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June 23, 2017


3D printing and VR key to meeting UK government's 2025 construction strategy targets

A new research report by Arup Associates for the British Council of Offices has suggested that technologies such as 3D printing and virtual reality could help to make the office construction industry—and construction industry at large—more efficient. According to the report, 3D printing and VR could help to cut back on both waste and costs.

June 23, 2017 11:32 AM

TCT Magazine

Women in 3D Printing: "We should be championing what equality looks like"

On #INWED17 Deputy Group Editor, Laura Griffiths discusses gender attitudes in additive manufacturing and why we've still got a long way to go.

by Laura Griffiths at June 23, 2017 10:00 AM


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by Derek Elley at June 23, 2017 09:45 AM


3D printed device gamifies airway clearing exercises for young cystic fibrosis patients

Physiotherapists from University College London (UCL) in the UK are working with Microsoft to develop partially 3D printed tools for children with cystic fibrosis (CF).

June 23, 2017 09:16 AM


HP’s 3D Printing Reach to Span Asia-Pacific Region

HP's 3D printing equipment

HP's 3D printing equipment

HP entered the 3D printing industry with a splash last year...

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by General Fabb at June 23, 2017 09:00 AM

TCT Magazine

International Women In Engineering Day 2017: "There are so many opportunities in engineering and additive manufacturing"

On International Women in Engineering day, Laura Griffiths speaks to several female engineers about the multiple faces of engineering and why more women should be coming into the industry.

by Laura Griffiths at June 23, 2017 09:00 AM


New dual-extrusion Scribbler Duo 3D printing pen launches on Kickstarter

Scribbler has launched a Kickstarter campaign for the 4th generation of its 3D printing pen: the Scribbler DUO.

June 23, 2017 08:51 AM

June 22, 2017

3D Print.com

3D Printing in Space: Optomec Wins NASA Contract to Develop Adaptive Laser Sintering System

Optomec is on a mission to advance 3D printed electronics, and they’ve been very busy and productive towards fulfilling that mission lately. A couple of weeks ago, the company received an award...

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by Clare Scott at June 22, 2017 09:48 PM

Learn Design for 3D Printing with 3DPrint.com Online Courses This Summer

If you’ve been waiting for an opportunity to take your interest in 3D print design to the next level, wait no longer: right now is the perfect time to sign up for one of our summer session 3D Print...

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by Saadia Khalid at June 22, 2017 09:10 PM

TCT Magazine

Autodesk University London: Generative design, 3D printing and machine intelligence

Laura Griffiths reflects on Autodesk's first Autodesk University London event where the future of making was all about data, generative design and AM.

by Laura Griffiths at June 22, 2017 09:06 PM


New LEAP jet engines with 3D printed parts earn $31 billion of new business for GE at Paris Air Show

The Paris Air Show is always a major event for the global aerospace industry, and a great opportunity to see what changes it will be undergoing in the near future. This year was no exception, as it appears that manufacturing giant GE is due to capitalize on the increasing popularity of 3D printing technology in a serious way. The company&aposs implementation of additive manufacturing techniques in the production of jet engines was the primary reason for its receiving more than $31 billion of new business at the show.

June 22, 2017 09:00 PM

3D Print.com

America Makes Invites Educators to Submit 3D Printing Curricula for InnoCentive Challenge

As 3D printing technology continues to advance, many people are trying to play catch-up. Everyone agrees that education is vitally important, starting as early as possible, and many schools are...

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by Clare Scott at June 22, 2017 08:07 PM

Recreating Ancient Heritage Through 3D Printing

In the 19th century, an Austrian mine operator named Johann Georg Ramsauer working near Hallstatt, Austria encountered a sizable prehistoric cemetery containing more than 1,000 burial sites. The...

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by Hannah Rose Mendoza at June 22, 2017 07:24 PM


GE To Produce “World’s Largest” 3D Metal Powder Printer

Some of GE's 3D metal printers in action

Some of GE's 3D metal printers in action

GE hinted at a new, large 3D print technology...

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by General Fabb at June 22, 2017 07:00 PM

Milling Around

What Is Face Milling and Why Should You Bother?

When it comes to machining, there are always a bunch of ways to do the same cut. Ask five machinists how to do a specific operation, and you’re bound to get eight different answers. Face milling is no different ...

by Chris Fox at June 22, 2017 06:53 PM

3D Print.com

3D Hubs Offers HP's Multi Jet Fusion 3D Printing Technology

It’s been a little over a year since HP unveiled their Multi Jet Fusion 3D printing technology and shook up the industry. Since then, we’ve been following it closely, as the first 3D...

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by Clare Scott at June 22, 2017 06:34 PM


3D printing news roundup: Under Armour drops 3D printed sneaker, Additive Orthopaedics cleared for bunion treatment, more

A day after the summer solstice, 3D printing companies are still working from dusk ’til dawn to bring you new products and services. Today sees Additive Orthopaedics getting FDA clearance for a 3D printed bunion treatment, Under Armour releasing its 3D printed ArchiTech Futurist shoe, and more.

June 22, 2017 06:03 PM

MBARI and FATHOM say 3D printed video device could help solve mystery of White Shark Cafe

Advanced manufacturing company FATHOM recently put its 3D printing chops towards a bitingly fascinating project. In collaboration with the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI), a nonprofit oceanographic research center, the FATHOM team has been using 3D printing to try and uncover the mystery of the "White Shark Café."

June 22, 2017 05:57 PM

German RepRap releases new ESD ABS, ASA, and Performance ABS 3D printing filaments

3D printer manufacturer German RepRap has released a number of new 3D printing filaments, expanding its existing materials offering. The new materials include an ESD ABS, an ASA, and a Performance ABS filament. Additionally, the company has released a new color each for its PET-G filament (gray), and its flexible TPU93 filament (black).

June 22, 2017 05:04 PM


What is an “Accelerator” for 3D Print Companies?

3YOURMIND is now involved with an Accelerator - but what does that mean? 

3YOURMIND is now involved with an Accelerator - but what does that mean?

Some readers...

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by General Fabb at June 22, 2017 05:00 PM

3D Print.com

3D Printing Spotlight On: Chloe Kow, Manager, Direct Metal Laser Melting, Star Rapid

British-owned rapid prototyping company Star Rapid, headquartered in China since 2005, was an early adopter of 3D printing technology, and underwent a rebranding campaign in January, changing its...

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by Sarah Saunders at June 22, 2017 04:18 PM


3Doodlers limited edition Star Trek 3D printing pens let you reach final frontier of creativity

WobbleWorks, the company behind the popular 3Doodler 3D printing pen, has launched a Kickstarter campaign for a set of limited edition Star Trek 3Doodler pens. The pens cost $99 for one, and $450 for the complete set of six. Love them or loathe them, you have to admire the success of the 3Doodler 3D printing pen in recent years.

June 22, 2017 03:23 PM

3D Print.com

Recipient of 2017 Be3Dimensional Innovation Grant Explores the Possibilities of 3D Printing and Design

One of my favorite areas of 3D printing is that of 3D printed art. It’s an entirely new area, resulting in designs unlike anything that has been seen before. Just like in the areas of medicine,...

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by Clare Scott at June 22, 2017 03:02 PM

TCT Magazine

Additive Manufacturing Bureaux: Doing things differently

Deputy Group Editor, Laura Griffiths speaks to two UK 3D printing bureau leading the way at two very different ends of the market.

by Laura Griffiths at June 22, 2017 03:00 PM


3D scanning helps scientists recreate 2,000-year-old exploded head of Mount Vesuvius victim

Scientists in Italy have used photogrammetry 3D scanning techniques to put together the exploded head of a man who died in the Mount Vesuvius eruption that wiped out Pompeii and surrounding areas in the year 79 AD. They say the 50-year-old victim may have been wealthy and educated.

June 22, 2017 02:33 PM

3D Print.com

e-NABLE Launches First Maker Camp to Commemorate the National Week of Making, But There's a Catch - No 3D Printing!

I’d like to officially wish you a happy National Week of Making while we’re still in it! The National Week of Making, which celebrates the innovation, ingenuity, and creativity of makers...

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by Sarah Saunders at June 22, 2017 02:13 PM


3D printing in aerospace still poses challenges, says Premium Aerotec at Paris Air Show

Since its very first edition in 1909, the Paris Air Show has continually showcased innovations in the aerospace industry, putting the newest planes and aircraft parts on display for the world to see. In recent years, 3D printing has been heralded as one of the most disruptive new technologies in the field, and it is no wonder why.

June 22, 2017 01:42 PM

3D Print.com

3D Printing Business: Company Founder Dr. Hans J. Langer Focuses on Larger EOS Group Strategy as EOS GmbH Welcomes New CEO

As 2017 hits its midpoint, June has been heating up — and not just in the sense that it’s finally summer. Today, another major player in the 3D printing industry has announced a...

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by Sarah Anderson Goehrke at June 22, 2017 01:37 PM


The SkillsUSA Challenge Kicks Off to Support the Workforce of the Future

As 3D printing has become more and more mainstream, the traditional resource and skills barriers for manufacturing companies are evolving. This trend is changing the very face of education and manufacturing employment programs across the globe.

Today’s manufacturing economy has evolved into a customer-centered model that stresses speed of delivery, product value and a positive customer experience and 3D printing—with its capability to produce customized products quickly—perfectly addresses that model, but where many manufacturers struggle to meet these new market demands is in hiring and workforce planning. The availably of a well-qualified labor force to implement and oversee these new process dynamics is critical to the factory of the future.

SME and Skills USA, two organizations we’ve partnered with, are committed to developing, supporting and advocating for a new manufacturing workforce.  To meet this challenge, Stratasys has partnered with SME to get additive manufacturing added to the coveted SkillsUSA national competition. SkillsUSA, Stratasys and SME are driven by similar missions – all are both dedicated to providing skills gap solutions and filling talent pipelines.  Timothy Lawrence, executive director of SkillsUSA added “By partnering, we can truly make an impact on the manufacturing industry by engaging educators and students, to drive interest in career options and high-tech possibilities.”

The SkillsUSA Additive Manufacturing Contest, developed by Stratasys with the help of SME to support the growth of design centered experiences at both the secondary and post-secondary levels, kicked off this week with a uniquely additive manufacturing challenge that stresses the importance of  both finding a solution and the approach the design and redesign process.  Stratasys has been on the ground throughout the entire contest to provide engineering support in addition to the seven onsite printers.  The importance of failing fast and moving forward once issues are identified will be a valuable and honed skill for future additive manufacturing professionals.

3D printing has opened the door to a new huge space of design and manufacturing possibilities and this space is only growing with the introduction of new printing materials, finer printing resolution, and the ability to print with multiple materials simultaneously. The combination of new geometric representations, new design paradigms, and new possibilities leads to challenges and opportunities for employers and the global workforce like never before.

For more information about SkillsUSA contact us!

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Students prepare for the design phase of the Skills USA Contest. They are tasked with designing and creating a track piece that is capable of moving a marble.
Participants discuss their ramp designs at the Skills USA Contest.

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by Gina Scala at June 22, 2017 01:15 PM

Engineering.COM 3D Printing

Volkswagen Autoeuropa 3D Prints Manufacturing Tools to Save Thousands of Euros

Desktop 3D printers are being found in the manufacturing industry at an increasing rate. This is because fused filament fabrication (FFF) systems provide an affordable and accessible method for producing manufacturing tools, jigs and fixtures that speed up a company’s time to market while reducing the costs associated with having these parts made by a third-party service provider. A Volkswagen Autoeuropa shop floor employee using a 3D-printed manufacturing aid made with an Ultimaker 3D ...

by Michael Molitch-Hou at June 22, 2017 01:11 PM


Contour Crafting Lives!

Contour Crafting's California HQ

Contour Crafting's California HQ

A surprise press release from Contour Crafting suggests...

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by General Fabb at June 22, 2017 01:00 PM

3D Print.com

Researchers Use 3D Printing to Potentially Produce Graphene in Bulk Quantities

Graphene is a material that has generated a lot of excitement, in the 3D printing industry and beyond. It’s over 100 times stronger than steel, it’s lightweight, and it’s a great...

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by Clare Scott at June 22, 2017 12:10 PM


25 best (and free) fidget spinner toys to 3D print

Fidget spinners have been all the rage in 2017, entertaining and relieving stress for both children and adults alike. If you don’t already have one, we highly suggest getting your fingers on one. And while you could go into your local shop (really, pretty much everywhere is selling these things) to buy a fidget spinner to fulfil your spinning needs, why not take the DIY approach and 3D print one of these awesome and creative fidget spinners, brought to you by the maker community.

June 22, 2017 11:59 AM


Power Surfacing for SOLIDWORKS Update Brings G2 Continuity and More

Power surfacing in Solidworks

Power surfacing in Solidworks

If you have a leather jacket that says SOLIDWORKS on one...

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by SolidSmack.com at June 22, 2017 09:00 AM

TCT Magazine

Shining 3D's EMEA office in Stuttgart takes company step closer to 24/7 global sales support

In April 2017, TCT was invited to the grand opening of Shining 3D's EMEA office in Stuttgart, Germany. We spoke with two of the driving force's behind the company's expanding global reach.

by Sam Davies at June 22, 2017 12:05 AM

June 21, 2017

3D Print.com

Two of 3D Printing's Biggest Lies

“Complexity is free” and “the cost is flat” are two of the biggest lies in 3D printing. Neither is true, and I’m going to prove it. Right now. MARKETING AND SALES Say you open...

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by John Hauer at June 21, 2017 09:28 PM


How Volkswagen Autoeuropa is using 3D printing to cut back on costs and lead times

Volkswagen Autoeuropa, a Volkswagen-owned automobile manufacturing facility based in Portugal, has seen the benefits of using Ultimaker 3D printers for the production of custom tools and parts. According to the car manufacturing plant, the desktop 3D printers have enabled it to manufacture custom parts more quickly and at a lower cost than using traditional manufacturing methods.

June 21, 2017 08:53 PM

3D Print.com

Full STEAM Ahead in Russia as FabLab Polytech Scientists Create 3D Printing DFKits for Schoolchildren

3D printing is a technology most adults are mesmerized and awed by. Many children today, though, already take it for granted as an accepted process for creating things. Both its simplicity and...

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by Bridget Butler Millsaps at June 21, 2017 08:45 PM

New Certified Material Developer Program to Expand Desktop 3D Printing Options -- A Few Questions For: NVBOTS

New Valence Robotics (NVBOTS) defines its mission as making 3D printing “as easy as printing on paper.” While easy and advanced are often seen as mutually exclusive, that’s not...

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by Clare Scott at June 21, 2017 07:57 PM


3D printing news roundup: Oerlikon signs MoU with GE, Print The Future to file for IPO, more

We’re at the halfway point in the week, and today is all about the business side of 3D printing: Oerlikon has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with GE, Print The Future says it will be filing for a Regulation A+ IPO with the SEC, and Additive Industries has news that will fuel your imagination.

June 21, 2017 07:21 PM

3D Print.com

Additive Elements Shares Details on New Eco-Friendly, High-Speed, Low-Cost 3D Printing Polymerization Process

Munich-based Additive Elements has been working on their 3D printing material system for some time now and, following two and a half years of intensive research and development, is now announcing...

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by Sarah Anderson Goehrke at June 21, 2017 06:57 PM

Manufacturing Demonstration Facility's New BAAM 3D Printer Gets a Multi-Material Upgrade

A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to see a Big Area Additive Manufacturing (BAAM) machine in person. The BAAM in operation at Additive Engineering Solutions in Akron is one of only 13 in...

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by Clare Scott at June 21, 2017 06:23 PM


Yamazaki Mazak opens new 3D printing solutions center in Singapore, rolls out smart factory tech

Japanese machine tool manufacturer Yamazaki Mazak has announced the expansion of its production facilities in Singapore, where it has had a presence for 25 years. As part of the expansion, the company has launched a new Additive Manufacturing Solution Centre and will be rolling out its Mazak iSmart Factory, a new smart factory technology that is expected to increase the company’s manufacturing capacity and efficiency.

June 21, 2017 06:07 PM


Sitting Down With Ultimaker’s John Kawola, Part 2

John Kawola, President of Ultimaker North America

John Kawola, President of Ultimaker North America

We recently had the opportunity sit...

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by General Fabb at June 21, 2017 05:01 PM

Sitting Down With Ultimaker’s John Kawola, Part 1

John Kawola, President of Ultimaker North America

John Kawola, President of Ultimaker North America

We recently had the opportunity sit...

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by General Fabb at June 21, 2017 05:00 PM


Amsterdams OLVG hospital successfully implants Netherlands first 3D printed hip bone

A hospital in Amsterdam is making headlines today for being the first institution in the Netherlands to successfully implant a 3D printed hip bone in a patient. Orthopedic surgeon Melinda Witbreuk oversaw the tricky procedure at the Onze Lieve Vrouwe Gasthuis (OLVG) hospital, which facilitated the implant of a 3D printed titanium plate onto the hip of a 13-year-old girl. With the goal of correcting a fault on the the patient’s hip officially achieved, the girl is now the first person in the Netherlands to have a 3D printed implant that improves her mobility.

June 21, 2017 04:49 PM

3D Print.com

The New Era of Digital Manufacturing: Inside 3D Printing Seoul 2017

3D printing technologies are advancing in both capabilities and profile around the world, and lately Asia has been in the spotlight. One week from today, Inside 3D Printing Seoul will kick off in...

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by Sarah Anderson Goehrke at June 21, 2017 04:37 PM


Laser 3D printing helps Rice, Tianjin researchers create atomically thin graphene

Nanotechnologists from Rice University and China’s Tianjin University have used laser 3D printing to fabricate centimeter-sized objects of atomically thin graphene. The research could help create industrial quantities of bulk graphene.

June 21, 2017 04:05 PM

3D Print.com

GE Additive and Oerlikon Team Up to Advance Industrialization of 3D Printing

2017 has been the year of partnerships for Oerlikon. The Swiss company has been pursuing additive manufacturing with new intensity over the past six months or so, opening a new advanced materials...

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by Clare Scott at June 21, 2017 03:20 PM

TCT Magazine

Customising the factory floor

Sam Davies speaks to trinckle co-founders to discuss the impact of its paramate software on the customisation of robotic grippers.

by Sam Davies at June 21, 2017 03:00 PM

3D Print.com

Additive Industries' MetalFAB1 Metal 3D Printing System Hits the Racetrack with Sauber F1 Team

The MetalFAB1 has been in development for some time, as Netherlands-based Additive Industries first announced their intent to create an industrial solution to bring metal 3D printing ‘from lab...

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by Sarah Anderson Goehrke at June 21, 2017 02:28 PM


Stratasys 3D printer used to build working prototype of TransRoPorter for German Space Exploration Mission to Mars

The pioneering work of Stratasys Ltd has been having a serious impact on the 3D printing world for almost as long as the technology has been around, and now its latest contribution will be expanding its sphere of influence even further, beyond our own planet into outer space.

June 21, 2017 01:47 PM

3D Print.com

The Incredible Shrinking Antenna: 3D Printing Reduces 100 Components to 1

One thing that 3D printing is particularly good at doing is making things smaller. I’m not just talking about high-resolution 3D printers capable of 3D printing on the nanoscale, although those...

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by Clare Scott at June 21, 2017 01:43 PM


Getting to the Heart of Surgical Planning: A Doctor’s Perspective on the Future of 3D Printing in Hospitals

A ground breaking investigative trial called 3D Hearts Enabling a Randomized Trial (3DHEART) recently began enrollment.  This initiative is a clinical study to better understand the impact of 3D printed heart models for pre-operative planning for pediatric heart surgery We recently conducted an interview with Alistair Phillips, MD, who is the Co-Chair for the American College of Cardiology, Surgeons Section, around some of the impacts he has personally experienced using 3D printing in surgical settings, as well as his participation in the 3DHEART program.


Q:  What has been your first-hand experience using 3D printed models for surgical planning? What information or advancement does using a 3D printed model offer over CT/MRI renderings on a computer screen?

A: I have utilized 3D-printed models for dozens of complex surgeries.  We have pioneered a novel method for replacing a pulmonary valve that does not require open-heart surgery. While I was in Columbus, prior to 3D printing, we performed minimally invasive pulmonary valve replacement via a per-ventricular approach; however, we were severely limited by not being able to truly understand the anatomy of right ventricular outflow tract (location for placement of the stented valve). After coming to Cedars-Sinai we refined the per-ventricular approach by utilizing a 3D printed models of patients’ hearts. We were able to simulate the implant into the right ventricular outflow tract. Using 3D printing gave a better understanding of the Hybrid procedure, and allowed us to perform pulmonary valve replacement with a minimally invasive approach avoiding conventional method that required open-heart surgery.

Q:   Please describe the 3DHearts Enabling A Randomized Trial (3DHEART) clinical trial. Why did you choose the patient population you chose for the trial?

A: The clinical trial is particularly exciting as it targets specific cases in which understanding of the anatomy will greatly enhance the surgical approach. A 3D printed replica of a patient’s heart will be created as part of the inclusion criteria to be in the study. While I am not a Principal Investigator in the study, I believe that the PIs have done a good job of targeting pediatric subjects undergoing primary complex two-ventricle repair of congenital heart defects to illustrate the tremendous effect 3D printing can have on our particular practice of medicine.

Q: What capabilities/technical features are needed for a 3D printer to be clinically useful in surgical planning?

A:  This is a great question, but a very complex one and it unfortunately doesn’t lend itself to a simple answer.   Every surgeon is different. The education, experience, aptitudes, and attitude we bring to each equally nuanced and varied patient span an almost limitless spectrum and inform how we may utilize 3D printing for the benefit of our patients. The elegance of 3D printing is that it can create the individualized tools spanning this spectrum.

That said however, what is not negotiable is the veracity of the models that we are receiving.  Various materials and their corresponding coloring or rigidity may serve different functions in the hands of different surgeons, but ultimately we must have the utmost confidence in the fidelity of the models we are utilizing for pre-surgical planning. The more realistic the model is both in anatomical and textural preciousness will greatly enhance the application.

Q: What advice would you give to a hospital considering adopting 3D printing?

A: In all honesty, I would advise each hospital to start by really understanding the value proposition 3D printing offers across all specialties, and the culture of their institution. The best way to get answers to these very nebulous, complicated, nuanced directives is by retaining an outside vendor to provide as much of the services as possible, from proverbial soup to nuts.

While the MRI and/or CT data will necessarily be gathered on site, until an institution understands how 3D printing would influence their delivery of healthcare, I would recommend that, unless there is a stakeholder who can take ownership of it from the beginning, with the requisite amount of time available that it will necessarily require, I would reach out to an organization like OpHeart, a non-profit organization that can advise an institution as to how to get started.

Q: How do you see future adoption of 3D printed models for surgical planning?

A:  While I do believe that the proverbial train has left the station with regards to the integration of 3D printing in the standard of care for certain types of pediatric cardiac surgeries, the speed at which it is traveling will be and the stations that it visits- that is to say, the rate of adoption and the number and stature of the centers adopting it- I believe, largely dependent on the issue of reimbursement, and the cost both in terms of financial and time. Surgeons will want these models readily available.

While I, as an individual surgeon, may embrace this technology and want to add it as a tool to my toolbox, and while the cost is relatively low in comparison to the potential costs that 3D printing may save institutions and third-party payers, I do not have the ability to pay from my own pocket for all the models which I believe offer utility.

The excitement around the 3DHEART clinical trial is so great because it is the first organized, large-scale attempt to collect evidence of the efficacies of 3D printing in the practice of medicine and delivery of healthcare, not only in terms of optimized patient outcomes, but also with respect to lower costs. If we can get reimbursement for 3D models, it is without a doubt a game-changer in terms of the practice of medicine, and a life-changer for many of our patients.

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The first real heart model that will be used for 3DHEARTS pre-surgical study.

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by Michael Gaisford at June 21, 2017 01:42 PM


3D printed Timekeeper machine predicts the soundtrack of your future using Spotify data

Domestic Data Streamers, Spotify, and Sónar+D have joined forces to create a 3D printed, Minority Report-esque machine that tells you what song you’ll listen to at a future moment of your life. ‘The Timekeeper’ was trialled at last year’s Sónar+D technology event in Barcelona, part of the Sónar festival. Well here’s one of the creepier 3D printing projects you’ll see this year. You know how some of your most cherished memories are soundtracked by particular songs or albums?

June 21, 2017 01:18 PM

TCT Magazine

Autodesk University London in pictures

Laura Griffiths provides a quick glance at the product innovations on show at Autodesk University, taking place for the first time in London this week.

by Laura Griffiths at June 21, 2017 01:17 PM


NanoSteel Introduces Case-Hardening Metal Powder

Excellent strong details on these 3D printed metal parts with NanoSteel's new BLDRmetal L-40 powder

Excellent strong details on these 3D printed metal parts with NanoSteel's new BLDRmetal L-40 powder


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by General Fabb at June 21, 2017 01:00 PM

3D Print.com

3D Printing and Virtual Reality Improve and Highlight Water Issues Around the World

New technologies available today such as 3D printing and virtual reality offer potential in so many ways—and when it comes to improving the lives of those struggling in developing countries, the...

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by Bridget Butler Millsaps at June 21, 2017 12:44 PM

Engineering.COM 3D Printing

BigRep Makes a Speedy 3D Printing Filament

Plastic flow chart from BigRep showing the performance of their new "HS" filament family. (Image courtesy of Fabbaloo.) BigRep’s focus recently has been all about print speed, and now they’re using a new filament technology to achieve more rapid prints. The company is known for producing very large format 3D printers, with print volumes exceeding 1m on a side. While it’s entirely possible to print large objects, the duration of prints has been problematic. Prints of that m...

by Fabbaloo at June 21, 2017 11:58 AM

GE Additive Goes Big and Goes Medical

Since the formation of GE Additive, the additive manufacturing (AM) division of one of the world’s largest manufacturers has had a steady stream of announcements. Two of the latest indicate that the company’s plans for 3D printing are aggressive. After announcing a partnership with Stryker to supply machines, materials and services for the medical manufacturer’s supply chain, GE Additive has also announced the development of the largest powder bed fusion metal 3D printer to dat...

by Michael Molitch-Hou at June 21, 2017 11:48 AM


TCT Magazine

GE Additive is building the world's largest laser-powder 3D printing system

GE's new "ATLAS" technology demonstrator will feature a 1000mm x 1000mm x 1000mm build volume designed specifically for the aerospace industry.

by Laura Griffiths at June 21, 2017 08:20 AM

Sigma Labs expands reach into Asia-Pacific 3D printing market with two new partners

Sigma Labs Co-Founder and CEO speaks to TCT about Sigma Lab’s expanding reach into the Asian metal additive manufacturing market.

by Sam Davies at June 21, 2017 12:05 AM

June 20, 2017

TCT Magazine

Autodesk appoints Andrew Anagnost as new President and CEO

Autodesk's board of directors appoints Andrew Anagnost as new President and CEO after four month CEO search following Carl Bass departure.

by Laura Griffiths at June 20, 2017 10:46 PM

3D Print.com

3D Printing News Briefs: June 20, 2017

In 3D Printing News Briefs today, we’re covering 3D printers and 3D printing pens, materials, software, business, and…the nuclear future of the Philippines? Mosaic Manufacturing launches...

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by Sarah Saunders at June 20, 2017 10:11 PM

HP's Expansion Takes Multi Jet Fusion 3D Printing to Japan

HP wants to have the 3D printing technology heard ’round the world, and with their spate of recent expansions the company is making major headway across the globe. Just a week ago, HP followed...

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by Sarah Anderson Goehrke at June 20, 2017 09:31 PM


NTU Singapore joins forces with Thai petrochemical giant PTTGC to develop new materials for 3D printing cars

With 3D printing frequently being hailed as the future of car manufacturing, a new Singapore-Thailand partnership is already planning ahead. Announced earlier today, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) and Thai petrochemical giant PTT Global Chemical (PTTGC) have joined forces to develop advanced 3D printing materials for the next generation of the automotive industry.

June 20, 2017 09:08 PM

3D Print.com

EOS Introduces EOSTATE Exposure OT, First Commercial Optical Tomography System for Additive Manufacturing

Nearly a year ago, EOS completed the successful pilot testing for its new EOSTATE MeltPool Monitoring solution. The technology allows manufacturers to monitor the quality of 3D printed parts while in...

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by Clare Scott at June 20, 2017 08:30 PM


Is aerospace additive manufacturing ready for takeoff? Examining FAA attitudes towards 3D printing

3D printed aircraft components are regularly in the news, but a recent article in the Wall Street Journal suggests that additive manufacturing is being involuntarily grounded by a cautious Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). So is 3D printing in the aerospace industry ready for takeoff or not?

June 20, 2017 08:14 PM

3D Print.com

Recycled 3D Printing Filament Without Compromising Quality

Gartner suggests that there will be 6.7 million 3D printers sold by the year 2020. Assuming that 50% of these printers are desktop, material extrusion (FFF) 3D printers, and each printer uses 1...

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by Ravi Toor at June 20, 2017 07:30 PM


Antenna producer Optisys redesigns 100-piece antenna as single 3D printed part

Major antenna producer Optisys is keen to show the world just how advantageous 3D printing is in the world of radio frequency (RF). Earlier today, the global communications manufacturer publicly released a demonstration showing the benefits of 3D printed metal antennas as compared with those made by traditional manufacturing. The results were indisputable: using additive manufacturing processes, what was once a complex, clunky antenna with a hundred components was re-designed into a single, integrated assembly, with drastically reduced weight and production costs.

June 20, 2017 07:24 PM

Milling Around

4 Bits of Knowledge That Separate a Beginner Machinist from a Pro

Machining knowledge often can’t be just simply taught, it often requires hands-on learning and some serious time at the machine. So, what do our in-house machinists know now that they didn’t know when they first took to cutting metal as beginner machinists?

by Chris Fox at June 20, 2017 07:04 PM


Custom Composite Materials on a Desktop 3D Printer? It’s Possible!

3D printing a composite material (with cotton thread) on a desktop 3D printer

3D printing a composite material (with cotton thread) on a desktop 3D printer


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by General Fabb at June 20, 2017 07:00 PM

3D Print.com

GE Additive to Introduce ATLAS: World's Largest Laser-Powder Additive Manufacturing System

Last year at formnext, GE introduced GE Additive. Set for formal unveiling at formnext 2017, GE today introduced its development project, ATLAS. With a build envelope of one cubic meter, the machine...

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by Sarah Anderson Goehrke at June 20, 2017 06:37 PM


GE Additive to unveil ATLAS, worlds largest laser-powder additive manufacturing machine, later this year

GE Additive, the 3D printing arm of General Electric, is at the forefront of developments in industrial 3D printing. Later this year, the company is due to release the world’s largest laser-powder 3D printing machine. The groundbreaking machine, which was announced at the Paris Air Show, is specifically designed for the aerospace industry, and will be unveiled in November at the Formnext Show in Frankfurt, Germany.

June 20, 2017 06:08 PM


3D Print Tip: Oh How I Love My Heat Gun

An essential tool for 3D printing: a heat gun

An essential tool for 3D printing: a heat gun

There are plenty of ideas for tools...

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by General Fabb at June 20, 2017 05:00 PM

3D Print.com

3D Printing Partnerships Dominate News from Norsk Titanium

There are few companies that have been busier lately than Norsk Titanium. In the last few days, the additive manufacturing company and creator of Rapid Plasma Deposition (RPD) technology made a slew...

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by Clare Scott at June 20, 2017 04:42 PM


AbilityMate 3D prints shoes for kids with cerebral palsy

A young toddler with cerebral palsy in Sydney, Australia has taken her first independent steps thanks to a pair of 3D printed "Magic Shoes." Eve Darcy was diagnosed with the pervasive physical disability when she was only a few weeks old, making walking extra difficult for the youngster. A walking frame was required for Eve’s baby steps, which were limited to a few small steps at a time.

June 20, 2017 03:54 PM

3D printing news roundup: Dassault Systèmes working with Airbus on AM production, Parker opens 3D printing facility, more

Today’s 3D printing news roundup includes the latest from Dassault Systèmes, which is working with Airbus APWorks on additive manufacturing for serial production, as well as news from PyroGenesis, Norsk Titanium, AddUp, and others.

June 20, 2017 03:46 PM

3D Print.com

International Paris Air Show: Safran Announces First EASA Certification for 3D Printed Auxiliary Power Unit Part

French aerospace firm Safran Power Units, which is part of the international high-technology group Safran, specializes in designing and manufacturing power systems for civil and military aerospace....

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by Sarah Saunders at June 20, 2017 03:35 PM

TCT Magazine

Machining gives additive the edge

How a 73-year old family-business gave itself a competitive edge by introducing metal additive manufacturing to a traditional machine shop.

by Laura Griffiths at June 20, 2017 03:00 PM

3D Print.com

Dassault Systèmes Partners with Airbus APWorks to Advance 3D Printing for Production in Aerospace & Defense Industry

Dassault Systèmes‘ 3DEXPERIENCE platform has been leveraged by a variety of clients across a range of industries, from shipbuilding to defense and more. One notable client is the Airbus Group,...

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by Clare Scott at June 20, 2017 02:27 PM

R&D Tax Credit Aspects of Automobile and Truck Parts

The automobile and truck is industry is one of the largest industries in the world. Companies are always looking for the next best thing to stay ahead in the competition and breakthrough the...

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by Charles Goulding at June 20, 2017 01:30 PM


3D Printing Touches Down at Le Bourget for the Paris Air Show 2017

Founded in 1909, during the birth of aviation, the Paris Air Show is one of the oldest and most prestigious aerospace exhibitions in the world. Held every odd year at the Le Bourget Airport outside of Paris, hundreds of thousands of people from all over the world congregate for a week long exhibition on the latest and greatest innovations from industry titans such as Boeing and Airbus as well as over 2,300 exhibitors representing all facets of aerospace.

A view from the interior of our Paris Air Show exhibition booth.

Stratasys has a strong presence this year as additive manufacturing continues to infiltrate and disrupt the aerospace industry. From prototyping to tooling, major OEMs and suppliers are adopting this technology to increasingly improve their manufacturing supply chain. A major announcement at this year’s show is the launch of the Stratasys Aircraft Interiors Certification Solution, which provides a pathway to achieving certification of additively manufactured parts for aircraft installation. A key element of this product is the Aircraft Interiors Configuration Fortus 900mc™ and the accompanying Equivalency Toolkit and Process Control Document. This includes a new T16A tip, certified ULTEM 9085 material, and process control documentation. Aerospace companies will now have a faster, more cost effective process for certifying parts using NCAMP (National Center for Advanced Materials Performance) design allowables, as well as the tools and documentation to show equivalency to that dataset.

The Stratasys booth is located in Hall 4 and has a Fortus 900mc Production System and experts on a variety of applications such as prototyping, composite tooling, manufacturing aids, and aero/auto production parts will be at the booth to answer any questions. If this is your first year or are a seasoned veteran, take some time to visit our booth in Hall 4. The aerospace industry has been a major adopter of innovative and groundbreaking technologies and Stratasys continues to lead the transformation into additive manufacturing.


Feature Photo: Acrobatics Aircraft by Nicolas de Camaret CC BY SA 2.0

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by David Dahl at June 20, 2017 01:22 PM


New details emerge about Siemens online 3D printing platform

Back in April, technology company Siemens announced that it would be launching an online platform for on-demand 3D printing. The company has now released further details about the platform, which is due to launch in mid-2018. When Siemens recently announced plans to develop a web-based collaborative platform that would enable on-demand product design and 3D printing production across the global manufacturing industry, many within the 3D printing industry took note.

June 20, 2017 01:03 PM


Stratasys Opens a Huge Door to Aerospace 3D Printing

A sample part printed in ULTEM by Stratasys

A sample part printed in ULTEM by Stratasys

It’s been obvious for a while that...

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by General Fabb at June 20, 2017 01:00 PM

3D Print.com

Researchers Develop New Water-Soluble Photoinitiators for 3D Printing

Medical 3D printing has made great strides, but there’s still a very long way to go before we reach the day when we can actually 3D print working organs and transplant them into humans. One...

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by Clare Scott at June 20, 2017 12:27 PM

CNC Cookbook

How to Aftercool a Compressor to Remove Moisture [Easy Project]

compressor aftercoolerFirst, a little bit of the theory. If you haven’t already noticed, compressors accumulate a ton of moisture. It’s a good idea to have an electric automatic drain in the bottom of your tank. The moisture comes because the air coming out of the compressor is pretty hot–a couple of hundred degrees isn’t unusual. It…

by Bob Warfield at June 20, 2017 10:13 AM


Prodways New “RAF” 3D Metal Printing Technology

A sample metal part 3D printed with Prodways' new RAF metal deposition process

A sample metal part 3D printed with Prodways' new RAF metal deposition process


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by General Fabb at June 20, 2017 09:00 AM

TCT Magazine

ARBURG presents updates to Freeformer 3D printing platform

TCT Editorial Assistant, Sam Davies was present as ARBURG unveiled a series of updates to its Freeformer additive manufacturing machine, which was initially launched in 2013.

by Sam Davies at June 20, 2017 12:05 AM

June 19, 2017

3D Print.com

Andrew Anagnost "So Excited to be Autodesk's Next CEO"; Other Interim Co-CEO Amar Hanspal Departs the Company

“Our products are the products everyone wants to use,” says new Autodesk President and CEO Andrew Anagnost. Following the announcement of longtime CEO Carl Bass’ resignation back in...

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by Sarah Anderson Goehrke at June 19, 2017 10:08 PM

think3D Tapped by Provincial Indian Government to Open 3D Printing and Design Facility in Medical Device Park

India-based think3D, the largest desktop 3D printing platform in the country, has been around since 2014. Since it opened its doors, the organization, which is a subsidiary of Singapore-based think3D...

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by Sarah Saunders at June 19, 2017 08:32 PM


3D printing news roundup:Immensa launches first 3D printing factory in Dubai, Robo 3D to receive major investment, more

Developments in 3D printing technology are showing no signs of slowing down, and it&aposs getting easier to lose track of what&aposs going on out there in the world of additive manufacturing. Here&aposs today&aposs second brief roundup of recent news.

June 19, 2017 08:17 PM

3D Print.com

TU/e and BAM Infra Get to Work on 3D Printed Concrete Bicycle Bridge

About a year ago, the Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) introduced a gigantic 3D printer capable of 3D printing concrete. Now, the university has used that 3D printer to begin printing a new...

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by Clare Scott at June 19, 2017 07:38 PM

First 3D Printing Facility Launches in Dubai: Immensa Technology Labs

Since the multi-tiered Dubai 3D Printing Strategy was launched in 2016 by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, we’ve seen all...

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by Sarah Saunders at June 19, 2017 06:37 PM


$799 Palette+ lets you mix 3D printing materials on a single-extruder 3D printer

Mosaic Manufacturing, a 3D printing specialist based in Toronto, Canada, has today introduced Palette+, a 3D printing device that enables multi-material printing in single-extruder FDM 3D printers. Palette+ is an upgraded version of Palette, Mosaic’s flagship product. 3D printers with multiple extruders are becoming increasingly common these days, as more and more makers look to benefit from the many advantages of multi-material printing: printing soluble support structures, printing multicolor objects, and printing structures with both flexible and rigid areas (to name just a few).

June 19, 2017 05:58 PM

3D Print.com

3D Printing: Spotlight on Educators

As the 3D printing industry continues to advance, certain themes are arising that inform the roadmap ahead. Education represents one of the most significant keys to the future of additive...

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by Sarah Anderson Goehrke at June 19, 2017 05:08 PM


AMTZ, think3D announce $6M medical device 3D printing facility in India

Indian 3D printing platform think3D, a subsidiary of Singapore-based think3D Labs Pte Ltd., has announced it will be establishing a $6 million 3D printing facility in Vizag, Andhra Pradesh, India. The center is being realized in collaboration with the Andhra Pradesh MedTech Zone (AMTZ), a special-purpose entity formed by the Indian government and the Andhra Pradesh provincial government with the goal of advancing medical device manufacturing in the country.

June 19, 2017 05:07 PM


Mosaic Manufacturing Announces the Palette+ 3D Print Multimaterial Accessory

The powerful Palette+, a new 3D print filament accessory from Mosaic Manufacturing

The powerful Palette+, a new 3D print filament accessory from Mosaic Manufacturing


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by General Fabb at June 19, 2017 05:00 PM

3D Print.com

Toddler Learns to Toddle with Help from 3D Printed Magic Shoes

Eve Darcy has magic shoes. Bright silver and sparkly, they certainly look magical – but their power comes from the carefully designed and 3D printed orthotics inside them. Eve was diagnosed...

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by Clare Scott at June 19, 2017 04:22 PM


3D printing news roundup: Norsk Titanium tests part for Thales Alenia Space, NanoSteel introduces steel AM powder, more

It’s been a busy start to the week in 3D printing, with Norsk Titanium completing testing of a 3D printed component for Thales Alenia Space, NanoSteel launching a 3D printable tool steel powder, and SLM Solutions agreeing a long-term cooperation agreement with a high-profile Italian customer.

June 19, 2017 04:01 PM

TCT Magazine

A1Filament launches biodegradable filament range via Kickstarter campaign

A1Filament, a 3D printing material manufacturer, has officially launched its Kickstarter campaign as it looks to raise $465,000 to mass produce its bio-compostable filament range.

by Sam Davies at June 19, 2017 03:46 PM

3D Print.com

Stratasys Introduces New Aerospace 3D Printing Solution to Produce Aircraft Interior Parts

The International Paris Air Show at the Exhibition Center of Le Bourget is currently in full swing, and runs through this Sunday the 25th. A lot of big names will be exhibiting at the Air Show this...

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by Sarah Saunders at June 19, 2017 03:35 PM


New EOSTATE Exposure OT tool from EOS offers real-time monitoring for metal 3D printing

EOS, a leader in metal and industrial 3D printing solutions, has announced the release of EOSTATE Exposure OT, the latest tool in its EOSTATE monitoring suite. Reportedly the first commercial system for optical tomography, EOSTATE Exposure OT offers users real-time camera monitoring of metal prints on the EOS M 290 system. The tool therefore enables users to visualize each part as it is being 3D printed, layer by layer.

June 19, 2017 03:05 PM

Engineering.COM 3D Printing

FDM 3D Printing Is Readied for Supersonic Takeoff

Additive manufacturing (AM) is gradually making its way into mainstream manufacturing, but in order to become more fully integrated for use in end parts, particularly in aerospace, there are still some issues to be addressed. One of those issues is repeatability. Stratasys has announced at the 2017 Paris Air Show that it is on the path to ensuring consistency within parts printed with its flagship technology, fused deposition modeling (FDM). With modifications to its Fortus 900 system and ULTEM...

by Michael Molitch-Hou at June 19, 2017 03:05 PM

3D Print.com

NanoSteel Introduces New Tool Steel Material for Powder Bed Fusion 3D Printing

There’s been quite a bit of talk about steel in the 3D printing world lately. It’s not among the most common 3D printing materials yet, but its profile and potential are rising as...

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by Clare Scott at June 19, 2017 02:51 PM


University of New Orleans researcher awarded $150K to advance FDM 3D printing materials

A researcher from the University of New Orleans has obtained a grant of $150,000 from the Louisiana Board of Regents to conduct research related to 3D printing materials. Damon Smith, an assistant professor of mechanical engineering, will use the funds to improve FDM 3D printing filaments through the addition of nanoparticles.

June 19, 2017 02:09 PM

TCT Magazine

PyroGenesis launches dedicated additive manufacturing division

PyroGenesis announces first step of additive manufacturing spin-off with the creation of “PyroGenesis Additive” division.

by Laura Griffiths at June 19, 2017 01:48 PM

3D Print.com

Johnson & Johnson Announces New Collaborations to Develop Biomedical Innovation and Advance 3D Printing Technology in Healthcare

Using 3D printing technology to manufacture custom health solutions is not a new idea, and there are many companies that work hard to solve medical problems with ideas that involve 3D printing. The...

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by Sarah Saunders at June 19, 2017 01:43 PM

TCT Magazine

Samuel, Son & Co forges additive manufacturing partnership with Carpenter Technology

Samuel, Son & Co, a Canadian metal manufacturing company, has announced a strategic additive manufacturing alliance with Carpenter Technology Corporation, a producer of speciality alloys.

by Sam Davies at June 19, 2017 01:38 PM


Dutch cyclists to enjoy benefits of 3D printed concrete bridge following TU Eindhoven, BAM collaboration

The Technical University in Eindhoven in the Netherlands has started 3D printing an 8 m bicycle bridge in Gemert, near the city of Eindhoven. The university is carrying out the first-of-its-kind concrete 3D printing project with the Royal BAM Group, a Dutch construction company founded in 1869. If there’s anywhere in the world that needs a 3D printed bridge (or two), it’s the Netherlands.

June 19, 2017 01:14 PM


The MakerGear M3 Desktop 3D Printer

The MakerGear M3 Independent Dual desktop 3D printer

The MakerGear M3 Independent Dual desktop 3D printer

MakerGear has introduced a terrific...

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by General Fabb at June 19, 2017 01:00 PM

3D Print.com

International Conference on Additive Manufacturing & 3D Printing 'Steers Clear of the Hype', Announces Full Speaker Lineup

3D printing technology and the industry that has sprung up around it continues to grow with a momentum that seems never-ending. If you have been wondering about its staying power or future as a true...

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by Bridget Butler Millsaps at June 19, 2017 12:49 PM

TCT Magazine

Materialise 3D imaging and printing solutions leverage by U.S. medical professionals

Materialise has provided its 3D imaging and printing solutions to numerous medical professions across the United States to analyse and select ideal patients for clinical trials based on their anatomy.

by Sam Davies at June 19, 2017 12:30 PM

EOS announces expansion of EOSTATE Exposure OT in partnership with MTU Aero Engines

EOS, a leading company in industrial 3D printing of metals and polymers, has announced an expansion of its EOSTATE monitoring suite in partnership with MTU Aero Engines.

by Sam Davies at June 19, 2017 12:08 PM

LPW Technology publishes laboratory service data sheet for Hall Flow testing of metal alloys

LPW Technology, a developer and supplier of metal powders, has published a laboratory service data sheet focusing on the Hall Flow testing of metal alloys.

by Sam Davies at June 19, 2017 10:53 AM

Education programme set to inspire next generation of engineers at TCT Show in Birmingham

Successful student programme TCT Inspired Minds re-launches for 2017 designed to inspire the next generation of engineers with hands on experience of 3D technologies.

June 19, 2017 10:34 AM

Stratasys launches 3D printing solution for certified aircraft interior parts

At Paris Airshow, Stratasys has launched the Fortus 900mc Aircraft Interiors Certification Solution designed to remove the complexity from achieving FAA and EASA certification.

June 19, 2017 10:11 AM


Spanish scientists make advances in 3D printing bone and cartilage tissue

Spanish researchers are now one step closer to creating 3D printed bone and cartilage for patients, after the tissues were recently synthesized using the technology for the first time. This sees Spain keeping pace with developments we’ve previously reported on in various other places around the world, where 3D bio-printing is beginning to move out of the laboratory and become implemented more and more for transplants and other important surgical procedures.

June 19, 2017 09:41 AM


Design of the Week: Mister Screamer

The very fun - and loud - Mister Screamer filament-out detector

The very fun - and loud - Mister Screamer filament-out detector

This week’s selection...

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by General Fabb at June 19, 2017 09:00 AM


Tinkercad 3D Printing Tutorial: How to Create Your First 3D Print

Autodesk’s Tinkercad app is probably the easiest, most accessible and most fun 3D modeling application for creating your first 3D print. No previous 3D modeling experience needed, and best of all: this 3D design app is totally free. So let’s create our first 3D print in less than 30 minutes with this beginner-friendly Tinkercad tutorial!

1. Getting Started with Tinkercad

To get started, hop over to Tinkercad’s website. After creating an account you can directly access the browser-based app. Tinkercad will automatically start with its first tutorial. It’s recommended to follow these instructions – but you can always skip them by clicking on the ‘exit lesson’ button at the top. Choose ‘start a new project’ to get to your empty workplane.

empty tinkercad workplane

From here, Tinkercad follows a ‘LEGO’ approach. You will mostly work with pre-defined shapes and geometric structures. You will end up adding these together or subtracting them in order to create holes or hollow objects.

The best way to get started is to click on ‘Geometric’ on the right-hand side.

Using geometric objects in autodesk tinkercad

Select geometric objects from the right-hand side.

Using the toolbar on the right-hand side, you can create basic geometric shapes such as boxes, pyramids, spheres, etc.. To start with, we select a box. Simply drag and drop the box from the menu to the workplane.

a basic box in autodesk tinkercad

Once placed on your workplace, you can see a number of arrows and dots on and around your box (if your box is selected: if not, click on it now). To get a better view of the box we will zoom in with our mouse wheel. You can then turn the angle of your view with the right mouse button, and navigate around your workplane by holding down the mouse wheel (not zooming in or out, but simply keeping it pressed).

2. Changing Sizes and Shapes in Tinkercad

By default, our box is 20mm high. For this tutorial, we want to create a basic suitcase label with a height of 3mm. Click on the little white box on the top surface and pull it down to 3mm.

a basic 3d shape in tinkercad

Did something not work as planned? Simply click on the ‘Undo’ button at the top of the screen to get back to the previous stage.

Next, we want our label to be more rectangular. To do this, we click on one of the black little dots at the sides of the red box. Pulling and pushing on these dots changes the size of the object. Let’s pull our object to a length of 35mm.

resizing an object in autodesk tinkercad

3. Adding, Turning & Grouping Elements in Tinkercad

Next, we will add some rounded ends to this box. Therefore, we will drag and drop a ‘round roof’ on the workplane. You can find the round roof at the right-hand side next to the other geometric shapes.


Since the rounded roof is upside down, we first need to turn it. So we select the right turning arrows next to the object and turn it 90 degrees. Can’t see any arrows to turn your object? Then you need to select it first (simply click on the object).


Since the rounded roof is still not pointing in the right direction, we need to turn it again for 90 degrees on another axis.


That’s more like it! However, you will see that a part of the rounded roof is below the workplane. In order to connect the roof with our original red box perfectly, we need to pull it up first. Click on the little cone icon above the rounded roof and get it up until its bottom surface hits the workplane (the value will be 0mm).


Of course, the object is still too high. Just as we did with the box before, we can click on the little white cube on the top of the rounded roof and decrease its height to 3mm.


Now that looks much better, doesn’t it? But we still need to move the objects into the right position. Drag and drop the rounded corner right next to the box for a perfect fit.


And now we need to do the same thing for the other side of the box. In order to make things easier, we can simply copy & paste our existing rounded roof. Select the rounded roof, press CTRL+C and then press CTRL+V. A copy will appear right next to it.


So, let’s turn this copy by 180 degrees…


… and move it into the right spot.


Voila! The basic shape of the label is ready. Time to group these three items together. Select them all with your mouse and click on the ‘Group’ item on the top right corner. Your three elements will now be shown as one object. When you decide to change the size or height of the object, you don’t have to do this for each and every element separately anymore. You can always ungroup the object into several elements again by clicking the ‘Ungroup’ button.


4. Creating Holes in Tinkercad

Tinkercad is not only about adding different shapes together – it’s also about subtracting them from each other. Perfect for us, since our label still needs a hole. So let’s drag and drop the cylinder shape onto our workplane.


It’s still far too big. Let’s change its size to 5mm x 5mm x 5mm (pro tip: you can hold down the Shift key when changing the size of one dimension and Tinkercad will automatically change the size of the other two dimensions as well).


Now the cylinder has got a perfect size. Time to move it to the right location!


The cylinder is in the right place, but it’s not a hole yet. Click on the cylinder and select ‘Hole’ from the little pop-up window at the top right.


That’s exactly what we’re looking for. Let’s group the elements together by selecting both the hole and the label and by clicking on ‘Group’.


5. Changing the Workplane in Tinkercad

Now let’s personalize the label by writing our initials on there. First let’s tell Tinkercad that from now on, we don’t want to place new elements on the workplane, but on our label. For doing so, we need to press the W key and click on top of the label.


Voila, the new workplane will be on top of the label (it also changed its color from blue to orange). To get back to the original workplane, simply press W and click anywhere in the empty space on your screen. But for now, let’s leave it as it is.

Leave the ‘Geometric’ section on the right-hand side and change to ‘Letters’. Place your initials on the label and adjust the size.


Once again, let’s select all elements and group them together. Then we set the workplane back to its original position (press W and click anywhere in the empty space).


6. 3D Printing with Tinkercad

That’s it! And it just took a few minutes! So let’s send it to the printers. Click on the Tinkercad logo and the top left corner (no worries, your object is automatically saved).

Your new object will appear on your dashboard. You can either continue to edit it (by clicking on ‘Tinker This’), download a 3D printable file (.STL, .OBJ for instance), or send it to our 3D printing service by selecting ‘Order 3D Print’ and ‘i.materialise’. You will then be transferred to i.materialise’s 3D printing service where you can select your material (I think this would work great in rubber-like) and adjust the size of your 3D print.


This wasn’t all that difficult, was it? So go tinkering and create a 3D printable model – Tinkercad is definitely a great app to start with. And it’s more powerful than many people think. Take a look at this blog post in order to see some stunning examples of 3D printed objects created in Tinkercad. Did you already create a 3D file? Upload it here and order your print in any of 100+ materials and finishes!

by Fabian at June 19, 2017 08:50 AM

Terry Wohlers


Note: The following was authored by Ian Campbell, associate consultant at Wohlers Associates.

Having been born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, I thought I knew a lot about all things Irish. However, having joined Terry and Diane Wohlers on a trip to the southwest of Ireland this week, I have learned a lot more. Ireland is sometimes called “the Emerald Isle,” and here in County Kerry, the landscape is so incredibly green. There is an Irish song named “Forty Shades of Green” and I am sure we have seen most of them.

There is, of course, good reason for all the beautiful green vegetation. It rains. We met a waiter who told us that from October through March, it rained every day. Every single day! Amazingly, we are enjoying day after day of blues skies, bright sunshine, and near perfect temperatures. Today is our fourth day of it. The locals say we must have the luck of the Irish. The contrast between blue sky and green landscape makes everything even more spectacular.

It is sometimes said that America and Britain are two countries divided by a common language. Here in Kerry, they may write in English but we are not sure if they are speaking it. I can nearly manage to understand the local dialect, but Terry and Diane often look bemused. However, the Irish are so friendly and helpful, and they work hard to make visitors feel welcome. They are also very proud of their country’s history, from medieval walls dating back over 900 years, to a parade of 300 vintage cars and tractors, celebrating the 100-year anniversary of Henry Ford setting up a factory in Cork, Ireland, where we spent the first nearly 24 hours.

Perhaps the most interesting (or frightening) experience we have had was kissing the Blarney Stone at Blarney Castle. It involved climbing more than 100 steps and hanging over backwards from the castle parapet to kiss a stone that supposedly endows the “gift of the gab,” that is, the ability to speak with eloquence. I am not sure Terry really needed to do this as he is already an eloquent speaker. However, we all had a go and survived the experience.

Another Irish song asks “Have you ever been across the sea to Ireland?” We now have, and I would encourage everyone to do likewise. It’s a fascinating country with brilliant green landscape and an intriguing history.

by Terry Wohlers at June 19, 2017 06:59 AM

June 18, 2017

CNC Cookbook

How Lead Nurturing Fixes Your Website’s Biggest Problem

You’ve got a website for your business.  You’d like to have more sales from it.  What’s your biggest problem? It’s a simple one that every website, including CNCCookbook has: 96% of visitors aren’t ready to buy anything from you when they visit Most of your visitors and mine came to the site looking for something…

by Bob Warfield at June 18, 2017 09:10 PM

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South Korean Researchers Develop New Method of 3D Printing Carbon Nanotubes

Carbon nanotubes were first produced in the early 1990s. They’re exactly what their name suggests – tubes of carbon created on the nanoscale. Although they’re small –...

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by Clare Scott at June 18, 2017 04:41 PM

R&D Aspects of 3D Printed Prosthetics

A prosthetic is an artificial device that replaces a missing body part. The most commonly known type of prosthetic is limb prostheses, but other types such as craniofacial prostheses and intra-oral...

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by Charles Goulding at June 18, 2017 03:11 PM


Gender fluidity meets 3D printing with ingenious motorized bathroom sign

When it comes to LGBT issues and ideas of gender fluidity, 3D printing technology has traditionally had, at best, a neutral stance. As useful as additive manufacturing processes can be for various industries, they’re definitely not the first thing you think of as agents of social progress.

June 18, 2017 11:53 AM


What Makes the Best 3D Print Software?

Screenshot of EOSPRINT software workflow

Screenshot of EOSPRINT software workflow

I’m looking at a new release of 3D print...

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by General Fabb at June 18, 2017 09:00 AM


A Guide To The World Of Arduino

Introduction To Arduino

Everything thinks nowadays: Your car, your phone, your watch and, for the self-loathing, perhaps your toaster, too. But what is doing the thinking?

When most people imagine a computer, they might picture their trusty laptop or maybe a massive cluster of servers whirring and blinking away in a datacenter. The reality is that most of the hardware in the world isn’t being run with bulky CPUs in motherboards that have sticks of memory you can hold in your hand.

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by DJ Harrigan at June 18, 2017 02:50 AM

June 17, 2017


Get your daily cat animation fill with this 3D printed Zoetrope Fidget Spinner

As you’ve probably noticed, fidget spinners are all the rage right now, with everyone from makers to startup CEOs to 3D printing enthusiasts jumping on the fidgeting bandwagon. It’s not hard to see why: these fun little handheld toys are thought to help users stay attentive, focused, and calm. An upgrade on more traditional models such as stress balls, tangles, or widgets, the increasingly trendy fidget spinner looks like it just got another serious upgrade.

June 17, 2017 08:39 PM

Brazilian architect Guto Requena 3D prints '53 Love Stories Collected' as exquisite mandalas

Most of us know what it feels like to be in love, but how does this sensation actually affect us? To what extent does it transform our bodily experience? Previously limited to the realm of poets, philosophers and, well, romantics, the sensory experience of being in love has been given a new mode of expression: the unlikely path of 3D printed data models.

June 17, 2017 08:28 PM

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Print+ Releases New DIY Headphone Kits: 3D Print the Parts at Home or Order Through 3D Hubs

I hate earbuds, as I don’t relish the idea of having to jam a tiny piece of plastic into my ear in order to talk on the phone or listen to music…and, just like my distaste for chocolate...

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by Sarah Saunders at June 17, 2017 07:47 PM

Thermwood Corporation Demonstrates Effectiveness of LSAM with 3D Printed Carbon Fiber Parts

Thermwood Corporation has been busy lately. Last year, the Indiana company introduced LSAM, or Large Scale Additive Manufacturing, a combination 3D printer and CNC router system designed for...

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by Clare Scott at June 17, 2017 06:08 PM

CNC Cookbook

6 Things A Brand New CNC’er Should Learn to Get Started

diy cnc machines mill router 3d printerSo you’ve just gotten interested in CNC, and you notice the waters look a little deep.  How do you get started? Here are 6 things you should learn about first, before you buy a CNC machine, before you do anything else, just to get oriented and see what this CNC thing is all about.  It…

by Bob Warfield at June 17, 2017 03:55 PM


BCN3D’s Sigma R17 Desktop 3D Printer

The BCN3D Sigma R17 desktop 3D printer

The BCN3D Sigma R17 desktop 3D printer

BCN3D is a Barcelona-based 3D printer manufacturer...

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by General Fabb at June 17, 2017 09:00 AM

June 16, 2017

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3D Printing News Briefs: June 16, 2017

3D printing awards, technology, programs, printers, partnerships, and new facilities – the 3D printing hive is abuzz with news on this lovely Friday! Desktop Metal was chosen by the World...

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by Sarah Saunders at June 16, 2017 09:42 PM

3D Printing and an Adjustable Shoe: University Student's Plan to Make Refugees' Journeys a Bit Easier

The Syrian refugee crisis is heartbreaking, and anyone with any humanity at all can’t help but be devastated by stories of families separated or images of children washed up on shores....

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by Clare Scott at June 16, 2017 08:58 PM


Additive Manufacturing is Innovating the Future of Aviation Parts Certification

As the adoption of additive manufacturing processes continues to take hold in aviation, with leaders like Airbus incorporating hundreds of printed parts on their new generation aircraft , and Boeing production lines, we’re starting to recognize a next level of maturity in how regulations are being implemented to accommodate for these changes.

Airline carriers are beginning to use additive manufacturing to reduce inventory and alleviate supply chain constraints, but there is no better example of 3D printing’s robust and flexible usage than on the design of aircraft interiors.  Many airlines understand that the accommodating comfort and offering a differentiated passenger experience are central to their customer’s loyalty and provide a lasting impression for their brand. This is one area that many carriers spare no expense or effort in order to create the refined and distinct cabin experiences that their customers demand.  And while every part on an aircraft must meet strict airworthiness standards, the lower criticality of interior components allows for the effective introduction of additive manufacturing to enable customization of interior components cost effectively for the first time.

As manufacturers look to the future to define how 3D printing and connected processes can better meet their business demands and reduce supply chain complexities, the task of certifying a part within this changing environment can be overwhelming given the lengthy process and the many steps that are required to meet airworthiness regulations. Understanding the process can greatly enhance the outcome and reduce unnecessary delays or frustrations. The FAA is working with aviation and business leaders to help remove some of this friction by tailoring certification tracks that meet the needs and demands of the fast changing industry.  In the case of additive manufacturing, we have leveraged decades of process development in the composites manufacturing space, to chart a very similar course for the certification of 3D printed parts.

In conjunction with America Makes, industry partners, and the National Institute for Aviation Research, and under the oversight of the FAA, we have launched the qualification of the Fused Deposition Modeling technology on a new configuration of the Fortus 900mc.  The result is a highly repeatable process, with full documentation and traceability, and a B-Basis Allowables database that will speed certification of FDM parts for aircraft interiors around the world.



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by Scott Sevcik at June 16, 2017 08:56 PM

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The Torlo: Clock Designer Releases New 3D Printed Model With Simple Oscillating Motor

Born in India but now working in Beijing, Ekaggrat Singh Kalsi is an architect and designer who also meets the very definitions of maker and tinkerer—as well as clockmaker. We have been following his...

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by Bridget Butler Millsaps at June 16, 2017 08:08 PM

Making a Difference: Mumbai Students Design, Develop, and 3D Print a Sanitary Pad Dispenser for School Project

We’re going to talk about something that makes lots of people pretty uncomfortable, even though in my opinion it really shouldn’t. Take a deep breath – are you ready? Menstrual...

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by Sarah Saunders at June 16, 2017 07:14 PM

PyroGenesis Announces New 3D Printing Division: PyroGenesis Additive

Last year, Montreal company PyroGenesis, a developer and manufacturer of advanced plasma processes, announced its intention to create a new business specifically dedicated to additive manufacturing....

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by Clare Scott at June 16, 2017 06:07 PM


Stratasys Gets a Big Opening for their Manufacturing Strategy

Stratasys just booked a flight to the future

Stratasys just booked a flight to the future

Stratasys has been making a number of hints...

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by General Fabb at June 16, 2017 05:00 PM


3D Printing News ICYMI: EnvisionTEC partners with Ricoh, Desktop Metal gets new reseller, more

It’s Friday: you’ve had your bowl, you’ve had cereal, now it’s time to get your 3D printing news roundup. Today sees EnvisionTEC announcing a partnership with Ricoh Japan, Desktop Metal forming an alliance with Fisher Unitech, and more.

June 16, 2017 04:56 PM


Mooshimeter Mod

Last year I bought a Mooshimeter wireless 2-channel multimeter. It is a multimeter front end that links to your mobile phone with Bluetooth and displays the results in an app.

It is handy because you can read it remotely, it can measure voltage and current simultaneously and display power, it can log to an SD card and graph the results. It can also speak the results.

Despite all these good features my "go to" multimeter is still my EEVBlog branded Brymen BM235. So my Mooshimeter sits in a drawer for most of its life. When I get it out it usually wants to do a firmware update, which needs fresh batteries. Because it has no off switch the best you can do is put it into shipping mode. It still flashes its LED occasionally, so the batteries run down over a period of several months and are then not up to doing a firmware update.

Devices with no proper off switch are a pain if you only use them rarely because the batteries are always flat when you come to use them. This is particularly a problem because modern Duracell batteries seem to leak and corrode as soon as they are flat. This didn't used to be the case. I found some very old ones that I had abandoned in outdoor devices that I expected to be corroded to hell but in fact they were not corroded at all, despite being well past their use by date. In contrast I have had many corrode recently that were flat, but still well within their use by date. I have stopped buying Duracell and now use Costco's own Kirkland branded ones. It is too early to say if they corrode or not.

So I normally remove the batteries from devices I use rarely but with the Mooshimeter this involves removing the casing that is held together by two screws. I decided to add a switch to it but it has a cat III safety rating and cutting a hole in the case would void that.

I had two ideas to get around this: the first was to put a normally closed reed switch in series with the batteries and 3D print a cradle with a magnet in it to turn it off. My second idea was to use a mercury tilt switch to turn it off when placed upside down. I ordered both but as the mercury switches arrived first I implemented that and it works well.

I decided the easiest point to break the battery circuit was the link between the two cells. For some odd reason that is a copper fill rather than just a track. It is on the top side of the PCB so I had to desolder one of the contacts to get at it.  Fortunately the battery contacts have thermal relief connections so I just cut two of those to isolate the pad.

I then made an insulating washer out of Kapton film. I used that because it is very thin and can handle soldering temperatures. I stamped it out with a hole punch but I found it very difficult to get the hole concentric. This is my third attempt that was just good enough:

And here it is in place:

I reinserted the clip over the top and resoldered it. I then soldered the tilt switch between the two now isolated battery terminals.

When upright the contacts are bridged by the mercury, which is very low resistance. When I turn it upside down the mercury flows to the top of the bulb and isolates the batteries.

So all I have to do is remember to place it upside down in its case. If you want to attach the meter to something moving then the reed switch idea is the one to go for. I think it can probably be mounted in the same place if you use a neodymium magnet. You can get it nearer the back of the case by mounting it on the other side of the PCB but I don't know if that affects clearance distances for class III.

by noreply@blogger.com (nop head) at June 16, 2017 04:39 PM

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3D Printing Spotlight On: Joanne Moretti, SVP & CMO, Jabil; GM, Radius Innovation & Development

We’ve heard a lot lately from Jabil as the global manufacturing solutions provider has been prioritizing digitization among its operations and offerings. The company, previously content to...

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by Sarah Anderson Goehrke at June 16, 2017 04:31 PM

TCT Magazine

Magazine Editor (Germany)

We are seeking an editorial lead for the German-language edition of our established and successful TCT magazine.

June 16, 2017 03:53 PM

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Techniplas Moving Towards Digitization, Establishing New 3D Printing Business Unit for Rapid Tooling Development

Automotive injection molder Technicplas LLC, headquartered in Wisconsin, provides custom injection molding for customers all over the world, and the company recently made a big step in its move to...

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by Sarah Saunders at June 16, 2017 03:45 PM


Contour Crafting begins series production of deployable construction 3D printers

Behrokh Khoshnevis, inventor of the innovative Contour Crafting construction 3D printing method, has received a significant investment from Doka Ventures, a construction-focused subsidiary of Austria-based Umdasch Group. Khoshnevis has also leased a 33,600-square-foot space in El Segndo, and will ramp up production of his robotic construction 3D printers.

June 16, 2017 03:25 PM

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Materialise says co-creation is key to success in 3D printing industry

Deputy Group Editor, Laura Griffiths reflects on the Materialise's bi-annual conference in Brussels where talk of Research Co-creation and Development was central.

by Laura Griffiths at June 16, 2017 03:06 PM

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Researchers 3D Print Shape-Changing Structures That Expand with Heat

“Tensegrity” is a term that refers to a structural system of floating rods in compression and cables in continuous tension. It combines the words “tensional integrity,” and...

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by Clare Scott at June 16, 2017 02:44 PM


Techniplas launches 3D printing division headed by former 3D Systems CEO Avi Reichental

Techniplas LLC, a plastic fabrication company based in Nashotah, Wisconsin, has announced plans to establish a 3D printing center. The facility will be used to accelerate product development through the digitization of the company&aposs operations.

June 16, 2017 02:17 PM