If you’re looking for new technologies or processes, partnership opportunities with startup companies or researchers, investment opportunities, or companies with an innovative product to sell, then you need to attend the Innovation Auditions!

Qualified innovators selected by a panel of industry experts and investors will audition for you during one 60-minute session. Each innovator will have no more than 5 minutes to get your attention and share why their innovation could make a difference.

At the session, we’ll provide you with an innovations list to make notes and use like a sushi order list to select the ones of interest. Then connect with the innovator at the end of the session to get details on how it works.

The auditions will also include a panel of investors and technology experts to provide feedback after the auditions. The panel will also select one outstanding innovation that will be announced at the Wednesday morning keynote session.

 

The 2017 Innovation Auditions winner was Identify3D.

 

2017 Participants

Rapid Part Distortion, Supports and Build Failure Prediction using Simulation

3DSIM, LLC

Metal laser sintering processes are gaining traction in many industries.  But many organizations are losing money because they don’t know what will come out of the machine when they start a build.  To avoid costly failures, companies are starting to utilize 3DSIM’s exaSIM(TM) software to rapidly predict the distortion and residual stress that will accumulate during part fabrication, in addition to auto-generated support structures based on stress requirements for anchoring the part to the baseplate.  Users utilize this very detailed information, often generated in just minutes, to guide designs, select build strategies, and improve the ROI of metal AM components.

 

Additive World Platform

Additive Industries

The Additive World Plaform is a software platform fully integrated with our MetalFAB1 equipment, which supports the complete 3D metal printing workflow from design to part. It allows our customers to store, share and analyse all relevant data in order to learn and improve fast and meet the high standards of regulated markets. The platform allows users to remotely create, schedule and monitor jobs on their machines, while all relevant data collected throughout the build process is stored in a single repository, allowing in depth analysis to increase learning and productivity.

 

Topology Optimization

ANSYS

The ANSYS topology optimization functionality lets engineers efficiently design structural components that are optimized for strength and weight. At the core are ANSYS’s solvers that highlight areas of interest, where material is needed to support loads. Also crucial is ANSYS SpaceClaim’s ability to clean up, modify, or reverse engineer a topology optimized STL output. As adoption of additive manufacturing continues to increase, engineers can fully take advantage of this technology by changing the form of parts, reducing weight, all while not sacrificing strength. The output is structurally sound solid body or STL-print ready model containing material only where needed.

 

MI:Workflow

Granta Design

MI:Workflow is a new software innovation that support organisations with introducing a controlled workflow for entire Additive Manufacturing (AM) process. Example workflow include following a build through the AM process, capturing information on powder materials, builds, machines and test data. People can be assigned tasked and be notified when new tasks are initiated by others. By using this innovation, companies can ensure they are capturing the vital data for traceability and having a workflow that minimizes risk and errors for entire AM process. This ultimately leads to shortened development time and time-to-production.

 

Secure Digital Supply Chain Software

Identify 3D

Identify3D is a leader in software for the digital supply chain enabling companies to have the confidence that their intellectual property, processes and products are both secure and aligned with established engineering standards. Identify3D provides consistency and repeatability through the digital supply chain delivering quality assurance from design to finished product. We deliver greater control over the digital manufacturing process ensuring the security and integrity of intellectual property along the digital thread. Ultimately, Identify3D helps engineers make better decisions using in-depth analytics and reporting to enable innovation, optimization and scalability across disparate digital production platforms.

 

Metal X

Markforged

Metal X is a breakthrough in both additive metal manufacturing process and in broad accessibility through a compact affordable solution. As the world’s first Atomic Diffusion Additive Manufacturing printer, the Metal X rapidly accelerates innovation by delivering metal parts overnight at the fraction of the cost. The printer delivers a broad variety of common engineering metals including stainless steels, aluminum, titanium as well as tool steel, enabling organizations to generate a functional mold in a single day – exponentially improving product cycle time and cutting costs.

 

Novel Titanium Alloy for Medical Devices using Additive Manufacturing

Nanyang Technological University

Titanium alloys are among the most attractive implant materials, due to their light weight, high corrosion resistance, biocompatibility and mechanical properties. However, the mismatch of their elastic modulus to that of bones, limit the extent of their use. Hence, there is a need for a new titanium based material with superior properties. This innovation showcases the potential of obtaining and fabricating titanium-tantalum (TiTa) alloys simultaneously using powder based additive manufacturing (AM) techniques such as selective laser melting (SLM). TiTa alloys were thought to be difficult to obtain previously due to the huge mismatch in the melting temperatures and densities of titanium and tantalum.

 

EinScan-Pro+, Multifunctional Handheld 3D Scanner

Shining 3D Tech Co., Ltd.

EinScan Pro+ is a new member of SHINING3D EinScan product family. EinScan-Pro+ enables HD scanning mode, enlarged the scanning range compared to EinScan-Pro.  EinScan Pro+ is a multi-functional 3D scanner designed to meet many professional-level requirements of 3D scanning. It can deliver either handheld 3D scanning or industrial-quality 3D scanning capabilities to engineers and designers.  It can be used to scan industrial parts, sculptures, carved items, human faces, etc. The EinScan-Pro+ is a cost-effective tool to teach reverse-engineering at the higher education level, or even now at the high school level. The scanner is multi-functional, versatile, easy to use and compatible with all 3D printers.

 

Multi-material FFF biomimetic solutions

University of Michigan – Neuroprosthetics

Our innovation is using multimaterial extrusion (FFF) to replicate the tissue and bone structures of human anatomy for artificial limbs. Many commonly available prosthetics on the market are built in an exoskeletal nature and use technologies such as silicone sleeves or specialized grip pads to improve the functionality of limbs when grasping or manipulating objects. By using different material combinations to replicate tissue and bone, we can create custom solutions for individual needs.