purmundus challenge recognises products of the future in 3D printing
Press release dated 27 November 2018
The purmundus challenge 3D printing design award was presented for the sixth time in Frankfurt on 15 November 2018 as part of the Formnext exhibition. A total of six submissions received the coveted gold trophies.
The award-winning solutions show that industry, universities, design studios and start-ups are well on the way to having a lasting and positive influence on our future with 3D printing. “3D printing has been more than just a trend for some time now. It is in step with the times,” said Corinna Ray, the head of the purmundus challenge. “The purmundus challenge highlights how 3D printing is changing all of the topologies that have been around for decades and centuries, and creating entirely new forms with entirely new functions,” added Christoph Behling of Christoph Behling Design Ltd., a member of the purmundus challenge panel.
34 finalists from around the world presented their outstanding designs on the theme of “3D printing gears up our future” from 13 to 16 November at the Formnext exhibition. They offered fascinating insights and ideas regarding how products could be designed in the future, and the role of 3D printing in this context.
This year’s winners are:
1st prize: Keyed wind instrument
3D Music Instruments I Ricardo Simian
2nd prize: Adidas Grit
3rd prize: Bionisch inspirierter Kombibrenner
Siemens AG, Corporate Technology I Dr. Christoph Kiener I Manuel Biedermann
Special Mention: "Mit 4D-Druck zur Bewegung"
Innovation Prize: Fungus-like additive materials
Singapore University of Technology and Design I Javier G. Fernandez I Stylianos Dritsas
Public Choice Award: Die erste Badewanne der Welt aus dem 3D Drucker
Sandhelden GmbH & Co. KG I Sebastian Hermann
World premiere: cirp to showcase the first 3D-printed robot DIMAP SCARA at Formnext
Press release dated 14 November 2018
Heimsheim. 3D-printing is everywhere. How far additive manufacturing can go this is shown in the project DIMAP. As outstanding outcome of the H2020 project DIMAP, cirp will showcase the first ever pneumatic robot in the world printed almost exclusively with PolyJet™ technology from Stratasys® at the exhibition Formnext 2018. DIMAP, standing for “Novel nanoparticle enhanced Digital Material for 3D Printing and their application shown for robotic and electronic industry”, is a multidisciplinary research project focusing on the development of novel 3D-printing materials for PolyJet™ technology. A group of 12 partners from five different countries coordinated by PROFACTOR developed ink materials with special thermal and electrical conductive properties within the scope of the project Due to its qualities, these ink materials can be used for selected print heads as well as be tailored to suit future industrial applications in products.
The DIMAP SCARA robot displays impressively the potential of the PolyJet™ 3D-printing technology with new developed ink materials. The robot will be presented to the public for the first time this November at the Formnext exhibition. SCARA is the abbreviation for Selective Compliance Assembly Robot Arm and describes a jointed-arm robot that can operate horizontally. DIMAP stands for Novel nanoparticle enhanced Digital Materials for 3D Printing and their application shown for the robotic and electronic industry. From 2015 to 2018, Profactor has coordinated a group of 12 partners from five different countries focused on the development of novel materials for PolyJet™ printing technology. The European Union has funded this joint project within the framework of the program Horizon 2020.
PolyJet™ is a 3D-printing technique where print heads jet layers of curable liquid photopolymer materials, so called inks, onto a build tray. So layer by layer complex models get shaped. Multiple inks can be printed simultaneously in one layer to combine different characteristics or colors in one printed object. DIMAP aimed to develop ink materials with an innovative set of properties:
- Electrical conductive ink with silver nanoparticles to print conductive tracks
- Thermal conductive ink with ceramic nanoparticles to cool LED lights
- Foamed ink for light-weight applications
- Polyimide inks with excellent chemical and high temperature resistance
A prototype PolyJet™ printer with extended processing features was created within the project to allow the printing process with the novel ink materials.
Two demonstrators were developed to test the printing suitability of the new ink formulations: a customizable luminaire and a pneumatically operated robot. Festo, a German supplier of pneumatic and electrical automation technology, was responsible for the design and startup of the DIMAP SCARA, which is a pneumatically actuated robot. Its functional plastic components have been printed with PolyJet™ additive manufacturing technology. Two movable axes display two different solutions for a printed rotary drive. Altair’s simulation software was used to optimize further structural components, such as the lightweight gripper. Additive manufacturing enabled a high functional integration with a small amount of components and a particularly light structure.
Gabriel Dämmer, Project official at Festo says: "Regardless if Additive Manufacturing is considered for prototyping or for the manufacturing of end-use products, understanding and incorporating the technological capabilities into specific design processes is essential. The development of the DIMAP SCARA gives us first hand experiences of Multi-Material Additive Manufacturing in the field of pneumatic light-weight robots.”
The German company cirp manufactured the plastic components of the robot with a modified Stratasys’ Objet260 Connex2TM printer using the newly developed inks supplied by the different partners as well as standard materials from Stratasys.
cirp will show the unique DIMAP robot in action at its exhibition stand at the Formnext.
Hall 3.1 stand F11 + G10
Leo Schranzhofer, project leader of DIMAP says: “DIMAP gives us a glimpse into future possibilities of PolyJet™ printing, nicely shown with the DIMAP SCARA robot, developed by FESTO and printed by cirp. The outcome of DIMAP opens the door to a new generation of highly functional products”.
cirp: The company, based in Heimsheim near Stuttgart, has been manufacturing plastic parts as prototypes and small series for a wide variety of industries with additive manufacturing and injection moulding since 1994. The processes at cirp include PolyJet™, stereolithography, laser sintering, FDM, vacuum casting, CNC milling. Booth number at Formnext: Hall 3.1 Booth F11 + G10
Festo AG is a global player and an independent family-owned company with headquarters in Esslingen am Neckar, Germany. The company supplies pneumatic and electrical automation technology to 300,000 customers of factory and process automation in over 35 industries. The products and services are available in 176 countries. With about 20,100 employees in over 250 branch offices in 61 countries worldwide, Festo achieved a turnover of around €3.1 billion in 2017. Each year around 8 % of this turnover is invested in research and development. In this learning company, 1.5 % of turnover is invested in basic and further training. Yet training services are not only provided for Festo's own staff – Festo Didactic SE also supplies basic and further training programmes in the field of automation technology for customers, students and trainees. www.festo.com(www.festo.com)
PROFACTOR iis an Austrian research company located in Steyr and focuses on developing new methods for integrated production technologies. The technological focus is on robotics, machine vision, functional surface and nanostructures. About 75 scientists of various disciplines conduct research to improve the competitiveness of the production industry and to strengthen the Austrian and European industry. PROFACTOR strives to enhance printing technologies that create solutions for functionalizing surfaces. This is the key to innovative and individual products with outstanding properties. www.profactor.at(www.profactor.at)
Stratasys is a global leader in additive manufacturing or 3D printing technology, and is the manufacturer of FDM® and PolyJet™ 3D Printers. The company’s technologies are used to create prototypes, manufacturing tools, and production parts for industries, including aerospace, automotive, healthcare, consumer products and education. For 30 years, Stratasys products have helped manufacturers reduce product-development time, cost, and time-to-market, as well as reduce or eliminate tooling costs and improve product quality. The Stratasys 3D printing ecosystem of solutions and expertise includes: 3D printers, materials, software, expert services, and on-demand parts production. Online at: www.stratasys.com, http://blog.stratasys.com and LinkedIn. Stratasys is a registered trademark and the Stratasys signet is a trademark of Stratasys Ltd. and/or its subsidiaries or affiliates. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.