On Friday, January 6 at CES 2017, The TCT Group will present an exciting one day program entitled, “3D Printing: Evaluating the Evolution”, which aims to explore the reality of how consumers will be affected by 3D printing in a wide range of sectors including health and fitness, apparel, design, transport and the Internet of Things.

Now in its fourth year, the TCT Conference at CES goes from strength to strength with past delegates including Airbus, Amazon, BMW, DoD, Facebook, Hyundai, IBM, Intel, Microsoft, Northrop Grumman, Phillips, PING, Tencent and Walmart. All of whom attend to get the very latest updates on the technology, hear about breakthrough applications, and get a steer on how 3D printing will impact our lives in the future.

The stellar 2017 line-up features presentations from the Oscar-nominated animation studio, LAIKA, sportswear giant Reebok, and GE Additive - the company that has just validated the entire industry with a billion-dollar investment.

Complementing these exciting presentations will be further insights from SAP, Intel and the exciting open source manufacturer Local Motors which uses 3D printing extensively in its vehicle production. The day will conclude with the engaging Todd Grimm hosting a discussion panel with many of the days speakers contributing. It promises to deliver world class insight into what is possible today and what might be tomorrow.

The 2017 edition of CES will also see the TCT Group continue its sponsorship of the 3D Printing Marketplace on the show floor. The expo, open to visitors January 5-8, will feature technology leaders showing the latest developments in desktop 3D printing machinery. Cutting edge technology from the likes of Formlabs, Aleph Objects, Markforged, Beijing Tiertime Technology and DWS SRL will demonstrate on the show floor that there is a real thirst for reliable desktop machinery to print parts from prototyping to production.

Organovo is presenting the first data showing survival and sustained functionality of its 3D bioprinted human liver tissue when implanted into animal models. This data is being presented at the TERMIS-Americas Meeting in San Diego.

“With a critical shortage of donor organs and few alternatives to transplantation, Organovo is using its 3D bioprinting technology to develop novel therapeutic tissues for direct surgical implantation,” said Eric Michael David, M.D., J.D., chief strategy officer and executive vice president of preclinical development, Organovo.  “Our preclinical data show rapid vascularization and tissue engraftment, and evidence of function and durability of our 3D bioprinted human liver tissue over several weeks.  Most importantly, we see evidence of stable production of key human liver proteins in the animal bloodstream, and tissue staining for key human metabolic enzymes.  The presence of these enzymes provides an important first step in demonstrating the capability of this tissue to treat inborn errors of metabolism, a key indication we are targeting.”

Organovo implanted its 3D bioprinted human liver tissue patches onto the livers of NOD/SCID mice. The tissue was composed of human hepatocytes and select non-parenchymal cells. Function of the 3D bioprinted human liver tissue patches was seen via detection of human albumin, alpha-1-anti-trypsin and fibrinogen in the circulating blood of the mice as early as seven days and for at least 28 days post-implantation. Histopathologic evaluation of the implanted therapeutic tissue revealed retention of the bioprinted cellular organization through 28 days post-implantation, with robust staining for key human metabolic enzymes associated with inborn errors of metabolism, such as Fumarylacetoacetate Hydrolase (FAH) deficiency and Ornithine Transcarbamylase (OTC) deficiency. The tissues remained intact on the animal liver and were well tolerated by the animals. Taken together, these data support further preclinical development of Organovo’s 3D bioprinted liver tissue for therapeutic use.

Focusing first on acute-on-chronic liver failure and pediatric inborn errors of metabolism, both indications where a bioprinted liver patch may show therapeutic benefits, Organovo intends to submit an Investigational New Drug (“IND”) application to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) for its therapeutic liver tissue in three to five years. As appropriate, Organovo will pursue breakthrough therapy designation, clinical development outside the United States, and other opportunities to help accelerate time to market.

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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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Fusion3 continues to build on its open material philosophy, announcing a significant expansion of the number of materials supported by its flagship F400 3D printer. The company has certified over 35 different formulations of generic and specialty 3D filaments produced by 13 3D filament manufacturers. Tested and approved filament categories now include generic and specialty formulations of PLA, ABS, ASA, PET, PETG, PC-ABS, Nylon, Polycarbonate, Flexible (TPU/TPE), Polyester, Acrylics, and HIPS (soluble).

“Most of our customers use industrial plastics in their daily operations and tell us they will adopt 3D printing technologies more quickly when these plastics are available as printable filaments”, said Chris Padgett, Fusion3 CEO. “Fusion3 has created a rigorous filament testing and certification program for new materials with our line of affordable, high-performance 3D printers. This program ensures our customers can select quality filament manufacturers in both the US and Europe, and leverages the development of new, innovative materials, ranging from high-temperature / high strength plastics, novel flexible or metal, ceramic and organic material infused filaments.

Fusion3’s certification process is composed of 2 steps. First, the company evaluates the materials for both performance and safety. For those materials that pass those criteria, the company then creates turn-key configuration files (‘profiles’), optimized for the F400 to ensure successful results in the very first print.

“Unlike many 3D printer manufacturers, we do not sell filament to our customers,” said Chip Royce, Fusion3’s Vice President of Sales & Marketing. “Customers have told us they don’t like being locked into high prices and a limited choice of compatible materials. Fusion3 provides our customers the ability to shop across different 3D filament manufacturers, ensuring the best quality, price and customer service.”

Each month, Fusion3 updates its list of certified materials and publishes turn-key configuration files (profiles) for each material. This month the company added three new material categories to its certification list:

ASA: A staple in industrial injection molding, ASA is now available as a 3D printing filament. ASA has excellent UV, weather, and chemical resistance and is a great choice for parts that will be outdoors or other severe conditions and need to retain their functionality.

Flexible Materials: Flexible materials are generally difficult to print. The drive system in Fusion3’s F400 3D printer is able to print most flexible materials and currently supports NinjaTek ™ SEMIFLEX, MakeShaper TPU 95A and 85A and Taulman3D PCTPE.

PETG: Specially developed for 3D printing, PETG combines good strength with high flexibility and durability. PETG is ideal for mechanical parts due to high impact resistance and durability. Many versions are approved by FDA for food contact.

These certified materials are produced by a ‘who’s who’ of leading North American and European 3D filament manufacturers including Atomic Filament, ColorFabb, E3D, Fillamentum, MakeShaper, NinjaTek, ProtoPasta, ProtoParadigm, Taulman3D, 3DXtech, 3D-Fuel, Toner Plastics, Ultimachine and Verbatim.

To participate in Fusion3’s certification program, manufacturers contact Fusion3 and request testing of currently available and pre-production materials. For pre-production materials, Fusion3 is able to provide additional value by providing feedback to fine-tune the performance of these materials and distribute configuration files to our customers, coinciding with your product launch.

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At the 2nd International Conference on 3D Printing in Medicine in Mainz, Germany, the focus is on innovative deployment options for the 3D print process in medicine. Already, 3D printing is being applied in virtually all medical disciplines. So orthopaedic surgeons, oral and maxillofacial surgeons, vascular surgeons, ophthalmologists, urologists, dermatologists and ear, nose and throat doctors are now using individually adapted 3D implants.

Well-known international physicians, material scientists and engineers are involved with the opportunities that 3D printing opens up in oral and maxillofacial surgery, casualty surgery, orthopaedic surgery and vascular surgery, as presenters at the 2nd International 3D Print conference. Additionally, further medical disciplines such as ophthalmology, dentistry and neurosurgery will also be featured. The presenters will also be examining the influence 3D print has on regenerative medicine. Using the 3D print process, veins, nerves, breast tissue, bone replacement material or corneas can already be artificially produced today.

Last but not least, this cross-disciplinary conference will also be about new developments in materials science with reference to 3D print, as well as 3D bioprinting. 3D bioprinting technology, which supports the reproduction of organic tissue, enables the precise arrangement of living, human cells in three-dimensional structures. It is seen as a key technology for producing functional tissue or whole organs in future. The 2nd International 3D Print Conference in Mainz will also look into the question of which new and biocompatible materials can be optimised for many methods of treatment.

3D printing will be finding more medical areas of deployment. A study by the A.T. Kearney business consultancy has reached the conclusion that a growth rate of 20-25% is to be reckoned with in the medical sector by 2020. The production of individualized transplants is becoming more and more important, especially in prosthetic joints (for hips, shoulders, knees and jaws).

Some further questions that the conference will be addressing are: What are the developments and advances in medicinal 3D printing? Which medical disciplines already use 3D printing for individual solutions today? Which materials are used in the production of individual implants and how do these newly developed materials distinguish themselves? Which technologies are applied and how are they further developed? The conference also cultivates the promotion of cross-disciplinary dialogue between experts from medicine, materials science and engineering. This event is also intended to combine synergies among participants from different areas, to work out and support any national and international cooperation projects.

In consequence of the great international success of the first conference in Mainz in April 2016, there was soon a demand from the scientists for follow-up event. Mainz was chosen once more to be the location for the 2nd International Conference of 3D Printing in Medicine.

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Threedigo announced the launch of an online community marketplace that connects 3D printer owners with those who are looking for a 3D printer to use, thus providing an additional income source and an accessible service to 3D printing users worldwide.

Threedigo enables users to find 3D printer owners by filtering locations, printer types, size capabilities, and more. Anyone who owns a 3D printer can start monetizing money right away, with any kind of 3D printer and by setting the desired rates, just like on other successful sharing economy apps such as Airbnb and Uber.

Users just need to sign up for an account and wait for it to be approved. Once the process is cleared, anyone can start renting a 3D printer’s time! It is a quick and easy process.

“The market has been constantly growing during the past few years but not quite enough,” said Threedigo CEO and Founder, Sebastian Rueda, during a press conference.  “Threedigo is the key to give a strong impulse to the use of this astonishing technology”.

Since it was first made commercially available in 1986, 3D printing has managed to push the barriers of human creativity. At first, its progress was slow due to the lack of adequate software and hardware technologies needed to achieve an efficient mass production of the machines, with reduced costs that could make them available to the public.

Now, in 2016, each year hundreds of new 3D printer models for are released to be more efficient, lighter, and faster. Upgrading becomes everyone's temptation. You might find yourself owning 2 or 3 different systems while waiting for the next big surprise. And then you barely use the older ones, right?  That should not be the case: most 3D Printers are actually quite durable and can support most file systems available today. They still print with software like 123D Design, 3D Slash, Photoshop CC, TinkerCAD, SketchUp AutoCAD, ZBrush and 3ds Max. All you really need is your imagination to create new applications for them.

So there is a big gap between those who have access to many 3D printers, and those who don't own even one. Machine prices may be much more accessible than in the past but not yet accessible to everyone who needs one. For example students and classrooms. With so many people in need of a 3D printer, why not enable them to take advantage of 3D printers that are no longer being used? Threedigo lets you do just that!

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SAP and Stratasys announced that SAP is establishing along with Stratasys, a global network of 3D printing co-innovation labs to educate and enable customers, employees and partners on the adoption of additive manufacturing as an integral part of the manufacturing production line. Unveiled in conjunction with charter co-innovation partner Stratasys, this initiative builds on SAP’s more than 40 years of experience across the industry. Digital manufacturing and co-innovation sites are currently being rolled out across Paris, France; Johannesburg, South Africa; Walldorf, Germany; and Newtown Square, Pennsylvania, and Palo Alto, California, in the United States.

“SAP and Stratasys share a common vision of the tremendous value distributed manufacturing brings to customers’ supply chains,” said Pat Carey, senior vice president, Sales, North America, Stratasys. “Harnessing this potential fully requires that 3D printing be seamlessly integrated with enterprise workflows for certification, planning, procurement and production. By participating in this initiative, it’s now possible to combine SAP’s leadership in these areas with our premier 3D printing solutions and services ecosystem. We look forward to further driving 3D printing adoption with these co-innovation customers.”

The SAP® Distributed Manufacturing application is intended to make 3D printing a valuable part of digital manufacturing by helping co-innovation customers and partners to transform the extended supply chain. Services related to SAP Distributed Manufacturing connect 3D printing to familiar business processes to help manufacturers achieve production and logistical cost savings and reduce complex supply chain issues. The new 3D printing co-innovation facilities offered by SAP will provide an interactive learning and design thinking environment. It enables SAP customers, partners and employees to further develop and test active business cases and applications of the latest distributed manufacturing technology.

“Manufacturers and their suppliers and production partners increasingly recognize the potential of 3D printing in smart digital supply chain strategies that are optimized with unprecedented speed and efficiency,” said Hans Thalbauer, senior vice president, Extended Supply Chain and IoT, SAP. “SAP is fast building a co-innovation network with leaders like Stratasys that share our vision for making connected, real-time distributed manufacturing a reality for our customers.”

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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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WhiteClouds announced the launch of 3DyourMAP for full-scale color 3d printed models produced from drone data. The new service is available via the drone industry's first app store, the DroneDeploy App Market, which launched this week.

According to PwC, the emerging global market for businesses using drones is expected to top $127 billion by 2020. As technologies like geo-fencing and collision avoidance increase regulators' confidence in larger numbers of drones taking to the skies, it is expected that the potential for commercial drones in industry will grow exponentially.

Customers will be able to send drone imagery of topography and terrain from DroneDeploy to WhiteClouds' servers where technical engineers will produce customized map models, available in different printed materials, for clients in widely varying industries.

"Transmitting drone data and creating customized, physical models of that data gives companies an edge and bridges the gap between digital and physical, driving more communication," says Braden Ellis, CRO, WhiteClouds, "It has always been part of our mission to help our business partners push the limits and achieve more through 3D Printing."

Currently the company sees businesses in agriculture, engineering, construction and mining visiting the DroneDeploy App Store and availing themselves of the new technology. But WhiteClouds' Ellis also sees 3DyourMAP enabling other tech manufacturers and developers to "deploy 3D printing to scale, allowing on demand products using captured data from lidar, photogrammetry, sonar, and any future 3D content capture on the horizon."

"Businesses are just beginning to see the benefits of integrating drone-captured imagery into planning and implementing new solutions," said Nicholas Pilkington, DroneDeploy's CTO and co-founder, "Partnering with WhiteClouds will enable companies to take full advantage of the technology seamlessly, quickly and affordably."

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3D Printing Asia is an annual event for the 3D printing industry in Asia, located at asiamold. 3D Printing Asia 2016 attracted additive manufacturing companies from 12 countries and regions, with a 25% increase in area compared with 2015. Products exhibited included industrial printers, personal printers, metal printing, plastic printing, ceramic printing, and laser sintering. More than 50 professional seminars and product promotions were held during the show, covering industry development trends and additive technology.

To further explore industry opportunities, 3D Printing Asia 2017 will be held concurrently with SIAF from March 1-3, 2017 and will continue to show the latest and the most comprehensive products and technologies in additive manufacturing industrial chain.

Exhibits Will Include:

  • 3D printers: 3D production printers, personal 3D printers, rapid prototyping, manufacturing equipment, laser rapid prototyping machines, injection moulding machines, 3D printer accessories
  • 3D printing materials: light-sensitive resins, plastic powders (nylon, glass fibre-reinforced nylon, carbon fibre-reinforced nylon, aluminium powder nylon and PEEK), metal powders (mould steel, titanium alloy, aluminium alloy, CoCrMo alloy and iron nickel alloy), nano material, other materials (ceramic, wood, glass and more), surface treatments
  • 3D scanning and relative software: 3D scanners, 3D measurement equipment, 3D measuring machines, 3D laser detection systems, photography measurement systems, 3D laser engraving machines, 3D imaging systems, Laser tracker machines, CAD/CAM systems, reverse engineering software, 3D scanning software, 3D design software
  • 3D printing services: 3D printing, rapid prototyping and model making, detection, measurement and scanning services, design and product development services, other reverse engineering services


Why should you participate at 3D Printing Asia:

  • Held concurrently with SPS – Industrial Automation Fair Guangzhou (SIAF)
  • 68 visitor delegations from over 48 countries, gain access to professional buyers representing prominent brands worldwide
  • Showcase your selection of 3D products to fulfill consumers’ sourcing needs
  • Messe Frankfurt has extensive experience putting together interactive summits and other concurrent events for promoting revolutionary 3D printing technologies
  • Utilizing the resources of Messe Frankfurt, 3D Printing Asia is an ideal platform for promoting your products on a global scale


For more information or to register, visit: www.asia3dexpo.com

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Worldwide unit shipments of 3D Printers rose +14% in the first half of 2016 compared to a year ago, according to figures released by CONTEXT, an IT market research company. The sub $5,000 Personal/Desktop category, representing the major part of total units sold, grew +15% Y/Y, while shipments in the Industrial/Professional segment declined -15% over the same period.

“The 3D Printer market is now becoming more clearly segmented into the Personal/Desktop printer category and the Industrial/Professional category,” notes Chris Connery VP for Global Analysis at CONTEXT. “There is little crossover between brands, channels and sometimes even end markets.  While linked by the term ‘3D Printing’, the two markets are clearly distinct.”

In the Personal/Desktop market, XYZprinting remained a leader with a 19% share in H1’16 in spite of weaker Q2’16 global unit shipments.  Amongst the top 5 vendors, Ultimaker, M3D and Flashforge all saw notable Y/Y growth in unit shipments compared to the first half of 2015. Only Stratasys (Makerbot) shipments declined from last year.  And while Education and Engineering were key target markets for most brands, Hobbyists and Enthusiasts remained a large part of this side of the market.

Even though shipments in the Industrial/Professional sector, representing 78% of global 3D Printer revenues, declined -15%, revenues grew +3% during the first half of 2016 due to the continued strength and high price points in the Metal 3D printer market. Sector leaders Stratasys and 3D Systems meanwhile both saw sizable drop-offs in Y/Y unit volume shipments. “Mindshare momentum is shifting to the likes of HP, Carbon and Metal 3D Printer makers,” said Connery. “With Stratasys and 3D Systems swapping out management and realigning strategies, competitive pressures are acting as a catalyst for future growth, with both of these top companies showcasing future technology advances prominently.”

Metal 3D Printer growth continued in the first half of 2016 with unit shipments up +17%.  Looking ahead, this segment will be bolstered even further as GE doubled-down on their commitment to the technology by announcing plans to acquire metal 3D Printer companies SLM Solutions and Arcam AB, second and fourth in size respectively. GE announced that its Aviation unit will form a new business not only to produce metal 3D Printers for their own use (with the Aerospace and Automotive markets being two of the most successful adopters of Additive Manufacturing to date) but also plans to sell Metal AM Machines as well, creating an entirely new business for GE.

For the remainder of 2016, the Personal/Desktop sector is still on track to grow +35% in unit shipments compared to the previous year, despite Mattel delaying plans to revive the ThingMaker brand with a $299 3D printer originally slated for 2016. XYZprinting will offer a handful of printers under $300, and sizable crowdsourced pre-orders are still likely to ship in this calendar year.

On the Industrial/Professional side, with HP disrupting the market with their presence but yet to ship in volume, and even with newcomers like Carbon and RICOH looking to make up the difference in lost sales from established players, this side of the industry will be lucky to see any volume growth in 2016.

“Even though the 3D Printing market is alternatively called the Additive Printing or Additive Manufacturing (AM) market, most of the printers sold today – with the exception of Metal 3D Printers – are still focused on Rapid Prototyping.  The next step for the industry is to focus on the ‘M’ side of the AM market,” noted Connery.  “As the Plastics side of the market begins to shift focus toward end-part production in 2017 and beyond, in line with the Metal side which has already turned this corner, this market really will begin to accelerate.”

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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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Avante Technology, LLC, a company specializing in the development of advanced 3D printing materials and technologies, announced that it has successfully printed functional injection molding tools with its FilaOne™ GRAY High Performance Composite Filament for 3D printers. The mold was used to make ASTM test bars out of ABS, High Density Polyethylene and Polypropylene, three of the most commonly used thermoplastics for molding plastic parts."

“We have now demonstrated that it is feasible to print simple, short run injection molding tooling on a desktop FDM printer”, said Robert Zollo, President of Avante Technology.

“With a material cost for this mold of less than US $25.00, our advanced composite can save manufacturers thousands of dollars and weeks of time in producing small numbers of working prototypes and short run product parts.”

Injection molding tools typically require a using high performance industrial printer costing $75,000 or more. The mold was printed using an experimental desktop FDM printed de-signed and build by Avante Technology.

According to Zollo, ”This class of high precision desktop printer can be purchased from a number of manufacturers that sell in the $5,000 to $7,500 price range. We have proven feasibility of printing small injection molding tools at an investment savings of 90% or more compared with conventional industrial grade printers that support printing of tooling.”

The two part mold (2” high x 1.5” wide x 3.6” long) was able to handle molding process heat (up to 440º F) and pressure for more than 15 injection cycles without noticeable wear in the mold cavity. More testing is planned to determine the useful life of each mold."

“We plan to continue to test a range of materials on a number of part designs with the goal of achieving a useful life of 100 cycles for our printed molds” said Zollo. "We believe this will be achievable before the end of this year.”

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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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Until October 30th, visitors of the Red Dot Design Museum are invited to discover pluralistic aspects of 3D Printing, a manufacturing technology that allows us to make things differently, and also to ponder how it can help individuals, enable social changes and positively contribute to the environment. In other words, how 3D Printing is making a difference. The exhibition “Making a Difference / A Difference in Making” brings together more than 80 groundbreaking 3D-printed works of art, design, engineering and science.

Curated by Marta Malé-Alemany, and produced by Materialise, a pioneering company dedicated to the engineering, development and application of 3D Printing, the exhibition invites visitors on a learning journey about a disruptive technology which is likely to be critical in the next decade.

“The Red Dot Design Museum displays the world’s largest exhibition of contemporary design and is a reference for industrial designers. Therefore it is the perfect place to host an exhibition that explores the technical and creative potential of 3D printing technology. We want to show visitors the pieces created by designers and technical experts that have challenged the use of materials and boundaries in 3D Printing and how often these challenging ideas have been transferred to successful industrial applications”, says Marcus Joppe, Managing Director of Materialise Germany.

Prof. Dr. Peter Zec, founder and CEO of Red Dot, explains: “3D Printing opens up new chances and possibilities to design products. More and more laypeople are discovering this too, and are producing objects at home in their own mini factory. But in order to fully exploit the potential of Additive Manufacturing for the mass market, it needs professional designers who possess the necessary expert knowledge. I am glad that Materialise is showing, in this exciting exhibition at the Red Dot Design Museum Essen, how 3D Printing is successfully being applied, and is thereby informing a broad audience about the influence of this technique on people, the society and environment.”

This traveling exhibition was first presented in 2015 at the Centre for Fine Arts in Brussels during the 25th anniversary of Materialise. Curator Marta Malé-Alemany, architect and recognized researcher in the field of digital fabrication technologies, has selected works from renowned artists, designers, public initiatives and prestigious research institutions as well as those of unknown innovative makers. The exhibition “Making a Difference / A Difference in Making” was acclaimed by both specialists and the general public in Brussels.

The exhibition is presented in two main sections. The first section, “A Difference in Making”, features a series of impressive and fascinating design creations that explore material opportunities enabled by the invention and development of 3D printing technology. It presents works from important designers such as Patrick Jouin, Iris van Herpen, Jan Wertel, Gernot Oberfell and Daniel Widrig among others.

“Making a Difference”, the second section, addresses three different curatorial domains: “Environment”, “Individual” and “Society”. Each category presents 3D-printed objects that range from medical implants, prosthetic devices, automotive and aerospace parts, furniture pieces, household appliances and more, with the aim of making visitors aware of how this technology already surrounds lives all around the world.

The “Environment” category presents projects that use 3D Printing with the specific concern of saving material and energy resources, as well as designs that question how 3D printing technology itself can be more sustainable and environmentally responsible.

The “Individual” category illustrates how 3D Printing enables the production of customized objects and parts, based on personal data. The projects presented here relate to the personal stories of people who have been touched by the technology, as it provides an individual solution to a unique case.

The category “Society” of “Making a Difference” displays different ways in which 3D Printing can shape our society. Here too, the selected projects give a multi-faceted perspective on the added value of this technology, while provoking inevitable questions. The exhibits address various subjects such as: the use of 3D Printing for the conservation of our past and future heritage, its role in revitalizing lost crafts, its implications as a critical instrument of emancipation and social empowerment, its potential for improving education, and others.

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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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MYMAT Solutions announced the launch of 4 new filaments to market during the 2016 TCT Show.

The new filament grades include:

  • MyMat HiPro > HIGH LEVEL PROPERTIES PLA Filament through crystallization directly in the 3d printer.
  • MyMat Foodie > Flexible filament for FOOD INDUSTRY, HOSTELRY and FOODIES APPLICATIONS
  • MyMat Kimi > Flexible filament for CHEMICAL RESISTANCE FOR ALKALINE, ALCOHOLS and BASIC LIQUIDS AND SOLUTIONS
  • MyMat C4U > Flexible filament for WELLNESS and ORTHOPEDIC SECTOR APPLICATIONS


Foodie, Kimi and C4U are flexible filaments joined to specific industries and sectors, and the HiPro is a revolutionary PLA filament that gets ABS properties with a really ease of use.

MyMat Solutions has already 2 nylon grades in the market, SOFT NYLON and ULTRA NYLON (reinforced with Carbon Fibre).

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Europac 3D, one of the UK’s leading 3D printing, scanning and inspection businesses, has been appointed as HP Channel Partner in the UK. The appointment will see Europac 3D become one of HP’s Channel Partners for the sales and servicing of all of HP’s 3D printing systems and accessories across the UK.

The decision to appoint Europac 3D comes as HP announces details of the launch of the new HP Jet Fusion 3D 3200 Printer and the HP Jet Fusion 3D 4200 Printer. Both products are set to revolutionise the marketplace by delivering a faster and higher print quality at a 50% cost-per-part reduction.

Europac was selected as an HP Channel Partner as the company 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.

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 been selected as a HP Channel Partner and look forward to supporting their ambitions here in the UK.”

Peter Hansford, HP’s Sales Channel Manager for UK, Ireland and Scandinavia, adds: “Based on HP Multi Jet Fusion™ technology, our new 3D prototyping and manufacturing system 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. We are pleased to partner with Europac 3D, who is a proven and trusted player in the industry in the UK and will deliver a best in class customer experience to HP 3D customers.”

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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.

 

Published in Nano Dimension

Additive manufacturing has been making a transition from prototyping, to a legitimate way to produce end-use parts. This has been a goal of the industry for some time, and many companies are embracing this change and looking for ways to use 3D printing to improve their product manufacturing. As with any process, engineers need to understand and take in to account what is unique about additive manufacturing when designing components that will be printed. Most aspects are the same as any process, but there a five key differences that should be taken into account.

Materials


Each technology offers one or more unique materials with unique properties and design constraints. Manufacturers are working on adding materials that increase the end-use application opportunities, with new materials coming out about every six months. When choosing a material for end-use, designers need to know what options they have and consider strength, stiffness, voids, non-uniform properties, chemical interaction, UV sensitivity and a host of other properties.

Supports

Every manufacturing method has something you need to work around, in additive manufacturing it is supports. As layers are deposited, supports must be used to constrain any overhanging material or gravity will pull the layer down. And with metal, supports are needed to conduct heat away and hold layers down against thermal strains. Even if that support material is powder or water soluble, every design needs to consider the following - the amount of support material required, the added cost, the removal process, and what the surface will look like, after removal, where the supports were connected. The best option is to remove as many supports as possible. Additionally, make sure that supports are not attached to any critical surfaces, if they are, expensive and time consuming post processing will be required. The removal of supports on plastic is fairly straightforward, often automatic, but with metal the material needs to be cut or ground off. Making sure that there is access to do this can be one of the biggest design challenges for metal end-use parts.

Orientation


Additive manufacturing is… additive. Almost all 3D printing methods build a part by creating one layer at a time. This creates directional material properties, as well as small stair steps on the outside surface. Strength, stiffness and Poison’s ratio are not uniform. Any design should consider what the variation is and take it in to account. The part should be oriented in the machine to minimize, or even take advantage of, the impact of a layer-based process.

Machine Constraints


Just as with any process, the limitations of the machine being used to make a part should be considered. The most obvious constraint is size. Although parts can be glued together or welded after printing, this is an added step and cost. The other significant machine constraint is layer height and minimum horizontal resolution. Every technology has a layer thickness that is discreet, so the dimension of a part or feature in the build direction must be a multiple of this thickness. Likewise, the resolution in the horizontal plane is a hard constraint.

Critical Dimensions and Features

Although accurate features and key dimensions can be a challenge with any additive processes, it is OK. Parts can still be machined. A good design minimizes the number of machining operations, but if used wisely, the machining cost will be much less than traditional methods and still deliver highly accurate critical features and dimensions.

Every manufacturing process has its strengths and weaknesses, and additive manufacturing is no different. As more and more parts are found that can benefit from this method, a good designer can take what makes it unique into account and design cost effective and durable components.

Eric Miller is a principal at PADT Inc. He is often called on to speak on the use of simulation and 3D Printing to enhance product development. His involvement in the startup community includes angel investing and mentoring. He can be reached at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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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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Shapeways announced the launch of interlocking metals in their printing portfolio, making it the first online 3D printing company to publicly offer this capability. Available in three metals—brass, bronze, and silver—with two finishes, these new materials allow designers to have up to six interlocking parts printed together—making it an ideal offering for makers creating jewelry, games and decor.

“The launch of interlocking metals is a huge step in how jewelers and designers can use Shapeways to bring their creations to life. From chains to earrings to necklaces, the introduction of interlocking metals not only eliminates post-processing production, but also invites the potential for more complex and intricate designs,” said Peter Weijmarshausen, Shapeways CEO. “By consistently expanding our materials and production offerings, we move steadily toward our goal of being the ultimate creative platform for makers--their designs being limited only by their imaginations.”

The interlocking metals will be offered in two finishes, raw and polished. Products with a raw finish are briefly tumbled for a rustic, matte look, with rough surfaces and some tarnishing. It’s great for antique-looking objects, functional parts, jewelry prototypes, and for metal models that will be polished and finished by hand. Polished products are put through an extensive hand-polishing for a smooth and shiny finish, perfect for jewelry and precious products. The printing for interlocking metals ensures a more durable product construction, due to there being no interlocking seams which would have been otherwise present when manually connecting parts.

The launch comes after having successfully introduced interlocking brass and silver to the Shapeways community via the materials pilot program last year. Bronze was added to the interlocking metals portfolio launch as a result of the feedback from the designer community during that test period.

Among the designers that have already embraced the interlocking metals capability is Lana Lepper, of LanaBetty. "To design jewelry specific for 3D printing is to design a piece that could not be made any other way. What I love about interlocking metals, is that it encompasses this idea perfectly,” said Lana. “Clients look at my interlocked pieces with wonderment and curiosity, searching for the point at which the metal was cut and re-soldered together. When it clicks and they begin to comprehend how the jewelry was designed and created, is the best moment. They get it and they immediately love the piece even more.”

With 13 new materials having been released this year, Shapeways now boasts 59+ material offerings.

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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

Asiamold – Guangzhou International Mould & Die Exhibition is set to hold its 10th edition from September 20 – 22, 2016 at the China Import and Export Fair Complex in Guangzhou. Over 360 exhibitors are expected to occupy two halls spanning across 20,000 square meters of exhibition space. More than 20,000 visitors, ranging from manufacturers and product suppliers to distributors and end-users, are anticipated to source in-demand mould making, die casting, metal working and 3D printing technologies for global manufacturing markets at the show.

Thematic zones are key to the show’s success and help big buyers in the manufacturing industry with their sourcing. At Asiamold 2016, the 3D Printing Asia Zone will continue to be a major fair highlight. To date, more than 85 renowned exhibitors from China, Germany, the Netherlands, Singapore and Taiwan have confirmed their participation in the zone and will showcase their latest rapid prototyping, CAD/CAM software development, 3D laser engraving technologies and more. Among the confirmed exhibitors are some of the world’s leading metal printing solution providers including Guangdong Hanbang 3D Technology, Jiangsu Yongnian Laser Forming Technology, Shenzhen Farsoon 3D Printing, Z Rapid Technologies and many others. Additionally, 3DCeram, a well-known ceramic 3D printing company from France, will also participate for the first time.

Not only does Asiamold facilitate global trade by connecting buyers and suppliers from across continents, but it also serves as a pivotal marketing and networking platform for all participants involved. The fair’s concurrent programme is crafted to help industry players unlock a world of business potential. This year, more than 30 sessions of high-level seminars covering mould, die and 3D printing technologies will be offered to highlight the industry’s innovative technological breakthroughs.

Additionally, the inaugural edition of the Guangzhou International Mould and Additive Manufacturing Technology Summit will run in unison with the first two days of the fair. The summit, led by prominent experts, will provide an overview of key technological development trends in the mould and die industry, and highlight challenges facing the automotive moulding industry. Furthermore, the final day of the summit will cover hot-button 3D printing applications for mould designs and metal printing as well as for the education, furniture and furnishing industries and more.

Apart from the concurrent interactive programme, another key highlight will be the 3D Printing Gallery. Over 50 creative projects focusing on high-precision designs will be displayed to demonstrate the latest 3D printing technologies. Some of the gallery exhibits will feature complex aerospace metal and auto parts, delicate jewellery and adornments with intricate patterns and more.

Asiamold is organised by Guangzhou Guangya Messe Frankfurt and a part of a series of international cooperated events including formnext and Intermold Japan. The next edition of formnext will be held from November 15 – 18, 2016 at the Frankfurt exhibition grounds in Germany. Intermold Japan will take place from April 12 – 15, 2017 in Toyko.

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Shapeways and Panalpina have entered into a strategic partnership which will enable both companies to expand their digital manufacturing capabilities globally. Panalpina sees digital manufacturing and 3D printing specifically as a perfect complement to its Logistics Manufacturing Services (LMS) offering, giving customers the possibility to customize products and bring production closer to consumer demand.

"3D printing is one of the most exciting frontiers of digital transformation," says Mike Wilson, Panalpina's global head of Logistics. "It stands for the convergence of the real with the virtual world – and it has the potential to dramatically change the traditional manufacturing and logistics industries."

Shapeways CEO Peter Weijmarshausen concurs: "As manufacturing moves from analog to digital, everything we know about product creation will change. Our community the world over is leveraging access to digital manufacturing from our platform to bring thousands of new products to life every day."

While the technology for 3D printing, or additive manufacturing, has been around for decades, its recent surge in popularity makes perfect sense in the context of current major manufacturing trends. On the one hand, shorter product life cycles, the rise in digital purchasing and the higher speed to get products to market, means that production is moving away from centralized manufacturing to a more distributed model. On the other hand, customers are demanding more customized and personalized products and have the ability to influence the product design. "3D printing is ideal for bringing production closer to the end user and aiding in mass personalization," explains Wilson.

With the strategic partnership, Panalpina will benefit from Shapeways' advanced software solutions and in-depth know-how of 3D printing materials, equipment and processes. In return, Panalpina with its global footprint and facilities in major markets can offer Shapeways geographical expansion possibilities and support in logistics, manufacturing, distribution and other value-added services.

"Panalpina is ideally suited to assist with the final steps in the manufacturing process including last-mile delivery. In addition, they are investing in their own 3D printing research and capabilities. This demonstrates how committed and serious Panalpina is about the technology, making them an ideal partner for us," says Weijmarshausen.

Panalpina recently launched two joint research projects with Cardiff University (UK), where the company aims to identify the products that could be switched from traditional to new, additive manufacturing techniques and also the impact these techniques will have on future supply chains. In October of last year, Panalpina invested in its first 3D printer to get an understanding of how the technology works as a complement to its Logistics Manufacturing Services (LMS) offering. Having gone through this learning curve the company is now positioned to take the business further.

Wilson sees additional advantages of 3D printing besides the fact that products make it to market faster and can be personalized or customized at the latest possible stage: "Because the value for the customer is added at the end of the supply chain, the brand owner can keep inventories, as well as the cost of transportation and obsolescence, to a minimum. Moreover, additive manufacturing produces less waste than traditional manufacturing methods, which fits perfectly with increasingly circular economies."

"Digital manufacturing will continue to shape many things to come," concludes Tom Finn, global vice president of supply chain at Shapeways.

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Materialise is proud to announce the opening of a new 3D Printing Center of Excellence in Malaysia. The facility aims to become a competence center within Materialise for DLP 3D printing technologies, and has the potential to enhance Malaysia’s role as a driver behind 3D Printing in Asia.

This initiative will see local research teams developing new 3D printing applications, preparing 3D Printing applications for the market, and becoming a knowledge center within Materialise for this technology. The teams will also investigate 3D printing anatomical models and other medical devices with DLP technology, thereby providing valuable input to further enhance the functionality of Materialise’s 3D printing software suites for the benefit of end-users working with DLP 3D printers.  Many 3D printer OEMs, who already count on Materialise as a trusted software partner, will also play a role in the new Center of Excellence through their collaboration.

“We are delighted to open this competence center in Malaysia today. It provides the missing link between our existing engineering and software development in Malaysia, and our actual knowledge of the 3D printing process. This will benefit our customers and partners enormously, as it brings us closer together in knowledge, technology and even proximity. It will also benefit Malaysia, as it will build local knowledge and develop applications well suited for the region.” Wim Michiels, General Manager of Materialise Malaysia.

The inauguration was attended by Mr. Fried Vancraen, Chief Executive Officer of Materialise, Mr. Wim Michiels, General Manager of Materialise Malaysia, Dato' Wan Hashim Wan Jusoh, Deputy Chief Executive Officer III of Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA), Ms. Pak Mei Yuet, Head - Technology Innovation Ecosystem of Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) and H.E. Mr. Daniel Dargent, the Belgian Ambassador to Malaysia.

For more information, visit: www.materialise.com

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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

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3D Platform (3DP) is taking its large format 3D printer, the 3DP Workbench on the road. 3D Platform is proud to announce the launch of the 3DP RoadShow across the entire USA, with events in dozens of locations over the next 6 months. The 3DP RoadShow will allow businesses interested in large format 3D printing to take a close look at the 3DP Workbench, interact with the 3D printing experts, and learn more about real-world applications of additive manufacturing. Anyone involved with manufacturing operations, from design engineers, shop floor managers to the front office are welcomed to register for a RoadShow event. The 3DP RoadShow will be organized in collaboration with 3DP’s resellers in the respective areas.

“We are taking the 3DP Workbench on the road " explained 3D Platform Vice President of Sales and Marketing, John Good. “When the 3DP RoadShow rolls into town, we bring live demonstrations of large-format 3D printing, expert tips and tricks, examples of what 3D printing can do for companies, and answers to your 3D printing question. And we can bring it all directly to a customer.” Lack of accessibility and high price points of advanced additive manufacturing technology have been major roadblocks for many business owners to adopt the technology. With the 3DP RoadShow, 3D Platform aims to overcome these barriers by bringing the 3DP affordable large format Workbench platform to customers’ doorsteps.

“By taking the 3DP Workbench on the road, we bring with it critical operational insight to businesses of all sizes,” said Jonathan Schroeder, 3D Platform president. “Additive manufacturing technology is being adopted rapidly. These local events will give attendees the opportunity to meet and network with other local business owners who are already far along the 3D printing learning curve, as well as those who are considering it.”

The preliminary schedule is available at www.3DPlatform.com/roadshow. If you wish to have the 3DP RoadShow come to a city near you, please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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Ogle Models & Prototypes helped revolutionize the way oceans are monitored for future weather reports when it developed a cutting-edge remote controlled drone which could be used at sea. Historically, recording data sourced from the sea is also how ocean mapping and marine biology studies are formed. Ogle was asked to create the intricate bow and tail fins for the unmanned surface vessel (USV), which needed to be precise so the model could be accurately tested.

Dave Bennion, Marketing and Sales Director at Ogle, said: “We understood the importance of accuracy on this project. There was no room for error because the parts we were asked to develop made up 30 per cent of the prototype. The material and production process also needed to guarantee that the final part would be non-porous which meant the model could be tested accurately. We are extremely proud to have been selected to produce these parts for the MOST Autonomous Vessels (AV), the leading innovator of autonomous drones. The company’s products have become so integral to research and understanding more about our oceans.”

Ogle used laser sintering (LS) which is one of the most accurate additive manufacturing processes available. It involves using a special laser which traces the required shape from a 3D CAD model across a compacted powder bed of material. The parts were then put through a vigorous process to ensure the quality of the surface finish was exact and water-proof.

Dan Alldis, who is Design Manager at MOST AV, said: “We have previously worked with Ogle on a number of different projects, but this was the first larger job. Their price was competitive and the range of machines and tools they have is extremely impressive. They have led the way in 3D printing for years, building a very impressive portfolio. It made sense to work with the experienced team at Ogle for this project. We have an order going through for three more parts since the completion of the bow and tail fins, and would not hesitate to work with them on future projects.”

The AutoNaut has since completed a four-day trial from Plymouth, UK carrying met office sensors, which were used to test the viability of collecting forecasting data in a new and more cost-effective method. Experts now predict that within five years, swarms of these remote controlled vessels will be at sea for months at a time gathering data from around the globe. It is thought they will provide a priceless resource to many of the world’s research industries.

The Museum of Fine Arts Boston is one of the world’s foremost curators of the innovative and the creative. In a recent exhibit, titled “#techstyle,” the MFA is featuring high fashion pieces developed through new technologies and methods of manufacturing. Some of the pieces are comprised of never-before-used materials, others are made from fully recycled materials, a few come in advanced materials directly off a 3D printer—like designer Francis Bitonti’s “Molecule” shoes.

In a collaboration with the renowned designer, FATHOM provided the 3D printing services for this installation at MFA. The piece and exhibit were covered by a number of publications including the Wall Street Journal, Interior Design, and Boston Globe.

Each pair of the Bitonti shoes are totally unique, and “grow” from a concept created by the designer himself. Pixel by pixel, an algorithm mimics the natural growth of cells, a digital recreation of the growth process seen in nature. The shoes take on a distinctly digital yet organic appearance, a reflection of the contrasting influences of their creation.

High fashion is just one of many applications of generative and organically-based design work made possible through 3D printing as a method of manufacturing. While unique outfits and accessories do not fit our everyday lives, the science and engineering work behind these artistic creations are pushing practical applications forward.

Pioneering works by Bitonti, as well as Neri Oxman and Anouk Wipprecht to name a few, represent serious developments in material science for 3D printing—all of which they share with the world through a passion for art and high fashion. Many industry-leading companies are experimenting with generative design and the advancements are being realized in industrial design today.

Although much of FATHOM’s work using generative design is under NDA, the team has made a few stories public such as creating the East Bay EDA Innovation Awards, Designer Aaron Porterfield’s Space-Frame table, and trophies for the 2015 Make The Unmakeable Challenge.

 

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A new project initiated by Materialise China aims to bring innovation and development to the classrooms in western China.

In cooperation with the Chinese charity organization Adream and TEACH, a provider of educational 3D printing courses, Materialise set up the Dream Bus, where Materialise volunteers are able to give classes to children and let their imaginations turn into reality.

As the school children in the western part of China are more deprived than the urban East, school children there often have less opportunities. The Dream Bus gives them the opportunity to discover technology and also other useful topics. The bus, which is a fully equipped, high-tech classroom, with projectors, tablets and 3D desktop printers, and it will stop in 14 sites throughout six provinces in China.

The schools that have been visited already have received a “Dreamcenter”, which describes a colourful and fully-equipped classroom, donated by Adream.

The classes given to the children teach many useful topics including how to deal with money to how to buy a train ticket, which is very contrary form their usual daily school life. It is information that is completely different from what they learn in school, but will prepare them to be independent, inventive adults in the future.

It is through the innovative and creative lesson content given through the 3D printing classes in particular, where children of different ages can explore the magic of technology.

The 3D printing classes are run by Materialise volunteers, who give classes and choose a topic to inspire and support the imagination of the children. Working with a software program called “Cubeworld”, they are given the opportunity to design objects on tablets, and the designs are subsequently 3d printed with 3D printers provided by TEACH.

The project has proved very popular among the students and has received consistently positive feedback. As a consequence, Materialise plans to continue and even extend the program in the future. The mission statement of Materialise proudly states it wishes to create a better and healthier world, and this project is seen as one of the many steps taken to contribute to society with the power of technology and innovation.

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Simon Fried of Nano Dimension, a manufacturer of 3d printers for electronics, will be speaking in the Advanced Manufacturing Forum at SEMICON West 2016 on July 14th. Mr. Fried, a co-founder and Nano Dimension’s Chief Business Officer, will present, “3D Printing: A New Dimension in Electronics Prototyping & Manufacturing.”

WHEN:
Thursday, July 14, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

WHERE:
SEMICON West’s TechXPOT, South Hall of the Moscone Center

DETAILS:
Mr. Fried will cover various aspects of 3D printed electronics, including material science and formulation, their advantages, and the flexibility of using them for prototyping. Mr. Fried is a popular speaker on the topic of additive manufacturing around the globe. In 2016, he’s spoken at the following events: Rapid Tech, Additive Manufacturing Talks, IN(3D)Ustry and IPC Apex Expo.

OTHER OPPORTUNITIES:
Mr. Fried, an expert in the field of 3D printed electronics, is available for interviews or contributed article opportunities.

Nano Dimension, founded in 2012, focuses on development of advanced 3D printed electronics systems and advanced additive manufacturing. Nano Dimension's unique products combine three advanced technologies: 3D inkjet, 3D software and nanomaterials. The company's primary products include the first 3D printer dedicated to printing multi-layer PCBs (printed circuit boards) and advanced nanotechnology-based conductive and dielectric inks.

For more information, visit: www.semiconwest.org/speakers

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After the successful Kickstarter campaign, founders of Skriware home 3D printer have launched a corresponding online store called Skrimarket. From now on, the startup offers a full and simplified system which brings 3D printing right to users doorsteps. At the same time, the company has announced a contest for designers. Authors of the best models can win attractive prizes and their works will feature on the marketplace.

Skriware is a Swedish-Polish startup that aims at redefining 3D printing experience with a printer for home use along with a compatible marketplace. The company has introduced an innovative ‘one-click printing’ feature that enables users to start printing straight from the online market with just a mouse click. Skrimarket offers ready-to-print designs that are transferred to a printer over WiFi and immediately printed without the need for hardware adjustments, complicated software, or any expert knowledge whatsoever.

"Thanks to our campaign on Kickstarter we were able to roll out an affordable and intuitive 3D printer. Yet we know that even the best hardware is not enough for home users. We all look for simple solutions and that is why we have decided to go ahead and develop an online marketplace with ready-to-print models. In this way, we provide our clients with a combo solution that meets their expectations in terms of usability, missed so far in 3D printing technology" says Daniel Losinski, CEO Skriware.

Having launched the online market, Skriware encourages all 3D designers to take part in their model making contest. Participants get a chance to show their best projects to a wider audience, win attractive prizes (including a Skriware 3D printers) and by uploading their works on the platform, start earning right away. The contest starts on July 4th and will last till September 30th, 2016.. Each week and month the jury will announce the winner of the week/month.

"Our contest is a great opportunity to get noticed and feature on the platform. Who knows, maybe we will even find a person who could become a Skrimarket curator and join our team for good. We encourage every 3D designer to give it a shot. A short message to all interested: be creative and upload your best models. The more you add, the higher your chances for winning" says Daniel Losinski, CEO Skriware.

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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

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3D Hubs launched The Definitive Guide to 3D printing with the help of its 30,000 Hubs, educating professionals about the technology in an easily digestible format.

The Definitive Guide to 3D Printing was created as a starting point for those looking to find out more about 3D printing while acting as a point of reference for those in the know. It includes the humble beginnings of the first 3D printer all the way up to explaining how the most advanced technologies work through videos, examples prints and easy to understand illustrations.

3D Hubs worked with a selection of their 30,000 Hubs around the world to create the videos, images and knowledge base to help make the definitive guide contain the most accurate information possible.

Making the guide go beyond just information overload was important so we offer a plethora of resources on how to begin designing. Included is a top tips section, so whether you’re an industrial designer or drone enthusiast you’ll be provided with valuable advice on preparing and creating your model for printing.

3D Hubs is world’s largest network of local 3D printing services. Thanks to its local nature, 3D Hubs is the fastest and most affordable 3D printing solution for product designers and engineers that do prototyping and small series production. Today, the network consists of over 30,000 3D printing locations.

For more information, visit: www.3dhubs.com/what-is-3d-printing

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Reinforced composite materials that are used in the construction of car and wind tunnel parts and components for racing teams have taken 3D printing technology to new heights to produce parts for the Bebop 2 drone.

Bebop 2 offers very easy-to-use piloting and is powerful with impressive stability and maneuverability even in extreme conditions. Data collected by seven sensors are analyzed and merged thanks to the impressive calculation capability of its onboard computer. Bebop 2 integrates a front facing camera and the pilot can digitally change the angle of the camera by 180° by just sliding a finger on the screen of the piloting device.

Parrot has developed the final Bebop 2 version with the help of Windform GT material. The first Bebop 2 structure was built with injected parts made of polyamide based glass reinforced composite material. Parrot then moved to SLS (Selective Laser Sintering) technology in collaboration with CRP Technology in order to optimize the structural performance without the long lead time and high tooling cost.

Parrot carried out an original development approach based on an experimental diagnosis and FE model aimed at improving the quality of the video during flight, which is usually altered by the vibrations of the drone. The structure has been mainly developed according to that target and by using smart design to reduce weight. Parrot has established that the natural frequencies of the parts made with Windform GT were quite similar to those of parts obtained by injection molding of glass fiber reinforced polyamide.

Parrot was also able to evaluate toughness of the product structure as consumer drones such as the Bebop 2 fall quite often with beginners. Windform GT proved the only 3D printing material able to overcome the accidental test falls carried out by Parrot’s technicians. Parrot highlights others advantages obtained with additive manufacturing and Windform GT material including making small production batches to provide functional products to the team and good aesthetics feature.

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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.

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3D metal printing enables incredible applications because it truly allows freedom of design. For the first time ever, a prosthetic titanium beak has been manufactured using 3D metal printing and implanted on Gigi, a blue macaw (a genus of the parrot family), in Brazil. This unusual prosthetic saved Gigi's very life, as macaws are unable to eat solid foods without a beak.

The illegal trade of wild birds is a sad story of greed, and it doesn't just happen in Brazil. The victims are magnificent creatures whose very beauty can end up being their downfall. During Gigi's captivity at the hands of illegal bird traders, poor housing conditions caused severe malformation of the bird's beak. Ultimately, Gigi was freed by the Brazilian police, but the magnificent bright blue and yellow feathered macaw could no longer be fed without a beak. A team of veterinarians, together with 3D printing experts from the Renato Archer Technology and Information Center (CTI) in Campinas, Brazil, developed an implant solution for the bird. The successful operation took place at the Animal Care Center in Ipiranga near Sao Paulo.

The artificial beak was created thanks to the cooperation of three specialists. The team, dubbed the "Avengers," was comprised of veterinarian Roberto Fecchio, 3D designer and facial-reconstruction specialist Cicero Moraes and veterinary dentist Paul Miamoto. The "Avengers" are pioneers in the use of 3D printing technology for saving the life of wild animals, having previously made a new shell for Freddy the turtle and a beak for an injured toucan. These prosthetics were made of plastic. In the case of Gigi, Plastic was not suitable. Macaws use their beaks to open seeds and break other hard shells, meaning that their beaks need to be extremely long-lasting and strong. This being the case, the team decided on titanium, known to be extremely durable. Titanium presented itself as the perfect solution, as it is biocompatible, lightweight and corrosion-resistant. Many prosthetics for people are produced using titanium today, so why not try using the material to help a wild bird?

Paul Miamoto began by taking a series of photographs of the malformed beak. From these, Cicero Moraes created a digital 3D model for the perfectly fitting prosthetic. The beak was then laser melted at the Renato Archer Technology and Information Center (CTI). Gigi's artificial beak was created using a Mlab cusing R from Concept Laser, with which especially delicate parts with high surface quality can be manufactured. The smallest system model from Lichtenfels proved to be the right choice for saving Gigi's life. The operation then took place at the Animal Care Center in Sao Paulo. Veterinarians Roberto Fecchio, Sergio Camargo, Rodrigo Rabello and Methus Rabello participated. The 3D-printed prosthetic was secured in place with bone cement and orthopedic screws. Just 48 hours after the operation, Gigi was able to try out the beak. She made a fantastic recovery at the Center for Research and Screening of Wild Animals (CEPTAS) at Unimonte University. Gigi is currently awaiting placement at a zoo, where visitors can marvel at the bird's one-of-a-kind beak secured in place with colorful rhinestone-styled screws.

All's well that ends well. Examples like Gigi show that 3D-printed medical technology isn't just capable of providing greater quality of life to people. The unlimited geometric freedom of the process enables the manufacture of perfectly fitting implants ideally suitable for each respective application. Ultimately, it was able to help a magnificent wild bird overcome injuries and deformities, so there is good news in our often uncertain and sometimes unsettling world.

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FATHOM, an industry-leading hybridized manufacturer with an expertise in 3D printing, has broken ground on its largest expansion to date. While many futurists have over-speculated the factory of the future, FATHOM has been busy building one.

“Our customers’ needs for design freedom and faster speeds are the base of everything we do—FATHOM’s newly expanded Oakland production space is a direct result of the growing need for hybridized manufacturing-based services,” said Michelle Mihevc, FATHOM Co-Founder and Principal. “It’s gratifying to help people create products that were previously unmakeable, and we’re lucky to do that every day with innovative companies, large and small.”

Rich Stump and Mihevc started FATHOM in 2008, during a time when the manufacturing industry at large was ready for change. Despite the economic challenges of the time, Stump and Mihevc set out to change the way products are designed and manufactured by blending foundational manufacturing technologies with 3D printing and additive-based fabrication.

“FATHOM’s hybridized manufacturing approach combines the best aspects of additive and traditional manufacturing technologies,” said Stump, FATHOM Co-Founder and Principal. “Advanced prototyping, low-volume manufacturing—modern production that harnesses the latest techniques while leveraging proven methods of fabrication to create innovative products at top speed.”

FATHOM is braving the unknowns and challenging industry hype. The company’s team of experts are condensing the product development timeline, reducing total cost of project ownership, and helping companies bring paradigm-shifting products to market faster.

“2016 has been a banner year for FATHOM, and we’re thankful to Oakland and the greater Bay Area community that has continued to support us,” said Stump. “This expansion represents our commitment to hybridized manufacturing as essential to product creation. We’re not waiting for ‘the factory of the future.’ We’re making it happen, right here in Oakland.”

FATHOM’s newly expanded Oakland production center will be occupied and fully operational by the end of 2016.

For more information, visit: www.studiofathom.com

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Methods 3D, Inc., a newly formed subsidiary of Methods Machine Tools, Inc. announced the addition of the new ProJet® MJP 3600 to its growing line of 3D printers and direct metal 3D printers from 3D Systems.

The ProJet MJP 3600 is designed for professional product prototyping and manufacturing across numerous industries. The MultiJet Printing technology produces high definition parts, outperforming all other jetting printers, in addition to providing a high capacity build volume and exceptionally fast print speeds - up to twice the speed of the previous generation. Its data processing capabilities support files up to 250% larger, enabling enhanced productivity for a wide range of prototyping, casting and end-use part production needs, as well as producing the truest-to-CAD parts of any jetting 3D printing process.

The ProJet MJP 3600 series include models designed for printing detailed wax patterns for jewelry castings, precise patterns for other lost wax foundry casting applications, and dental applications for precise models and casting wax ups. It can also be used for advanced healthcare applications, including drill and cut guides for dental and medical procedures with the ability to print in USP Class VI-capable, bio-compatible materials.  The high resolution of multijet printing means that even fine features come out correctly.  Support structure is comprised of easy to remove, melt-away wax for simple post-processing, eliminating hand scraping, high pressure water jets, caustic chemical baths, or special facility requirements.

The ProJet MJP 3600 provides a large net build volume (xyz) 11.75" (298 mm) x 7.3" (185 mm) x 8" (203 mm), exceptionally fast print speeds and high definition parts. There is a choice of materials and selectable print resolutions. It works with VisiJet materials in UV curable plastic, in a range of colors, translucency, and tensile strengths, as well as castable wax.

Methods 3D has installed the ProJet MJP 3600 within its multiple technology centers across the US to provide product demonstration, training, support, and development of customer solutions on this exceptional production printer incorporating the full range of available materials.

"We're excited to offer the ProJet 3600 that uses MultiJet Printing technologies to print durable precision plastic parts, along with the extensive line of 3D Systems Direct Metal Printers," said Mr. Benjamin Fisk, General Manager, Methods 3D, Inc. "Parts made with MultiJet Printers have a smooth finish, high durability, excellent material properties, and can achieve accuracies rivaling SLA (Stereolithography) for many applications."

In October 2015, Methods Machine Tools announced it entered into a partner agreement with 3D Systems, a provider of the most advanced and comprehensive 3D digital design and fabrication solutions available today, including 3D printers, print materials and cloud-sourced custom parts.

Published in Methods Machine Tools

UC San Diego’s Students for the Exploration and Development of Space (SEDS UCSD) successfully launched the Vulcan-1 rocket on Saturday, May 21, at the Friends of Amateur Rocketry (FAR) site in Mojave, CA.

SEDS UCSD initially experienced some delays, but successfully launched just before 4 p.m. in heavily windy conditions, making them the first university group to design, create, and launch a rocket powered by a completely 3-D printed engine.

Vulcan-1 was 19 feet long and 8 inches in diameter, capable of 750 lb. of thrust. A cryogenic, bi-propellant, liquid-fueled blow down system, the rocket was powered with a combination of liquid oxygen (LOx) and refined kerosene. The rocket engine was sponsored by GPI Prototype & Manufacturing Services and 3D printed in inconel 718 at their facilities in Lake Bluff, IL.

The Vulcan-1 project began in 2014 and quickly grew into a team of over 60 student engineers. The team fabricated and tested the rocket at Open Source Maker Labs, a makerspace in nearby Vista, CA which provided equipment and support for the project.  SEDS UCSD also received mentor support from NASA, XCOR, Open Source Maker Labs, and many other groups in the space industry.

“This sort of technology has really come to fruition in the last few years.  This is proof of concept that if students at the undergraduate level could drive down the costs of building these engines, we could actually fly rockets and send up payload that is cheaper and more efficient,” said Darren Charrier, the group’s incoming president.  “One day, we’d like to see this technology being implemented on large-scale rockets, which means that we could send satellites to provide internet for developing countries, we could mine asteroids, perhaps even go colonize Mars.”

SEDS UCSD is an undergraduate student-run research group that aims to advance the future of space exploration and development technology. SEDS has previously garnered media attention for being the first students to design, print, and test a 3-D printed rocket engine.

The 11th International Conference on Additive Manufacturing and 3D Printing is all about AM academic and industry experts getting together to share their knowledge and ideas. A setting is provided for both new and experienced users of AM to keep in touch and stay up to date with the latest developments in AM and to enhance commercial success and explore new avenues of research.

Listen to both sides of the story: the successes and challenges of leading technology adopters giving a balanced view of the industry, cutting right through the hype. Find out about current state-of-the-art research and leading industry applications as each carefully selected speaker addresses different issues facing the evolving AM world.

Preceding the main conference on Tuesday July 12th will be the UK AM Research and Innovation day. Throughout this day, highlights of the best of UK Additive Manufacturing Research and Innovation taking place at UK Universities and Innovation Centres will be presented.

UK based research groups with significant AM activity will give technical overview presentations detailing their current and future research work with the intention of showcasing both the breadth and depth of the work that is currently going on in the UK.

The parallel exhibition, to which our conference delegates will have exclusive access, features a select number of organizations whose technology, analysis, expertise and products continue to help drive development in Additive Manufacturing, 3D printing and wider manufacturing industries. It will be open from 12:30 on July 12th until the end of the event.

The event is organized on behalf of the world renowned Additive Manufacturing & 3D Printing Research Group (3DPRG), based at the University of Nottingham, in partnership with Added Scientific Ltd, which provides technical services and training in the areas of materials, process and design to enable business identify and realise the benefits of 3D Printing.

The conference was started in 2006 by Professor Richard Hague, now head of the Additive Manufacturing and 3D Printing Research Group (3DPRG) at Nottingham University. Since 2006 the conference has grown from less than 90 delegates to over 250 delegates, coming from 18 countries. The conference has an excellent reputation, with over 50% of all delegates being repeat visitors. The event attracts delegates from the aerospace, automotive, consumer goods, fashion, retail, materials and defense sectors along with academics involved in materials, lasers, software development and design.

For more information or to register, visit: www.am-conference.com

Materialise is proud to announce that HP Inc. selected its 3D printing software as a certified solution in HP’s Open Software Platform to power the new HP Jet Fusion 3D Printer. The new solution, now available for order, is compatible with Materialise Magics 3D Print Suite and allows for seamless integration of the new printer in the existing workflows of the Magics suite.

Materialise is collaborating with machine manufacturers to bridge the gap between 3D software and a wide range of 3D printers. The latest collaboration includes HP, which announced its new 3D printer at RAPID, the annual 3D Printing and Additive Manufacturing event. Materialise designs Build Processor software that is certified by HP, which enables a seamless integration between software and printer. Materialise’s user-friendly build processor simplifies the 3D printing workflow, creating an improved user experience that helps customers get the most out of their HP 3D printer.

“This collaboration with HP combines more than 100 years of software and printing expertise. Our mutual knowledge will benefit businesses producing functional prototypes to final production parts,” stated Fried Vancraen, Materialise CEO. “Developing a Build Processor that connects HP technology to our software backbone for 3D Printing felt like a natural step. We want users of the Materialise Magics 3D Print Suite to have access to premium technologies.”

“3D printing will bring tremendous benefit to manufacturing, helping to make it faster and less expensive,” said Stephen Nigro, president of HP’s 3D printing business. ”Matching the HP Jet Fusion 3D Printing Solution with Materialise software provides our customers the best-in-class solution for industrial 3D printing.”

The synergy between the two companies resulted in an integration between Materialise software and the HP Jet Fusion 3D Printing Solution. Based on the input from the HP engineers and our hands-on experience with the HP Jet Fusion prototype, Materialise developed the Build Processor which, when combined with Materialise Magics 3D Print Suite, offers a great user experience for file fixing, and pre-print processing. Through the Build Processor systems, the AM data preparation process has expanded to allow slice-based technology, enabling improved handling of large files, such as those containing metadata on texturing or structures. Combining the HP record speed 3D printer with the Materialise Magics 3D Print Suite has the potential to make the widespread use of 3D printers in scaled up manufacturing environments a reality in the near future.

For more information, visit: software.materialise.com/hp-build-processor

Published in Materialise

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

The iconic “Starry night” by Van Gogh reflects the best of the Dutch post-impressionist master’s unique style. It is known that Van Gogh “sculpted” texture onto his canvas with a thick layer of gesso (a type of white binding mixture used as a primer) prior to applying the colours. This technique allowed him to achieve his rich, signature impasto without overusing more expensive paints.

The Toronto-based 3D printing company, Custom Prototypes Inc. has produced an exact replica of this supreme artwork using additive manufacturing technology.

A high resolution image of the painting was scrupulously analyzed to create a CAD file of the “primed canvas”, simulating the technique Van Gogh used with gesso. The STL topography file turned solid during the 3D printing process. The use of a large format, high definition stereolithography machine played a key role in meticulously reproducing the texture.

With these steps completed to reproduce the image, the creative finishing began. Under the expertise of a professional art restorer, Custom Prototypes turned to the ages-old technique of oil painting. Again undertaking a thorough analysis of the original piece, many hours were spent reproducing virtually every point and colour on the surface.  Final aging and a vernix coat were applied to the artwork to bring the painting to life.

To achieve the total effect, the “canvas” had to be protected by a period frame.  An original 19th century European impressionist frame obtained from a local art dealer was 3D scanned and 3D printed hollow in another stereolithography process. The surface was finished using a combination of art paints, gold leaf and aging techniques.

The painting made its debut at this year's Additive Manufacturing User Group (AMUG) conference in St. Louis, Missouri, where it was awarded first place in the Advanced Finishing category of the AMUG Technical Competition.

Published in Custom Prototypes

Rising Media, Inc. and 3DR Holdings are partnering with Innoecho’s Innorobo, Europe’s leading summit of the world robotics community, to launch Inside 3D Printing Paris on May 24-26, 2016 at Les Docks de Paris.

The Inside 3D Printing Paris conference program explores 3D innovation in Europe and beyond, covering additive manufacturing applications in surgery & medicine, manufacturing, toy production, aerospace, food, market trends, and more. The program takes place in English and French.

The expo hall, alongside Innorobo, will feature 200 exhibitors from over 35 countries and is expecting 10,000 attendees over the three days.

Confirmed keynote speakers include:

  • John Hornick, Partner, Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, L.L.P.
  • Michael Petch, Founder, Black Dog Consulting and Author of 3D Printing: Rise of the Third Industrial Revolution
  • Ian Gibson, Professor of Industrial Design, School of Engineering, Deakin University


Session topics include:

  • 3D Printing Surgical Implants
  • Consumer Segment in 3D Printing
  • How 3D Printing Will Affect the Toys Industry
  • 3D Printing Will Rock the World
  • Design for 3D Printing: Making Things Different


Prices increase on-site, so register in advance for the best price.

For more information or to register, visit: www.inside3dprinting.com/paris

Published in Rising Media

XYZprinting STEAM, an online curriculum exchange program emphasizing critical thinking and problem-solving skills, continues to enable users to create. Most recently, Kevin Lee, an Aerospace Engineering student at San Diego State University, has made three versions of his quadcopters available for viewing on XYZprinting STEAM.

Coming from one of California’s top research schools, Lee has utilized 3D printing to create four variations of the quadcopter from scratch. In addition to these design projects, Lee also co-founded SDSU’s premiere 3D printing club, 3D4E, which allows students to learn more about the applications of 3D printing. By sharing the designs of his quadcopters on XYZprinting STEAM, he hopes to inspire others to pursue 3D printing and perhaps turn a hobby into a satisfying career.

“I have always been fascinated by military helicopters and I wanted to fly for the Army, but due to health issues I couldn’t complete the application process. So instead of flying helicopters, I learned how to design them.” said Kevin Lee, undergraduate student at SDSU.

Last year, Kevin flew out to the Barnes & Noble headquarters in New York City as a panelist, leading presentations for XYZprinting and sharing the benefits of its STEAM curriculum.

The three versions of his quadcopters are available on XYZprinting STEAM, ranging from a basic flight quadcopter to a camera equipped version allowing users to stream flight video to their computers.

XYZprinting STEAM is an online curriculum exchange program from the consumer-based 3D printer manufacturer from XYZprinting, Inc. It is suited for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM) educators to incorporate 3D printing into their classroom. This program gives teachers the necessary tools to engage their students in practical real-life applications of 3D printing, as well as develop their critical thinking, collaborative, and problem-solving skills.

For more information, visit: us.xyzprinting.com/steam

Published in XYZ Printing

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

Formlabs announced the release of Dental SG Resin, the first biocompatible resin in desktop 3D printing. Enabling professionals to push new boundaries in digital dentistry, Dental SG is a certified biocompatible Class 1 material designed primarily for surgical guide applications. The latest addition to Formlabs' material portfolio, Dental SG will allow applications never seen before in the desktop 3D printing space such as high-precision drill guides from digital scan data for implant surgeries. Dental professionals can now move from a 3D model to a directly printed surgical guide, at a quick turnaround and a tremendously affordable price.

“When practitioners and researchers have the ability and access to develop incredibly precise tools for surgical applications, it opens up a new range of possibilities for the dental industry and for the medical science industry at large,” said Dávid Lakatos, Head of Product at Formlabs. “Formlabs is leading the way in helping to advance patient care by introducing solutions that enable personalized surgical planning and mass customization. Material innovation, like with the introduction of Dental SG, is a key driver in growing the adoption of digital dentistry powered by 3D printing.”

In recent years, dental applications in desktop 3D printing have rapidly taken off. Formlabs products have become indispensable tools for dental innovation. Dentists use the Form 2 to create surgical guides, educational models, bleaching trays, retainers, aligners, and more. Some of the applications have transformed the medical field. At the Indiana University School of Dentistry, Dr. Travis Bellicchi, a resident specializing in maxillofacial prosthetics, is developing a new digital workflow with Formlabs 3D printers to create accurate prostheses for individual patients, inspired by his work with Shirley Anderson, a Vietnam veteran who suffered severe jaw loss as a result of cancer. Today’s introduction of Dental SG will continue to significantly expand the industry’s repertoire of dental applications.

The new resin has already drawn praise from leaders in the dental community like Dr. Michael Scherer, who has been using Formlabs 3D printers in his private dental office for almost two years. He will be adding Dental SG to the curriculum of his 3D printing training for dentists. “The addition of Dental SG Resin is a game-changer,” Dr. Scherer says. “Dental SG is poised to dramatically improve patient outcome of surgical procedures by making implant surgery faster, more precise, and ultimately more comfortable for the patient. Direct printing of surgical guides has traditionally required larger-scale 3D printers that are beyond the expense and comfort level of most dental laboratories and clinicians. The introduction of Dental SG Resin allows for benchtop surgical guide printing in dental offices and smaller dental labs.”

Compatible with the Form 2 3D printer, the Dental SG biocompatible resin will be available directly from the Formlabs web store. Dental SG joins Formlabs’ comprehensive library of advanced materials for its 3D printers, which includes a suite of Standard and Functional resins for a variety of capabilities.

For more information, visit: www.formlabs.com/products/materials/dental-sg

Published in Formlabs

Shapeways announced an exciting new 3D printing material, Black High Definition Acrylate, a more durable and flexible material than Frosted Ultra Detail (FUD), due to a combination of its strength and elongation properties, with a smoother finish which takes to paint better. Black High Definition Acrylate is perfect for designers who want a more customizable material for miniatures and other high detail products.

“We are excited to offer our new Black High Definition Acrylate to makers all over the world. We know how much our community enjoys creating incredible, unique miniatures and scale models and we’re thrilled to provide a material that lends itself so well to the creation of high detail, customizable pieces,” said Peter Weijmarshausen, Shapeways CEO. “We aim to provide the highest quality materials for 3D modelers and designers and Black High Definition Acrylate is the next step.”

Model train designers will be particularly excited about this new material. It offers increased detail for fine-edged and intricate models which is especially valuable to miniature scale designs and a smoother finish offers a better paint surface for detailing post production. The durability and the beautiful finish of the Acrylate also make this material ideal for gadget and accessory applications as well, such as phone cases and jewelry prototyping.

Launching in R5 Grey in Black, Black High Definition Acrylate is a UV sensitive acrylic polymer similar to Frosted Ultra Detail (FUD), but with slightly different material properties and printing processes. Unlike FUD, which is printed using a Multijet Modeling process, this new material is printed using Direct Light Projection (DLP) which provides excellent resolution and accuracy.

DLP technology uses visible spectrum light to cure the liquid resin one layer at a time. A resin bath sits above a high resolution projector which projects cross-sectional images of your model. The resin cures with exposure to visible light, curing an entire layer with a single pass. Since the entire layer is cured at once, build speed is generally faster than other technologies such as laser sintering or stereolithography which trace the slice of your model while sintering or curing at precise locations. After printing, models are removed from the build platform and are post-cured by a UV light.

"We're excited that 3D printed products are catching up to the kind of quality and detail that more traditional manufacturing methods offer," said Joshua Bennett, Hero Forge COO. "Our audience is very discerning, and this new material allows for high quality, faithful translation from digital models into a physical consumer product. The incredibly fine resolution means our users don't have to trade detail for customizability. It's really just a great material for us all around."

For more information, visit: www.shapeways.com/materials/high-definition-acrylate

Published in Shapeways

Dymax Corporation introduced a new application for its UV light-curing spot and flood-lamp systems that enhance configurations for 3D post-curing applications or help rework the model.

After a 3D model is built, it may be necessary to supply additional curing energy to the part to ensure that optimized material properties are achieved.

Dymax UV light-curing flood-lamp systems are designed for area curing or for curing multiple assemblies at once. These flood-lamp models use a powerful UV light-curing lamp (up to 225 mW/cm2) for fast curing over a 5" x 5" (12.7 cm x 12.7 cm) area.

For rework or repair, such as curing drain-hole fills, assembling larger assemblies, or repairing cracked or broken models, the company’s BlueWave® 200 3.0 spot-lamp system is the ideal solution. This unit is a high-intensity lamp that emits energy in the UVA and visible portion of the spectrum (300-450 nm) and is ideally suited for either manual or automated processes. It contains an integral shutter which can be actuated by a foot pedal or PLC and a universal power input that allows operation globally and provides consistent performance at any voltage.

For more information, visit: www.dymax.com/curing-systems/flood-lamps

Published in Dymax

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

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

Cooksongold, part of the Heimerle + Meule Group, will be exhibiting at Baselworld Jewellery Fair, Heimerle + Meule Group booth 2/G68, which is taking place from March 17 – 24, 2016. During the show they will be launching their latest Advanced Metal Powder, 950 Pt/Ru (platinum), in collaboration with the Platinum Guild International (PGI).

By combining the new 950Pt/Ru (platinum) advanced metal powder with the their already established direct precious metal 3D printing system, the Precious M 080, Cooksongold has enabled 3D Printing technology to become a viable commercial opportunity for the platinum jewellery industry for the first time.

Cooksongold's Pt/Ru alloy has been specifically developed for 3D printing. This ensures that once the designs have been printed in the Precious M 080 they can be post processed, milled and polished to the high standards required without any of the common problems associated with other Pt alloys.

David Fletcher, Business Development Manager, at Cooksongold, stated the difference this process will make; ‘This is one of the most revolutionary developments for the 3D printing technology. Helping to eliminate the common problems associated with casting platinum, it will become vital for bespoke and low volume platinum jewellery production.’

Cooksongold have been working closely, in collaboration with the Platinum Guild International (PGI), to create 3D printed platinum jewellery, which will be showcased on the stand throughout Baselworld.

950 Pt/Ru will be added to Cooksongold's existing portfolio of Advanced Metal Powders, which consists of 18k 3N yellow gold, 18k white gold, 18k 5N red gold and Brilliante 925 silver (which has anti tarnish properties). Further new powders, such as base metals and other carat gold alloys, are currently being developed and scheduled for release throughout 2016.

Cooksongold's Advanced Metal Powders have been optimised to work with the Precious M 080 system from EOS, which in turn has been developed with two key criteria in mind: accountability of materials and quick changeover times between jobs and metal.  Utilising the power of 3D CAD design, the Precious M 080 enables complex designs that have previously been constrained by manufacturing processes. The Precious M 080 utilises an additive manufacturing process – whereby it builds precious metal designs layer by layer, melting fine metal powder with a laser. With this technology, intricate one-off 3D designs can be manufactured within a few hours.

The Advanced Metal Powder range is also ideal for a number of other applications such as metal injection moulding (MIM), press and sinter technology, laser sintering/selective laser melting (SLM), and industrial applications such as brazing.

For more information, visit: www.cooksongold-emanufacturing.com

Published in Cooksongold

Rinus Roelofs calls himself a ‘digital sculptor’: he creates sculptures on a computer. Mr Roelofs has been a pioneer in this field for over 20 years. He is also a mathematician, and his creations are inspired by complex mathematical structures.

Many of Mr Roelofs’ ideas are geometrically so complex that they are a challenge to realize in practice, particularly with traditional production methods. Mr Roelofs has been an enthusiast and early adopter of 3D printing for his sculptures. However, most 3D printers are unable to produce items that are large and firm enough for outdoor public display, such as in a museum garden.

3Dealise, the industrial 3D printing and 3D engineering company, has worked for some time with Mr Roelofs to bring his ideas to life. First, 3Dealise produced 400 mm tall prototypes of two designs for Mr Roelofs, to demonstrate what is possible. Then, the challenge was accepted to produce a giant 2.3 meters tall ‘cylindrical knot’ for Mr Roelofs. The shape was described by Mr Roelofs as ‘a tube that is knotted in an unconventional way’.

Mr Roelofs unveiled the sculpture at the RapidPro trade show for a crowd of enthusiasts and press. It was the first time that Mr Roelofs saw the structure himself, and he was delighted to finally see a life-size version of his idea that was conceived so many years ago. The sculpture is 2.3 meters tall and is made of approximately 600 kg of iron.

3Dealise uses a two-step process to produce large items. First, a giant 3D printer, capable of producing prints up to the size of a phone box (build volume 1800 x 1000 x 700 mm) within 24 hours, produces a mold for metal casting. Mold prints can be stacked like Lego bricks to produce larger shapes. The use of 3D printing in this step enables ‘freedom of design’, customization and other benefits of 3D printing. Second, a metal casting is made with the 3D printed sand mold. This second step uses a traditional casting process, producing high quality material with well-known materials and well-known material quality, that can be issued with a material certificate such as Lloyds 3.1.

Sculptor Rinus Roelofs commented: “I have had the idea for this sculpture for a long time, and only in the late ‘90s the software was advanced enough to be able to design it. Since then, I have tried to realize the sculpture, which has been a challenge. First, I made a version with digitally cut layers of wood glued together. 3D printing a small version in plastic became possible a few years back. And for the first time now, it has been possible to make a life-size version in one piece, as the sculpture was intended.”

3Dealise CEO Roland Stapper commented “This new technology is important for two reasons:

First, it demonstrates that ‘freedom of design’ is available for large items, such as this 2.3-metre-tall work of art. 3D printing is often associated with relatively small parts, but the benefits are equally available for large parts. A universe of new design possibilities is unlocked for artists and designers this way.

Second, because this technology is capable of producing large metal items, it shows that structurally strong and vandal proof items can be made with 3D printing. This is essential for outdoor display of works of art.”

Published in Rinus Roelofs

What are the The Realities of 3D Printing in the Built Environment? How does this impact one of the most important industries in our society?

For the crucial answers to these questions, BuiltWorlds embraced the next generation members of our community. In a joint venture with Northwestern University’s Mechanical Engineering school, we have united for a crash course into how the current two main challenges facing 3D Printing in the built environment can be overcome: methodology and structural integrity. Along with a panel of industry experts, we’ll examine the endless spools of filament surrounding present and future uses for 3D printing and Additive Manufacturing.

Presenters Include:

  • James Wolff, CEO, D-Shape Enterprises - They boast the largest 3D printer using concrete in the world and aim to revolutionize how the buildings get built.
  • Dr. Behrok Khosnevis, Founder, Contour Crafting - Khosnevis’ computerized construction technology won the grand prize among 1000+ globally competing technologies in the 2014 NASA Tech Briefs Create the Future design contest. Applications of this technology include commercial construction, affordable housing, disaster relief and more.
  • Maged Guergis, Designer, SOM - Maged played a prominent role in the Additive Manufacturing Integrated Energy (AIME1.0) project, a joint project between SOM, DOE, and Oak Ridge National Lab. Highly energy efficient, the 3D-printed building was designed by SOM to produce and store renewable power and to share energy wirelessly with a 3D-printed vehicle, which was developed by the DOE.


Date:

WEDNESDAY MARCH 30, 2016
5:30 PM - 8:30 PM

BuiltWorlds Media
1260 W. Madison St.
Chicago, IL


For more information or to register, visit: www.builtworlds.com/events/calendar/2016/3/30/the-realities-of-3d-printing

Published in BuiltWorlds

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

A new global directory of 3D printing businesses wants to provide an essential tool for the entire industry to grow. Information on the companies that make up the 3D printing industry is scattered. The new global 3D PRINTING BUSINESS DIRECTORY addresses this issue by providing clear and accessible contact and business information on over 2,600 (and counting) industry operators.

The challenges in finding accurate and accessible information make it difficult for everyone who is not familiar with the industry - and even those who operate within the industry - to gain a clear understanding of the global market as a whole and how to find partners, customers and suppliers.

The Global 3D PRINTING BUSINESS DIRECTORY groups companies into 15 macro categories. These include over 300 3D printer manufacturers and 800+ 3D printing services, as well as material manufacturers, software publishers and industrial 3D printing adopters. They are further divided into 60+ subcategories that have been accurately selected to provide a map of the global market.

Every company in the directory is geolocalized on the interactive map, providing an immediate view of the distributed manufacturing network that is already in place today. Each company page also includes the company’s email, phone and fax numbers, along with links to the company’s social media pages.

For more information, visit: www.3dprintingbusiness.directory

Rising Media, Inc. announced the agenda for the Inside 3D Printing Conference & Expo, taking place on April 10-12, 2016 at the Javits Convention Center in New York City.

Now in its fourth edition in New York City, Inside 3D Printing is the leading professional 3D printing event worldwide.

The conference program for Inside 3D Printing New York focuses on four key facets of the 3D printing industry, with dedicated tracks covering Business, Manufacturing, Medical, and Metal. Experts in these industries will discuss technological advancements, business challenges, and new applications of additive manufacturing.

These focus areas mark Inside 3D Printing’s strong B2B roots, showcasing its commitment to business and industrial applications of 3D printing.

“The Additive Manufacturing market is refusing to follow the hype curve predictions, as it continues to experience two digit CAGR year after year. A combination of new materials, new technologies, and new applications are driving this exponential growth,” said Hod Lipson, Professor, Columbia University and Inside 3D Printing Conference Chair.

He continued, “This year we tried to create a program that gives attendees a taste of some of these new business models as well as a glimpse of new technologies just around the corner. It’s great to see all the predictions being corrected upwards."

The first five confirmed standalone keynote speakers, include:

  • Magnus René, CEO, Arcam Group
  • Jonathan Jaglom, Chief Executive Officer, MakerBot
  • Terry Wohlers, Principal Consultant and President, Wohlers Associates, Inc.
  • Pete Weijmarshausen, CEO, Shapeways
  • Tyler Benster, General Partner, Asimov Ventures


The event will also feature a keynote panel titled, “The Future of Metal AM: Delivering on the Promise.” Confirmed for the panel are: Geoffrey Doyle, President, FIT West Corp. (Moderator); Ric Fulop, Founder & CEO, Desktop Metal; Winthrop Sheldon, West Region Sales Manager, SLM Solutions; and Terry Wohlers, Principal Consultant and President, Wohlers Associates, Inc.

Inside 3D Printing New York also features a full day of workshops, the Frontier Tech Showdown sponsored by Asimov Ventures, and an exhibit hall with 55+ sponsors and exhibitors.

Inside 3D Printing New York is co-located with Rising Media’s RoboUniverse and Virtual Reality Summit.

Prices increase on March 4, so register before to save with early bird pricing.

Following events earlier this year in Singapore and Düsseldorf, Inside 3D Printing has events confirmed for 2016 in São Paulo, New York, Sydney, Paris, Seoul, Tokyo, Shanghai, Mumbai, and San Diego.

For more information or to register, visit: www.inside3dprinting.com/new-york

Published in Rising Media

Optomec, a supplier of production grade additive manufacturing systems for 3D printed metals and printed electronics, announced that Dr. Kurt Christenson, Senior Scientist for Optomec, will give a presentation titled “Aerosol Jet Printing of Antennas and Sensors for Smart Internet of Things (IoT) Devices” at the FLEX 2016 Conference in Monterey, California on Thursday, March 3rd.

Dr. Christenson’s presentation will provide information on the utilization of Aerosol Jet printing technology for mass production of a variety of 3D antennas, sensors and circuitry used for mobile and industrial Internet of Things applications. Material considerations and case studies will be presented, comparing Aerosol Jet printing to traditional fabrication methods. Examples of 3D printed short range and long range antennas, electrical and optical sensors, via filling, wrap-around printing, and five axis motion will be shown.

Optomec Aerosol Jet technology is used by a wide variety of industries to directly print functional electronic circuitry and components onto low-temperature, non-planar substrates, without the need for masks, screens, or plating. Optomec 3D printed electronics solutions are based on its industry proven Aerosol Jet technology for printing conformal electronic circuitry and components onto 3D structures. The Aerosol Jet process utilizes an innovative aerodynamic focusing technique to collimate a dense mist of material-laden micro droplets into a tightly controlled beam to print features as small as 10 microns or as large as several millimeters in a single pass. A wide assortment of materials can be printed with the Aerosol Jet system including conductive nano-particle inks, polymers and epoxies, along with dielectrics, ceramics, and bio-active materials. Aerosol Jet systems are currently in use for high volume, 24X7, production of consumer electronic devices.

Now in its 15th year, the 2016 FLEX conference is the premier technical event in the industry, focused on advancing technical and business interests in flexible, printed, hybrid electronics and their applications.  Over 600 attendees are expected to attend the event at the Monterey Marriott, February 29 – March 3, 2016.  The event, organized by FlexTech Alliance, a SEMI Strategic Association Partner, features market and technical presentations, short courses, poster sessions, exhibits and more–all focused on the creation of flexible, printed, hybrid devices, including new materials, processes, equipment, devices and products.

For more information, visit: www.flexconference.org

Published in Optomec

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

Planetary Resources, in collaboration with 3D Systems, have 3d printed the first part from asteroid metal powder.

The prototypes shown below were 3D printed from an actual asteroid that was, pulverized, powdered and processed on the newly released 3D Systems ProX DMP 320 metal 3D printer.

The meteorite used for the print material was sourced from the Campo Del Cielo impact near Argentina, and is composed of iron, nickel and cobalt. The composition is similar to refinery grade steel.

Published in Planetary Resources

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

When Sibelloptics co-founder Steve Vetorino and his team required a robust, lightweight enclosure for a key feature of their Windimager® LIDAR wind measurement system capable of withstanding extreme temperatures anywhere on earth, they turned to Axis Prototypes, a company specializing in 3d printing and rapid prototyping. Comprising one of four main subsystems of the LIDAR (a remote sensing technology for measuring wind speed and direction by illuminating particles in the air with a laser and analyzing the reflected light), the hemispherical scanner for which the parts were printed, outputs a low-power, omnidirectional infrared laser beam consisting of a series of amplified pulses. Data regarding the frequency and range of the returning light (Doppler shift) is obtained by the system’s detectors and sophisticated software. Ultimately, highly detailed maps are created showing wind speed and direction at various distances. The field-tested Windimager® boasts a range of 10 km and can continuously monitor winds in a volume of atmosphere consisting of more than 2 trillion cubic meters.

Designed to protect the mirrors, motors, and slip-rings of the scanner, the parts were printed in Nylon using SLA technology and consist of a 24-inch diameter dome and a 9-inch diameter cowling. The parts were then primed and painted for aesthetics.

Due to the size and geometric intricacies of the parts, Steve conceded that the only way to produce them cost-effectively and to spec was through additive manufacturing:  “Given the large size and internal features of the printed scanner enclosure parts, I know of no other means to create them other than through 3d printing.”

After a year in operation and being subjected to temperatures ranging from -17°F to +100°F at Sibelloptics’ testing facility in Berthoud, Colorado, the parts have met if not exceeded the client’s expectations.  Steve commented that, “The 3D printed nylon dome and cowling have survived without a scratch, chip or dent. Without a doubt, the Dome and Cowling have exceeded our greatest expectations; their durability and resilience are truly remarkable! These features coupled with their light weight, great appearance, and cost effectiveness are why we will continue to use 3d printing technology for all future systems.”

Based in Montreal, Canada, Axis Prototypes provides 3d printing and rapid prototyping services to support low-cost, low-volume manufacturing operations across numerous markets, including aerospace, aeronautics, automotive, sporting and consumer goods, dental and medical, architecture, and telecommunications. Axis Prototypes operates production grade 3d printers to produce conceptual and functional prototypes from various polymer and metallic materials based on additive manufacturing technologies such SLA, DMLS, SLS, and FDM. Axis is a distributor of 3D SLA printers from Prodways, a leading 3d printer manufacturer in Europe. For more information, visit www.axisproto.com

Established in 2011, Sibelloptics of Boulder, Colorado provides robust remote sensing platforms that serve a variety of industries. Their staff has more than 100 years combined experience in developing state-of-the-art Lidar transceivers, telescopes, high energy lasers, and long range chemical detection sensors. Their first Windimager, delivered in February of 2014, was built for NASA to study aircraft wake turbulence.  Their second system was recently installed on the island of Aruba to predict winds approaching a wind farm power installation. For more information, visit www.sibelloptics.com

Published in Axis Prototypes

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

Prototyping firm Ogle Models has come to the aid of a designer to create 3D printed shoes for Olympic gold medal winner Amy Williams.

The gold wedge shoes appeared on The Gadget Show as part of a feature emphasizing the use of 3D printing in the fashion industry.

The process involves making three-dimensional solid objects from a digital CAD file, typically by laying down successive thin layers of material.

The design house Julian Hakes turned to Ogle after facing the prospect of creating a unique design in a short time frame, and the company’s industrial 3D printing machines provided the solution.

Ogle marketing and sales director Dave Bennion said: “We’re delighted to be involved in such a unique project, especially honoring a British Olympian. The latest technology provided by 3D printing is enabling innovation across all kinds of industries.

“3D printing and additive manufacturing are terms that are, today, frequently used synonymously to denote a group of additive processes that produce – or print – parts directly from 3D CAD data, one layer at a time.

“These additive processes have emerged and been greatly developed during the last 20 years and have proved advantageous for a host of applications including concept models, functional prototypes, tooling patterns and, more recently, production parts.”

The team at Ogle printed the shoes using special technology called Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) production, which gave a nylon-based print strong enough for walking in and bonded well to the leather upper. 

For more information, visit: www.oglemodels.com

Stratasys has announced that the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) has acquired the much-acclaimed ‘Gemini’ chaise designed by Prof. Neri Oxman for its permanent collection. The purchase of Gemini, designed in collaboration with Professor W. Craig Carter with the 3D printed skin by Stratasys, is the most recent in a series of 3D printed art accessions by prestigious museums across the USA and Europe, which also include MoMA New York, Centre Pompidou Paris, Science Museum London, Museum of Fine Arts Boston and MAK Vienna.

Gemini is a semi-enclosed, stimulation-free environment designed to enhance vocal vibrations, which are thought to be healing, throughout the body. A biologically-inspired 3D printed skin lines the beautiful wooden chassis. The skin’s texture is an intricate design of tiny knobs, which provide comfort while maximizing sound absorption. The combination of a CNC milled wooden shell and the 3D printed lining creates an ideal acoustic setting for a single individual.

As the first project unveiled using Stratasys’ unique Connex3 triple-jetting technology, the 3D printed ‘skin’ that lines Gemini was created in myriad colors and materials. Combining three base materials – Stratasys’ rubber-like TangoPlus, rigid VeroYellow and VeroMagenta – the acoustic chaise included 44 different materials properties in varying shades of yellows and oranges with differing transparencies and rigidities, all produced simultaneously in a single 3D print. Surfaces that are more curved than others were assigned more elastic properties, thereby increasing sound absorption. The materials, shapes and surfaces of the 3D printed ‘skin’ enable a unique vibrational acoustic effect for a quiet, calming environment.

“No other manufacturing technology is able to provide such a variety of material properties in a single process. This makes Stratasys color, multi-material 3D printing technology very compelling for artists,” says Naomi Kaempfer, Creative Director Art Fashion Design at Stratasys. “And that’s just one influencing factor in the recent growth we are seeing in museums advocating 3D printed artwork. We believe that the technology has substantial cultural impact and expect it to have a significant influence on buying habits and manufacturing industries. As museums strive for public engagement with art, this progressive technology provides an important cultural reference, which should be celebrated.”

According to Kaempfer, the trend for museums adopting 3D printed design affirms the longevity of 3D printing as an artistic medium and reflects a wider movement of artists celebrating the unique capabilities made possible with this technology.

“3D printing is at the very cusp of innovation, and Stratasys leads the way with new developments of its technology and a wealth of diverse materials. As such it provides an expression of novelty and a source of wonderment for many artists,” Kaempfer concludes.

Published in Stratasys

Prototype Today announced the launch of a new production 3d printing news website:  AdditiveManufacturingToday.com.  The site offers a trusted information source for the latest news articles and videos about the additive manufacturing industry.  Additive Manufacturing Today officially went online with a beta launch of the website on December, 1st 2015.

Popular topics covered on the new site include the latest additive manufacturing and 3d printing equipment, materials, case studies, acquisitions and industry events. Going forward Prototype Today will cover consumer 3d printing topics such as desktop 3d printers, 3d printing educational initiatives, and consumer prototyping/product development. The new Additive Manufacturing Today website will strictly focus on high-value production applications of additive manufacturing including: aerospace engines and rockets, medical implants & surgical tools, and complex industrial end-use parts. The site will also cover the latest advances in the additive manufacturing field including new industrial 3d printers, new materials and metal powders, and government led research and development.

News and videos are updated at AdditiveManufacturingToday.com on a weekly basis and contain selected content submitted for consideration by verified companies.  The site strives to level the playing field for companies across industries by allowing anyone to submit relevant quality content for inclusion at no charge.

For those who like to network in person the events section lists upcoming industry events on an easy to navigate calendar for quick access.  Networking in person is still a very effective way to meet new people in the industry and see the latest additive manufacturing technology that companies are offering.

Any questions or content submissions can be directed to Brett Johnson, the web manager at:

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Renishaw announced two new metal additive manufacturing (AM) systems: the RenAM 500M and the AM 400.

RenAM 500M industrial metal additive manufacturing system (initially introduced as EVO Project)
Fully designed and engineered in-house to be used for serialised production, the RenAM 500M builds complex metal components directly from CAD using metal powder fusion technology. Highlights of the system include a Renishaw designed and engineered optical system with dynamic focusing; automated powder sieving and recirculation; 500 W ytterbium fibre laser and patented high capacity dual filter SafeChange™ system.

AM 400 metal additive manufacturing system
Renishaw also launched the AM400 flexible metal additive manufacturing system. This new model is a development of the AM250 platform. It includes all the advantages of the latest machine updates with larger SafeChange™ filter, improved control software, revised gas flow and window protection system, and a new 400 W optical system that gives a reduced laser beam diameter of 70 micrometres.

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

 

Published in Renishaw

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

UL, a global safety science organization, announced partnerships with Georgia Institute of Technology and Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health to study the impact of 3D printing on indoor air quality. The research is designed to scientifically characterize chemical and particle emissions of 3D printing technologies and to evaluate their potential impact on human health.

Outcomes of the research include scientific characterization of the emissions and establishment of defined methodologies for analytical measurement, and assessment of human exposure risks. The research is expected to be completed in 2016.

Underwriters Laboratories Inc, a not-for-profit organization that is part of the UL family of companies, is investing in independent human health research to provide consumers, manufacturers and policymakers with a greater scientific understanding for identifying and reducing potential health hazards. This study is one of numerous Underwriters Laboratories Inc initiatives dedicated to evaluating the impact of indoor pollution sources on human health and enabling steps toward achieving safe living, working and learning environments.

The two-year research project is being conducted in two phases. The first phase, which is being led by Rodney Weber, Professor in the School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, Georgia Tech, is defining the appropriate analytical measurement and risk evaluation methodologies for characterizing and assessing particle and chemical emissions from 3D printing technologies. The second phase, conducted by The Rollins School of Public Health at Emory, will assess potential health hazards from exposure to the emissions.

“Our 3D printing research underscores the critical convergence of chemical, environmental and human health safety, expanding the safety paradigm beyond the exploration of traditional fire, shock and casualty criteria,” said Dr. Marilyn Black, vice president and senior technical advisor, Underwriters Laboratories Inc. “This study is part of UL Inc.’s commitment to share knowledge that helps make products safer to operate, safer for the environment and safer for societal health and well-being.”

Significant progress has been made by UL Inc and Georgia Tech thus far in developing the methodology to measure and characterize particle and gaseous emissions from 3D printers. The risk assessment studies with Emory University are expected to begin in 2016.

Published in UL

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

Stratasys introduced a new soluble support material called SUP706 for PolyJet triple-jetting 3D printers. The new support material significantly reduces the time and manpower required to clean 3D printed models, enabling companies to efficiently scale-up to high volume production.

SUP706 automates post-processing of 3D printed parts with a simple two-step, soak-and-rinse process, giving users the ability to maximize productivity while achieving a low cost-per-part. High-production environments including service bureaus and internal prototyping shops will experience a faster and easier support material removal process.

“The development of SUP706 provides a great combination of advantages for 3D printing users,” said David Tulipman, director of product management for PolyJet consumables at Stratasys. “Owners of PolyJet-based 3D printers can now print small, intricate features with greater reassurance, and clean several parts at once, enabling high volume 3D printing that’s both cost-effective and hassle-free.”

SUP706 is available as a software update on all Stratasys PolyJet Triple-Jetting 3D Printers (Objet260 1/2/3; Objet350/500 1/2/3; Objet260/500 Dental Selection) and is compatible with all PolyJet materials, excluding hearing aid material.

For more information, visit: www.stratasys.com

Published in Stratasys

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

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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

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Stratasys announced that it has teamed with Aurora Flight Sciences to deliver, what is believed to be, the largest, fastest, and most complex 3D printed unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) ever produced. Unveiled for the first time at the Dubai Airshow, the high-speed aircraft is built using lightweight Stratasys materials to achieve speeds in excess of 150mph. 

To realize the joint goal to design and develop an advanced 3D printed demonstration aircraft, the final UAV – which has a 3m (9ft.) wingspan and weighs only 15kg (33lb.) – leveraged 3D printing for 80 percent of its design and manufacture and is built on the expertise of Aurora Flight Sciences’ aerospace and Stratasys’ additive manufacturing.

According to Dan Campbell, Aerospace Research Engineer at Aurora Flight Sciences, the project achieved various targets. “A primary goal for us was to show the aerospace industry just how quickly you can go from designing to building to flying a 3D printed jet-powered aircraft. To the best of our knowledge, this is the largest, fastest, and most complex 3D printed UAV ever produced.”

“This is a perfect demonstration of the unique capabilities that additive manufacturing can bring to aerospace,” says Scott Sevcik, Aerospace & Defense Senior Business Development Manager, Vertical Solutions at Stratasys. “This meant using different 3D printing materials and technologies together on one aircraft to maximize the benefits of additive manufacturing and 3D print both lightweight and capable structural components.”

For Aurora, Stratasys’ additive manufacturing solutions provided the design-optimization to produce a stiff, lightweight structure without the common restrictions of traditional manufacturing methods. This also enabled the cost-effective development of a customized – or mission-specific vehicle – without the cost constraints of low-volume production.

“Stratasys 3D printing technology easily supports rapid design iterations that led to a dramatically shortened timeline from the initial concept to the first successful flight,” adds Campbell. “Overall, the technology saw us cut the design and build time of the aircraft by 50 percent.”

According to Sevcik, the project exemplifies the power of Stratasys’ flagship Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) 3D printing technology.

“Aurora’s UAV is a clear evidence of FDM’s ability to build a completely enclosed, hollow structure which, unlike other manufacturing methods, allows large – yet less dense – objects to be produced,” he explains.

“In addition to leveraging FDM materials for all large and structural elements, we utilized the diverse production capability of Stratasys Direct Manufacturing to produce components better suited to other technologies.  We elected to laser sinter the nylon fuel tank, and our thrust vectoring exhaust nozzle was 3D printed in metal to withstand the extreme heat at the engine nozzle,” Sevcik adds.

“Because Stratasys is able to produce parts that meet the flame, smoke, and toxicity requirements set by the FAA, ULTEM™ has become the 3D printing material of choice for many of our aerospace customers for final production applications,” he continues.

For Sevcik, this particular collaborative project with Aurora achieves one of the foremost overall goals among aerospace manufacturers, as well as those in other industries, which is the need to constantly reduce weight.

“Whether by air, water or on land, lightweight vehicles use less fuel. This enables companies to lower operational costs, as well as reduce environmental impact. In addition, using only the exact material needed for production is expected to reduce acquisition cost by eliminating waste and reducing scrap and recycling costs,” he concludes.

Published in Stratasys

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

With a 3D printer, Audi Toolmaking has produced a model of the historical Grand Prix sports car “Auto Union Typ C” from the year 1936. The company is now examining further possible applications of metal printers for the production of complex components. At the same time, Audi is creating important synergies with toolmaking in other parts of the Volkswagen Group.

“We are pushing forward with new manufacturing technologies at Audi Toolmaking and at the Volkswagen Group,” stated Prof. Dr. Hubert Waltl, Audi’s Board of Management Member for Production and Head of Toolmaking at the Volkswagen Group. “Together with partners in the area of research, we are constantly exploring the boundaries of new processes. One of our goals is to apply metal printers in series production.”

The Volkswagen Group has a total of 14 toolmaking units in nine countries. Under the leadership of Prof. Dr. Waltl, cooperative ventures have been arranged for research and development. The first focus of the cooperation is the implementation of metallic 3D printing and 3D printing in the sand-printing method. Audi Toolmaking has now used metal 3d printing to produce all the metallic parts of the Silver Arrow model “Auto Union Typ C” on a scale of 1:2.

For this purpose, a selective-sintering laser melted layers of metallic powder with a grain size of 15 to 40 thousandths of a millimeter, roughly half of the diameter of a human hair. The process therefore allows the production of components with complex geometries, which with conventional methods could either not be produced or only with great difficulties.

Audi Toolmaking is currently using 3D printing to produce components out of aluminum and steel. At present, this process can be used to produce shapes and objects with a length of 240 millimeters and a height of up to 200 millimeters. These printed components achieved a higher density than components made by die casting or hot forming.

 

Published in Audi

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

3D Systems (NYSE:DDD) announced the grand opening of the 3DS Culinary Lab, a groundbreaking new culinary innovation center in the epicenter of the Los Angeles culinary community, laying the groundwork for education and engagement around the potential for 3D printed food.

The 3DS Culinary Lab will serve as a learning, collaboration and exploration space, where chefs, mixologists and culinary innovators can experience the intersection of their traditional craft and 3D printing. It is also designed to be a testing ground where the industry can experience 3DS' ChefJet Pro culinary printer firsthand ahead of its release, provide input for future development, and explore market opportunities and innovations.

"We are thrilled to open this amazing collaboration space to bring a new era of digital craftsmanship and technology to the culinary community," said Liz von Hasseln, Creative Director, Culinary, for 3DS. "We're bringing together partners and collaborators from across the food service and hospitality industries, as well as chefs, mixologists and artisans to explore the wide-open landscape for 3D printed food."

3DS Culinary will also host events at the space for leaders in the hospitality, event and culinary communities, as well as symposiums and master-classes that explore and shape the future of 3D printed food. 3DS plans to host programming that is industry-focused to address professionals in smaller, hands-on settings. Initial programming includes events centered on 3D printed food fundamentals in sweet, savory and mixology, as well as a quarterly Chef Night for culinarians to come together and experience the potential for 3D printing, and a symposium style event for discussions on the potential for artistry that 3D printing brings to culinary professionals. Click here for more information, or to inquire about availability.

The 3DS Culinary Lab features a demonstration kitchen furnished by KitchenAid, and a 3D printing kitchen highlighting the ChefJet Pro culinary printers. At its opening, guests enjoyed dishes and signature cocktails that incorporated 3D printed elements and were created in collaboration with influential local culinarians:

  • Josiah Citrin, of two-Michelin Starred Mélisse Restaurant, Santa Monica

  • French Onion soup: 3D printed onion powder cube, burrata cheese, oxtail broth
  • Pumpkin Waffle: 3D printed pumpkin and maple waffle, quail egg, bacon

 

  • Mei Lin, Winner of Bravo's Top Chef Season 12

  • Passionfruit dessert: passionfruit curd, raspberries textures, toasted yogurt, bee pollen crumble with 3D printed passionfruit flower
  • Wagyu Steak Tartare: sansho pepper, mitsuba, japanese pickles, 3D Printed wasabi egg

 

  • Matthew Biancaniello, Cocktail Chef, Author of "Eat Your Drink"

  • Handcrafted cocktail containing bergamot infused tequila, curry leaf, chamomile flowers, and currants, with a candy-cap mushroom 3D printed garnish
  • Savory cocktail with tomato base and 3D printed crystal of smoked salt


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

Published in 3D Systems

Roland DGA has announced the availability of new PRF35-ST resin for use with its advanced monoFab ARM-10 3D printer. After curing, PRF35-ST delivers parts and prototypes with a better grip and greater elasticity than the company’s existing PRH35-ST (a standard hard resin), opening up new creative opportunities for ARM-10 users.

The addition of PRF35-ST to the Roland 3D product lineup enables engineers, product designers, educators, and hobbyists to easily produce flexible parts, such as grips, seals, gaskets and buttons, with the ARM-10 rapid prototyping 3D printer. Parts made with PRF35ST resin can be used independently, or in combination with more rigid parts created with PRH35-ST.

“This new flexible type resin further enhances the ARM-10 3D printer’s ability to turn ideas into reality,” said Will Seith, Roland DGA’s product manager, 3D solutions. “It allows the user to make models and prototypes that not only look real, but feel real as well.”

Roland’s ARM-10 is an advanced, precise and user-friendly 3D printer incorporating an innovative layered projection system that enables users to build complex parts and prototypes quickly and easily. Its suspended build system also keeps resin use to a minimum, making model production efficient and cost effective.

For more information, visit: www.rolanddga.com/products/3d/arm-10-rapid-prototyping-3d-printer

Published in Roland

CI will demonstrate the versatility of additive manufacturing at Fabtech with displays featuring a full size Shelby Cobra automobile, a scaled fighter jet, a 12-ft. kayak, and a utility vehicle that were all produced using the new Big Area Additive Manufacturing (BAAM) system. The carbon and glass fiber reinforced ABS plastic materials for these displays were provided by SABIC and Techmer Engineered Solutions. The large-scale additive machine uses a steel fabricated chassis and advanced linear drive motors 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 Laboratory, introduces significant new manufacturing capabilities to a wide range of industries including automotive, aerospace, marine, appliance and many more.

The BAAM machine on display at Fabtech has a work envelope of 65”x140”x34” and extrusion rate of about 38 lbs/hr and will be printing parts made with SABIC’s THERMOCOMP™ compound, an ABS carbon fiber material which provides excellent strength-to-weight ratio and high stiffness.  CI makes a larger size that has a work envelope of 8 x 20 x 6 ft. with an extrusion rate of about 100 lbs/hr. The machine prints polymer components up to 10 times larger than currently producible, at speeds 1,000 times faster than existing additive machines. The machine’s extruder uses a wide variety of thermoplastics and fiber reinforced thermoplastics to meet the needs of a variety of commercial applications, including furniture and tooling.

“All of the displays will show the art of the possible with additive manufacturing,” said Carey Chen, President and CEO of Cincinnati Incorporated. “ The kayak display will be shown as 1/3 raw additive material (ABS carbon fiber), 1/3 filled with gel coat, and 1/3 finished and painted, demonstrating the phases of finishing 3D printed parts. These displays will have a huge ‘wow’ factor at the show because they show how large-part additive manufacturing can be applied in our daily lives.”

In addition to the four displays, the company will have two exhibits. The BAAM machine will be on display in booth N-9000 in the entrance to the North Hall of Chicago’s McCormick Place, while the new electric 40-ton GOFORM press brake will be demonstrated in booth S-2799 in the South Hall. The South Hall booth will include a large video wall with unique footage angles of CI’s laser cutting systems, automation, and press brakes.

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

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

 

 

Published in TRUMPF

“3D Europa” is a sculpture designed by the Portuguese artist Leonel Moura for ICT (Innovate, Connect, Transform), the biggest Information and Communication Technologies event in Europe. ICT 2015 is a European Commission initiative, this year co-organized with the Foundation for Science and Technology (Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia), that is underway in Lisbon, from October 20th to 22nd.

This impressive work of art was developed during the last 6 months and represents a new way of art, by combining creativity and technology with innovative methods of doing things.

The sculpture, all 3D printed in PLA, was supported by BEEVERYCREATIVE and 3D FACTORY, and has about 300 parts with fittings and is almost 5 meters tall. Leonel uses 8 permanent 3D printers and counts also with the community’s help to make it possible.

BEEVERYCREATIVE’s team 3D printed several parts and Leonel also uses BEETHEFIRST at his studio, since it has what he looks for in a 3D printer: reliability and usability.

Leonel Moura is a pioneer in combining art with robotics, artificial intelligence and now, 3D printing. His work is recognised on an international level, with exhibitions in the United States, where he has a robot-painter as a permanent exhibit in the New York Museum of Natural History, in Brazil, China, South Korea, Dubai, among others, as well as several European countries. In 2009, he was nominated as European Ambassador of Creativity and Innovation.

For more information, visit: www.beeverycreative.com

Published in BEEVERYCREATIVE

SyncFab has expanded its network to include the customers and 3d print services of the Bay Area Advanced Manufacturing Hub coalition in Silicon Valley.

"We are excited to work with the Bay Area Advanced Manufacturing coalition and expand our additive manufacturing supply chain to better serve both SyncFab and BAAM customers. SyncFab will continue to forge similar strategic partnerships adding value for SyncFab users," said Jeremy Goodwin, CEO of SyncFab.

"We see great synergy between BAAM and SyncFab," said Espen Sivertsen, CEO of Type A Machines and founder of BAAM. "BAAM can offer a comprehensive portfolio of additive manufacturing services to SyncFab customers. SyncFab will also play an important role supporting BAAM's mission of integrating the 3D printing ecosystem to create a seamless user experience offering order aggregation, design on demand and go-to-market consulting for BAAM members and customers."

SyncFab is an online marketplace connecting inventors, hardware and product developers with regional manufacturers and suppliers. The platform is like a Costco or Yelp for manufacturing catering to entrepreneurs, designers, engineers and product developers. The platform allows product developers to crowdsource local manufacturers, prototypers, production planners and material suppliers for quality, accuracy, material and process sustainability. SyncFab is lowering manufacturing costs by making the bidding process more transparent and helping product developers take advantage of surplus production capacity at local factories. Don't just buy local - design and make local with SyncFab!

Founded in 2013, the company has offices in Silicon Valley and Santa Monica, California. SyncFab is short for Synchronized Fabrication to represent the synchronization of logistics, robotics, materials, computer-aided-design (CAD), 3D print (additive) and traditional (subtractive) fabrication, which collectively comprise modern advanced manufacturing. Register your free profile and unleash your inner creator!

For more information, visit: www.syncfab.com

Published in SyncFab

Nexxt Spine, LLC announced the development of NanoMatrixx, a porous bioactive titanium material designed to actively participate in the intervertebral fusion process.

Nexxt Spine’s NanoMatrixx is manufactured to exacting specifications utilizing modern 3D printing technology to replicate the cellular structure of cancellous bone. This process makes it possible to create any three dimensional complex structure or geometry with a desired modulus of elasticity that cannot be created by traditional orthopedic manufacturing processes.

Following the manufacturing process, the material undergoes a series of proprietary treatments to produce a micro and nanosurface topography which stimulates mesenchymal stem cells to differentiate into bone forming osteoblast cells that produce bone growth onto and throughout the 3-D printed material.

According to Dr. Robert L. Wertz, Director of New Product Development, “A glimpse inside of the NanoMatrixx material reveals its uniform 3-dimensional cellular architecture with 70% porosity. The cubical shaped scaffold provides an optimal biomechanical and biological environment for uninterrupted blood flow. Every surface of the NanoMatrixx material exhibits a micro and nanotextured topography that’s designed to elicit a superior osteogenic response. This allows bone to attach to the internal struts and grow entirely through the material while simultaneously providing optimal mechanical support without the stress shielding effects experienced with traditional titanium implants.

“Conventional textured or coated implant surfaces only achieve bone to implant contact or on-growth; however, NanoMatrixx’s consistent open and interconnected network of pores within a specific size range have been found to be osteoconductive and osteoinductive, promoting bone on-growth and bone in-growth for total osseous integration. Bone has the potential to not only grow into the pores and around the struts, but also attach to the nanotextured strut surfaces.”

For more information, visit: www.nexxtspine.com

Published in Nexxt Spine

Stratasys Ltd. announced that its color, multi-material technology is being successfully deployed to aid cancer surgeons in treating patients. Physicians use the models during pre-surgery planning of complicated kidney tumor removal, helping to perform precise and successful kidney-sparing surgery and improving patient outcomes. The 3D printed models are also used to improve surgeon training, as well as enhancing the explanatory process towards patients.

The advanced surgical process, which utilizes transparent and color 3D printed models produced on Stratasys' color, multi-material 3D Printer, the Objet500 Connex3 , is being pioneered by the Department of Urology and Kidney Transplantation at the University Hospital (CHU) de Bordeaux, in France. According to CHU surgeon Dr Jean-Christophe Bernhard, this is currently the only hospital in France - and one of the first in the world - to deploy Stratasys' multi-color, multi-material 3D printing technology for complex kidney tumor removal cases.

"Having a 3D printed model comprising the patient's kidney tumor, main arteries and vessels - each in a different color - provides an accurate picture of what we will see during operations," says Dr Bernhard.

"Importantly, the ability to visualize the specific location of a tumor in relation to these other elements, all in three dimensions, greatly facilitates our task and is not something that is easily achievable from a 2D scan," he adds.

According to Dr Bernhard, the clearer view offered by the 3D printed model may increase the ability to perform precise and successful kidney-sparing surgery. The pre-surgery planning aids in identifying and avoiding damage to the delicate nearby arteries and vessels which can result in complete kidney removal. Sparing the patient's kidney is important because it reduces the chance of subsequently suffering from chronic kidney disease.

"3D printing technology has effectively heralded a new dawn," continues Dr Bernhard. "A scan gives us good information, but it's in 2D. This relies on the surgeon to mentally reconstruct the tumor volume in 3D and estimate its location inside of the total volume of the kidney. The same process has to be done to clearly understand the relations between the tumor, the vessels (arteries and veins) and the collecting system. As you can imagine, this is difficult and time-consuming for the surgeon.

"Conversely, having a 3D printed kidney model in your hands that corresponds specifically to that of the patient you're going to operate on quite literally offers me a view from a new perspective. The only thing more accurate than that is the patient himself," he adds.

The CHU de Bordeaux uses three Stratasys PolyJet materials: transparent VeroClear to show the volume mass of the kidney itself, red for the arteries and yellow for the excretory tract. The red and yellow is then mixed on-the-fly - unique to Stratasys multi-material capabilities - to produce the all-important orange color of the tumor.

"The Stratasys transparent material is of fundamental importance as it allows us to see inside and estimate the depth at which the tumor resides," explains Dr Bernhard. "It enables us to see the arteries and the cavities that collect urine, so we can see if any of the arteries are touching the tumor. We need to remove the tumor, but not at the expense of the other vital elements that together enable the kidney to do its job. Finding that balance is much easier to achieve thanks to 3D printing."

Dr Bernhard also believes that use of 3D printed models will not be restricted to kidney surgery, and sees them being equally useful for any organ sparing surgeries.

Stratasys 3D printing solutions also significantly strengthens the CHU's capabilities from an instructional standpoint. For Dr Bernhard, this is a fundamental benefit of 3D printing and one that he sees making a big impact within the medical sector long-term.

"I think this technology will be a big driver in terms of shaping the future of teaching and surgical training," he says. "Having access to a 3D printed model that is completely accurate to the one that you're going to operate, not only enables you to train yourself on the operation, but it also greatly improves our ability to more accurately convey surgical procedures to students - who of course are the surgeons of tomorrow."

Another major benefit for the CHU of Bordeaux and Dr Bernhard is the ability to use the 3D printed models to more easily explain procedures to patients prior to surgery, thereby offering increased reassurance.

"Describing kidney tumor removal with 2D scan or a diagram will invariably leave most patients somewhat bewildered," he explains. "Presenting them with a 3D printed model that clearly shows the tumor puts them at ease and enables the patient to grasp exactly what we're going to do. Indeed, research from patient questionnaires shows that having 3D printed models increases their understanding of the surgery by more than 50%, so it's a considerable benefit in terms of overall patient care."

Commenting on the use of 3D printing technology at the hospital, Scott Rader, General Manager of Medical Solutions at Stratasys, says, "By putting exactly what the surgeon needs to see right in his hands, the pioneering use of Stratasys color multi-material 3D printing technology at the CHU de Bordeaux demonstrates its capability to improve medical operations by decreasing complexities to make the surgeon's role easier. Moreover, by enhancing procedures in this way, the prospect of organ-conserving surgery is increased, resulting in a far more favorable outcome for patients."

Published in Stratasys

A franchise agreement between Materialise (NASDAQ:MTLS) and 3DVinci Creations has resulted in the official launch of the i.materialise 3D Printing platform in the United Arab Emirates, further expanding the reach of 3D Printing into the GCC and Middle East region.

This franchise agreement has linked Materialise, a leading provider of Additive Manufacturing software and of sophisticated 3D Printing solutions in the medical, industrial and consumer markets to 3DVinci Creations, a provider of affordable and accessible 3D printing technologies with its headquarters in the United Arab Emirates. The partnership further develops the growth of the already successful i.materialise 3D Printing platform with 3DVinci Creations using their Additive Manufacturing Centers in Dubai, UAE and Beirut, Lebanon to bring production closer to users in the region, including Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar and Bahrain.

“i.materialise is a 3D Printing platform that caters to anyone who wants to materialize their creative ideas. With this franchise agreement, we aim to provide access to an even greater number of people who want to realize their dreams through 3D Printing,” said Miranda Bastijns, Head of i.materialise. “This collaboration with 3DVinci Creations is an opportunity to localize quality 3D Printing and the benefits it enables in parts of the Middle East. With the potential of 3D Printing to change the ways we design, make and distribute products, it can truly contribute to creating a better and healthier world.”

Edouard Baaklini, CEO of 3DVinci Creations, stated “At 3DVinci Creations, we strive to find the right 3D Printing solution for our customers, helping them turn their concepts and designs into physical objects. We started out as Materialise customers, using their Magics software. Now, by offering the i.materialise 3D Printing Platform at our new and expanded Additive Manufacturing Centers in Dubai and Beirut, our customers may have a broader range of manufacturing choices. Their creations can be entrusted to two companies that are dedicated to using 3D Printing technology to find creative solutions for their product. Moreover, we are  pleased to expand our 3D Printing services in a stable region ready for growth in this innovative sector.”

The i.materialise online 3D Printing platform offers a range of solutions and services to help those realizing the potential of the technology. Anyone from inventors to students, designers and makers can use i.materialise to create something unique as well as offering their products for sale on the platform.

Headquartered in Dubai, UAE and Beirut, Lebanon, 3DVinci Creations provides 3D Printing Services and Products to corporations, educational institutions, government ministries and agencies, and individuals throughout the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) and the entire Middle Eastern countries.

For more information, visit: 3dvincicreations.imaterialise.com

Published in Materialise

4WEB Medical announced at the North American Spine Society annual meeting in Chicago that the company has launched its Posterior Spine Truss System in the U.S. market. The Posterior Spine Truss System is a comprehensive line of interbody fusion devices with applications across a wide array of posterior spine approaches including PLIF, TLIF, and Oblique procedures.

"The Posterior Spine Truss System represents a significant advancement in treatment options for my lumbar spine patients", said S. Babak Kalantar, M.D., Chief of Orthopedic Spine Surgery at Georgetown University Hospital. "The expansion of 4WEB's novel truss implant technology into posterior spine procedures will allow me to utilize an implant with proven clinical benefits across the majority of spine surgeries that I perform."

Encompassing 150 implants, the Posterior Spine Truss System affords surgeons a wide range of options that provide an optimal match for each patient's unique anatomy. The implants provide innovative functionality such as a biconvex web structure that distributes the load over a larger surface area at the endplate interface to minimize subsidence.

4WEB also has FDA cleared implants for cervical and anterior lumbar procedures. The company was the first medical device manufacturer to commercialize a 3D printed spine implant in the U.S. Since 2013, close to 6000 of 4WEB's 3D printed truss implants having been used in surgery worldwide.

"While many orthopedic companies are beginning to utilize 3D printing as a manufacturing process, they continue to produce antiquated annular designs that have been on the market for years," said Joseph O'Brien, M.D., Medical Director of Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery at The George Washington University Hospital.  "4WEB is unique in that they are the only company in the spine implant market to maximize the opportunity that 3D printing affords by producing truss designs with distinct structural mechanics that have considerable potential to accelerate healing for my patients. These patented structures were not even possible to manufacture at this scale until only a few years ago. "

4WEB Medical is an implant device company founded in 2008 by Jessee Hunt in Frisco, Texas. Thirty years of research in topological dimension theory led to the discovery of a novel geometry, the 4WEB, that can be used as a building block to create high-strength, lightweight web structures. Mr. Hunt leveraged this breakthrough along with cutting-edge 3D printing technology to develop 4WEB Medical's proprietary truss implant platform. The 4WEB Medical product portfolio currently provides implant solutions for Neuro and Orthopedic surgeons. The platform includes the Cervical Spine Truss System, the ALIF Spine Truss System, the Posterior Spine Truss System and the Osteotomy Truss System.  4WEB is actively developing truss implant designs for knee, hip, trauma and patient specific procedures.

For more information, visit: www.4WEBMedical.com

Published in 4WEB Medical

Social media and e-commerce have made it possible to buy whatever you want, from anywhere, at every hour of the day and night.

Consumers want to browse and compare prices, quickly and easily, whether on a mobile phone or laptop. Online shopping should be a simple and efficient, with few clicks from the searching to ordering process.

This is true for almost every form of e-commerce, except when people try to place an order with the majority of 3D printing platforms.

That’s the verdict from Berenschot consultants, a tech-focused consultancy that has been active in 3D printing industry for over ten years.

Berenschot tried an experiment in 2014, to see how easy it is to order ABS Clips (designed to hold up presentation paper on a clipboard) through fifteen 3D printing platforms.

Their objective was to order 30 decent quality clips (per platform), for a reasonable price, with the same ease they would order anything else online.

The consultants conducting this experiment were evaluating these 15 platforms using these criteria:

1. The overall experience
2. The way the platform demonstrates credibility
3. Information on materials offered and printing method used
4. The terms & conditions
5. The ease of the ordering process.

The results were disappointing: “It is fair to say that in real life we would have abandoned the process in eight of the fifteen cases.”

As they found, placing an order through 3D printing platforms - even the most popular - isn’t as easy as Amazon or eBay.

The following problems were encountered:

  • A slow response times for quotes
  • A wide variation in price
  • A high failure rate
  • Missing parts from orders


After this test, it’s clear that 3D printing firms need to consider the following more seriously:

  • Crafting a clear message. Can you explain your service offering, value proposition and Unique Selling Point (USP) quickly and easily? Is your elevator pitch clear and concise? Customers need to know what you do, how much your service costs, how they can place an order and what happens if there’s a problem. A clear message strategy ought to underwrite everything you do, publish and talk about on social media.
  • Guidance and information on different file formats and materials that are offered will help consumers have confidence when placing an order.
  • Awesome customer service. Provide guidance, a FAQ section and quick response to questions, through email, messenger apps and a phone or Skype number, if possible. Make sure customers can get a quote and pay as quickly as possible. Delays and difficulties, comparable to what Berenschot consultants encountered is the best way to lose customers and revenue.


This industry has the potential to revolutionize manufacturing. But, only if we spend more time delivering great service every time.

Customers want service; they want a simple ordering process and products delivered at a high quality for a good price. Otherwise, they will give up on 3D printing altogether.

-Constantine Ivanov, Co-Founder & CEO of DigiFabster: A CRM fit for 3D Printing Industry. Streamline 3D Printing Orders & Customer Relations Management.

Published in DigiFabster

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

At 3D Hubs, we've learned how inaccessible industrial-grade 3D printing can be – including long lead times, hard-to-reach support teams and high shipping costs. With the launch of 3D Hubs HD, we’re solving this by making it easy for designers to connect with industrial-grade 3D printers in their area.

Approved Hubs that can deliver industrial-grade prints are awarded the “3D Hubs HD” badge and will focus on direct communication with 3D Hubs customers to ensure accurate production and fast turnaround times. Industry leaders including i.materialise, Sculpteo and NRI will be amongst the first group of service providers to make industrial-grade 3D printing locally available.

Similar to the existing 3D Hubs experience, ordering through 3D Hubs HD providers is as simple as uploading a 3D printable file and choosing a nearby Hub.

“Through unlocking this tier of industrial-grade materials, we are now able to offer an end-to-end solution to our customers both large and small,” explains 3D Hubs co-founder Brian Garret. “By combining affordable desktop production with high-end industrial-grade services, the full spectrum of 3D printing is now becoming accessible.”

Following our existing model of distributed desktop 3D printing, we're kicking off 3D Hubs HD in 37 cities with the introduction of Strong and Flexible Nylon. This highly-functional material is popular for both Product Designers and Architects and is 3D printed through the Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) additive manufacturing process. Over the next few months, we'll continue to unveil more HD materials and ramp up locations to bring local industrial-grade 3D printing to everyone around the world.

Through the end of October 2015, artists, designers, engineers and other 3D content creators are invited to try the Strong & Flexible Nylon with a 30% discount. Together with the 3D Hubs community, we’ll also be hosting a series of design workshops worldwide to get designers of all skill levels up to speed with printing their designs in HD materials - starting with the 3D Printing for Designers and Architects event in London on October 28, 2015.

For more information, visit: www.3dhubs.com/hd

Published in 3D Hubs

The launch of ShareStation 3D will allow 3D enthusiasts to download, share and print functional projects at no cost. 3D hobbyists can now print circuit boards, Arduino components, solar lights and battery housings among other exciting projects.

Imagine using your home 3D printer to create an Mp3 player case, an automated timer housing for your house lights or replace a broken part for your coffee maker. This will one day be possible with the continued development of functional and specialty filaments for 3D printers. ShareStation 3D represents a first step in allowing home 3D print hobbyists – from the novice to the expert – to build and share 3D print projects that work.

Visitors are able to view, share or download print ready files of functional projects for free. Users can connect with other users, discuss projects, and even download free software that will allow them to convert their own circuit board designs into working 3D printable files.

ShareStaton 3D was developed and underwritten by Graphene 3D Lab, makers of functional and specialty 3D filaments. Elena Polyakova Co-CEO of Graphene 3D said, "Up until now, most home 3D printers have been limited to one type of print material – likely polymer – and owners are limited to projects that are static like cupholders, models, or jewelry. Using functional or specialty filaments allow users to print working projects, dramatically expanding what can be accomplished with a 3D printer." The company created ShareStation 3D as a destination where 3D print enthusiasts can share and download these projects and establish a community to advance these next generation 3D printing opportunities.

ShareStation 3D already features a number of functional 3D print projects available for download.  However, users can share their own projects, and connect with other 3D builders. A notable breakthrough in the 3D printing world was the introduction of the conductive filament. With this filament users are now able to design and build functional electronic projects.

Featured projects available for download on the ShareStation 3D site include Arduino sound maker board and miniature traffic light, as well as a battery housing. Daniel Stolyarov Graphene 3D Co-CEO added, "ShareStation 3D is an analogy for the advancement of 3D printing in the manufacturing sector. 3D printing started with static multi-dimensional objects, now we are adding functionality. Soon 3D printing will be able to create multi-functional devices in a single print allowing 3D printing to be at the heart of the manufacturing industry. ShareStation 3D allows home users to take part in this exciting advancement and be a part of the ever-expanding capabilities of the 3D printing phenomena."

For more information, visit: www.sharestation3d.com

Published in ShareStation 3D

3DKitbash's intergalactic universe of 3D-printable characters continues to grow with their latest line of evil monsters from the planet Filamento. As 3DKitbash's current Kickstarter explains, three gigantic evil monsters will teleport to Earth through the largest-format 3D printer known to humankind unless backers designate hundreds of desktop 3D printers to the cause, diffusing the monsters' power.

In 2014, 3DKitbash introduced Quin, the articulated, 3D-printable doll, from the planet Filamento. According to her story line, Quin invented teleportation through 3D printers. Since then she has gotten upgrades, such as the “To Infinity” UpKit, which includes ray guns, a jet pack, and moon boots, and she's gotten a brother named NiQ. Boon, Quin's plucky, articulated and pose-able pet T-Rex, also joined her on Earth.

With news that these dangerous monsters have discovered her teleportation secrets and are on their way to Earth, Quin recently invented RukiBot to help secure the planet. RukiBot army squads are being printed all over Earth with 3DKitbash supporters posting pics of their prints to the 3DKitbash Facebook page and Instagram feed, reporting, “South Africa secure!” “Honolulu secure!” and “London secure!”

3DKitbash builds stories around their 3D-printable toys in a familiar cult-classic way that is still unique within the 3D printing space. “It's fun to see supporters print the characters and post pictures of them participating in the story online using #QuinSaga. They become part of this ongoing mythos that we're all creating together,” said co-founder, Quincy Robinson. On Facebook and Instagram fans to post pictures of the Quins, NiQs, Boons, and RukiBots they have printed doing things like designing monster-destroying weapons and training for combat with stuffed animal stand-ins for the encroaching monsters.

With a little help from Quin's crew and the RukiBot Army, backers can help tell the #QuinSaga online by posting pics of the epic battles that are certain to ensue when the monsters teleport to desktop 3D printers around the world.

3DKitbash hopes to raise $4,000 by October 31 to further develop the #QuinSaga and to create these well-engineered, articulated, 3D-printable monsters that print support-free.

If successfully funded, the monsters will be made available for sale before the end of the year.

For more information, visit: www.kickstarter.com/projects/3dkitbash/3d-print-monsters-and-help-save-the-world-from-doo

Published in 3DKitbash

Luxexcel has attracted a lot of attention from media and investors these days for their breakthrough in 3D printing transparent optics. Compared to classical manufacturing methods, manufacturing optics with 3D printing has obvious advantages when it comes to cost and time efficient prototyping and small series production.

The only question remaining is where does the underlying 3D design come from which is going to be printed? Until now, customers needed to create it themselves using CAD software or commission a professional 3D designer. Luxexcel wants to democratize the way optics are made and launched two online lens creators, powered by trinckle 3D software technology.

Customers can easily create their very own lens design, which perfectly fits the requirements of their specific use case. They just need to enter the relevant parameters like focal length and lens diameter and can have a look at the resulting model preview right away. The application generates a 3D printable model file, which is ready to order.

“With our new design tool we want to take the next step in opening up the world of optical development”, says Peter Paul Cornelissen, Head of Marketing & Online Business Development.

“Lowering the bar to make use of optimized optics for its application, and taking away the limitations of standard stock products will be a game changer for many designers that use optics in their products. The trinckle 3D customization software supports this development.”

The Berlin-based technology company trinckle 3D introduced its customizing cloud engine earlier this year and is currently implementing it for several business clients. The software solution enables mass customization of 3D printable products on a next-generation level. Partners like Luxexcel can easily integrate user-friendly, white-label applications in their websites.

“Luxexcel is a great partner and a perfect use case for our software, because the automated creation of custom-made lens models is an obvious and essential add-on to their cutting-edge production technology.” says trinckle 3D’s CEO, Florian Reichle. “However, product customization could be extremely important for every B2B or B2C company that tries to meet case-specific product requirements or the individual taste of a customer.”

For more information, visit: www.trinckle.com/blog/luxexcel-3dp-lenses

Published in trinckle 3D

Much like Baymax, the robot star of the animated feature "Big Hero 6," a soft robot skin developed by Disney Research uses air-filled cavities to cushion collisions and to provide the pressure feedback necessary for grasping delicate objects.

The researchers successfully used a pair of 3-D-printed soft skin modules to pick up a disposable plastic cup without breaking it, a roll of printer paper without crushing or creasing it and a piece of tofu without smashing it. Collision tests showed that the inflatable modules reduced the peak force of frontal impacts by 32-52 percent and side impacts by 26-37 percent.

"Humans interacting with robots in everyday environments is no longer just science fiction," said Joohyung Kim, associate research scientist. "Making them soft is particularly important for robots that will interact with children, the elderly, or with patients."

Kim and his Disney colleagues, Katsu Yamane and Alexander Alspach, presented their findings at the International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS 2015) on Sept. 28 in Hamburg, Germany.

The air-filled skin modules can absorb unexpected impacts. By monitoring pressure changes that occur when the airtight, but flexible chamber is deformed, it also can serve as a contact sensor, providing feedback for touching, grasping and manipulating.

The researchers built soft skin modules that were cylindrical with hemispheric ends, a little less than 5 inches long and about 2 ½ inches in diameter. In addition to the air-filled outer skin, each module included a rigid link at the center. The modules thus could employ a variety of material properties, from flexible to rigid.

In experiments using only the rigid link, with the outer, inflated skins removed, the researchers were able to use them to grasp a disposable cup. But without the pressure feedback provided by the soft skin, the cup ultimately was crushed. With the soft skins attached, the researchers obtained sufficient pressure feedback to grip the cup, and hold other delicate objects, without damaging them.

The same design concept used to produce the modules can be employed to make other modules of varying geometries, they noted.

For more information, visit: www.disneyresearch.com/publication/3d-printed-soft-skin

Published in Disney Research

In an expansion move, Fenner Drives announced the creation of NinjaTek, a new entity developed from its flagship product, NinjaFlex® 3D Flexible Filament. Leveraging 50+ years in polyurethane extrusion success, NinjaTek provides value-added 3D printing materials and services to markets in over 25 countries worldwide. Located in Manheim, PA, NinjaTek is a division of Fenner Drives, a leader in industrial products, including power transmission and conveying applications.

Building on the success of NinjaFlex, NinjaTek will expand its product offerings with a focus on high performance materials to service industrial needs.

“By joining the industrial materials expertise of Fenner Drives with the Additive Manufacturing success of NinjaFlex filament, NinjaTek is positioned well to continue our success in the 3D materials world,” said Wendy Booker, Vice President and General Manager, NinjaTek.

The company also announced a number of promotions and new hires to drive growth in the new division, including:

Wendy Booker, promoted to Vice President and General Manager of NinjaTek, brings over 16 years in product management, project management and marketing, across a variety of industries, launching products in the medical device, food, and consumer goods industries. Most recently, she managed installation and maintenance flooring products at Armstrong World Industries, where she sold and launched 6 new products into Wal-Mart stores, resulting in the “Gold Award for Excellence,” Armstrong Flooring’s highest award for outstanding achievements contributing to business results. Wendy earned her MBA from Columbia Business School and a B.S. from Cornell University. Wendy serves as an executive Board Member for Mental Health America of Lancaster County.

Jake McDonough joined the NinjaTek team mid-September 2015 as its new Research and Development Manager directly from 3D Systems. Prior to joining the 3D printing industry, Jake earned a PhD in Materials Science and Engineering from Drexel University. He has extensive R&D experience in additive manufacturing, initially with high temperature plastics for selective laser sintering, and most recently with FDM materials development.

Andrew Besancon, promoted to Global Sales Manager, brings 10 plus years of sales experience to his position, including 5 years at Fenner Drives. He has worked extensively with OEM's and distribution in both the power transmission and conveying industry and additive manufacturing. In 2014, Andrew received an MBA from Syracuse University and a B.S. in Marketing from Bloomsburg University.

Toby Imgrund recently joined the NinjaTek team as Product Marketing Manager. Previously, Toby worked as a Senior Financial Analyst for Fenner Drives, including an instrumental role in the development and planning for the NinjaTek team. Toby also has past experience in sales and marketing across several industries. He earned both his BS in Finance and his MBA from Penn State University

Erin Shevock, the new R&D Specialist for NinjaTek, is a Mechanical Engineer who has been working with 3D models and automation for over twelve years. She earned her B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Virginia Tech in 2009, after which she has worked in Materials testing and research positions. Since 2007, Erin has created large multi-component assembly files and models and component parts for 3D printing.

Janan Thomson, promoted to Business Development Manager based in the U.K., serves as a resource for the company’s numerous European customers. She has worked in the 3D printing industry from the conception of NinjaFlex. Her background includes 10 years in Marketing & Business Development. She earned her BA in Marketing & Management from University of Leeds.

Arias Pappas also recently joined NinjaTek as Business Development Specialist. He is a recent graduate from West Chester University with a B.S. in psychology. His experience includes shipping and logistics with Armstrong World Industries and A. Duie Pyle.

Fenner Drives designs, manufactures and sells an extensive range of customized solutions for power transmission, motion transfer, and conveying applications. With over 200 employees and ISO 9001 certified production facilities in Manheim, PA and Wilmington, NC, the company has a wealth of manufacturing, technical and commercial expertise. With active new product development programs, the company continually strives to develop products and services to meet the changing needs of industry. Fenner Drives is a division of Fenner PLC. With over 5,500 employees worldwide, Fenner PLC is a world leader in reinforced polymer technology.

For more information, visit: www.fennerdrives.com

Published in Fenner Drives
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