Proto Labs CEO Vicki Holt Joins the Manufacturing Leadership Council's Board of Governors

Frost & Sullivan's Manufacturing Leadership Council, the foremost global business network for senior industrial executives, announces the election of President and CEO of Proto Labs, Inc. Vicki M. Holt, to the Manufacturing Leadership Council's Board of Governors.

EnvisionTEC Previews High-Speed 3D Printer for Dental Market at LMT Lab Day Chicago

-The Vida cDLM™ joins the company's popular line of dental 3D printers, offering build speeds up to 10 times faster than other DLP printers now on the market -EnvisionTEC also reveals E-Model, a new dental material for 3D printing of more accurate, durable models suitable for thermoformed aligners and more -Shipping has begun for E-Dent 400 and E-Gum, two dental materials previewed at last year's show

3D Printing: Should You Go Open Source?

Michael Molitch-Hou for Engineering.com:  Although it’s possible that patents have existed since the time of the Ancient Greeks, the Venetian Patent Statute is more widely recognized as the first official patent system. Established in 1474, the statute declared that 10-year patents could be granted to "any new and ingenious device, not previously made.”

Along with all of society’s rules and mores, patent law and intellectual property (IP) have changed over time. We are now living in the post-Internet era, in which ideas and files are exchanged all around the world on a regular basis. It is now possible to download Phil Collins’ entire discography, whether it’s legal or not. It’s also possible to download 3D printable guns, legal or not.  Full article:

Race For 3D Printing Capacity Could Revive M&A

Harry Brumpton for Forbes:  It’s an industrial breakthrough destined to transform manufacturing, from the production of entire space shuttle rockets right down to dental implants. It’s only a matter of time before the technology will make it to homes too, experts say, giving you access to on-demand, customizable basketball shoes, toys, housewares and more.

3D printing builds solid objects of almost any design by zapping out tiny melded layers of plastic, metal or whatever else, much like a drip in freezing weather incrementally forms an icicle. This simplifies the complex assembly of heavy objects and intricate designs, in essence reinventing the traditional economics of production.

One darling stock of the 3D printing world is 3D Systems, which has posted a whopping return since the start of the new year of 27.54%. But its three-year record is even more eye popping:

Minus 77%.  Cont'd...

Vention.io Announces the Beta Launch of the first AI-enabled machine builder platform

Vention.io is announcing the beta launch of their browser-based 3D machine builder platform, enabling established and emerging designers to design and order their custom industrial equipment in just a few days.

This 3D-Printer Uses Holograms for Super-Fast Printing

Patrick Lynch for Arch Daily:  One established 3D-printing technique is using laser to cure light-activated plastic, building up layers one at a time in a time-consuming process. But now tech start-up Daqri has discovered a way of speeding up that process: by using a 3-dimensional hologram.  The printer works by projecting a 3D light field into a dish of the light sensitive monomer “goo.” The plastic quickly hardens, allowing it to be extracted using a screen. The whole process takes just 5 seconds, compared to the several minutes than would be required by an ordinary 3D printer.

In addition to its increased speed, the printer also creates monocoque objects that don’t suffer from the weaknesses found in the “grain” between layers of 3-D objects. The process would also eliminate the need for supporting structures currently required to create some 3D objects.  Cont'd...

Team Penske and Stratasys Form Technical Partnership to Bring 3D Printing Competitive Edge to NASCAR and IndyCar Racing

"Stratasys additive manufacturing solutions are being increasingly adopted by the world's top motorsports teams and manufacturers. The engineering-grade quality, high throughput and wide choice of materials our 3D printing solutions provide are a perfect fit for the customized tools and innovative part designs our automotive customers demand."

Oerlikon signed two research partnerships - with TU Munich and Skoltech - to advance the industrialization of additive manufacturing

The two research partnerships support Oerlikon's strategy to expand its leading position in surface solutions into additive manufacturing. In anticipation of the expected growth in demand for advanced component manufacturing by additive manufacturing, the collaborations will address some of the most pressing research and development challenges in this field.

Altium Vault 3.0 Harnesses PCB Design Data To Unlock Engineering Innovation

Latest Release of Design Data Management Software Makes It Simple for Designers and Engineers to Store, Find, and Use Verified Libraries of PCB Components and Designs.

"Father of 3D Printing" Honored with Washington Award by Western Society of Engineers

Charles Hull recognized in celebration of Engineers Week

MakerBot is laying off a third of its staff, narrowing focus under Stratasys

Shawn Knight for TechSpot:  3D printing ordinary household goods may be able to save users a bit of coin but consumers aren’t buying it – literally – and that’s forcing one company to downsize its workforce.

In what is becoming a common occurrence, MakerBot recently announced additional restructuring that’ll see the company shed 30 percent of its staff.

CEO Nadav Goshen said greater focus on long-term goals is key to their success and to get there, they must reduce the “pressure and distraction” of chasing short-term market trends and focus on their core products.

The executive didn’t say which divisions would be hit hardest, nor do we know exactly how many employees are being let go although TechCrunch estimates the figure is probably between 80 and 100.

Specifically, MakerBot will be integrating hardware and software product development under one team that’ll be led by VP of Engineering Dave Veisz. Current Director of Digital Products, Lucas Levin, is also being promoted to VP of Product, we’re told, and will lead product management across hardware and software.  Cont'd...

New 3D Printing Solutions from XYZprinting for Consumers and Professionals Available February 2017

World leader in Desktop 3D printing expands product suites, from beginner to professional, releases four unique solutions that provide users with end-to-end, cutting-edge features at accessible price points

Global Imaging First to Provide Massivit 3D Printer Demos in North America

Global Imaging, which recently secured North American distribution rights for the Massivit 1800 3D Printer, will be offering demonstrations in its onsite Workflow Studio

3D Systems to Demonstrate GibbsCAM at Precision Machining Technology Show

CNC programming software features over 1,800 unique post-processors for multi-task machines

Beyond the Hype: What's Next for Industrial 3D Printing

Vicki Holt of Proto Labs via The Huffington Post:  It wasn’t long ago that 3D printing was one of the buzziest technologies around.  We watched as a 3D printer recreated a bust of Stephen Colbert on TV. We heard from industry analysts who were bullish on adoption of the technology. We imagined a future with a 3D printer in every home when major retailers began selling them online and in stores.

Fast forward to today. The potential of 3D printing remains enormous. Global spend on the technology is expected to climb from $11 billion in 2015 to nearly $27 billion in 2019. But with all of the early excitement now behind us, where does 3D printing stand today? And where will it go in the future?  It can be summed up in three key developments.  Cont'd... 

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