Week in Review: Feb 6th to Feb 12th



3D Printing challenges to the Oil & Gas industry, micro-SLA for functional piezoceramic materials & Treatstock.


3D printing applications for the O&G industry are expected to completely transform the way that components for a wide range of essential equipment and machinery are produced. Companies have been looking into using 3D printing technology to reconceptualize parts and components, the development of augmented manufacturing processes and instant, on-demand manufacturing. 3D printing is also playing an increasing role in the O&G industry’s research and development activities, and that trend is expected to expand to oil and gas operators, oil field service providers and OEMs. Want to learn more? Head to 3Dprint.com.


University of Warwick in the UK have now developed a whole new microstereolithography (MSL) 3D printing technique that can be used to create piezoceramic objects. Just millimeters in size, these objects form the basis of a wide range of electronic devices, from sensors to scanners. Most importantly, their technique doesn’t suffer from the limitations that affect existing piezoceramic production techniques. Interesting, right? 3Ders has the details.


Our last piece of news this week is is Treatstock, a brand new marketplace partner using our secure delivery API to stream designs to FDM printers. 3Dprint.com spoke to the team and wrote about it.

Like always we invite you to visit our Dev Team blog Layer0. This week we are talking about Docker, telling you some of our tips & tricks to work more efficiently with it.

If you are in Germany, in April you are welcome to come talk to Andre Wegner, our CEO. He will be speaking at the Singularity University Summit in Berlin.


Week in Review: January 30th to Feb 5th

Siemens Bets €21.4M on Metal Printing, Ikea’s 3DP repair stations, and Stratasys & Adobe streamlining full-color printing.


Member of the 3MF Consortium, investor in 3D printing, and a regular user of the tech, Siemens announced a€21.4M facility devoted entirely to metal 3D printing in Finspång, Sweden. Full report on Inside 3D Printing.



IKEA is launching a series of pilot programs in Belgium and France where customers can bring broken furniture to Ikea repair stations for recycling or fixing with the help of a 3D printer. Ikea furniture is particularly easy to combine with 3D printed components and you can also find quite a few making hacks online specifically intended for Ikea furniture. It was about time! We are happy to see it becoming a real pilot. You can read more about it on 3Ders.




Stratasys and Adobe announced this week a partnership to send files directly from Photoshop to Stratasys Direct Express for production, taking out a few steps in the process, from the design stage right to production quotes, manufacturing validation, and previewing – all directly from Photoshop. Sounds exciting. Checkout the video:

This week we invite you to visit our Dev Team blog Layer0. This week we have discussed how we secure microservice communications. If you like code, 3D modeling and 3D printing, Layer0 has a new blog post for you every Tuesday.

Week in Review: January 23rd to 29th

GE joins the 3MF Consortium, ONRL unveils ‘world’s largest 3D printed polymer building’ powered by a car, and Orbital ATK successfully tests 3D printed hypersonic engine part.


As a pioneer in 3D printing, it should be no surprise that GE has joined the 3MF Consortium. With a market cap of $285 billion, GE is easily the largest multinational to embrace 3D printing as a means of manufacturing end parts.

Do you think with GE Global Research joining the consortium as a Founding member will help Microsoft on to create a 3D file format with the potential to be universally used across both 3D printing platforms and 3D software? Read more on Inside 3D Printing.



ORNL and their partners at architecture firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM) have officially unveiled an ambitious project: a 3D printed building and a 3D printed motorized vehicle which powers it. The project was an effort made by both government and many industry players, including ORNL, SOM, and even General Electric (who designed the kitchen), to showcase the future potentials of sustainable, off-the-grid human living. 3Ders has more on it, and a lot of photos!




Orbital ATK have just announced the successful test of a 3D printed hypersonic engine combustor at NASA Langley Research Center.

3D printed via powder bed fusion, the combustor was put through a battery of tests, including 20-day exposures to diverse high-temperature hypersonic flight conditions. The results demonstrated that the part met or exceeded requirements, demonstrating that powder bed fusion was capable of producing critical mission parts. Details on Inside 3D Printing.

This week we invite you to visit our Dev Team blog Layer0, and Andre Wegner’s Linkedin Pulse post, “Additive Manufacturing is a Sandbox for Industry 4.0“. Wegner is Authentise CEO and a frequent speaker on emerging intellectual property issues in 3D Printing and opportunities of distributed manufacturing at events such as Singularity University, Rapid, Inside 3D Printing & WIRED.

Our Dev Team brings a screencast on Authentise Monitor, showing you how to use computer vision to monitor your 3D prints. If you like code, 3D modeling and 3D printing, Layer0 has a new blog post for you every Tuesday.

Week in Review: January 16th to 22nd

Futurism exercises and predictions from Daniel Matthews, Frost & Sullivan, IDC and Croft Filters’ founder Neil Burns.


Will this be a world where 3D printers replace traditional manufacturing and retailers? A world where people are prosumers, not consumers? Daniel Matthews compares Shapeways, 3D Hubs and Styleshapes to Uber, discussing what will happen once the gig economy adapts to the 3D printing possibilities at 3DPrint.com.

Consultancy agency Frost & Sullivan released a report predicting that 3D printing will generate $4.3 billion in the auto industry by 2025. The report is quite optimistic about the future of 3D printing in the automotive industry and you can read more about it on 3Ders.


Talking about predictions, Global provider of market intelligence, the International Data Corporation (IDC) released its Semiannual 3D Printing Spending Guide which predicts that global spending on 3D printing technologies will grow at a 27% compound annual growth rate, from nearly $11 billion in 2015 to $26.7 billion in 2019.

On a more reflective note, Neil Burns, from Croft Filters, talks about how far the technology has come and takes a shot on what does the next 12 months hold for an industry, on 3Dprint.com.

Once again, we invite you to visit our Dev Team blog, Layer0. This week we share “More comments != Better Code“. If you like code, 3D modeling and 3D printing, Layer0 has a new blog post for you every Tuesday.


Week in Review: January 9 to 15th

UPS is using 3D printing to transform their industry, production of auto components accelerated by 17%, and innovative 3D printing inks open a vast new world for metal printing.


While it is still early days for this type of service, creative logistics is what UPS is known for. Not only is this an evolution of the 3D printing service provider market, but it’s a complete disruption of the light manufacturing, shipping and fulfilment markets as well. We agree with 3Dprint.com that if anyone can successfully proselytize the benefits of using this type of business model to their clients it is going to be UPS. It reminds us a lot of this great project we worked on with Lowe’s Innovation Labs for Orchard Supply Hardware:

Czech Republic-based Innomia, a Direct Metal Laser Sintering (DMLS) specialist, has been using EOS additive manufacturing technology to help companies in the automobile supply chain to produce high quality components. A recent tool insert cooling system developed by the company, made using additive manufacturing techniques, has resulted in a 17% increase in productivity for Magna, a supplier to Škoda. 3Ders article about it is worth the visit.


Researchers have been steadily refining the process, and now a team at Northwestern University has come up with a process that even allows the use of inexpensive rust powder, which is more lightweight, offers greater stability, and is safer and more affordable in comparison to other iron powders.

Findings regarding this new process were recently discussed in a paper, ‘Metallic Architectures from 3D-Printed Powder-Based Liquid Inks,’ by Adam E. Jakus, Shannon L. Taylor, Nicholas R. Geisendorfer, David C. Dunand, and Ramille N. Shah, just published in Advanced Functional Materials. 3DPrint.com has a great write up on the findings.

Closing our Week in Review, we want to invite you to visit Layer0, our tech team blog. This week we have posted a 3Diax screencast for engineers, on how to the platform works and how the modules interact with each other. If you like code, 3D modeling and 3D printing, Layer0 is the place to go. Every Tuesday a new blog post will be waiting for for you.


Week in Review: January 2nd to 8th

And we are back with Week in Review!

Authentise CEO Andre Wegner talks about the lifestyle impacts of 3DP at CES2016. New Balance and Intel want to make your running shoes better. More about 3D printing at CES and promising investment opportunities for the new year.

Andre Wegner

3D printing could change what we buy and how we buy it. Could shipping be a thing of the past? Or will ships be 3D printed? Authentise CEO, Andre Wegner, and analyst Joe Kampton discussed retail, personalization, distributed manufacturing and more at the TCT 3D Printing Conference at CES this week. If you did not have a chance to join, you can still check out TCT’s live updates of the session here.


Taking its mission to design the ultimate, tech-optimized 3D printed running shoe midsole to the next level, New Balance has announced a third defining partnership with Intel to use its RealSense 3D scanning and imaging technology to gather precise measurements of each customers’ foot, and potentially create the most accurate customizable 3D printed midsoles on the market. The announcement was made at CES 2016 during the Intel CES press conference. 3Ders have a very good write up on the announcement here.


After last year’s stock implosion of 3D printing giants 3D Systems and Stratasys and their rapidly dwindling good will on the stock market, Scott J Grunewald, from 3DPrint.com, have posted his opinion on what are the best bets on the 3D printing stock market this year: Medical 3D Printing Applications, Metal 3D Printing, 3D Printing Materials, and  3D Software.

What is your opinion? What are your thoughts on investing this year in the 3DP space? Do you agree with Grunewald? Tweet your opinion to  @authentise.

Week in Review: December 12 to 18th

France’s postal service partners with Cults3D to launch 3D printing marketplace, a close look at production times with i.materialise, and a helpful chart on 3D printing processes and materials.


French postal service company La Poste announced their new all-encompassing “Innovate and Create in 3D” website. This massive local distributor has made it a point to focus on new technologies, such as 3D printing, by opening their own self-curated 3D marketplace, powered by Authentise partner Cults. Go Cults!!!


According to i.materialise, sometimes plastic polyamide prints can take up to 6 days, with resin taking longer: between 8 and 13 days. Silver takes as long as 8-15 days. Their solution to the problem of slow 3D printing production time is to create a “fast lane.” For smaller polyamide prints, it is now possible to get them within 2 days, as long as finishing options, such as dyeing and polishing, are not required. This process, known as the “Polyamide Priority,” is an option for people who have simpler designs that do not require all of the extra time that other prints do. Want to know more? 3Dprint.com has the scoop.


Explaining the different types of additive manufacturing (AM) processes can be difficult as there’s significant overlap with materials and hardware between the different technologies. That’s why Fram-Schwartz, former 3D Design Lab Lead at Google, created this diagram to make this seemingly sophisticated network of processes palatable.

While the chart does not cover all of the processes used in 3D printing, it does give a pretty good look at some of the more common ones. Frams-Schartwz also offers a higher resolution chart on his Linkedin post.

Closing our Week in Review, we want to invite you to visit Layer0, our tech team blog, to read Yani Iliev’s post on “Reverse engineering print protocols“. If you like code, 3D modeling and 3D printing, Layer0 is the place to go. Every Tuesday a new blog post will be waiting for for you.

Week in Review: December 5 to 11th

UL teams up with universities to tell us how safe is 3D printing, research company CONTEXT says metal 3D printing continues to grow impressively, and US Court rules on the transmission of 3D files.


Underwriters Laboratories Inc., a nonprofit that is part of the UL global safety science organization, has recently announced partnerships with two US universities to examine the impact of 3D printing on indoor air quality. With Georgia Tech, UL says they have already made “significant progress” already in their emissions study methodology. In 2016, they will work with Emory University to assess potential health hazards from exposure to the emissions.


According to recent data released by IT market research company CONTEXT, sales of 3D metal printers across the globe were up by a tremendous 45% in Q3 2015, compared to last year. While many 3D printing companies, manufacturers, and resellers are blaming lack of consumer spending for financial decline, in the metal 3D printer market shipments have grown 51% so far in 2015 compared to the same period last year.


In a case with important implications for 3D printing, a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit ruled in a dispute between tooth aligner competitors Align and ClearCorrect that the U.S. International Trade Commission cannot stop digital blueprints of physical objects from being imported into the U.S.

The International Trade Commission became involved in the dispute between Align and ClearCorrect when ClearCorrect, in an alleged attempt to skirt Align’s U.S. patents, began performing part of its process abroad. ClearCorrect scans teeth in the U.S., but sends the digital blueprints to Pakistan, where digital blueprints are created for a series of intermediate orthodontic aligners that straighten teeth over time. ClearCorrect then sends the digital blueprints of the intermediate aligners back to the U.S. for 3D printing. Please visit 3D Printing Industry for a detailed account of the case.

As always, to close our Week in Review, we invite you to visit our Dev Team blog, Layer0. This week, one of our developers shares some of his findings on how to avoid common 3D print failures. And don’t forget: Layer0 has a new blog post for you every Tuesday.

See you next Friday!

Week in Review: November 28th to December 4th

AIRBUS A320 saving weight with 3D printed parts, EOS enters a three-year technical partnership with Williams, Gartner says 10% of people in the developed world will be living with 3D printed items by 2019 and Apple Tiptoes into the World of Color 3D Printers.


Earlier this month a partially 3D printed Airbus engine was tested and they are not just taking existing tools and applying them to their planes: Airbus is also experimenting with completely new manufacturing options. They have just developed a large ‘bionic’ partition for the A320 Airbus, that has been 3D printed in a new super-strong, lightweight alloy called scalmalloy, using direct metal laser sintering technology.

EOS announced that they have entered a three-year technical partnership with Williams Grand Prix Engineering and Williams Advanced Engineering. The partnership will provide Williams with direct insights into the latest AM technologies offered by EOS and it will serve both companies to jointly demonstrate the efficiency of Additive Manufacturing within the world of Formula One.


Gartner has just finished a very intriguing study on market expectations of 3D printing technology over the coming years. One of them is very intriguing: They predict 3D printing will be prominently present in both the healthcare and consumer manufacturing industries by as soon as 2019. They expect that 10 percent of people in the developed world will be wearing 3D printed objects in or on their body in just three to four years from now. Do you agree? Do you think you will have a 3D print in your body in the next years? Tweet your opinion to  @authentise.

An Apple patent application published on Thursday reveals research on efficient and cost-effective full color 3D printing. Apple proposes a system that uses two print heads, one for depositing material and another for applying color. In some embodiments the color head is aligned in parallel with the material head on the same support bar, while other iterations place the color head on a separate side support. Both scenarios call for color to be applied while the material print head shoots liquid-to-solid material on a moveable platform. You can read more about it at Apple Insider.

To close our Week in Review, once again, we invite you to visit our Dev Team blog, Layer0. This week we share “Vim plugins and .vimrc settings we love“. If you like code, 3D modeling and 3D printing, Layer0 has a new blog post for you every Tuesday.


Week in Review: November 21 to 27th

This week: Toshiba get into the metal printing game, the industry got to the 500k printers milestone, 3D Hubs put out their 2016 Printer Guide and Made in Space to start 3D printing large-scale structures in space.


Toshiba is promising a printer ten times faster than most powder bed fusion sintering printers in the market. The new prototype utilizes laser metal deposition technology, can work with a variety of metals including iron, stainless steel and Inconel, using Toshiba’s fluid simulation technology. The corporation developed a nozzle that reduces the area to which the metal particles are deposited, allowing for the laser beam to precisely focus in on the tiny area of deposition.

In a year of ups and downs for some of the biggest industry names, Market Research Company CONTEXT released good news: over half a million 3D printers have been shipped globally between the 1980’s and mid-2015, with the millionth unit on track to ship by 2017. Though both the industrial/professional segment and personal/desktop 3D printing segments were weak in Q3 2015, new entrants from the traditional printing market could signify a major changing of the guard. CONTEXT predicts that the global 3D printing industry is right on track to ship its millionth unit by 2017, with upwards of 1M units being shipped every year from 2019 onwards—not that we ever doubted that would be the case. 3Ders wrote a great review of the report here.

3D Hubs just released their new 3D printer guide, for the first time featuring also industrial printers, from their 3D Hubs HD service. The guide is based on 5,350 reviews and an impressive 714,300 prints made on reviewed printers.

More exciting news: Our friends from Made in Space will be leading the team for a new NASA project called Archinaut, to 3D print large-scale structures and allow spacecrafts to both make and assemble structures which help in mission goals like providing antennas and base station capabilities. Made in Space, like Authentise, is an SU company.


To close our Week in Review, we want to congratulate our Dev Team and Layer0, their blog, on the post on “Why we moved away from Guthub“. The post made it to the front page of Hacker News last Tuesday, sparking a great discussion on development and management tools for technical teams. If you like code, 3D modeling and 3D printing, Layer0 is the place to go. Every Tuesday a new blog post will be waiting for for you.