Formnext + PM South China, returning to Shenzhen next month, is first in today’s 3D printing news briefs. Next, Lithoz won an award from the Licensing Executive Society International. Funds have been granted for an EU project that involves 3D printing cooling system components. Finally, Mutiny Shaving showed off what they say is the first fully 3D printed steel razor.
Formnext + PM South China Fair in Shenzhen next month
From September 14 to 16, Formnext + PM South China, jointly organized by Guangzhou Guangya Messe Frankfurt Co Ltd and Uniris Exhibition Shanghai Co Ltd, comes to Shenzhen to showcase the latest innovative trends in forming solutions. More than 150 companies have already registered for the event, with exhibitors drawn from the powder metallurgy, advanced ceramics and additive manufacturing industries to increase their presence in the Chinese market. New participants at the fair include YinXuan (powder metallurgy), Orient Zirconic (advanced ceramics) and Evonik, Digital Metal, eSUN and BASF Forward AM (additive manufacturing).
Several concurrent events will take place during Formnext + PM South China to highlight the latest applications in these industries, including the Binder Jetting Additive Manufacturing Technology Forum on the 15th, which will include topics such as “Current Development of Mass Binder Jetting Technology Metal AM”” and “Applications of metal AM technologies by binder spraying in the manufacturing industry”. The 3D Printing Venture Capital Investment Conference will take place on the 14th and will host a group of 3D printing startups to showcase their latest services and products to a panel of investors. Finally, several researchers and industry experts will speak at the Shenzhen International Medical Ceramics 3D Printing Application Summit on the 15th. Several other interactive programs at Formnext + PM South China include Discover 3D Printing – ACAM; Summit on 3D printing technologies in mold manufacturing; Additive Manufacturing Application Industry Summit for New Energy Vehicles, and more.
Lithoz wins the “Small Businesses” category of the LESI award
Ceramic 3D printing company Lithoz GmbH has announced that it has been voted winner of the “Small Business” category of the 2022 LESI Innovation Award. The TU Wien spin-off is a global market leader in ceramics, and its LCM 3D printers are used for a variety of applications including dental, medical and industrial, while its new LIS 3D printers are for printing dark ceramics and large parts. The LESI (Licensing Executives Society International) Innovation Award is intended to recognize outstanding innovative approaches to licensing technology that lead to long-term market innovations, and to showcase recent innovation and licensing studies . Lithoz’s winning submission was presented to the 300 attendees at the recent LESI Annual Meeting in Venice and was voted the “Small Business” winner by the LESI Innovation Trends Committee and the LESI Board of Directors. ; Northrop Grumman won the “Large Business” category.
Regarding Lithoz’s victory, co-chair Dr. André Gorius, on behalf of the committee, said: “The submission, with its strong invention value creation process, impressive collaborative teamwork and partnership strategy, and clearly identifying obstacles along the value chain fits perfectly with our goal of finding the best way to detect and manage innovation trends.
Funding for a CERN project to develop 3D printed cooling parts
The European Union’s ATTRACT research and innovation program is committing €28 million to fund 36 projects in more than 20 countries. One of them is the AHEAD R&D&I project, which works to develop 3D printing technologies to manufacture components for cooling systems. The project is supported by a consortium of nine partners, including CERN, which has teamed up with five other partners to form AHEAD to find a new way to manufacture components for next-generation cooling systems. CERN, which is Europe’s nuclear research organization and operator of the Large Hadron Collider, has used 3D printing in the past to produce complex parts, so the organization is certainly familiar with the technology.
There is not much information available on the AHEAD project, but it is said that the project partners – CERN, Thales Alenia Space France, CSEM SA, LISI Aerospace, InanoEnergy and the Norwegian University of Science and Technology – will combine multiple 3D printing methods in an effort to produce cooling systems with fewer components that are also smaller and lighter, so they can be placed closer to areas that require cooling. In addition to working on more efficient complex cooling systems, CERN will also study the potential application of the product to “natural” refrigeration systems.
3D printed stainless steel razor by Mutiny Shaving
Finally, Welsh startup Mutiny Shaving, which specializes in 3D-printed reusable razors, introduced what it calls the first fully 3D-printed stainless steel reusable razor, the R1. The startup claims the R1 was created with zero pollution from manufacturing waste and 100% transparency, 3D printed from sustainable materials and completely carbon neutral. Bonded metal extrusion technology has been used to 3D print the new R1, significantly reducing the cost of 3D printing metal parts. Mutiny strives to break down consumer product barriers and not only create awesome razors, but also become the most environmentally friendly shaving company in the world. Additionally, the startup claims its R1 razor is the first commercially available consumer product to be made using bonded metal extrusion.
While the R1 is quite impressive, Mutiny Shaving also offers a range of 3D printed plastic and recycled plastic razors, such as the Rainbow Edition Hybrid. This razor features a 3D printed handle made from recycled corn starch, which is biodegradable, and it was also designed to stand up. The Ocean Waste Hybrid Razor features a handle and blade guard 3D printed from materials made from recycled fishing nets donated by Cornish Fleets. Additionally, the Mutiny Hybrid, created through a collaboration with Newport County Football Club, is 3D printed using recycled PLA and designed, created, printed and packaged locally in South Wales.
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