element14 has signed an agreement to be the exclusive global distribution and manufacturing partner of Motorola for its new maker and developer-focused Moto Mods Development Kit (MDK). The MDK is designed to connect to the new Motorola Moto Z smartphone and enable makers to create their own Moto Mods, creating custom applications that transform the capabilities of your smartphone in a snap. The kit is available to buy exclusively from element14 in the United States, with global availability expected for fall of 2016.

Owners of any Moto Z smartphone can buy the MDK exclusively from element14 to quickly prototype Moto Mods, which instantly transform your smartphone into an entirely new device. Moto Mods magnetically snap onto your phone, seamlessly becoming one with it, temporarily changing it into a speaker, a projector or any number of other devices.

The opportunity to get involved in the development of Moto Mods is made possible by the revolutionary Moto Mod Smart Surface. The smart surface means that Moto Mods can be snapped onto the back of the Moto Z smartphone, enabling users to customize their phone without the need for internal integration. This unique capability means developers across the globe can design and commercialize their own Moto Mod, and users can change the personality and capabilities of their smartphone as quickly and easily as taking off one Mod and snapping on another.

“element14 believes the industry’s best innovations occur when the technologies powering them are made more accessible to more people,” said Claire Doyle, Global Head of element14’s Single Board Computing division. “We are changing the landscape of the maker and developer market by partnering with major global brands to make this happen. We are delighted to be Motorola’s exclusive partner for the Moto Mods Development Kit.”

The Moto Mods Development Kit includes everything users need to connect to their Moto Z smartphone and begin prototyping instantly. Included is a Perforated Board to solder components to, an example cover and a Reference Moto Mod. All of the components of the kit will also be available for purchase separately from element14.

element14 is also offering the Motorola HAT Adapter Board to extend the Reference Moto Mod for use with existing Raspberry Pi HATs, and Motorola’s Personality Cards (Audio, Battery, Display and Sensor), with open-sourced electrical and mechanical schematics, Moto Mods firmware, and Android Apps that serve as examples of how users can create their own prototypes.

Published in element14

3D Systems (NYSE:DDD) announced it has entered into a partner agreement with Methods Machine Tools Inc., a leading supplier of innovative precision machine tools and automation for manufacturing. Under the new agreement, Methods will immediately begin to offer 3DS’ full line of professional and production 3D printers and materials to its customers to enhance its portfolio of leading-edge precision machine tools and solutions for traditional manufacturing with advanced 3D printing solutions for additive manufacturing.

Methods brings over 55 years of experience in machine tools and solutions, in addition to extensive expertise in applications, engineering, service and support. To spearhead its entrance into the 3D printer market, Methods will add dedicated 3D printing sales, application engineering and support teams to its seven regional offices throughout the U.S., and will create a state-of-the-art 3D printing showroom with a range of capabilities in each location.

Methods will put a strong strategic focus on 3DS’ Direct Metal Printers (DMP) to deliver enhanced solutions to their customers. By leveraging their expertise in metal precision machining and applications across industries such as aerospace, medical, automotive and electronics, Methods will bring advanced digital manufacturing solutions through DMP to its customer base of over 30,000 companies.

“We selected 3D Systems as our partner to bring 3D digital fabrication solutions to our customers based on their industry leadership, wide range of solutions, continuous innovation and support,” said Bryon Deysher, President & CEO of Methods Machine Tools, Inc. “We are excited to expand our portfolio of precision machine tool solutions to bring additive manufacturing, and especially Direct Metal Printing, to our customers to help them meet the most demanding applications.”

“We are excited to partner with Methods to bring our full range of 3D printers to their customer base to complement their machining and automation capabilities,” said Mark Wright, Chief Operating Officer, 3DS. “Methods brings a deep understanding of metalworking manufacturing applications and a strong commitment to service and support, and will extend our coverage to new customers looking to add digital fabrication solutions to their products.”

For more information, visit: www.methodsmachine.com

Published in 3D Systems

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

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LED Medical Diagnostics Inc. announced that it has entered into a distribution agreement with 3D printer manufacturer EnvisionTec Inc., becoming a provider of EnvisionTec's 3D printing solutions to dentists, dental specialists and dental laboratories across the United States and Canada.

According to a report published by SmarTech in May ('3D Printing in Dentistry 2015: A Ten Year Opportunity Forecast and Analysis'), the forecasted value of hardware, materials, and printed components enabled by 3D printing in dentistry is expected to hit $3.1 billion by 2020, crossing $2 billion next year. They also note that total sales of 3D printing systems to dental labs or professionals, which is currently at $240 million, will double by 2020.

"We are very committed to 3D imaging technologies and offering a complete dental CAD/CAM workflow," stated LED Medical CEO, Dr. David Gane. "EnvisionTec provides world-class solutions that are complementary to our current product portfolio and the print media will be an additional source of recurring revenue."

EnvisionTec is a world leader in 3D printer manufacturing with applications across multiple industries, including oral healthcare. The solutions built by EnvisionTec are optimized for a number of specialized printing materials with a broad portfolio of dental applications. EnvisionTec printers integrate seamlessly with leading dental and dental specialty CAD software programs taking the efficiencies of digital design to the production stage allowing clinicians and technicians to rapidly produce crowns, bridges, models, surgical guides and a range of orthodontic appliances in just a few clicks.

"3D printers have tremendous utility for dental offices and dental laboratories as a growing number of offices adopt digital CAD/CAM workflows to create efficiencies and reduce lab-related expenses," stated Dr. David Gane, LED Medical CEO. "EnvisionTec's dental printers are ideal due to their small footprint, competitive price point and wide range of print material options."

For more information, visit: www.leddental.com

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MakerBot believes that providing accessibility to 3D printers in retail stores will help accelerate the adoption of 3D printing with a wide variety of customers: professionals, small business owners, entrepreneurs and educators. With that in mind, MakerBot recently started selling the MakerBot® Replicator® Mini Compact 3D Printer at more than 300 Sam’s Club® retail locations across the United States. The MakerBot Replicator Mini Compact 3D Printer is an educational, useful and easy-to-use compact 3D printer that is just right for the office, classroom or home.

“I truly believe that having the opportunity to learn about 3D printing first-hand is a big step towards a better understanding of the technology,” noted Frank Alfano, acting CEO of MakerBot. “By expanding our retail presence into Sam’s Club, we’re providing opportunities to reach professionals, entrepreneurs and small business owners and show them the power of 3D printing. Offering MakerBot Replicator Desktop 3D printers in retail stores exposes potential users to 3D printing technology and provides them an opportunity to understand the benefits of 3D printing today. We’ve made a conscious effort this past year to expand accessibility to MakerBot Replicator 3D Printers by working with key retailers like Sam’s Club.”

Alfano noted that a big attraction for retailers is the comprehensive MakerBot 3D Ecosystem that provides ease-of-use and accessibility to the world of 3D printing through software, apps, MakerBot Learning, lectures, classes, and parts and support offered through its MakerCare program.

“We strive to provide our members with access to the latest technology, at a great value. Offering the comprehensive MakerBot 3D Ecosystem is just one example of delivering on that commitment,” said Dawn VonBechmann, senior vice president of technology, Sam’s Club. “Our members have shown interest in 3D printing, both from a professional and small business aspect. Any member with a natural interest in creating things will be excited to learn more about this amazing technology.”

MakerBot 3D printers are used for Real-Time Prototyping and for the 3D printing of customized models, replacement parts, architectural designs, collectibles and many other items. 3D printing transforms the design process and is also a great tool for educators that want to train and teach future engineers, designers and those interested in the tech industry so they are better prepared for the jobs of tomorrow. The continuously growing MakerBot 3D Ecosystem makes 3D printing more accessible and includes the MakerBot 3D printers and scanner, its website Thingiverse, the world’s largest 3D printing design community for discovering, creating, and sharing of 3D printable files, as well as software and apps like MakerBot Mobile and MakerBot PrintShop partnerships with leading companies, MakerBot Learning training programs, MakerBot MakerCare, and its own retail stores in New York, Boston and Greenwich, Connecticut, as well as partner retailers.

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

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ShapeGrabber, a pioneering innovator of industrial 3D laser scanners for quality inspection and measurement headquartered in Ottawa, Canada, and Shelley Automation, distributors of technologically advanced automation products across Canada and headquartered in Toronto, today announced a distribution agreement.

Shelley Automation will add the ShapeGrabber line of 3D laser scanners to the stable of solutions it offers to Canadian manufacturers. The agreement advances a decade-long relationship between the companies, as Shelley Automation supplies ShapeGrabber with many of the motion control components used in the manufacture of its 3D scanners.

Pierre Aubrey, CEO at ShapeGrabber, said: “We are very pleased to bring on Shelley Automation as a Canadian distributor. We have worked with the company for more than a decade and know what a fantastic, professional organization they are. We’re thrilled to have such an exceptional company represent us and are excited to have new resources to increase our presence within the domestic manufacturing sector.”

Brian Shelley, Co-President and CEO at Shelley Automation, said: “ShapeGrabber’s automated industrial 3D scanners are an excellent addition to our range of products that bring advanced automation to manufacturers. ShapeGrabber 3D laser scanners provide manufacturers with another means to enhance productivity and achieve continuous improvement in the quality control cycle.”

Shelley Automation’s optical offerings already include fully automated, online vision systems. With the ShapeGrabber product line, Shelley enhances another element of its customers’ complete quality control process: the metrology lab. With a higher level of automation and modern optical tools for measurement, manufacturers can use the 3D scanners to dramatically reduce inspection time, provide rapid whole-part inspection, and troubleshoot the really tough quality problems.

Offering many times the speed of traditional dimensional measurement techniques such as calipers, gauges and coordinate measurement machines (CMMs), ShapeGrabber’s 3D scanners are used for industrial quality inspection to measure complex shapes that are otherwise too time consuming, costly or simply impossible to measure. They are particularly valuable for inspecting and measuring complex plastics, metal castings and stamped parts that features compound curves and multiple features.

For more information, visit: www.shapegrabber.com or www.shelley.com

Published in ShapeGrabber

Trimble (NASDAQ: TRMB) and FARO (NASDAQ: FARO) announced today that they have signed an OEM and distribution agreement for 3D laser scanners. Under the agreement, FARO will provide Trimble with an OEM differentiated product based upon its successful FARO Laser Scanner Focus3D platform. Trimble will offer the OEM product throughout its worldwide survey and building construction distribution networks, serving the needs of surveyors, contractors, engineers and geospatial professionals. As part of the strategic relationship, future versions of the FARO Laser Scanner Focus3D platform will also be made available to Trimble.

“FARO’s revolutionary Laser Scanner Focus3D leverages more than 30 years of disruptive product innovation in the 3D measurement space. We are very pleased to partner with Trimble to further expand the 3D laser scanner platform across a broader range of markets,” said Jay Freeland, president & chief executive officer of FARO.

“FARO has successfully challenged the 3D scanning market with a product that is versatile, compact and competitively priced,” said David Fitzpatrick, general manager of Trimble 3D Scanning. “We are excited to offer this solution as part of Trimble’s portfolio through our strong worldwide distribution network.”

The Trimble OEM product is expected to be available in the fourth quarter of 2012.

For more information, visit: www.faro.com or www.trimble.com

Published in FARO

Stratasys, Inc. (NASDAQ: SSYS), a leading manufacturer of 3D printers and production systems for prototyping and manufacturing applications, today announced that Stratasys and HP have agreed to discontinue their manufacturing and distribution agreement for 3D printers, effective at the end of 2012. Stratasys does not expect the termination of its agreement with HP to have a material impact on its financial results for the current year and intends to work closely with HP to ensure a smooth transition for customers.

“Stratasys has enjoyed a productive relationship with HP, and moving forward, we will continue working towards our goal of achieving broader 3D printer usage worldwide,” said Scott Crump, chief executive officer and chairman of Stratasys. “As the market for 3D printing technology grows, Stratasys is focused on further developing our independent channel distribution initiatives to expand our distribution reach even further. Our recently-announced merger with Objet will help grow customer awareness of the many opportunities to deploy 3D printing and rapid prototyping techniques and will allow us to implement an even broader distribution channel with a more extensive geographic reach.”

Under the terms of the definitive agreement signed in January 2010, Stratasys developed and manufactured for HP an exclusive line of 3D printers based on Stratasys’ patented Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM®) technology. Later that year, HP began a phased rollout of the 3D printers in the mechanical design (MCAD) market in select European countries.

For more information, visit: www.stratasys.com

Published in Stratasys

In response to growing demand in the UK market, Objet GmbH, the subsidiary of Objet Ltd., the innovation leader in 3D printing for rapid prototyping and additive manufacturing, announced today that UK distributor Tri-Tech Engineering will now sell its full range of Objet 3D printers, including the Objet Connex product line.

Andy Middleton, General Manager for Objet Europe, comments, “Tri-Tech has been a successful distributor for Objet for nearly a year selling our desktop printers. With the expected increase in market demand for our unique multi-material Connex technology – particularly with the introduction of the new compact and attractively priced Objet260 Connex – it is a natural progression for us to extend Tri-Tech’s representation to include our high-end product portfolio.”

The addition of the Objet Eden and Connex 3D printing systems will open up a whole new area of business for Tri-Tech.

Paul Webber, Tri-Tech Director, states his belief – “We firmly believe that the Objet brand offers customers a greater quality of models and range of materials than any other 3D printer manufacturer. Offering best-in-class, high-quality and cost-effective 3D printing solutions and services will help our customers to perfect their designs, optimize their product development process and improve time to market.”

Webber concludes, “Our close working relationship with Objet continues to go from strength to strength, putting Tri-Tech in a unique position to offer its clients a complete package for 3D printers, 3D software, modelling materials, customer support and repairs. Both existing and new customers alike can be confident that Tri-Tech is a company they can grow and develop with, and we will continue to work hard to offer the very best 3D printing solutions available today.”

Tri-Tech Engineering Ltd is an approved UK distributor and supplier of Objet 3D printing systems and materials. The company offers a complete package of services from initial specification and supply of 3D printing hardware and software, to onsite printer installation, staff training and full product support. Our UK based technical support team can provide routine maintenance, repair and servicing for all types of 3D printing and rapid manufacturing equipment through our network of fully trained in-house engineers.

Tri-Tech can boast the highest concentration of Objet trained service engineers for desktop systems within Europe, making them well placed to respond to customers’ operational needs quickly, efficiently and with the minimum of downtime or disruption. With more than 15 years experience within the 3D printing and rapid prototyping industry, Tri-Tech has been responsible for the installation and maintenance of almost 100 Objet systems throughout the UK to date.

For more information, visit: www.tri-tech.net or www.objet.com

Published in Objet

Mouser Electronics, Inc., a top design engineering resource and global distributor for semiconductors and electronic components, today revealed the addition of 22 new suppliers in the first 18 weeks of 2011 for a robust start to the year. Mouser’s newest additions include such manufacturers as Maxim Integrated Products, Bias Power, Code Red Technologies and Ioxus, to name a few, bringing an additional 86,000 new orderable part numbers to Mouser’s huge selection of products that are easily accessible online at mouser.com.

With the addition of each new supplier, Mouser furthers its goal of delivering the most comprehensive lineup of leading technologies across all product categories, from semiconductors and SSL solutions, to low-power and wireless products. Mouser serves electronic design engineers worldwide by stocking the most advanced technologies and providing 17 global customer support centers for personalized assistance. The distributor is uniquely equipped to service customers needing small quantities of semiconductors, development tools and other electronic components.

“Our push to expand our supplier base reinforces our continued focus on bringing the newest and most innovative components to design engineers across the world. We appreciate our supplier partners and are excited to be able to offer even more leading-edge technologies from both top tier and up-and-coming manufacturers,” remarked Barry McConnell, Mouser Senior Vice President of Products. “We strive to provide products with the most advanced lifecycles, helping to improve the speed-to-market for today’s innovators. 2011 is shaping up to be another groundbreaking year in Mouser’s long history.”

Mouser Electronics’ website is updated daily and searches more than 7.5 million products to locate over 1.9 million orderable part numbers available for easy online purchase. Mouser.com also houses an industry-first interactive catalog, data sheets, supplier-specific reference designs, application notes, technical design information, and engineering tools.

Mouser Electronics, a subsidiary of TTI, Inc., is part of Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway family of companies. Mouser is an award-winning authorized semiconductor and electronic component distributor, focused on the rapid introduction of new products and technologies to electronic design engineers and buyers. Mouser.com features more than 1.9 million products online from more than 400 manufacturers. Mouser publishes multiple catalogs per year providing designers with up-to-date data on the components now available for the next generation of electronic devices. Mouser ships globally to over 300,000 customers in 170 countries from its 492,000 sq. ft. state-of-the-art facility south of Dallas, Texas.

For more information visit: www.mouser.com

Published in Mouser Electronics

3D Systems Corporation (NASDAQ: TDSC), announced today that it entered into a distribution agreement for North America with voxeljet technology, GmbH, a leading provider of ultra high-speed 3D production printers for large patterns used for precision metal parts castings in a variety of transportation and healthcare applications. Separately, the company announced plans to install a VX800 large format 3D printer in support of its 3Dproparts™ service, expanding its custom parts foundry offerings to include large PMMA patterns.

“We are pleased to add voxeljet, an innovator in ultra high-speed large format, industrial 3D Printers to our solutions portfolio,” said Kevin McAlea, 3D Systems Vice President, Rapid Manufacturing Solutions. “voxeljet printers expand our ability to offer casting users accurate, stable and durable PMMA parts while providing foundries a viable alternative to traditional pattern making.”

“Having 3D Systems, the leader in 3D content-to-print solutions, as our distribution partner in one of the most attractive marketplaces, is a big step for completing our global dealer network,” said Rudolf Franz, COO voxeljet technology.

3D Systems plans to showcase the 3D printing capabilities available through this relationship with voxeljet at the upcoming RAPID 2011 Exhibition in Minneapolis, Minnesota May 24th -26th, 2011 in booths 311 and 1113.

For more information visit: www.3dsystems.com or www.voxeljet.de/en

Published in 3D Systems

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