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!
Taking place in the Keynote Theater, qualified innovators selected by a panel of industry experts and investors will audition for you on Tuesday, April 24 from 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm. Each innovator will have no more than 5 minutes to get your attention and share why their innovation could make a difference. . The panel will select two outstanding innovations that will be presented at the Wednesday morning keynote session – the audience that morning will select the winner.
2018 Innovation Auditions
Customized Additive Manufacturing Machines
Our innovation is a service that does not yet exist in Additive Manufacturing; developing and producing application specific AM machines. As a sister company to EOS (Electro-Optical Systems), we have the ability to either modify existing systems or create completely new concepts to meet specific customer requirements. From the implementation of new laser types, to build volume expansion, to high temperature printing and beyond, AMCM has the goal to offer solutions for those needing something different to the standardized market offerings.
World’s First Integrated Product Removal Module
Dutch innovator of metal additive manufacturing for series production have planned the US premiere of the next functional module during the show. In the Product Removal Module the engineering team of Additive Industries has succeeded to combine residual powder removal, part cutting and buildplate resurfacing into the integrated additive manufacturing workflow. The integration of multiple functions in one module eliminates manual labour, reduces inventory and simplifies logistics and process validation, especially in regulated manufacturing environments for aeronautic, automotive and medical part production. This underlines the fully automated and complete solution for high-end and demanding markets.
Additive Manufacturing and Post Process Finishing
The use of AM for titanium medical devices is nowadays popular. As an example, it is appreciated in spinal implants where regions of the surface are requested rough and porous to guarantee high grip and good implant-to-bone connection. AM native lattice structures accomplish these purposes. Nevertheless, before clinical use, post-processing steps can be essential. Actually these type of implants often require regions of the surface smooth. This to limit the risk of tissue damage during surgical insertion. The problem we tried to solve was to get smoother regions, without damaging porous regions while avoiding manual labor thus helping industrial production.
Novel Materials for use in Medical Devices and Implants
FibreTuff Medical Biopolymers LLC
FibreTuff has developed proprietary resin formulations of polyamide, polypropylene, and cellulose (PAPC) for use in medical devices. PAPC is currently being demonstrated in the 3D printing of orthotic and prosthetic devices. It has been shown to be both bioabsorbable but is non-bioresorbable making it suitable for use as custom-made temporary and permanent medical implants.
LPW Technology, Inc.
Metal powders are the keystone of metal-based additive manufacturing because their initial properties govern the quality of the AM part. Unfortunately, powder properties are known to change during subsequent reuses which dampers the cost-effectiveness and sustainability of AM. PowderLife was developed to monitor powder properties during reuse thereby supporting the transition of additive manufacturing into mass production. This solution combines software, hardware, and analytical components to collect and interpret data on the metal powder properties and storage atmosphere to maintain quality and traceability in the powder and end part.
3D Printable Tool Steel For Powder Bed Fusion
NanoSteel BLDRmetal L-40 is a ferrous alloy powder that can be printed at room temperature by powder bed fusion (PBF) on commercial equipment to form parts with a unique combination of high hardness and ductility. The lack of processing limitations and excellent physical properties make L-40 attractive for use in several applications, including tooling and die, where hard, ductile alloys are desired for longevity and production efficiency. With the standard turnaround time for traditional tooling and die manufacturing being at least six weeks, L-40 makes printing tooling and dies on demand easy, enabling fast innovation and costs savings.
We designed the Argo 500 to be used for printing high-performance materials in the production of finished parts from materials like Carbon PEEK, PEEK, Ultem™AM9085F and Carbon PA in a 500x500x500 mm build envelope.
To provide enhanced repeatability of objects and lower maintenance, we equipped the Argo 500 with the patented “Beltless System”, which offers mechanical accuracies down to 25 microns. Other enhancements include material spools housed in a controlled environment to preserve them from humidity, automatic filament load sensors, and spool end control that prevents material waste and time.
Roboze Argo 500: it’s time to produce.
LightSPEE3D is the world’s first metal 3D printer leveraging supersonic 3D deposition (SP3D) technology to deliver manufacturing grade printing at production speeds and costs. Designed for scalable, just in time production, LightSPEE3D prints metal parts in a matter of minutes, compared to the industry standard of multiple hours or days. Cutting edge deposition simplifies the production and cost of commodity parts with ultra-high speed, for flexible and on-demand industrial manufacturing
Elliptical Surface Mesh Decomposition for use in Multi Axis Variable Extrusion Printing
University of Michigan
Our innovation is a new way to decompose surface meshes and then print with a 6-axis robotic arm. Instead of slicing a model into parallel layers, which induces an entire axis of weakness into a part, we decompose the surface mesh into variable ellipses which then can be printed with a custom robotic printer, to achieve true 3D printing. This method allows us to alter the strength of the part throughout the geometry, ensuring the part has strength in the wanted directions. This method of printing also allows us to print certain structures with no supports, even while over empty space.