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. 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.
2019 Innovation Award Participants
Programmable Photo Polymerization
We programmatically adjust light intensity across surface, to account for natural voltage variations and achieve uniform energy dose across build surface.
Rapid Alloy Development for Directed Energy Deposition
The hoppers in the ADF are relatively small (less than 50 mL) whereas traditional hoppers are typically 0.5 to 3 L.
The small hoppers are ideal for material development applications since only a small amount of each alloy is required to deposit a sample and analyze the material properties.
With a single ADF feeder, 16 various alloy or alloy combinations can be deposited, and multiple ADF feeders can be combined into a single operation to enable many more alloy combinations through sequential or simultaneous operation.
The revolver-style design rotates the hoppers to access the desired hopper quickly.
The industry’s most comprehensive and advanced generative design software solution offering best-in-class AI-powered topology optimization.
Missing link in unlocking the true potential of the 4th Industrial Revolution across CAD / CAE, Additive Manufacturing, Quality Control and Digital Twin markets.
Proprietary AI technology delivers best-in-class lightweighting and performance enhancements with ready to manufacture designs in a fraction of the time.
nTopology platform represents and works with geometry in an entirely different way than traditional design engineering environments. In short, we use math functions to easily work with any type of geometry regardless of complexity. The implicit modeling technology provides a data framework in nTop that rapidly produces a lightweight representation of any geometry. With zero modeling and rebuild errors, you can remove traditional CAD failures as a bottleneck to design workflows.
3D Printer Automation Upgrade for Volume Production of Plastic Parts
3DQue Systems Inc.
QSuite is a proprietary hardware and software upgrade compatible with most FFF 3D printers that automates the printing process. Users just upload their design into the QSuite software and unfettered parts (detached from print bed) are delivered on time and on budget. With lights-out capability, the system continuously delivers parts ready to progress to the next stage whether it be shipping, assembly or finishing. In this way it is like traditional plastic parts manufacturing with the added benefits of being in-house, environmentally friendly, highly flexible and able to produce parts on demand that increases the user’s ability to quickly adapt to change.
Through automation of scheduling, production, part removal and printer reset, QSuite provides 24/7 continuous delivery of thousands of parts allowing users to customers the ability to cost-effectively scale production capabilities. By licensing QSuite, OEMs can offer the benefits of full automation to their customers.
Pushing the Boundary of Additive Manufacturing: Loctite’s Novel 3D Silicone Elastomeric Materials
Henkel’s material technology addresses customer’s problem by developing unique UV-curable resins for SLA/DLP printers. Performance including snap-back with elongation > 150%, good tear resistance and excellent durability. It is safe, fast and easy to use.
3D metal printer using metal paste
Current bound metal systems are a continuation of MIM technology, which required the molten metal infused polymer to solidify quickly in the mold so it can be removed. When the object is 3D printed, there is no such requirement, as printing takes a long time and object can solidify by water evaporation, a much cleaner and simpler process. The metal paste is supplied in disposable cartridges. Also, since most of the supports are needed for printing, not sintering, they do not need to be made of expensive metal. In the Rapidia system most supports are a polymer that evaporates during sintering. Completely support-less printing of complex parts is also possible.
Intelligent Slicing Automation
3D printed parts can have one or both of an internal lattice structure and a surrounding shell or skin. A large array of print parameters are required to define the structure, including lattice geometry, density, and orientation, layer thickness, layer height, temperatures, speeds, etc. Furthermore, hardware can allow these parameters to vary spatially. 3D printers rely on “slicing” software to specify these parameters. Currently, most slicing programs significantly limit user control of the inputs noted. Furthermore, where some control is allowed, there is no way for a user to know how to dial in an excellent print beyond “tribal knowledge.”
Teton is developing Intelligent Slicing Automation that will take a known topology for a 3D print and provide users with a part possessing superior performance characteristics while optimizing manufacturability. The technology relies on “multiscale analysis”, occurring at blazing speeds, using machine learning, optimization algorithms, and coupled physics to present multiple viable options for the input functional requirements. We believe every 3D print possessing functional requirements will benefit from and perhaps demand this technology.