Category Archives: industry 4.0

3D printed metal parts smarten up at VTT Finland

Smart metal parts, capable of relaying information about performance, condition and authenticity, have been made using additive manufacturing in a project at VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland. Made as a demo exploring potential manufacturing technologies, the parts have been dubbed as “the next big step towards artificial intelligence” in machinery. Additive manufacturing and Industry 4.0 […]

BEEVERYCREATIVE, Siemens and CadFlow open i-Experience Centers 4.0 for next gen manufacturing

Portuguese 3D printing technology developer BEEVERYCREATIVE has joined with Siemens and 3D software company CadFlow to launch i-Experience Centers 4.0 across Portugal. The first of these centers, designed to boost a national commitment to Industry 4.0 technical developments, was inaugurated in Alfragide, 10km outside central Lisbon. Manuel Caldeira Cabral, the Portuguese Minister for Economic Affairs, Pedro Pires […]

Swinburne Industry 4.0 Testlab introduces unique composite 3D printing technology

A new method of carbon fiber composite 3D printing is under development at Swinburne University of Technology. Part of the Australian Prime Minister’s Industry 4.0 Testlab initiative, the so-termed ‘Multilayer’ technology is delivered by Fill, a special machinery and plant construction company headquartered in Austria. “In order to make high value-added products from such materials affordable […]

Metal 3D printing makes the cut in MIT Tech Review’s top ten tech list

Metal 3D printing is listed as one of the top 10 Breakthrough Technologies of 2018 by the MIT Technology Review, the online and in-print magazine published by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The list has been curated by Tech Review editors since 2001, and previously featured (in 2016 and 2017) the emergence of gene editing, alongside […]

Autodesk opens multi million pound UK advanced manufacturing facility

Millions of pounds have been contributed to establish an Autodesk Advanced Manufacturing Facility (AMF) in the city of Birmingham in the UK. The AMF is Autodesk’s sixth technology center in the world, joining the likes of Australia’s Materials Lab, and the Pier 9 workshop in California. It is equipped with all the latest automated manufacturing technologies, […]

Voodoo Manufacturing add Raise3D 3D printers to offer large format 3D printing service

New York-based 3D printing service bureau Voodoo Manufacturing has launched a new Large Format 3D Printing service, expanding beyond the initial MakerBot 3D printers currently in use. The new service, which incorporates 10 new FFF Raise 3D printers, follows a $5 million investment in Voodoo Manufacturing’s operations led by U.S venture capital firm General Catalyst […]

Swinburne kick-starts $1.2 million automatic 3D printed car repair service

Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne is to spearhead the development of an automated, 3D printed repair service for cars with the Australian, not-for-profit Innovative Manufacturing Cooperative Research Centre (IMCRC) and industrial automation firm Tradiebot Industries. Funded by a sum of $1,264,695 AUD (approx. $994 thousand USD), project ‘Repair Bot’ will run through 2019. The goal, […]

MakerBot 3D printer awarded “Employee of the Year” at KUKA robotics

Like 3D printing, human-robot collaboration is, according to KUKA, “a decisive principle of Industry 4.0.” Capable of handling payloads well over 1 ton, robotic arms manufactured by the Chinese-owned German company are installed in automotive, electronics and aerospace factories all over the world. They helping human workers in everything from assembly, to welding, and construction […]

HoloLens gets an industrial mixed reality upgrade from Arvizio

Mixed reality is the combination of AR (augmented reality) and VR (virtual reality). At enterprise level, it is used to add another dimension to product design and visualization. As a potential outcome of the process, and important part of industry 4.0, additive manufacturing is often linked to explorations of AR, VR and mixed reality. As […]

Forecast says Asia Pacific to spend $3.6 billion on 3D printing in next 3 years

The market for additive manufacturing is growing. As we saw earlier this month, the International Data Corporation (IDC) has updated its Worldwide Semiannual 3D Printing Spending Guide, predicting that the market-wide spending for 3D printing this year will rise to $12 billion around the world. To give further insight, the IDC has now released a […]