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CES 2019 Recap

Last week, we joined over 4,000 exhibitors and 200,000 attendees at the largest technology trade show in the word: the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. From robots and drones to virtual reality and augmented reality, there was a lot to take in. CES was a great platform to show our newest materials, as well as the latest customer stories and applications. We also had an opportunity to talk to people interested in the future of 3D printing. Here’s what you missed!

New Customer Demos

We had quite a few new and exciting customer applications to show off at CES, as well as the stories that went along with the demo.

Clyde, a child crash test dummy from Humanetics, made an appearance at our CES booth this year. Humanetics works with some of the biggest names in automotive and aerospace, and Clyde’s job is to ensure cars are properly tested. Clyde’s ribs, arms, legs, and neck are reinforced with either continuous carbon fiber and Kevlar, meaning he can withstand dozens crashes and be reused over and over again.

Lean Machine’s vise and soft jaws were also highlighted in the booth. The Canada-based metal fabrication shop has fully embraced the design for additive manufacturing craze with this fantastic design. The vise/soft jaw combination was created when the team needed a low-profile vise instead of their high-profile Kurt vises when cutting long metal beams on their CNC. The result is a fully functional 3D printed composite vise and soft jaws that can secure the cantilevered ends of metal beams.

The showstopper in the booth was Haddington Dynamics’ Dexter 7-axis robot arm. Dexter inventor Kent Gilson was available for questions while he programmed the robot arm to accurately pick and place blocks. Haddington Dynamics is a Las Vegas robotics company providing their open-source robot arms and kits to the likes of NASA. Check out this video of the team demonstrating Dexter’s abilities at our booth!

We’re always happy to hear new stories about how our products have helped our customers succeed. If you have an interesting part, upload it to social media and tag us! We’d love to see the incredible parts you’re all making.

New Material

We were thrilled to showcase our newest metal material, H13 Tool Steel. Our Metal X printer was busy printing parts in H13, while we showed our roadmap for the future. The metal roadmap includes Inconel 625, A2 Tool Steel, D2 Tool Steel, and Titanium, with plenty more materials to come.

This H13 Tool Steel demo highlights the wear-resistant inserts on a go-no-go inspection fixture for an automotive steering component. H13 Tool Steel’s high wear resistance can improve a company’s preventative maintenance schedule with printed tooling and fixturing inserts.

The additive manufacturing space was minuscule at CES only a few years ago. And this year, the 3D printer section was booming with new and exciting ways to print parts. We can only hope the industry will continue to grow and evolve, with industrial 3D printers being readily available to companies around the world.

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