya Pa Carbon

Materials are also a key focus in this edition of #3DExpress. Kimya has introduced a new technical material called Kimya PA Carbon, a carbon-filled nylon known for its exceptional mechanical performance, heat resistance, and chemical resistance. This material is ideal for producing rigid, durable parts suitable for high-temperature environments. Compatible with open chamber 3D printers, Kimya PA Carbon is easy to print and allows for the creation of robust parts with increased dimensional stability and an elegant matte finish.

(Photo Credits: Kimya)

Bryson DeChambeau Wins US Open with 3D Printed Golf Clubs from Avoda Golf

Bryson DeChambeau’s coach revealed that the golfer’s recent success was significantly aided by the use of 3D printed curved clubs. These innovative clubs, 3D printed by Avoda Golf, were crucial in helping DeChambeau secure his latest trophy, with his coach emphasizing their impact as “100,000%.” The custom-designed clubs, tailored to DeChambeau’s unique playing style, demonstrate the growing influence of advanced manufacturing technologies in enhancing athletic performance.

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