Home 3D Printing 'Just Not There Yet' Admits MakerBot

Alex Cranz for Gizmodo:  MakerBot was going to change the world. It was going to bring 3D-printing, long a product limited to designer offices and workshops, into the home (or at least the garage). But earlier today, under a veil of marketing speak and glitzy videos, the company announced a new focus on commercial—not consumer—products, and in so doing, finally admitted what we’ve all known for a while. No one really wants a 3D printer in their house. CEO Jonathan Jaglom called MakerBot’s event an “an overall repositioning” for the brand. That’s a market savvy way of saying MakerBot is abandoning the home and hobbyist and embracing offices and schools. Later, when I asked about MakerBot’s former dream of getting 3D printers into people’s homes Jaglom’s answer seemed to come easily, the consumer market’s “just not there yet.”   Cont'd...

HOYA Launches Yuniku, a Global First in Vision-centric, 3D Tailored Eyewear

HOYA Vision Care Company, a key player in the global market for ophthalmic lenses, is proud to announce a global premiere: Yuniku, the world's first 3D tailored eyewear that is designed entirely around the optimal vision of the wearer. Yuniku is the result of a highly successful partnership with Materialise, leading provider of 3D printing software and services, and collaboration with Hoet design studio, pioneer in innovative eyewear designs. The 3D tailored eyewear, launched today, is a Silmo d'Or nominee in the Equipment category at Silmo 2016 in Paris.

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MakerBot Launches New 3D Printing Solutions for Professionals and Educators

New MakerBot Solutions Address the Wider Needs of Professionals and Educators; Include New MakerBot Replicator+, MakerBot Replicator Mini+, MakerBot Print, MakerBot Slate Gray Tough PLA Filament Bundle, Thingiverse Education, and More

SAP Launches Next Phase in Distributed Manufacturing Initiative

Announces Initial Co-Innovation Customers, Opens Registration for Joint SAP, UPS Early Adopters 3D Printing Program

New modular AM 'smart factory' from Concept Laser decouples pre-production and production

Benedict for 3Ders.org:  German metal 3D printing specialist Concept Laser has unveiled its new "smart factory" approach to additive manufacturing. The idea behind the Industry 4.0 "smart factory" is to decouple process stages, allowing tasks to be carried out in parallel and physically separate from one another. The AM Factory of Tomorrow, Concept Laser's modular additive manufacturing factory-building kit, has been designed to allow manufacturers to seamlessly incorporate additive manufacturing technologies into existing production lines or to develop new and efficient AM production spaces. The Lichtenfels-based company has now revealed new aspects of its advanced manufacturing concept, detailing how a move from the sequential to the parallel could maximize production speed, cost-efficiency, and scalability.  Cont'd... Â

Peak Production Adopts Stratasys FDM 3D Printing to Innovate Its Tooling Process and Increase Manufacturing Efficiency

3D printing jigs and fixtures 24/7, the company reports a reduction in lead times of up to 90% on plastic parts compared to traditional CNC Machining, while slashing production costs by 50% in many cases The ability to produce high performance 3D printed parts that can match the strength of traditional tools, fast and more cost-effectively, offers manufacturers a new way to innovate, increase productivity and become more competitive with their manufacturing To find out more about efficient production with 3D printed jigs and fixtures, visit Stratasys at TCT on Stand E14, Hall 3A

Reutlingen University Selects Dassault Systèmes' 3DEXPERIENCE Platform on the Cloud to Prepare Students for Industry 4.0

Students at German University's "Learning Factory" Experience the Digital Transformation of Industrial Processes and Logistics

Norsk Titanium Announces Investment from Applied Ventures

Venture Capital Arm of Global Technology Leader Takes Equity Position in Metal Additive Manufacturing Innovator

Peugeot Teams Up With 3D Printing Startup for Parts and Possibly Full Cars

Daniel Bentley for Fortune:  French carmaker PSA said on Thursday a partnership with a U.S. 3D printing startup would lead to cheaper production of whole vehicle structures as well as parts for its models. The maker of Peugeot, Citroen and DS cars said it had agreed with Los Angeles-based Divergent 3D to develop metal printing processes for PSA production lines. Carlos Tavares, PSA’s chief executive, said this could “dramatically scale down the size and scope of our manufacturing footprint” and yield lighter, more profitable vehicles. The carmaker did not quantify any impact on production jobs. Industries from aerospace to healthcare use 3D printing for the production of metal and plastic components, while elaborate assemblies with moving parts often prove more difficult. Ford is among other carmakers exploring the technology.   Cont'd...

PSA Group Signs a Strategic Partnership Letter of Intent With Divergent 3D, Charting a New Future of Dramatically More Efficient Automobile Manufacturing

-Divergent 3D has created a software-hardware platform enabled by 3D metal printing (the Divergent Manufacturing Platform™) that radically transforms the economics and environmental impact of designing and manufacturing complex structures such as cars -Divergent 3D is dedicated to revolutionizing car manufacturing and reducing its environmental impact through implementing and licensing its industry foundational IP and patents-pending technology -PSA Group is partnering with Divergent 3D to implement Divergent's technology in its manufacturing processes with the objective of becoming a global leader in efficient automotive manufacturing.

Thermwood Introduces LSAM: Large Scale 3D Additive Manufacturing Systems

Thermwood's new machine called LSAM (pronounced L-Sam, short for Large Scale Additive Manufacturing), uses a two-step, near-net-shape production process.

The Virtual Foundry's Filamet™: A Completely New Product for Desktop 3D Printing

The Virtual Foundry, makers of Filamet™ are uncovering new and amazing uses for the Metal filament every day

Hypertherm Turns to NVBOTS to Expand 3D Printing Usage

Leader in Advanced Cutting Products Relies on the NVPro for Rapid Prototyping Adoption Across the Company

IMTS - Stratasys Manufacturing Aids Package Can Help Users Speed Development of 3D Printed Manufacturing Tools

Package Contains Design Consultation and Advanced Materials to Help Users Create Jigs, Fixtures, or Other Manufacturing Tools

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