In this article, we cover the latest investments and business developments across the industry. BCN3D, 3DGBIRE & Unispectral are mainly covered.
CREA3D is now part of BCN3D’s Distribution Network
It’s already been seven (7) years that CREA3D has been providing the Italian market with a diverse range of 3D printing solutions. With three other business units, the company also delivers services, design, production of 3D technologies and solutions for the medical sector.
For the manufacturer of IDEX 3D Printing technology, this is the second distribution agreement it signs with another company since it became a standalone company, the recent one being with 3Dörtgen, for the Turkish region.
Furthermore, the Spanish 3D Printer manufacturer has recently secured €2.8 million in funding round to enhance its FDM 3D Printing technology, which means that we can expect the launch of a new product portfolio.
ARMOR makes its brand of 3D Printing filaments Kimya available in the UK through 3DGBIRE
Through this exclusive partnership, 3DGBIRE will distribute Kimya ABS Carbon, ABS ESD, ABS Kevlar, PETG – S, TPC-91A, materials that provides a range of properties for the manufacturing of parts in demanding industries.
As for the Nantes-based Corporation, they are increasingly focused on the development of “on-demand” high-performance 3D materials that design and production teams need, a strategy that has been well exemplified through its partnership with MakerBot.
Unispectral to produce critical parts with Nanofabrica industrial 3D Printing solutions
Unispectral has invested in Nanofabrica’s micro additive manufacturing technology. The Samsung-backed company specializes in the manufacturing of miniature, low cost tunable Near Infrared (NIR) filters.
The company’s products add a biometric layer to authentication camera systems, improves facial authentication, enables camera-based material detection and spectrum-based image segmentation and object classification, identifies bank notes and documentation, captures unseen to standard cameras defects in products, coated, electronic and optical parts, detects vital signs for remote medical, and diagnoses plants stress in the field.
At the heart of the company’s solution is a tunable Fabry-Pérot filter made using MEMs technology, which is embedded in all cell phones. Peleg Levin, CTO at Unispectral explains, “It is this Fabry-Pérot filter that allows us to democratise hyperspectral imaging, and we can embed it in all different types of mobile phones. To be able to adapt the MEMs device to different image sensors in the various mobile phone on the market, we had to develop a proprietary adapter for the camera barrel, the adapter needing to be manufactured to 10-micron tolerances.”
Until connecting with micro-3D printing developer Nanofabrica, Unispectral used traditional injection molding technology, as this was the only technology that facilitated the mass manufacture of the adaptors at the precision required. However, using injection molding required a huge investment in time and money (the expensive tooling taking several months to fabricate).
Unispectral now uses the Nanofabrica Tera 250 system to make the adapators. Levin continues, “Nanofabrica is not only able to achieve that 10-micron tolerances that are required, but batches of hundreds of adaptors can be made in 6 hours. In the mobile phone market we have each year very rapid changes and development so we need to adapt quickly, iterate, adjust the design, and with the help of Nanofabrica’s technology we are able to adapt rapidly to various camera model designs. Since we intend to embed our device in mobile phones we are talking about millions of parts per year. We see that with Nanofabrica we can reach these numbers easily.”
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