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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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MFG.com announced the availability of ShopIQ, a competitive analysis software application that helps suppliers and manufacturers benchmark their bids against quotes from competitors. The tool, which is available to all paid subscribers of MFG.com, eliminates labor-intensive manual data reviews and delivers real-time analyses across dimensions such as manufacturing process, geographical region, material and shop certification. ShopIQ enables suppliers and manufacturers to identify their ideal customer acquisition strategy, better gauge quotes on which to bid and optimal pricing, and safely test and refine new business strategies.

ShopIQ utilizes MFG.com’s database of historical Request for Quote (RFQ) data, allowing shops to retroactively compare their quotes against all competitors as well as the successful bidder.

The tool generates a variety of reports including:

  • Your Quotes versus Your Competitors
  • Your Quotes versus Awarded Price
  • Your Price by Region
  • Your Price Compared to Supplier Distribution by Region
  • Your Shop's Average Price Compared to Supplier Certification
  • Your Shop's Average Quote Price Compared to Supplier Company Size
  • Your Shop's RFQ Statistics


Shops can glean the following information – and more – from these reports:

  • Whether they are under- or overbidding
  • How their pricing stacks up against all competitors in a specific region
  • The regions in which they are most competitive
  • How their pricing compares to quotes from competitors with the same or similar certifications
  • How their pricing compares to quotes from competitors based on company size


Such detailed feedback allows manufacturers and suppliers to zero in on those jobs they are more likely to be awarded and offer bids more reflective of the marketplace. Moreover, shops considering entering new business areas can project their likelihood of success while limiting risk.

Bo Hagler, chief executive officer, MFG.com, said, “ShopIQ is a revolutionary analytics tool that gives small to medium-size manufacturers the same analytical capabilities as ‘the big guys’ without the investment  in staff, hardware, software and other resources. ShopIQ enables shops to take their business to the next level by understanding precisely where they are most competitive today in terms of regions, processes, materials, job types and industry verticals and where to focus their quoting efforts tomorrow. This new, free, value-added service is part of our larger effort to optimize MFG.com for maximum subscriber success.”

For more information about ShopIQ, current subscribers and interested new businesses should contact Michael Vining, national account manager, MFG.com at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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

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

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

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

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

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CNCJobs.Net has launched the first ever video supported job board and resume search engine in manufacturing. With thousands of job boards promoting millions of jobs in the US and globally including job board giants like Monster or Indeed, none of them have pre-screen video interview technology.

Although unusual for a manufacturing focused company to launch a technology / I.T. based product, it's not so unusual for those who are involved in the "core" industry of manufacturing. Since the beginning of time, manufacturing has always been the leader in nearly every facet of our economy and existence. Technology has always followed along after the fact and basically enhanced what was already established.

In this case the founders of CNCJobs.Net, who have built the CNC Jobs brand would have it no different. As such they chose one of the world's largest manufacturing and technology shows (IMTS) as the initial launching platform. What is so different about this job board is the fact that resumes will include both photos and a pre-screen video profile for employers to view prior to selecting candidates for an Interview. On the flip side, companies posting positions will also have the ability to post short video clips regarding both the job as well as the company itself for the candidate to view.

Once a match is made, the candidate and employer have the ability to interview through this same system utilizing the highest level of live streaming technology available. This entire process shortens the selection time frame quite substantially, while also saving the employer a substantial amount of money as it relates to the hiring process. No more flying candidates or interviewers across the country or the globe with the hope of finding the ideal candidate. The CNCJobs.net video job board is user friendly and can be accessed from any PC, Laptop, Tablet, or Smart Phone. The interview can take place anywhere in the world, with as many as 25 different individuals at the same time.

Users of the CNCJobs.Net job board will have access to the latest jobs available in all facets of manufacturing. Whether you’re a CNC operator or cutting tool sales engineer, we’ve got you covered.

For more information, visit: www.cncjobs.net

 

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Fictiv announced it has added CNC capabilities to its manufacturing platform, giving users access to precision prototypes in a matter of days. The CNC offering enhances Fictiv’s platform, helping designers and engineers across a number of industries accelerate their development cycles. By offering on-demand fabrication of 3D printed, and now CNC machined, prototypes through its network of experienced vendors, companies can produce parts at unprecedented speed.

CNC machining offers high precision parts to test functional and structural integrity before high-volume production. CNC machines are used to create production-quality prototypes in metals, as well as plastics. While lead times for CNC parts traditionally extend well beyond 2 weeks, the Fictiv platform shortens turnaround time to just three days.

Faster product development cycles means engineers can get immediate feedback on their designs, ultimately leading to more impactful hardware products. Fictiv provides customers access to its network of pre-vetted, highly skilled CNC and 3D printing manufacturers, with design-for-manufacturability recommendations and price estimates within just one hour.

"Creative hardware engineering requires that Radicand continuously test the limits of what we can do, which can mean tough fabrication challenges when we prototype," says Scott Steber, Director of Engineering at Silicon Valley engineering firm Radicand. "Fictiv gives us one platform to manage all of our prototyping projects, regardless of material or size specifications and the insight from their engineers has been valuable in getting us better parts, faster."

“The real cost of hardware development is the time wasted in the inefficiency of prototyping products,” says Dave Evans, co-founder, Fictiv. “With Fictiv, our customers get CNC or 3D printed prototypes quickly and seamlessly, while benefiting from a wide variety of machines and materials that enables engineers to find the right tool for the job. This greatly accelerates their development cycles for faster iterations to give our customers an unparalleled competitive advantage.”

Using Fictiv, engineers and designers can upload a CAD design, get an instant quote, and place their order using a credit card or purchase order. Unlike other online platforms, Fictiv allows engineers to upload an optional part drawing for producing tight tolerance, complex parts. After an order is placed, Fictiv’s platform intelligently matches each part to an immediately available machine among its network of highly-vetted vendors, reducing the time needed to fabricate a part from weeks to days.

Currently, Fictiv offers the following materials for CNC machining:

Plastics

  • ABS
  • Nylon 6/6
  • Polycarbonate
  • Delrin 150

Metals

  • 6061 Aluminum
  • 303 Stainless Steel
  • 304L Stainless Steel
  • 316L Stainless Steel

 

Published in Fictiv

Materialise now links its cloud software to GROW and Fabnami, a British and Swiss 3D printing platform. Materialise Cloud is part of the Materialise Magics 3D Print Suite, an extensive portfolio of software solutions for 3D Printing.

Materialise has developed an advanced software suite that facilitates 3D printing models for a wide range of users. A part of this software is available in the cloud, which means that online software platforms do not need to develop all 3D printing functionalities themselves and can focus on their core activities. They can connect to the cloud engine and streamline their business workflow by integrating automated tools into their process that help to prepare models for 3D Printing. Materialise’s software in the cloud is available via a pay-per-use system.

GROW has developed a range of desktop and cloud-based applications to bridge the gap between CAD designs and industrial production, to protect industrial designs and to facilitate distributed manufacturing. By integrating tools from Materialise, GROW’s project.AM platform can offer users free access to market-leading tools to repair, optimize and analyze their designs when first uploaded to the project.AM platform.

“We are delighted that, from the launch of project.AM, our users will have free access to these market-leading tools from the Materialise Cloud,” states Ray Coyle, CEO of GROW. “Materialise is the leading name in Additive Manufacturing software for business and we are proud to make such high quality AM utilities available to our OEM and contract manufacturer clients.”

Fabnami’s enterprise 3D printing SaaS automates sales and streamlines business processes in service bureaus and production facilities worldwide. Fabnami’s ecosystem is built on proprietary algorithms that perform a broad range of printer specific measurements, design rule verifications and manufacturability checks. Offered as a web API, turn-key e-commerce platform and company internal service orchestration tool to support sales, engineering and operations of 3D printing service bureaus and facilities. To extend the range of its supported file formats and provide on-demand mesh repair capabilities, Fabnami integrates Materialise Cloud.

“Having been many years in the business of computational geometry for 3D printing, we have come to appreciate Materialise’s achievements in the field, and we are proud to offer their technology to our clients. By integrating Materialise Cloud with Fabnami, we are able to dramatically improve the level of automation, and reduce the manpower costs associated to sales and engineering,” explains Benoit Valin, founder at Fabnami.

Published in Materialise

LMI Technologies (LMI), a developer of 3D scanning and 3D inspection solutions, is pleased to be recognized in the 2016 edition of the Branham Top 250 Canadian ICT Companies list. Based on revenue the Branham300 Top 250 is the definitive list of the top Canadian information and communication technologies companies.

“With over 9,000 hi-tech companies operating in British Columbia alone, we are honored to be recognized as one of the top 250 Canadian companies by Branham300”, comments CEO Terry Arden. “Over the last 18 years, we have invested heavily in the design and development of 3D sensor technology that is critical for the optimization, quality control, and automation of production systems. As a result, we have enjoyed significant growth year over year. None of this could have happened without the dedication and commitment by our 175 staff in 6 offices worldwide.”

LMI products support numerous applications including wood processing, wheel alignment, metals and casting, road and rail inspection, factory automation, automotive and aerospace manufacturing. As the industrial landscape evolves, LMI Technologies continues to develop 3D scanning and 3D inspection solutions for the smart factories of tomorrow.

"The Branham300 is designed to promote Canada's Information and Communication Technology industry and the people who build technology businesses in Canada. This year, we were thrilled to see Canada's Top 250 companies set another revenue record. It is a testament to the strength of our ICT sector." — Wayne Gudbranson, CEO, Branham Group

For more information, visit: www.branham300.com/index.php?year=2016&listing=1

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FwdForce announced the closed beta release of its crowdfunding platform for crowd-powered open challenges. As a challenge-oriented crowdfunding platform, FwdForce flips the traditional model of crowdfunding by supporting only challenges that gain a critical mass and introducing the element of competition into the model. The closed beta will be available for a limited time to a select number of individuals and companies seeking to get involved.

“Current crowdfunding platforms fail to bring to viable products to market,” said Moshe Baum, co-founder and CEO of FwdForce. “The products being promoted are often over-promised and under-delivered, with no guarantee of delivery if funded. We’re looking to shake up the space with our new model that will dramatically increase the products that go to market.”

According to Kickstarter Statistics, only 36 percent of the campaigns conducted actually get funded. Of the products that do get funded, only 20 percent of the products get shipped to consumers on time, and quality often leaves a lot to be desired. FwdForce is designed to create challenges that entice participation and lead to product creation.

There are two different types of challenges available on FwdForce:

  • Crowd-Powered Challenges: The challenge is funded by the crowd and the IP belongs to the contenders.
  • Sponsored or Company-Issued Challenges: The sponsor initiates a challenge, funds the minimal prize and sets the criteria, and also owns the full IP at the end. Alternatively, sponsors can fund a portion of the challenge as a component of an overall solution.


Contenders interested in participating must first submit concepts, then backers will vote for a short list of contenders to get funding for prototyping. All prototypes created are required to be submitted for testing by given deadline. FwdForce uses a certified third-party lab to conduct tests and declare a winner. Backers get voting rights on the shortlist concepts, and typical perks like future discounts of the result product.

At launch, FwdForce will have more than 50 challenges on the site, including:

  • Truly Wireless Earbuds with Carrying Case. Design an elegant, affordable and usable wireless solution. This has been a long awaited concept, but there are not enough commercially available products. The product must provide at least 3 hours or listening with 8 standby hours and offer an easy fit.
  • Better Bicycle Lock. Create a lighter, more secure bicycle lock with GPS and an alarm. The lock should use a more convenient unlocking mechanism that does a better job of deterring criminals, while weighing less than 3 pounds at a price tag under $100.
  • Portable 3D Printer. 3D Printers are a crowd favorite, but there is a need for a well-designed, portable version that fits the needs of on-the-go freelance industrial designers and hobbyists. The product must fold into a backpack in less than 2 minutes, weigh less than 14 pounds, cost less than $2,500, and have a modular design that can scale for larger volumes.
  • Home Surveillance Drone. Classic surveillance systems use fixed cameras that are often easy to spot and trick, whereas a smart dedicated drone can provide more views with fewer cameras that are less predictable. This creation must be small yet have the ability to carry a high-resolution camera with night vision, self-charging, capable of monitoring multiple drones that operate 25-plus minute flights, and cost less than $1,150 for a drone/base unit combination (additional drones for $800 or less).


For more information, visit: www.fwdforce.com

Published in FwdForce

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

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

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

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

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

ASTM International announced it is accepting papers for its newest journal, Smart and Sustainable Manufacturing Systems (SSMS), which will launch January 2017.

“A journal in smart manufacturing is a perfect fit for ASTM,” says SSMS Editor-in-Chief Dr. Sudarsan Rachuri. “The science behind the growing number of standards in this field needs to be explained so that everyone can validate and have trust in the standards.”

Rachuri, who met today with ASTM President James Thomas and Executive Vice President Katharine Morgan, manages the Smart Manufacturing Design and Analysis program at the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology.

Rachuri has recruited more than 50 top global experts from academia and industry to serve as editors and advisors for the new journal. “We are particularly interested in papers at the intersection of manufacturing science, information science and data science,” notes Rachuri. The group welcomes research papers, industry case studies, industry application papers, survey papers and technical notes.

“This journal will support many smart-manufacturing related initiatives,” Rachuri adds. “For example, here in the U.S., the journal will serve as an excellent venue for those involved with the National Network of Manufacturing Institutes – including the newly-announced Clean Energy Manufacturing Innovation Institute – to publish their work.”

The launch of SSMS is part of ASTM’s commitment to serve as the global leader in smart manufacturing standards. Already, 5,300 experts and 1,500 organizations from 65 countries participate in ASTM’s committees in fields such as additive manufacturing, pharmaceutical manufacturing, industrial biotechnology, nanotechnology and automation technology. ASTM’s Smart Manufacturing Advisory Committee coordinates standards development across these fields while also building strategic partnerships.

For more information, visit: www.astm.org/SSMS

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The digital revolution that has disrupted and simplified a variety of industries – from music and books to shopping, travel and banking – is about to transform the way virtually everything is made. A new magazine, Smart Manufacturing, will launch in the spring of 2016 to help educate manufacturing professionals about the new and emerging technologies used to make things in this digitally connected new era, known as the Fourth Industrial Revolution or Industry 4.0.

The magazine will be published by Advanced Manufacturing Media, a division of SME – a nonprofit organization serving the manufacturing industry by promoting advanced manufacturing technology and developing a skilled workforce.

To be published quarterly in print and digitally, Smart Manufacturing will circulate to at least 80,000 qualified manufacturing professionals across a full range of industries affected by the budding Industry 4.0 revolution. Its content will focus on digital manufacturing, software, controls and automation, advanced materials, emerging processes – such as 3D printing – and the integration of new technologies.

“We are excited to lead the Industry 4.0 conversation with Smart Manufacturing, and help guide manufacturers of all sizes through this period of change,” said Dave O'Neil, director  of Advanced Manufacturing Media.

“A new level of digitally enhanced manufacturing technology is coming to the floors of machine shops and factories across North America, and we expect it to transform manufacturing just as it has other industries," added Sarah A. Webster, editor in chief of Advanced Manufacturing Media. "We at SME believe this new revolution in making can help secure U.S. leadership in global manufacturing.”

The first industrial revolution, at the end of the 18th century, transformed manufacturing with water and steam power, as well as machine tools. The second, at the end of the 19th century, led to mass production, enabled by electricity and the division of labor, increasingly on a production line. The third revolution, in the early 1970s, was enabled by programmable electronic controls and IT to further automate production. Now, the Internet-enabled digital revolution is beginning to transform manufacturing again.

Advanced Manufacturing Media will continue to publish Manufacturing Engineering magazine, which is in its 40th year and is a successful magazine serving 90,000 qualified manufacturing professionals in the aerospace, defense, motorized vehicle, medical and energy industries.

A launch event for the new magazine will be held during SME’s MFG4 – Manufacturing 4 the Future – event, which runs from May 3-5, 2016, in Hartford, CT.

A preview of Smart Manufacturing magazine is published inside the December issue of Manufacturing Engineering. Readers can see the preview and subscribe to the new publication at www.sme.org/smart

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For more information, visit: www.syncfab.com

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

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

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

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

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

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

For more information, visit: www.sharestation3d.com

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MecklerMedia Corporation (OTCQX: MECK) announced that, in conjunction with New York based Sagamore III LLC, that it has purchased 3DPrint.com and related assets from Forum Advertising LLC of Cape Coral, Florida that is jointly edited by Eddie and Brian Krassenstein. The purchase includes a 25% equity position of 3DPrintBoard.com. Terms for the asset acquisition were not disclosed. The Krassensteins will continue to be involved with 3DPrint.com as the new directors of ad sales and will be involved editorially until the completion of MecklerMedia's Inside 3D Printing trade show taking place in Santa Clara, California October 20-22, 2015.

In addition to the acquisition announcement, MecklerMedia announced the launch of the first ad network for the 3D Printing Industry. Advertisers will be offered network "buying" opportunities that will include 3DPrint.com, Inside 3D Printing News and companion email newsletter, 3DPrintingIndustry.com and its companion industry email newsletter in which MecklerMedia holds a significant equity position, and the new print/controlled circulation magazine 3D METAL PRINTING debuting in April, 2016 from the Precision Metalforming Association. This new advertising network will offer advertisers an opportunity to reach over 1.5 million unique visitors a month, reach over 500,000 social media contacts, and advertise with the soon to be largest print magazine readership worldwide.

"The purchase of 3DPrint.com combined with our equity interest in 3DPrintingIndustry.com and our 12 international 3D Printing trade shows (and growing) makes MecklerMedia the most significant media company covering additive manufacturing worldwide," stated Alan M. Meckler, Chairman and CEO of MecklerMedia Corporation. "We are thrilled that the Krassensteins' great staff of writers will continue to work with us and help expand 3DPrint.com."

Meckler went on to say, "We are very pleased that the noted news site 3DPrintingIndustry.com will be joining in our new advertising network which includes 3DPrint.com and additional publications. We will be able to offer a wide array of unique advertising packages which includes exposure to over 1.5 million unique visitors monthly, over 100,000 email newsletter subscribers, and over 500,000 social media followers of the various publications associated with our advertising network."

"Brian Krassenstein and I have put a tremendous amount of work into building up 3DPrint.com over the past 20 months," said Eddie Krassenstein, Co-founder of 3DPrint.com. "It has become the leader within the 3D printing news space and number one in terms of traffic. We are confident that the site will continue to grow under the guidance of the MecklerMedia team. Brian and I are excited to now be handling all advertising for 3DPrint.com and the new MecklerMedia 3D Printing Advertising Network. Also we are sure that our team of writers and editors will continue to make 3DPrint.com the go-to source for all 3D printing news."

MecklerMedia (OTCQX: MECK) is a producer of global trade shows, conferences, and digital publications covering 3D printing, robotics, and bitcoin/blockchain. MecklerMedia produces more than 25 conferences annually, including Inside 3D Printing, Inside Bitcoins, RoboUniverse, and the 3D Print Design Show. MecklerMedia's news sites include Inside Bitcoins News, 3D Printing Industry, and 3DPrint.com, which provide up-to-date coverage to help drive business forward.

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Sciaky, Inc., a subsidiary of Phillips Service Industries, Inc. (PSI) and provider of metal 3D printing solutions and advanced welding machines, announced that it has launched a new website that features an expanded lineup of new metal 3D printing systems, based on its Electron Beam Additive Manufacturing (EBAM) technology.

The expanded lineup of EBAM 3D printing systems includes new options for medium, large, and extra-large part applications, making EBAM the most widely scalable metal 3D printing solution on the market (in terms of work envelope) for parts ranging from 12 inches (305 mm) to 19 feet (5791 mm) in length. EBAM is also the fastest deposition process in the metal 3D printing market, based on documented deposition rates ranging from 7 to 20 lbs. (pounds) of metal per hour.

The new website also includes updated information on Sciaky’s industry-leading electron beam welding solutions, as well as a recent video that shows how Sciaky’s EBAM technology is helping Lockheed Martin Space Systems 3D print titanium propellant tanks for satellites.

“Sciaky is proud to launch its new website and unveil its expanded lineup of new EBAM metal 3D printing systems,” said Mike Riesen, general manager of Sciaky, Inc. “We hope the new website enlightens visitors about our innovative, industry-leading solutions and inspires them to contact us.”

Last week, Sciaky revealed the availability of financing and leasing options for U.S. customers who purchase EBAM systems and electron beam welders.

Published in Sciaky

3D Hubs and Thingiverse are excited to announce a new partnership to bring 3D printing to those who don’t own or have access to a 3D printer.

By connecting the world’s largest 3D print design community of Thingiverse to 3D Hubs, the world’s largest 3D printing network, we enable over 700,000 designs to be directly 3D printed at 15,000 locations worldwide.

A 3D print button will be featured on the Thingiverse website, which gives users the option to send desired designs directly to the nearest 3D printer via 3D Hubs and have it made straight away.

To kick off our partnership, Thingiverse has initially selected eight popular designers to integrate the 3D print button next to their designs and more will be added soon. These selected designers now have the ability to suggest a tip for using their design, which users can choose to pay within the purchase process on 3D Hubs. This fee goes directly to the designer as recognition and credit for their great work.

A 3D Hubs badge will be added to designs that are instantly printable via 3D Hubs.

“Working with 3D Hubs is a natural next step as we continue to grow our MakerBot 3D Ecosystem,” noted Joey Neal, Chief Experience Officer with MakerBot. “At MakerBot, we are continuing to look for ways to get 3D printing into the hands of more people. 3D Hubs has built an incredible network to fulfill 3D prints locally, which we see as a natural fit for integration into the Thingiverse community.”

“This collaboration marks an important step in striving to make 3D printing universally accessible,” said Bram de Zwart, CEO and co-founder of 3D Hubs. “By connecting our global 3D printer network to the world's largest 3D print design community, we enable people to 3D print almost anything, anywhere in the world. This is truly about bringing together creativity and production power.”

We believe this collaboration will increase consumer adoption of 3D printing, while recognizing designers creativity.

The eight designers that are participating in the initial launch of the Thingiverse 3D Hubs partnership are:

  • Arian Croft (aka Dutchmogel) – designer and creator of Pocket-Tactics and co-founder of Ill Gotten Games. Arian Croft is a prolific and popular 3D designer with more than 272 3D designs on Thingiverse.
  • Bold Machines – The Innovation Workshop at Stratasys that was created and founded by MakerBot co-founder Bre Pettis. Bold Machines partners with innovators to explore new approaches to industrial and personal applications and fabrication through 3D printing. Bold Machines is currently working on creating characters for a feature film developed from compelling 3D-modeled characters.
  • Isaac Budmen – designer of sculptures, mechanical parts and amazing architectural designs. and author of The Book on 3D Printing and
  • Laura Taalman (aka mathgrrl) – a self-proclaimed math geek and defender of the universe, Laura Taalman is also a professor, mathematician, blogger and hacktastic 3D design/maker who embarked on 3D printing a different math shape for every day of the year last year.
  • Nervous System – a unique design studio that works at intersecting science art and technology through 3D design and an assortment of jewelry, art and housewares.
  • Quincy Robinson (3DKitbash) – a toy industry professional with a history of award-winning and noteworthy innovations that cater to Fortune 500 companies.
  • Simplus Design – beautiful 3D printed housewares designed by Simplus Design founders Sebastian Misiurek and Arianna Lebed.
  • Walter Hsiao – Walter is a prolific 3D designer that specializes in 3D printable usable parts and accessories for everyday living.


Do you want to get the 3D print button next to your designs on Thingiverse? Visit www.3dhubs.com/3d-printing-designs/thingiverse and sign up now.

Published in 3D Hubs

Albright Technologies, a provider of silicone prototyping and low-volume production molding solutions, announced a restructuring of its organization following a comprehensive evaluation of its workforce. The restructuring will pose the company to be better suited to the needs of the current silicone molding market.

The organizational changes include adding two new positions, a Director of Operations and a Director of Sales & Marketing. Matthew Bont has been promoted from Quality Manager and Senior Project Engineer positions to Director of Operations. Mr. Bont has been with Albright for seven years and has a strong understanding of the silicone market, which he will be able to utilize to enhance the business. “Promoting Matthew Bont to Director of Operations will enhance our business in terms of production scheduling, implementation of new technologies, and the creation of new procedures and policies for day to day operations,” said David Comeau, President and Founder of Albright Technologies.

Ryan Taylor has been promoted from Business Development Specialist to Director of Sales & Marketing. “Ryan’s years of field sales, sales management and internet marketing experience at his previous employ make him an excellent choice to be our Director of Sales & Marketing,” stated David Comeau.

David Comeau has come out of retirement to lead the organization. Although David enjoyed retirement, he focused on developing a clear path forward for Albright and formulated a strategy of continuous and aggressive growth. “I’m pleased to be back at Albright, I have many ideas to enhance our business, and a great team to implement them,” said David Comeau.

Albright Technologies is also pleased to announce the launch of its new website Albright1.com. The website was designed utilizing the latest WordPress technology to create a site that is compatible with today’s popular browsers and mobile devices to enhance the users experience through streamlined content, videos and photographs and refined menu options. Albright1.com will provide visitors with extensive product and service information regarding the company’s silicone prototyping and low-volume production molding solutions.

“The launch of our new website will enhance our visitors’ user experience,” said Ryan Taylor, Sales & Marketing Manager at Albright. “We anticipate that our web visitors will rapidly find the content that they require with our new site,” he added. David Comeau, President, noted that Albright needed a revised and up-to-date website as early as 2014. Mr. Comeau stated, “Our latest rendition of the Albright1.com site offers the latest developments in web design technology.” “These developments are something all of our Albright1.com visitors can benefit from,” he added.

For more information, visit: www.albright1.com

Published in Albright Technologies

Given the rapid growth of the industrial additive manufacturing (i.e. 3D printing) industry, it has become increasingly difficult to keep track of all of the machines and materials that are on the market. Senvol has solved this problem with the launch of the Senvol Database, where users are able to search by over 30 fields, such as machine build size, material type, and material tensile strength. The sheer quantity and dynamic nature of the search fields enable users to search in powerful ways and to quickly get the information that they need. The database is online and free to access.

Senvol President Zach Simkin commented, “We're very excited by the Senvol Database because it's an extremely useful tool for everyone in the additive manufacturing industry. There has been a growing need for a tool like this and we’re pleased to provide the industry with a solution.”

The Senvol Database is used by a wide range of people - everyone from potential machine buyers who want to see what machines are on the market, to engineers who want to search for materials by specific material properties.

Some example uses of the database are:

  • A service bureau searches to see all of the materials (both OEM and 3rd party) that are compatible with the machines that it owns;
  • A design engineer with a specific application in mind searches for nylon materials that have a flexural modulus of at least 1,800 MPa;
  • An industry financial analyst searches to learn about all of the metal AM machines that are available.

“Senvol very much values input and feedback from its user community,” Senvol President Annie Wang said. Wang continued, “It’s through the power of our user community that we are able to continuously improve the Senvol Database.”

Senvol is a services firm that conducts analytics exclusively for the additive manufacturing industry. Senvol has worked with a variety of Fortune 500 companies and government agencies in industries such as aerospace, oil & gas, consumer products, and automotive. Senvol’s founders have been published in various additive manufacturing industry journals, such as the Wohlers Report, and have been featured speakers at numerous industry trade shows and conferences. Senvol is a Gold Member of America Makes. Senvol is run by Annie Wang and Zach Simkin, both MBA graduates of the Wharton Business School.

For more information, visit: www.senvol.com

Published in Senvol

Still in BETA mode, industry-leading manufacturing hub, CAD/CAM Connect, announced that it has surpassed 100 product entries on its CAD/CAM Reviews site. This data reflects the commitment of CAD/CAM Connect to being an all-encompassing resource for the manufacturing community. The reviews site expands on current offerings to provide user’s a one-stop destination for information on CAD/CAM products, vendors, services, educational content and outstanding support.

“We understand that CADCAMReviews.com is a work in progress, but it's a starting point that gives visitors one place to go to get information covering a variety of different design to manufacturing products, topics and disciplines, stated Ken Wilson, Founder. This BETA launch allows us to gather feedback from users to help us make it better, while building community.”

“Unlike traditional review sites who try to be everything to everybody, we focus on one thing only: serving the needs of the manufacturing community – period,” stated Wilson. CAD/CAM Reviews is a place for engineers, machinists, design and IT professionals to turn to for educational articles and videos, unbiased feedback, ratings and advice from people who actually use these products in the real world. Visitors can filter by a wide variety of relevant categories, reducing the amount of time dedicated to the research, validation, and purchasing process. All ratings, comments, and suggestions are monitored and evaluated in real time, allowing CAD/CAM Connect to filter out untrustworthy information and spam.”

“The objective, like most reviews sites, is to build a community of user's sharing their knowledge and experiences while rating products to help others make better purchasing decisions. There's also a wealth of information explaining the benefits of products to help people solve problems, and align their processes to achieve optimal performance.”

The site is also unique in that it offers visitors the opportunity to call and speak with subject matter experts to discuss their needs before committing to a purchase. This personalized service is a benefit not offered by the majority of review sites today.

“Our goal has always been to make it easy to research, shop and save on CAD/CAM manufacturing products and services while helping companies solve critical business problems,” said Wilson. “Building an online destination that aggregates the best suppliers, educational content and industry experts in one place is what we’re all about. We’re doing it for CAM and FEA-CFD simulation software, PDM, PLM, ERP, CAD training, reverse engineering, 3D printers, rapid prototyping, CNC machinery, tooling and fabrication equipment and more.”

With over 100 years of combined industry knowledge in the CAD/CAM industry and thousands of engineering and supplier contacts, CAD/CAM Connect partners with top suppliers and industry experts to create a one-stop destination for educational content, leading industry forums and user reviews. The company helps facilitate communications between buyers and suppliers to help mechanical engineers, machinists, design and IT professionals make better purchasing decisions.

For more information, visit: www.cadcamreviews.com

Published in CADCAMConnect

Just as new research reveals that manufacturing is hiring to meet strong growth projections, ThomasNet.com® announces the launch of its new Job Board—an employment and career-building website focused exclusively on four key areas of industry: engineering, procurement, manufacturing/production operations, and sales/marketing.

The website creates a dynamic marketplace for industry employers as well as prospective employees. Entry-level job seekers and seasoned professionals alike can search, qualify and apply for manufacturing positions posted by employers across North America.  Conversely, CEOs/general managers, human resources professionals and recruiters can quickly build a pool of well-qualified candidates who meet detailed, technologically-specific job requirements and who are more likely to succeed in the available positions.

The new ThomasNet.com Job Board is free to job seekers. Candidates can search a targeted database of thousands of industry jobs through a number of filters such as title, sector or discipline, experience level, full-time or part-time, location and salary range. There is something for everyone at any professional life stage from internships and apprenticeships to senior-level management positions.

Candidates can also receive email updates every time a job that meets their keyword criteria is posted. And every job seeker qualifies for a free subscription to the ThomasNet News® Career Journal – an online publication chock full of timely information on industry hiring trends including where the hot jobs are, what employers are looking for, and how to get that first foot in the door or reinvent yourself mid-career.

The new Job Board is a direct response to a recent ThomasNet.com Industry Market Barometer® (IMB) survey showing a troubling workforce disconnect: Despite an upward growth trajectory, the industry is struggling to attract Generation Y (18 – 32 years old) candidates to replace Baby Boomers aging out of the workforce. The implications are clear: North American manufacturing could be knocked out of its long-held, global leadership position if it fails to attract younger talent ready to apply new technologies and skills to solve the industry’s challenges and capitalize on its opportunities.

For more information, visit: jobs.thomasnet.com

GPI Prototype announced that it has acquired Prototype Today, an online news portal for the 3d printing and additive manufacturing industries. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

Prototype Today will continue to be operated by Brett Johnson, currently hard at work on a fresh look for the site. Brett is confident the cleaner, simpler interface will be a welcomed upgrade.

Companies and individuals with relevant press releases, articles, or YouTube videos may submit them via email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for publication consideration.

This acquisition creates notable opportunities for event and trade show partnerships within the manufacturing industry. Those interested in exploring a media partnership may contact Brett Johnson at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to discuss options.

GPI Prototype, headquartered in Lake Bluff, IL, was founded in 2007 and employs 27 people. Additional information about GPI Prototype and their range of services is available by contacting a representative at 847-615-8900.

Published in GPI Prototype

For companies that try to engineer better products, 3D Printing is becoming more and more interesting. But identifying the parts that can truly benefit from this technology is often a struggle. That’s why Materialise is proud to announce the launch of the 3D Print Barometer: an application to test different parts according to size, functionality, series size, etc., and score the added benefit that 3D Printing can offer. The 3D Print Barometer aims to cut through the hype surrounding 3D Printing and identify where this technology can really be of benefit.

The 3D Print Barometer helps manufacturers identify plastic components that can benefit from 3D Printing. The app can be used online through a browser or can be downloaded for use on the iPad.

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 one of the the world’s largest capacities of Additive Manufacturing equipment, 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, production, and medical 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.

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

Published in Materialise

Newark element14 launched an easy-to-use industrial automation microsite, developed to help engineers in design or plant maintenance roles more efficiently research and source products.

The microsite offers extensive information produced by Newark element14’s technical support team, plus the latest data and technology products from the world’s top suppliers, including Eaton, Honeywell, IDEC, Molex/Daniel Woodhead, Omron, Schneider Electric and TE Connectivity. Products from these and other best-in-class suppliers are available for same-day shipping and can be accessed from a dedicated catalog on the site that can be customized to individual preferences.

“Industrial engineers face complex and demanding tasks every day,” said Jeff Uden, Vice President, Product Management, Newark element14. “The microsite provides them a convenient single source for technical information, support and a portfolio of products for everything from sensing to safety.”

Exclusive technical information can be directly accessed by type or by going into a specific industrial automation application area featured on the site, including Programmable Logic Control (PLC), Temperature and Process Control (PID), Motor Drive Control, or Electro-Mechanical Control. Sections on I/O Devices and various accessories typically required in the industrial automation design process are also available. Block diagrams in each of these application areas guide users to more detail and resources.

Engineers can also access a visual configurator for 22mm pushbuttons, product design guides and product training videos plus connect with peers and dedicated experts on the element14 engineering community.

For more information, visit: www.newark.com/industrialautomation

Published in element14

MakerBot's Thingiverse website, the best place to get and share downloadable 3D "Things," is going through an evolution.  Some exciting recent updates have included a new Dashboard, a Follow Feature, and as of today, a new way to create "Collections" on Thingiverse to organize all of your favorite Things!

"Since the beginning of Thingiverse, 3D printing enthusiasts have been using 'Favorites' by clicking 'Like.'  They have always craved a way to organize their favorites, and now they can," said Bre Pettis, CEO and co-founder of MakerBot Industries, which owns and operates the Thingiverse website.

Thingiverse is MakerBot's open resource for 3-dimensional designs.  The popular site offers more than 25,000 3-dimensional items and has had more than 8.5 million downloads of 3D objects for printing since the site began in 2009.  Thingiverse has also had more than 500,000 downloads in the last 90 days alone.  If you are looking for inspiration or specific items to print, Thingiverse is the place you want to visit.

With Thingiverse's new Collections feature, users have the ability to create not just one collection of their favorites, but as many collections as they want.  These Collection themes can be "Things I Absolutely Have to Print," or "Holiday Ornaments," "Replacement Parts," "Things with Moving Parts," "Houses & Buildings," "Medical Devices," "Fun Things," "Household Items," "Gifts" and more.

To make a "Collection," users find items they like and then just click "Collect It!"  It's that simple.  This new button has been in use by Beta members for several weeks and is now available to everyone!  You don't even need to visit the main page for a Thing - you can collect something directly from the thumbnail on the main page.  Thingiverse users will also be able to see updates to Collections in their Dashboards.  Whenever something has been added to a Collection, you can see this from the main page of a Thing.

MakerBot will also be "Featuring" Collections, so the race is on to create the best collections on all of Thingiverse!  A curated page will show the best Collections on the site.

All users will start with a "Things to Make" Collection right when they login; it's up to them to fill it up with all of the great items they love on Thingiverse.

"This systematic way of organizing favorites is a great tool for using Thingiverse," said Pettis.  "We've watched the evolution of items being added to the site, how our users favorite items, and listened to their comments for ways to improve the site even more, and are excited to announce this new 'Collections' feature."

For more information, visit: www.thingiverse.com

Published in MakerBot

Seco Tools’ award-winning print magazine, EDGE, has long been providing the company’s metalworking customers with new cutting tool information, technical articles and customer case studies. Today, Seco Tools is pleased to announce a new web version of the magazine for those who prefer accessing this content online.

EDGE online features the same informative, productivity-boosting content, professional photography and sharp design elements as the print version but with added bonus materials, such as videos and more product imagery.

According to Lisa Seidl, manager of marketing communications for Seco Tools, EDGE online is extremely easy to navigate, enables the company to reach a wider global audience as well as encourages the sharing of articles via social media.

“Social media has been a big push for us over the past year as we are committed to keeping our customers completely engaged and up-to-date on the latest and greatest metalcutting information, and the new EDGE online is just one piece of the puzzle,” said Seidl.

For more information, visit: www.edgeupdate.com

Published in Seco Tools

Delcam is offering free use of its online CAD data-exchange service, Delcam Exchange through November 26th.  The normal pay-as-you-go fee of £34 (approximately US$50) per model will be waived for unlimited use of the service during this period.   

Delcam Exchange is a unique service under which the translation software is downloaded free of charge and then stored on the user’s own computer.  To undertake each translation, the user simply obtains a real-time authorisation from the Delcam Exchange website.  Outside of the free offer, users can either pay for individual translations or buy a set of 20 vouchers with a bonus of four free translations.

The full range of options for input into Delcam Exchange is now CATIA V5, Pro/Engineer, Creo, Siemens NX (Unigraphics), SolidWorks, AutoCAD, AutoDesk Inventor, Rhino, Solid Edge, Cimatron, IDEAS, TopSolid, Parasolid, ACIS, IGES, VDA-FS and STEP, plus Delcam’s own DDX, DMT and DGK formats, while files can be exported as CATIA V5, Rhino, AutoCAD, Parasolid XT, ACIS, IGES, STEP or VDA-FS, or as Delcam’s DDX, DGK or DMT.

The Delcam Exchange approach offers two advantages of over other online translation providers – speed and security.  Most other services require the CAD model to be sent to the service provider for translation and then returned to the customer.  

Delcam Exchange gives much faster results since transferring a short authorisation code is much quicker and easier than transferring a complex CAD model.  Once the authorisation has been obtained, the translation itself will normally take seconds, with even the most complex models never needing more than a few minutes.

The service also gives total security.  Since the model file stays within the user’s own computer, there is no chance of sensitive information being intercepted or mailed to an incorrect address.

In the ten years since it was launched more than 50,000 users have registered for the Delcam Exchange service.  Less than one per cent of users have claimed refunds for unsuccessful or incomplete translations under Delcam’s no-quibble guarantee scheme. While this high level of success is a testament to the quality of the Delcam Exchange software, it is also helped by the preview option provided as part of the service.  This allows users to view the file they have translated before they pay and so gives customers confidence that the translation has been completed correctly before they incur any costs.

Many customers simply use the preview option to view models without completing the translation.  This is especially beneficial for sub-contractors that need to analyse models to provide quotes.  Using Delcam Exchange in viewing mode allows the quote to be prepared without incurring any translation costs that would be wasted if the bid is unsuccessful.

For more information, visit: www.delcam-exchange.com

Published in Delcam

A new crowdfunding site, MakerLaunch, debuted featuring its first “maker” project, the Deohako iPad Connection System.

MakerLaunch aims to help the hardware entrepreneur (Maker) launch products for the gadget enthusiast. Makers keep 100% of their equity and pre-sell their inventions to the MakerLaunch community. Setting up a launch page is free. MakerLaunch applies a 5% fee to funds collected.

Benefits to the inventor include:

  • Quick access to pre-sale funds
  • Two-way customer communication
  • A marketplace that targets the relevant buyer
  • Social tools that increase social reach

“MakerLaunch helps the new class of makers share inventions and find support globally," says founder, Stacy Yamaoka.

The “maker economy” is exploding due to advances in 3D printing technology, decreased manufacturing costs, and social innovation. At the same time, there has been a recent crackdown on product innovation from the leading crowdfunding platform, Kickstarter, making it difficult for makers to launch on a legitimate platform.

MakerLaunch was created to address this growing need within the maker community. Yamaoka believes this growing group has the power to change the face of social innovation, leading to a new wave of small business creation, and billions of “maker” dollars added to the global economy.

"MakerLaunch is not just about crowdfunding, but aims to provide a supportive community dedicated to helping real makers be successful," says Yamaoka.

MakerLaunch is currently in limited beta and accepting applications for inventors interested in launching on this new platform.

For more information, visit: www.makerlaunch.com

Published in MakerLaunch

MakerBot®, the global leader in desktop 3D printing, is excited to announce two new features on its Thingiverse™ website to help find, manage, and “follow” the digital designs, Things, designers, categories, and tags you like and care about most.

For those new to desktop 3D printing, MakerBot’s website Thingiverse is the leading digital design destination for anyone in the world to share, discover, and download digital designs, most of which can be made and printed with the MakerBot® Replicator™ 2 Desktop 3D Printer. Thingiverse is the go-to place to find out how to make any physical thing. It is truly the “Thing Universe.” Since 2008, Things on Thingiverse have been downloaded more than 8.5 million times, with 500,000 downloads in the past 90-days, and as of November 1, 2012, there are more than 25,000 digital Things just waiting for you to download and make.

“Thingiverse has been a driving force in the world of 3D desktop printing for some time,” noted Bre Pettis, CEO and co-founder of MakerBot. “I wake up every morning and the first thing I do is check-out what has been uploaded to Thingiverse.”

As part of Thingiverse’s new functionality, the newly added MakerBot Thingiverse Dashboard is an all-in-one place to track your favorite “Things” (digital designs), designers, and activity on Thingiverse.

“We have some of the most creative 3D printing enthusiasts on Thingiverse,” noted Pettis. “Designers like Erik Durwood actually gave us a very important member of the MakerBot family, our R. Maker mascot!”

Some of Durwood’s other contributions have ranged from a Filamometer to measure how much filament you’re using, to a functioning lunch box. His designs are simple, creative, practical, and always masterfully executed. Thingiverse is also a place for people to become pioneers within one certain area. Mike Moceri has become exactly that in the world of 3D scanning other people. Mike has scanned more than 230 people using an Xbox Kinect and the software ReconstructMe and shared nicely organized sets on Thingiverse. He’s also a go-to resource for scanning with 123D Catch, and a real leader on Thingiverse.

For more information, visit: www.thingiverse.com/dashboard/tour

Published in MakerBot

ASTM International has announced a new academic offering for university professors to include technical standards as part of their engineering and business curricula. The ASTM Professor’s Tool Kit contains various informational tools to help educators promote awareness of standards in the classroom.

Familiarity with standards can enhance a student’s knowledge and skills before entering the workplace. The Professor’s Tool Kit offers a collection of ASTM materials in one place, so instructors may pick and choose which components work best for their classes.

Some of the supplies featured in the kit include:

  • Five scripted PowerPoint modules;
  • Sample syllabi and standards;
  • Short videos on the value of standards and student membership in ASTM;
  • Articles about standards education;
  • ASTM industry sector overviews (metals, energy, construction, chemicals, consumer products, healthcare and more);
  • Standards case studies; and
  • Informational brochures on student membership and benefits, ASTM’s digital library, copyright and more.

As an added benefit for international students and professors, a number of the materials have been translated into Spanish, Mandarin and Portuguese.

ASTM International promotes standards education in colleges and universities through its free student membership program, which offers several benefits for full-time undergraduate or graduate students. Students have the opportunity to learn more about standards with free subscriptions to ASTM’s magazine and newsletter, free attendance at ASTM symposia and workshops, publishing opportunities, scholarships and paper competitions. Upon graduation, students are eligible for full ASTM membership at a reduced fee.
 
For more information, visit: www.astm.org/toolkit

Published in ASTM

Delcam has launched a new website for its PowerSHAPE CAD system which details the many advantages of using the software for both product design and tooling design. The new site includes links to the PowerSHAPE learning zone, where existing users can learn about, and see demonstrations of, the latest functionality, and to the PowerSHAPE-e website, where potential customers can download an evaluation version and view introductory tutorials on how to use the program.

PowerSHAPE offers a unique combination of robust solid modeling, flexible surface modelling, and quick and easy direct modeling, plus triangle modelling for editing STL files and other triangle formats. Overall, it provides the most comprehensive range of modeling techniques available in a single CAD program. Having all the different technologies in the same package reduces the need to transfer data between multiple programs and so streamlines the whole product development process.

This broad range of functionality makes PowerSHAPE ideal for the re-engineering of existing products into improved designs or for creating customised items, such as medical devices for an individual patient or sports equipment for a specific athlete. At the same time, the combination of direct modelling options, together with powerful and flexible surface modelling, makes PowerSHAPE the perfect choice for design for manufacture, especially when converting product designs into tooling designs.

PowerSHAPE also includes the Solid Doctor, a comprehensive set of tools for the repair of CAD models from all sources, including IGES, STEP and native CATIA and Creo files. It can be used to tackle all the common problems that are found when translating low-precision and incomplete data, including gaps and overlaps between surfaces, or duplicated and missing surfaces, and generate a valid, high-precision solid model.

A more recent addition to PowerSHAPE is a range of direct modelling functionality that will speed up and simplify concept development, and enable tooling designers to tackle all the common problems that they find in product designs, such as insufficient draft or inappropriate fillet sizes. These new options have been made as accessible as possible by enhancing existing commands rather than grouping them in a separate area of the software.

Another powerful PowerSHAPE option is Smart Surfacing, which makes surface modelling much easier than other systems. The user simply selects a set of curves around an area and PowerSHAPE analyses the curves to determine the most appropriate way to create the surface automatically. Alternative solutions can be displayed if the first surface is not of the type required.

PowerSHAPE also incorporates Delcam’s unique Power Features technology. Components that contain Power Features react with connecting components as they are placed within an assembly, adding all the necessary fit-features to the appropriate parts. The tolerances between the various components can also be defined automatically as each item is added. This automatic creation of relationships makes the development of the overall design much quicker and also makes errors in the design process far less likely.

For more information, visit: www.powershape.com

Published in Delcam

Using input from 135 girls across the country, the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) re-designed its popular EngineerGirl website which was unveiled today. This is the first major redesign since EngineerGirl! premiered in 2000 and was made possible by support from the Lockheed Martin Corporation. The website is a platform for informing, inspiring, and supporting students interested in engineering. Its target audience is middle school girls, with the aim of introducing them to the rewards of an engineering career.

The annual EngineerGirl essay contest for 2013 was also announced today and focuses on engineering advancements for disease prevention.

“We are passionate about encouraging our nation’s young people to consider careers in engineering,” said NAE President Charles M. Vest. “The EngineerGirl website provides a wealth of resources not only for girls, but everyone interested in ways they can be a part of building our future.”

The girls who helped design the website, known as the Girls Advisory Board, held 19 virtual meetings. Girls from 28 states participated in discussions about content and interface for the new site. In addition to a completely new look and site organization, the revised website will include new features not previously available on EngineerGirl There are blogs about what an engineer does and a new section called “Try on a Career” that allows girls to explore different engineering fields. The new site also provides an opportunity for engineers to sign up as role models and maintain a profile on the website with a short bio and information about their line of work.

The 2013 Health Engineering essay contest asks students in grades three to 12 to choose from five diseases listed by The World Health Organization as the leading causes of death throughout the world: Heart disease, Stroke, Influenza (and other lower respiratory infections), Emphysema (or COPD), and Diarrhea. Students will describe engineering advancements in the treatment or prevention of one of the diseases and explain the types of engineering fields that have contributed to addressing these diseases. Essays will be judged on the basis of design content, research, expression, and originality. Winners will be chosen in three categories: elementary (grades three to five); middle school (grades six to eight); and high school (grades nine to 12). Monetary prizes and certificates are given to the winners.

The mission of the National Academy of Engineering is to advance the well-being of the nation by promoting a vibrant engineering profession and by marshalling the expertise and insights of eminent engineers to provide independent advice to the federal government on matters involving engineering and technology.

For more information, visit: www.engineergirl.org

Published in NAE

MecSoft Corporation, the developer of industry leading CAM software, announced today the release of a new blog that went live on their website.

The blog will feature articles about what’s happening in the CAD/CAM industry as well as company and product news. MecSoft aims to attract CAD/CAM industry professionals to the blog for purposes of sharing and disseminating pertinent information using a familiar social media platform.

“We’re very excited about the release of our new blog,” stated MecSoft’s Marketing Coordinator, Tim Strifler. “The blog will enable us keep in front of our current customers, reseller partners, and prospects by providing them with information that is not only interesting, but relevant to them as professionals.”

MecSoft has also added a gallery to their blog that features images sent in by customers. The images include screenshots of parts as well as finished products that were manufactured using MecSoft’s products. MecSoft has already posted several articles to their blog to kick it off, and is committed to updating the blog regularly with fresh CAD/CAM industry content to keep their visitors coming back.

For more information, visit: www.mecsoft.com/blog

Published in MecSoft Corporation

The Metals Service Center Institute (MSCI), a trade organization for the metals industry, unveiled a new enhanced website this week. “Over the past five years MSCI has evolved into a vibrant and dynamic association,” said president and CEO Robert Weidner.  “We bring value to members through networking opportunities, education, advocacy and research.  The new MSCI.org is a natural step of our evolution and conveys who we are today and the role we have in the industry.”

According to VP of Technology Chris Marti, members and visitors to the site will not only find a new contemporary design and feel, but will also notice it is much easier to navigate.  “There are many advantages to the new site including user-friendly menus, a very powerful search engine, and increased functionality,” he added.

Photos and rotating banners add interest, while multiple calendars give users different options for accessing government affairs news and tools, brochures on upcoming events, research reports, chapter news, scholarship program news, and details on a variety of levels of education programs developed specifically for the metals industry.

The updated, dynamic website is now an online destination for members to return to consistently, with regular news updates. New features also enable individuals to see content specific to their interests and product specialization. Chapters will see an improvement in ease of accessing their specific information, and communication with the association’s committees, board of directors, and chapters will also be enhanced.

Founded in 1909, the Metals Service Center Institute, based in Rolling Meadows, Illinois, has over 400 members operating from more than 1,500 locations in the United States, Canada, Mexico and throughout the world. Together MSCI members constitute the largest single group of metals purchasers in North America, amounting each year to more than 55 million tons of steel, aluminum and other metals, with about 300,000 manufacturers and fabricators as customers. MSCI’s membership also includes almost all ferrous and non-ferrous industrial metals producers in North America. Service centers inventory, process and distribute metals to manufacturing intermediaries and original equipment manufacturers.

For more information, visit: www.MSCI.org

ThomasNet, a free platform for supplier discovery and sourcing of components, equipment, MRO products, raw materials and custom manufacturing services, was formally re-launched during IMTS 2012.

The new ThomasNet offers users an even wider range of content, tools and resources. Engineers, purchasing professionals, and facilities managers can quickly find suppliers, source products, and access CAD models and product news.

New to the ThomasNet platform is Product Search which enables users to find the specific components and products they are looking for.  

Thomas’ team of content engineers has aggregated detailed information and line item detail for over 100 million parts from over 30,000 suppliers. Product Search allows users to specify the product they are looking for using groundbreaking taxonomy-powered search and navigation features.  Specifiers can find the product that meets their requirements by defining precise product attributes such as applications, materials, dimensions and tolerances.  

The new site also makes it easier for buyers to find local suppliers, quality certified suppliers, and companies that meet their supplier diversity requirements. Whether they’re searching for women-owned businesses, an ISO certified custom manufacturer, or nearby distributors the new ThomasNet makes it easier to hone in on exactly what they need and create a supplier short list.

“We make it our business to understand the challenges our users face when sourcing, and the new ThomasNet.com is designed to address them.  Product Search combines semantic search technology with curated content to create an unparalleled sourcing tool,” said Tom Greco, Vice President of ThomasNet.  “Product Search is a perfect companion to our improved supplier directory and 2D/3D CAD model library,” added Mr. Greco.

The new ThomasNet platform includes a suite of applications including:

  • Supplier Directory –Over 610,000 suppliers including multi-media company profiles
  • CAD Library – Millions of downloadable 2D/3D models and drawings from leading industrial product component OEMs
  • ThomasNet News - the latest product, company and industry news
  • Job Board – to help find your first or next job
  • Deal of the Day – Big savings on electronics, office supplies and business services
  • Purchasing Tools – Free RFQ Event management and Contract management tools

“When engineers and procurement professionals experience a demo of ThomasNet.com, they immediately ask how much it costs. Their expectation is that access to ThomasNet, which is a free service, requires a large investment, which further highlights the value they see in the platform”, said Mr. Greco.

ThomasNet, part of Thomas Industrial Network, Inc. is the Internet’s pre-eminent sourcing and supplier discovery and selection platform for OEM, MRO and other products and services. The platform serves procurement professionals, engineers, plant and facility management and other buyers from corporations, educational institutions, government agencies, the military and small businesses. It also serves manufacturers, distributors, and service companies throughout North America who want to connect and do business with these buyers.

Additionally, Thomas Industrial Network includes: the Navigator Platform, a proprietary technology that helps industrial companies leverage their product information and data to increase sales; and Enterprise Solutions that enable companies to create and manage digital product data which can be syndicated to a variety of platforms.

For more information, visit: www.thomasnet.com

Makino has launched its new corporate website, featuring detailed information on products and services, and access to hundreds of technical resources that help manufacturers make what matters. The new website is mobile-compatible and offers a superior, streamlined user experience with robust content that is readily available without requiring the user to click away.
 
“We surveyed site visitors to determine what they would like most from our website,” says Mark Rentschler, marketing manager at Makino. “What we learned is that our customers want a site that is simple and quick to navigate, easy to share and updated frequently. The newly designed website meets our customers’ criteria more than ever.”
 
New features of the website include an interactive user experience that enables easy access to technical information based on desired equipment, machining process, industry and service. With each selection, users are presented with valuable resources and rich multimedia content, including webinars, videos, news and articles, related to site queries. The addition of a new product comparison tool enables users to directly compare machine specifications for faster, more detailed evaluations.
 
Along with several new additions to the site, Makino continues its highly successful webinar series with on-demand access to over 160 unique presentations. Users can also sign up to receive up-to-the-minute news, event and webinar updates. One-click access to local representative details, training information, quotes and part requests makes customer support faster and easier than ever.

Makino offers a wide range of high-precision metal-cutting and EDM machinery, including horizontal machining centers, vertical machining centers, 5-axis machining centers, graphite machining centers, and wire and Ram EDMs.

For more information, visit: www.makino.com

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Okuma America Corporation, a world leader in CNC machine tools, launched a redesigned website. The site is designed to deliver expanded content offerings and state-of-the-art usability features – all within a highly engaging online environment. The website serves as the centralized hub for all of Okuma’s online properties, with connections to specialized platforms including YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

“In today’s manufacturing environment, knowledge is king,” says Julie Murphy, marketing manager, Okuma America Corporation. “Competitive advantage comes, first and foremost, from awareness and understanding of the latest in CNC machine tool technology, innovations and best practices. Our new website is designed to become a valuable resource for the content our audiences are seeking.”

Key features of the new website include:

  • Enhanced CNC machine tool information: Conveniently organized, with descriptions of best-suited applications, and complete detail down to full specifications
  • Dedicated 5-Axis Product Section: Expanded information on Okuma’s lineup of 5 axis CNC machines designed specifically for manufacturing high precision, complex parts
  • White Papers: Deep discussions on emerging technologies and specialized product/service offerings
  • Case Studies: Real-world problem/solutions, and the dramatic results achieved in partnership with Okuma customers
  • New Blog: Fresh, informative perspectives on hot industry topics
  • Additional Photography and Videos: The next best thing to hands-on experience with Okuma CNC machine tools
  • State-of-the-art Usability: Streamlined navigation, in-site search function, and mobile-optimization for tablets and multiple phone platforms
  • Partners in THINC: With the open architecture, PC-based THINC®-OSP control as its nucleus, Partners in THINC is the collaboration of more than 40 industry leaders who come together to solve problems and explore new productivity ideas for real-world manufacturers. Detailed information about this program is now incorporated within the main Okuma website, to facilitate easy access to Partners and cross-referencing of topics.

Okuma America Corporation is the U.S.-based sales and service affiliate of Okuma Corporation, a world leader in CNC (computer numeric control) machine tools and machining process optimization, founded in 1898 in Nagoya, Japan. The company is the industry’s only single-source provider, with the CNC machine, drive, motors, encoders, spindle and CNC control all manufactured by Okuma. Along with its industry-leading distribution network (largest in the Americas), Okuma delivers an expansive breadth of products, technology strength and innovation, and deep service and support offerings that empower the customer.

For more information, visit: www.okuma.com

UL, a world leader in advancing safety, announced today the acquisition of Laramie, Wyoming-based IDES, the leading informational resource for plastic material.  Coinciding with the announcement, UL unveiled the next-generation version of IDES' popular Prospector online service which combines plastic materials data sheets and UL plastic identification reports within a single searchable interface.

IDES Prospector is the industry standard for plastic material specification, relied upon by 319,000 design engineers and processors to streamline polymers selection.  Specifiers for plastic materials can now visit IDES.com to find all crucial polymer data sheet and UL verified data in one place, featuring the easy-to-use search, comparison and navigation functionality that Prospector users expect.

Search queries and results now include data from UL's plastics recognition yellow cards, featuring materials attributes independently verified from small scale flammability and ignition, mechanical, electrical, and short term thermal tests.  More than 60,000 different plastic materials have yellow cards, which are trusted by product makers and specifiers for qualification.

"We're thrilled to add the talented IDES team and industry-leading information technology," said Sara Greenstein, senior vice president of UL.  "The Prospector tool gives UL a dynamic medium for converting our data into accessible intelligence that can inform and speed decisions throughout the plastics supply chain."

"For our people and our customers, this is an exciting combination that is bearing fruit already," said Mike Kmetz, managing director of IDES.  "Our Prospector upgrade as part of UL is a tremendous milestone - the first of many more to come."

While yellow cards can still be found at ULiQ, UL IDES Prospector will eventually become the exclusive resource for yellow card information.  ULiQ remains the destination for UL list searches in other product categories, including appliance wiring materials, printed wiring boards, switches, electrical insulation systems and restricted substances.

IDES is the world's leading informational resource for plastic material, based in Laramie, Wyoming.  IDES provides plastic materials information and data sheets in Prospector, an online searchable data sheet catalog of plastic materials properties, relied upon by more than 319,000 industry users worldwide.

For more information, visit: www.IDES.com

Published in UL

InventHelp, America’s largest inventor service company, has launched a new website this week to highlight the company’s inventor services and continue to offer resources to inventors.

InventHelp®, known for iconic commercials featuring the prehistoric InventHelp caveman chipping at the wheel, is excited to launch a more user- and inventor-friendly site. “Our site is already known as a resource for inventors, but now it’s easier to use and has a great new look,” said InventHelp® President Robert Susa.

The new website features client inventor stories and testimonial videos, access to blogs and details about InventHelp’s partnerships with organizations like the Electronic Retailing Association. The site also features a section on INPEX®, the largest trade show in the United States for inventors, which InventHelp® sponsors.

Inventors can use the site to locate the closest InventHelp® sales office in the area, as well as read more about the services the company offers. Additionally, there is a section of the site designed specifically for companies that are seeking new products for license or manufacture. Companies interested in seeing clients’ inventions and new products can register on the site for the InventHelp® Data Bank at no charge.

The redesigned website also directs consumers looking to purchase new products to the official InventHelp Store, a website that showcases innovative new products invented by InventHelp clients.         

In business since 1984, InventHelp® is America’s largest inventor service company, with more than 60 sales offices in the U.S., Canada and abroad. InventHelp® also holds INPEX®, America’s Largest Invention Show.

For more information, visit: www.inventhelp.com

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NineSigma, the leading innovation partner to companies worldwide, today launched the first open innovation social media destination, NineSights™, which is free to innovation seekers and solution providers.

NineSights is a secure and collaborative online community that connects innovators of all sizes with the resources and relationships needed to drive business value. The platform allows innovation seekers to post innovation needs and solution providers to submit proposals and post technologies and solutions that are "for sale". NineSigma ensures quality on the site by vetting both seekers and providers.

Andy Zynga, CEO of NineSigma said, "We have listened to our clients and solution providers who told us that a social media enabled platform where quality trumps quantity is what the world needs right now. As a result of this unique platform, organizations are able to make better connections faster and thus accelerate time to market."

On NineSights, users experience a streamlined innovation environment. Solution seekers from corporations, government, and nonprofit organizations can access a vetted pool of global subject-matter experts, inventors, entrepreneurs and researchers with searchable profiles highlighting their expertise. These solution providers will also find a virtual goldmine of world-class organizations committed to driving innovation forward through consultative engagements, licensing or acquisition of technologies, partnerships or investment opportunities, and more, with the associated financial rewards tied to their specific searches. The site also hosts featured "galleries" that spotlight innovation requests and technology offers from organizations like Philips, and provides forums for discussions among users.

NineSights is being launched in response to a recent NineSigma survey of professionals in a range of industries that found no innovation platform existed to effectively meet the needs of solution seekers and providers online. With NineSights, that marketplace need is being met. For solution providers, this includes exposure of their technologies, new business development opportunities, connections outside their industries, and direct access to solution seekers. Organizations reaching out to solution providers see the same benefits, particularly the opportunity to connect with others outside of a single vertical segment.

NineSights supplements NineSigma's comprehensive open innovation services, which range from global knowledge searches to helping organizations develop a culture of innovation and build the right innovation teams.

With millions of solution providers in NineSigma's network and unlimited access to innovation resources globally, the company looks forward to expanding their innovation community further on NineSights.

For more information, visit: www.ninesights.com

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Creaform, leader in portable 3D measurement solutions and 3D engineering services, is proud to unveil today its redesigned and optimized website, as part of its 10th anniversary celebrations. The new website has been aligned with Creaform’s revitalized visual identity and it will be offering visitors an enhanced browsing experience as well as a wealth of information.
 
The content of the new website has been organized around Creaform’s main target markets, which are metrology solutions, non destructive testing (NDT), 3D body measurement and 3D engineering services. Visitors can get additional information through "See it in action" videos, industry-focused applications sheets and our new Resource Center section, which gathers all press releases, success stories, newsletter, magazines and other articles published by or about Creaform.

"The redesign of the new website was conducted in parallel with our rebranding initiative, but our goal went beyond aesthetical considerations, said Stéphane Auclair, vice-president of Marketing at Creaform. We know that for many web users, a visit to our website is their very first encounter with Creaform, so it was important for us to design a website in which people could easily find the information they are looking for and get something out of their browsing session. They can refine their search by application, industry or product and they can now “Ask an expert” about a particular issue that they might be facing. We are absolutely thrilled with the result, because the new website projects exactly what Creaform is: it is leading edge, classy and world-class".

The website keeps with the international vocation of the company and can be viewed in English, French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Japanese and Korean.

Creaform develops, manufactures and sells 3D portable measurement technologies and specializes in 3D engineering services. The company offers innovative solutions that cover the entire range of 3D applications, including 3D scanning, reverse engineering, quality control, non-destructive testing, product development and simulation. Its products and services are intended for industries such as the automotive, aerospace, consumer products, heavy industries, health care, manufacturing, oil & gas, power generation and research & education.

Creaform has developed and sells the Handyscan 3D portable, self-positioning 3D scanners, along with the HandyPROBE optical portable CMM and the MetraSCAN 3D optical CMM scanners. The company also offers an intuitive photogrammetry device: the MaxSHOT 3D optical coordinate measuring system.

The company employs more than 300 people worldwide, and has offices in Lévis, Montréal, the United States, France, Germany, China, India and Japan. The company’s head office and Quebec-based offices are 9001 : 2008 ISO certified.

For more information, visit: www.creaform3d.com

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3DVision Technologies is thrilled to announce the launch of its brand-new website.

According to Carrie Patrick, Marketing Manager for 3DVision, there were several goals in mind when redesigning the site. "In our business, the technology is constantly changing. We found ourselves unable to make quick changes and updates to our site to better communicate our products and services to our customers. With this new platform and site redesign we are now able to make updates within hours, not days."

3DVision Technologies last launched a complete site redesign in 2009. While the site was current and still relevant, Patrick believed that it was time to take things to the next level.

With a clean look and new information geared specifically toward 3DVision's technologically minded audience, the site is engaging and educational, holding the user's interest and providing a format that is easy to navigate.

Todd Majeski, President and CEO of 3DVision Technologies, noted, "From a visual standpoint, the new site really reflects our company brand as well as the brand of our partners. In addition we are now able to more effectively communicate with our customers and potential prospects."

Patrick notes, "No matter what your size, your company website leaves a lasting impression with any visitor. At 3DVision Technologies we believe that we have once again differentiated ourselves from our competition and this is just the beginning."

3DVision Technologies Corp. is the leading value-added reseller of SolidWorks 3D CAD software in Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana. At 3DVision Technologies, our team of experienced engineers and world-class trainers help our colleagues in the design and manufacturing industries produce high quality products in less time with lower costs. Our products, including 3D solid-modeling, computer aided analysis, and product data management, provide the tools you need to rapidly turn your ideas into business success.

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

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Tormach LLC, a premier manufacturer of affordable CNC mills and accessories, announces the launch of Teach STEM Now, an online resource that promotes Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) in education.

Teach STEM Now places an emphasis on manufacturing technologies and real-world shop skills. Offering lesson plans that can be readily implemented into classroom curriculum, the site also contains STEM-related articles and editorials, teaching tips and ideas, and links to educational grants and funding resources.

"The idea behind Teach STEM Now is to enhance education in an exciting fashion," said Tormach President Greg Jackson. "We're looking at the integration of all technologies and supporting the idea that educators are critical to moving the next generation of tradesmen and skilled workers forward. It's our goal with this project to present these ideas to teachers."

Co-editors on the site are Alain (Al) Chirinian, STEM education expert and Science and Robotics instructor at Brookings-Harbor High School in Brookings, Oregon, and Andy Grevstad, Senior Applications Engineer at Tormach. Grevstad explains, "The types of projects we're putting on to TeachSTEMnow.com will give people the understanding that Tormach is unique in its ability to provide machines for the classroom at a reasonable price, that can do these big-time projects rather than the small desktop projects."

Noting positive growth in students' interest in shop and vocational classes, Chirinian attributes the trend to popular television shows filmed in real-world machine shops and the "maker movement." "I've never had a student say they didn't enjoy working with their hands; it's quite the opposite. Kids who didn't have any idea what a CNC mill looked like before see them on these reality shows and they want to make parts of their own," he said.

Chirinian added, "The shop teacher has the technical know-how to operate machinery. Unfortunately, you don't see a lot of mixing of the shop teachers and the science and math teachers. Collaboration is key, though, to change the whole STEM paradigm. We want to encourage teachers to move beyond the barriers and understand that in the shop class they do a lot of math and in the math class they can utilize the shop and in the science class, and so on."

For more information, visit: www.teachstemnow.com

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ENGINEERING.com Incorporated [TSXV: EGN], developer and owner of the ENGINEERING.com web site and business for engineers, today announced Todd Grimm as the editor of its new 3D Printing micro site, a section that delivers practical information for designers and engineers.  

Grimm is president of T. A. Grimm & Associates, a consultancy focused on the 3D printing Industry.  Highly regarded for his insights and observations, he has reported on 3D printing technologies and applications as an author, writer and speaker for 22 years.

“We launched the 3D Printing micro-site in response to enormous interest from our audience,” said John Hayes, president of ENGINEERING.com.   “We are delighted that Todd Grimm has agreed to bring his renowned editorial skills to make this site a benchmark in the 3D printing industry.”

The new micro-site has a library of articles, blog posts and news release commentary as well as a regularly running video series hosted by Grimm, called “In Short”.

“Producing the In Short videos has been a new yet rewarding experience,” said Grimm. “We’ve designed it to cut through all the chatter to give our viewers a quick summary of the news that they can use.” He continued, “I’m happy to have the support of sponsors like Stratasys and Objet for this new venture. I view their support as a vote of confidence in what ENGINEERING.com is doing for the 3D printing industry.”

The new micro-site can be found at: www.engineering.com/3DPrinting.aspx

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NVision, Inc., a leader in 3D non-contact optical scanning for over 21 years, announced that it has launched a new project portal for its clients. The new portal, which utilizes TeamPlatform, provides NVision’s clients with full, speedy access to customized data exchange Web pages related to their projects.
 
“NVision’s new project portal is another step forward in ensuring the success of our clients’ projects,” said Steve Kersen, VP of Sales and Marketing at NVision. “The difficulties of trying to coordinate CAD projects in person, or via email or online file-sharing services can be enormous and time-consuming. With our new portal service, clients can go directly online to their customized project pages to exchange, open and compare files in over 200 formats, including CAD models and 3D Scan files.”

Additionally, for closer project involvement, or for long-term or larger projects, NVision’s clients can access online project workspaces for collaboration.

Within these workspaces, clients can:

  • Check the project’s progress and follow ongoing issues with real-time updates.

  • Track different file versions, add annotations to screen-captured images, comment on files, collaborate on documentation and discussion, and make use of video streaming technology.

“One of the workspaces’ most valuable features is the online 3D viewer, which enables our clients to get high-quality 3D views from their web-browser in order to make the quick decisions so often necessary in design and re-engineering work,” said Kersen.

“Our client feedback thus far has been clear: the TeamPlatform project portal greatly improves clarity of communication and facilitates project success.”

For more information, visit: www.nvision3d.com

Published in NVision

GoIndustry DoveBid (LSE: GOI), a leading provider of surplus asset management services, announced that it has launched new industry-focused pages on its website in order to highlight its service offerings to a wide range of industries. The new pages span the industries of BioPharma, Broadcast, Computing, Electronics, Food Services, Industrial, Transportation and more.

GoIndustry DoveBid’s services provide companies with end-to-end solutions for managing their surplus assets, recognizing value and maximizing their return on investment for the entire range of industrial equipment. These services include real-time market and on-site valuations, internal redeployment solutions, and multiple sales channels. The new pages will provide more relevant information for both buyers and sellers of surplus equipment of what is available and options available to them. In addition, industry-specific details on investment recovery programs and redeployment initiatives are aimed to assist major manufacturing groups.

The new pages are organized into 8 major industry groups, with each group providing comprehensive information on how GoIndustry DoveBid can facilitate the buying, selling, managing and valuing of assets within that particular industry, along with a real-time list of featured sales events, equipment sold and news specific to that industry.

Linked to each industry group are pages dedicated to particular equipment categories. Each page displays all the top assets available within that category of equipment and features a powerful search function that makes it effortless to find a specific piece of equipment.

To simplify navigation of the pages, links are provided so a viewer can browse equipment by sub-category and bookmark, share or track new activity via RSS or Twitter.

For more information, visit: www.go-dove.com/industry

Published in GoIndustry DoveBid

NASA's Spinoff 2011 publication, now available online, reveals how the space agency's ingenuity and partnerships have saved thousands of lives, generated billions of dollars, and created thousands of American jobs.

The latest edition of Spinoff records 44 journeys of NASA's most innovative technologies. It chronicles their origins in NASA missions and programs and their transfer to the public in the form of practical commercial products and benefits to society.

"This year's Spinoff demonstrates once again how through productive and innovative partnerships, NASA's aerospace research brings real returns to the American people in the form of tangible products, services and new jobs," NASA Administrator Charles Bolden said. "For 35 years, Spinoff has been the definitive resource for those who want to learn how space exploration benefits life on Earth."

NASA spinoffs have proven benefits in health and medicine, transportation, public safety, consumer goods, energy and the environment, information technology, and industrial productivity, stimulating the economy and creating new jobs and businesses.

In Spinoff 2011, readers can discover:

  • A new firefighting system, influenced by a NASA-derived rocket design that extinguishes fires more quickly than traditional systems, saving lives and property.

  • Software employing NASA-invented tools to help commercial airlines fly shorter routes and help save millions of gallons of fuel each year, reducing costs to airlines while benefiting the environment.

  • A fitness monitoring technology developed with the help of NASA expertise that, when fitted in a strap or shirt, can be used to measure and record vital signs. The technology is now in use to monitor the health of professional athletes and members of the armed services.

  • An emergency response software tool that can capture, analyze and combine data into maps, charts and other information essential to disaster managers responding to events such as wildfires, floods or Earthquakes. This technology can save millions of dollars in losses from disasters and, more importantly, can help save lives when tragedy strikes.

This year's Spinoff includes a special section to celebrate the commercial technologies that resulted from NASA's 30-year Space Shuttle Program. Also featured are spinoffs that have come from the construction of the International Space Station and work aboard the orbiting outpost. An additional section discusses the potential benefits of NASA's future technology investments.

"NASA's Office of the Chief Technologist has more than a thousand projects underway that will create new knowledge and capabilities, enabling NASA's future missions," NASA Chief Technologist Mason Peck said. "As these investments mature, we can expect new, exciting spinoff technologies transferring from NASA to the marketplace, providing real returns on our investments in innovation."

Spinoff 2011 includes features about NASA's aeronautics and space research; award-winning technologies; diverse partnerships; and support for science, technology, engineering, and math education. The publication also provides reference and resource information about NASA.

An archive of Spinoff features and a searchable database of more than 1,750 NASA-derived technologies featured in past issues of the publication also are available at the Spinoff site.

For more information, visit: spinoff.nasa.gov

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Join CATI, along with Objet and MachineDesign.com for a free webinar discussing the use of 3D Printers for Additive Manufacturing.

Date and Time:

Thursday, February 23, 2012
1pm - 2pm Central Time

Event Highlights:

  • Exposing the real range of 60+ materials
  • How are companies using these materials for testing?
  • See over-molding successes for 3M, Devicix and Sanford.
  • How Digital Materials may be your next production part.
  • How VistaTek is using additive manufacturing to grow injection molding.

About the Presenter:

Dan Mishek is the Managing Director and Co-Owner of Vista Technologies.  As a 3rd generation manufacturer he has embraced additive manufacturing along with subtractive manufacturing technologies to help guide product development into production.  Dan has been published in Moldmaking Technology, Injection Molding, Manufacturing Engineering, and Time Compression.  He has also presented at the RP&M Show (‘07&’11) and at Mold Making Expo (’07,’08,’11).

Vista Technologies (VistaTek) was founded in 1996.  VistaTek is a full-service Rapid Prototyping, Rapid Tooling and Injection Molding Service Bureau. Today, this privately held company has in-house capabilities of Objet Polyjet, FDM, High Speed Milling, Mold Making, and Injection Molding.

For more information or to register, visit: event.on24.com/r.htm?e=398232&s=1&k=6B0490E06CEC629D35A3E3A917BD5146&partnerref=cati

Published in CATI

Delcam has launched a new web site for its FeatureCAM feature-based CAM system.  The site includes video testimonials from some of the thousands of customers that have chosen FeatureCAM for their programming, including subcontractors and OEM manufacturers from the aerospace, automotive, energy, motorsport and toolmaking industries.

Other pages on the site show how FeatureCAM users can program their machine tools in the shortest possible time and achieve consistently reliable results thanks to the software’s combination of feature-based and knowledge-based technologies.  The site offers the opportunity to download a free evaluation copy of the software so that companies can try FeatureCAM’s unique approach to programming for themselves.

The new website features a modern, easy-to-navigate interface to allow visitors to find information relevant to their industry and machining application. This new style follows the format of new websites being introduced for Delcam’s other manufacturing software.  

It also includes links to Delcam’s international reseller network so that visitors can contact their local representative for further information.  Links are also included to many of Delcam’s technology partners that use FeatureCAM, including machine tool builders and cutting tool suppliers.

Visitors to the site can also see video demonstrations of key improvements to the latest version of the software, FeatureCAM 2012, to enable faster and easier programming, and generate more efficient toolpaths to give greater machine productivity.  Enhancements include greater use of keyboard shortcuts, easier toolpath editing, new strategies such as back boring and spiral roughing, increased use of stock models, and the ability to have a negative leave allowance (such as a fitting allowance) for turning or wire EDM.

For more information, visit: www.featurecam.com

Published in Delcam

Dassault Systèmes, announced the official launch of FashionLab, a technology incubator dedicated to fashion designers and stylists to explore and test new concepts using 3D. FashionLab is at the crossroads of the fashion world and the world of 3D, marrying the engineering creativity of Dassault Systèmes with the artistic inventiveness and industry know-how. It aims at giving rise to a fashion offering that integrates design, simulation and collaboration tools required to create an entire collection.

FashionLab builds innovation thanks to the creativity of Julien Fournié, founder of the couture house that bears his name, Jonathan Riss, artistic director of the JAY AHR House, and François Quentin, a designer of complex luxury watches and founder of 4N. These luxury fashion designers believe that 3D can propel fashion to new heights and are early ambassadors of the FashionLab – Julien Fournié for haute couture, Jonathan Riss for haute joallerie, embroideries, accessories and ready-to-wear, and François Quentin for haute watchmaking.  These partners are working closely and exchanging ideas with Dassault Systèmes engineers through FashionLab, that will forge new and innovative solutions for high-end fashion design.

“FashionLab will deliver the power of 3D experiences to a new audience and develop the next generation of fashion designers.  This is a totally new approach — a breakthrough for Dassault Systèmes and the world of Fashion solutions,” commented Jerôme Bergeret, director of FashionLab, Dassault Systèmes.

Jonathan Riss, JAY AHR said, “The luxury fashion industry can benefit from this natural evolution of the creative process, where ideas can be captured and immediately made ‘real’ through the power of virtualization and visualization.”

FashionLab provides the industry with new breakthrough technologies never seen before on the market that enhance the competitive advantage of its players and forge the future of the luxury goods market. Designers will have at their disposal every Dassault Systèmes brand to create a collection. FashionLab will help them imagine the fashion world of tomorrow better and faster, bringing them closer to their clients. They will also be able to share knowledge through a social network in private, secure work sessions.

“FashionLab is changing the boundaries of fashion design,” added Jérôme Bergeret. “Our mission is to develop 3D virtual modeling and collaborative tools that meet the needs of this industry and that will enable it to master the end-to-end creative process, from styling to final buyer. With FashionLab, designers will go beyond the limits of their imagination, building tomorrow’s fashion industry using the latest leading software technologies.”

“This partnership has strengthened my belief that 3D will revolutionize collaboration and design in the fashion industry. It is really exciting for a fashion house like mine to be part of this adventure,” said Julien Fournié.

“I am fascinated by this energy, this passion and also by the products.  Developing tomorrow’s technology with FashionLab is an incredible opportunity and is the road to success. I really feel like I am at the heart of future watch making,” added François Quentin.

For more information, visit: www.3ds.com/fashionlab

Published in Dassault Systèmes

Electronic components distributor Digi-Key Corporation and UBM Electronics’ Design News have launched the Digi-Key Continuing Education Center.

The Digi-Key Continuing Education Center is a free virtual training service created exclusively for electronic, design and test engineers. The program, designed by Design News, provides courses that allow engineers to increase their knowledge and network with peers and thought leaders.

"Digi-Key has actively sought business partnerships that allow us to provide product and complementary educational information to our customers," said Tony Harris, Digi-Key’s CMO. "The Digi-Key Continuing Education Center is a great asset to engineers who desire to increase their knowledge base. With increasing demands on engineers to create and produce quality technology, it is even more important for them to be able to access continuing education resources. We take pride in offering the most in-stock product available for immediate shipment as well as the resources and information necessary to make the engineer’s job easier."

The first course series - Microcontrollers, Basics - begins January 16, 2012 and will be presented by lecturer, Jon Titus, contributing technical editor for Design News, and Alexander Wolfe, Content Director for Design News.

"We are very pleased to be partnering with Digi-Key to bring this education to design engineers," said Alexander Wolfe. "I am overseeing the development and the courses to ensure that we are providing our audience with top-notch content. This education allows engineers to increase their engineering knowledge and stay current with key trends."

Future series include Microcontrollers, Advanced; Sensors; and Basic Industrial Control Processing.

For a complete list of courses and to register, visit: www.designnews.com/lecture-calendar.asp

Published in Digi-Key

Delcam has launched a new web site for its PartMaker CAM system.  The site details the many benefits that have prompted thousands of users with sophisticated machine tools to select PartMaker for their programming needs.  

A key part of the new PartMaker site is a series of video testimonials from some of these customers.  Many of these companies are from the medical industry, the largest outlet for PartMaker, with others from aerospace, electronics, general engineering and contract manufacturing.  Similarly, they use a range of high-end machine tools from suppliers including Citizen, Star, Mazak, Nakamura-Tome, Tsugami, Doosan and Mori Seiki among others.  All, however, rely on PartMaker to produce complex, high-precision parts, with the shortest-possible set-up times and cycle times.

Visitors to the site can also obtain details and video demonstrations on the latest version of the software, PartMaker 2012.  Major highlights of the release include improved visualisation, more powerful simulation of vertical and horizontal machining centres, support for the latest breed of multi-axis bar-fed mills, turn-mill centres and Swiss-type lathes, greater flexibility and control in process development and much, much more.

The new PartMaker site features a modern, easy-to-navigate interface to allow visitors to find information relevant to their industry and machining application.  This new style follows the format of new websites being introduced for Delcam’s other manufacturing software.

It includes links to Delcam’s international reseller network so that visitors can contact their local representative for further information or to request an evaluation copy.

There are also links to many of Delcam’s technology partners, including machine tool builders and cutting tool suppliers.  Videos from recent exhibitions can be viewed where these companies have used Delcam software to program their demonstrations.

For more information, visit: www.partmaker.com

Published in Delcam

Konica Minolta Sensing Americas, Inc. (KMSA), the worldwide leader in the industrial measurement of color, light and shape, launches their new corporate website to better serve its customers in the Americas.

Officially launched, KMSA departed from its past web structure and pushed their website forward in one giant leap; incorporating the latest web technology and completely rethinking how to connect with existing and new customers. Overall navigation is much improved with graphical icons being used throughout the site as well as providing several different easy to use filters to help guide users to the correct products.

"Our web visitors are extremely important to us and we want to make it easy for them to find a solution. The site was designed with 2 types of visitors in mind. Type one is a new visitor that has identified a problem within their company but may not be familiar with the existing technology that's available. Type two is a visitor who is experienced, knows the science behind how our products work, and is looking for something specific. Both will come to find a solution which could be the same instrument, but each will take a different path to arrive to that solution," explained Lou Carulli, Marketing Manager for KMSA.

In addition to improved navigation, a new area called The Learning Center was added to educate visitors on the science behind the instruments and how a solution from Konica Minolta Sensing can improve their business. An expanded On Demand Webinar section now includes support for Spanish & Portuguese languages, allowing visitors from Latin America the ability to educate themselves. In this virtual environment guests can move at their own pace with complete control to pause, fast forward, rewind or skip to specific topics.

Perhaps the largest addition to the new website comes from the complete catalog of accessories available for each category of instrument. "KMSA has decades of applications experience across all of our measurement solutions. We have developed and engineered hundreds of accessories over the years on some of the most specific application requirements. This is the level of service and commitment you can expect from Konica Minolta Sensing," said Carulli.

For more information, visit: sensing.konicaminolta.us

Published in Konica Minolta

Delcam has launched a new dedicated website, for its manufacturing services subsidiary, Delcam Professional Services Ltd.  This is the latest stage in the current expansion under way for its process development and prototype manufacturing activities.

The primary focus of DPS continues to be working with clients, mainly in the aerospace and power generation industries, to improve their manufacturing processes by increasing productivity, improving accuracy and shortening lead times.  In particular, this is achieved through the use of adaptive machining, Delcam’s unique combination of machining and inspection technology.

Services described on the web site vary from the provision of extra design and programming resources when the customer’s existing staff are overloaded, through to developing completely new turn-key processes for the production of novel designs, including the manufacture of prototypes or initial production runs.  These services are attracting increased demand as many companies now find that their engineering resource is needed to maintain their on-going operations, leaving them limited capacity to introduce new products and develop new processes.

For more information, visit: www.delcam-services.com

Published in Delcam

ASTM International has launched a revamped online version of its flagship magazine, Standardization News (SN). The magazine’s new website, which is available free to all visitors, offers more frequently updated ASTM news that is organized into new industry sector gateways. These gateways serve as web portals to comprehensive news and information about ASTM standards development activities, meeting and training course dates, publications and more.

The centerpiece of the new SN online homepage is instant access to 10 gateways, which allow visitors to see — at a glance — the variety of industry areas in which ASTM International’s standards provide guidance, and to quickly find news and information according to their interest area. The SN online homepage also features access to a digital edition of the current issue of the bimonthly magazine, as well as access to the Spanish and Chinese-language versions.

The 10 industry gateways cover:

Building Construction
Transportation and Infrastructure
End Use Products and Recreation
Chemicals
Metals and Materials Analysis
Energy
Personal and Occupational Safety
Medical
Environment and Sustainability
Quality Assurance

As an example, a visitor to the Building Construction gateway will see not only the latest SN features, columns and news articles covering this sector, but also other ASTM listings, such as new and draft standards, upcoming technical committee meeting dates and training courses, papers and publications, and Proficiency Testing Programs, all related to building construction.

“ASTM International standards cover diverse industries and the readers of Standardization News represent a wide and varied cross-section of industry sectors,” says SN Editor-in-Chief Maryann Gorman. “This new online format is an exciting opportunity to give those readers quick access to the news and information they have the greatest interest in. The industry gateways also give readers an easy way to see what’s new in standards development across their sector, offering a user-friendly, subject-based resource.”

The main landing page of Standardization News online is at: www.astm.org/standardization-news

Published in ASTM

In their efforts to promote harmonization in the field of patents, the European Patent Office (EPO) and the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) have launched a dedicated website for the Cooperative Patent Classification (CPC) initiative.  CPC is a joint project aimed at developing a classification scheme for inventions that will be used by both offices in the search and examination of patent applications.  The launch of the website highlights the progress of this collaborative effort over the year since the Offices agreed to work toward formation of a joint patent classification system.

The website, www.cpcinfo.org, will contain detailed information about the new classification scheme.  The website will serve as an informative resource on the progress of the project for our staff and for other patent offices worldwide, industry and the user community.

"The launch of the CPC website one year after the signing of the agreement is a first significant achievement on the way to greater harmonization in the patent system. The innovation market is a global market, and in order to efficiently support it with a quality-based patent system, it is essential that patent offices in the large economic regions align the procedures and tools", said EPO President Benoît Battistelli. "The new classification system not only benefits both offices, it will also make it easier for innovators to use the wealth of information contained in patent documents. It is an important part of our commitment to offering better services to innovators and industry," he said.

"The development of a common basis for classifying inventions is a further step forward in bringing the European and the United States' patent systems closer together," said Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO, David Kappos. "This comes at an opportune time when the United States has introduced a major reform of the patent system in an effort to better align with the rest of the world," he said. "The project is also a stepping stone towards harmonizing the patent procedures of all the major patent offices around the globe," he added.

The CPC will be a detailed IPC based scheme that will enable patent examiners to efficiently conduct thorough patent searches.  CPC will incorporate the best classification practices of both the US and European systems. The Offices also believe that the CPC will enhance efficiency and support work sharing initiatives with a view to reduce unnecessary duplication of work.

The two offices plan to start using the new scheme on 1 January 2013.

Published in USPTO

Delcam has launched a new dedicated website for its ArtCAM family of artistic CADCAM software.  The site contains details on the various applications where ArtCAM is used and highlights the many business benefits of using the software.  Visitors can download free trial versions of the software so they can test it on their own designs.

The software range comprises the low-cost, entry-level version, ArtCAM Express, for users new to CNC machining, ArtCAM Insignia for production machining and ArtCAM Pro for more complex design and manufacturing projects, plus the ArtCAM JewelSmith edition for the jewellery industry.

The programs make it easy to produce sophisticated designs from all types of 2D artwork, even for people that have no previous experience of engineering software.  They enable anyone with creative flair, such as artists, designers and engravers, to increase their productivity and raise the quality of their products, by using computerised manufacturing techniques alongside their traditional skills.  The software is used successfully in a wide range of industries, including signmaking, furniture manufacture and other types of woodworking, engraving of foil and embossing dies for paper and card, production of coins and medals, and the manufacture of all types of jewellery.

The website includes full details on the complete ArtCAM range, an image gallery featuring customer projects, answers to frequently-asked questions, and links to machine tool partners and other suppliers of interest to ArtCAM users.  The site also features a large number of videos, including demonstrations of the various applications of the software and customer testimonials from a number of users.

For more information, visit: www.artcam.com

Published in Delcam

Delcam has launched a new web site for its PowerINSPECT CAD-based inspection software.  The site details the many benefits that have made PowerINSPECT the world’s leading hardware-independent inspection software.

One of the most important factors has been the flexibility of the software allowing it to be used on a wide variety of inspection equipment.  While PowerINSPECT is best known as the leading system for portable inspection arms, it can also be used with manual and CNC coordinate measuring machines, many optical metrology devices and machine tools fitted with inspection probes.

This versatility means that PowerINSPECT can be used on all of a company’s different measuring devices, allowing inspection sequences to be transferred between different inspection pieces of equipment and the results from the various sources to be compared quickly and easily.  It also minimises training costs and makes it easier to transfer staff between different measurement techniques.

Another key benefit of PowerINSPECT is the speed and quality of its reporting.  Results are displayed on a CAD model of the part as they are taken, highlighting any errors immediately and allowing extra measurements to be made in any areas of concern.  The early detection of errors means that they can be corrected more quickly and at lower cost.

PowerINSPECT reports are quick and easy to create, and the content and layout can be modified to meet the needs of the project or customer.  They are laid out in an easy-to-understand format, meaning that they can be understood by any engineer, not just metrology specialists.

PowerINSPECT users also benefit from technology developed for Delcam’s range of other manufacturing software.  For example, the data translation used in PowerINSPECT has been developed as part of Delcam’s overall manufacturing solution for many years.  It is recognised to be the market leader in terms of speed and accuracy of translation.

Similarly, PowerINSPECT benefits from sharing technology with Delcam’s PowerMILL CAM software.  The simulation and collision detection algorithms developed for PowerMILL have been adapted for PowerINSPECT to prevent collisions and to allow users to simulate programs on the computer before transferring them to the measuring device.  In addition, raster machining routines from PowerMILL have formed the basis for the automatic generation of inspection sequences in PowerINSPECT.

The PowerINSPECT site includes links to Delcam’s international reseller network so that visitors can contact their local representative for further information or to request an evaluation copy.  It is currently available only in English but translated sites are being prepared by Delcam’s many subsidiaries in Europe and Asia.

For more information, visit: www.powerinspect.com

Published in Delcam

MFG.com, the largest online marketplace for the global manufacturing industry, today announced the unveiling of its new Packaging Marketplace developed specifically for the packaging industry.  This $1.3 trillion dollar industry is complex, highly fragmented and ideally suited for an online marketplace.  MFG.com is the global leader in online marketplaces for mechanical parts, textiles & apparel and now packaging.

This online platform gives those who have a packaging need the on-demand tools to automatically discover and collaborate with the right suppliers, securely submit RFQs and receive quotes in an online, easy-to-compare format.  For packaging suppliers, the MFG.com marketplace is the most powerful lead generation tool available, providing a steady stream of prospective customers from a variety of channels.

87% of the Fortune 100 Manufacturing companies and hundreds of thousands of small & medium sized manufacturing businesses already use MFG.com.  With over 200,000 members in 50 countries, expanding into packaging is a natural progression.

“Manufacturing is the world’s largest industry.  Just look around you, everything is manufactured – and most everything that gets manufactured also gets packaged.  The packaging marketplace was a natural extension for MFG.com as we are laser focused on helping product companies get their products to market faster and at the lowest cost.    If you don’t touch one item of packaging in a day, you most likely didn’t eat.  With over 10,000 packaging suppliers in the US alone, it made complete sense for us to increase our reach into this vertical, and bring our years of expertise in making connections to this vital and diverse industry” said Mitch Free, Founder & CEO of MFG.com.

“The MFG.com Packaging Marketplace is definitely a game-changer,” said JoAnn Hines, an industry expert branded the “Packaging Diva”, “There is nothing else out there like this – where you can go to find qualified and rated suppliers based on your exact specifications and receive apples to apples quotes in real-time online.  Sometimes the hardest part of launching a product is in finding the right packaging.  Now it can all be sourced through MFG.com.”

To register for a free acount, visit: www.mfg.com/packaging

Published in MFG.COM

Geomagic, the leading provider of 3D software for creating digital models of physical objects, today launched its new multi-lingual website.

The web site is designed to showcase information on the latest developments and trends in reverse engineering and inspection software and its applications across a wide range of business and industry sectors. It includes a blog which enables people to share their reverse engineering, 3D digital modelling and 3D inspection experiences and to comment on topics of mutual interest.

A feature of the new site is the Geomagic Community. This includes Geomagic Labs which provides early access to new technologies, innovation and product concepts before they appear in commercial software. It also includes a video channel where we broadcast product highlights, corporate news and interesting user stories as well as our CEO’s involvement with the President in White House. Geomagic software demonstration videos are also hosted here.

“This new web site is designed to bring Geomagic and professionals who rely on 3D scanning and imaging technologies closer together”, said Ping Fu. “Whether they are involved in the design and development of industrial, medical or consumer products, the digital reconstruction or archiving of art and archaeological finds, the inspection of as-built parts, or the creation of virtual worlds, these users will find valuable content. This is is our window to the world and our social network site that engages our users, partners and like-minded people,” she added.

“Geomagic supports a global ecosystem of design professionals and partners who help users select and implement reverse engineering and inspection solutions,” said Tom Kurke, COO, Geomagic. “I am excited about our new web presence as it highlights our commitment to support our partners and users globally with dynamic and fresh information.”

This first major phase of the new site delivers the Corporate web site, plus 7 regional sites, which communicate directly with professionals in EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) and APAC (Asia/Pacific) regions.

View the new web site now at: www.geomagic.com

Published in Geomagic

OMAX® Corporation recently announced the launch of its new corporate website. The new design allows visitors to quickly and easily locate information about OMAX abrasive waterjet systems and accessories, as well as learn more about OMAX’s service and support.

Highlights of the new site include a more user-friendly navigation feature at the top and bottom of the page, auto-rotating featureproducts and articles. The new site encourages visitor interaction by featuring links to the OMAX social media pages, a message board and a calendar of upcoming events.

“Our goal when creating the new website was to make the information that visitors need available with as few clicks as possible,” said Dr. John Cheung, co-founder of OMAX Corporation, “We also ensured the new design incorporated current online technologies through the addition of oursocial media pages, blog and videos. The OMAX site is a truly interactive experience for visitors.”

Live chat is available at the click of a button and customers can login directly from the homepage to access individualized sales and support assistance. The new website will be updated with fresh content on a regular basis and visitor feedback will continue to drive the site’s content.

About OMAX

Headquartered in Kent, Washington, OMAX ® Corporation is the world leader in abrasivejet machining. Each OMAX JetMachining® system is powered by the company’s innovative control software, bringing affordable abrasivejet technology to an expanding and diverse group of industries.

For more information, visit: www.omax.com

Published in OMAX

3D Systems (NASDAQ: TDSC) - announced the immediate availability of a new dedicated website designed to democratize access and accelerate adoption of its complete line of 3D Printer solutions. The new site integrates 3D Systems printer web properties, including Desktop Factory and Modelin3D, into a contemporary, intuitive destination serving customers, prospects and partners with a secure, 24-hour online presence.

“We are pleased to offer to our user community a totally new and compelling online destination that showcases our entire portfolio of 3D Printer solutions,” said Cathy Lewis, vice president, global marketing for 3D Systems.

Printin3D.com was developed for the company’s extensive base of 3D Printer users, its network of authorized channel partners and for new users of 3D Printer solutions. Visitors will find the knowledge, tools and solutions required to help them solve their design-to-manufacturing challenges.

For more information, visit: www.Printin3D.com

Published in 3D Systems

3D Systems Corporation (NASDAQ: TDSC), announced today the immediate availability of its entire 3Dproparts™ services in France through a new French language website.

3Dproparts™ began operating in France last week through the acquisition of two leading French Prototypers, CEP and PROTOMETAL, and moved quickly to democratize customer access to its latest technology solutions and services through the deployment of this website.

“We are pleased to offer immediate, secure online access to our French customers,” said Cathy Lewis vice president global marketing, 3D Systems. “We plan to grow our French 3Dproparts™ service further and leverage the strong foundation that CEP and PROTOMETAL bring for the benefit of our French customers.”

3D Systems launched 3Dproparts™, the world’s fastest growing Rapid Prototyping and Manufacturing parts service last October. The company plans to continue to expand its 3Dproparts™ service offerings globally through organic growth and additional strategic acquisitions.

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

Published in 3D Systems

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