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3D Manufacturing Technology Day on June 22nd


CDG are hosting a 3D Manufacturing Technology Day meeting on 22nd June 2018. The meeting is free to attend - but numbers are limited. The agenda is listed below. Please contact Grant Cameron or Kyla Rogers for further details.

To register:-

3D Printers | AM

  • FabPro 1000
  • ProJet 2500
  • Sinterit Lisa
  • Omni Factory 2.0

3D Software

  • Cimatron
  • Geomagic

3D Futures

  • Figure-4
  • Conformal Cooling

Agenda for Fri 22nd 
9:00am   Introduction from CDG
9:15am   Guest Speaker #2
9.45am   Cimatron demo
10.40am Coffee
11:00am Conformal Cooling 3DXpert
11.30am Additive Manufacturing
12:15pm LUNCH
1:30pm   Advanced NC
2:00pm   STL Pro vs Geomagic
2:45pm   Moulding with No tool
3:15pm   Training & Support
3:30pm   Close

3D MFG Technology Day

CDG updates Privacy Policy for GDPR Compliance


In support of upcoming EU regulations, we've made some changes to the CDG privacy policy which will go into effect on 25th May 2018.

You can review the full Privacy Policy, but here is a summary of the key changes:-

Data Transparency - We included additional information about the data we collect, how it is used, and the rights that are available to you.

Compliance with GDPR - The policy has been updated in alignment with the EU's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) coming into effect on May 25, 2018.

You don't need to take any further action to accept the changes. By continuing to use our services on or after 25th May 2018, you agree to the updated Privacy Policy.

We hope these updates will continue to improve your experience and reinforce our commitment to data privacy and security. If you have any further questions, please feel free to reach out using the contact information provided in the Privacy Policy.

Thank you for being a CDG customer.

3D Systems Figure 4 wins 3DP Industry 2018 Award


The new Figure 4 technology has won an award at the 3D Printing Industry awards held overlooking Regents Park in London. CDG were present to support this new exciting product which can transform the industries best suited to manufacturing plastic parts with a tool-less production line.

CDG at 3DPI Awards

Medical, dental or healthcare application: Winner – Figure 4 and NextDent, 3D Systems

3D Systems Rik Fgiure-4

“We are delighted that 3D Systems’ NextDent 5100 has been selected as the 2018 3D Printing Industry Award winner for Healthcare Application of the Year,” said Rik Jacobs, vice president, general manager of dental solutions, 3D Systems. “Powered by our Figure 4™ 3D printing technology, the NextDent 5100 solution enables dental laboratories and clinics to produce dental devices at speeds up to 4x faster than other solutions, while reducing material waste and capital equipment expenditure as well as reliance upon milling centers. This recognition from the industry supports what the dental community is telling us – that the NextDent 5100 solution is redefining digital dentistry and enhancing patient care.”


CDG at PDM Show June 2018


CDG are at the PDM Show on 19-20 June 2018. PDM is the Plastic Design and Moulding Show.

Please come and visit us to see the very latest 3D Printers and 3D Software for plastic design and manufacturing.

CDG 3D Printers at PDM Show 2018

Cimatron at PDM Show 2018

Cimatron UK User Group meeting June 21-22


CDG are hosting a Cimatron CADCAM user group meeting on 21st and 22nd June 2018. The meeting is free for all users to attend. The agenda is listed below. Please contact Grant Cameron or Kyla Rogers for further details.

Agenda for Thu 21st
1.30pm Arrive
2.00pm Introduction from CDG
2.20pm Introduction from Cimatron
2.40pm v14 What's New #1
3.40pm Coffee
4.00pm v14 What's New #2
4:30pm Guest Speaker #1
5:00pm CDG Exhibition opens
6.30pm CDG Exhibition closes
7:30pm DINNER

Agenda for Fri 22nd
9:00am Introduction from CDG
9:15am Guest Speaker #2
9.45am Mould Design demo
10.40am Coffee
11:00am Conformal Cooling 3DXpert
11.30am Additive Manufacturing
12:15pm LUNCH
1:30pm Advanced NC
2:00pm STL Pro vs Geomagic
2:45pm Moulding with No tool
3:15pm Training & Support
3:30pm Close

Cimatron v14

SLS product news from Sinterit


Sneak peek of the new Sinterit 3D printer and an intro to SLS by Beau Jackson, 3D Printing Industry, 3rd May 2018

This week I was invited on behalf of 3D Printing Industry to the headquarters of Sinterit in Kraków, Poland.

Sinterit was founded with the goal of bringing selective laser sintering (SLS) 3D printing to the desktop, opening up access to the technology. In 2015 this goal was achieved with the launch of the LISA 3D printer and, during my visit I was given a hands-on introduction to this first generation machine. Now, in the coming weeks, Sinterit is set to launch a new 3D printer. Though full details will remain under wraps until later this month, we can share an exclusive preview of the forthcoming Sinterit SLS.

Robert Garbacz is a Support Manager for after sales troubleshooting and queries at Sinterit. The most important thing to remember with SLS, Robert tells me, is the direction and concentration of heat across the print bed. Polymer laser sintering is a delicate balance between the temperature of the powder bed, heated to just below melting point, and the contact of the laser. At the point where these two temperatures meet, the powder feedstock melts, then cools to form successive layers, building a finished, support free, 3D printed part.

Small 3D printed parts inside Sinterit HQ. Photo by Beau Jackson
Small 3D printed parts inside Sinterit HQ. Photo by Beau Jackson

Step 1, then, is to determine the positioning of a model. The balance between bed and laser. Admittedly, for me, positioning and orientation is perhaps the hardest part of the SLS 3D printing process. However, Sinterit’s proprietary Sinterit Studio software has a number of smart features to help an operator decide on model positioning. Due to the necessity of a heated print bed, a so-called “red zone” develops at the edge where temperatures are higher than recommended. Just inside the red zone, there is a “yellow zone” that can be happily breached by the edge of some models. The “green zone” however, at the center of the build plate, is the LISA 3D printer’s sweet spot, where the temperature from all sides of the chamber reaches an optimal balance. With a 3D model in the center of the bed, the operator then needs to consider orientation. Heat rises, which can cause distortion. A part containing bridges, such as a bottle, should be placed upright with the base on the bed to avoid collapse. As a guide, Robert recommends that many parts can be 3D printed on the LISA at a 45 degree orientation across each axis – X, Y, Z. This also helps with the grade of layers in a finished part. Press print.

Step 2, now the part is positioned correctly, we can begin by preparing the machine. The touchscreen menu on the Sinterit LISA guides the user through every part of this process – from cleaning the laser plate through to filling the bed with fresh powder. In total, the process took around 30 minutes on my first time. As Sinterit’s goal is to make this process as simple as possible, the company hopes that one day 3D printer will be operated at the “click of a button.” As yet though, there are many processes in the pipeline that require automation.

Preparing the printer. Photos via Beau Jackson
Preparing the printer. Photos via Beau Jackson

Post print

The estimated print time for a single spectacle frame, 3D printed as a test in my tutorial, was around 20 hours, including heat up and cool off time which is typically around 2 hours either side. However, one neat thing about SLS is that other objects can be nested into the bed without causing much increase in the print time. I started my spectacle frame print at 5pm on Tuesday, and by 10am the next morning it was ready for removal from the powder cake. Optomizing workflow and starting 3D prints at the end of the day will be commonplace for users of other AM technologies. Enter step 3.

Cleaning off the excess powder. Photos via Beau Jackson
Cleaning off the excess powder. Photos via Beau Jackson

Here we had to remove the powder cake from the bed, and clean all the excess. Like excavating a lost artifact, the process is first done by hand and with brushes.

When the majority is removed, the parts are then sandblasted by hand.

Sandblasting the spectacles in Sinterit's provided chamber Photo by Beau Jackson
Sandblasting the spectacles in Sinterit’s provided chamber Photo by Beau Jackson

After this step, excepting any further coloring or coating, and taking care to blast narrower parts of the object, the part is ready for use or, in my case, wearing.

Coming soon from Sinterit...

Extending its product line into the next stage, Sinterit is now ready to launch a new product to the market.

Like the LISA, the new system is an SLS 3D printer, but the technology has undergone a number of upgrades to fulfil customer requirements and further industrialize the capabilities of workshop SLS.

Paweł Szczurek, CEO and co-founder of Sinterit explains, “From the very beginning we saw the potential for [accessible SLS 3D printing]. This type of printer gives you a lot of freedom, strength and what you need for professionals that design mechanical parts.”

Sinterit’s latest 3D printer will be released later this month.

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