XponentialWorks Companies Plan to Launch Products at Rapid+TCT 2019

XponentialWorks plans to demonstrate the latest capabilities from Nexa3D, NXT Factory and ParaMatters.

XponentialWorks plans to demonstrate the latest capabilities from Nexa3D, NXT Factory and ParaMatters.

Exterior of XponentialWorks. Image courtesy of ExponentialWorks.

XponentialWorks, a venture, advisory and product development firm, announces that three of its generative design and additive manufacturing portfolio companies plan to commercially launch their products at RAPID + TCT 2019. XponentialWorks specializes in seeding, scaling and transforming companies that are powered by exponential technologies such as artificial intelligence, digital manufacturing, 3D printing and robotics.

XponentialWorks plans to demonstrate the latest capabilities from Nexa3D, NXT Factory and ParaMatters, three companies that are commercially launching their products for the first time, at the XponentialWorks booth #2117 at the Cobb Center in Detroit, May 21-23. 

“It’s gratifying to come to Rapid +TCT with three impressive additive companies that we built from the ground up and are now able to reshape this space,” said Avi Reichental, founder, chairman and CEO of XponentialWorks. “More than just funding tomorrow’s category makers, at XponentialWorks we collide our portfolio companies with industry veterans in fundamental industries like automotive, aerospace, dental and footwear, all under a single roof in our Ventura, California innovation labs, creating powerful partnerships and priceless coalitions that together are unlocking the full potential of generative design and additive manufacturing.”

XponentialWorks’ portfolio companies plan to showcase and launch the following products and
capabilities:

  • Nexa3D will announce the availability of its NXE400 3D printer, an industrial 3D printer, and offer their first-ever public live printing demonstration at Rapid+TCT 2019.

  • NXT Factory plans to unveil for the first time its high-speed quantum-laser-sintering QLS 350 at Rapid+TCT 2019.
  • ParaMatters plans to give live demonstrations of its newest generative design and lightweighting software at RAPID + TCT 2019. The CogniCAD 2.1 topology optimizer for lightweighting, additive manufacturing and investment casting delivers a wider range of designs optionality.

NXE400 3D printer

Nexa3D’s production system is ready for complete factory automation and prints with speed and high build volume, according to the company.
today. The NXE400 is capable of continuously printing up to 16 liters of parts volume, at speeds of up to 1Z centimeter per minute by leveraging Nexa3D’s LSPc technology, the company adds.

“This technology completely blows off the doors for what’s possible in terms of speed and size, and will unleash whole new levels of productivity and optionality for end-users,” says Reichental, Nexa3D co-founder, executive chairman and CEO. “Our NXE400 presents a significant upgrade for experienced stereolithography users with its ultra-fast printing speed, high volume precision ready to use parts, and expanded range of performance materials that come at the most economical cost of ownership available on the market today.”

The NXE400 is capable of continuously printing up to 16 liters of parts volume, at speeds of up to 1Z centimeter per minute by leveraging Nexa3D’s LSPc technology, the company says. Image courtesy of Nexa3D.

This innovative printer can be ordered with Nexa3D’s washing and curing units that together automate and reduce the time to produce ready-to-use functional prototypes and production parts from hours to just minutes, according to the company.

As part of its plans to commence NXE400 shipment in the second half of 2019, Nexa3D also announced a partner program with qualified preferred third party materials’ suppliers. This program is another step in the company’s plan to democratize access to ultra-fast industrial stereolithography printers with production grade performance materials. Suppliers who are interested in the details of Nexa3D’s Partner Program are invited to apply by emailing.

The NXE400 is slated for customer deliveries during the second half of 2019. Priced $59,950 for a 16-liter printer, the printer is capable of printing at injection molding repeatability and tolerances. Nexa3D printers are powered by the company’s ubricant Sublayer Photo-curing (LSPc) technology and patented structured light matrix that in combination are capable of reaching speeds of 1Z cm per minute.

CogniCAD 2.1 Platform

ParaMatters will publicly demonstrate its CogniCAD 2.1 platform for the first time at RAPID + TCT 2019. CogniCAD automatically generates ready-to-3D print or investment cast high-performance, lightweighted structures for aerospace, automotive and other applications both as a cloud-based service or localized enterprise solution.

The designs generated by CogniCAD 2.1 as a one-click solution are smooth and watertight STL models ready for additive manufacturing or STEP files that are compliant with all CAD systems, the company reports. The new CogniCAD release offers an expanded range of loading conditions including thermal loads and force/moments via remote points, and also to existing acceleration (g-forces) and pressure. In cases when loading conditions are not known, CogniCAD’s AI generates a robust design autonomously. This new and advanced feature ensures that the design is tailored to the specific application field (aerospace, automotive, medical or industrial design).

CogniCAD automatically generates ready-to-3D print or investment cast high-performance, lightweighted structures for aerospace, automotive and other applications both as a cloud-based service or localized enterprise solution. Image courtesy of ParaMatters.

CogniCAD 2.1 comes with broader design for additive manufacturing and investment casting with functional design capabilities including stress, compliance (stiffness) and deformation constraints. By minimizing unsupported areas or supports volume, CogniCAD generates the most optimal design and find its ideal model orientation for additive manufacturing while highlighting areas that require reinforcement. Importantly, CogniCAD 2.1 allows users to select the desired combination between resolution and speed of computation with the introduction of its 2X computational speedup.

ParaMatters believes that providing the optimal print orientation is a critical step towards applying generative design to optimize the entire support structure and accordingly the company is planning to release further generative support capabilities throughout the remainder of this year.

“This enhanced version of ParaMatters’ powerful agnostic CAD-to-CAD generative design and lightweighting software provides more options and greater flexibility for the most challenging of design and manufacturing applications,” says ParaMatters co-founder and chief technology officer Dr. Michael Bogomolny. 

Quantum Laser Sintering QLS 350 System

NXT Factory will reveal its first fully automated polyamide manufacturing system at RAPID + TCT 2019.

“We are thrilled to be able to bring to market the first ever high-speed, high-temp, high-performance polymer system at comparable costs and performance of injection molding,” says Kuba Graczyk, co-founder and CEO, NXT Factory.

With its removable robotically guided print chamber, for independent cool down and autonomous depowering module, the QLS 350 delivers a polymer-based production alternative to traditional injection molding with full Industry 4.0 capabilities designed for fully automated 24/7 operation.

“At the heart of our technology is our proprietary beam delivery integration with deep-learning algorithms that make real-time predictive and prescriptive choices to enable intelligent high-speed printing and real time quality monitoring layer by layer,” says Tomasz Cieszyński, co-founder and CTO, NXT Factory. 

The QLS 350 comes equipped with a robotically guided removable print chamber, built in thermal management and automated docking. Image courtesy of NXT Factory.

The QLS 350 comes equipped with a robotically guided removable print chamber, built in thermal management and automated docking. The system can also be ordered with a fully autonomous depowering system for continuous operations.

Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company’s website.

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