In today’s 3D printing briefs, we first talk business, then turn to research, before ending with a heartwarming story of inclusive 3D printing. First, PAMA named STANLEY X President Michelle Bockman as its newest member of the Executive Advisory Board. Next, BOFA Americas is partnering with Würth Additive Group, while Sauber Technologies and Alfa Romeo F1 Team ORLEN have extended their partnership with Additive Industries. UCLA researchers are 3D-printing entire microrobots, and finally, a teenage girl won a state design award in Tennessee for her 3D-printed included meal tray.
Michelle Bockman appointed to PAMA Advisory Board
The Photopolymer Additive Manufacturing Alliance, better known as PAMA, has announced the appointment of Michelle Bockman, President of STANLEY X, as its newest member of its Executive Advisory Board. Former CEO of 3D Control Systems and Managing Director and Global Head of Automotive, 3D Printing and Digital Manufacturing at HP Inc., Bockman strives to identify and create new sources of innovation and growth in core areas of Stanley Black & Decker, such as company partnerships, internal startup incubation and ecosystem development. She has been repeatedly called one of the most influential women in the AM industry, was recently featured in the PAMA column in UV+EB Technology magazine, and won the Malcolm Baldridge National Quality Award. Bockman will be of great help as PAMA continues to form working committees, including market research, materials and equipment characterization, and more.
“We are thrilled to have Michelle’s energy and vision as part of our endeavours. Michelle’s passion for innovation and 3D printing, as well as her commitment to advancing women and girls in STEM and developing diverse talent, are key to our initiative,” said David Walker, President of the PAMA Executive Advisory Board.
BOFA Americas and Würth Additive Group Announce Collaboration
Illinois-based BOFA Americas Inc., part of BOFA International, and Würth Additive Group, a division of Indiana-based Würth Industry North America, announced their partnership, which both reinforces their strong in the AM industry and could lead to global collaboration in the future. BOFA Americas provides fume and dust filtration systems and is increasingly adding products specifically to meet 3D printing needs, while Würth Additive Group is a distributor and reseller of AM consumables, equipment and parts maintenance, repair and operation (MRO), as well as AM engineering and training services. Their partnership will enable the integration of BOFA’s filtration systems with 3D printers supplied by Würth, as well as add value to Würth Additive Group’s growing North American operations.
“BOFA is able to help support our customers’ strategy to promote safety and a more pleasant working environment around a variety of our equipment. Our partnership will make it easier for customers to find everything they need in one place,” said AJ Strandquist, CEO of Würth Additive Group. “Now the air you breathe is no longer an afterthought; it’s been part of the discussion from the beginning.
Sauber Technologies extends its partnership with the additive industries
The ongoing technology partnership between Additive Industries and Sauber Technologies, as well as Alfa Romeo F1 Team ORLEN, has again been extended for three years. Sauber has been using the MetalFAB metal additive manufacturing platform since 2017 and currently has four of the systems in-house; the two parties will celebrate this summer the fifth anniversary of their strategic partnership aimed at pushing the limits of metal 3D printing. By investing in MetalFAB systems, which feature unique open parameters, Sauber has been able to reduce cycle times in manufacturing lightweight parts for F1 racing cars and wind tunnel models.
“During our successful partnership, additive industries have become an essential ingredient of Sauber Technologies’ offering,” said Christoph Hansen, COO of Sauber Technologies. “Since we introduced MetalFAB systems into our processes, our internal capabilities have grown significantly: Additive Industries continues to provide us with the best way to manufacture the most advanced parts for our motorsport operations, as well as our growing cohort of customers. , reducing time, cost and waste while pushing the boundaries of technology.”
UCLA 3D prints entire microrobots in a single pass
In a recently published study, a team of UCLA researchers explained their new method of 3D printing entire microrobots in a single pass. 3D-printable active metamaterials act as both the electronic and mechanical systems that make up the tiny “meta-bots,” which can crawl, jump, sense their surroundings, and make decisions based on programmed commands. Only a small external battery is required to operate these 3D printed robots, as the internal structural, sensing, and motion components are all printed at the same time, ensuring that the parts fit together perfectly. Piezoelectric metamaterials are printed in the form of a lattice and, when excited by an electric field, essentially transform electrical energy into kinetic energy and move on their own. So far, the team has 3D-printed three autonomously functioning meta-robots, one of which can navigate around random obstacles and S-shaped corners, while another can evade contact impacts and the third can walk and jump over rough terrain. The researchers hope their method can be applied to new biomedical robot designs in the future, or even meta-bots for exploring dangerous environments.
“We envision that this methodology for designing and printing smart robotic materials will help realize a class of self-contained materials that could replace the current complex assembly process to make a robot. With complex movements, multiple sensing modes and programmable decision-making capabilities, all tightly integrated, it resembles a biological system in which nerves, bones and tendons work in tandem to execute controlled movements,” explained Xiaoyu Zheng, lead researcher of the study. .
Meal tray included printed in 3D
Finally, a Tennessee teenager won a state design award for her design of a 3D-printed included lunch tray to help other students with disabilities keep their food from going everywhere. Adaline Hamlin, 15, a student at Pope John Paul II Preparatory School in Hendersonville, and other students from the “Genius Hour” group she is part of, were challenged to think about the things that go on in the community and that could be changed to benefit others. Hamlin noticed that a friend, who was struggling to grab the regular tray, accidentally spilled her food on the floor and suggested the idea of an inclusive meal tray to her teacher Jennifer Dye, Director of Innovation and of entrepreneurship from Pope Prep. They worked on a prototype by adding different materials, like popsicle sticks and flexible straws, to a regular tray, then Hamlin took his design to the school’s 3D printing club. An older club student designed the pieces in the study room, sent the models to his teacher for printing, and Hamlin attached the completed pieces to a lunch tray, noting that it worked perfectly. For her design, titled “Stop the Slide: A Lunch Tray for Students with Disabilities,” Hamlin won the “STEM for ALL Award” from the statewide Tennessee STEM and Innovation Network design competition, which recognizes that everyone has the ability to do STEM projects, not just students in gifted or AP classes.
“Her idea came from an experience she had where she saw someone spilling their lunch on the floor. And she really used that first step of design thinking which is empathy,” Dye explained.
“I think it’s really important to stop and listen and look for the needs within your community. And then go beyond simple empathy. Really find ways to make a difference and have an impact. I think what Adeline did was she saw a need but she didn’t stop there. She said we were fixing it. Let’s make a difference. And then find the people who can help you do that. So we worked with his other friends in Genius Hour. We worked with a 3D printing club. So also find the people you may not have the resources and talents to make this change. But find the people who can.
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