Tessa’s Weekly Picks – AM-azed at Formnext


Tessa Blokland  


There was a lot to see at Formnext and here are some other amazing products and/or materials that caught my eye while wandering through the halls in Frankfurt.

Every year at Formnext the winner of the Purmundus Challenge, an international competition of ideas for 3D and 4D printing, is announced. This year, the jury awarded UrbanAlps’ Stealth Key from the 38 finalists, with the first prize. UrbanAlps created so-called Stealth Technology, providing a physical 3D printed metal key and cylinder system, where the code is neatly hidden under the narrow edges ensuring the key code cannot be photographed or scanned. Keys are custom made and individually coded. Interested in joining the Purmundus Challenge 2020? Registration will start in June next year.

Sometimes it is not exactly clear what is so amazing about a specific object. But just asking the question ‘Why is this presented at your booth?’, the story behind an additively manufactured part is told and the results are AM-azing. What you see in the picture are 5 CoroMill® 390 milling cutters of Sandvik, of which the far left part is not made with additive manufacturing. It only takes a few minutes to read the website page, but it does resonate in my mind and it amazes me how wonderful AM and 3D printing can be. Sandvik works with a ‘simple’ AM checklist. If a component meets any of the criteria below, it is likely to be a good candidate for printing:

  • Complex shape
  • Expensive material
  • Low weight is essential
  • Revolutionary design
  • Individual variations (tailored)
  • Spare-part (to reduce lead-times, inventories, and Net Working Capital)
  • Potential to merge sub-parts into one component
  • A need to reduce assembly time/increase productivity
  • Smaller series

You should try this for your products and parts. You might be amazed by what the results could be.

Yes, Formnext is about industrial 3D printing, and yes, there is a lot of metal. But with my design eyes, I also look for color and especially controlling the right color. Color control is an important asset for creative minds and with its heritage in 2D printing to produce consistent and repeatable results, Mimaki says it can ensure that users’ on-screen designs will be flawlessly replicated in real-life, thanks to the color software which is calibrated with their 3D printer. In their booth, I saw endless examples of product samples, prototypes, full-color figurines, maquettes, and much more (also up top).

From the more simple 3D printers, I saw Italian filament manufacturer, FiberForce, proposing a line of PANTONE Matching System based 3D printing filaments. The presented 3D printed color range looked very bright and impressive to me. Colors customization service is also available, so they claim.

LEO Lane_Weekly Pick_AM-azing at Formnext

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