RAPID + TCT

Cool Stuff We Discovered at Rapid + TCT 2019 (See Our Video Collection)

AI for process improvement, 3D printing with metal paste, droids for build change—here are six innovations we wanted to share with you straight from the show floor.

10 Impressions of Rapid + TCT 2019

The largest additive manufacturing exposition in North America is now a mature industry trade show. Here is what the editors of Additive Manufacturing Media saw at this year’s Rapid + TCT.

Blue Photon Offers Workholding Solution for 3D-Printed Parts

Rapid 2019: Blue Photon's photo-activated adhesive supports postprocessing of 3D-printed parts in diverse materials.

Siemens PLM Simulation Software Identifies 3D Printing Problem Areas

Rapid 2019: Siemens’ additive manufacturing (AM) process simulation product, part of its Simcenter 3D AM solution, is integrated into its NX CAD/CAM/CAE solution set.

NSL Material Testing Services Improve Print Outcomes

Rapid 2019: NSL Analytical Services offers characterization and materials testing services to confirm the quality of the materials used to print products and ensure successful outcomes.

CIDEAS (Buildparts.com) Expands its Powder Bed Fusion Offerings with EOS P770 Dual-Laser Machines

Rapid 2019: Cideas now provides EOS P770 series printers which have dual lasers and large build areas.

Extrude Hone Thermal Energy Method Removes Metal AM Supports

Rapid 2019: Extrude Hone showcases a proprietary approach that uses thermal energy method (TEM) to address metal support structure removal.

Hexcel HexAM Technology Produces Flight-Ready Parts

Rapid 2019: Hexcel’s HexAM additive manufacturing (AM) technology combines high-performance PEKK thermoplastics with carbon fiber to 3D print HexPEKK parts.

CGTech Machine Simulation Software Operates Independently

Rapid 2019: CGTech’s Vericut version 8.2 CNC machine simulation, verification and optimization software simulates CNC machining, additive and hybrid manufacturing processes.

nTopology's nTop Platform Offers a Design and Simulation Solution

Rapid 2019: nTopology’s nTop platform is its newest engineering environment for design, simulation and advanced manufacturing processes.

BigRep Industrial 3D Printers Enable Industry 4.0 Integration

Rapid 2019: BigRep’s Pro and Edge large-scale 3D printers are said to deliver speed, precision and quality.

Inert's Postprocessing Enclosure Limits Contamination

Rapid 2019: Inert’s PowderShield enclosure can safely postprocess metal 3D prints and maintain a strict argon gas atmosphere of less than 1 ppm O2 and H2O during the de-powdering process.