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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Ogle Models & Prototypes has been helping car manufacturing giant Honda with its push towards driverless technology. Ogle’s cutting-edge technology was used to create concept models for Honda as part of the Japanese multinational’s bid to develop autonomous driving technology.

The models were used for the ‘Honda. Great Journey.’ advertising campaign illustrating what self-driving cars could eventually look like. The car firm plans to put driverless vehicles on the roads by 2020. Each of the 1:24 scaled models, the size commonly used for toy cars, required precise production to accurately reflect the high quality of Honda’s vehicles.

Ogle’s stereolithography (SLA) machines were used to create the tiny component parts for the models and the firm’s team of model-makers painstaking put the pieces together.

Dave Bennion the Marketing and Sales Director for Ogle, said: “The accuracy demanded of our people and machines was significant. To achieve the required paint finishes and component parts for the models, there was no room for error. Each finish had to be executed to perfection, resulting in a seamless look when being filmed.

“We are extremely proud to have been selected to produce such intricate and unique models for such a household brand and were delighted to receive such positive feedback.

“Innovative solutions were sought throughout. For example, to create a hammock effect, a net finish was achieved by sourcing multiple net fabrics and lacquering the component parts, so that they were clear, before applying paint over the pattern of the fabric.

“A considerable amount of time was spent both in design and on the bench to create clearances for paint so that everything would fit and work after the parts had been painted.”

Some of the fine decorative touches were shaped by hand using stainless steel and copper wire to create a robust and realistic effect.

Ogle’s paint department were tasked with delivering finishes that had never been created before. The meticulous process included applying a guide coat of paint to each of the models to ensure all items were rubbed down correctly before being sandblasted to even all the surfaces and soften any remaining layers.

In the final assembly, all the parts were thoroughly tested to allow for the required movement within each model. Two of the seven models, The Mountain Climber and Jungle Jumper, went through even further inspection because many elements were functional and needed to move, so the overall balance and strength of the model had to be tested and maintained.

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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.

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i.Materialise is proud to announce a trial of a high-detail material that is perfect for scale modelers: Smooth Detail Resin! The new material features a smooth surface, an extreme level of detail due to its 50 μm layers, and a gray color that’s perfect for painting.

Models made out of Smooth Detail Resin are constructed from a hardened liquid resin, which leads to robust high-quality plastic prints. As the printing process uses layers of 50 μm, the surface of your model will be very smooth and the printing layers will barely be visible. This makes Smooth Detail Resin perfect for miniatures and scale models. Smooth Detail Resin comes in the color gray and was chosen since it makes details much more visible, and it is perfect for hand-painting.

For printing parts in this material, we use a technology that is fairly similar to Stereolithography: Digital Light Processing (DLP). So here’s how it works: Firstly your 3D model is cut into extremely thin layers by a specialized software. If support structure is needed, our software automatically calculates and designs it for your model. Then the printing process starts. DLP printers typically construct the model on a build platform that hangs downwards. A light source shines upwards on the precise spots of liquid resin that will become part of your object. The build platform with the model is then pulled up slightly, and the next layer is printed in one single pass. This is repeated until the model is finished – literally having been printed layer by layer. After the printing process, the build platform is completely raised. The excess liquid resin flows downwards, leaving the build platform ready for removal from the printer.

We currently offer this material in two types of finishes: you can order your model ‘with support’ or ‘without support’. If you order your model ‘without support’ we will manually remove the scaffolding material used for the production of your model. This option is great if you don’t want to get your hands dirty. Some designer prefer to remove these structures themselves (with tools and sanding paper) and thus prefer the finish ‘with support’.

Another great aspect of this material is that the maximum printing size is pretty big for such a highly detailed material. You can print designs with a size of up to 260 x 160 x 193 mm! Smooth detail resin only requires a minimum wall thickness of 0.4 mm – that’s 60% less than most other plastics.

Do you feel like creating a 3D print in Smooth Detail Resin yourself? Then make sure you check out our material page about this amazing material! You will be able to learn even more about its applications, technology, and design rules.

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

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

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

Highlights include:

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

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

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

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Formlabs, the makers of the Form 1+ SLA 3D Printer, announced a new functional resin designed for applications in engineering and prototyping. With Tough Resin, Form 1+ users can now produce strong, sturdy parts with physical properties similar to ABS plastic.

Durable parts are essential for engineering and prototyping. Now, parts produced with Formlabs’ Tough Resin will be able to absorb high-impact and other mechanical stress that would normally cause 3D printed parts to snap or shatter. From load-bearing gears to snap-fit enclosures, Tough Resin material has been engineered for applications that require performance under stress or strain.

In celebration of the material’s release, and to demonstrate the many functional properties of Tough Resin, Formlabs has created the first 3d-printed Rube Goldberg machine. This version of the popular chain-reaction machine has been assembled by printing many of the major mechanisms with Tough Resin on the Form 1+ SLA 3D Printer.

Parts printed in Formlabs’ Tough Resin delivers a superior combination of yield strength, elongation, and impact resistance; the key characteristics used to assess material toughness.

“Engineering and prototyping are a really important application of 3D printing. We’re excited to release our new Tough Resin because now Form 1+ users can create high resolution prints in a really durable, resilient material,” said Formlabs co-founder, Max Lobovsky. “Developing new high-quality materials continues to be a really important focus for us. Every time we release a new material, we create new possibilities for every Form 1+ user and build a more compelling experience.”

Tough Resin is available in 1-liter bottles from the Formlabs web store immediately. The material is compatible with both the Form 1 and Form 1+ 3D Printers.

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3D Systems (NYSE: DDD) announced the immediate availability of the ProX 800, the latest in the company’s production-level Stereolithography (SLA®) 3D printers. The ProX 800 production SLA printer features a revolutionary new laser print head and print material management system to lower the total cost of ownership.  A new industrial design reduces the printer’s footprint by up to 50%, doubling production output per unit of floor space, without sacrificing print volume or maximum part size capabilities.  An upgraded easy-load resin module and integrated touchscreen controls make it easy to use.

This new production SLA printer offers high-quality, high-resolution 3D printed parts and a large print volume, allowing 3D printing service bureaus as well as automotive, aerospace, defense, consumer products, and dental and medical device manufacturers to boost production capabilities. Users can quickly create large parts or a vast number of small parts with the exceptional detail, surface finish and overall accuracy they’ve come to expect from 3DS’ SLA.

“The ProX 800 is designed for serious volume production with the highest precision, highest accuracy and broadest array of functional plastic materials in 3D printing. Its large build volume is equally capable across both big and small parts while delivering the lowest part cost and lowest total cost of ownership available in a production grade printer,” said Buddy Byrum, Vice President of Product and Channel Management, 3DS. “We continue to innovate SLA technology, and have made it more economical and efficient than ever before.”

This new production 3D printer improves the already legendary reliability of SLA with new features including:

  • 50% smaller footprint, doubling production output per unit of floor space
    • A 50% smaller footprint, compared to previous models in its class, drives operational efficiencies. By simplifying the printer architecture and optimizing ergonomic efficiency for machine operation and service, the new ProX 800 can print up to two times the output per unit of floor space, resulting in production growth without additional facilities costs.

  • Innovative direct power print head control reducing total cost of ownership
    • Advanced print head control boosts useable print head output, extending print head life by up to 15% and reducing total cost of ownership.

  • Dust-proof print heads reduce maintenance, maximizing uptime
    • Fully enclosed print heads are impervious to dust build-up, requiring no cleaning and increasing mean time between service (MTBS) and resulting uptime.

  • New touchscreen and easy-load materials for maximum operator efficiency
    • The ProX 800’s new touchscreen provides fingertip control while the new, easy-load material delivery module provides ergonomic, fast, intuitive operation to maximize operator efficiency.

For parts small and large, the ProX 800 prints with no loss of resolution or accuracy. Whether it’s being used for dental guides, end-use plastic housings or huge casting patterns, users benefit from part accuracy that rivals traditional machining.

The ProX 800 combines the benefits of material versatility and a highly efficient, eco-friendly 3D printer, allowing manufacturers to do more while saving money. In addition to high-quality plastic, the ProX 800 features biocompatible materials approved for surgical applications, CastPro casting pattern material for creating direct casting patterns without tooling, clear plastics for prototype applications, and high heat materials for heat deflection up to 260 degrees Celsius. The ProX 800 prints each of these materials efficiently with very little material waste, all in a machine with the lowest cost of operation for high-capacity 3D printing.

“It’s not enough to only create high-quality prints anymore. Our customers need a dependable 3D printer, something that they can count on regardless of part size and material requirements,” said Byrum. “That’s what the ProX 800 delivers. It’s the versatile workhorse for a huge range of industrial applications.”

The ProX 800 SLA production printer is immediately available and will be on display at EuroMold 2014 in Frankfurt, Germany from November 25-28, 2014, at the Messe Frankfurt in booths D69 and F90 in hall 11, along with 3DS’ latest 3D printers, advanced material options, cloud-sourced custom parts and digital thread of 3D capture, creation, print and inspection tools.

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Royal DSM introduces Somos® Precise, the latest material for 3D Printing that is designed to create parts and patterns for high temperature applications requiring exceptional detail resolution. In addition, patterns made with Somos® Precise display high levels of dimensional stability even under high humidity conditions. Fine detail and accuracy is a critical need of a part for the invisible dental aligners market. Wuxi Epoch Angel develops and manufactures products for this market using stereolithography, a distinct and unique type of 3D Printing.

“Somos® Precise meets all the requirements for optimizing our process of manufacturing invisible dental aligners,” says Ms. Li Huamin, CEO Wuxi Epoch Angel. “The dental molds made with Somos® Precise display a high level of accuracy which is key for producing our aligners. The introduction of Somos® Precise allows us to greatly improve the reliability of our product and enhance production efficiency by 10 to 15%.”

“We are excited to work with our customers to unlock new applications and optimize their processes,” says Jasper van Dieten-Blom, Global Marketing Manager Somos® at DSM. “We continue to collaborate with our customers and explore opportunities to develop new applications and innovative materials to drive the 3D Printing Industry forward.”

Key Benefits

  • Fast, easy processing & finishing
  • Excellent detail resolution and dimensional stability over time
  • High heat tolerance

Ideal Applications

  • Indirect manufacturing
  • Tooling
  • High temperature testing

DSM believes that 3D printing is a major change agent for the world creating brighter lives for people today and generations to come. Somos® Materials move the Additive Manufacturing industry to a new level of performance. We are dedicated to customer grow in the ever-changing world of 3D Printing and promote this growth through continuous material and application development, encouraging industry collaboration and maximizing customer asset value by providing continuous information and support.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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DSM, an innovative leader in stereolithography materials development for additive manufacturing applications, introduced the second material in its Somos® NeXt family of thermoplastic-like products — Somos® NeXt LV Grey.

Somos® NeXt LV Grey produces durable, grey parts with high resolution detail. The ABS-like parts have a high modulus while maintaining a low viscosity for easier cleaning and reduced part processing times. This third-generation, high-impact Somos® material is designed for creating tough, high-quality, complex parts that are more resistant to fracture and cracking than standard SL resins. Somos® NeXt LV Grey also offers superior water resistance and thermal properties. It is ideal for use in functional testing and low volume manufacturing applications, as well as functional end-use performance parts; especially snap-fit designs, impellers, connectors, and sporting goods.

“We are thrilled with the Somos® NeXt LV Grey parts that are coming off our equipment,” says Bruce LeMaster, president of Applied Rapid Technologies Corporation. “The lower viscosity of this material has allowed us to optimize the style files for faster throughput. The finished parts are strong and durable making them a great option for silicone molding patterns.”

Kelly Hawkinson, Global Marketing Manager, Somos® Materials, DSM Functional Materials, said, “We are excited to evolve the Somos® NeXt product line. Our customers are amazed at the precise level of detail they have been able to achieve by using Somos® NeXt LV Grey, with the functionality they’ve come to rely on from the original Somos® NeXt. This product will truly make your parts stand apart from the rest with its thermoplastic-like properties and grey color.”

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3D Systems (NYSE:DDD) announced the immediate availability of Accura® Xtreme™ White-200 plastic for use in 3D Systems'iPro SLA® printers. This next generation SLA material extends 3D Systems' unmatched solutions for direct manufacture of end use parts further.

As the toughest and most durable SLA material available today, Accura Xtreme White-200 offers high elongation at break, high impact strength and the stiffness and durability of ABS plastic, making it the top choice for functional assemblies that must stand up to the harshest, most demanding environments. Use cases include snap fits, functional assemblies, master patterns for vacuum casting and applications requiring outstanding toughness, such as automotive parts, drill/tap and mechanisms that must be bolted together.

"The new Accura Xtreme White-200 exhibits faster build speeds, better detail fidelity and nicer sidewall quality than other durable materials we've previously offered," said Steve Grundahl, President of MidWest Prototyping. "All this while providing incredibly durable parts."

"Our new Accura Xtreme White-200 material is a revolutionary breakthrough in SLA plastics," said Steve Hanna, Global Director of Materials, for 3D Systems. "Accura Xtreme White - 200 parts have the toughness and durability of ABS for both prototyping and manufacturing uses.  Best of all, these parts reflect a stunning white finish that replicates the look and feel of an injection molded part."

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3D Systems (NYSE:DDD) announced the immediate availability of Dreve FotoTec hearing aid material for use in the ProJet® 6000 professional 3D printer.  
As a leader in additive manufacturing for healthcare, 3D Systems’ printers transformed the production of hearing aids almost a decade ago from labor-intensive, hand-crafted devices to fully automated, 3D printed, personalized in-ear hearing aids. The ProJet 6000 combines the ease of use of an office printer with the performance of genuine SLA® parts to deliver a nearly 2X improvement in throughput for hearing-aid production with a printed surface so smooth that it results in 50% less finishing time.
“We are pleased to expand our 3D Systems partnership with the addition of the ProJet 6000 to our own fleet of 3D Systems production printers,” stated Dr. Volker Dreve, CEO Dreve GmbH. “Our customers, like Comfoor B.V., will benefit by upgrading to the new ProJet 6000 using our new Fototec Otoplastik SL.E material based on its proven performance.”
“We are thrilled to offer our hearing aid customers a proven, integrated solution that combines the latest products from two leading providers into a powerful and affordable manufacturing tool,” said Lee Dockstader, Vice President of Business Development for 3D Systems.
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3D Systems Corporation (NYSE:DDD) announced today that it has brought suit in the Federal District Court of South Carolina, Rock Hill division, against Formlabs, Inc. of Cambridge, Massachusetts and Kickstarter, Inc. of New York, New York. 3D Systems is seeking injunctive relief and damages for infringement of one of its patents relating to the stereolithography process.

3D Systems' complaint asserts that the sale and use of the Form 1 3D printers sold by Formlabs and Kickstarter infringe a U.S. patent relating to stereolithography. Formlabs sold the Form 1 3D printers to backers of its Kickstarter campaign in September and October 2012.

"3D Systems invented and pioneered the 3D printing technology of stereolithography and has many active patents covering various aspects of the stereolithography process," said Andrew Johnson, General Counsel of 3D Systems. "Although Formlabs has publicly stated that certain patents have expired, 3D Systems believes the Form 1 3D printer infringes at least one of our patents, and we intend to enforce our patent rights."

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How fast can 3D Printing (and stereolithography in particular) go? The answer, according to the 2012 Formula Group T team, is - more than 140 km/h!

Competing in the prestigious Formula Student 2012 challenge, a 16-man strong team of next-generation engineers from Group T have unveiled the world’s first race car created in great part through 3D Printing: the Areion. Named after the divinely-bred, extremely swift, immortal horse of Greek mythology, the Areion is a powerhouse of innovation and green technology. On July 31st, it lived up to its name on the Hockenheim race circuit by going from zero to 100km/h in just 4 seconds and achieving a top speed of 141km/h on the track. Cutting-edge technologies incorporated into their eco-friendly race car included an electric drive train, bio-composite materials, and of course, Additive Manufacturing (3D Printing) on a grand scale with Materialise.   

Big Ideas Brought to Life with Mammoth Technology

Using Materialise’s appropriately named Mammoth stereolithography machines it is possible to manufacture parts of up to 2100x680x800mm. With a build envelope that massive, the Formula Group T team recognized the possibility to not only print the entire body of the car, but to also integrate some unique features directly into the design. Therefore, working in close collaboration with engineers at Materialise, this is exactly what they achieved: going from initial shell design to a fully finished 3D Printed car body in just three weeks.

The Greatest Shell in Racing since Mario Kart

Starting from Formula Group T’s design for the outer shell, engineers at Materialise quickly got to work. Within a week, Materialise engineers had applied their experience from other projects to the creation of an intelligent 3D Printed car body with integrated clips and connection points. This allows for the easy assembly of the shell and therefore, faster access to the inner workings of the car when maintenance is needed.

Like a Shark through Water

Printed directly onto the nose of the race car is a shark skin texture, similar to that found on high-tech competition swimsuits. As with the swimsuits, the aim of the teeth-like ridges is to reduce drag, increase thrust, and improve performance on race day. Whether or not the texture helped the Areion cut through the air is still to be determined, but one thing is for sure – the shark skin made the nose of the car look great!

The Coolest Side Pods on the Track

Both the right and left side pods were designed and printed with complex cooling channels. Printed into the left side pod are a nozzle behind the radiator and a diffuser, which optimize cooling by creating the ideal flow of air through the radiator. A fan is installed behind the radiator in order to do this even at low speeds and while the car is stationary. In the right side pod, complex channels were developed and printed to create a cyclone effect that removes water and dirt from the air before it enters the engine compartment.

The Results are in

With two races completed, the Formula Group T team is already the proud winner of two awards and an impressive ranking for a first-time team in the competition. While in the UK at the Silverstone racing circuit, the team was honored with the Best Teamwork Award by Airbus and Koen Huybrechts, who was responsible for the drivetrain, won the Craig Dawson most valuable team member award. While in Germany on the Hockenheim racing circuit, the team finished in a well-deserved 11th position and found themselves among other top teams in this international competition.

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3D Systems Corporation (NYSE:DDD) announced the immediate availability of its new ProJet™ 5000 large format professional 3D printer, offering a 2X print speed increase and the highest print resolution available in its class.  The new ProJet 5000 is equipped with advanced print-head technology, delivering higher print rates and print resolution to produce high precision, razor-sharp features.
Designed for production durability and productivity, the ProJet™ 5000 comes standard with the only 5-year manufacturer’s print head warranty. Built for factory performance, the ProJet 5000 is compact, quiet and easy to use. Now companies of any size can enjoy the benefits of on-demand, in-house production of high quality, extremely detailed prototypes and functional parts up to 21 inches, or 550 millimeters, in length.

“With the ProJet 5000, our customers can economically print larger, single piece, high-definition parts in-house,” said Buddy Byrum, Vice President Product & Channel Management for 3D Systems. “With faster print speed and higher resolution, the new ProJet 5000 delivers even more value for automotive, aerospace, footwear, appliances and packaging design and manufacturing applications.”

The ProJet 5000 prints durable, high-definition VisiJet® MX plastic parts that stand up to the most challenging exposure environments and provide best-in-class functional performance for product development, testing, rapid tooling and casting applications. With up to eight material delivery modules, the ProJet 5000 can be configured for flexible materials management and delivers the longest unattended, continuous operation available today, exceeding 80 hours.

Part stacking and nesting capabilities combined with its oversized print volume provides unmatched productivity, giving users the flexibility to produce both larger parts and more parts in a single build than any other professional 3D printer on the market.

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Rapid Product Development Group, Inc. (RPDG) has announced the addition of a new Hi-Resolution Stereolithography 8000 System and two Viper SI Systems from 3D Systems Corp. RPDG will also be adding Accura 25 plastic material, a durable ABS-like material.

Tony Moran, CEO of RPDG commented, "The additional equipment will help us serve our North America customer ba se with the latest technology. It will also expand our capacity and increase our material offerings. We are committed to providing the highest quality manufacturing services possible."

Rapid Product Development Group, Inc. (RPDG) is a manufacturing and product development firm with quality, speed and customer service at the core of our corporate culture.

RPDG serves a global clientele in the automotive, computer, consumer products, healthcare and industrial equipment industry. The diverse customer requirements are met through our team of highly-skilled engineering and manufacturing professionals. RPDG provides the following turnkey solutions that combine development and manufacturing into one seamless process. RPDG is headquartered in San Diego, CA.

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Laser Reproductions recently enhanced their stereolithography resin list by adding Somos® ProtoGen™ O-XT 18420. 18420 is a liquid, ABS-like, photopolymer used for general purpose prototyping. As stated on the material spec sheet, ‘ProtoGen 18420 offers superior chemical resistance, a wide processing latitude and excellent tolerance to a broad range of temperatures and humidities, both during and after build.’ Ideal uses include SLA prototyping for the medical, electronic, aerospace, and automotive markets.

By supplementing the resin index with ProtoGen 18420, Laser Reproductions now has a wider variety of white ABS-like resins for their clientele. Laser Reproductions currently hosts 18420 in an SLA 7000 machine which allows for a maximum non-sectioned part size of 20 x 20 x 23.

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3D Systems Corporation (NYSE:DDD) announced today the immediate availability of its new ProJet™ 7000 production 3D printer, extending the benefits of its ‘crossover’ technology further.  The ProJet™ 7000 combines push button simplicity with SLA® printability to deliver the highest quality, most accurate parts and patterns available. Its large build volume of 15x15x10 inches (380x380x250 mm) and lightning-fast build speed provides up to 4 times the production capacity of other printers in its class. The ProJet™ 7000 will be on display May 23-24, at RAPID 2012 at the Hyatt Regency in Atlanta, Georgia, in booth # 120.

The ProJet™ 7000 production printer comes in 3 models: the SD for affordable high definition parts, the HD for ultra-high definition precision part manufacturing and the MP for dental and medical manufacturing applications. The ProJet™ 7000 prints the finest feature details resulting in the most accurate prototypes, parts and master patterns for urethane and investment casting applications.  This large capacity printer comes with a wide range of VisiJet® functional materials including tough, flexible, black, clear, e-stone and high temperature materials, ensuring users can switch seamlessly to just the right print material for any production application.

“The powerful combination of push button simplicity and SLA printability makes the ProJet™ 7000 value very compelling to our professional and production users,” stated Buddy Byrum, Vice President Product & Channel Management for 3D Systems.

“Customers asked us for larger and more part printing capacity and our ProJet™ 7000 delivers.  Its expanded print format delivers both larger models and more parts in a single print for enhanced overall productivity.”

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In'Tech Industries announced that strong growth in both the investment casting and industrial rapid prototyping sectors have driven an unprecedented expansion of its line of Stereo-lithography systems. According to company officials, product demand has resulted in the addition of yet another 3D Systems IPro 8000 SLA System, beyond the 12 existing SLA systems already in place.

In'Tech VTM Operations Manager Randy Stevens said, "Industrial growth and demand of quick cast investment patterns are on the rise. With our in-house SLA system maintenance and strong engineering expertise, our SLA systems' downtime is kept to an absolute minimum. These capabilities support our ability to keep our systems tightly maintained and tuned, consistently providing high tolerance parts for the investment casting and industrial markets."

In'Tech expanded its material offerings in the fourth quarter of 2011 with the introduction of 3D Systems' latest resin development of "CastPro." The product proved to have a superior SLA casting resin that provides improved thin wall drainage, superior dimensional stability and strength designed specifically for quick cast patterns. "CastPro's considerable green strength also supports our ability to produce high quality patterns quickly and consistently for customer demands," Stevens explained.

In addition to its leading presence in the injection molding, rapid prototyping and engineering and tooling sectors, In'Tech is also a leader in providing high tolerance medical and dental components. Its acquired expertise and achievements continue to push the limits of stereo-lithography for these markets. The company prides itself in the quick-turn demands of high-precision, quick-cast investment casting patterns, as well as other traditional industrial market applications.

Since 1967, In'Tech Industries Inc. has been a family owned and operated engineering, tooling and manufacturing company specializing in tooling, plastic injection molding and insert molding. In'Tech later diversified its expertise by becoming a leader in engineering support, precision tooling and molding capabilities in the hearing health care and medical marketplace.

In 2000, In'Tech acquired in-house Stereolithography® capabilities to support its own product development as well as to offer services to other medical and dental markets. Today the company is a leading service provider of high-tolerance, high-precision medical and dental components.

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3D Systems Corporation (NYSE:DDD) announced today that In'Tech Industries, Inc., a leading provider of custom hearing and dental care manufacturing services, expanded its medical device manufacturing capacity with the installation of another of the company's iPro 8000 SLA® production printers.

In'Tech began offering mass customized medical and dental care manufacturing services in 2001, exclusively using 3D Systems' stereolithography, SLA® production printers.

"With the precision and productivity of SLA® production printers from 3D Systems, we have been able to displace traditional manufacturing techniques, enter new markets like Digital Dentistry and exceed industry demanding lead times and quality standards," said Randy Stevens, Operations Manager, In'Tech Industries, Inc.

"In'Tech offers their customers the best performance in device fit and function available today using our latest 3D production printers and materials," stated Kevin McAlea, VP/GM of Production Printing Solutions, 3D Systems. "This partnership leverages our combined expertise to position In'Tech Industries as a leader in the growing digital healthcare manufacturing revolution."  

Family owned and operated since 1967 as an engineering, tooling and manufacturing company specializing in tooling, plastic injection molding and insert molding, In'Tech quickly became a leader in providing engineering support, precision tooling and molding capabilities within the hearing health care and medical market place.  In 2000, In'Tech acquired in-house stereolithography capabilities supporting their own product development as well as offering services to other medical and dental markets.  Today the company is a leading service provider of high tolerance high precision medical and dental components.

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Company owner Travis Perry is ready to seek funding in dangerous waters after two years of developing his guitar product. On Friday, the Alabama inventor will pitch his ChordBuddy Guitar Learning System to the ravenous business tycoons of ABC's "Shark Tank." Perry developed his product with help from Indiana rapid prototyping company Realize Inc.

Perry has taught guitar lessons to hundreds of students over the past 30 years. ChordBuddy fits on the neck of an acoustic or electric guitar. It is designed to help people learn to play guitar in as little as two months by pushing the colored buttons that correspond with different chords.

"The Realize team was a great partner to have during the development of the ChordBuddy," Perry said. "It was a bonus that they had a couple of guitar players on their staff and that allowed me to communicate my concept and requirements with ease. The series of custom finished rapid prototypes they quickly produced for me really helped accelerate the ChordBuddy's journey to production."

Products often begin as just an image in an innovative mind. In the case of ChordBuddy, it started with Perry's dream to create an easier way to play the guitar -- and his phone call to Realize, Inc.

Realize creates custom rapid prototypes of products for clients in numerous industries. The ChordBuddy project was a little out of the ordinary in that a typical Realize client is a mid-to-large established company, said Realize President Todd Reese.

"When Travis first contacted me, we spoke in depth about this idea he'd had for years. I could sense his passion and we immediately connected," Reese said. "When the conversation ended, it felt as if I had just spoken with an old friend. I knew that Realize would be a great fit for what Travis wanted to accomplish."

Perry called Reese one evening in 2009 and asked if he was familiar with playing guitar. Having played guitar for a decade and with one even propped up at the end of his office desk, Reese proved eager to help Perry create his envisioned product. He connected Perry with Troy Mason, owner of Impulse Product Development, who performed CAD design work for the ChordBuddy. Realize performed Stereolithography and custom finishing and painting services. Multiple versions of the ChordBuddy were produced as Perry evaluated and critiqued different designs leading to the final design.

Now, Perry is ready to pitch to a true shark's den of investors including billionaire Mark Cuban, the outspoken owner of the Dallas Mavericks; and entrepreneur Daymond John, founder and CEO of the FUBU apparel empire.

So can Perry swim in dangerous waters -- or will he get eaten by the sharks? Find out at 8 p.m. EST this Friday on ABC.

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Materialise is proud to report that Laser Prototypes Europe Ltd has enhanced its stereolithography support generation process by investing in e-Stage, an automated software solution by Materialise. e-Stage takes support generation for stereolithography to the next level, saving employees significant amounts of time and labour. The automated software is so intelligent that anyone with basic knowledge of stereolithography can create optimised build supports – all it takes is a mouse click.

Invest in automation

More and more organisations operating stereolithography machines are quickly realising the benefits of investing in the automated and intelligent e-Stage. The sophisticated software not only assesses where parts require build supports, but it also takes into consideration a host of factors such as re-coater load, resin viscosity, laser diameter, overcure values etc. to create an exact build simulation before generating optimal support structures. Guesswork is totally eliminated from the equation. “Now, at the push of a button, e-Stage gives you the best support solution, and in 99% of cases it’s better than a human. It really is that revolutionary,” explains Tom Walls, Managing Director of Laser Prototypes, the longest established bureau in the UK and Ireland offering solutions for almost every prototyping requirement.

Save both time and labour

Not only does e-Stage save significant amounts of time by negating the need to edit build supports, finishing time is also dramatically reduced. The strong and durable support structure is topped with ‘needle like’ part contact points that make e-Stage supports easy to remove. This lowers the risk of breaking small features during support removal and leaves less evidence of supports on the part surface. The intelligent e-Stage structure also grows around geometries for minimal part contact, meaning that side-wall scarring is eliminated and parts can be nested above others without the parts at the bottom suffering from support contact on their top surfaces. The release of e-Stage 6.0 in December 2011 delivered additional benefits, including the ability to specify ‘no support zones’ on parts, which has proved to save hours of editing supports for single geometries with complex internal features such as cooling channels. e-Stage 6.0 also enhanced the intelligence of the algorithm, resulting in less build support volume being required to successfully build parts.

“I have 20 years of experience using stereolithography and when Materialise said e-Stage would almost entirely remove the need for a technician to edit supports, I was sceptical. However, this software has helped to significantly reduce the amount of time technicians take to prepare builds, freeing them up to concentrate on other technical duties,” says Walls. “Well done Materialise, this is yet another fantastic product that will help newcomers to the technology, making their job easier.”

Increase workforce flexibility

For companies large and small, e-Stage undoubtedly optimises the stereolithography processes, allowing organisations to build more parts with their existing machines, shorten production times and increase part quality. “All that is required is the click of a mouse button so it’s much easier to cover holidays, without relying solely on a technician. We’ve found that managers of smaller organisations have particularly benefitted from employing e-Stage, as they’re able to allocate more time to higher-value tasks such as offering technical solutions to customers and investigating other ways to streamline their business rather than having to assist with editing supports for stereolithography builds”, remarks Luke Ambrose, UK & Ireland Account Manager – Software for Additive Manufacturing, Materialise.. Especially in a market where there is increased demand for speed and efficiency, e-Stage only makes good business sense.

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With the addition of an iPro 8000 SLA Production Printer, Realize Inc. continues to emerge as a leader in the rapid prototyping industry.

"The 8000 gives us more large part capacity," said Todd Reese, President of Realize. "It also allows us to expand our material offerings for large pieces."

Based near Indianapolis, Realize creates customized rapid prototypes of products for clients in numerous industries, including consumer electronics, automotive, health care and education. The company has created prototypes for a vast variety of products -- from gaming figurines to wind tunnel automobile models and intricate machine parts.

Customers use these prototypes for design verification; they can use the custom model created at Realize to determine if their design is valid before incurring the expense of going into full production.

Realize has become a national leader in Stereolithography (SLA), which involves using lasers to selectively and successively cure thin layers of specialized liquid resins -- creating a precise, custom prototype reproduction of the 3D modeled design. The company's new iPro 8000 is a state-of-the-art SLA machine that increases the company's production capacity, including the ability to react more quickly to aggressive delivery requests.

Realize now has a total of 11 Stereolithography machines in its SLA lab, each affectionately named after a supermodel. These machines include seven Viper SLA systems, two SLA-5000 Systems, the iPro 8000 and an iPro 9000. While the iPro and SLA-5000 systems handle larger parts, the smaller Viper systems can reproduce small parts with extremely fine detail, and are capable of a high resolution mode that can reproduce even finer detail.

"We have the latest technology," said Tonya Reese, Chief Financial Officer of Realize. "That's something that sets us apart from many of our competitors."

Founded in 1999, Realize, respected as a premier rapid prototyping company, is one of the industry's largest companies in the Midwest. Other Realize services include Industrial Design, Computer Aided Design, Rubber Molding & Urethane Casting (RTV), and Custom Finishing and Painting.

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3D Systems Corporation (NYSE:DDD) announced the immediate availability of Accura® Sapphire, a new print material for jewelry design and high-volume production. High-precision, detailed Accura® Sapphire patterns and parts will be on display at EuroMold November 29th – December 2nd, 2011 in Hall 11, Booth F110.

“We are pleased to add Accura® Sapphire to our growing portfolio of SLA® print materials,” said Steve Hanna, Director Global Sales and Marketing Materials, 3D Systems. “Accura® Sapphire delivers increased jeweler productivity through faster build speed and cleaner pattern burnout during casting. This material is extremely durable, allowing jewelers to set stones prior to casting, saving time and money.”


* Faster Build Speeds
* Cleaner Pattern Burnout
* Durable
* Ideal For Jewelry

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3D Systems Corporation (NYSE:DDD) announced today the immediate availability of Accura® ClearVue™, a new durable, ultra clear print material with Polycarbonate and ABS properties for snap-fit applications. Accura® ClearVue™ parts will be on display at EuroMold November 29th – December 2nd, 2011 in Hall 11, Booth F110.

Accura® ClearVue™ is ideal for design, development and manufacture of automotive headlamp assemblies, bottles and containers, clear plastic consumer goods, light pipes and LED displays where exceptional clarity is critical. Accura® ClearVue™ has also been shown to produce parts that meet the rigorous requirements of USP Class VI, further expanding the range of the company’s healthcare solutions.

“We are pleased to deliver the benefits of Accura® ClearVue™ to our customers,” said Steve Hanna, Director Global Sales and Marketing Materials, 3D Systems. “Accura® ClearVue™ is an excellent choice for a growing number of snap-fit and medical applications that require precise, accurate, durable and transparent parts and models.”

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3D Systems Corporation (NYSE:DDD) announced today that it acquired from the Advanced Materials Division of Huntsman Corporation (NYSE:HUN) its RenShape® stereolithography print materials and Digitalis® rapid manufacturing 3D printer product line for $41 million in cash. This business generated $7 million of annual revenue during 2010, primarily from sales of RenShape® print materials.

Huntsman has been a global provider of RenShape® stereolithography, a portfolio of advanced materials formulated to print durable, robust parts and prototypes with outstanding accuracy, intricate reproduction of detail and a high-quality surface finish. These materials complement 3D Systems' product offering and are ideal for printing snap-fit polypropylene and ABS like parts and selectively colored medical models on 3D Systems' SLA® printers.

Digitalis® is a new MEMS (Microelectromechanical systems) rapid manufacturing printer currently in advanced stages of development and validation that is capable of manufacturing large numbers of parts simultaneously at high speed and accuracy.

This acquisition complements 3D Systems' print materials technology and intellectual property portfolio and adds the Digitalis® print engine to its printer family.  3D Systems plans to integrate these product lines into its growing rapid manufacturing and healthcare solutions portfolio. The company expects this acquisition to be immediately accretive to its net income and contribute favorably to its target operating model.

"We are pleased to deliver the benefits of Huntsman's complementary performance print materials and printers to our customers world-wide," said Abe Reichental, President and CEO of 3D Systems. "This acquisition is consistent with our growth strategy, complements our technology and product portfolio, and is immediately accretive to our target operating model."

Commenting on the sale, James Huntsman, President of the Advanced Materials division, said: "We are pleased that 3D Systems Corporation is now owner of these businesses. 3D has a rich heritage of being a pioneer and industry leader in stereolithography and rapid manufacturing systems.  We are confident that these assets will be a great fit for 3D.  This sale further enables us to concentrate our focus on our core competitive and strategic strengths, the construction, coatings, power, aerospace and electronics applications."

Huntsman is a global manufacturer and marketer of differentiated chemicals. Its operating companies manufacture products for a variety of global industries, including chemicals, plastics, automotive, aviation, textiles, footwear, paints and coatings, construction, technology, agriculture, health care, detergent, personal care, furniture, appliances and packaging. Originally known for pioneering innovations in packaging and, later, for rapid and integrated growth in petrochemicals, Huntsman has approximately 12,000 employees and operates from multiple locations worldwide. The Company had 2010 revenues of over $9 billion.

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3D Systems Corporation (NYSE:DDD - News) announced today that Quickparts(R) supported Redfish Instruments through its design and development of a new and innovative iDVM digital Multimeter, controlled entirely through a downloaded mobile application.

Redfish Instruments' new iDVM device is the world's first Apple iPhone, iPad, and iPod-touch enabled digital multimeter, which wirelessly transmits voltage, current, and resistance measurements back to the user. Control of the iDVM is handled remotely by a free, downloadable application that resides on the mobile device. Redfish is currently the only company offering a multimeter iPhone app.

While designing the enclosure for the iDVM device itself, Redfish was able to benefit from the full range of solutions provided by Quickparts(R). After placing separate orders for SLA(R) prototypes and pre-production cast urethane parts, Redfish selected Quickparts(R) to produce its production tooling and deliver production quantities of injection molded parts.

"From the personal follow up on our prototypes through the design for manufacturability analysis we received, Quickparts(R) was the logical, user-friendly choice to handle all of our requirements," said Patrick O'Hara with Redfish. "We couldn't have done it without the great teamwork we experienced with Quickparts(R)."

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3D Systems Corporation (NYSE:DDD) today announced the availability of single piece, extra-large QuickCast® patterns through 3Dproparts™. In connection with this service, the company recently exhibited a 59 inch long energy generation turbine blade that was manufactured on the company’s iPro™ 9000XL SLA® production 3D printer using Accura® CastPro™, a specially engineered casting material, at the Investment Casting Institute’s recent Technical Conference and Expo in Covington, Kentucky.

3Dproparts™ is a 3D Systems custom parts service that provides complete design to manufacturing services. With a full array of traditional, as well as additive manufacturing solutions, complemented by highly experienced project managers and application know-how, 3Dproparts™ helps its customers produce metal and plastic parts, quickly and affordably.

“3Dproparts™ delivers high resolution, extremely accurate parts and precision master patterns up to 59” X 29” X 22” that are printed on our fleet of iPro™ 9000XL SLA® production printers,” said Greg Elfering, Director of Sales and Marketing, for 3D Systems. “For years customers and foundries have relied on our proprietary QuickCast® process to deliver on-demand, accurate patterns. Now much larger parts can be produced from concept-to-pattern in days, instead of months, with 3Dproparts™.”

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Ammunition™ is a design company that “is dedicated to bringing experiences that matter to market.” By this, the founders are suggesting that they bring their passion, work, and experience to the table when they design products, services, and brands in order to form a lasting emotional connection with users. Many of their products are for consumers, so design is very important.

As a design house, competitions become fun projects that allow for the team to stretch their capabilities. That’s why Gregoire Vandenbussche, Industrial Designer at Ammunition, was glad to be one of the designers to help create a custom skate board. Since there is only expected to be one end product – no production runs – the company took the challenge by doing everything from concept through manufacturing. The most interesting parts the company needed a prototype for was the jet engine turbine – not something you’d normally find on a skateboard.

“We selected ZoomRP as the fastest way for us to get our final parts quickly. We have an FDM machine in-house, but the contest deadline was too short and we couldn’t use it,” Gregoire said. The company ordered an SLA (stereolithography) part that came the next day.

The SLA process is primarily used for concept models, masters, and patterns. Stereolithography is one of the most accurate and precise of the rapid prototyping technologies. ZoomRP has the capacity and expertise to meet the most demanding delivery schedules. Prototypes can be generated in a matter of hours when starting with CAD geometry presented in an STL file format.

Ammunition took it upon themselves to handle the secondary finishing functions. After delivery, the SLA white material was sanded in-house to a smooth finish. Once the part was ready Ammunition engineers primed, painted, and covered the model with a clear coat. “The overall accuracy was very good, and the sanding just made it smooth and easy to paint over.”

According to Gregoire, the major advantages gained from dealing with ZoomRP had to do with the ease of use of their website. Quotes are delivered real-time, turnaround for completed parts is the fastest in the industry, the packaging was excellent, and the cost was reasonable. “We had only two days to produce the part,” Gregoire said, “and my co-worker had already used ZoomRP with great results.”

Ease of use is an important part of what is concerned with. By providing an easy method to transfer design parameters through their website, Ammunition Group’s upload went smoothly, and the project was finished before the deadline.

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3D Systems (NYSE:DDD) announced today that Quickparts® is now offering the Accura® PEAK™ stereolithography material for rapid prototyping.    

Accura® PEAK™ SLA™ material is an advanced stereolithography resin designed for optimal performance, accuracy and stability during prolonged exposure to elevated temperatures and humidity. It produces rigid and stable parts that can withstand adverse environments. It is an ideal choice for parts requiring high thermal and moisture resistance, and provides outstanding stiffness for demanding applications.

"Accura® PEAK™ resin is an excellent option for our customers looking for a rigid, high-temp material to use for rapid prototyping," said Patrick Hunter, Vice President and General Manager for Quickparts. "Adding a high-temp choice like Accura® PEAK™ resin allows us to continue to offer the product development community the latest materials available."

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Quickparts® recently assisted Eye-Com Corporation in the design and development of Eye-Com's innovative EC7T eye tracking system.

Designed and developed by Eye-Com Corporation, the EC7T is an advanced eye tracking platform that uses frame mounted micro-cameras to record eyelid and pupil activity, as well as to track head movement. The integrated, wearable system is a versatile device with all video, lighting, and electronic components encased within the uniquely designed, unobtrusive eyeframes. This technology has many research and practical applications such as fatigue detection, assistive communication for handicapped or disabled people, military training, medical use, and video games.

Knowing that the eye-frame design needed to contain a variety of complex components, Eye-Com hardware expert Eliot Drake and his team confidently turned to Quickparts for SLA® prototypes to assist with validating the design for production. “Instant quoting and quick turnaround allowed us to quickly make several iterations of our new device without wasting time,” said Drake. “Quickparts has always delivered on time. The quality, functionality and finish allowed us to show these parts as more than just prototypes.”

“Quickparts was pleased to be part of the development process with Eye-Com,” said Patrick Hunter, Vice President and General Manager for Quickparts. “Helping our customers develop innovative products like this makes our business exciting and rewarding.”

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Kelyniam Global, Inc. (OTC: KLYG), an emerging medical device manufacturing company that recently was granted FDA 510(k) approval, announced today that it will acquire Cranston Holdings, LLC. Cranston Holdings, LLC has rapid prototyping operations in Connecticut, and its employees have tremendous knowledge and expertise in Stereolithography and multiple aspects of rapid prototyping for the medical industry. Kelyniam is a pioneer in the production of custom cranial implants utilizing computer aided design and computer aided manufacturing of advanced medical grade polymers. This addition significantly strengthens Kelyniam’s position in the medical device space and positions them as a company to watch.

“This acquisition will immediately add additional shareholder value by integrating Cranston’s employees and equipment into our infrastructure,” said James Ketner, president and CEO of Kelyniam. “Most importantly, Cranston owns an in-house developed proprietary software package that will assist us in our ISO 13485, 21 CFR 820 compliance, and that software package is now IP of Kelyniam.”

Chris Breault, former president of Cranston Holdings, LLC, stated, “We are pleased to join the Kelyniam team, and are excited about what we have seen with how dynamic Kelyniam can be implementing processes and controls. This is a great marriage of two companies that both have exceptional technology and capabilities.”

Mr. Breault will be joining Kelyniam’s Board of Directors, and will be in charge of Operations at Kelyniam’s new Engineering and Manufacturing facility in Canton Connecticut.

Cranston Holdings had revenues in 2010 of approximately $600,000 USD. The acquisition is for an equity swap for assets and revenues.

Kelyniam Global (OTC: KLYG), Inc. specializes in the use of CAD/CAM technology to provide patient specific custom implants to assist medical professionals by allowing them to operate more effectively, improve patient care, and reduce health care costs by providing the highest quality products available with today's technology. The company is continually researching and developing new products and processes to help patients live more active and productive lives.

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Carlo Quinonez, Ph.D. at UCSD had a need for a pneumatic manifold with a system of complex tubes inside for air pathways.  This is a part of a programmable and scaleable controller for a micro fluidic testing apparatus.  Having no other means of manufacturing this part Dr. Quinonez asked us to make this part using stereolithography technology.

After having been turned down by several other vendors Dr. Quinonez was happy to find someone with the confidence to take on this project.

Building this part without internal support was a technical challenge, and pushed the boundaries of digital manufacturing.  3D Proparts, our stereolithography partner, was willing to try building this according to our specifications.  It worked out quite well.  We hand finished the part with a polish finish so that you can clearly see the inner tubes and pathways.  That is key Dr. Quinonez said so that operators can see how the pathways are routed.

Pictures below include the microfluidic testing station, manifold polished SLA part and cells passing through the fluidic circuit.

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Accura Prototype is introducing a new nanocomposite called Accura Bluestone for use with solid-state stereolithography (SLA) systems.

Extreme high temperature requirements
Lighting fixtures
"Under the Hood" Automotive parts
Covers and enclosures of Electrical components
Master patterns
Fixtures, gages and jigs

Exceptional stiffness
Excellent accuracy
High humidity resistance
Extreme high temperature resistance

Accura Bluestone has heat deflection temperatures from 513F to 543F

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Materialise is proud to introduce an exceptional addition to its range of stereolithography materials, Tusk SolidGrey3000.

A winning combination
The strength and durability which nature achieved with the shell of a turtle, has also been achieved with Tusk SolidGrey3000. It is the world’s first stereolithography material that combines a high degree of stiffness with high impact resistance, and it is available exclusively at Materialise. Parts built with this material are not only robust, but highly functional as well, allowing them to be used in a wide variety of applications.

Think big! Think fast!
Tusk SolidGrey3000 was designed by DSM Somos for use on Materialise’s Mammoth machines, the largest and fastest stereolithography machines in the world. On these machines it is possible to build parts of up to 2100x700x800mm in size, and does so surprisingly quickly.

Like water off a duck’s back
In addition to its other qualities, Tusk SolidGrey3000 is also water resistant, a characteristic which results in long term dimensional and technical stability.

Tusk SolidGrey3000 applications
Here are a few of the application possibilities for Tusk SolidGrey3000:

• Automotive body part panels
• Machine covers
• Functional prototypes
• Durable concept models
• Robust scale models

Tusk SolidGrey3000 in a nutshell
If you are looking for the following qualities, then Tusk SolidGrey3000 is the material for you:

• A high degree of stiffness
• High impact resistance
• Parts from small to large
• Fast printing
• Water resistance
• Long term dimensional and technical stability

About Materialise
Materialise, With its headquarters in Leuven, Belgium, and branches worldwide, Materialise has been playing an active role in the field of additive manufacturing since 1990. In addition to having the largest capacity of rapid prototyping equipment in Europe, Materialise also enjoys a stellar reputation as a provider of innovative software solutions. The advantages of additive manufacturing have been used by Materialise to develop unique solutions that make a world of difference for its many customers with their prototyping as well as production needs. These customers range from large companies in the automotive, consumer electronics and consumables sectors; to famous hospitals, research institutes and clinicians; to individual consumers interested in bringing their own unique creations to life or who want to purchase a celebrated .MGX design.

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3D Systems (NASDAQ: TDSC) - announced today the immediate availability of a new High Definition Fine Detail Small Parts Service from its 3Dproparts™ network. To facilitate best-in-class quality parts and quick turnaround, the company has completed the installation of five Viper™ SLA® Systems throughout its growing network. Considered to be the industry gold standard for resolution and fine detail SLA® parts, 3Dproparts™ configured its fleet of new Vipers for ultra high definition 24/7 part production. The company already offers a High Definition Fine Detail Large Parts Service that is supported by twelve iPro™ SLA® Production Systems and the widest range of high performance SLA® materials to meet its customers demanding precision and accuracy requirements.

Since launching its 3Dproparts™ service last October, 3D Systems has moved quickly to expand its capabilities and geographical coverage. “We are pleased to respond rapidly to our customers call for this High Definition Fine Detail Small Parts Service and to quickly add significant capacity to support the growth of our 3Dproparts™ business,” said Cathy Lewis, vice president global marketing, 3D Systems. “The installation of 5 new Viper™ SLA® Systems across the network expands our menu of available services and enhances our response time for the benefit of our growing customer base.”

The company plans to continue the expansion of its 3Dproparts™ service offerings domestically and internationally through organic growth, deployment of new technologies and strategic acquisitions.

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3D Systems (NASDAQ: TDSC) - announced its sponsorship of the BRAMMO “EMPulse RR” electric racing motorcycle to be unveiled today at the US Grand Prix in Monterey, California. This innovative ‘green’ motorcycle, built with SLA ® bodypanels courtesy of its 3Dproparts™ service, will debut in the first all-electric race at Mazda Raceway, Laguna Seca in front of over 100,000 spectators.

3D Systems pioneered the use of Additive Manufacturing solutions for transportation and now, through it’s comprehensive 3Dproparts™ network, 3D Systems offers companies like BRAMMO, Inc. complete suite of design to manufacturing solutions.

“We are proud to sponsor the new ‘EMPulse RR’ race bike and recognize BRAMMO’s leadership in the design of functional, sustainable electric vehicles,” said Cathy Lewis, vice president of global marketing for 3D Systems.

“Our relationship with 3D Systems is integral to our success. We depend on 3Dproparts™ to provide us with unmatched surface finish, durability and dimensional accuracy for all of our concept and race bikes,” stated Brian Wismann, director of product development, BRAMMO, Inc.

BRAMMO Inc., the manufacturer of the BRAMMO Enertia powercycle, was formed in 2002 by entrepreneur Craig Bramscher. BRAMMO is headquartered in Ashland, Oregon situated between the Cascade and Siskiyou Mountains in the southern part of the state, 12 miles north of the California border. The company name "BRAMMO" dates back to Craig Bramscher's high school football days – it was the nickname given to Craig by his football coach. Craig's life long passion for beautiful vehicles now blends with his commitment to sustainability as he inspires BRAMMO's product offerings to be equal parts exhilaration and eco-consciousness.

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3D Systems (NASDAQ: TDSC) announced today the immediate introduction of Accura® PEAK™ Plastic, a newly engineered SLA® plastic designed for optimal performance, accuracy and stability during prolonged exposure to elevated temperature and humidity.

Accura® PEAK™ Plastic is ideal for the most demanding automotive, aerospace and motorsports applications whose rigors require strength and stiffness and the highest levels of thermal and humidity stability. Accura® PEAK™ Plastic is a precision material for the production of high definition master patterns, fixtures and jigs, thermoforming tools and functional models requiring accuracy and dimensional stability over time. Additionally, the properties of this new plastic make it a natural fit for the custom production of under-the-hood automotive parts for performance evaluations.

“Accura® PEAK™ Plastic is a breakthrough material specifically tailored for extreme operating environment applications for our growing base of automotive, motorsports and aerospace users,” said Steve Hanna, 3D Systems’ Director of Materials Sales and Marketing. “This new plastic also supports our geographic expansion plans into regions of the world where extreme ambient conditions dictate this level of performance stability.”

Designed for use with iPro™ and Viper™ SLA® Systems, Accura® PEAK™ Plastic is immediately available through our 3Dproparts™ network.

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3D Systems Corporation (NASDAQ: TDSC), a leading provider of 3-D Printing, Rapid Prototyping and Manufacturing systems and parts solutions, announced today that American Precision Prototyping (APP) has added a dual-vat iPro™ 9000 SLA® System to its existing fleet of 3D Systems’ large-part manufacturing systems. APP is a 3Dproparts™ Preferred Channel Partner in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

The iPro™ family of SLA® systems affords customers the ability to make high-quality, durable, end-use parts with exceptional surface finishes. This next generation of SLA® systems is specifically designed to economically mass produce reliable, proven parts that rival the precision of CNC machined parts. The iPro™ system produces not only ready-to-use large parts but also finely detailed small parts. With a dual-vat feature, iPro™ systems can produce parts from two different materials, simultaneously improving the economics and productivity of the system while providing the production capacity to accommodate the most time-sensitive projects.

“We are very excited to have placed another iPro™ 9000 SLA® System at APP,” said Jason Dickman, APP’s president. “Because of the dual-vat feature, it’s like having two state-of-the-art systems for the price of one. The iPro™ contains all the desired features that make running SLA® systems more efficient, more economical and easier to process. This machine is yet another fine example of excellent engineering from 3D Systems.”

“3D Systems’ iPro™ technology truly represents the next generation in additive manufacturing,” stated Abe Reichental, President and CEO of 3D Systems Corporation. “Adding another dual-vat iPro™ to its growing fleet enables APP to truly differentiate itself as a leading service provider and member of our growing 3Dproparts™ service network. The combination of in-house capacity expansion and access to our entire 3Dproparts™ portfolio of parts solutions empowers APP to offer its customers the best parts solutions available today. Our long-standing relationship with industry pioneers like APP underscores our commitment to innovation and customer success,” concluded Reichental.

3D Systems launched 3Dproparts™, the world’s largest Rapid Prototyping and Manufacturing parts service, in 2009. Since then it has expanded the 3Dproparts™ service to an ever increasing customer base through the addition of Preferred Channel Partners like APP. 3D Systems plans to continue to extend its 3Dproparts™ service offerings by bringing together the widest range of production and additive grade materials and the latest additive and traditional manufacturing systems to offer its customers the broadest available array of precision plastic and metal parts and finished assemblies.

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