The Wanhao 3D printer family is growing! At the end of January 2017 Wanhao USA will begin shipping the all-new Duplicator 7 - A 405nm UV resin DLP 3D printer. Since its inception, the Wanhao brand has focused primarily on FDM 3D printer technology. However, FDM is sometimes limited by resolution and mechanical barriers. The brand's hopes are that the Duplicator 7 will open doors to new, more demanding fields of creation.

"Over the years we've received many inquiries from the dental and jewelry industries asking for high precision 3D printers. These are industries that require ultra results and FDM 3D printers were just not the right technology for them. Until now, we have not been able to cater to these highly technical industries. However, with the Duplicator 7 we have the opportunity to reach new customers who have already expressed an interest in the Wanhao brand," comments Jose A. Rivera, Wanhao USA's CEO.

Early specs show that the Duplicator 7 has a build area of 120x70x200mm and a layer resolution capability of 35 microns. The introduction of the new printer will also be accompanied by a new high-quality resin selection with various colors and material additives to choose from. Although the price has not been confirmed by Wanhao USA, the Duplicator 7 is rumored to have sale price below the $1000 mark, making it one of the most cost-effective DLP 3D printers on the market.

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Markforged announced the Onyx One carbon fiber 3d printer is now available in North America (followed by the rest of world in Q1 of 2017). It enables users to take advantage of the popular Onyx material at a broadly accessible price. Markforged introduced Onyx filament earlier this year which rapidly became its best-selling material. Made of chopped carbon fiber within nylon for twice the strength and stiffness of pure plastic, parts printed in Onyx have an elegant carbon black finish directly off the printer. The material is designed for end-use applications as well as prototyping with a finished look requiring no post-processing.

“Our belief is that every designer and engineer should have broad access to strong, elegant parts from a reliable printer they love to use.” says Greg Mark, CEO of Markforged. “With the Onyx One, we provide our customers with superior parts in a seamless integrated system of hardware, material and software to deliver a quality experience at an accessible price point.”

Buyers seeking much stronger parts can step up to the new Onyx Pro, which features a second print head and continuous fiberglass reinforcement. At a $7,000 price point ($8,000 in Europe) the Onyx Pro prints composites reinforced with continuous fiberglass for 5 times the strength of Onyx alone. The Mark Two, at a price point of $13,500, delivers metal-strength composites with continuous carbon fiber for 10 times the strength of plastics.

“Buyers of the Onyx One can upgrade their printer in the field to an Onyx Pro when they’re ready for the extra advanced fiberglass composite parts,” says Mark. “We purposefully designed the entry point Onyx One with an easy path to higher strength for our customers without requiring them to purchase a different printer. Or, they can trade up to the Mark Two for continuous carbon fiber reinforcement, for amazingly strong parts in addition to the impact-resistant Kevlar and high-strength, high temperature fiberglass.”

Markforged printers combine hardware, materials and software with cloud enablement allowing frequent updates and improvements for all Markforged owners - also unique in 3D printing. With the Onyx Series launch, there will be a Turbo Print speed option available to all Markforged owners to significantly reduce print time for select parts.

The flagship Mark X industrial-scale printer at a price of $69,000 launched October of 2016 features in-process part inspection using a laser micrometer, a larger build size and other precision capabilities rounds out the Markforged portfolio.

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Roboze, an Italian manufacturer of 3d printers, announced it has reached its first distribution agreement out of the EMEA region. The company reached a distribution agreement with VSD Enterprise to resell the products across the Indian market.

“Today we mark an important mile stone in the history of Roboze” said Alessio Lorusso, Roboze Founder and CEO, “we feel that now, in the peak of our successful distribution channel deployment in EMEA, is the right time to move ahead and expand to new promising regions, bringing our advanced 3d printing solutions to professional users across the world. India, a fast adopting market of new technologies, will be great start for us.” Concluded Lorusso.

VSD Enterprise was founded by industry professionals having wide experience in delivering value to Design and Prototype & Manufacturing industries. The company plans to bring in their expertise to cater the Indian market with advance technologies in domains such as additive manufacturing, and reverse engineering and revolutionize them by imparting the same to build a skilled workforce for future.

“We are excited to partner with Roboze - one of the most innovative companies in the market today. We plan to use our immense industry expertise in devising solutions to the current Prototyping & additive manufacturing needs of our customers” says Yogendra Srivastava, Director Sales & Marketing of VSD Enterprise.

“At VSD we will be focusing on providing solutions for the various industries, looking to have an affordable solution on advanced techno-polymers such as PEI (Ultem), PEEK, Carbon Fiber, Polycarbonate and Nylon, concentrating on metal replacement, weight reduction, prototyping applications in industries such as Defence, Automotive and Aerospace. Thus making the Indian market capable enough and confident enough of their product during their conceptualization stage, there for in-turn fueling the concept of the Make In India campaign.”

Roboze also announced that it has reached an agreement with Nextstep3D, a 3D provider of advanced additive manufacturing solutions, to resell Roboze products in the Netherlands, Belgium & Luxemburg region.

NextStep3D supplies professional additive manufacturing 3d printing systems and consulting services. The company offers turnkey implementations solutions including training, maintenance and service contracts. NextStep3d is part of the Microcentrum High Tech platform, a network of the 600 most innovative companies in the Dutch production industry.

“We are excited to partner with Roboze, one of the most innovative 3d manufacturers in the market today” said Bas Beltman, Nextstep3D CEO. “The company technology offers a unique combination of printing high-end materials together with a one-of-a-kind beltless system to an end result of high quality parts. This empowers customers with a solution for a variety of plastic additive manufacturing applications” Concluded Betlman.

“After several months of fast growth in our business we can definitely say that it’s mostly fueled by large high-technological corporations looking for one major thing – advanced materials” Said Gil Lavi, Roboze’s VP Sales & Business Development. “As the awareness of 3d printing keeps growing, professional users seeks solutions for advanced applications based on high thermoplastics materials, which widen their abilities to improve manufacturing processes. NextStep3D is another great example of a 3d solution provider that identify this need and now decided to add powerful solutions to his portfolio” Concluded Lavi.

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Ultimaker announced the global availability of the next generation of its 3D printing product line, the Ultimaker 3. With Ultimaker 3’s advanced capability to print complex geometries using industrial-grade materials right from the desktop, users gain freedom of design never before accessible in the professional environment. Fully integrated hardware, software and materials configuration, as well as full settings alignment, ensures both efficient workflow and precision print results.

Ultimaker 3 provides:

  • An unlimited number of geometry options thanks to its new dual extrusion system that allows the freedom to produce more complex outputs in a full range of engineering materials, including Nylon and dissolvable PVA, and two color. The impact: design is not constrained, opening up opportunities for experimentation, creativity and innovation.
  • High uptime and maximum performance due to material-matching print core design, enabling users to switch cores optimized for Ultimaker’s own industry-grade materials in seconds. The impact: repeatable, high-quality output is achieved in a low-maintenance environment.
  • Enhanced printer automation that eliminates the guesswork from printing prep. Smart material detection through NFC technology, as well as active bed leveling, tunes Ultimaker 3 to the best possible settings for specific materials and corrects level errors. The impact: anyone, regardless of their role within the business or skillset, can produce a consistently perfect model every time.
  • Advanced connectivity through integrated Wi-Fi capabilities, in addition to USB and Ethernet connections, results in seamless access across the organization. A built-in camera, connected to open source software CURA allows for remote monitoring of print output. The impact: organizations achieve efficient workflow and access across users.


“Our team is constantly working to evolve the 3D printing market, and the Ultimaker 3 represents three years of development with the goal of delivering a product that serves the needs of demanding businesses,” said Jos Burger, CEO of Ultimaker. “3D printers have historically been tapped by businesses for straight-forward prototyping and short run production. The extended capabilities of the Ultimaker 3 introduce a wide variety of new applications and we’re excited to get them into the hands of professionals that can capitalize on the benefits of 3D printing across a variety of industries.”

“Additive manufacturing is a key aspect of Jabil’s digital manufacturing strategy, positively impacting numerous areas within our business including the acceleration of product development and affording greater supply chain flexibility,” said John Dulchinos, Vice President of Digital Manufacturing at Jabil Circuit. “Ultimaker has proven a valuable partner in collaborating with our team to bring solutions to market that meet the needs of our factories and customers.”

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HP announced their participation at the TCT Show in Birmingham, UK on September 28-29. In recognition of the significance of this industry-leading event, with two hundred exhibiting companies and thousands of visitors from over 60 countries from across the globe, HP showcased for the first time in the UK, their first production-ready commercial 3D printing system.

The HP Jet Fusion 3D Printing Solution revolutionizes design, prototyping and manufacturing, and for the first time, delivers superior quality physical parts at industry-leading speeds and with cost savings compared to current 3D printing systems.

At the show HP announced its collaboration with Europac 3D, one of the UK’s leading 3D printing, scanning and inspection businesses. The appointment of Europac 3D as an HP Channel Partner in the UK means that, once they have completed the 3D Print Specialization application and requirements, they will become a HP authorised partner for the sale and servicing of the whole portfolio of HP’s 3D printing systems and accessories across the UK and the rest of the single market. Europac 3D has a proven 20 year track record in 3D scanning, digital modelling and reverse engineering as well as printing service and maintenance. The company works across all sectors including motor, medical and engineering industries as well as with film and TV production companies.

Emilio Juarez, EMEA Sales Director, HP 3D Printing Business said, “Based on HP Multi Jet Fusion technology, our new 3D prototyping and manufacturing solution will reinvent the $12 trillion manufacturing market and ignite the next industrial revolution by producing superior quality physical parts up to 10 times faster and at half the cost of current 3D print systems. As a result, HP Jet Fusion 3D Printing Solution is significantly reducing the inhibitors for adoption through significant improvements in speed, cost and reliability. The appointment of Europac 3D as our first HP channel partner in this space in the UK will ensure that our HP 3D customers receive the right level of support and get a best in class customer experience.”

John Beckett, managing director of Europac 3D comments, “These are exciting times for the 3D printing industry as HP’s technologies are set to revolutionise the marketplace by bringing higher quality and faster 3D printing services at a dramatically reduced cost which we believe will open new markets and opportunities.  We’re proud to have the chance to be in this journey with HP and look forward to supporting their ambitions here in the UK.

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Nano Dimension announced that it has delivered its first DragonFly 2020 3D Printer in the United States to FATHOM. FATHOM is a beta and go-to-market partner with expertise in advanced manufacturing and 3D printing that serves the Silicon Valley region and greater West Coast area.

"Last month, we announced the supply of our 3D printer to a leading Israeli defense company, and we are continuing to expand our go-to-market infrastructure to distribute the company's products in the United States," said Amit Dror, CEO of Nano Dimension. "The presence of the DragonFly 2020 in the U.S. will provide Nano Dimension the ability to showcase the capabilities of the DragonFly 2020 3D Printer to potential U.S. customers. We are excited to have FATHOM as a key partner in this effort."

The DragonFly 2020 3D Printer was installed at FATHOM's Oakland, California headquarters and will be used for evaluations and demonstrations over the next year. Earlier this year, Nano Dimension signed an agreement with FATHOM to collaborate on the introduction of the DragonFly 2020 3D Printing platform to the U.S. market, with a focus on Silicon Valley and the greater West Coast area.

“Both FATHOM and Nano Dimension share the same vision of changing the way products are designed and manufactured,” said Rich Stump, Co-Founder and Principal at FATHOM. “We are excited to receive this system because it builds on FATHOM’s focus to augment conventional methods with cutting-edge technologies and advanced processes.”

“We are excited to be able to provide our customers access to this technology which has the potential to greatly compress their development process.” said Michelle Mihevc, Co-Founder and Principal at FATHOM.”

Business partners Stump and Mihevc founded FATHOM in 2008. Today, FATHOM's advanced prototype fabrication, low volume manufacturing, and bridge-to-production capabilities are used by Fortune 500 companies throughout the country.

 

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MakerBot announced new 3D printing solutions that address the wider needs of professionals and educators. MakerBot believes its new solutions offer engineers and designers a faster and more effective way to develop ideas and offer educators a better way to integrate 3D printing in the classroom to teach creativity and problem solving.

The new MakerBot Print and Mobile applications are designed to allow professionals to easily integrate MakerBot into their workflow and help educators introduce their students to 3D printing. These applications help streamline the print preparation process, save time, and produce higher quality prints. The new MakerBot Replicator+ and Replicator Mini+ have been re-engineered and tested to provide improved performance—that means faster, easier, and more reliable printing with a bigger build volume. With the new MakerBot Slate Gray Tough PLA Filament Bundle, engineers can create more durable, high-impact strength prototypes and fixtures. For educators, MakerBot is also launching Thingiverse Education to discover 3D printing classroom content created by other educators.

“We have gone through a cultural shift here at MakerBot over the past year, where listening and understanding the needs of our customers are cornerstones of our company. As a result, we’ve gained an in-depth understanding of the wider needs of professionals and educators that has informed our product development process,” said Jonathan Jaglom, CEO of MakerBot. “Our new solutions for professionals and educators are based on feedback addressing how we could accelerate and streamline the iterative design process and make teaching with a desktop 3D printer easier and more effective.”

MakerBot Print & Mobile


Integrating desktop 3D printing into your design workflow can be challenging and time consuming. That’s why MakerBot has developed connected 3D printing solutions that make the process easier. A new version of MakerBot Mobile includes a Guided Setup feature that walks the user through the entire 3D printer setup process step by step. Once you’re up and running, the new MakerBot Print software helps streamline the 3D printing experience for any workflow. Native CAD Support, for example, allows users to easily import common CAD files and assemblies. This new feature eliminates the need for STL files and can result in significant time savings by reducing the number of files the user needs to manage and mundane steps for each iteration. Users can now even organize 3D files and multiple build plates into projects and easily email project files as attachments to collaborate with others. Storing information as complete project files instead of stand-alone model files allows users to save the print settings and build plate layout of one or more designs as one file.

MakerBot Print also enhances the print preparation process, saving time and helping users achieve high quality prints. The new Auto Arrange feature automatically positions objects across multiple build plates to print them simultaneously or sequentially. With Dynamic Print Settings, users can change settings like resolution or thickness for each individual model on the build plate, saving time by printing models with varying print settings simultaneously. A new Print Preview option lets users review the Smart Extruder+’s path to make adjustments before printing a model. Users can either review each individual layer or play an animated video preview to see support material placement and validate that small features are printable.

MakerBot Print and the new MakerBot Mobile app support different office or classroom setups by building upon MakerBot’s remote monitoring and printing capabilities. Individual users and small to large organizations now have the flexibility to control and monitor multiple 3D printers throughout an office or school, in different buildings, or even different parts of the world through live camera feeds and print status updates. MakerBot Print and an updated version of MakerBot Mobile are available now.

MakerBot Replicator+ and Replicator Mini+

The new MakerBot Replicator+ and Replicator Mini+ have been re-engineered and tested to provide improved performance—that means faster, easier, and more reliable printing with a bigger build volume. Both printers feature an improved gantry and Z-stage through stiffer materials and sturdier construction for consistent and predictable printing. MakerBot’s new 3D printers went through extensive printer and subsystem testing of 380,000+ hours across multiple facilities over the course of development to help ensure reliable, high quality performance. During this process, MakerBot worked closely with Stratasys to implement new, consistent procedures for enhanced print quality, product lifetime testing, and for validating test results.

The new MakerBot Replicator+ and Replicator Mini+ are both faster and quieter than their predecessors and feature larger build volumes for printing bigger models or more prints at one time. The MakerBot Replicator+ is approximately 30 percent faster, has a 25 percent larger build volume, and is 27 percent quieter than the MakerBot Replicator 5th Generation Desktop 3D Printer. The MakerBot Replicator Mini+ is approximately 10 percent faster, has a 28 percent larger build volume, and is 58 percent quieter than the MakerBot Replicator Mini Compact 3D Printer. The MakerBot Replicator+ and Replicator Mini+ both come with the swappable MakerBot Smart Extruder+, which is designed and tested to provide improved performance over a longer period of time.

When it comes to 3D printing, designers and engineers put a high priority on predictability and how accurately a print resembles its digital model. In that regard, the new MakerBot Replicator+ and MakerBot Replicator Mini+ improve several aspects of print quality, including print precision, surface appearance, and reduced warping and curling. These print quality improvements are enabled by the re-engineered hardware, including the gantry, Z-Stage, build plate, and extruder carriage (Replicator+ only), in combination with fine-tuned firmware and a new slicing engine. The MakerBot Replicator+ also features a flexible build plate, making it easy to remove larger prints by simply bending the plate. The new Grip Build Surface included on both new printers ensures that prints adhere better without the use of blue tape, resulting in improved reliability and reduced warping and curling. Redesigned rafts and supports break away more easily for a cleaner print surface of printed parts.

The industrial design team at Canary, the fastest growing home security startup, has been using MakerBot 3D Printers for a while and recently had a chance to test MakerBot’s new solutions for professionals. "Using a MakerBot Desktop 3D Printer helped us accelerate the development of the new Canary Flex by allowing us to prototype quickly and go through multiple iterations of the design” said James Krause, Director of Industrial Design at Canary. “We were enthusiastic to test the new MakerBot Replicator+ and right away we noticed the faster workflow, as well as huge improvements to print quality and speed."

The MakerBot Replicator+ has an MSRP of $2499 and the MakerBot Replicator Mini+ has a MSRP of $1299 and both are available now. MakerBot is offering the MakerBot Replicator+ at an introductory price of $1999 and the MakerBot Replicator Mini+ at $999 until October 31, 2016.

Slate Gray Tough PLA Filament Bundle


MakerBot is also launching a new Slate Gray Tough PLA Filament Bundle that is designed to allow professionals to create durable, high-impact strength prototypes and fixtures that save time and money in testing. The new bundle consists of three spools of MakerBot Tough PLA Filament in slate gray bundled with the MakerBot Tough PLA Smart Extruder+. MakerBot Tough PLA combines the best characteristics of PLA and ABS filament: It is as tough as ABS with similar tensile, compressive, and flexural strength and it prints as easily and reliably as PLA. It's also designed to flex more before breaking, similar to ABS. These qualities make it especially suitable for functional prototypes and prototyping jigs and fixtures with threaded and snap fits. MakerBot Tough PLA has been tested and optimized to print reliably and easily with the Tough PLA Smart Extruder+. The Slate Gray Tough PLA Filament Bundle has a MSRP of $379 and is available now.

"The new MakerBot Tough PLA is a workhorse for functional printing. We mainly use it for prototyping parts and jigs for product cycle testing,” said Mack Mor, Senior Product Engineer at OXO, who’s been testing MakerBot Tough PLA over the past months. “The flexibility is key for parts that don't break, even with thin features that would normally be troublesome. The interlayer adhesion is strong, but the raft is still super easy to remove. The material also slides well so it is good for snap fits."

To help engineers and designers take their prototypes to the next level, MakerBot is also releasing step-by-step guides that explain techniques such as gluing, sanding, painting, vacuum forming, brass inserts and silicon molding.

Thingiverse Education

Thingiverse Education is a new platform that allows educators to connect with each other to learn 3D printing best practices and exchange knowledge, already offering over 100 lesson plans created by other educators and vetted by MakerBot’s education and curriculum experts. Educators can filter lesson plans by subject or grade, and, in the spirit of Thingiverse, remix them to match specific learning goals. “We believe that Implementing 3D printing in the classroom can only be successful if the technology complements a teacher's goals for their students,” said Drew Lentz, MakerBot Learning Manager.

“With a new section of Thingiverse dedicated to educational content, teachers can engage in a rich community of educators to find lesson plans, resources, and to find more ways to use 3D Printing in the classroom than ever before.” Thingiverse Education will be available in the coming days.

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Nano Dimension Technologies announced that it has supplied the first DragonFly 2020 system designated for 3D circuitry and PCBs. The supply was made to a leading defense company in Israel for evaluation purposes and is expected to be installed at the partner’s site in the coming days.

To date, Nano Dimension has proven its capabilities of printing multilayer electric circuits in lab conditions. With the first supply of the DragonFly 2020 system for testing, Nano Dimension marks yet another breakthrough for the company. This is the first key step towards the potential commercialization of Nano Dimension’s products.

"We are proud to have reached this important milestone,” said Amit Dror, CEO of Nano Dimension. “Supplying our first system to a beta partner is a tremendous achievement for Nano Dimension and the electronic industry. Nano Dimension set an ambitious goal to develop a revolutionary product that – until now- did not exist in the market, based on advanced technology that combines hardware, nano-chemistry and software. Today, only two years since our first fundraising and since our shares began trading on the TASE, we mark this important milestone of supplying our first system to a beta partner, enabling them to print multilayer electric circuits in several hours. We look forward to completing production of more printers destined for additional partners and customers in Israel and around the world."

For more information, visit: www.nano-di.com/3d-printer

Published in Nano Dimension

De Beers Technologies has invested in a new Stratasys Fortus 360mc professional grade 3D printer from SYS Systems. Used for both production and R&D parts at the company’s state-of-the-art facility, De Beers is now exploiting the benefits of the machine around the clock. Some 3D-printed components have witnessed a four-fold reduction in cost compared with previous machining methods, which has led the company to invest in a second Stratasys machine from SYS, a Dimension 1200es.

De Beers is a world leader in diamond exploration, mining, processing and retailing. To support its activities, the company maintains a diamond R&D centre that is known as De Beers Technologies UK. Here, the company’s engineers create automated methods for verifying and sorting diamonds, as well as machines that ensure all synthetics and treatments can be detected. The technology is used by De Beers’ sorting and grading operations, and those of its partner laboratories.

The machines produced at De Beers Technologies UK have to provide unparalleled operating efficiency, flexibility and consistency, with a particular focus on simplifying and accelerating processes. Some of the machines are required to operate at speeds of up to eight diamonds per second to produce assortments according to size, shape, colour and clarity.

Needless to say, there is no margin for error when it comes to handling precious stones such as diamonds. With this in mind, the components used to build the company’s machines must demonstrate a high degree of design excellence. In recent times, the rise of 3D printing has helped the company transcend the barriers of traditional processes such as machining and casting, introducing new found levels of design freedom to the creative team at De Beers Technologies.

“Until recently we did all of our 3D printing through a bureau service,” explains Technical Manager Trevor Poulter. “However, we soon discovered that the amount of printing we were doing would soon justify buying a 3D printer of our own.”

Within a short time, the company had installed a Stratasys Fortus 360mc, which now runs virtually non-stop making either production or R&D parts.

“The machine is available 24-7 for our engineers to use on a daily basis,” says Mr Poulter. “With the Fortus 360mc in place, we can fit R&D parts between production builds to produce prototypes or test pieces in a much quicker fashion.”

Able to corroborate this is Senior Mechanical Engineer, Andrew Portsmouth: “Whenever I come up with an idea the first thought is always ‘will it work’,” he says. “Now, however, we can put it on the Fortus overnight so that the next day we are testing it, assessing it, and figuring out any limitations. We can then modify the design and put it back on the 3D printer overnight. The following morning we are testing the next iteration. In terms of reducing development time, it’s impossible to put a value on what 3D printing has saved us.”

The Fortus 360mc is equipped with an extrusion head and gantry that maintains tight positional accuracy and close component tolerances. Based on the use of Stratasys’ proprietary FDM® (Fused Deposition Modelling) technology, the Fortus 360mc builds from stable, production-grade thermoplastics that continue to outperform nearly all competing technologies in accuracy, repeatability and strength.

The standard build envelope is 355 x 254 x 254mm, which can be upgraded to 406 x 356 x 406mm if required. With the upgrade comes two more material canister bays, for a total of four bays (two build material and two support material). When the first material canister is empty, an auto-changeover function loads the second canister and continues the build process uninterrupted, allowing users to leave the machine unattended for long periods of time.

“Avenues that weren’t available to us as engineers now are,” says Mr Portsmouth. “The Fortus 360mc has changed the way we work as engineers and designers. In fact, we are now designing parts purely to take advantage of 3D printing, and forgetting the restrictions that conventional processes such as machining or casting bring.”

A good example is a component called an optical measurement cell housing, which has an external diameter of around 250mm and contains a number of complex features.

“The way it’s been designed means there is no other way to make it than with additive manufacturing, and it has many benefits because of that,” says Mr Portsmouth. “Manufacturing it on the Fortus 360mc represented a three- or four-fold reduction in production cost compared with than the previous machining method simply because it’s a much cheaper process. Today, it feels like we print anything and everything: it’s the flexibility and the change in the way we innovate that’s really made the difference here. I would also say that the Fortus has helped us create more innovative products because of the design freedom it allows – making parts that were simply not possible before.”

As a result of De Beers’ success with its Fortus 360mc, the company has now ventured down the route of investing in a second Stratasys machine, this time a Dimension 1200es. The thinking is that, along with alleviating some of the capacity demands on the Fortus, the new machine will also introduce the flexibility of different material types, as well as different colours.

The Dimension 1200es features the largest build envelope (254 x 254 x 305mm) available in the Stratasys Design Series Performance range. Again powered by FDM technology, it prints in nine colours of real ABSplus thermoplastic. Furthermore, it lets users choose fine resolution or faster printing, with layer thicknesses of 0.254 or 0.33mm.

“The message is going out across the company that we now have a comprehensive 3D printing facility featuring professional, high performance machines,” says Mr Poulter. “As a result, we can better react to specific requirements, and in a very quick time.”

Initially, De Beers estimated a payback period of three years for its investment in the Stratasys Fortus 360mc. However, according to Mr Poulter, it became apparent that the company actually achieved payback within an impressively short 12 months.

“I would absolutely recommend going down the 3D printing route to any companies in a similar situation to us, where engineers need to innovate and make prototypes quickly,” he says. “Even if you start with a small machine and try it, the value to the business will soon become apparent.”

Published in Sys Systems

Rize emerged from stealth mode with a technology breakthrough that redefines 3D printing standards for industrial desktop machines. The first zero post-processing 3D printer, Rize One reduces turnaround time by 50%, cuts costs, improves part strength and eliminates the need for materials, equipment, facilities and mess that have been obstacles to expanding usage of desktop machines out of dedicated lab environments.

Backed by Longworth Venture Partners and SB Capital with $4M in seed funding, Rize One is currently entering beta with Reebok. It will be available later this year.

For years, 3D printing technology has forced designers and engineers to make sacrifices around time and resources to turn a printed part into a usable one. With Rize One, featuring a patented Augmented Polymer Deposition (APD™) process and Rizium

One, Rize’s unique engineering- and medical-grade thermoplastic filament, users simply release a 3D printed part from its support structure cleanly, safely and in seconds with bare hands. No filing or sanding are required.

“Post-processing has been 3D printing’s dirty little secret, as engineers and additive manufacturing lab managers wrestled with the reality that post-processing parts after 3D printing often doubled the total process time; added substantial costs; and prevented 3D printers from the desktop,” said Frank Marangell, President and CEO of Rize and former president of Objet North America. “Rize One eliminates those sacrifices, opening a world of possibilities for designers and engineers to deliver prototypes and on-demand finished parts much faster and with stronger material – than before. Whether 3D printing helps you go to market, or create a market, Rize will fundamentally alter your production cycle.”

For those who depend upon prototyping to fuel innovation, or who see the potential for on-demand production parts, Rize One will fundamentally alter the process of delivering a finished part. An updated prototype for a critical meeting the next morning. An idea sent to an overseas desktop for evaluation that same day. A custom part printed and installed while a customer waits, or in time to keep an assembly line humming.

“We run our 3D printers 24/7 to create the parts central to Reebok’s innovation, and, unfortunately, post processing has been a necessary but laborious and time-consuming process,” said Gary Rabinovitz, Additive Manufacturing Lab Manager at Reebok. “An easy-to-use, zero post-processing 3D printer like Rize would dramatically improve workflow, enabling us to deliver parts as much as 50% faster than similar technologies, while reducing the cost of labor, materials and equipment."

Rize One was designed to be used primarily by engineers and product designers across a wide range of industrial and commercial applications, including prototyping for proof of concept and form, fit and functional testing in real-world conditions, end-use production parts and tooling, fixtures and jigs for manufacturing. Users will experience improved designs, increased accuracy of production, reduced defects during manufacturing, cost reduction, streamlined operations and faster time to market.

The technology powering Rize One also is adaptable enough to allow for the use of other materials that have various part properties – creating a wider spectrum of applications.

Rize has harnessed the expertise of a deeply experienced team of 3D printing materials, hardware and software professionals from Z Corporation, Objet and Revit with over 20 patents. That team is led by Marangell, who took Objet, in six years, from a garage-based startup in the U.S. to an $85M behemoth, setting up an acquisition by Stratasys. The Company was co-founded in by Eugene Giller, who developed inkjet 3D printing technology at Z Corporation and Leonid Raiz, inventor of 3D CAD software, architect of PTC’s Pro Engineer and founder of Revit.

“With its experience and pedigree in the industry, Rize has put together a dream team,” said Nilanjana Bhowmik, Partner at Longworth Venture Partners. “This innovation will make a significant impact on the 3D printing industry.”

For more information, visit: www.rize3d.com

Published in Rize

XYZprinting announced the company’s first education-focused 3D printer, the da Vinci miniMaker, a beginner-friendly 3D printer designed for STEM and STEAM education. Making hands-on learning as easy as clicking print, the new da Vinci miniMaker enables educators and parents to engage young learners in real-life applications of 3D printing to develop collaboration and problem-solving skills in STEAM and STEM subjects, spurring creativity and interactive learning.

"We’re excited to continue to provide accessible solutions that advance and integrate 3D printing technology into the educational system across grades K-12 and beyond,” said Simon Shen, CEO of XYZprinting and New Kinpo Group. “The da Vinci miniMaker will help encourage, expand, and shape the cognitive skills and abilities of the next generation of engineers, designers, and creators.”

Not an ordinary STEM toy, the da Vinci miniMaker, builds on the company’s lauded da Vinci 3D printer product line, with educational creativity and fun at the forefront.

The da Vinci miniMaker features:

  • Auto-calibration: The da Vinci miniMaker uses an intuitive auto-calibration system that results in the best possible prints in the classroom or at home.
  • Small Printer, Big Projects: Don’t be fooled by the smaller, lightweight design, the da Vinci miniMaker has a robust build size of 5.9” x 5.9” x 5.9.”
  • Eco-friendly and Safe: The da Vinci miniMaker only prints with XYZprinting’s bio-degradable, non-toxic PLA filament. This filament has gone through various tests to ensure that it is DEHP-free and heavy metal-free for user safety.


Parents, teachers, and students with a da Vinci product, including the new da Vinci miniMaker, also have access to XYZprinting’s “Educational Ecosystem,” which includes a breadth of 3D printing-based curricula and corresponding projects to begin incorporating 3D printing into their home or classroom immediately.  The Educational Ecosystem includes XYZmaker, XYZprinting STEAM, and the XYZ 3D Gallery giving teachers and students quick, easy, and free access to everything they need to design, create, and learn in the classroom or at home. XYZprinting STEAM, a free 3D printing curriculum exchange platform for all K-12 grades, and XYZmaker, an intuitive 3D modeling application for young users, allow 3D printing to be seamlessly incorporated into the classroom. The XYZ 3D Gallery gives users have access to more than 4,500 free 3D models across nine categories, including everything from educational items and art designs to toys and games.

For more information, visit: us.xyzprinting.com

Published in XYZ Printing

Proto Labs has been selected by HP Inc. as a product testing site for the new HP Multi Jet Fusion™ technology for industrial-grade 3D printing.

Proto Labs is one of several companies HP is collaborating with as a part of the company’s Early Customer Engagement Program, which conducts product testing and garners user feedback on the product to help accelerate and advance the technology.

Proto Labs was chosen because it has extensive experience as a prime user of industrial-grade 3D printing technology (also known as additive manufacturing) for its prototyping and low-volume manufacturing services. The tech-enabled company also is significantly expanding its 3D printing capabilities as it moves this summer into a new 77,000 sq. ft. facility in Raleigh, North Carolina.

“The new HP Multi Jet Fusion 3D Printing Solution looks like a truly exciting leap ahead in industrial-grade 3D printing,” says Rob Connelly, vice president of additive manufacturing for Proto Labs. “We at Proto Labs look forward to collaborating with HP to help develop this new platform that could result in higher productivity and quality at a lower cost.”

Proto Labs is “technology agnostic,” explains Connelly, meaning the company uses hardware and software that is compatible with many different manufacturing processes, providing a wide range of manufacturing options to its customers.

“We are pleased to have Proto Labs as a customer, providing its input and manufacturing expertise to help us continue to advance the HP Multi Jet Fusion 3D Printing Solution for our customers,” says Stephen Nigro, president of HP’s 3D printing business.

Published in Proto Labs

Prodways distributor Genistar is adding some finishing touches to its new 300-square-foot showroom where it is currently running a Prodways ProMaker L5000 3D printer. Genistar, whose sister company is Axis Prototypes, became the North American distributing arm for Prodways’ line of production-grade 3d printers and resins in June 2014. The showroom will allow Genistar to run printed parts through the unit as well as serve as a demonstration piece for prospective customers.

“The showroom will provide an opportunity for prospective buyers to get a first-hand look at a Prodways printer in action, not to mention the underlying technology that delivers unparalleled results in resolution, curing homogeneity, speed and printing efficiency,” says Genistar President Gilles Desharnais.

With a platform measuring 400 x 330 x 400 mm (16 x 13 x 16 in.), the featured unit can print parts with a layer thickness between 25 - 150 microns and cures at 365-nm UV wavelengths. Its native XY resolution – consistent across all ProMaker units – is 42 microns, which is ideal for printing fine detailed parts. The ProMaker “D” series allows for the printing of parts on a granite platform without the need for support material.

Prodways, a French subsidiary of the publicly-traded company Groupe George, became the first 3d printer manufacturer to employ moving DLP projector heads in its curing platform. Aptly named MovingLight®, this proprietary photopolymerization technology is centered on the principle of repeatability, which is inherent in traditional mass manufacturing processes. MovingLight® provides a repeatable curing mechanism to solidify objects across the X,Y,Z dimensions (surface area and depth) at any point on the platform, with the largest platform measuring 840 x 660 x 550 mm. (33 x 26 x 22 in.)  With that comes a repeatable native resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels; in other words, every UV light projection emanated by its mobile projector delivers the same two million-plus pixels at any point on the platform.

“Whether you need to cure a tiny sliver of the layer at the far end of the platform or a full image at the center of it, every projection packs in the same 2 million pixels, ensuring consistent high resolution over the entire build area, something DLP printers with fixed projector heads cannot achieve,” adds Desharnais.

Published in Genistar

Agile Manufacturing, Inc. (Agile) announced the acquisition of an iPro 9000XL Stereolithography (SLA) Production 3D printer. The iPro 9000XL is the largest stereolithography 3D printer and only a few service providers are building parts for the public with it.

The iPro 9000XL is a giant in the 3D Printing world with a part build capacity of 59” x 30” x 22”. The XL quickly and economically builds ABS plastic-like parts with exceptional accuracy, surface smoothness and feature resolution. This highly productive 3D Printer is well suited to produce extra-large parts without the need to build in sections and assemble.

“With the increasing demand for production parts as well as very large prototypes, the addition of the XL to our fleet of production systems will help Agile offer the largest part 3D Printing solutions and shortest lead-times to our clients”, stated Richard Smeenk, Agile’s President.

Agile Manufacturing Inc. provides 3D Printed parts, 3D Printers and 3D Printer materials. Agile is the largest 3D Printing Service Bureau in Canada with 18 printers ranging from Stereolithography (SLA), to Laser Sintering (SLS), MultiJet Printing (MJP), ColourJet Printing (CJP), Direct Metal Printing (DMP) and Filament Deposition. With over 150,000 hours of annual 3D Printing capacity (or 4.2 billion cubic inches per year) Agile is well positioned to meet your 3D Printing needs. Agile sells New and Used Professional & Production 3D Printers across all technologies and stocks all materials in-house for immediate delivery. Agile has been operating in the Greater Toronto Area for 12 years and serves customers across Canada and the USA, with select customers on 6 continents. Agile Manufacturing’s team of 21 Additive Manufacturing (AM) and 3D Printing (3DP) experts is led by Richard Smeenk a 3D Printing veteran since 1996.

For more information, visit: www.agile-manufacturing.com

Published in Agile Manufacturing

Skriware aims to offer an affordable 3D printer and a corresponding marketplace - a combo solution that brings 3D printing technology to home users. The project has been successfully funded on Kickstarter and the first printers will be shipped to backers in April this year. Skriware has now also launched a pre-order of its 3D printer on their website.

Skriware is a Swedish-Polish company that wants to redefine 3D printing experience for home users. The startup offers an intuitive and elegant 3D printer along with a dedicated online market. Building the whole ecosystem, enabled Skriware team to introduce “one click printing” feature. It literally means that users can browse through collections of ready-to-print models and print the one they like with just a mouse click. The selected model is then transferred to the printer over WiFi and immediately printed without the need for hardware adjustments, complicated software, or any expert knowledge whatsoever.

The startup has also prepared a few bonuses for 3D printing enthusiasts. The 3D printer is available in six different colors and those who decide to buy Skriware in pre-order can save 20%. Early buyers will get a spool of filament for free. The reduced prices of printers start from $799. New orders will be realized once the company fulfils all shipping for its Kickstarter backers.

The company has also developed its own online platform - Skrimarket - offering ready-to-print models and aiming to gather a whole community of 3D printing enthusiasts. Thanks to the company’s efforts even inexperienced users can fully explore the possibilities of 3D printing technology.

For more information, visit: www.skriware.com

Published in Skriware

Y Soft announced the general availability of its professional 3D printer, YSoft be3D DeeRed. With one of the largest printing volumes in its price segment, DeeRed is an ideal solution for a variety of professional applications ranging from fast prototyping to finished goods manufacturing. After passing necessary certifications and increasing its production capacity, Y Soft is now shipping DeeRed to customers globally.

With a print chamber volume of 400 x 600 x 800 mm, the large capacity print chamber helps designers and manufacturers save time substantially as they can create larger objects in one print run or use fewer components to assemble an even larger object.

The printer has also found its way into the educational segment and ddoption of an industrial grade 3D printer like DeeRed adds rich experience to educational institutions’ curriculums, particularly those focused on science and technology.

As a Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF) 3D printer, DeeRed has two extruders that support printing with two different types of material or colors. DeeRed is capable of printing using a variety of different polymers, including Polylactic Acid (PLA), Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene (ABS), High Impact Polystyrene (HIPS), and hydrosoluble Polyvinyl Alcohol (PVA).

From a design and functional perspective, DeeRed sets a high bar for ease of use. Details such as a removable print platform, an intuitive seveninch touchscreen interface and Ethernet connection effectively supports a seamless integration of 3D printing technology into an organization’s development and production processes.

“Purchasing decisions in manufacturing are driven by three crucial factors: reliability, speed and minimal demand on users’ technical skills. Successfully addressing these factors with an aggressively competitive price were our key goals when developing DeeRed,” says David Miklas, CEO, Y Soft be3D.

To meet the rising demand for DeeRed in manufacturing and education, Y Soft has increased its earlier production plans and delivery times. Standard delivery is one month from placing an order and pricing starts at 25,000 Euros (approximately $28,000 USD).

For more information, visit: www.ysoft.com/en/be3d/home

Published in be3D

Use of the X1000 3D printer from German RepRap has enabled TAKATA PlasTec GmbH to now considerably reduce development costs and time for prototype production. The samples have to be made quickly and inexpensively so that the customer can then use them for concept examinations. These are used to create equipment and supports for production simply and quickly. “The costs for the external value added are reduced and it is now possible to create parts which were previously unjustifiable due to the prohibitively high costs involved,” reports Kevin Rogers, manager of Application Engineering at TAKATA PlasTec GmbH.

The particular challenge when printing large components is the optimum print preparation. Run times can be kept to a minimum here by the skillful arrangement and positioning of the parts in the build envelope in order to thus improve the quality of the print result. “The X1000 is the first printer that is optimized for industrial use and covers the dimensions required for TAKATA components. Our many years of experience in the field of 3D printing has certainly helped here and we are pleased that TAKATA has chosen our X1000,” explains Florian Bautz, CEO of German RepRap GmbH.

TAKATA PlasTec GmbH is a development and series supplier for interior and exterior plastic systems in the automotive sector and serves customers like Daimler AG, SCANIA, DAF. This includes door panels, interior and exterior trims  for trucks or plastic housing sections for consumer electrical equipment. Thanks to the 3D printer, sample parts can be created during development in order to implement installation trials or concept tests in-house or at the customer.

For more information, visit: www.germanreprap.com

Published in German RepRap

3D Platform (3DP) is raising the bar on additive manufacturing solutions, with the launch of the 3DP Workbench, its newest industrial-strength, large-format 3D printer.

“The 3DP Workbench is more than just another 3D printer, it has been designed through a professional user-experience process—with input from engineers, product developers and top creative talent around the world—incorporating tools they need to take our 3D platform to the next level. The result is a comprehensive toolkit that increases capacity, enables them to expand their capabilities and bring their ideas to life,” said John Good, Vice President of Sales & Marketing with 3DP.

The 3DP Workbench comes standard with the large build area of 1m x 1m x 0.5m, and is built on industrial strength mechatronics designed to deliver precision prints down to a 70-micron layer resolution. Additionally, the 3DP Workbench adds versatility with unique production and organizational features including:

  • SurePrint Servo Technology™ - Cut your print time in half with the SurePrint Servo Technology™ motors that have 85% greater torque, allowing for faster acceleration and deceleration and improving print accuracy and quality.
  • Folding Gantry – Even with its large build area, the 3DP Workbench is designed for maximum flexibility and accessibility. A unique two-part configuration will fit through a single width door, make it possible to locate conveniently it where you want – office, factory, etc.
  • Expanded Print Capabilities - The ergonomic height and open print bed enable full access to prints for advanced print techniques, such as core modeling and adding inserts of metal, electronics, and other materials.
  • Industrial Workbench – Solid hardwood work area, 12 industrial built-in storage drawers and cabinets for useful additive manufacturing tools and materials.


The 3DP Workbench will be releasing officially by the end of Q1, 2016. A live, on-going demonstrations of the 3DP Workbench will take place throughout the 28th Annual Additive Manufacturing Users Group (AMUG) Education & Training Conference, April 3 - 7, 2016 At St. Louis, Missouri.

For more information, visit: www.3dplatform.com

Published in 3D Platform

3D Platform (3DP) is now offering a SurePrint™ Servo Motor Upgrade Package for the flagship printer, the 3DP1000. Both new and existing 3DP1000 users can enjoy the benefits of this upgrade package, which provides advanced mechatronics, motors, superior performance, and capabilities for print speed, accuracy, and reliability.

Key advantages of the SurePrint™ Servo Upgrade Package include:

  • Faster Speed – Cut your print time in half with the SurePrint™ Servo upgrade. SurePrint™ Servo motors generate 85% greater torque compared to traditional stepper motors, allowing faster acceleration and deceleration during printing.
  • Closed Loop System Delivers Superior Accuracy – The upgraded 3DP1000 operates in a “closed loop” system made possible by SurePrint™ Servo Technology. Each SurePrint™ Servo motor is embedded with a 20,000 count encoder, providing position feedback every 1.25 micron. This allows the system to adjust automatically the accuracy to increase print quality, resulting in a much smoother surface finish.
  • Reliable Performance – Traditional stepper motors consume a lot of power and generate a significant amount of heat, which degrades the motion system’s reliability and life expectancy. SurePrint™ Servo motors consume 67% less energy while generating 50% less heat, ensuring a prolonged system lifespan and improved motion system reliability.


“Available immediately, the SurePrint™ Servo Upgrade Package is an excellent option for both new and existing 3DP1000 users. The SurePrint™ Servo Upgrade Package is the equivalent to swapping your car’s 200 HP motor with a 375 HP motor—you immediately gain drive torque. Moreover, when you add smart traction control, you gain greater control and precision,” said John Good, Vice President of Sales and Marketing, 3D Platform. “The results for our customers include faster print times, greater positional accuracy and higher print quality.”

Following the successful entry into the 3D printing market with the industrial strength, large format 3D printer, the 3DP1000, 3D Platform continues to allow customers to leverage its industry-leading expertise in mechatronics and linear motion control technologies. The SurePrint™ Servo Upgrade Package can be installed on both new and all existing 3DP1000 machines.

For more information, visit: www.3DPlatform.com

Published in 3D Platform

Mcor announced the launch of Mcor ARKe, a full-color, desktop 3D printer. With Mcor ARKe, Mcor now offers their industrial quality full color 3D printing on the desktop. Developed with the vision of making full color 3D printing more accessible to a latent creative market, Mcor ARKe achieves this goal in several ways:

  • Full, photorealistic color: With a DPI of 4800×2400, Mcor ARKe brings high resolution color to the desktop transforming desktop 3D printing from a monochromatic age to a world of full color
  • Cost-effective: Using Mcor’s unique Selective Deposition Lamination technology, Mcor ARKe makes low cost, professional class 3D printing accessible
  • Safe and eco-friendly: No harmful particle emissions, or toxic chemicals are used during printing, making Mcor ARKe a safe addition to any classroom or office. Further, green processes and recyclable materials are used in operation
  • Customizable and compact: Mcor ARKe allows users to choose from a selection of covers to suit their unique style
  • Reliable and easy-to-use: High-resolution touchscreen and LED progress task bar makes viewing status of a build possible from anywhere in a classroom or studio


“Our mission is to put a 3D printer in every office, classroom, and eventually every home, and Mcor ARKe is a huge step in that direction,” said Dr. Conor MacCormack, co-founder and CEO of Mcor Technologies. “The launch of Mcor ARKe is a defining moment for Mcor and the 3D printing industry, much like the iPhone was for Apple and the 747 was for Boeing. I believe that this is a disruptive step that will transform this industry stimulating widespread adoption of 3D printing particularly in education and among creative professional. Further, we have already received over 2,500 pre-orders for Mcor ARKe and anticipate unrivalled demand in 2016.”

Mcor ARKe has a launch price of $5,995 USD MSRP for the CES event and is available Q2 2016.

For more information, visit: www.mcortechnologies.com/3d-printers/arke-3d-photorealistic-colour-printer

Published in Mcor Technologies

3D Systems (NYSE:DDD) announced the immediate commercial availability of the ProX™ DMP 320, the latest addition to the company's line of direct metal 3D printers. The ProX DMP 320 is designed for high precision, high throughput direct metal printing and optimized for critical applications requiring complex, chemically-pure titanium, stainless steel or nickel super alloy parts.

The ProX DMP 320 sets a new standard for productivity in metal 3D printing. With exchangeable manufacturing modules, the ProX DMP 320 supports rapid material change or replenishment, allowing manufacturers to keep pace with demanding production cycles and enabling efficient powder recycling. The printer also features preset build parameters developed from the outcome of nearly half-a-million builds, providing predictable and repeatable print quality for virtually any geometry.

The ProX DMP 320 offers a large 275mm x 275mm x 420mm build volume. Designed to enable critical industrial applications, including those in aerospace, automotive and healthcare, the ProX DMP 320 comes in two configurations, one optimized for titanium and one optimized for stainless steel and nickel super alloy. With centralized maintenance management, reduced argon gas consumption and serial manufacturing workflow support, the ProX DMP 320 also offers competitive operating cost advantages.

"With the ProX DMP 320, we've leveraged our collective expertise in metal additive manufacturing to pair best-in-class productivity and repeatability with exceptional outcomes in key industrial materials," said Mark Wright, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, 3D Systems. "We've been working closely with leading customers through extensive beta testing of this machine and the feedback we have received distinguishes this printer as one primed to transform expectations for timelines, process and results."

"As beta system partners, we have been relying on the ProX DMP 320 to make titanium parts and are impressed by the high throughput, ease of use, consistency of output, and overall part quality," said Bob Markley, Founder and Chief Executive Officer at 3rd Dimension, an industry leading Direct Metal Printing provider in North America. "Combined with our ProX 200 and ProX 300, we are able to provide our customers with the optimal part, in the optimal metal, to meet the demands of each and every application—no matter how specialized."

The ProX DMP 320 will be on display January 6-9, 2016, in the 3D Systems booth (#72721, Sands Expo) at International CES 2016, Las Vegas, NV.

For more information, visit: www.3dsystems.com/3d-printers/production/prox-dmp-320

Published in 3D Systems

3D Systems (NYSE:DDD) announced that it will discontinue production of its $999 consumer 3D printer, the Cube®. The move reflects management's plans to focus its resources and strategic initiatives on near-term opportunities and profitability. Availability of the CubePro® 3D printer—designed for desktop engineering, educational and professional applications—will continue uninterrupted.

The company will continue to sell the existing inventory of Cube printers. Ongoing support and sale of materials for Cube customers will be provided through a new e-commerce platform on the company's primary corporate domain, 3dsystems.com. The consumer platform Cubify.com will be closed on January 31, 2016 and the company's line of retail products, including phone cases and jewelry, that were previously available on Cubify.com will be discontinued.

Management believes a greater focus on manufacturing applications and delivering new and enhanced manufacturing systems can drive adoption, yield higher returns on investment and increase earnings. As part of this shift away from consumer products, management expects revenue to be impacted by less than 2% and profitability to improve. In addition, management expects to record a charge in the fourth quarter in the range of approximately $19 million to $25 million related primarily to inventory write downs and related purchase commitments.

"In connection with our ongoing review of our business and industry, we believe that the most meaningful opportunities today are in professional and industrial settings, from the product design shop to the operating room to the factory floor," said Andy Johnson, Interim-Chief Executive Officer & Chief Legal Officer, 3D Systems. "We are focusing our efforts on enabling professionals and companies to improve their designs, transform their workflows, bring innovative products to market and drive new business models."

For more information, visit: www.3dsystems.com

Published in 3D Systems

Industrial 3D printer manufacturer voxeljet from Friedberg, Germany is celebrating a special kind of anniversary. The high-tech company, which has established a name for itself as a manufacturer of industrial 3D printing systems and as a service provider for the on-demand production of sand molds and plastic models, is pleased to announce that it is delivering its 100th 3D printer in November 2015.

The machine in question is a VX1000—a multi-purpose 3D printer that combines high performance with a large build space (1000 x 600 x 500 mm). The printing system can be operated with plastic and sand particle materials and is ideally suited for the precise manufacture of prototypes, small component series and models. In combination with the phenolic direct binding process, the 3D printer offers significant advantages over current sand printing processes, such as the ability to recycle non-printed particle material.

The manufacturer has recently registered steadily growing demand for 3D printing systems. Hubert Stärker, Director Sales and Marketing at voxeljet, knows the reasons for this development: "Many customers who have their molds printed at our service center eventually want their own 3D printer, whether for reasons of flexibility or economy. Another reason for the positive development lies in the many advantages offered by the 3D printing technology, which are gradually making their way into more industries and induce companies to purchase their own machines."

The reason that more and more people who are interested in a 3D printer choose voxeljet is the machines' superior performance. They feature high-performance print heads that ensure excellent resolution along with above-average print speeds, allowing for the rapid and cost-efficient printing of build volumes of up to 8 m³.

In addition, the 3D printers are "made in Germany" at voxeljet's headquarters in Friedberg (near Augsburg, Germany). They are made entirely of high-quality components that ensure ongoing operations for many years to come. Tobias Reinold, Director Systems at voxeljet, is also optimistic about the future: "Demand for industrial 3D printers is very strong. We are well prepared for this demand and look forward to machine number 200."

For more information, visit: www.voxeljet.de/en

Published in voxeljet

Additive Industries’ first truly industrial 3D metal printing system, MetalFAB1, offers substantially improved performance over typical midrange systems. The industrial grade additive manufacturing machine and integrated Additive World software platform will deliver up to a tenfold reproducibility, productivity and flexibility.

The improved performance is achieved by robust and thermally optimised equipment design, smart feedback control and calibration strategies, elimination of waiting time and automation of build plate and product handling. The modular design of the MetalFAB1 system allows for customer- and application-specific process configuration. Multiple build chambers with individual integrated powder handling make this industrial 3D printer the first to combine up to four materials simultaneously in one single machine. The MetalFAB1 can be equipped with a maximum of four full field lasers, thereby eliminating the need for stitching when printing large objects. MetalFAB1 is also the only system to include a furnace for integrated stress relief heat treatment. The size of a single build envelope (420x420x400 [mm]) places the MetalFAB1 among the top 3 largest 3D metal printers available.

On Monday November 16th, the first customers and international press were invited to Eindhoven to get a preview of the first two MetalFAB1 systems. Additive Industries will start its Beta test programme next month and four Beta machines have already been reserved by customers from demanding markets like aerospace, high tech equipment and tooling. ‘We are eager to work closely together with our Beta customers. We will team up to further develop the process, new materials and applications as well as testing the performance to substantially improve the business cases of our customers’,  said Daan Kersten, co-founder and CEO of Additive Industries.

For more information, visit: www.additiveindustries.com

Published in Additive Industries

EOS is presenting M 100, a new system for DMLS (direct metal laser sintering), at this year's formnext show. In terms of process and parts quality, the system is equivalent to the EOS M 290 metal system.

Dr Adrian Keppler, Chief Marketing Officer at EOS said, "The EOS M 100 system offers proven DMLS quality and is also the ideal choice for those considering entry into additive manufacturing.

“With its small build volume, which is based on a round platform of 100 mm diameter, the system focuses on the cost-efficient production of small quantities. For example, it can produce approximately 70 dental crowns and bridges in three hours.

"The EOS M 100 system is currently able process two types of materials, specifically EOS CobaltChrome SP2 (CE-certified, CE 0537) and EOS StainlessSteel 316L, depending on the specific industry application. The next material to be made available for the system will be EOS Titanium Ti64."

Michael Keane, Manager of Technical Process Development at pilot customer Boston Scientific, added, "The EOS M100 adds to our portfolio of metal AM systems and equipment. We have found the ease of material handling and component changeover very beneficial. This has the potential to decrease set-up times, increase productivity and improve operator safety and ergonomics.”

The system features a 200 Watt fibre laser, which due to its beam quality and performance stability ensures optimum and consistent processing conditions, resulting in reproducible quality of the parts. This, plus a smaller laser spot with excellent detail resolution, makes it possible to produce high quality, highly complex and delicate components in the EOS M 100.

The system’s build space and an efficient recoating and exposure strategy reduce non-productive periods, which also contributes to efficient production of smaller quantities. Due to its modular interior structure, the system is quickly set up and dismantled. Materials can be replaced easily and maintenance performed quickly. The peripheral equipment minimises powder contact and is consistent with an industrial production process.

For more information, visit: www.eos.info/eos-m-100

Published in EOS

XYZprinting announced its da Vinci line of 3D printers as well as its 3D printing filaments are now available for purchase through Target.com.

XYZprinting's da Vinci series of 3D printers offers consumers with the opportunity to affordably experience 3D printing in the comfort of their homes. Through XYZprinting's online 3D design community, Artist Collection, users can access thousands of 3D models for downloading, and connect with other members by sharing or uploading their designs.

With XYZprinting's da Vinci series, available for purchase through Target.com's online retail channel, consumers will have the opportunity to make fun crafts for kids, decorate the house with 3D-printed designs, and save money by printing toys or props for costumes.

"We've made a conscious effort this past year to expand accessibility to XYZprinting 3D printing products by working with key online retailers like Target.com," said Simon Shen, CEO of XYZprinting. "XYZprinting is excited to offer Target.com's broad and young consumer audience with the tools to experience the open-ended possibilities of 3D printing." 

Target.com will carry XYZprinting's da Vinci 3D printer line, which includes everything from the cost-effective, easy-to-use $349 da Vinci Junior 1.0 to the all-encompassing da Vinci AiO (all-in-one 3D scanner and printer). XYZprinting's refillable ABS filament cartridges ($27.99) and biodegradable PLA filaments ($24.99) will also be available through Target.com.

Consumers purchasing a XYZprinting 3D printer will also have the benefit and insurance of XYZprinting's one-year free warranty, supported by extensive online customer service and useful tutorials on YouTube. Features of the da Vinci 3D printer line include an auto loading filament system that notifies users when filament is running low. In addition, available only on the da Vinci Junior, the 3D printer requires zero calibration, due to its easy Z-axis offset calibration, and contains a one click, fast-release extruder, making it more convenient for users to change and remove extruders for cleaning or replacement.

The XYZprinting brand focuses on introducing cost-effective and easy-to-use 3D printers for widespread adoption in the marketplace. XYZprinting products require no assembly or equipment adjustments, and provide a straightforward user experience.

For more information, visit: www.target.com/s?searchTerm=xyzprinting

Published in XYZ Printing

Prodways, a subsidiary of Groupe Gorgé, is launching its new range of industrial laser sintering 3d printers. This technology uses a high-power laser to merge successive layers of plastics and metals.

The launch of this completely new range of ProMaker P series laser sintering printers follows the announcement at end-September of the signature of an R&D partnership agreement with Hunan Farsoon Tech Ltd.

The launch of this comprehensive range of “Prodways powered by Farsoon” ProMaker P series printers was achieved through the combined expertise of the R&D teams of Prodways, Norge and Farsoon in the area of selective laser sintering. The “Prodways powered by Farsoon” range stands out from current standards for its high thermal stability offering optimized mechanical properties, combined with a fully digital, ultra-fast and highly accurate laser scanning system. The integration of these recent technological advances enables Prodways to offer a comprehensive range of solutions guaranteeing high productivity combined with the best levels of precision and quality.

Accordingly, the range of “Prodways powered by Farsoon” ProMaker P series printers, whose price will be between 200.000€ and 450.000€, is available in two families:

ProMaker P2000 series

The range of ProMaker P2000 series printers provides top industrial performance in a compact format and offers a high-temperature version enabling printing with high-performance materials at temperatures of up to 220°C, thereby opening up the possibility of new industrial applications.

ProMaker P4000 series


The range of ProMaker P4000 series printers offers exclusive industrial production capacity with wide platforms and high productivity to print high-precision parts. A ProMaker P4000 will be shown on FormNext’s booth.

The market for this technology is comparable in size to that of photosensitive liquid resins, in which Prodways already operates. This new laser sintering range enables Prodways to cover the majority of plastic industrial applications for 3D printing. This coverage will be supplemented by metal machines in 2016.

Concurrent with the launch of this new range of printers, Prodways is launching a first range of PA12 powders for laser sintering, developed in partnership with Hunan Farsoon. These powders offer high-performance mechanical properties for the most demanding applications.

The range comprises four versions:

  • PA12–S 1300 – PA12 type nylon powder ideal for printing complex parts, in particular those used in the aerospace and automotive industries
  • PA12-GF 2500 – PA12 type powder, fiberglass-reinforced for parts requiring more rigidity and better resistance to high temperatures
  • PA12-CF 6500 – PA12 type powder, carbon-reinforced for greater resistance
  • PA12-MF 6150 – PA12 type powder, reinforced with mineral fibers for smooth surfaces and high resistance to heat distortion


In addition, across the entire ProMaker P Series printer range, Prodways offers a platform strategy open to all materials. This strategy aims to facilitate and speed up innovation, and to develop new materials with high-performance mechanical properties. It can provide genuine added value to industrial customers and research institutes.

For more information, visit: www.prodways.com

Published in Prodways

RS Components (RS) has announced the availability of the first 3D printer from CEL. The Robox offers professional-quality specifications and exceptional print speed with future-proofing adaptability. The Robox is suitable for a wide range of users including electronics, mechanical, and product engineers involved in creating designs and needing rapid prototyping capabilities, or those in the education field as well as domestic users.

The key differentiator that makes the Robox exceptional and unique is its proprietary dual-nozzle system, which prints objects faster with high resolution and can improve print speeds by up to 300%. This can be achieved as a single material feed can be directed out of one of two nozzles: either via a 0.3mm-diameter extrusion nozzle or a larger 0.8mm nozzle. This enables the Robox to produce highly detailed visible exterior surfaces and quickly fill the object using the larger nozzle multiple layers at a time without affecting part strength or detail, and enables a very-high-quality exterior finish with a much faster print time. Other high-level 3D print specifications include a build volume of 210 x 150 x 100mm and maximum layer resolution of 20 microns.

Very importantly, the head is also replaceable using the company’s HeadLock System, which allows the head to be removed to change the function of the Robox quickly and easily. The replaceable head therefore transforms the Robox into a future-proof multifunctional micro-manufacturing platform, rather than just a 3D printer. The company has an extensive hardware and software upgrade roadmap that will bring new functions and features to the Robox. For example, two of the heads in development are the soon-to-be-launched dual-material head, and a drag knife or stylus cutter, which will enable the Robox to cut paper, card and vinyl to any shape required. This level of flexibility and adaptability will enable the Robox to become a complete micro-manufacturing and prototyping system.

The Robox 3D printer is compatible with Windows, Apple and Linux operating systems, and is supplied with Robox AutoMaker software, which translates 3D designs into a language suitable for the printer by ‘slicing’ the 3D model into layers and sending the information to the Robox ready for production. The machine is compatible with a wide variety of materials including PLA, ABS, HIPS, Nylon, PETG and PVA, and its automatic bed levelling ensures the print adheres to the plate every time with no user intervention required. In addition, the printer’s Automatic Material Recognition system saves time and effort with material information and print profiles pre-loaded on each reel to help users get started quickly. The printer also comes in an enclosure that blocks draughts and is quick, safe and very easy to use.

The Robox 3D printer augments the growing range of rapid prototyping machines now available from RS, which includes other highly affordable 3D printers from 3D Systems, MakerBot, Ultimaker, BEEVERYCREATIVE and RepRapPro, as well as the RS IdeaWerk and IdeaWerk Pro 3D printers.

The Robox 3D printer is available now from RS Components and the kit includes one reel of filament, built-in 4GB memory, USB stick, USB cable, AC plug, tool set and alcohol wipes. It is also supplied with an instruction manual and has two-year warranty as standard, as well as access to a dedicated customer service team to help resolve any issues.

For more information, visit: uk.rs-online.com/web/p/3d-printers/9031321

Published in RS Components

GF Machining Solutions has introduced the AgieCharmilles AM S 290 Tooling additive manufacturing system. Representing its collaboration with additive manufacturing leader EOS, the AM S 290 Tooling is based on the proven technology of the EOS M 290 metal laser sintering system.

The new AM S 290 Tooling was created to further extend the scope of solutions provided to mold and die manufacturers, and complements GF Machining Solutions existing lines of AgieCharmilles wire and die-sinking EDMs, Mikron milling centers, Laser texturing centers and System 3R automation systems.

With the additive manufacturing provided by the AM S 290 Tooling, moldmakers can move thermal exchange closer to the surface of a mold, improving temperature homogeneity to reduce throughput times and increase part quality. The incorporation of additive manufacturing also lowers energy consumption and opens the door for programmers to improve part designs through conformal cooling and heating channels.

The ongoing collaboration between GF Machining Solutions and EOS revolves around optimal integration of additive manufacturing for mold and die shops. The AM S 290 Tooling features controls and software that allow for easy and quick integration with existing machine tools and measuring devices.

GF Machining Solutions is the world’s leading provider of machines, automation solutions and services to the tool and mold making industry and to manufacturers of precision components. The products range from electric discharge machines, high-speed and high-performance milling machines, including clamping and palletization systems, and 3D laser surface texturing machines, to services, spare parts and expendable parts, consumables and automation solutions. GF Machining Solutions is a globally acting division of the Georg Fischer Group (Switzerland) and maintains a presence on 50 sites worldwide within its own organization. Its 3,008 employees generated sales of CHF 905 million in 2014.

For more information, visit: www.gfms.com/us

Published in GF Machining Solutions

Following the July announcement of its large scale additive manufacturing (LSAM) program, American Kuhne customer Thermwood Corporation, a US-based manufacturer of CNC routers, announced that its development system performed well during initial additive testing through its entire operating range.

Kevin Slusarz, American Kuhne vice president of process technology, assisted in the start-up effort. ‘It is my pleasure to support Thermwood beyond the design phase. This was a good opportunity to combine our polymer processing know-how with Thermwood’s CNC technology expertise to advise optimizations to melt piping & tooling design for this unique application,’ he said.

Thermwood’s development system is supplied by a 1 ¾ inch American Kuhne extruder custom engineered for this application. ‘Although it’s a demanding application, our extruder performed flawlessly during initial testing,’ said Thermwood chairman & CEO Ken Susnjara. ‘We are quite pleased with our selection of American Kuhne as our development partner in this effort, not only for the quality of the equipment, but also for the service & support,’ he added.

Thermwood expects to fit this initial test machine, which can print parts up to ten foot by ten foot by five foot thick, with a five axis ‘subtractive’ gantry trim system in the next few months. This will enable the system to perform both the ‘additive’ and ‘subtractive’ functions on the same machine. Called ‘near net shape’, this approach uses a high volume thermoplastic printer to quickly create a part that is nearly, but not exactly, the final net shape. The ‘subtractive’ function then machines the part to the exact final net shape.

Testing included initial validation of an all new ‘MeltShape Technology’ for enhanced control of layer shape and improved bonding between layers, a new and promising technique in the advancement of LSAM. This new patent-pending approach uses one or more shaping wheels to shape, form and compress the hot plastic melt as it is being extruded, insuring that each new layer is the proper shape and thickness and that it bonds firmly to previously applied material.

Thermwood plans to continue this development effort with the goal of offering these machines in a variety of large sizes for commercial applications, specifically targeting aerospace patterns and molds. Management cannot yet determine when the technology might be sufficiently refined for commercial rather than purely research and development applications. Thermwood plans to work with material vendors, R&D organizations and potential users in the ongoing development effort.

For more information, visit: www.thermwood.com

Published in Thermwood Corporation

Laser manufacturer TRUMPF has established a broad base in the field of additive manufacturing. The company will be presenting new 3D printing machines for metal parts at the Formnext trade fair, to be held in Frankfurt this year from November 17 to 20. Both laser metal fusion (LMF) and laser metal deposition (LMD) machines will be on display. Both of these crucial metalworking technologies are included in the new TRUMPF product range. To achieve this, the company has established a new division at the headquarters site in Ditzingen and has been working even more intensively on new systems for 3D printing. The results and developments derived from the joint venture founded together with Italy's largest laser system maker, the Sisma company, have supported the efforts carried out by TRUMPF in Ditzingen. The technology behind the new 3D printers is also known as additive manufacturing. In this process component parts are generated, layer by layer, from metal powders. The system uses data taken directly from the CAD program.

"The introduction of these new 3D printers is an essential first step, since additive manufacturing will not only supplement production techniques in the future, but will also exert a formative influence on them," explains Dr.-Ing. E.h. Peter Leibinger, Head of TRUMPF Laser- und Systemtechnik GmbH. "We will be offering rugged and highly productive machinery with which small and medium-sized parts incorporating complex structures can be manufactured," Leibinger adds.

Market demand is growing for 3D printers generating metal components suitable for use in the industrial environment. TRUMPF is the world's only manufacturer to have both of the pertinent technologies - LMF and LMD - in its product range. The choice of the process best suited will depend on the details of the specific application. LMF systems generate parts layer by layer in a bed of powder. These printers bring their strengths to bear when making up parts which are geometrically complicated and extremely elaborate. In LMD systems, the laser creates a melted pool on the surface of a part and fuses the powder, added simultaneously in a powder stream, to achieve the desired shape. LMD systems are distinguished by the fact that they can add closely defined structures to existing tools and components, doing so at high processing speed.

"LMF and LMD are the two leading technologies in the additive manufacture of metal parts - and we have them both," states Peter Leibinger. He then adds: "Our customers procure not only the machine and the laser from a single source but - in addition to extensive service support - intensive technology and applications consulting, too. No matter whether you are dealing with injection nozzles, turbine blades, tools or even medical implants - with our broad range of technology we are offering the best solution for virtually every application."

For more information, visit: www.trumpf.com

 

 

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GoPrint3D is delighted to announce that they will be the first UK company to stock the brand new 3DP1000 3d printer, which has the largest capacity of any 3D printer currently available.

The 3DP1000 can print up to 1m x 1m by 0.5m high – 74 times more than desktop 3D Printers.

It can be used with numerous materials such as PLA, ABS, Nylon, HIPS and PVA, or any 3mm diameter filament with a melt point below 295 degrees. The 3DP1000 accurately and consistently produces a high quality Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF) output.

Designed for, and built by engineers, the 3DP1000 is built to last. It boasts industrial strength actuators and mechatronics; all metal extruder heads; easy bed leveling; and multiple positioned sensors to protect against over travel and crashes.

Coupled with open source flexibility, allowing the user to use slicing and software options of their choice, the 3DP1000 from the newly renamed 3DP (formerly 3DP Unlimited) has definitely upped the game of industrial 3D Printers.

As with all the 3D printers they supply, the team at GoPrint3D has been fully trained on the supply, service, maintenance and usage of the 3DP1000, and are on hand to support any purchase/lease throughout the lifetime of the machine.

For more information, visit: www.goprint3d.co.uk

Published in GoPrint3D

Formlabs announced the launch of Form 2, the company’s second generation high-resolution, desktop stereolithography (SLA) 3D printer. The Form 2 brings bigger prints, smarter components, connected capabilities, and an intuitive printing experience to professionals.

“Through building the Form 1 and Form 1+ we’ve learned that professional engineers, designers and creators need access to powerful, easy-to use systems,” said Max Lobovsky, co-founder of Formlabs. “We believe that this is the ‘next wave’ of the 3D printing industry: high resolution output with a simple user experience packaged in a desktop footprint. In many ways, 3D printing technology is following a similar path to the desktop computer. It started with mainframes, was adopted by the hobbyist and then evolved into the powerful desktop machines everyone uses today. The Form 2 represents the next wave of 3D printing technology.”

Form 2 raises the industry standard for reliable prints, delivers sophisticated technology with an intuitive interface and introduces new features aimed at team collaboration, simpler workflows and time savings.

Highlights include:

  • Bigger prints: Over 40% bigger build volume from its predecessor the Form 1+.
  • More powerful laser: 50% more powerful laser yielding better print resolution.
  • New print process: A new sliding peel mechanism, wiper and heated resin tank make it possible to print large, solid parts with intricate details.
  • Automated resin system: New resin cartridges will automatically refill the resin tank during the printing process.
  • One-click print: An update to Formlabs’ PreForm Software, this feature will prepare prints and simplify the printing process.
  • Connected capabilities: The Form 2 offers wireless printing via Wi­Fi, creating custom notifications and mobile alerts. The new dashboard enables print progress to be monitored across multiple printers on desktop, mobile or tablet.
  • Touchscreen display: Full­color touchscreen for managing print queues and viewing print status


Professionals worldwide have been using Formlabs for a host of ambitions – from the digital artist creating a film made entirely of 3D-printed parts, to the engineer designing surgical prototypes to enable cleaner suturing methods, to researchers at Fortune 500 companies, to the small businesses printing customized parts, to the many entrepreneurs 3D printing prototypes.

The company was founded in 2012 by a team of engineers and designers from the MIT Media Lab and Center for Bits and Atoms.

For more information, visit: www.formlabs.com

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The world’s largest delta 3D printer - standing at 12 meters tall - is no longer just a research project but it is now a reality. The team behind this project is WASP, a Ravenna, Italy based enterprise and leader in the world of architectural 3D printing.

The giant 3D printer named BigDelta will be presented during a three day rally event, along with workshops, conferences, concerts and shows that will liven up the final unraveling of this dream.

Building BigDelta is much more than a dream come true if we consider that by 2030, international estimates foresee a rapid growth of adequate housing requirements for over 4 billion people living with yearly income below $3,000. The United Nations calculated that over the next 15 years there will be an average daily requirement of 100.000 new housing units to meet this demand.

Over the past years WASP has made the very idea of auto production and shared knowledge the heart of its project. The company proposes a vision that goes well beyond that of low cost housing. We are talking about the MakerEconomy, a new model where everything can be self manufactured through shared solutions, These leverage on 3D printing and are tied to meeting life’s primary necessities: work, health and housing.

“Reality of dream” is the name of the three day rally that will see philosophical reasoning meet technology and sustainable progress to permeate all activities during the course of the event. There will also be a space for the arts: BigDelta will become the stage for the theatrical Shamballa show, presented at the Rigodon Theatre, written and directed by Alessandro Cavoli.

Three days of innovation and sharing, from September 18th to the 20th. The detailed program of the event is being finalized an will soon be made public.

For more information, visit: www.wasproject.it

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Cincinnati Incorporated (CI) is ready to make noise at Fabtech promoting the company’s latest technologies, including the Big Area Additive Manufacturing (BAAM) machine that had manufacturers buzzing at IMTS last year when it printed a full-size car at the show. The BAAM machine, with a 6 x 12 x 3 ft work envelope, will be on display in booth N-9000 in the Grand Concourse Lobby of the North Hall of Chicago’s McCormick Place.

The large-scale additive machine uses the chassis, drives and control of CI’s laser cutting system as the base, and extrudes hot thermoplastic to build parts, layer-by-layer. The machine, developed as part of a cooperative research and development agreement between CI and Oak Ridge National Laboratories (ORNL), introduces significant new manufacturing capabilities to a wide range of industries including automotive, aerospace, marine, furniture and much more.

CI is a technology leader in manufacturing press brakes, shears and laser cutting systems for metal fabricating, as well as big area additive manufacturing. In addition, CI powdered metal compacting presses are the most advanced additive process used for high volume production metal parts. PM presses cost-effectively make high volume production parts that make cars lighter and more efficient.

“We developed and pioneered the use of high-speed linear-motor axis drives on laser cutting systems and now the same technology is taking us into the next generation of machine tools,” said Carey Chen, President and CEO of CI. “BAAM is driving a spirit of renewal at CI, as there has been a tremendous response to the machine and the impact it has on manufacturing processes. This sense of rejuvenation also led to a new branding initiative and website, so this is having a positive impact on our entire company.”

The proprietary linear motor drives are capable of reaching accelerations in excess of 2.0G and head positioning speeds of up to 12,000 in./min., to deliver positioning accuracy of ±0.001 in. per axis. Chen added, “This machine platform has been field tested and proven to be virtually trouble free, and the linear motor drive allows fast and precise positioning, required for proper 3D printing.”

A larger version BAAM machine, currently at ORNL, has a work envelope of 8 x 20 x 6 ft. and extrusion rate of about 40 lbs/hr, the machine prints polymer components up to 10 times larger than currently producible, at speeds 200 to 500 times faster than existing additive machines. SABIC Innovative Plastics purchased the first BAAM machine and provided the carbon fiber ABS plastic for the IMTS car and will be providing material for BAAM at the Fabtech show.

The BAAM extruder uses a wide variety of thermoplastics and fiber reinforced thermoplastics and the two companies plan to test a number of materials that will meet the needs of a variety of commercial applications. “We’ve already tested ABS, PPS, PEKK and Ultem, and found that carbon fiber and glass fiber reinforcing improve both the strength and thermal stability of the parts,” added Chen.

For more information, visit: www.e-ci.com

Netherlands based Blok Group is investing in two new laser melting systems from Concept Laser. They include an X line 2000R® system, which combines the largest metal 3d printer build envelope currently available with the latest multi-laser technology for reactive materials. A new M2 cusing system also supplements their manufacturing capacity for medium-sized metal parts.

The new X line 2000R® at Blok will be the first system of this scale in the Netherlands. With a build envelope of 800x400x500 mm3, the X line 2000R® currently offers the largest build envelope for laser melting metals. Its heart, the dual laser system in the X line 2000R®, is based on two 1,000 watt lasers. The useful build volume also increased nearly 27% from 126 l to 160 l compared with the X line 1000R. In addition, the X line 2000R® features a new sieving station that uses a quiet vibrating sieve instead of the tumbler sieve. The concept is incredibly compact, as the oversized particle container is now smaller, and has been integrated into the sieving station. The new sieving unit reduces the unit's footprint – and its fully enclosed design keeps the surrounding area clean and tidy. The dose unit has also been redesigned so the dose chamber is filled completely and fully automatically within one cycle.

Erik Blok, CEO of the Blok Group: "Speed and volume are important requirements for high-quality, economical production. The benefits offered by the X line 2000R® can also be seen clearly when compared with competing systems: It offers almost three to four times the build volume. Overall, the 2nd build module gives us high availability, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for additive manufacturing."

A new M2 cusing system by Concept Laser completes the range at Blok Group in the medium-sized machine segment. It has been redesigned compared with the previous model. The laser and the filter are also fully integrated into the system. The surface area of the filter has also been increased fivefold. Moreover the M2 cusing is fitted as standard with a water-submersible filter in order to guarantee safety when changing the filter. This system will be used in future to build medium-sized 3D geometries, positioning Blok as a comprehensive service provider for laser melting metals in the Netherlands.

Installation of the new capacity will start in August 2015 with the M2 cusing, followed by the X line 2000R® in Q1 of 2016.

For more information, visit: www.blokgroup.nl

Published in Concept Laser

Thermwood Corporation, a U.S. based manufacturer of 3 and 5 Axis CNC routers, has announced a program to develop a 3D Additive Manufacturing System, capable of making large carbon graphite reinforced composite thermoplastic components. The systems utilize a “near net shape” approach where a relatively large extruder, mounted to the machine, is used to heat, melt and deposit, or “print”, carbon graphite filled thermoplastic material to quickly create a structure which is almost, but not quite the exact final shape. That structure, when it cools and hardens is then five axis machined to the final net shape.

These new systems will be based on Thermwood’s Model 77, semi-enclosed, high wall gantry machine structures, which are currently offered in sizes up to sixty feet long. For the plastic extruder, Thermwood turned to American Kuhne who developed a custom system, which integrates tightly, both mechanically and electronically, with Thermwood’s CNC machine. This allows not only the machine but also the plastic extruder to be controlled and managed by a central CNC control, insuring smooth integration and increasing both capability and flexibility.

With the addition of a second gantry, both the “Additive” and “Subtractive” processes can be performed on the same machine. The second “Subtractive” gantry will be offered as an option. Companies that already have five axis machining capacity and want to work with Additive Manufacturing may only require “Additive” machine capability as they can use existing equipment for the “Subtractive” part of the process.

The systems will feature full six axis articulated additive deposition head, allowing it to build layered structures on both a horizontal plane as well as planes canted in any direction up to ninety degrees from horizontal. Management believes this capability will be important as technology advances and more complex structures are required.

The initial development machine, which is nearing completion, can make parts up to ten foot by ten foot by five foot high, is equipped with a 20HP, 1 ¾ inch diameter, 24-1 L/D extruder and support equipment capable of processing over 100 pounds of material per hour. Despite the relatively heavy weight of the extrusion system and head, which are both mounted on and move with the machine, the machine generates impressive performance with high acceleration rates and high feed rate capability. This is an ongoing research and development program and it is unknown when commercial systems might be available to the market.

Thermwood is already a major manufacturer of the “Subtractive” machinery part of the equation and this same technology is the basis of the “Additive” equipment. Thermwood also designs, builds and programs its own sophisticated CNC controls which it can tailor to any new requirements and also has experience developing sophisticated design and CAD/CAM software packages which are also an important part of this new technology.

For more information, visit: www.thermwood.com

Published in Thermwood Corporation

Voxel8, creator of the world’s first multi-material 3D electronics printer, announced it has secured a $12 million Series A round of financing. Braemar Energy Ventures and ARCH Venture Partners led the round and were joined by Autodesk through its Spark Investment Fund and In-Q-Tel. Voxel8 will use the capital to expand its world-class team and advance its core technology for the mass customization of electronics and other finished products.

Co-founded by Harvard professor Dr. Jennifer Lewis, Voxel8 leverages more than a decade of patented research on printing functional materials. The company is commercializing a disruptive 3D printing platform capable of printing embedded electronics and other novel devices. As a result, Voxel8 makes it possible to rapidly print functional electronics on a broad scale.

“The Voxel8 3D printing platform is disrupting the traditional design and manufacture of electronic devices,” said Clinton Bybee, co-founder and managing director at ARCH Venture Partners. “Not only does the Voxel8 3D printer enable the design of entirely new devices, it also circumvents the need for traditional tooling, inventory and supply chains.”

Through its collaboration with Autodesk, Voxel8 enables designers and engineers to create freeform, three-dimensional circuits in place of conventional circuit boards to enable entirely new form factors with Project Wire, a Spark powered tool that helps design 3D printable electronic devices.

“We started the Spark Investment Fund to drive overall growth of the 3D printing ecosystem, and multi-material 3D printing is one of the most exciting areas of development for additive manufacturing,” said Samir Hanna, vice president and general manager, Consumer and 3D Printing, Autodesk. “Voxel8’s work in developing the industry’s first multi-material electronics 3D printer marks a key milestone for the industry that we’re more than happy to support.”

Voxel8 successfully launched a pre-order program and developers kit at the Computer Electronics Show (CES) 2015, where the company was highlighted as “one of the 9 best ideas from CES 2015” by Fast Company. Voxel8 was also selected as a Gold Medal winner in the 2015 Edison Awards and was recently featured in MIT Technology Review Magazine’s “50 Smartest Companies of 2015."

Having been an earlier seed investor in Voxel8, Jiong Ma from Braemar Energy Ventures, noted: “Dr. Lewis and her team have made tremendous progress since our earlier investment, and the level of industry recognition that Voxel8 is receiving underscores the enormous potential of this technology. We look forward to working with the team and new investors to realize the full value of the Voxel8 3D printing platform.”

Voxel8 founder and CEO, Dr. Jennifer Lewis, concluded: “It’s very gratifying to see innovations from the lab advancing so quickly, and this new round of funding will help us accelerate the process of bringing this novel technology to market.”

For more information, visit: www.voxel8.co

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ZMorph, the European manufacturer of multifunctional 3D personal fabricators and software, has attracted a financial investor. Warsaw Equity Group will invest USD 1M and acquire minority stake and will support the company in its further expansion. By the end of 2015, ZMorph plans to ramp up production to more than 1000 units p.a. and develop Zmorph 3.0, a new version of its multi-functional and multi-material all-in-one 3D printer.

“We finished negotiating and signed an investment agreement last week. The funds raised will let us significantly step up production capacity, which will translate into faster expansion on international markets,” underlines Piotr Wasowski, co-founder of ZMorph. The agreement is to be performed through a new share issue and convertible note. In exchange for capital contribution and a loan, Warsaw Equity will acquire minority stake in the company.

Back at the end of 2014, ZMorph launched its first showroom in the European capital of 3D printing – Haarlem, Holland – and has had a representative office in California since the beginning of this year. “The cash injection will help us to faster mark our presence in key markets because we will be able to significantly increase the production. At this time, the volume of orders considerably exceeds our production capacity, but we are expecting to produce and sell a total of 1000 ZMorph personal fabricators by the end of 2015,” adds Piotr Wasowski. In the next few weeks, ZMorph printers will also start selling on Amazon. Moreover, six new distributors in the US and in Europe are expected to join the distribution network by the end of June. ZMorph’s European distribution is also slated for a systematic expansion. In the autumn, the company plans to begin expanding on Asian markets, where it has not had a presence so far. In total, the number of ZMorph’s active resellers worldwide has recently increased to 22.

A large part of the funds raised will be used for research and development. “ZMorph is a trendsetter on the 3D printing market, and we want this to continue. We plan to develop a new printer version, Zmorph 3.0, by the end of this year. The new Zmorph will be even more versatile, multi-functional and multi-material. ZMorph remains the only printer that has the capability to change printing toolheads, so a single 3D personal fabricator can do the job of 11 different machines. We also plan to further develop our software – Voxelizer 3D,” adds Piotr Wasowski. Thanks to this feature, users are able to print with several types of plastic filament, chocolate, cake, rubber and nylon, to name but a few. Enhanced with dedicated sets, ZMorph’s Personal Fabricator can also operate as a CNC milling, laser cutting/engraving machine, and as a 3D scanner as well.

ZMorph designs 3D Personal Fabricators – versatile 3D printers with an interchangeable toolhead system. Personal Fabricator ZMorph 2.0 S has the capability to change toolheads, so a single 3D printer can do the job of 11 different machines. Thanks to this feature users are able to print with several types of plastic filament, chocolate, cake, rubber and nylon, to name but a few. Enhanced with dedicated sets, ZMorph’s Personal Fabricator can also operate as a CNC milling, laser cutting/engraving machine, and a 3D scanner.

For more information, visit: www.zmorph3d.com

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Viridis3D, LLC has released an open materials development system called the RAM10™ 3D Printer Materials Development Kit, designed to make R&D fast, cheap, and easy.

The new RAM10™ Materials Development Kit is very simple in construction and has very fast test cycle times with a small build volume and includes: fluids manifold, electronics, and spreader bars. The RAM10™ uses ViriPrint™, which is the same software as the production printers.

According to Viridis3D CTO, Jim Bredt, "Viridis3D has taken a very different tactic from the older large format printer manufacturers. The RAM10™ 3D Printer Development Kit allows users to change powder, binder, firing parameters, tubing, and powder deposition subsystems — enabling distributed development of new materials sets. The similarities allow scale-up to the larger systems to be as seamless as possible."

"We're very eager to see the products that come out of the academic and industrial sectors as they start to use this materials development system," said Will Shambley, President of Viridis3D. We're hoping that by making this easy-to-use development kit, that we will be able to create a thriving development community around the bigger production RAM printers."

The first system was installed recently at Palmer Manufacturing & Supply, Springfield OH. Ken Strausbaugh’s efforts on binder research were quickly rewarded. "It was extremely easy and fast to get the RAM10™ up and running. With a little guidance form Viridis3D, we had a new ink working in just a few days," said Strausbaugh.

For more information, visit: www.viridis3d.com

Published in Viridis3D

EnvisionTEC is proud to announce the new Perfactory® WaxEra™ 3d printer, which can print light curable paste as an alternative to liquid based polymers.

The first material the WaxEra™ will run is E-Wax, a new wax paste with a photosensitive polymer binder designed for jewelry investment casting. The quality and resolution of the parts 3D printed using E-Wax paste rivals those that have been 3D printed using liquid photopolymer materials on the EnvisionTEC Perfactory® equipment.

“We are proud to deliver the very first Digital Light Projection technology based 3D printer that can print with a paste material, opening up the possibility to 3D print using highly filled materials. These new highly filled paste materials will allow EnvisionTEC to penetrate new markets, and deliver 3D printing solutions not previously available in the 3D printing space. Whether you want a highly filled ceramic part for high temperature resistance or a highly filled wax part for direct investment casting, the WaxEra™ brings 3D printing into a new era by delivering innovative 3D printing solutions to an expanding selection of new markets,” said Al Siblani, CEO of EnvisionTEC.

For more information, visit: www.envisiontec.com/3d-printers/desktop-family/perfactory-waxera

Published in EnvisionTEC

MatterFab, a metal 3D printer manufacturing company, announced the completion of its Series A Financing round totaling $5.75 million including investments from GE Ventures and the Innovate Indiana Fund. With the funding, MatterFab will complete the design and development of the company’s first commercial industrial 3D metal printer.

“Our vision is not just to solve today’s biggest challenges with metal 3D printing, but to revolutionize the capabilities of metal printing,” said Matt Burris, CEO at MatterFab. “Achieving that vision begins with developing our new metal 3D printer in partnership with some of the most experienced users of metal additive manufacturing technology.”

As more companies move to create direct production parts via additive manufacturing techniques, the demand for specific requirements is increasing and making commercial industrial 3D printers even more valuable. The investment from GE, a leader in industrial manufacturing, is further validation for MatterFab’s printer, which will be the first affordable, scalable 3D metal printer using next generation laser technology to print solid metal parts.

“GE Ventures is reimagining manufacturing and what is possible on the factory floor, and we see great potential in MatterFab’s offerings and industrial applications,” said Steven Taub, Sr. Director, Investments - Advanced Manufacturing, GE Ventures. “MatterFab’s open platform gives its printing system the flexibility that GE and other industrial leaders need to use additive manufacturing to make a wide variety of functional metal parts for our customers.”

MatterFab looks to address the challenges of today’s additive manufacturing technology by working with partners with significant additive experience and strong awareness of production demands.

“Industries old and new will be impacted by MatterFab’s technology, as markets realize their new potential with additive manufacturing,” said Ken Green, Managing Director of the Innovate Indiana Fund. "We are pleased to work with the MatterFab team as their unique backgrounds in laser technology and CNC protocols make them leaders in the 3D printing field.”

MatterFab has received previous funding from Lemnos Labs.

For more information, visit: www.matterfab.com

Published in MatterFab

German RepRap, a European 3D printer manufacturer, announced the launch of the new X350 3D printer.

A highlight of this device is the integrated web interface that allows the operation via WLAN or LAN through a standard web browser.

The X350 provides excellent 3D printing with the easy to use all-in-one software Simplify3D and pre-defined printing profiles. The 3-point mounted print bed allows a tool-free calibration that reduces the setup time down to a few minutes.

German RepRap managing director Florian Bautz explains the strategy behind the new development: “The X350 closes the gap between the NEO and the X400. It offers the best usage of the print area due to the rectangular print bed.” It also abides by the premise of a high-quality product “Made in Germany”: The X350 is being fully assembled in Germany and based on a robust metal frame to satisfy the requirements of commercial users.

The German RepRap X350 made its debut in public at Rapid 2015, which took place at Long Beach Convention Center this week.

Technical details:

Print volume
350 x 200 x 210 mm / 13,8 x 7,9 x 8,3 inches

Layer thickness

minimum 0.02 mm

Print speed
10 – 150 mm/s

Travel speed
10 – 300 mm/s

Print bed
3 Point, heated

Materials
PLA, ABS, PS, PVA, PP, Laybrick, Laywood, etc.

Outer dimensions / weight
600 x 444 x 517 mm / 23,6 x 17,5 x 20,4 inches/ 28 kg

For more information, visit: www.germanreprap.com/en/produkte/3d-drucker/x350-3d-drucker

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Until now, there has been no universal food printer available in in the worldwide market. With dozens of different food categories (i.e. confectionary, bakery products, dairy products, fruit & vegetable as well as meat or snack products) and hundreds of individual foods, food printing was considered very difficult to implement, and available food printers are mostly limited to a very small range of foods.

Print2Taste, a young German startup company, took a different route. Founded by experienced food researchers, the company first optimized food textures for dozens of food categories in a way that they all become printable by the same, most simple FDM-based printing technology.

This formed the basis for the company’s development of an open source food printing system for gastronomy and end users consisting of cartridges with printable food, a food printer head and an intuitive user interface. Thus, the world’s first universal plug & play food printing system Bocusini was born. Loaded with prefilled food caps (commercially available or individually filled) within seconds, all kinds of 3D objects or artwork can be easily created on a tablet or smartphone and may be instantaneously printed via WIFI interface. With this complete out of the box system, no software installation is needed.

On April 21st, the Bocusini system has been officially presented at the first European 3D Food Printing Conference in Venlo. On May 12th a Kickstarter campaign started with a complete food printing system as well as retrofit kits for different open source printer platforms.

The Plug & Play Printing System comes along with the first 3D food printing online platform. With this platform the food printing community will be provided with nice proposals for printing their own food creations. Users will be taken to “food worlds” – where they will discover plenty of creative ideas how food printing could be applied to different areas of cooking, find delicious recipes including printable food products, 3D print files for download, user instructions and recommendations concerning food printing.

For more information, visit: www.bocusini.com

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Glowforge announced a $9 million Series A funding round to bring their 3D Laser Printer to market this year. The round was led by Foundry Group and True Ventures, with participation from Bre Pettis—cofounder and former CEO of MakerBot—and Jenny Lawton—former CEO of MakerBot.

Glowforge’s 3D laser printer packages the experience and precision of woodworkers, paper crafters, leatherworkers, and multimedia artisans into a single tool. By re-inventing laser cutter/engraver technology with cloud software and smartphone sensors, creators can go directly from design to small-scale production with the push of a button. The funding goes to growing the team as they hire mechanical, electrical and software engineers in their century-old building in south Seattle.

“For years, people have been talking about putting factories in the home. That’s silly. I want a factory in my home like I want a McDonalds in my kitchen. With Glowforge, we’re reinventing what it means to be ‘homemade’: custom, high-quality products produced quickly and inexpensively with your Glowforge,” said Dan Shapiro, CEO and cofounder, Glowforge. “The first time I used a laser it was to prototype Robot Turtles, the best-selling board game in Kickstarter history. The technology was powerful, but atrociously difficult to use. The Glowforge is so simple that my kids dash over to make a toy and are playing with the results minutes later. Yet it’s powerful and precise enough that designers, engineers, and architects can create finished products that are higher-quality than what you’d find in a store.”

Glowforge allows designers to create one-of-a-kind objects, such as custom leather satchels, unique jewelry, distinctive hardwood light fixtures, and decorative smartphone engravings. The Glowforge is compatible with design software like Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, Inkscape, and Autocad. Unlike 3D printers that slowly build up objects out of plastic strands, the Glowforge uses a laser to quickly cut and etch products out of durable and beautiful materials such as wood, leather, foam, paper, and fabric.

“I’ve been investing in hardware companies for twenty years, from Harmonix to Makerbot to Fitbit. Now we’re at a crossroads between the growth of Etsy, the maker movement, and the 3D printing industry. It’s clear the world is ready for a device that can create beautiful, homemade products at the push of a button,” said Brad Feld, Foundry Group. “I’m excited to back a team of executives with a history of founding six companies worth hundreds of millions of dollars across both hardware and software.”

For creative professionals that struggle to meet increased demand for their customized products, Glowforge provides an affordable way to scale their business. For the artist or maker, Glowforge provides a lightning fast, precise, and versatile tool that is easy to use.

Glowforge’s 3D laser printer is expected to be available for purchase in late 2015 for less than $2,500.

For more information, visit: www.glowforge.com

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The ExOne Company (Nasdaq: XONE), a global provider of three-dimensional printing machines and printed products to industrial customers, announced the upcoming availability of its largest 3D printing system, the Exerial™. The Exerial system demonstrates a considerable evolution in ExOne’s machine portfolio as the new printer allows customers to engage with the indirect printing technology for industrial series production, beyond the rapid prototyping and small batch production for which the company’s other systems are currently being used. ExOne will formally debut the Exerial machine at the GIFA International Foundry Trade Fair in Du¨sseldorf, Germany, on June 16-20, 2015.

“ExOne’s industrial customers are pressing for latter stage technology to address their production needs with a 3D printing system that supports higher volumes and automation for the industrial production environment. When the Exerial system rolls out this year, ExOne will have addressed the industrial-level solution, further separating binder-jetting as a more cost effective technology than other 3D printing solutions,” said S. Kent Rockwell, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer for The ExOne Company. “While our machine R&D focus in 2014 concentrated more intently on this type of customer base, ExOne continues to address the growing needs of our rapid prototyping and low volume production customers with further improvements in our existing machine portfolio platforms – the S-Max™, S-Print™ and M-Flex™ – and through the development of additional binder sets and printing materials.”

The Exerial is unique compared to ExOne’s other indirect printing systems in that it contains multiple industrial stations that allow for continuous production and simultaneous processing. The Exerial is distinctly equipped with two job boxes, each 1.5 times larger than the single job box in ExOne’s next largest model, the S-Max. Notably, the Exerial system offers a total build platform of 3,168 liters and is expected to be capable of printing output rates nearly four times faster than the S-Max. The Exerial utilizes a new recoater system, multiple print heads and automation controls. As part of the development of the Exerial, the company has filed five patents related to machine design elements.

“We are investing in the latter stages of our R&D process for the Exerial as we respond to an initial purchase order of four machines,” said Rainer Hoechsmann, Chief Development Officer for The ExOne Company. “We expect to deliver the first beta machine and then the other three machines over the course of the first three quarters of this year, with additional commercial availability likely at the end of 2015 or early 2016.

”Employing ExOne’s binder jetting technology, the Exerial utilizes its multiple print heads to selectively dispense micro-droplets of specially-engineered binder into very thin layers of powdered material inside each of the two job boxes. Within the world of additive manufacturing, ExOne is distinctive in that it offers solutions that are focused on industrial users and applications, and the Exerial is the latest machine to serve that market, going beyond capabilities previously offered.

For more information, visit: www.exone.com

Published in ExOne

The ExOne Company (Nasdaq: XONE), a global provider of three-dimensional printing machines and printed products to industrial customers, announced its latest 3D printing system, Innovent™, designed especially for research and education customers.

Innovent, ExOne’s industrial-grade, laboratory-sized machine, allows for testing material properties, specifically in educational institutions, research laboratories, and research and development (R&D) departments at commercial organizations. Innovent is uniquely designed in that it balances a specific build box for the technical qualification of materials with a smaller overall lab machine platform size, when compared to other industrial-grade 3D printers.

“Innovent expands upon ExOne’s lab machine offerings by allowing customers, whether they are educators or companies, the ability to qualify materials, an option not previously available in these types of 3D printers,” said S. Kent Rockwell, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer for ExOne. “ExOne is improving its laboratory solution to help drive the overall industrial sector towards increased experience with and use of binder jetting 3D printing.”

Compared to the company’s previous lab model, Innovent offers a build volume that is eight times larger – measuring at 65mm x 160mm x 65mm. Similar to the company’s M-Flex™, Innovent’s software and mechanical components incorporate ExOne’s most up-to-date technology.

“Innovent was specifically designed to complement ExOne’s larger machine platforms, so those who are using Innovent for testing purposes can easily migrate to the larger M-Flex and M-Print™ when they are ready for larger scale prototyping or series production,” added Mr. Rockwell.

Innovent employs the ExOne approach to additive manufacturing, utilizing a print head to selectively dispense micro-droplets of specially-engineered binder into very thin layers of powdered metal. Within the world of additive manufacturing, ExOne is distinctive in that it offers solutions that are focused on industrial users and applications, and the Innovent is the latest machine to serve that market.

ExOne is offering Innovent as part of a complete system – also including an oven and furnace – at a competitive price point, opening a host of opportunities for the company as education and research-based customers can now more affordably use binder jetting 3D printing technology.

For more information, visit: www.exone.com

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XYZprinting, a manufacturer of affordable consumer grade 3D printers, announced its da Vinci Junior 3D printer with a price-point of just $349.

XYZprinting's da Vinci Junior is the latest 3D printer in the company's award-winning da Vinci line-up. The compact printer brings 3D printing to a new affordable price-point at just $349, increasing the accessibility of 3D printing to a broader range of consumers, educators and hobbyists.

Features of the da Vinci Junior Include:

  • Plug-and-Play: da Vinci Junior is simple and easy to operate, with no assembly required.
  • Calibration-Free Design: da Vinci Junior requires no leveling - it's a true hassle-free consumer 3D printer.
  • Fast-Release, Replacement-Friendly Extruder: The one click, fast-release extruder makes it convenient for users to swap or change extruders, and easy removal for cleaning or replacement contributes to longer life.
  • Stand-Alone Printing: A built-in SD card slot allows users to print directly from an SD card, with no computer required. This stand-alone feature is ideal for shared 3D printers in schools or offices.
  • Simple Filament Loading/Reloading: da Vinci Junior features safe and easy fused filament fabrication (FFF) cartridges that auto-load, providing an additional level of convenience. NFC technology makes low filament detecting and replacing easy.
  • Safe Printing Area: The device's all-enclosed printing area and non-heated bed provides a safe printing environment.
  • Low Electricity Consumption: da Vinci Junior system consumes only 75 watts of power for printing, making it one of the more eco-friendly 3D printers on the market.
  • Low Noise: da Vinci Junior is designed to provide minimal noise, the lowest of all 3D printers to-date, making it optimal for classroom or office use.
  • Build Size and Dimensions: Da Vinci Junior uses fused filament fabrication (FFF) technology and reaches print dimensions of 5.9" x 5.9"x 5.9" (150 x 150 x 150 mm), with product dimensions of 16.5" x 15" x 16.9" (420 x 380 x 430 mm). The compact and seamless printer weighs only 12kg.
  • Large Design Database: XYZprinting's cloud-based design gallery features thousands of 3D models for downloading, as well as uploading.
  • Warranty: a one-year limited warranty is included at no additional cost.

XYZprinting also announced its Nobel 1.0 3D printer, a highly approachable and value-driven high-resolution SL Laser technology 3D printer. Consistent with XYZprinting's other cost effective 3D printers on the market, the Nobel 1.0 will be available for purchase in Q3 2015 with an MSRP of $1,499.

Stereolithography (SL Laser) technology uses a laser to heat the photosensitive resin, producing higher resolution print objects with more complex geometry. The print resolution reaches an impressive 25 microns, designed to achieve superior print results for users of all levels at an affordable cost.

Additional features of the Nobel 1.0 3D printer include:

  • Plug-and-Play: Nobel 1.0 is simple and easy to operate, with no assembly required. Just input a design, and with the touch of a few buttons, print jobs come out near perfect.
  • Build Size and Dimensions: Printing dimensions with the Nobel 1.0 reach 5'' x 5'' x 7.9'' (128 x 128 x 200 mm), with product dimensions of 11'' x 13'' x 23.8'' (280 x 345 x 594 mm).
  • Resin Auto-Refill:  Nobel 1.0's improved resin-filling system, which checks resin levels automatically, provides a stable printing environment, eliminating the need to add liquid resin constantly throughout the printing process.
  • Accurate, High-Resolution Printing: The printing resolutions of the Nobel 1.0 reach an impressive 0.3mm (300 Microns) on the X/Y axis, and 0.025mm (25 Microns) on the Z axis, allowing users to achieve print results with astounding detail.
  • USB Drive Support: A built-in USB drive slot allows users to print directly from a USB stick, with no computer required.
  • Large Design Database: XYZprinting's cloud-based design gallery features thousands of 3D models for downloading, as well as uploading.|

For more information, visit: www.xyzprinting.com


Published in XYZ Printing

GP3D has announced their first desktop 3D Printer available for production named "Sprout". With an MSRP of $549, Sprout is an affordable, capable, and compact desktop 3D Printer that does not limit the imagination of its users. Come join GP3D as they unveil Sprout at the 2015 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Nevada from January 6 - 9. GP3D is setting a goal to gain traction for Sprout through the Kickstarter crowd funding program. Sprout's production will immediately begin after the funding goal is met.

"Our focus was to make an affordable and high quality 3D printer to the masses" said Joseph Wu, president of Green Project. Sprout has a metal body with dimensions of 11.7" in length, 8.7" in width, and 15.9" in height making it perfect for a compact desktop 3D Printer. Comparable to its competitors, Sprout has a build plate of 5.9" in length, 5.9" in width, and 5.5" in height. Sprout uses PLA plastic filament, a biodegradable thermoplastic from renewable resources.

It can print down to 0.18mm resolution displaying an immense amount of detail for a printer of its size. Anyone can easily set up Sprout and start printing via SD card or Windows operating systems. GP3D is striving to drive 3D printing closer to home. Sprout is not just available to be used by designers and engineers to have cost effective rapid prototyping, this 3D printer is designed in mind to be used by everyone.

Sprout will be available to ship few months and will debut Tuesday, January 6th at the 2015 International Consumer Electronics Show (Booth 35317, Upper South Hall).

Based in Hacienda Heights, California, GP3D is a subsidiary company of Green Project Inc. The company’s vision is to inspire people of all ages to embrace the next generation of printing. GP3D wants to encourage 3D printing with affordable and practical 3D printers. "Grow your imagination" with GP3D, supplier of premium 3D printers, accessories and filaments.

For more information, visit: gp3d.com/printers.html

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3D Systems (NYSE:DDD) announced that it is previewing the CocoJet™, a chocolate 3D printer developed in collaboration with The Hershey Company, at the 2015 International CES, at Sands Expo, booth 72225. Ideal for the baker or chocolatier, the CocoJet prints custom designs in dark, milk or white chocolate.

CocoJet is the latest result of 3DS’ partnership with The Hershey Company. It debuted at the 3D Chocolate Candy printing exhibit at Hershey’s Chocolate World on December 19, 2014, as the most advanced 3D chocolate printer in operation. The collaboration explores ways to incorporate 3D chocolate printing into Hershey’s Chocolate World live experience and provides valuable market research on the consumer applications for chocolate 3D printing. The company intends to share its commercial plans for this class of chocolate 3D printers at a later date.

“Our partnership with Hershey, the largest producer of quality chocolate in North America and a global leader in chocolate and confections, allows us to create unique, exciting and personalized edible experiences,” said Chuck Hull, Chief Technology Officer and Co-Founder, 3DS.  “Our preview of CocoJet at CES showcases the power and possibilities of 3D printing, and extends our experience and innovation in culinary 3D printing.”

“We are now using 3D technology to bring Hershey goodness to consumers in unanticipated and exciting ways,” said Will Papa, Chief Research and Development Officer, The Hershey Company. “3D printing gives consumers nearly endless possibilities for personalizing their chocolate, and we look forward to continued development of this amazing technology.”

3DS is also showcasing its ChefJet series, the first professional-grade food 3D printers, in its CES 2015 booth. The full-color ChefJet Pro will be food certified and produce edible 3D printed candies and decor. Built from 3DS’ ColorJet Printing (CJP) technology, the ChefJet Pro is equipped with intuitive, chef-friendly Digital Cookbook software and creates intricate candies and sweets with a variety of flavor options. The ChefJet Pro is expected to be commercially available in the second half of 2015.

For more information, visit: www.3dsystems.com

Published in 3D Systems

3D Systems (NYSE:DDD) announced that it acquired U.K. based 3D printer maker botObjects and plans to launch the CubePro® C, a new desktop full-color 3D printer powered by botObjects’ technology. The company did not disclose the terms of the transaction, but expects it to be accretive to its 2015 results. The company invites International CES 2015 attendees to experience its revolutionary CubePro C for the first time this week at the 3DS booth, located at the Sands Expo, booth 72225.

botObjects pioneered the first 3D desktop printer using PlasticJet Printing (PJP) that offers true full-color 3D printing, significantly expanding the palette of possibilities for what designers, artists and engineers create, from prototypes to products. botObjects also invented a proprietary 5-color CMYKW cartridge system, capable of mixing primary printing colors on the fly to generate vibrant color combinations and gradient transitions.

The botObjects ProDesk3D will immediately be folded into 3DS’s new CubePro C printer family and deliver a true full-color experience at the affordable price of $4,990, with greater accuracy and speed than any comparable desktop 3D printer on the market today. The new CubePro C is capable of printing down to 25-microns layers at deposition speeds of up to 175 millimeters per second using durable PLA and ABS print materials with PVA support material.

“Joining the winning team at 3DS couldn’t have come at a better time as orders for our revolutionary full-color desktop printer continue to outstrip our resources,” said Martin Warner, co-founder and CEO, botObjects. “Together we can bring this powerful technology to more users faster.”

“We are thrilled to add groundbreaking full-color with ultra thin-layer and high-speed technology from botObjects to our expanding consumer and prosumer 3D printing portfolio,” said Avi Reichental, President and CEO, 3DS. “We are even more excited to team up with botObjects founders, Martin Warner and Mike Duma, and together democratize the availability of this powerful 3D printer and accelerate its adoption globally.”

Under the capable and experienced leadership of Martin Warner, who was named Vice President, General Manager botObjects for 3DS, the company plans to fulfill all of its current backorders for the recently introduced ProDesk3D as it concurrently transitions to the new CubePro C line and substantially expands its desktop reach globally. Until the company expands its manufacturing capacity, the CubePro C will be available in a limited release, with plans to expand distribution later in 2015.  The CubePro C line joins 3DS’ desktop portfolio that includes the CubePro and Cube line of 3D printers and Sense 3D scanning products, which are ideal for a variety of professional desktops from engineers to designers and architects, as well as users at home and students at school.

For more information, visit: www.cubify.com

Published in 3D Systems

Renishaw is pleased to unveil the machine that it is developing specifically for production manufacturing. Provisionally named EVO Project, it is the first additive manufacturing system designed and engineered in-house at Renishaw and reflects the company's 40 years of experience in supplying high quality equipment to demanding global manufacturing businesses.

The new machine, which has a strong emphasis on automation, monitoring technologies and reduced operator interaction, is designed for single material industrial production. Powder handling is almost entirely hands off, whilst powder recirculation, recycling and recovery are all carried out within the inert atmosphere of the system, protecting both the user and the integrity of the material.

The EVO Project machine incorporates a high power 500 W laser which will aid productivity whilst still maintaining precision and surface finish. It also boasts a class leading high capacity filtration system, a large 19” HMI user interface and intelligent workflow to further reduce the need for operator interaction.

The new machine, which is planned to be available in the second-half of 2015, is designed to complement and not replace the current Renishaw AM250 system which is better suited for flexible manufacturing and research applications where changes between materials are a requirement. The AM250 has an interchangeable hopper system which allows various materials to be used on the same machine.

Renishaw continues to develop the AM250 system which is also benefitting from some of the developments made for the EVO Project machine. This has led to the recent introduction of the PlusPac™ upgrade pack which offers improvements to Z-axis seals and chamber lighting, plus substantially improved gas recirculation and filtration.

At Euromold 2014, taking place between 25th and 28th November in Frankfurt, the Renishaw stand will feature an EVO Project machine, AM250 system and an AM250 fitted with the PlusPac upgrade.

For more information, visit: www.renishaw.com/evoproject

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MakerBot is pleased to announce it is expanding its retail pilot program with its in-store MakerBot Experience with The Home Depot. Visitors in 39 select stores throughout the U.S. will now be able to see and purchase MakerBot® Replicator® 3D Printers and MakerBot PLA Filaments. This expansion extends the availability of MakerBot 3D printing products from the initial pilot program in 12 stores, where the program was launched earlier this summer.

The Home Depot stores that will feature the in-store MakerBot 3D Printing Experience include:

  • 1781 E. Bayshore Road, East Palo Alto, CA
  • 3838 Hollis Avenue, Emeryville, CA
  • 7100 Warner Avenue, Huntington Beach, CA
  • 1675 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angels, CA
  • 1125 Old County Road, San Carlos, CA
  • 22855 Victory Blvd., West Hills, CA
  • 5215 Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada, CO
  • 500 S. Santa Fe Dr., Denver, CO
  • 10003 Grant Street, Denver, CO
  • 3401 Oakwood Blvd., Hollywood, FL
  • 11305 SW 40TH Street, Miami, FL
  • 650 Ponde de Leon, Atlanta, GA
  • 2525 Piedmont Road NE, Atlanta, GA
  • 2450 Cumberland Pkwy., Atlanta, GA
  • 1232 W. North Avenue, Chicago
  • 2665 N. Halsted Street, Chicago
  • 1300 S. Clinton Street, Chicago
  • 2920 Audrey Avenue, Naperville
  • 4700 Cherry Hill Rd., College Park, MD
  • 13100 Valley View Rd., Eden Prairie, MN
  • 1705 Annapolis Lane, Plymouth, MN
  • 980 3rd Ave, New York, NY
  • 40 West 23rd Street, New York, NY
  • 11633 NE Glen Widing Dr., Portland, OR
  • 14800 SW Sequoia Parkway, Tigard, OR
  • 181 S Gulph Road, King of Prussia, PA
  • 1651 S Columbus Blvd., Philadelphia, PA
  • 10515 N Mo Pac Expy., Austin, TX
  • 3600 Interstate Hwy 35 S, Austin, TX
  • 6110 Lemmon Avenue, Dallas, TX
  • 11682 Forest Central Dr., Dallas, TX
  • 1100 Lumpkin Rd., Houston, TX
  • 8400 Katy Freeway, Houston, TX
  • 5445 West Loop, Houston, TX
  • 400 S Pickett St., Alexandria, VA
  • 2815 Merrilee Drive, Fairfax, VA
  • 6200 E Lke Samammish Pky., Issaquah, WA
  • 2701 Utah Ave South, Seattle, WA
  • 11616 Aurora Ave N., Seattle, WA

“We are really excited to expand MakerBot’s presence in physical stores,” noted Jenny Lawton, acting CEO of MakerBot. “The addition of these new locations will bring the magic of 3D printing with a MakerBot Replicator directly to customers. It’s a very cool thing to be able to walk into a store, see and experience a MakerBot Replicator 3D Printer, then be able to purchase and take a MakerBot Replicator 3D Printer home with you.”

MakerBot 3D printing products are showcased inside stores in specially designed kiosks that encourage visitors to experience MakerBot 3D printing firsthand. Trained MakerBot retail associates staff the MakerBot kiosks to help with purchase decisions and also provide in-store 3D printing demonstrations, often offering 3D printed keepsakes for interested customers to take home.

MakerBot 3D printing is used for Real-Time Prototyping™ and for the 3D printing of customized and inexpensive replacement parts, architectural designs, art projects, collectibles and many other items.

For more information, visit: www.makerbot.com/locator

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BigRep is bringing big ideas to life. At EuroMold 2014 in Frankfurt the Berlin based company is showing for the first time its new model, the BigRep ONE.2. With a working volume of 1100 x 1067 x 1097 mm (1.3 m³) it is one of the biggest 3D printers available. The prototype BigRep ONE was introduced in February 2014 and caused a sensation all over the global 3D-printing community. Whereas conventional 3D-printers mostly produce hand-sized models, the BigRep ONE.2 is enabling its users to realize objects and molds in full scale.

With a printing volume of nearly 1.5 m³ prototypes, models or molds can be printed out directly, and products for end users like designer furniture are also easily to realize. At EuroMold 2014, BigRep will demonstrate that the BigRep ONE.2 is perfectly apt to produce molds as well. BigRep ONE.2 printed full-scale molds for glass vases. With these molds, a glassmaking factory realized vases at a size of 40 x 60 cm.  Vases, molds and of course the BigRep ONE.2 are exhibited at EuroMold 2014, hall 11.0 / booth F86.

BigRep ONE.2 uses Fused Deposition Modeling/ Fused Filament Modeling (FDM/FFM). This is by far the most cost-effective method on the market and allows at the same time the use of a vast range of colors and materials. Production and global sales of BigRep ONE.2 have started. The printers are being shipped to Europe, Asia and the USA.

Lukas Oehmigen, CTO and founder of BigRep comments: “With our lates project we are demonstrating, how 3D-printing can be used in manufacturing. Our objective is to make full-size 3D-printing affordable for everyone – in design, prototyping and manufacturing. In this class, we are setting the standards. Costs for printer and filament are far below those of our competitors. Thus, we will revolutionize manufacturing and make it more flexible.”

For more information, visit: www.bigrep.com

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3D Systems (NYSE:DDD) announced it will offer a preview of its latest industrial Direct Metal Printing (DMP) system, the ProX™ 400, at EuroMold 2014 in Frankfurt, Germany. The ProX 400 gives aerospace and automotive companies, medical implant makers, tool & die makers and service bureaus the power to print high-quality, end-use metal parts faster and more economically than traditional processes allow. For parts up to 500 X 500 X 500 mm3, the ProX 400 produces strong, fully dense metals and exceptional surface finish, and it does so without the complexity of multi-step machining or the time and expense of tooling. The ProX 400 sets the standard for high-capacity metal 3D printing, producing precise parts in a multitude of alloys.

“Our direct metal 3D printers are known throughout the industry for precision and mechanical properties that rival precision machined parts from billet,” said Avi Reichental, President and CEO, 3DS. “With the ProX 400 we’ve added best-in-class productivity to go along with the accuracy, surface finish and metal quality of our other direct metal printers. That’s a winning combination for everyone from engine builders to aircraft manufacturers, as well as service bureaus doing one-off specialty metal components.”

A breakthrough tool for a multitude of metals applications and project requirements, the ProX 400 is capable of printing in more than a dozen alloys, including stainless steel, aluminum, cobalt chrome, titanium and maraging steel. This material selection, along with the enlarged, 500 X 500 X 500 mm3 print volume, means the ProX 400 is ready for whatever you can throw at it. The ProX 400 also ramps up the speed of industrial-grade metal 3D printing with a two-laser system that increases throughput and a modular design that makes it easy to turnaround print jobs in a little as 15 minutes. This fast, high-volume metals manufacturing printer offers simple, automated post-processing and material recycling features for advanced productivity.

“Our Direct Metal Printers and the ProX 400 are redefining metal manufacturing and the products they go into,” said Reichental. “Aerospace companies can make lighter weight parts that are simpler, require fewer assembly steps and offer better reliability. Manufacturers can create geometrically complex parts that could never be cast or machined. Medical device makers can print bio-compatible, patient-specific surgical implants in a manner that is scalable and cost efficient. The ProX 400 is changing the metal manufacturing paradigm from A to Z.”

The ProX 400 will be previewed at EuroMold 2014 in Frankfurt, Germany from November 25-28, 2014, at the Messe Frankfurt in booths D69 and F90 in hall 11. Commercial availability of the ProX 400 will be announced at a future date.

For more information, visit: www.3dsystems.com/3d-printers/production/proxtm-400

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XYZprinting announced that its da Vinci 1.0 AiO (all–in-one) 3D printer plus scanner is now shipping in the U.S. market. Priced at just $799, XYZprinting has drastically reduced the barrier to entry to 3D printing through simplifying the printing process and offering this combo unit at a consumer and SMB-friendly price-point.

“With 3D printing continuing to gain traction across a variety of markets, including education, design, fashion, medical and automotive, the possibilities are just beginning to be realized,” said Simon Shen, CEO of XYZprinting. “The Da Vinci 1.0 AiO was designed with quality and affordability in mind, to enable the continued discovery of applications and usages for 3D printing.”

Da Vinci 1.0 AiO 3D printer features Include:

  • Built-In Hi-Res Scanning: Objects are scanned with an industrial grade 0.5mm resolution in just 5 minutes, and saved in .stl format
  • Effective Design: Diagonally placed laser sensors combined with a turntable work together to ensure a comprehensive scan, even from the most difficult angles
  • Patent-Pending Algorithm: XYZprinting’s proprietary scanning algorithm automatically fills in voids with appropriate texture and curves to provide a seamless printing experience
  • Large Build Size: Da Vinci uses fused filament fabrication (FFF) technology and prints items at 7.8’’x7.8’’x7.8’’
  • Easy Scanning with XYZScan: Just set the scan, click once to preview and edit as necessary, and send for printing
  • Scan-to-Design Function: Any scanned item can instantly be saved as a design so you can replicate this print in the future, and share with others
  • Cloud Database: XYZprinting’s design gallery is an open-sourced cloud database with thousands of 3D models for consumers to choose from and upload to

It also shares the same innovative and user-friendly features of XYZprinting’s current award-winning and top-selling printers, such as smart filament cartridge system, nozzle cleaning, and one-year limited warranty at no cost.

Da Vinci 1.0 AiO can be purchased through Amazon, Micro Center, NewEgg and Studica for $799.

For more information, visit: www.xyzprinting.com

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Stratasys Ltd. (Nasdaq:SSYS) introduced the Fortus 450mc and Fortus 380mc 3D production systems, which provide improved reliability, speed and accessibility.

Using FDM Technology, both 3D production systems are designed to provide high-quality engineering grade parts that can be used to reduce the time to bring a product to market, create jigs and fixtures for manufacturing, as well as produce low volume end-use parts. “This new generation of 3D printers is aimed to improve the customers’ overall experience,” said Bill Schultz, senior director of FDM products for Stratasys. “Improved system navigation, system maintenance, and system performance builds upon the proven history of the Fortus family of products. Complex geometries now take less time to print with our new systems.”

Fortus 380mc

The Fortus 380mc has the same advanced features as the Fortus 450mc including even temperature distribution in the build chamber and a digital touch screen. On average, the 3D printer can build parts up to 20 percent faster with a build envelope of 14 in. x 12 in. x 12 in. (355mm x 305mm x 305mm) with the same layer resolutions as the Fortus 450mc.

Material capacity for the Fortus 380mc includes two canisters, one for model and one for support material. The Fortus 380mc is ideal for large and midsize manufacturers producing complex, smaller parts such as fixtures and tools.

“We are simplifying the FDM portfolio and updating a strong product line by adding the Fortus 450mc and 380mc, giving the user a better experience,” says Schultz.

Stratasys offers customers three material bundles for the new Fortus Production 3D Printers. The bundles available are Standard (ABS and ASA), Engineering (PC and Nylon) and High Performance (ULTEM® 9085). The Standard and Engineering material bundle is available for both the Fortus 450mc and Fortus 380mc, and the High Performance material bundle is available for the Fortus 450mc. Users can select from one, two or all three of the material bundles to enable their system to run a range of FDM materials.

Fortus 450mc

The Fortus 450mc can manufacture parts up to 15 percent faster than its predecessor. It has a build envelope of 16 in. x 14 in. x 16 in. (406mm x 355mm x 406mm), and it can produce layer resolutions ranging from 0.005 in. to 0.013 in. (0.127mm to 0.330mm).

A digital touch screen allows users to make adjustments to their print job without disrupting the 3D printer. The full-color display provides model and support head temperatures, calibration settings and lists print jobs in the queue.

The Fortus 450mc has capacity for two model material and two support material canisters, and the usage level can be monitored using the touch screen. Industries including aerospace, government, military and medical, requiring complex functional prototypes, production aides and end-use parts in specialized materials may benefit by using the Fortus 450mc.

For more information, visit: www.stratasys.com/3d-printers/production-series/fortus-380-450mc

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HP (NYSE: HPQ) introduced its vision for the future of 3D printing by unveiling its new HP Multi Jet Fusion 3d printer, a revolutionary technology engineered to resolve critical gaps in the combination of speed, quality and cost, and deliver on the potential of 3D printing.

Leveraging the company's decades of leadership in the print market and advanced materials science, HP Multi Jet Fusion is designed to resolve fundamental limitations in today's 3D print systems while delivering higher productivity and quality at a lower cost.

"As we examined the existing 3D print market, we saw a great deal of potential but also saw major gaps in the combination of speed, quality and cost," said Stephen Nigro, senior vice president, Inkjet and Graphic Solutions, HP. "HP Multi Jet Fusion is designed to transform manufacturing across industries by delivering on the full potential of 3D printing with better quality, increased productivity, and break-through economics."

Multi Jet Fusion is built on HP Thermal Inkjet technology and features a unique synchronous architecture that significantly improves the commercial viability of 3D printing and has the potential to change the way we think about manufacturing.

  • 10-Times Faster: Images entire surface areas versus one point at a time to achieve break-through functional build speeds that are at least 10 times faster than the fastest technology in market today.

  • New Levels of Quality, Strength and Durability: Proprietary multi-agent printing process utilizing HP Thermal Inkjet arrays that simultaneously apply multiple liquid agents to produce best-in-class quality that combines greater accuracy, resiliency and uniform part strength in all three axis directions.

  • Accuracy and Detail: Capable of delivering fully functional parts with more accuracy, finer details, smoother surfaces, and able to manipulate part and material properties, including form, texture, friction, strength, elasticity, electrical, thermal properties and more.

  • Achieves Break-through Economics: Unifies and integrates various steps of the 3D print process to reduce running time, cost, energy consumption and waste to significantly improve 3D printing economics.

HP is committed to developing a platform that will become an industry standard and remains focused on growing the highest potential commercial markets. While the HP 3D Print technology is available today, HP is working directly with customers under the HP Open Customer Engagement Program. Through this program, HP will continue to extend the capabilities of the HP 3D Print platform throughout development and will provide a certification process for partners to drive materials innovation. Wider distribution of the HP 3D Print system will begin in 2016.

By inviting open collaboration, HP and contributors will be able to achieve greater flexibility and versatility in 3D Print materials beyond the current use of thermoplastics, which will enable new solutions in segments such as additive manufacturing and will expand applications for engineering, architecture and consumer goods. HP will also bring its color science expertise and the full-color capabilities of traditional HP printing to 3D world in future-generation 3D Print systems.

For additional information, visit: www8.hp.com/us/en/commercial-printers/floater/3Dprinting.html

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Mcor Technologies extended the possibilities of color 3D printing with enhancements to their Mcor IRIS 3D printer. The Mcor IRIS now offers increased color edge definition or sharpness, improved color quality on thin-walled models and a 10 percent reduction in ink usage, further reducing the industry's lowest operating costs.

The enhancements build on the superior True Colour capabilities of Mcor 3D printers and are part of Mcor's aggressive colour strategy. Earlier this year, the company made the Mcor IRIS the first 3D printer to include an International Color Consortium (ICC) profile. The profile ensures that the 3D printer will precisely produce industry-standard colours as presented in a photographer's, engineer's or designer's photograph, CAD model, scan or illustration. Without the ICC profile, 3D printers translate incoming colours to machine-specific ones, introducing unintended changes in the 3D printed colour along the way. Mcor 3D printers are the only ones to use ordinary A4 and letter paper, an ideal medium for colour, as the build material.

The Mcor IRIS prints in more than one million colours simultaneously, rendering colour as rich, vibrant and complex as it appears on a computer screen. Mcor's patented ink is specially formulated to penetrate paper, resulting in rich, consistent colour fidelity. When sheets of paper are bound together in the 3D printing process, the resulting model feels like wood because it essentially is wood.

"Our commitment is to exceed the expectations of people who experience our colour models and to make them see the real value in adding colour," said Dr. Conor MacCormack, co-founder and CEO of Mcor Technologies Ltd. "We'll continue to lead the industry, innovating and creating new possibilities for 3D printing in colour, which is a powerful and informative way to present 3D printed models to the world."

Mcor Technologies Ltd is an innovative manufacturer of the world's most affordable, full-colour and eco-friendly 3D printers. They are the only 3D printers to use ordinary business A4 and letter paper as the build material, a choice that renders durable, stable and tactile models. Established in 2004 with a talented team of specialists in the area of 3D printing, software and CAD/CAM, Mcor's vision is to make 3D printing more accessible to everyone. The company operates internationally from offices in Ireland, the UK and America.

For more information, visit: www.mcortechnologies.com/3d-printers/iris

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Roland DGA Corporation, a leading manufacturer of wide-format inkjet printers and 3D devices, announced the release of the monoFab™ series, including the company’s first additive 3D printer, the ARM-10, and a new compact 3D subtractive milling machine, the SRM-20.

“The monoFab series desktop fabrication tools are the culmination of over 25 years of experience in 3D milling,” said Rachel Hammer, 3D product manager for Roland DGA. “By combining the capabilities of these advanced rapid prototyping machines, users can select the best method for their workflow, from concept to production. Now, designers have greater opportunities to turn their ideas into reality.”

The ARM-10 3D printer is ideal for validating a design in the initial stages of prototyping or modeling a complex shape. Incorporating a Digital Light Processing (DLP) layered projection system, this rapid prototyping 3D printer builds models by sequentially curing layers of resin from a resin tray. Simultaneous production of multiple objects can be accomplished within the same work area to reduce modeling time. The suspended build system also minimizes resin usage. Roland’s imageCure™ resin becomes semi-transparent when cured, and post-processing procedures like support removal and polishing are simple to do. The included monoFab Player AM software supports 3D printing from STL files and features automatic functions such as healing that fills in any gaps in 3D data, simplifies meshes and generates supports.

Based on more than 25 years of Roland innovations in manufacturing CNC machines, the SRM-20 desktop mill incorporates the latest subtractive rapid prototyping technologies. With its new milling spindle, independent collet, circuit board and firmware, the SRM-20 delivers speed, precision and ease of use in a compact desktop size. The SRM-20 can mill a variety of non-proprietary materials typically used for prototyping, including acrylic, ABS, wood and modeling wax, making it possible to check the feel and weight of materials that are similar or the same as final deliverables. An interlocked cover prevents dust from escaping during milling for a safe, clean and quiet environment. A full suite of software is included for out-of-the-box productivity.

For more information, visit: www.rolanddga.com/monofab

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Stratasys Ltd. (Nasdaq:SSYS), a leading global provider of 3D printing and additive manufacturing solutions, today introduced the Objet500 Connex1 and Objet500 Connex2 Multi-material 3D Printers featuring the company's unique triple-jetting technology.

Stratasys triple-jetting technology is designed to allow the user to build products with up to three different materials in a single run, or even mix multiple material droplets to form new digital materials such as tough Digital ABS.

Joining the Objet500 Connex3 Color Multi-material 3D Printer announced in January, the Objet500 Connex1 and Objet500 Connex2 offer designers and manufacturers superior versatility for materials, functionality and product realism capabilities.

Objet500 Connex1

Equipped with a large build envelope, the Objet500 Connex1 Multi-material 3D Printer can produce parts from three diverse materials in a single production run. This allows users to create assemblies with components formed from three different materials, or it can produce components that contain both rigid and flexible materials, such as rubber-like Tango and rigid Vero material. The 3D printer can build a part up to 19.3 in. x 15.4 in. x 7.9 in. (490mm x 390mm x 200mm) or a mixed tray of small parts. A larger material cabinet contains eight cartridges, resulting in more unattended run time and fewer material changeovers than previous models. Hot swapping - or reloading material and support cartridges while the 3D printer is operating - allows for continuous part production. Multi-material 3D printing achieves in a single, automated build what would be either impossible to achieve with conventional single-material 3D printers or would require hand assembly from multiple print jobs.

Objet500 Connex2

The Objet500 Connex2 Multi-material 3D Printer enables users to combine transparency, durability and flexibility in one part. It has all the capabilities of the Objet500 Connex1 plus the ability to combine droplets from two base materials to produce new materials or "Digital Materials." Digital ABS, for example, is the most durable material available for the Stratasys PolyJet process and is often used to produce mold cores and cavities for short-run injection molding. With more than 100 material options, Connex2 users can produce a variety of Shore A values in the same part with rigid or clear components, or can combine Digital ABS with pure Tango for strong over-molded handles and grips. The versatility of the Objet500 Connex2 also makes it ideal for creating custom manufacturing tools such as jigs and fixtures.

"Following the launch of the Objet500 Connex3 earlier this year, we saw the demand for additional multi-material 3D printers that can address a variety of applications in prototyping and manufacturing, such as tooling and molding," explains Stratasys' Senior Product Marketing Manager Ron Ellenbogen. "We were able to build on the success of our triple-jetting technology and expand the Objet500 Connex family with two 3D production systems that we believe set new standards for 3D printing price performance."

For more information, visit: www.stratasys.com/3d-printers/production-series

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Airwolf 3D announced it has added an entry-level 3D printer the AW3D HDL to its rapidly expanding line of high performance 3D desktop printers for the professional market. The HDL delivers the same award-winning quality and technical support as the company’s high-end 3D units with the scalability to add more technically advanced features later.

The HDL is ideal for educators, professionals and resellers desiring a 3D printer that meets their needs without breaking their budgets. As their requirements grow, however, the HDL’s modular design keeps pace, allowing users to gradually add capabilities such as the jam-resistant JRx hot end or dual hot-end that print engineering-grade filaments like polycarbonate and Bridge nylon.

The HDL features a class-leading build envelope of 1,100 cubic inches (12" x 8" x 11"), which is three to four times larger than competitors at a similar price. The printer offers layer-to-layer resolution as fine as 0.08 mm and a maximum speed of 150 mm/s. It comes fully assembled and calibrated. Print media include biodegradable PLA, and PLA variants such as Soft PLA, LayBrick, LayWood, and BronzeFill as well as TPE and TPU filaments.

“The AW3D HDL is not a toy for hobbyists,” stated Erick Wolf, Airwolf 3D founder and chairman. “It’s a serious professional 3D printer built in response to customers asking for a high-quality unit at an aggressive price point. The only difference between it and our most advanced 3D printer is the absence of technically advanced features, which can easily be added as needs and budgets dictate.”

For software support, Airwolf 3D offers complimentary MatterControl PRO for organizing and managing all 3D prints. To help educators introduce students to 3D printing, Airwolf 3D also offers lesson plans on its website.

The HDL is in stock and available for immediate purchase. The first public demonstration is scheduled for 3D Printer World Expo in Seattle, August 22-23, 2014.

Airwolf 3D is committed to manufacturing high-performance 3D printers that are fast, affordable, durable and easy to use. All 3D printers are made in America, manufactured in the company’s 12,000 sq. ft. facility in Costa Mesa, California. Currently, Airwolf 3D printers can be found in engineering firms, Fortune 500 corporations, government agencies and schools worldwide.

For more information, visit: www.airwolf3d.com

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3D Printer World Expo and Made In Space are pleased to announce that the first manufacturing device ever used off-planet will be on display at 3D Printer World Expo in Seattle before it’s put to work aboard the International Space Station. To celebrate this technological milestone and to demonstrate the incredible potential for off-world manufacturing, Made In Space also has teamed with 3D Printer World Expo to provide Expo participants with a chance to have their own idea printed in space.

“Made In Space has developed the first micro-gravity tested 3D printer and, when this printer goes to work aboard the International Space Station this fall, it will usher in a new era of possibilities for off-world manufacturing and repair, not to mention provide a practical foundation for the development of the space economy,” says Bob C. Titsch, show director for 3D Printer World events. “In honor of this achievement, Made In Space has graciously offered to give one lucky Expo attendee an opportunity to have something printed in space. Whatever it is, it will be an incredible collector’s item. We can’t thank everyone at Made In Space enough for providing our attendees with such a unique chance at history.”

“In 2010, we identified that 3D printing was the key to enabling space colonization in our lifetimes,” said Mike Chen, co-founder and chief strategy officer for Made In Space. “It’s a paradigm shift and a democratizing technology. As soon as our first 3D printer is on the International Space Station later this year, there will be a new way of getting hardware to the space station that is faster and cheaper. For the first time, space will be open to anyone who knows how to use a 3D printer."

‘Out of this World’ Contest Details

All an attendee has to do is fill out a 'Space Ticket' with his or her idea of what they would want to 3D print in space, along with contact information, and drop it off at the Made In Space booth. Attendees don’t have to worry about the technical details – Made In Space can, and may need to, modify the idea or design later. Space Tickets can be found in registration packets or can be picked up at the Made In Space booth #55 on the Expo Floor.

Founded in 2010 with the goal of enabling in-space manufacturing, Made In Space is radically impacting how we will perform space missions in the future. Made In Space’s team members and advisors include successful entrepreneurs (Aaron Kemmer, Jason Dunn, Mike Chen, Jason Lam, Alison Lewis), experienced space experts (three-time astronaut Dan Barry and Mission Lead Mike Snyder) and key 3D printing experts (Scott Summit, Gonzalo Martinez). Made In Space has partnered with top 3D printing companies to leverage this technology for use in space. The company’s Unique Innovation Lab has done over 20,000+ hours of testing of various 3D printing technologies, off-the-shelf and custom-built printers, and dozens of printer components.

3D Printer World Expo Seattle, hosted by 3dprinterworld.com, brings together the largest range of 3D printers, technology and professionals ever assembled under one roof. The two-day 3D printing event, which includes exhibits, demonstrations, education tracks, contests and networking opportunities, takes place Aug. 22 and 23 at the Hyatt Regency Bellevue.

For more information or to register, visit: www.3dprinterworldexpo.com

Published in 3D Printer World

MakerBot and The Home Depot® announce a collaboration to bring MakerBot® Replicator® Desktop 3D Printers to 12 Home Depot stores in California, Illinois and New York beginning July 14, 2014. This is the first time The Home Depot has offered 3D printers for sale in its stores and will be a pilot program for MakerBot and The Home Depot.

MakerBot 3D Printing and Scanning products will be showcased inside The Home Depot stores in specially designed kiosks that will encourage visitors to experience the wonder of 3D printing firsthand. Trained MakerBot retail staff will provide continual 3D printing demonstrations and offer 3D printed keepsakes for interested customers to take home with them, as well as help with purchase decisions.

The Home Depot stores (12) to offer the MakerBot Replicator 3D printing products and hands on demonstrations will be:

California
3838 Hollis Avenue, Emeryville
1781 E. Bayshore Rd., East Palo Alto
1125 Old County Rd., San Carlos
1675 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles
22855 Victory Blvd., West Hills
7100 Warner Ave., Huntington Beach

Illinois
1232 W. North Ave., Chicago
2920 Audrey Avenue, Naperville
1300 S. Clinton Street, Chicago
2665 N. Halsted Street, Chicago

New York
40 West 23rd Street, New York
980 3rd Avenue, New York

By joining forces to showcase the power and versatility of 3D printing in a DIY retail environment, the companies hope to educate customers, who range from builders, architects and contractors to designers, landscapers and general consumers, on the benefits of 3D printing technology. MakerBot 3D printing is used for fast, inexpensive production of replacement parts, product prototypes, architectural designs, art projects, collectibles and many other items.

"We are thrilled to partner with The Home Depot to help bring MakerBot 3D printing technology to The Home Depot customers," noted Bre Pettis, CEO of MakerBot. "Imagine a world where you can 3D print replacement parts and use 3D printing as an integral part of design and building work. Every day we see the magic of 3D printing becoming a reality with our customers; now The Home Depot can also see that magic. We can't wait to see what The Home Depot customers make with our products."

For more information, visit: www.homedepot.com/makerbot

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Airwolf 3D, a privately-held designer, manufacturer and distributor of high-performance 3D printers, has once again delivered on its strategic vision for the 3D printing industry by unveiling the AW3D HD2x dual hot end 3D printer, streamlining dual head printing.

Previously, desktop dual-head 3D printer manufacturers faced the nearly impossible challenge of maintaining alignment, temperature, and flow control over two separate and distinct hot ends. Such machines are plagued with clogging, dripping, misshapen prints and system shut downs.

The secret lies in the proprietary, patent-pending JRx print heads, each powered by its own stepper motor. Unlike other 3D printers, the two hot ends are manufactured as a single piece. This fixed relationship eliminates x and y axis alignment problems because there is no slippage; the heads are always in frame. As such, the machine’s dual head spatial calibration is fixed in the firmware rather than in the user interface.

“Our ultimate goal is to place a 3D printer on every desktop,” said Erick Wolf, Airwolf 3D co-founder and chairman. “To accomplish this we have to design and manufacture units that include the features customers want at an affordable price.”

“Our new dual hot end AW3D HD2x is the latest example of our commitment and our most significant product ever,” Wolf added. “We’ve engineered it to be a simple-to-use, hassle-free 3D printer that combines the versatility of two hot ends with the desirability of printing over 20 different materials including polycarbonate and nylon. Basically, we’ve built a $10,000 desktop printer for a fraction of the cost.”

The HD2x’s advanced dual JRx (jam resistant) hot ends are the first affordable hot ends that can run all day at temperatures of 315 degrees Celsius (599 degrees Fahrenheit) to print engineering-grade materials like polycarbonate, and numerous forms of nylon including Bridge Nylon and Nylon 645.

The dual JRx hot ends can print two compatible materials simultaneously. For example, the main body can be printed in ABS with a supporting scaffold of high impact polystyrene (HIPS) that easily dissolves for a cleaner final print with smoother edges. The dual hot ends can also print two colors simultaneously, which opens up creative options with materials like ABS, PLA, and PET.

The HD2x uses nylon gears for less wear and longer life and a finer pitch lead screw for increased z positioning accuracy. It features a class-leading building envelope of 1,050 cubic inches (11” x 8” x 12”), making it ideal for large prototyping. The printer offers layer-to-layer resolutions as fine as 0.06mm and a maximum print speed of 150mm/s with a positioning precision of 0.02mm. Because the 3D printer is fully autonomous, no link-up to a computer is required.

For more information, visit: www.airwolf3d.com

Published in Airwolf 3D

Sculptify today introduced David, an innovative 3D Printer that works directly with pelletized materials.

The release of David brings a new printing method to the personal 3D printing world.  The printer utilizes Sculptify-developed FLEX technology, which allows users to create objects from a wide range of pelletized materials — each with their own unique properties.

“David is an incredibly versatile device, that can be used by both consumers and prosumers alike,” said Slade Simpson, Sculptify Co-Founder and CEO. “Sculptify believes that for 3D printing to reach its fullest potential, printers need to be able to serve hundreds of different purposes. We think that FLEX technology is the next logical step in making this possible.”

David features both groundbreaking technology and commercial-grade components, all specifically designed to provide versatility, speed, and accuracy.  A removable print platform and easy loading system makes David as easy to use as it is powerful.

“We came up with the name David after being inspired by the famous sculpture created by Michelangelo.  It’s one of the most recognized works of art in the world, and reminds us that with the right tools, anything is possible,” said Slade Simpson, CEO of Sculptify, “We have poured our hearts and souls into this printer for the past year and a half, and we are really excited to get it into people’s hands.”

Fused Layer Extrusion (FLEX) technology, is a printing method only found in Sculptify products, which utilizes pelletized materials rather than plastic filament.

“We think that FLEX printing is going to open the door to hundreds of new applications in both the consumer and commercial sectors because of the unique, and growing material library — we are venturing into a new realm of 3D printing,” said Todd Linthicum, President and Co-Founder.

Mass produced consumer products often begin in the form of pelletized materials.  They are traditionally the least processed and lowest cost form of materials available.

“David provides customers with the freedom to choose from an extensive selection of materials — which range from hard and durable to soft and flexible. By eliminating the dependence on filament, Sculptify can offer exotic materials and composites never before used in 3D printing,” said Luke Daniel, Director of Business Development.

Sculptify plans to go live on Kickstarter soon. The company will offer production units to Kickstarter backers in exchange for funding contributions.

For more information, visit: www.sculptify.com/David

Published in Sculptify

Why settle for ordinary when you can have EXTRAORDINARY large format 3D prints?

Introducing the 3DP1000™ from 3DP Unlimited™, a giant step forward for fused filament 3D printing

  • BIG - With 74x greater build area* than the average ordinary desktop 3D printer, the 3DP1000 will take your prints from ordinary to extraordinary.
  • Economical - with base platforms starting at $15,999, 3DP is lowering the cost barrier for entry into large format 3D printing.
  • Accurate - for precise prints, the 3DP1000 can print down to 70 micron layer resolutions.
  • Robust - the 3DP1000 is based on industrial strength linear motion and mechatronics that provide consistent quality performance.

The 3DP1000 is the ideal solution for a wide range of applications in industrial design, rapid prototyping, product development, automotive design, building & naval architecture, custom props, sculptures, stage sets, artistic development, and much, much more.

*The 74x bigger build area is based on a comparison with an average desktop type printer. For example the MakerBot® Replicator® 2 shows a build area of 410 cubic inches (11.2”L x 6.0”W x 6.1”H). By comparison, the 3DP1000 maximum build area is 30,510 cubic inches (39.37” L x 39.37”W x 19.68”H).

3DP Unlimited is a division of PBC Linear and is a company of skilled mechatronics engineers who embrace rapid advances in technology to innovate, design, and build next generation equipment for rapid prototyping. Having personal experience with inconsistent results produced by traditional 3D printer designs, 3DP Unlimited is committed to building on industrial strength linear motion components, actuators, and motors while maintaining affordable flexibility with open source software and control solutions.

For more information, visit: www.3DPUnlimited.com

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Formlabs announced the Form 1+, an extensive overhaul of their flagship desktop stereolithographic 3D printer. The fast-growing 3D printer startup also announced a new material, as well as the launch of their European store.

“The Form 1+ incorporates everything that we’ve learned in the past year,” said Ian Ferguson, Lead Engineer at Formlabs. “We’ve given every part of the machine another look, updating it for better performance and reliability: a new laser, a new control system, and upgraded precision and quality for dozens of components.”

The Form 1+ has a second-generation laser system that is four times more powerful than its predecessor, allowing it to print up to 50% faster. It also has a redesigned galvanometer control system, so it produces models with finer detail and a smoother surface finish. Numerous other components have been overhauled to provide a more reliable printing experience.

A reinforced peel motor assembly and an all-new light-blocking injection-molded resin tank – allowing resin to be easily stored — ensure repeatable, dependable prints, and better materials care. Along with these improvements, Formlabs is proud to offer an industry-leading 1 year warranty, at no extra cost.

“The Form 1+ is a huge step for us,” Maxim Lobovsky, cofounder, said. “With the Form 1+, we’re maintaining our lead in providing the most affordable, professional-quality machines to artists, designers, and engineers around the world.”

Factory Upgrade Program
Owners of the original Form 1 will have the opportunity to participate in a factory upgrade program that will bring their printer to Form 1+ specifications and grant them a new 1-year warranty. The Form 1+ Upgrade is available for $749 (€599).

Black Resin Released
Formlabs also announced the release of a new material today. Black resin joins White, Clear, and Grey in the company’s growing materials library. Michal Firstenberg, a Formlabs Materials Scientist, said, “Our black resin captures details amazingly well, and has a beautiful finish and rich color. We’re excited to see what people will make.”

New Website & Software
Formlabs is devoted to providing the best end-to-end customer experience possible. In that spirit, the Form 1+ launch is accompanied by a major software release, PreForm 1.5. The updated software introduces powerful manual support controls, a much-requested feature. Formlabs also rolled-out a revamped, internationalized web store, website, and support center, to continue to provide top-notch customer support and high-quality educational materials.

Expansion to Europe
Along with new product releases, Formlabs is also announcing an expanded European presence today. The Boston-based company now offers EU-based sales, shipping and servicing, dramatically reducing the shipping costs and servicing time that international customers experience. “This is the first stage of greater expansion to come,” said Luke Winston, Operations Lead at Formlabs. “We’re excited to offer better service to customers around the world.”

For more information, visit: www.formlabs.com/products/form-1-plus

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Until now the only way engineers and designers could print prototypes and parts fabricated from polycarbonate, nylon and other engineering-grade materials requiring high temperatures was to purchase large, expensive 3D printers. Today, Airwolf 3D announced a major price/performance breakthrough with the introduction of its AW3D HDx, a desktop 3D printer that prints engineer-grade materials.

Based on the proven AW3D frame, the HDx comes standard with Airwolf 3D’s advanced JRx (jam resistant) hot end. The patent-pending JRx can sustain temperatures of 315 degrees Celsius (599 degrees Fahrenheit), which easily handles polycarbonate, Bridge nylon, Nylon 645 and over a dozen other materials.

“Imagine a 3D printer that can print engineering-grade materials placed on every desktop,” said Erick Wolf, founder and CEO of Airwolf 3D. “Imagine the creativity it could unleash as engineers and artists experiment and create objects that until now were virtually impossible to affordably print. That’s our vision: to bring imagination to the desktop.”

The AW3D HDx 3D printer upgrades the current AW3D HD, with higher acceleration, faster movement and more accurate positioning. It also uses nylon gears for less wear and longer life and a finer pitch lead screw for increased z positioning accuracy. It features a class-leading build envelope of 1,150 cubic inches (12” x 8” x 12”), making it ideal for large prototyping. The printer offers layer-to-layer resolution as fine as 0.06mm and a maximum print speed of 150mm/s with a positioning precision of 0.02mm. No link-up to a computer is required and it comes fully assembled and calibrated.

For current customers, Airwolf 3D’s JRx hot end can be retrofitted on existing AW3D HD and AW3D XL 3D printers, providing an inexpensive upgrade path that enables them to print engineering-grade materials.

Airwolf 3D is committed to manufacturing high-performance 3D printers that are fast, affordable, durable and easy to use. All 3D printers are made in America, manufactured in the company’s 12,000 sq. ft. facility in Costa Mesa, Calif. Currently, Airwolf 3D printers can be found in engineering firms, government agencies and schools worldwide.

For more information, visit: www.airwolf3d.com

Published in Airwolf 3D

3D Systems  (NYSE:DDD) announced the immediate availability of its previously announced ProJet 1200 micro-SLA printer and commencement of customer shipments. This micro-SLA 3D printer is capable of producing small, precise, detail-rich parts and casting patterns and is ideal for fine jewelry, electronic components and dental wax-ups. Smaller than most coffee makers and faster than baking a cake, this new printer is economical to own, safe to operate anywhere and simple to use. It prints accurate ready-to-use parts and castable patterns that cost less than one U.S. dollar. Priced at $4,900, the ProJet 1200 provides access to professional-grade 3D printers for jewelers, dental labs, product designers and garage entrepreneurs.

With super-fast print speeds and high accuracy of detail, dental labs can print up to 12 precise dental wax ups in under an hour and jewelers can create 5 intricate rings in under 2 hours. The Projet 1200 prints at 30-micron layers at effective 585dpi resolution featuring micro details with unprecedented surface smoothness that only SLA technology can deliver.

“Sun Dental Labs is always pursuing the cutting edge in the dental technology field and the ProJet 1200 is a great addition to our portfolio of technologies,” said Chuck Stapleton, Vice President of Global Operations, Sun Dental Labs. “The compact size and speed of the ProJet 1200 allows us to further refine our digital manufacturing processes.”

The ProJet 1200 is comparable in size to a coffee maker, with a 8 x 8 base and a height of 13 inches, with both LAN and USB connectivity so everyone in the office can use it. Convenient all-in-one material cartridges are quick and easy to use. The built-in UV curing station assures safe handling of the parts and locks in their mechanical properties.

The VisiJet FTX Green material is ideal for casting patterns, with an ash-free burn-out as well as the necessary quality for plastic prototypes and small collectible designs.

For more information, visit: www.3dsystems.com/3d-printers/professional/projet-1200



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EnvisionTEC announced the launch of their new Perfactory® Micro Advantage 3D printer at both the Atlanta Jewelry Show in Atlanta and the MJSA Show in New York.

EnvisionTEC’s newest entry into their Micro family of 3D printers, the Perfactory® Micro Advantage, provides an attractive entry-level solution for jewelry designers and retailers. It boasts a large build envelope of 60 x 45 x 100 mm, while maintaining an XY resolution of 50 microns and a Z resolution that is adjustable from 25 to 100 microns depending on the material used. This size makes the Micro Advantage an ideal companion to the original Micro Hi-Res for jewelry, allowing for wider design capabilities through the printing of larger pieces such as bangles and belt buckles. Build speeds of up to 10 mm per hour for the full envelope are also possible depending on the material used. The Micro family of 3D printers are also automatic and self-calibrating.

EnvisionTEC has also announced the newest casting material in EnvisionTEC’s wide range of solution-specific materials, Epic. Epic offers the crispness of EnvisionTEC’s PIC materials with the castability of its EC-500 materials in a new formulation that delivers a desirable combination of price, performance, and reliability. A wax-based material, Epic is the result of years of research based on collaboration with top casting houses around the world and is available in both the original formula for use with the Perfactory® Mini and Perfactory® Mini XL 3D printers and also as Epic M, for use with the Perfactory® Micro Hi-Res and Perfactory® Micro Advantage 3D printers.

Specifications:

  • Build Envelope: 2.36” x 1.77” x 3.94” (60 x 45 x 100 mm)
  • Resolution in X and Y: 0.002” (50 µm)
  • Dynamic Voxel Resolution in Z: 0.001” to 0.004” (25 µm to 100 µm) (Material dependent)
  • Up to 0.394” (10 mm)/hour for full envelope (Material dependent)
  • Light Source: LED
  • Data Handling: STL

Specifications subject to change without notice.

For more information, visit: www.envisiontec.com/products/micro-advantage

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Stratasys Ltd. (NASDAQ: SSYS), a manufacturer of 3D printers and materials for personal use, prototyping, and production, announced the launch of the Objet500 Connex3 Color Multi-material 3D Printer.

A game-changer for product design, engineering and manufacturing processes, the Objet500 Connex3 Color Multi-material 3D Printer features a unique triple-jetting technology that combines droplets of three base materials to produce parts with virtually unlimited combinations of rigid, flexible, and transparent color materials as well as color digital materials - all in a single print run. This ability to achieve the characteristics of an assembled part without assembly or painting is a significant time-saver. It helps product manufacturers validate designs and make good decisions earlier before committing to manufacturing, and bring products to market faster.

Engineers at beta user Trek Bicycle in Waterloo, Wisconsin are using the Objet500 Connex3 Color Multi-material 3D Printer for assessment and testing of accessories like bike chain stay guards and handlebar grips prior to actual production. "The Objet500 Connex3 Color Multi-material 3D Printer changed the way we manufacture at Trek, augmenting our traditional, time-consuming CNC processes with fast, iterative and realistic prototyping and functional testing," says Mike Zeigle, manager of Trek's prototype development group.

"Now we produce bicycle parts that look and feel like production parts. We are particularly excited about 3D printing our models directly in color. This gives our designers the ability to graphically display color contact pressure map data on rider contact parts like seats and grips. We are also working on doing the same with FEA & CFD stress data on structural bike components," adds Zeigle.

Similar to a 2D inkjet printer, three color materials - VeroCyan, VeroMagenta and VeroYellow - are combined to produce hundreds of vivid colors. These color materials join Stratasys' extensive range of PolyJet photopolymer materials including digital materials, rigid, rubber-like, transparent, and high temperature materials to simulate standard and high temperature engineering plastics.

The Objet500 Connex3 Color Multi-material 3D Printer also features six palettes for new rubber-like Tango colors, ranging from opaque to transparent colors in various shore values to address markets such as automotive, consumer and sporting goods and fashion.

"Since its introduction in 2007, the Objet Connex Multi-material 3D printing platform has paved the way for the development of advanced 3D printing materials with unique mechanical and thermal properties," says Stratasys VP of product marketing and sales operations Igal Zeitun. "The Objet500 Connex3 Color Multi-material 3D Printer produces models and parts using photopolymers in vivid colors so you can create colorful models from investigating concepts to pre-production pilot runs.

"As the first true multi-purpose 3D printer, we believe the Objet500 Connex3 Color Multi-material 3D Printer is in a league of its own, enabling you to dream up a product in the morning, and hold it in your hands by the afternoon, with the exact intended color, material properties and surface finish."

Ideal for over-molding with Digital ABS and complex multi-material parts, the Objet500 Connex3 Color Multi-material 3D Printer is designed to enable designers, engineers and manufacturers to create models, molds and parts that match the characteristics of production parts. It 3D prints models and parts with the color, durability and surface finish of end products. This includes achieving excellent mechanical properties such as tensile strength, elongation at break, and multiple hardness shore values, which simulate high performance thermoplastics. It also allows overmolding using durable Digital ABS materials and introduces new Shore A values for Digital ABS, ranging from A27 to A95, a major advantage in manufacturing consumer products.

Featuring a large build envelope, the Objet500 Connex3 Color Multi-material 3D Printer is ideal for high capacity production. Print jobs can run with about 30kg of resin per cycle. True to the high resolutions available with PolyJet 3D printing technology, the Objet500 Connex3 Color Multi-material 3D Printer prints as fine as 16 micron layers for models with superior surface finish and ultra-fine detail.

For more information, visit: www.stratasys.com/Objet500Connex3

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3D Systems  (NYSE:DDD) unveiled the new CubePro™ 3D printer, the only simultaneous triple-color, multi-materials, large capacity, prosumer printer available today. The CubePro features a controlled environment print chamber that assures high-fidelity performance and delivers professional quality prints consistently and with the ease. Prosumers and hobbyists can rely on CubePro to test and perfect their designs and print in real thermoplastic materials, resulting in parts that are durable and accurate right at their desktop or benchtop.

“We are proud to be the first to deliver professional quality prints to the consumer and prosumer, enabling educators, entrepreneurs and tech enthusiasts to match their creativity with greater productivity,” said Rajeev Kulkharni, Vice President, General Manager, Consumer Products, 3DS. “The CubePro is the ultimate desktop 3D printer for the lab, workshop and office, compressing development cycles and increasing productivity.”

CubePro Features:

  • Work smart, play hard, print productive: Print more and faster with the largest-in-class print platform, high-resolution prints and quick set up. With prints 2.5 times larger than any other desktop prosumer and hobbyist printer (10.8” x 10.45” x 9.5” or 275 mm x 265 mm x 240 mm), and ultra high-resolution settings of 75-micron thin print layers, professional quality printing has never been so large or easy.

  • Controlled Print Chamber: Controlled process environment ensures true to CAD prints and delivers professional quality every time.  Automated settings deliver safe home printing in your mancave, on your workbench and at your desktop.

  • Strong, Fast & Long-lasting: Guaranteed faster, precise prints with easy feed cartridges for prolonged material life.

  • Triple color + dual materials = thousands of options: available in three print head configuration CubePro allows users to get more expressive with 3D printing in up to 3 simultaneous colors and more color options.

  • Connect better to experience better: Connect intuitively through an easy-to-use color touchscreen display and mobile and WiFi capability. CubePro is powered by the Cubify mobile app letting users print on the go direct from their Shelf, prepping files and sending to print, all from an iOS, Android or Windows phone.

Sustainability – Send back empty cartridges to designated 3DS locations for reuse in exchange for a discount on new cartridges and return used ABS and PLA prints for responsible recycling or composting by 3DS. CubePros are shipped from local distribution centers reducing freight. The new CubePro comes with a proprietary print pad that conserves power compared to other 3D printers. 3DS is committed to making prosumer 3D printing affordable, safe and sustainable.

Support – Hotline and email support is available everyday from 3:00 am to 8:00 pm EST, providing 16 hours of service each day.

CubePro comes with starter materials, 25 free designs and a Cubify Invent software license for introductory 3D design. CubePro is integrated with 3DS’ consumer lifestyle hub Cubify, connecting CubePro users to curated collections of 3D printable content from favorite DIY, automotive and gear brands, as well as the Cubify social platform where users can share and co-create with others.

The company plans to commence commercial shipment of CubePro during the second quarter of 2014.

For more information, visit: www.cubify.com/cubepro

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MakerBot is launching a comprehensive new 3D Printing Platform and 3D Ecosystem that is designed to enable improved reliability, ease of use, and seamless connectivity for MakerBot Replicator Desktop 3D Printers and the MakerBot Digitizer Desktop 3D Scanner.  Announced at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), MakerBot debuted new software, app and digital store products, new strategic partnerships, and its fifth generation of 3D printers: the MakerBot® Replicator® Desktop 3D Printer, the MakerBot® Replicator® Mini Compact 3D Printer, and the MakerBot® Replicator® Z18 3D Printer.

A major part of the MakerBot 3D Printing Platform includes the new MakerBot Desktop and MakerBot Mobile applications; MakerBot PrintShop, a fun, easy and free way to create and 3D print unique items; a MakerBot Digital Store where 3D printing enthusiasts will purchase, download and print incredible MakerBot Verified 3D collections and models; and an exclusive alliance with the innovative 3D vision company SoftKinetic.

MakerBot's new 3D Printer Platform includes:

MakerBot Replicator Desktop 3D Printer
A professional quality desktop 3D printer that MakerBot believes will have unmatched speed, reliability, quality, and connectivity for all 3D printing needs.  The new MakerBot Replicator Desktop 3D Printer has an 11 percent larger build volume than the previous MakerBot generation with a build volume of 25.2 L x 19.9 W x 15.0 H cm (9.9 L x 7.8 W x 5.9 H in) and faster print times that accelerate rapid prototyping and model making.  Offering 100-micron layer resolution, the MakerBot Replicator is app and cloud enabled, offers USB, ethernet and available Wi-Fi connectivity to ensure a seamless production workflow; features a 3.5-inch full-color LCD display and intuitive dial to create a rich user experience; has an on-board camera for monitoring and sharing, assisted build-plate leveling; and features a new MakerBot Replicator Smart Extruder that is easy to swap or replace and detects filament absence and automatically pauses a print, as well as being optimized for MakerBot PLA Filament.  The new MakerBot Replicator Desktop 3D Printer will retail for $2,899 and is available for order.

MakerBot Replicator Mini Compact 3D Printer
The MakerBot Replicator Mini Compact 3D Printer is an easy-to-use compact 3D printer for everyone.  The MakerBot Replicator Mini is just right for smaller spaces such as college dorm rooms, classrooms, multi-workspaces, and the home.  The MakerBot Replicator Mini offers fast and easy One-Touch™ 3D printing.  It has a maximum build volume of 10.0 L x 10. W x 12.5 H cm (3.9 L x 3.9 W x 4.9 H in) and offers plug-and-play features.  It is optimized for speed, has a build plate that requires no leveling, and produces a default 200-micron layer resolution in prints.  The MakerBot Replicator Mini offers fifth generation technology that MakerBot believes defines the new standard for ease-of-use, quality and reliability.  It is optimized for MakerBot PLA Filament and offers downloads of free MakerBot Verified and ready-to-print 3D models from Thingiverse, MakerBot's 3D design community.  The MakerBot Replicator Mini's expected retail price will be $1,375 with planned availability spring 2014.

MakerBot Replicator Z18 3D Printer
The MakerBot Replicator Z18 3D Printer offers massive build volume and MakerBot believes the best price/performance in its category.  The MakerBot Replicator Z18, named after its 18-inch height capability, will 3D print extra-large industrial prototypes, models, and products and will print multiple models at once.  It has a massive 30.5 L x 30.5 W x 45.7 H cm (12.0 L x 12.0 W x 18.0 H in) build volume, yet is cost effective as it uses low-cost consumables, such as MakerBot PLA Filament.  The MakerBot Replicator Z18 is app and cloud enabled and USB, ethernet and available Wi-Fi connectivity creates a seamless production workflow.  The enclosed and heated build chamber and super flat build plate enable printing of large models. The expected price of the MakerBot Replicator Z18 will be $6,499 and orders are expected to be taken beginning in spring 2014.

MakerBot Desktop and MakerBot Mobile Apps
MakerBot is also announcing the new apps, MakerBot Desktop and MakerBot Mobile, which provide a complete 3D printing solution to discover, manage and share 3D prints — from your desktop computer or a mobile device.  This availability to your 3D printing files, accessed via a personal MakerBot Cloud Library, allows users to explore Thingiverse, prepare files for printing, and most importantly, remotely monitor and control a MakerBot Replicator 3D Printer. MakerBot Desktop is expected to be available February 2014, while MakerBot Mobile is expected to be available on IOS spring 2014, and then on Android in 2014.

MakerBot PrintShop App
MakerBot is very excited to announce the introduction of the MakerBot PrintShop and the MakerBot Digital Store.  These two new model and collection-based offerings provide an easy entry into 3D printing models that can be used for personal use, collecting and giving. MakerBot PrintShop is a tablet-based fun, easy and free way to create and 3D print unique signs, jewelry and much more.  No 3D design skills are needed to use MakerBot PrintShop.  Users can create and 3D print without a learning curve that often comes with developing 3D design skills.  MakerBot is making 3D design and 3D printing even easier for everyone.  MakerBot PrintShop users can also explore and print MakerBot Verified Files -- ready-to-print files from MakerBot Thingiverse.  MakerBot PrintShop works with all MakerBot fifth generation printers and is a powerful and intuitive tool to create and make cool things.  The Type Maker tool lets you easily make signs, letters, nameplates and more; the Bracelet Maker tool lets you design and print your own custom created bracelets and there are more tools on the way. MakerBot PrintShop is free to all MakerBot users and is expected to be available spring 2014. Available on IOS at launch and then on Android in 2014.

MakerBot Digital Store
The MakerBot Digital Store is MakerBot's very exciting venture that will provide a place that offers original, fun and collectible digital content directly to the end user.  The MakerBot Digital Store is only available for the MakerBot fifth generation desktop 3D printers and the MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer (fourth generation).  In the MakerBot Digital Store, visitors can purchase high-quality, delightful, printable and paintable digital 3D models and collections.  The models are MakerBot Verified to successfully print on MakerBot Replicator 2 and fifth generation MakerBot Replicator Desktop 3D Printers.  The MakerBot Digital Store effectively turns a MakerBot Replicator Desktop 3D Printer into an in-home entertainment device and completely redefines the distribution channel:  there is no packaging, no shelving requirements, no distributor/retailer mark-up, and the customer can print as many copies from the digital file as they want. MakerBot has created the models so they do not require supports or glue.  Pricing is based on individual digital 3D file (.x3g and .makerbot) or by the collection.  Models can be printed as many times as you want.  Prices start at $0.99 per file or $9.99 for a collection and are only available through the MakerBot Digital Store.

Strategic Partnerships
MakerBot is also thrilled to announce a strategic alliance with innovative 3D vision company SoftKinetic.  This partnership will help MakerBot, a global leader in desktop 3D printing, expand its 3D Ecosystem and 3D Printing Platform and enhance the ease of use, and connectivity of MakerBot Replicator Desktop 3D Printers and Scanners.   MakerBot is also excited to announce that it will be attending the Tokyo Wonder Festival on February 9th in partnership with Good Smile Company.

For more information, visit: www.makerbot.com

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EnvisionTEC, a manufacturer of proprietary 3D printing solutions, unveiled the newest 3D printer in its 3SP line, the Xede® 3SP™.

Earlier in 2013, EnvisionTEC introduced their new 3SP™ (Scan, Spin and Selectively Photocure) technology.  This new approach to 3D printing employs a multi-cavity laser diode with an orthogonal mirror spinning at 20,000 rpm.  One of the advantages of this technology is that it expands on the build size capability of EnvisionTEC’s DLP technology, enabling EnvisionTEC to produce 3D printers with a large format such as the new Xede® 3SP™. With a build envelope of 18" x 18" x 18", the Xede® 3SP™ allows for the production of exceptionally large 3D parts, build at fast build speeds without sacrificing surface quality and part accuracy.  Highly accurate parts can be printed quickly from STL files regardless of geometric complexity with no signs of stairstepping on the inner and outer surfaces.  Each 3D printer is delivered and installed with all the relevant software to enable automatic generation of supports and perfect model production.

The Xede® 3SP™ from EnvisionTEC can be used to produce everything from concept models to functional parts.

Benefits:

  • A single material is used for both build and easily removable, partially cured perforated supports
  • Very few moving parts make the system user-serviceable
  • Office friendly plug-and-play operation with a built-in touch screen and quiet operation
  • Low part cost due to minimal material waste
  • Produce everything from concept models to functional parts
  • Can connect directly to a PC workstation or be integrated into a network for pre-processing of the job files and for remote monitoring
  • The system has a stand-alone PC, which allows it to work independently from the pre-processing workstation

For more information, visit: www.envisiontec.com/announcing-xede-3sp

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voxeljet AG (NYSE: VJET) announced the launch of the latest in its full line of large format industrial 3D printers, the VX2000. The new printer is being demonstrated for the first time at Euromold, the leading worldwide trade fair for Moldmaking and Tooling, Design and Application Development, taking place in Frankfurt, Germany, December 03-06, 2013.

The VX2000 is equipped with a build space of two cubic meters, making it one of the largest commercially available 3D printing platforms in the market, and the largest ever to be introduced at Euromold. The large build format of the VX2000 is suited to a variety of applications in the automotive or aviation industry, at foundries, pump manufacturers or the equipment building industry.

"The VX2000 closes the big gap between the VX1000 with a design space of 0.3 cubic meters and the VX4000 with a design space of eight cubic meters. We now offer a balanced product range that enables us to provide our customers with an industrial 3D printer for any conceivable application area," said Dr. Ingo Ederer, voxeljet’s Chief Executive Officer.

The new industrial printer is designed for use with all particle materials currently available at voxeljet, and combines superior performance with a very large build space, providing users with maximum flexibility. voxeljet’s customers are now able to use the build space measuring 2060 x 1060 x 1000 mm for the economic manufacture of large individual molds or small series manufacture, depending on their requirements.

voxeljet technology offers significant advantages in the manufacture of complex cores and parts that, due to their complicated geometry, are difficult to produce using traditional core manufacturing methods. For example, the VX2000 can print an impressive number of 216 water jacket cores measuring 490 x 210 x 80 mm in a job box in approximately two days of standard operations. An additional example would be the manufacture of complex mechanical parts for the pump industry. The VX2000 build space can easily encompass the large-format molds for four Francis impellers with the dimensions 980 x 980 x 490 mm.

The VX2000 achieves its high level of performance through the jetting of material through a high performance ink-jet head containing up to 13,280 nozzles, at resolutions of up to 600 dpi depending upon the application. The layer thickness during one print run ranges from 100 to 400 micrometers, with a print width of 564 millimeters. The printed build volume is 45 liters per hour. This means that the VX2000 is twice as fast as the well-known VX1000 high-performance printer, and offers an impressive degree of accuracy.

The VX2000 system dimensions are 4.9 meters long and 2.6 meters wide and it comes with an integrated material supply system. Similar to all other voxeljet machines, the VX2000 is designed for rugged industrial use in which high quality performance is required around the clock. The platform is destined to become the product of choice for environments where efficient and sustainable operations are just as important as above-average reliability and the lifetime of the machine.

For more information, visit: www.voxeljet.de/en/systems/3d-druckervx2000

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3D Systems (NYSE:DDD) announced the immediate availability of its ProJet® 4500 3D printer, the first and only continuous-tone, full-color plastic 3D printer available on the market. This 3D printer delivers ready-to-use vibrant, full-color durable plastic parts straight out of the printer for a wide range of modeling, functional prototyping and real-use products.

The ProJet 4500 builds on 3DS’ powerful ColorJet Printing (CJP) technology platform and comes with a new class of sustainable VisiJet® C4 Spectrum materials. This revolutionary printer delivers strong semi-rigid parts, pixel-by-pixel, straight out of the printer, in high-resolution, pantone-like color with a superior surface finish. Safe for office, easy-to-use, sustainable to operate and fast to print on, the ProJet 4500 is economical and comes with fully integrated material recycling for greater yield and better total material usage.

“Leapfrogging from monochrome to full-color functional plastics redefines ‘the possible’ for designers, engineers, architects, marketers and artists,” said Buddy Byrum, Vice President, Product and Channel Management, 3D Systems. “For the first time ever, users can get directly out of a 3D printer real-use parts, vibrant models, and functional prototypes in full color, quickly, accurately and affordably.”

The ProJet 4500 prints fast, generates minimal waste, requires no supports and delivers ready-to-use, full-color, functional parts and assemblies without post-processing or painting. This 3D printer is ideal for consumer products, home furnishings, healthcare, toys and collectibles companies, and completely shifts the paradigm for professionals engaged in architectural modeling, marketing communications, fashion design and more.

3D Systems also announced the immediate availability of its ProJet® 5500X, a ground-breaking engineered composite materials 3D printer that delivers the highest quality, most accurate and toughest multi-material composites based on its latest MultiJet Printing (MJP) technology. The ProJet 5500X simultaneously prints and fuses together flexible and rigid material composites, layer-by-layer at the pixel level, in a variety of colors and shades including opaque, clear, black or white and numerous shades of gray. 3DS’ printed multi-material composites result in stunningly realistic, functional, large and small prototypes and products for a wide range of manufacturers, designers and engineers.

“Having unlimited options of engineered material properties within a single print is every designer’s dream that when combined with the largest print volume in its class and true-to-CAD precision and fine detail makes the ProJet 5500X the clear choice,” said Buddy Byrum, Vice President of Product and Channel Management, 3D Systems. “Designers and manufacturers alike are sure to discover new degrees of freedom and the reality of quick-turn production of functional multi-material assemblies, overmolded parts, rubber components, long-lasting living hinges and high-temp parts, all in one printer, all in a single print.”

With its industrial-grade print head, the ProJet 5500X prints up to two times faster than any other printer in its class, and produces more than 60% larger volume than all other comparable systems, producing larger parts up to half a meter long, or more parts per print job.

The ProJet 5500X delivers fast composite material print speeds using breakthrough materials with properties that can be easily varied within a single part. This new VisiJet® composite family of materials is precisely mixed by the ProJet 5500X print head on the fly to achieve superior mechanical properties and custom performance characteristics, and comes with a 5-year print head warranty.

For more information visit: www.3dsystems.com/3d-printers/professional/projet-4500 or www.3dsystems.com/3d-printers/professional/projet-5500x

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Brooklyn-based Solidoodle unveils the Solidoodle 4, the company’s sleek, new 3D printer for the consumer market. Reflecting today’s trend of aesthetically minded products, the Solidoodle 4’s fully enclosed design incorporates style with increased functionality and accessibility. Features include build capabilities up to 8 in x 8 in x 8 in, high-resolution .1mm prints, enhanced calibration, heated bed, and easy filament installation. The enclosure provides for even quieter performance and a low-profile aesthetic that fits in any room while the easy-open lid and door retain a user-friendly design, giving customers the both of best worlds.

Standard Features:

  • Creates plastic parts up to 8" x 8" x 8"
  • Uses 1.75mm plastic filament (ABS recommended, PLA possible)
  • Heated Build Platform
  • Resolution up to .1mm
  • 13.5" x 14" x 15" case footprint (L x W x H)
  • Internal Steel frame
  • Powder coated steel enclosure
  • Easy-open lid for quick access
  • Fully Assembled & Tested

With the new product, Solidoodle announces their first national retail partnership with electronics chain Micro Center. The printer will be on Micro Center shelves during the holiday season responding to high consumer demand.

“Our mission is to get more people creating! 3D printers are an amazing tool for today’s innovative society. With the Solidoodle 4, anyone can bridge the gap between digital and physical,” says Solidoodle founder and CEO Sam Cervantes. “Developing 3D printers that are affordable and easy to use is key to our growth and success, and our new product is a major step in that evolution. I’m thrilled to have Micro Center as our first US retail partner. They have a longstanding reputation in the electronics retail space — I actually purchased my first Macintosh 512K from Micro Center in the 1980s. So I am a huge fan of their stores and having our products on their shelves is a dream come true.”

Solidoodle, founded in 2011 by aerospace engineer and 3D printing industry-veteran Sam Cervantes, builds the most affordable fully assembled 3D printers on the market for both professional and consumer use. Built in Brooklyn, New York, more than 7,000 Solidoodle 3D printers have sold to customers around the world.

For more information, visit: www.solidoodle.com

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Solidscape®, Inc., a Stratasys company (NASDAQ: (SSYS), announced the introduction of the 3Z MAX, the newest member of the 3Z Series.

The 3Z MAX is Solidscape’s fastest 3D wax printer. The 3Z MAX supports higher throughput and delivers significant production gains when working with bulkier precision designs in jewelry manufacturing, industrial and medical applications.

With one-touch simplicity, the fully automated 3Z MAX printer combines the power of 3D high-precision printing with the increased performance that direct manufacturing requires. Its user-friendly touch screen and software allows operators of any technical level to produce their own high-precision wax parts ready for casting, making the promise of 3D direct manufacturing available to nearly any business.

“The 3Z MAX is the direct product of our Voice of the Customer program which focuses on customer satisfaction and product innovation,” said Fabio Esposito, President of Solidscape. “Our customers said they wanted the precision for which Solidscape is known with increased performance. The 3Z MAX delivers both at a very affordable price.”

Specifications:

Resolution:
5000 X 5000 dpi (197 X 197 dots/mm) in X, Y
8000 dpi (158 dots/mm) in Z

Accuracy:

± 0.0010 inch/inch (±25.4µ/25.4mm) along each axis X, Y and Z

Layer Thickness:

0.0010in - 0.0020in (25.4µm - 50.8µm) in ¼ mil (6.3µm) steps

Surface Finish:

32-63 micro-inches (RMS)

Size:
21.4” W X 18”D X 16” H (558mm X 495 mm X 419 mm)

Build Envelope:
6” X 6” X 4” (152.4 X 152.4 X 101.6 mm)
X, Y, Z Consistent results over entire 6 inch x 6 inch (152.4mmx152.4mm) area

For more information, visit: www.solid-scape.com/products/3d-printers/3z-max

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Office Depot, Inc. (NYSE: ODP) is now offering 3D printers from 3D Systems (NYSE: DDD), including the Cube® and the CubeX™. Whether for small businesses, product designers or students, Cube 3D printers are an affordable 3D printing solution that puts customers just a click away from their imagination. These printers offer a new way to express personality by creating fully formed objects through advances in printing software and technology.

“Office Depot is excited to offer innovative products and print solutions like the Cube and CubeX 3D printers that harness the power and versatility of the latest printing technology for our customers,” said George Hill, Office Depot’s Senior Vice President of Copy and Print Depot. “We are already an established leader in 2D printing services and print product offerings. 3D printers are just the latest example of Office Depot’s commitment to providing new and pioneering products and solutions that customers need to start, run and grow their business.”

Cube 3D printers are ready to use right out of the box. Featuring Wi-Fi for a simple connection to other devices, they are compatible with Mac or Windows and come with 25 free 3D templates designed by professional artists, with additional templates available online. With ultra-portable designs, Cube 3D printers fit into the home, office or classroom.

Cube 3D Printer

The Cube 3D Printer is packed with user-friendly features, starting with its contemporary design and tablet-like touch screen. Print-ready and compact, it has 16 different color options, including two that glow in the dark, and prints objects up to 5.5” x 5.5” x 5.5” in size.

CubeX 3D Printer

The CubeX is the ultimate 3D printer for tech enthusiasts, serious hobbyists, educators and entrepreneurs; boasting the largest print volume in its category. It has 18 different color options, including two that glow in the dark, and prints objects in all sizes up to 10.8” x 10.45” x 9.5”.

“We are thrilled to offer consumer and professional-grade technology like our family of Cube 3D printers at Office Depot so that everyone can now enjoy this latest generation of 3D printing,” said Avi Reichental, 3D Systems’ President and Chief Executive Officer. “Office Depot already has a robust offering of printing products and services, and with the addition of our 3D printers we can now expand our reach and bring businesses, schools and consumers access to this powerful new form of creativity and expression.”

For more information, visit: www.officedepot.com/a/browse/3d-printers/N=5+551578/

Published in Office Depot

The National Nanotechnology Manufacturing Center (NNMC) announces the release of the Multi Proto Lab, a brand new concept in rapid prototyping. The MPL is capable of 3D Printing, precision milling, drop-on-demand printing, extrusion deposition, plus much more—all in one machine.

The benefits from performing all these processes in one machine are many, including lower up-front cost, faster prototyping, amazing precision, lower prototype production costs, plus much more.

The Multi Proto Lab is also capable of producing fully-operational, multiple-material parts in one single machine.

Rapid prototyping technology is allowing inventors and engineers to visualize and even test new concepts in ways that were unimaginable just a few years ago. Yet even with these advances, rapid prototyping can be expensive and time-intensive for prototype operators.

Traditional rapid prototyping often involves moving the prototype piece from one prototyping machine to another. In some cases, the prototype is developed over days in several different machines. Each of these machines can be very costly.

"What makes the Multi Proto Lab different from conventional rapid prototyping is that it can perform many different prototyping processes in one machine", said Calvin Close, NNMC’s media spokesperson for the Multi Proto Lab.

The patent-pending Multi Proto Lab is a multi-module machine. Each module, or attachment, performs a unique process, such as 3D printing, Drop-on-Demand printing, laser curing and many others. The MPL picks up a module (such as the 3D Dual Additive Printing Head) and performs that process on the prototype part. Once that process is completed, the Multi Proto Lab then picks up another head (such as Drop-on-Demand Printing Head) and performs that process on the same prototype piece.

This process can be repeated with an unlimited number of different modules until a completely functioning part is produced. The number of modules and their individual processes are limited only by the imagination and need of the user.

The Multi Proto Lab opens rapid prototyping to far more organizations because of its lower up-front and operating costs.

Currently, the Multi Proto Lab comes in two models, the compact MPL-1000 and the larger MPL-2000.

The main differences between the models are the maximum prototype size the machines are capable of producing, and the number of modules that the platforms can hold.

For either machine, you can increase the capabilities of the machine by manually changing out modules.

More than five years and over $1 million has been spent on developing the Multi Proto Lab.

For more information, visit: www.RapidPrototypingMachine.com

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Published in NNMC

Optomec announced availability of a new low-cost offering in its lineup of metal 3D Printers named the LENS 450. The LENS 450 is built on the same LENS core technology that is used throughout industry to repair, coat and rapidly manufacture a wide variety of high performance metal components. The system was developed specifically in response to growing industry interest in 3D Printing of metals, including the need to train a new generation of workers in metal additive manufacturing technology.

The first delivery of the LENS 450 3D Printer will be to the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Material Science at the University of Pittsburgh, where it will be used in their new Advanced Manufacturing education program. Professor C. Isaac Garcia stated, “Re-establishing America’s global competitiveness is dependent upon a new generation of technicians and engineers trained in advanced manufacturing technologies. The LENS 450 system is an excellent tool to conduct basic and applied research, and for training students on industry proven technology for metal Additive Manufacturing.”

The LENS 450 3D Printer can process a wide variety of materials, including stainless steel, cobalt chrome, titanium and superalloys, making it ideally suited for rapid prototyping and repair of small metal components. The cost-effective system provides a 100mm^3 (64 cubic inch) work envelope within a class 1 laser enclosure that is hermetically sealed to maintain a pristine processing environment and operator safety. Additional features include a 400W fiber laser, powder feeder, motion control system, and proprietary part preparation and process control software.

Optomec is a privately held, rapidly growing supplier of Additive Manufacturing systems. These solutions utilize Optomec’s patented Aerosol Jet Printed Electronics technology and LENS (Laser Engineered Net Shaping) Printed Metal technology to reduce costs and improve performance. Together, these unique 2D and 3D printing solutions work with the broadest spectrum of functional materials, ranging from electronic inks to structural metals and even biological matter. Optomec has more than 150 marquee customers around the world, targeting production applications in the Electronics, Energy, Life Sciences and Aerospace industries.

For more information, visit: www.optomec.com/Additive-Manufacturing-Systems/Laser-Additive-Manufacturing-Systems

Published in Optomec

Staples became the first major U.S. retailer to announce the availability of 3D printers. The Cube® 3D Printer from 3D Systems, is available on Staples.com and will be available in a limited number of Staples stores by the end of June.

The Cube® 3D Printer, ready to use right out of the box, features Wi-Fi, is compatible with Mac or Windows, and comes with 25 free 3D templates designed by professional artists, with additional templates available online. With its ultra portable design, the Cube® fits easily in the office, classroom or living room, making it the perfect 3D printing device for designers, small businesses, students and kids.

“Staples is excited to bring the power of 3D printing to our customers, by being the first major U.S. retailer to announce the availability of this innovative technology that lets you create fully formed objects in your home or small business,” said Mike Edwards, Staples executive vice president, merchandising. “Staples is known for carrying the latest technology and 3D printers are the most recent example of our commitment to offering every product your business needs to succeed.”

3D printing has been hailed as a revolutionary method and an efficient technology for manufacturing, allowing for the creation of shapes or objects using digital technology. For companies creating new products, 3D printing can make it easier to design and test new concepts, and decrease the time to market.

“We are absolutely thrilled that a leader and innovator of the caliber of Staples is making it easy to get our award winning Cube 3D Printer family on-line and in their stores,” said Avi Reichental, 3D Systems’ President and Chief Executive Officer. “Staples is the ideal partner to deliver the only true plug and play 3D Printer to offices, living rooms, classrooms and hobby shops, extending our reach and consumer access.”

The Cube® 3D printer can print items up to 5.5" x 5.5" x 5.5”, using material cartridges in 16 different colors including metallic silver, glow in the dark and vibrant and neutral colors. Users can either print from a template or create a design using Cube’s own software, Cubify Invent™, sold separately. Staples makes printing with the Cube® easy, by offering all of the essential accessories, including recyclable ABS and compostable PLA plastic cartridge refills, replenishment CubeSticks, which are used to stabilize the object being printed, and replacement Cube Print Pads.

For more information, visit: www.staples.com/3D-Printing/cat_CL205651?icid=SearchResults3D

Published in Staples

3D Systems (NYSE:DDD) announced the immediate availability of its new ProJet® x60 series of full color 3D printers with an ability to print 90% of the colors available in Adobe® Photoshop® and new VisiJet® PXL materials utilizing 3D Systems’ exclusive ColorJet Printing (CJP) technology.  Feature rich with exceptional performance and value, the ProJet x60 offers enhanced functionality, utility and productivity.
 
Built on the proven ZPrinter® platform, the ProJet x60 combines the most comprehensive, capable and extensive features of 3D printers available today to further extend 3D Systems’ range of addressable applications.  Whether you need full-color models, precision verification parts or beautifully detailed assemblies that pass for finished products, the new ProJet x60 delivers.  From striking architectural white to photo realistic pastels and bold vibrant color, these parts communicate design intent like nothing else can, quickly and affordably.  The new ProJet x60 professional printers offer new levels of productivity with faster print mode options, improved user convenience with mobile connectivity using tablet computers and smartphones, and more powerful coloring and file preparation software tools.
 
There are 6 new ProJet printer models:

  • ProJet 160 – compact size, most affordable monochrome printing
  • ProJet 260C– compact size, most affordable full color 3D printer available
  • ProJet 360 – medium size, monochrome printing affordability
  • ProJet 460Plus – medium size, high-quality full color printing
  • ProJet 660Pro – large format, premium-quality full color printing
  • ProJet 860Pro – super-large format, premium-quality full color printing


“These exciting, next generation color printers embody 3D Systems’ commitment to democratize access to powerful and affordable 3D printing solutions for professionals, educators and consumers, alike,” said Michele Marchesan, Vice President and General Manager, Personal and Professional Printers for 3D Systems. “The new ProJet x60 series builds on our innovation heritage, leverages our expanded line of 3D content-to-print solutions and enables users to create more, faster.”

For more information, visit: www.printin3d.com/3d-printers

Published in 3D Systems

Invent-A-Part, Inc is excited to announce the RigidBot 3D printer scheduled to launch on Kickstarter Tuesday, March 26, 2013. The RigidBot 3D Printer is an easy to use consumer friendly 3D printer engineered for everyday user at an affordable price.

3D printing is an exciting technology where an engineer, artist, student or designer can “print” plastic objects right from the comfort of your own home. Imagine building a part with a hot glue gun. The RigidBot 3D printer melts plastic and pushes it through a small tip, like an automatic glue gun, and grows your design layer by layer from the bottom up.

Michael Lundwall, VP Engineering, said, "Companies looking for ways to save money on their research and development or individuals looking for a way to see their concepts come to life, will find that we have created a very competitive 3D printer. It is something that is finally affordable for the work place, home or school."

Available in two different sizes, the RigidBot can print parts 10" x 10" x 10" and the RigidBot Big can build parts up to 12" x 16" x 10".

For more information, visit: www.kickstarter.com/projects/1650950769/rigidbot-3d-printer

Published in Invent-A-Part

3D Systems (NYSE:DDD) announced the immediate availability of eight new ProJet® 3500 professional 3D printers that deliver greater productivity and are equipped with its latest remote tablet controls for the production of functional plastic parts and investment casting wax patterns for professional grade design and manufacturing applications.
 
The new ProJet 3500 series incorporates 3D Systems’ recently introduced ProJet HD MAX and CPX MAX technology platform including its patented Multi-Jet Modeling (MJM) print technology, its production-grade printhead, advanced material management, tablet-like touchscreen controls and remote tablet and smartphone connectivity. ProJet 3500 series printers are compatible with 3D Systems’ extensive range of VisiJet® print materials that cover the widest array of customer applications, including high-impact, high temperature resistant, durable plastic for functional testing, cast-friendly wax for rapid-foundry production and specialized materials for the manufacturing of jewelry and personalized medical devices. ProJet 3500 is the only printer on the market that comes with a five-year printhead warranty that saves thousands of dollars in annual customer operating costs compared to other alternatives.
 
“With the addition of these new printers we’ve expanded our best-ever capabilities across a new ProJet 3500 family of ten printers,” said Buddy Byrum, Vice President of Product & Channel Management for 3D Systems. “These new printers produce feature detail and quality that is unrivaled, and deliver unparalleled user experience including on-the-go access through our innovative and exclusive Print3D App for tablet computers and smartphones.”
 
3D Systems’ new ProJet 3500 series printers, together with its expanded range of ProJet printers and ZPrinters® are sold and serviced through its global network of Authorized Reseller Partners.

For more information, visit: www.printin3d.com/3d-printers

Published in 3D Systems

3D Systems (NYSE:DDD) unveiled its CubeX®, the ultimate desktop 3D printer, boasting the largest print volume in its category and triple-color printing, making it the ideal printer for tech enthusiasts, serious hobbyists, educators and entrepreneurs. The CubeX will be on display at CES, January 8 – 11, 2013, in the Las Vegas Convention Center in the Main Hall, booth 15447, and the CES MommyTech Zone, booth 71003, in the Venetian.
 
Need big, professional parts fast? With CubeX it’s a slam-dunk. CubeX provides an intuitive consumer experience with multi-color, professional grade printability. Pricing starts at $2,499 and includes a variety of advanced features.
 
Product Features:

  • Professional Printability – CubeX can print as big as a basketball with 1,070 cubic inches of space, or 10.8” x 10.45” x 9.5”. CubeX offers three times the options for print modes, including a choice of accuracy: High Definition (125 Micron), Crisp Definition (250 Micron) or Standard Definition (500 Micron), and a choice of print fill density: lite, medium or solid. CubeX prints in both PLA and ABS plastics with optional, easy peel away supports for the most complex prints.

  • Print Speed – CubeX can print regulation basketball size parts in three colors up to 2X faster and in higher definition than other 3D printers in its class.

  • Material Options – CubeX prints in both compostable PLA and recyclable ABS plastics, providing a range of flexibility, strength and support options for professional utility. CubeX offers multi-color choices, starting with basic single color CubeX, dual color and material CubeX Duo or the top of the line triple color, multi-material CubeX Trio. The CubeX Trio has the highest range of print options of any desktop 3D printer.

  • Smart Cartridge System - MoistureLock cartridge ensures extended shelf life and total material usage, improving print quality and sustainability. The printer detects material type based on the cartridge, providing automatic settings when switching materials between ABS and PLA. The cartridges are easy to load and store while preserving the life and quality of the materials.

  • Consumer Experience for Professionals – Professionals, educators and serious hobbyists deserve the same ease-of-use offered to mainstream users which is why CubeX has an easy touchscreen interface, lightning fast software, simple printing from a USB flash drive or direct USB connectivity and sleek design while delivering high speed and high definition prints in 16 color choices.

  • Sustainability – CubeX users can send back empty cartridges for reuse in exchange for a discount on new cartridges and send back their used ABS and PLA prints for responsible recycling or composting. All CubeX printers are shipped locally from USA and EU distribution centers reducing freight. The new CubeX uses a heatless print pad that delivers significant power conservation compared to other 3D printers. 3D Systems is committed to making consumer 3D printing efficient, affordable, and sustainable.

  • 3D Printing Services – Registering your CubeX for free on Cubify.com allows for easy hardware and software updates and immediate access to Cubify’s cloud printing service, whether users store designs on Cubify® or use cloud printing for higher quality prints and consumer products. Cube Experts offer both email and hotline support 16 hours each day from 3:00am to 8:00pm EST.


3D Systems has made 3D printing even easier to own and simpler to use by including 3 cartridges, 10 free prints, and Cubify Invent design software, the only 3D design tool optimized for 3D printing, with every CubeX 3D printer. Cubify.com provides a platform for CubeX users to utilize, monetize and play with 3D printing for both professional and personal interests.

“We are proud to unveil the ultimate desktop 3D printer and to offer it on our consumer platform, Cubify, where prosumers can work and play in one place without sacrificing their professional needs or desires for fun printing,” said, Cathy Lewis, CMO, 3D Systems.  “We are excited to see the innovations that are sure to come from CubeX educators, entrepreneurs, and serious 3D enthusiasts.”

The company is now accepting orders and plans to commence shipment on February 8, 2013.

For more information, visit: www.cubify.com/cubex/index.aspx?tb_cubex_learn

Published in 3D Systems

Like moveable type transformed communication, 3D printing is transforming innovation and industry. Welcome to a world where quieter, faster and higher resolution are a reality, introducing the LulzBot™ AO-101 3D printer from Aleph Objects, Inc.

A few years ago, short-run manufacturing and three-dimensional prototypes required tens of thousands of dollars and months of time, making innovation difficult and prohibitively expensive. With the AO-101, LulzBot is advancing business and the 3D printer industry.

Incorporating user feedback from the AO-100, the AO-101 offers quieter printing, a better power supply and updated RAMBo electronics. Improvements to the solid plate for the heat bed allow for printing with a wide variety of material and additional enhancements to the pulley and spooling systems produce more reliable, higher-quality prints than others on the market.

“The driving force behind our company is to do everything free and open so together we can innovate. We are the opposite of companies who patent every little thing—in our eyes patents are devised to lock others out. They don’t allow others to think on ideas, change, or improve them. We believe that being free and open is good for innovation, and it’s good business,” Jeff Moe, President of Aleph Objects, explains.

Fully assembled, robust and ready to ship next day, the AO-101 arrives complete with a toolkit, plastic for printing and a step-by-step manual. Taking a community approach to business, the technology is designed to be customizable to meet the needs of the project at hand. The philosophy of “Libre Hardware” is built into everything LulzBot creates, giving users the freedom to continually learn from, share and improve hardware and software for the betterment of all.

LulzBot’s unique approach was recently recognized with a Respects Your Freedom (RYF) certification from the Free Software Foundation’s (FSF) – a first-of-its-kind certification for a hardware product for both the AO-100 and recent AO-101.

“A huge focus for us is to streamline our business and manufacturing process so that we are continually adding value. Recently, we reduced build time from 5.5 hours to 2 hours, meaning we can pass savings on to our customers. Other companies build machines after you buy, or are backordered for weeks. We have printers across the globe, ready to ship,” explains Moe.

Aleph Objects not only stands behind their product, but also on it. Standing on it, strapping it in the back of a truck or testing it upside down, are just part of the routine.

For more information, visit: www.lulzbot.com

Published in Aleph Objects

Computer Aided Technology, Inc.(CATI) will offer the complete line of 3D Printers and 3D Production Systems from Stratasys Ltd. (the corporate entity formed in 2012 by the merger of 3D printing companies Stratasys, Inc. and Objet Ltd.), starting on January 1st 2013. Since 2008, CATI has been the exclusive Objet 3D Printer Dealer, serving clients in Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, Missouri, Kansas, Iowa, Minnesota, and Kentucky. CATI will continue to offer the Objet inkjet-based 3D Printer Lines and will join a  handful of Stratasys dealers to distribute both Objet inkjet-based and FDM  3D printing technologies. This will add to its current Objet product portfolio of desktop, Eden and multi-material Connex line 3D printers, the Mojo, uPrint, Dimension, and Fortus lines of 3D printers and production systems.  
 
“This is a tremendous opportunity. The addition of Stratasys Technology to our Objet product lineup will benefit our clients greatly, giving them a choice of the best technologies the 3D Printing industry has to offer.  We look forward to our partnership with Stratasys Ltd.,”Rich Werneth, President Computer Aided Technology, Inc.

“The team at CATI has been a valuable asset to the Objet Community as one of our top resellers.  Their experience and commitment to providing clients with complete solutions to their product development challenges made it an easy choice to have them become one of the first dealers in North America to offer both the Objet inkjet-based Technology as well as the Stratasys FDM Technology,” said, Gilad Gans, Executive Vice President Global Field Operations for Stratasys Ltd.

CATI is currently upgrading facilities to accommodate the additional product offerings.

For more information, visit: www.cati.com

Published in CATI

Mcor Technologies Ltd today announced the availability of a new 3D printer with the most powerful colour capability ever. Named after the goddess of the rainbow, the Mcor IRIS prints in more than one million hues simultaneously as it creates photo-realistic physical objects from 3D data.

High-fidelity colour is critical for many organizations in manufacturing, education, architecture, military and health care that need product prototypes, architectural studies, three-dimensional maps and medical models to improve sales, marketing, communication, treatment and logistics.

While most “colour” 3D printers print only a handful of colours – one at a time in solid patches – the IRIS delivers True Colour, printing different hues simultaneously from a palette more than twice the size of its nearest competitor, including pure black.

Mcor takes its unique colour capability a major step further by rendering colour as rich, vibrant and complex as it appears on a computer screen. That’s because the build material is paper, the original and natural medium for coloured ink. The plaster employed by other 3D printers turns ink to mud, significantly altering intended hues.

“With the IRIS, what you see on your screen is what you get in your hand, and that’s limited only by your imagination,” said Mcor co-founder and CEO Dr. Conor MacCormack. “Ink was intended for paper, which is the ideal canvas for bright, high-resolution colour.”

Other factors in IRIS colour quality include Mcor’s patented 3D colour ink, which permeates the entire part, not just the surface. Printabilty on all surfaces, including undercuts and side walls. Consistent colour from part to part.

“The Mcor IRIS is just the 3D printer we’ve been waiting for,” said Allan Valentin Hansen, managing director of Mcor reseller Saitu Graphic Equipments Co.,Ltd. “Our customers want to cost-effectively produce high-quality, durable 3D prototypes with the most realistic colours. These are precisely the capabilities Mcor has delivered with the IRIS and I’m certain we will see a huge demand for this new printer.”

“In Education, the availability of a 3D printer opens up a new world of possibilities, imagination, creativity and innovation,” said Fred Hampton, co-owner of Mcor distribution partner Southern Educational Systems (SES). “The addition of colour to the process exponentially multiplies and enhances the educational experience. Let’s open wide the iris of the mind’s eye and experience the colours. Thank you Mcor.”

IRIS specifications include:

Build size:
A4 Paper: 256 x 169 x 150mm
Letter Paper: 9.39 x 6.89 x 5.9 inches

Layer Thickness:
0.1mm (0.004 in)
0.19mm (0.007in ply colour only)

Colour resolution:
5760 x 1440 x 508 dpi

Machine resolution:
0.004 inches

File Formats for Printing:
STL, OBJ, VRML

Software:
Mcor’s SliceIT plus Colour Module

Workstation Compatibility:
Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows 7

The Mcor IRIS and its monochrome sibling, the Mcor Matrix 300+, are the world’s only 3D printers that create models from paper (standard Letter/A4 sheets), whether fresh or used. Models can be disposed of in the recycling bin for cradle-to-grave sustainability. When pages are cut and bound together, the model is tough, durable and stable – no infiltration is required.

Mcor 3D printers employ water-based adhesive – no toxic fumes, lasers, airborne powder or toxic resins – enabling the machine to easily co-exist in an office or classroom. Part cost is 5 percent of other technologies’ costs, and total cost of Mcor IRIS ownership over five years is one-fifth that of the competition.

The Mcor IRIS can be ordered today through Mcor’s worldwide reseller network for December delivery at €11,300 (£10,200 or $15,866 USD), the manufacturer’s suggested retail price per year for the three-year Free D plan. The unique Free D plan includes machine use, free materials and service, and reflects Mcor’s commitment to unfettered innovation – encouraging access to and use of powerful 3D printing technology. Instead of discouraging use through expensive consumables, the company rewards use with a flat price.

For more information, visit: www.mcortechnologies.com/products/mcor-iris

Published in Mcor Technologies

Objet Ltd launched today at Euromold the Objet1000, the company’s largest 3D printer to date. Featuring a 1000 x 800 x 500 mm (39 x 31 x 20 inch) wide-format build envelope, the Objet1000 is ideal for automotive, defense and aerospace, industrial machinery, consumer goods and household appliance sectors as well as high-end service bureaus that need to create industrial size, 1:1 scale prototypes.

Ideal for all-round fit, form and functional prototyping, the Objet1000 combines a large and extremely convenient build platform with the advanced precision of inkjet 3D printing and Objet’s renowned Connex multi-material capability – all in a single machine.

According to Objet CEO David Reis, “As our largest ever 3D printing system, the Objet1000 takes advanced inkjet 3D printing technology to the next scale. The system enables our customers in a range of industries to now quickly and effectively prototype anything at full size, 1:1 scale, from whole airplane and automobile assemblies to complete household appliances. The Objet1000 is the next step in the 3D printing revolution”.

"The Objet1000 saves manufacturers and designers from having to assemble prototypes from smaller-sized jigsaw pieces or from having to use various less effective or efficient solutions,” said Igal Zeitun, VP for Product Marketing and Consumables at Objet.

“Unlike comparable 3D printing systems, the Objet100 is just as good at printing 1:1 scale casings that can be drilled, assembled, and screwed together as it is at reproducing the precise look and feel of small, complexly assembled consumer products. The system is easy to use, can work for prolonged unattended periods, and requires only the minimal manpower to operate,” added Zeitun.

The Objet1000 system offers an unrivaled choice of over 100 materials, enabling designers and engineers to simulate both standard and ABS-grade plastics. As with all Objet Connex 3D printers, the Objet1000 is also able to print up to 14 different material properties within a single model.

The Objet1000 also will be introduced at Autodesk University 2012 in Las Vegas. Bruce Bradshaw, Marketing Director for North America, will be presenting “Additive Manufacturing: Affordable? Accessible? Adoptable?” on Wednesday, Nov. 28 at 8 a.m. (PST) at Mandalay Bay (Breakers H, Level 2), and media are welcome to visit Objet’s booth, #1101, throughout Autodesk University.

First shipments of the Objet1000 will be to select customers starting from Q2/2013. Wider availability is expected during H2/2013.

Objet1000 Summary of Benefits:

  • Precise 3D printing of very large and very small, finely detailed 3D models
  • Extremely large build envelope – 1000 x 800 x 500 mm (39 x 31 x 20 inch)
  • Objet Connex multi-material 3D printing technology
  • Wide range of usages and applications to meet Form, Fit & Functional verification needs
  • Simulates standard & ABS-grade engineering plastics
  • Exceptionally reliable with large resin cartridges
  • Requires only small operating teams & unattended jobs
  • Efficient cost of operation & fast ROI
  • Ideal for automotive, aerospace & defense, consumer goods, household appliances, industrial machinery and specialist service bureaus

For more information, visit: www.objet.com/3d-printers/connex/objet1000





Published in Objet

3D Systems (NYSE:DDD) announced today the immediate availability of its next generation ProJet® 3500 HDMax and CPXMax professional series 3D printers with greater productivity, larger high definition prints and remote tablet controls. These new ProJet printers are on display November 27-30, 2012 at EuroMold, Messe Frankfurt, Germany in Hall 11 stand D48.
 
ProJet 3500 Max printers incorporate 3D Systems’ latest patented Multi-Jet Modeling (MJM) print technology, including its production-grade printhead, advanced material management, full platform high definition printing, tablet-like touchscreen controls, and remote tablet and smartphone connectivity. ProJet 3500 Max printers  are compatible with 3D Systems’ extensive range of VisiJet® print materials that cover the widest array of customer applications including high-impact, high temperature resistant durable plastic for functional testing, cast-friendly wax for rapid-foundry production, and specialized materials for the manufacturing of jewelry and personalized medical devices.  ProJet® 3500 is the only printer on the market that comes with a five-year printhead warranty that saves thousands of dollars in annual customer operating costs compared to other alternatives.
 
“3D Systems next generation ProJet 3500 Max printers are the best yet,” said Buddy Byrum, Vice President of Product & Channel Management for 3D Systems. “We are excited to extend our print envelope for high resolution prints resulting in increased throughput and part size with feature detail and quality that is only possible with ProJet printers.”
 
3D Systems’ new ProJet 3500 Max series, together with its expanded range of affordable ProJet printers and ZPrinters® are sold and serviced through its global network of Authorized Reseller Partners.

For more information, visit: www.printin3d.com/3d-printers



Published in 3D Systems

Solidoodle, the leader in affordable 3D printers, announces the Solidoodle 3 – 3D printer, providing one of the largest build areas in the consumer 3D printer class. With printable dimensions of 8” x 8” x 8” (512 in³) — more than twice the volume of the Solidoodle 2 (216 in³) — users will be able to print large objects with up to .1 mm in layer resolution. Priced at $799, this latest addition keeps with Solidoodle’s commitment to providing consumers with high-quality, plug-n-play 3D printers. The new printer is available for pre-order and will begin shipping in January 2013.

“I’m absolutely ecstatic about the success we’ve seen this year,” says Solidoodle CEO Sam Cervantes. “By offering the Solidoodle 3, we will be able to help satisfy a need for an even larger-format 3D printer while keeping with our focus on affordability and usability.”

Growing Demand

With burgeoning growth in the 3D printer market and a need for an affordable, high-quality option, Solidoodle’s ability to deliver on value has propelled its own rapid growth. Within its initial year of operations, the company has grown to over 60 employees and has delivered over 1,200 printers. With the announcement of its latest model, Solidoodle expects to see a record-breaking 2013.

Solidoodle, founded in late 2011 by aeronautical engineer and 3D printer industry-veteran Sam Cervantes, builds affordable 3D printers for both professional and consumer use. Solidoodle was named among CNET’s “Best of NY Tech Day 2012” out of more than 200 tech startups. Made in America, Solidoodle printers sell across the globe from Brooklyn to Brazil, with orders placed in more than 30 countries to date.

For more information, visit: www.solidoodle.com/2012/11/solidoodle-3-3d-printer

Published in Solidoodle

Will the 3D printer be this generation's "family PC," found under the trees of early adopters this holiday season? Is this the "must have" gift this year for your favorite tinkerer or high-tech enthusiast? MAKE magazine, leader of the maker movement and producer of the increasingly popular Maker Faire events, thinks so and has created the Ultimate Guide to 3D Printing to explain this breakthrough technology. Available on newsstands November 20 and in the Maker Shed now (makershed), this first-ever guide to personal 3D printers explains what 3D printing is and identifies five standout printers in the growing pack to help prospective buyers make smart choices. Featuring 15 of the most popular printers on the market, MAKE editors and other recognized experts in the 3D printing field put the printers through their paces with rigorous side-by-side comparison and testing.

"It sounds like the stuff of science fiction -- an appliance in your home that can print out physical objects from your computer -- but 3D printing is here today and MAKE has created the first comprehensive guide to this cutting-edge consumer technology," said Gareth Branwyn, editorial director of MAKE. "Whether you're a tech-savvy family, a diehard hobbyist, or a professional maker looking for a powerful prototyping tool, the Make: Ultimate Guide to 3D Printing has everything you need to stay ahead of the curve."

The heart of the publication, the 38-page buyer's guide, compares printers across thirteen attributes including setup, ease-of-use, speed, reliability, accuracy, print quality, and value. Detailed reviews of each printer include tests results, pro tips, and standout features. The review summary offers handy at-a-glance comparisons and MAKE's ultimate recommendations. The special issue also details the software used in 3D printing, how to scan objects, how to design objects, and the variety of materials you can use for 3D printing.

"We also take a look at some of the most useful objects you can download and print, the coolest things people have created with this technology, amazing medical applications, what the future of 3D printing might look like, and more," added Branwyn.

And the winners are...

Best Overall Experience: Afinia H-Series; also won for Easiest Setup and Easiest to Use. MAKE Editorial Director Gareth Branwyn calls this printer family-friendly and jokingly refers to it as the "Easy Bake Oven" of all the printers tested.

Best Open Hardware: Ultimaker; also won for Most Accurate and Fastest. Branwyn says this machine is a tinkerer's dream -- for makers who want to get under the hood and tune their printer to perfection.

Best in Class (Premium): MakerBot Replicator 2; also a runner-up for Most Accurate. This is the machine for maker professionals, those who want to do modeling, rapid prototyping, product parts, and similar applications.

Best in Class (Midrange): Type A Series 1; also a runner-up for Most Accurate. This machine was identified as another printer for the serious enthusiast or professional, with its huge print volume and excellent output results.

Best in Class (Entry Level): Printrbot LC; A great "my first 3D printer," says Branwyn, a perfect way to get your feet wet without spending a lot of money.

MAKE is the first magazine and media company devoted entirely to the maker movement. Through a powerful combination of open source hardware, personal fabrication tools, and connected makers, MAKE and the maker movement are fostering sweeping changes, from the classroom to the boardroom. MAKE is a division of O'Reilly Media and based in Sebastopol, CA. "The maker movement has brought the pre-1970s world of basement workshops and amateur tinkering into the digital age." -- The New York Times

For more information, visit: www.makershed.com/Make_Ultimate_Guide_to_3D_Printing_p/1449357377.htm

Published in MAKE Magazine

Objet Ltd., the innovation leader in 3D printing for rapid prototyping and additive manufacturing, today announced the release of an accessible, attractively-priced and all-inclusive 3D printing package for schools, colleges, universities and institutes of higher education.

“The Objet30 Scholar Package was developed to make Objet’s 3D printing systems and solutions even more accessible to the strategically important education market,” says Gilad Gans, Executive Vice President for Objet. “It provides students and faculties across multiple disciplines – particularly STEM curriculum studies – with increased opportunities to create and prototype advanced design ideas.”

Tailor-made 3D printing solutions for the education market are a strategic objective of Objet. The company’s 3D Printers have been adopted by many of the world’s leading universities and research departments, including Virginia Tech, University of New Orleans, Art Center College of Design, Purdue University, and The Technion.

The package was designed with educators in mind allowing academic institutions to focus on creativity. It includes the Objet30 Scholar professional desktop 3D Printer; two or three year supply of rigid opaque 3D printing materials (Objet RGD240 rigid blue and support material) which Objet will store and deliver on-demand; a desktop Water-Jet system to remove the support material; training for users; maintenance of the 3D Printer; and technical support. Objet30 Scholar customers are also entitled to further discounted 3D printing material re-fill packages.

The Objet30 Scholar provides 28 micron layer accuracy and the material features high-detail visualization for simulating the precise look of standard plastic products. As well as giving students the ability to develop a 3D printing project portfolio, the Objet30 Scholar package provides graduates and post-graduates with valuable knowledge and experience that can help support future design and manufacturing careers in Fortune 500 companies that operate similar professional 3D printing systems.

About the Objet30 Scholar Package

  • Ultra-high resolution accuracy, typically 0.1 mm (0.0039 inch)
  • Produces models with smooth surfaces, fine details & moving parts
  • Suitable for small spaces, offices and desktop operation
  • Can be used with all types of 3D CAD software
  • Tray Size (X×Y×Z) 300x200x150mm (11.81x7.87x5.9 inches)

Package Benefits

  • A one-time package for 2 or 3 years
  • No material storage headaches
  • On-demand materials, delivered when needed
  • High resolution 3D printing for simulating the precise look of students’ intended end product

For more information, visit: www.objet.com/industries/education/objet30-scholar

Published in Objet

Turning virtual designs into 3D physical objects will soon become a reality for staff and students at the University of Bristol’s Merchant Venturers School of Engineering (MVSE) thanks to the donation of the latest in 3D technology by Bits from Bytes, a subsidiary of 3D Systems Ltd.

3D printing takes virtual designs from computer aided design (CAD) or animation modelling software and turns them into physical 3D objects, building them up layer by layer. It works like a computerised hot-glue gun which moves about putting down layers of molten plastic in precise locations.

The model that will be donated to the University is a 3DTouch, which works by building up layers of either PLA or ABS plastic. The 3D model is formed from the molten plastic using the data from a CAD drawing.

3D print technology is a rapidly developing technology and is now used extensively within manufacturing, engineering and academic research.  

The donation will enable the University, working with Bits from Bytes, to offer the latest educational 3D printing technology to students and staff in the MVSE.

Dr Neill Campbell, Head of the Merchant Venturers School of Engineering at the University of Bristol, said: “We are extremely grateful to Bits from Bytes for the donation of this latest 3D equipment.  The 3D printer is a valuable research tool and will help accelerate projects that would normally take time using conventional modelling methods. The technology will open up a whole new world of opportunity and will ensure staff and students continue to be at the forefront of teaching and research.”

Iain Major, IT and Operations Director of Bits from Bytes and a University alumnus, added: “We are delighted to be able to provide a launch pad for research at the University of Bristol. It will be fantastic to find out via our online forum what objects students are printing in MVSE.  Bristol has an outstanding reputation for producing engineers equipped for the future, now they will be able to get hands-on experience of this futuristic technology on a daily basis. We are firmly committed to supporting all sectors of education and to encourage users of our machines to push boundaries with novel applications of the technology.”

The official handover of the 3D equipment took place on Monday 5 November in the atrium of the Merchant Venturers School of Engineering, Woodland Road, Bristol.

For more information, visit: www.bristol.ac.uk/engineering/schools/mven or www.bitsfrombytes.com

Published in University of Bristol

voxeljet presents the world's first continuous 3D printer VXC800. This series machine is based on the innovative VXConcept study, which garnered considerable attention at GIFA 2011. The VXC800 will celebrate its premiere at EuroMold 2012.

"Our presentation of the concept study was so well received that we decided on a rapid implementation of the project. The VXC800 establishes a completely new generation of machines that allows the building and unpacking process steps to run at the same time, without having to interrupt the operations of the system," says Dr. Ingo Ederer, CEO of voxeljet technology.

This leap in technology has become possible thanks to a novel patented design with a horizontal belt conveyor that controls the layer building. The layers are built at the entrance of the belt conveyor, while the unpacking takes place at the exit. The finished component can simply be removed from the rear end of the system when it has gone through the entire material.

The length of the moulds is virtually unlimited with this type of system, as there are no restrictions with respect to the length of the belt conveyor. The width and height of the build space are 850 x 500 mm. The VXC800 works with a 600 dpi high-definition print head and layer thicknesses ranging from 150 µm to 400 µm.

Apart from the technological highlights, users will be pleased with the investment and operating costs, which are lower than those of conventional systems. "The development of the world's first 3D continuous printer is a milestone not just for voxeljet but the entire industry. Orders for the machine can be placed as of the start of the EuroMold. The first deliveries are planned for the second quarter of 2013," says Dr. Ederer.

For more information, visit: www.voxeljet.de

Published in voxeljet

Le FabShop, the French digital workshop, is delighted to announce that it will be selling Makerbot products — including the new Replicator 2 — in France, through its online shop, le FabStore.
 
Le FabShop is a community based hub for design and digital manufacturing as well as research & development activities and is equipped with a diverse range of tools to meet the needs of researchers, designers, students or consumers that may otherwise not have access to such tools. Responding to local demand across of range of sectors, Le FabShop brings together a full spectrum of digital techniques to provide custom manufacturing and collaboration for anyone that requires it.
 
A subsidiary of batitrad.pro, Le FabShop is led by visionary Bertier Luyt, who is an advocate for 3D digital technologies and specifically, 3D printing. With a passion for this technology area and a practical understanding of the processes this latest announcement regarding a distribution agreement with Makerbot is a particularly good fit.
 
Moving forward, Le FabShop will promote and distribute all Makerbot products, including the consumables, across France, which will include implementing a Replicator 2 in the digital workshop in Brittany.
 
For more information, visit: www.lefabshop.fr

Published in MakerBot

Micromaching leader, Potomac Photonics, is pleased to announce the addition of a high-resolution 3D printer to its contract manufacturing services unit. The printer is quick and cost effective.

The 3D Systems Projet HD 3000 Plus is ideal for manufacturing small scale, high accuracy plastic parts. It has three build modes: high definition, extra-high definition, and ultra-high definition. It produces parts in an acrylic-based plastic that simulates real-world appearance and feel for complex modeling and functional testing applications.

In most cases, Potomac can provide 24-hour turnaround for real plastic parts that can be used for concept development, design verification, form-fit testing and product presentations. Parts can be created from a 3D drawing with pricing from as low as $25/part.

The 3D printing services are ideal for Medical Device, Biotech, Electronics, Alternative Energy, Automotive and Consumer Goods industries that can outsource their prototyping and production projects. Potomac Photonics is ISO 9001:2008 and ISO 13485:2003 certified.

“The 3D Systems Projet HD 3000 plus is a perfect addition to our broad range of micromanufacturing capabilities that includes laser machining, micro-CNC and small hole drilling services,” said Mike Adelstein, President, Potomac Photonics.

For 30 years, Potomac Photonics has been a leader in microfabrication and small hole drilling. Potomac’s contract services span prototyping to production, helping clients develop miniature products and bring them to market. Potomac is an authorized distributor for high-tech manufacturing technologies such as 3D printer and laser systems. Using cutting-edge manufacturing technology, Potomac has been recognized by both commercial and government agencies for innovation in areas such as medical device, electronics, aerospace, and automotive manufacturing. Potomac’s high-tech facility, located in Lanham, MD, is ISO 9001:2008 and ISO 13485:2003 certified.

For more information, visit: www.potomac-laser.com

Published in Potomac Photonics

Mcor Technologies Ltd, manufacturer of the only line of paper 3D printers in the world today announced the launch of the Matrix 300+, lowest cost, highest quality, most eco-friendly 3D printer that is now 3 times faster!

The Matrix 300+ extends the benefits of Mcor's Matrix technology and further delivers on the vision of providing accessible 3D printing solutions. The Matrix is the only 3D printer in the world that can use A4/Letter paper to make 3D objects - the low cost, eco-way. And the 'Matrix' is already in use printing extraordinary things with clients such as the Royal College of Art, Florida State University and KCI Medical.  

The Matrix 300+ has been re-designed to enable a faster turnaround on part production and so in turn putting even more parts into more hands at no extra cost. Mcor have implemented a Selectable Layer Thickness (S.L.T.) technique that allows the Matrix to run in two different modes, draft or presentation. The Matrix 300+ is also sold with enhanced software which reduces build time and simplifies the 'weeding' process. Mcor have also developed a new Matrix technique called V.V.D. - Variable Volume Deposition - this technique enables the production of more complex parts that are even stronger and more durable. And the 300+ continues to offer a low cost, eco-friendly option which is an ideal choice for use in an office or educational environment. "With the Matrix 300+, our customers can economically print high-definition durable parts in-house," said Dr Conor MacCormack, Mcor Co-founder & CEO. "With a faster print speed and increased print capability, the new Matrix 300+ delivers even more value for engineering, education, AEC and packaging design applications."

Mcor have been expanding its operations rapidly on all fronts in recent months; they have moved to a new HQ in Ireland, opened a second office in the US and, added key staff. The company also recently announced the Mcor IRIS which has been developed to build on the award-winning Matrix technology and maintain the extremely low cost and eco-friendly ethos while adding the one thing people really want for their models, full 600 dpi colour. "The Mcor Iris produces sharp vibrant prints; printing on to a pure white media produces better colour authenticity and reproduction when compared with other colour 3D printing technologies - we like to call it colour with soul." stated Dr Conor MacCormack.

Mcor's goal is to continue to provide accessible 3D printing solutions with many other products to roll out in the near future, "The mantra within Mcor is 'unfettered innovation', said Dr MacCormack. The Matrix 300+ and Iris are just the first in a series of exciting developments for the company moving forward."

The Matrix 300+ will be available globally in late 2012.

For more information, visit: www.mcortechnologies.com/products

Published in Mcor Technologies
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