3D Printing News Briefs, September 15, 2022: New Hires, Tool Steel & More – 3DPrint.com


In today’s 3D printing news briefs, MakerVerse welcomes an experienced AM executive to its leadership team, and the LEHVOSS Group is expanding its facilities with a new compounding plant in Hamburg. A new distribution partnership brings Roboze closer to the DACH and Benelux regions. Finally, Velo3D has qualified M300 tool steel for its Sapphire 3D printers.

Ward Ripmeester Hired as MakerVerse COO

MakerVerse, a one-stop-shop additive manufacturing platform for on-demand sourcing of industrial-grade parts that launched earlier this year, has hired veteran AM executive Ward Ripmeester as COO. Previously, he was Director of Global Supply Chain at Shapeways, and with his decade of experience in supply chain and AM operations, Ripmeester can help MakerVerse continue to grow. The company allows customers to upload design files and receive instant quotes for their parts, with a range of materials and additive manufacturing technologies, and its European-only supply chain with over 700 3D printers allows for lead time. fast turnaround and end-to-end execution. Security.

“I’m excited to be a part of what MakerVerse is building. I truly believe in the platform model in the on-demand manufacturing industry. MakerVerse is uniquely positioned to add value to customers by navigating the complexity of a highly segmented and rapidly growing market,” said Ripmeester.

The Lehvoss Group expands its Compounding Technical Center

LEHVOSS Group – New compounding plant for materials development.

The LEHVOSS Group has been busy with major construction work at its Innovation Center and has announced that it now operates another compounding plant, this one at its Hamburg site, with the aim of developing high performance. The high-temperature plant twin-screw extruder was developed specifically to meet the requirements of KraussMaffei Extrusion GmbH, which provides high-performance systems throughout the value chain for the manufacture of almost all extruded products in plastic and rubber. The plant is also equipped with other lateral and dosing extruders, in order to develop plastic compounds, concentrates, hotmelts and additives, and specially designed screws for optimized melt preparation are also used there, to produce loaded plastics.

“I am proud to now have such a scalable system with the latest technology in our technical center,” said Dr. Linda Trosse, Process Engineering Development Manager, Lehmann&Voss&Co. “This allows us to innovate even better and faster, and our customers receive samples and results in an even shorter time. The first customer projects and advanced developments are already waiting to be implemented.

Roboze announces distributor in DACH and Benelux regions

Italian 3D printing company Roboze has announced that ProductionToGo, a specialist reseller of 3D printers, will help bring its industrial AM solutions to the DACH and Benelux regions as a distributor. Roboze specializes in replacing metals with super polymers and composite materials, such as PEEK and Carbon PA, and offers both the PRO Series and the Production Series. ProductionToGo has over 50 dedicated employees in the 3D printing division, with four offices in Holland and Germany, so it will be able to help Roboze expand further into Europe while expanding its own portfolio of AM solutions. available for automotive, chemical, electrical, and engineering industries.

“We are delighted to have ProductionToGo on board, but above all we are very happy to have earned their trust,” said Giancarlo Scianatico, Roboze Business Developer for the EMEA region. “Everyone at Roboze believes that the union of our realities will provide great support to manufacturing companies in the DACH and Benelux region to digitize their production processes, replacing outdated manufacturing methods, producing just-in-time components and on demand with super polymers, constantly reducing costs and time.

Velo3D Qualifies M300 Tool Steel for Sapphire Systems

Cooled tooling insert conforming to a work surface for high pressure molding.

Technology company Metal AM Velo3D (NYSE: VLD) announced that it has qualified the M300 tool steel for use with its Sapphire family of 3D printers. The high-strength, ultra-low carbon alloy provides extremely high strength and hardness, making it perfect for the critical parts Velo3D specializes in. The company has also seen great interest in the alloy from automakers, who would use M300 3D printed parts for injection molding, high pressure die-cast inserts and other tooling applications. Since Velo3D can print parts with high-quality surface finishes in complex, large-diameter internal cooling channels, its end-to-end solution is perfect for using M300 tool steel.

“By qualifying M300 tool steel for use in our printers, we are able to serve entirely new industries, like automotive and tooling, that can take advantage of Velo3D’s advanced ability to print channels. high quality, large diameter internals for their applications. By manufacturing die-cast inserts and other tooling components with our technology, we expect companies to be able to build stronger products, improve machining throughput and reduce costs. manufacturing,” said Greg Brown, vice president of Velo3D technology.

You can see the first M300 tool steel parts printed on a Sapphire system at IMTS 2022 in Chicago this week, at Velo3D booth #433031.


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