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3D Printing News Briefs, Dec 22, 2021: Business, Software, Rhinoplasty, and More –

We’re starting with two acquisitions in today’s 3D Printing News Briefs and then with a new Amazon e-commerce shop for polypropylene filaments. Then we discuss the software, the print orientation and finish with the 3D printing for the preparation of the rhinoplasty. Read on for the details!

Titomic acquires cold spray company Dycomet

The high pressure cold spray from Dycomet

Australia-based Titomic (ASX: TTT) announced the acquisition of Dutch company Dycomet Europe BV, a European leader in cold spray technology. Dycomet offers low, medium and high pressure cold spray solutions for a variety of industries including the automotive and aerospace industries, providing local skills and support to Titomic’s European customers. According to a press release, the acquisition will be “instant revenue growth” for Titomic, with a strong pipeline of European customer orders and a base in Europe that, coupled with its Australian headquarters and Titomic USA, gives the company excellent global access. Klaas Rozema, founder and CEO of Dycomet, will now become General Manager of Titomic Europe.

“The acquisition of Dycomet is an important step on Titomic’s strategic path to becoming a global company. We are excited to have Dycomet on board and look forward to working with Klaas and his team on the many exciting opportunities this acquisition offers, ”said Herbert Koeck, CEO of Titomic. “While Titomic focuses on high pressure applications, Dycomet serves the soft end low and medium pressure market. With our complementary machine and product portfolio, the combined know-how now available to the company will further accelerate the company’s growth in new markets and offer existing customers a broader range of products. “

TriMech acquires InterPRO Additive Manufacturing Group

Speaking of acquisitions, TriMech, which provides CAD and engineering software, additive and subtractive manufacturing solutions, and related training, consulting, and staffing for manufacturers and engineers in North America, is expanding its advanced manufacturing and rapid prototyping offering with the acquisition of InterPRO Additive production group. InterPRO has one of the largest implementations of the new Stratasys Origin P3 system in North America and also offers in-house technologies such as urethane and silicone casting, as well as Multi Jet Fusion, FDM and large format SLA printing. With this acquisition, TriMech will add more than 70 3D printers to its existing range of 40+ 3D printers in its production and prototype facilities in Ontario and Connecticut. Dan Straka, President of InterPRO, will become General Manager of Advanced Manufacturing for TriMech, and InterPRO will remain in its Connecticut facility under the name TriMech Advanced Manufacturing.

“The pace of change in additive manufacturing continues to increase. Advances in plastic and metal printing, speed and workflow, and mass production are changing customer needs and expectations, ”said Marcel Matte, President and CEO of TriMech. “This acquisition brings together more experts and a broader range of technologies so that we can be the best possible partner for manufacturers of all sizes.”

Braskem, Xenon arc launch Amazon store for PP filaments

Braskem, the largest polyolefin manufacturer in North and South America, has partnered with Xenon arc to open its first consumer-facing store on Amazon to make polypropylene AM filaments more accessible to consumers. Xenon arc is contributing data-driven marketing and sales platform technologies to help Braskem better reach its small to medium-sized customers, and the e-commerce marketplace offers Braskem’s PP 3D printing filaments in 1.75mm and 2.85 diameters mm, which is used, among other things, for the construction of spare parts, rapid prototyping and customer-specific product design, thanks to the impact strength, durability and chemical resistance of the material. The Amazon store will also sell Braskem’s award-winning carbon fiber reinforced PP filament.

“We’re constantly looking for new ways to make our materials more accessible to consumers and small business customers,” said Jason Vagnozzi, Braskem Commercial Director for Additive Manufacturing. “Through our partnership with Xenon arc, we have built a new e-commerce channel that transcends some of the complex supply chains that larger commodity manufacturers face when trying to reach consumers directly. Amazon will enable us to better serve smaller makerspaces, hobbyists and educational institutions that would benefit from our polypropylene innovations. “

Hexagon expands ESPRIT CAM software to include additive construction preparation

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Hexagon’s Manufacturing Intelligence division recently expanded its ESPRIT CAM software to include additive manufacturing prep, which will provide digital tools to prepare components for 3D printing with powder bed fusion (PBF) to streamline hybrid manufacturing processes and increase AM production volumes raise. According to AMPOWER’s Additive Manufacturing Report, PBF represents 86% of the global additive manufacturing machine installation base, and with this addition, Hexagon’s ESPRIT CAM software now includes its patented part-to-build workflow for both printing and printing Further processing operations for PBF. including prep build steps and programming tools for post-processing – and offers this dedicated functionality in software that uses a parametric data-driven workflow. Customers can better optimize their AM part designs by using ESPRIT Additive PBF in conjunction with other Hexagon products such as Simufact Additive and MSC Apex Generative Design.

“The combination of the build preparation in the CAM environment is the first step on the way to a real computer-aided manufacturing with additive processes, which enables a higher degree of automation and productivity. Our goal is to make the programmer’s life easier and thus to make the shop floor more productive and future-proof in order to apply the best available machines and processes to the respective part, ”explains Clement Girard, Product Manager for Additive Manufacturing and Artificial Intelligence at Hexagon.

Thermwood expands LSAM systems with a third printing orientation

In 2020, Thermwood Corp. Enabled the Vertical Layer Print (VLP) option for its Large Scale Additive Manufacturing (LSAM) systems that can print vertical layers; it already offered HLP or Horizontal Layer Printing. Now the company has added a third printing orientation with its new Angle Layer Printing (ALP) option that can print at a 45 ° angle. Since each of these orientations has its own advantages, having all three on the same system with the complete LSAM printhead is an extremely flexible solution.

LSAM machines currently in operation already have VLP capability, but this has been replaced by a VLP / ALP option in new systems. If a customer has purchased a machine without a VLP, this new VLP / ALP option can be easily added to most machines already in service and is also said to be a cost effective solution. LSAM systems, recognized as the most widely used large format thermoplastic 3D printing systems currently in industrial production, are available in a variety of configurations, including full print and just trim and print, in sizes from 5 x 3 feet up to 15 x 60 feet.

Using 3D printed models to prepare for rhinoplasty

Segmentation phase, the multiplanar reconstructions on the axial (A), coronal (B) and sagittal plane (C), in pink the imported mask after segmentation from the MRI. (D), the 3D models of the bone tissue in white, the cartilage structures in red (from the MRT / CT coregistration) and the soft tissues of the nasal pyramid in pink (in transparency).

Finally, researchers in Italy published a research paper on their use of CT scans, MRI data, and 3D printing to create preoperative models prior to rhinoplasty and other surgical reconstructions of cartilage structures, which can be quite difficult. The aim was to develop an imaging strategy to merge the CT and MRI data to 3D print a model that, as the researchers wrote, “corresponds to the patient’s anatomy”. Ten patients who were eligible for a rhinoplasty received CT scans and MRIs to characterize their nasal structures for this study; the bone and soft tissue segmentation was carried out in the CT and the MRI recorded the cartilage segmentation.

“A 3D model was then created using materials and colors that reproduced the density of the three main structures (bone, soft tissue and cartilage) useful for preoperative assessment,” the researchers write. “This study showed that the optimization of a specific CT and MR protocol made it possible to reduce the CT radiation dose by up to 60% and an MR acquisition time of around 20% compared to standard exposures with the same device. 3D models tailored to the patient and the preoperative planning have shortened the average operating time by 20 minutes. “

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