#3DExpress: ADDiTEC Turns to Automotive 3D Printing

Published on February 24, 2024 by Madeleine P.

This week in our #3DExpress series, we take a look back at several news items that have marked the additive manufacturing sector. And we start with ADDiTEC, which hopes to establish itself in the automotive sector, specifically in motorsports. Next, there have been a few new product launches, including the EOS copper-nickel alloy and the Phrozen Arco FDM printer. The business world is not left out either in this issue of #3DExpress. We also took a look at Lithoz’s plans for its new Japanese network and Materialise’s 2023 annual review.

ADDiTEC Launches Into Motorsports With ADDiTEC Racing

ADDiTEC has made a name for itself with its high-performance additive manufacturing solutions. With its Liquid Metal Jetting (LMJ) technology and the LDED process, the company manufactures parts for use in a variety of sectors. ADDiTEC is now looking to extend its expertise to motorsports. The company announced this week that it would now also be focusing on the field of motor racing with ADDiTEC Racing. “We believe that ADDiTEC Racing will not only showcase our technological prowess but also serve as a catalyst for accelerating our presence in the automotive sector,” said ADDiTEC CEO Brian Matthews. “By competing at the highest level of motorsports and demonstrating the capabilities of our Additive Manufacturing solutions, we aim to raise awareness and drive adoption of our technology within the industry.” Examples of 3D printing of automotive parts will therefore be presented live at future races. The project kicks off Saturday, February 24th, at Homestead Miami Speedway.


Photo Credits: ADDiTEC

EOS Unveils a Copper-Nickel Alloy for Additive Manufacturing

In collaboration with Phillips Federal and Austal USA, EOS has developed a new material for the submarine industry. Copper Alloy CuNi30 is a cupronickel alloy for use in the LBPF process. The material has been developed and already tested for the submarine industrial base. The alloy is characterized by its mechanical properties: it has a tensile strength of 510 MPa and an elongation of over 20%. The material has a high resistance to corrosion in salt water, and also complies with the stringent UNS96400 specifications of ASTM B369-09. The aim of this new development is to solve the supply problems that can arise when manufacturing castings. Thanks to this new material, supply chain efficiency can be improved and production accelerated. The attractive price/performance ratio should enable the material to establish itself rapidly in production.

Photo Credits: EOS

Lithoz Creates a Japanese Technology Network for Ceramic 3D Printing

Austrian company Lithoz has announced its intention to further promote its LCM technology outside Europe. Lithoz has therefore created a Japanese network for high-performance ceramic 3D printing. The network consists of three Japanese companies, AS ONE, Mitsui Kinzoku and Yugōkuen Ceramics, who will work with Lithoz and its technology. The aim is to promote and advance 3D printing with high-performance ceramics in Japan. The network also aims to strengthen and promote the local 3D printing community by enabling partners to invest in a portfolio of printing technologies for high-performance ceramics.

Photo Credits: Lithoz

Materialise ends 2023 with 10.4% growth

We know that 2023 has been a challenging year for those involved in additive manufacturing. Nevertheless, some companies have managed to overcome this challenging period. This week, Materialise announced its financial results for the last financial year. Overall, Materialise was able to close the 2023 financial year with sales of 256.1 million euros, up 10.4% on the previous year. In the fourth quarter alone, growth of 4.1% over the previous year was achieved, and 65.3 million of the total sales for 2023 were generated in the fourth quarter. Materialise Medical, which accounted for 101.4 million of total sales, contributed significantly to these positive figures. Materialise Software also increased its sales by 1.7% year-on-year, generating 44.4 million euros.

Photo Credits: Materialise

Phrozen Launches its First FDM printer

Taiwanese 3D printing company Phrozen this week announced the launch of its first FDM printer, Phrozen Arco. It is expected to stand out from other desktop FDM printers for its speed and multicolor printing. Indeed, the printer boasts a maximum print speed of 600 mm/s. Yet precision is not to be outdone, as the patented direct extruder guarantees fast, accurate printing results. In addition to efficiency, creativity is also a top priority. That’s why the Phrozen Arco is equipped with the Chroma kit, which allows up to 16 colors to be used and ensures automatic filament changeover. The printer has a volume of 300 x 300 x 300 mm, and Pentashield technology reduces noise. This makes the Phrozen Arco user-friendly and an ideal choice for creative DIYers and rapid prototyping.

Photo Credits: Phrozen

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