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.


Week in Review: November 16 to 20th

Busy week with the formnext show, held in Frankfurt this week from 17-20. The conference showcased some of today’s most powerful manufacturing technology and 3D printers.

Concept Laser unveiled their AM Factory of Tomorrow concept, splitting up build job preparation/build job follow-up processing and additive manufacturing in a number of combinable modules to reduce the ‘downtime’ of previous stand-alone machines.


Concept Laser AM Factory of Tomorrow

Renishaw showcased a new build preparation software package and two new metal 3D printing systems, MetalFab1 unveiled a new metal system, and EOS also brought their new metal 3D printer, the EOS M100, as well as their new material, EOS StainlessSteel CX, and a new quality control platform. The EOS M100 is basically a more compact and cost-effective form of the EOS M 290 DMLS.


Also very nice use cases popping up in the media: Materialise supplying Airbus with 3D Printed Parts for A350 XWB planesAudi looking into 3D printed metal end parts into their autos, and Blade, the world’s first 3D printed supercar.

Something else that grabbed our attention this week was the Hexa Research projections for 3D printing into 2020, saying that lack of skill sets may impede industry progression. What are your thoughts on it? Do you agree with Hexa? What do you think can be done to prevent this from happening? Tweet to us!

To finish our Week in Review on a lighter note, here’s a great tip for your friends & family: Free 3D Crash Course in video. Developed with Pinshape, 3D Hubs and The WTFFF Podcast, the ‘crash course’ offers concise information for beginners, and it’s very entertaining, in whiteboard animation style.

See you next week!


Authentise releases 3DIAX, a secure storage and application platform made for 3D files

Advancing its vision to build tools that empower 3D design and additive manufacturing businesses, Authentise today announced the launch of 3DIAX (www.3diax.com).


3DIAX offers secure storage with access to dozens of tools developed by Authentise and leading third parties, including rendering, nesting, file fixing, model manipulation, search, toolpath generation and others, as well as full access to Authentise’s Design Streaming and Print Monitoring tools. For some applications it’s the first time they’re available in this format, and the list is constantly growing.

“Our security solutions are already used by leading 3D enabled businesses. Now we’re making it even easier for application developers and corporations to deliver 3D content to manufacturing and beyond by giving them access to all the tools they need in one place,” says Andre Wegner, CEO of Authentise. “We’re excited to be working with leading organizations such as Siemens as well as startups to bring their tools to a broad audience.”

3DIAX represents an exciting opportunity for application developers, who can use the platform to provide access to their solutions to a large audience in an integrated workflow. This allows 3DIAX users to make sure they’re always using best in class tools by lowering switching costs, simply and on a more affordable pay-per-use basis.

“We are very excited about 3DIAX and believe that integrating with the platform will help to create a comprehensive solution to solve several 3D Printing issues including ensuring the printability of 3D content utilizing our healing and repairing system”, says Mo Taslaq, CEO of Makeprintable.

Sunny Ripert, CTO of french 3D printable file sharing platform Cults, says that “Not only is Cults able to get going on releases faster because all the tools we need are under one roof. With Diax, we can also easily switch providers or integrate new services with just one line of code.”

Siemens Expands Frontier Partner Program for Manufacturing­focused Startups to Accelerate Innovations to Market

Founded in 1999 in Berkeley, California, Siemens TTB aims to nurture partnerships with startups to connect thousands of engineers, scientists and entrepreneurs to business opportunities around the globe. TTB is part of the Siemens Corporate Technology unit, which is comprised of some 7,400 of the world’s most talented innovators, scientists, engineers and technical experts from over two dozen countries.

“The Frontier Partner program joins a long line of Siemens Technology to Business programs that partner with startups to add value to our core and future businesses so we can better serve our customers,” said Chenyang Xu, General Manager, Siemens Technology to Business Berkeley. “The startups accepted into this program demonstrate excellence in developing unique and innovative technologies and partnering with Siemens can bring the scale and scope necessary to help their business succeed.”

The Frontier Partner program supports startups in the product development phase. Startups accepted into the pilot receive a year­long development license to a comprehensive suite of Siemens’ PLM software that enables them to develop the new product. Additionally, participants have access to Siemens development mentors and other technology partners who utilize Siemens software.

“Businesses across the globe in industries from autos to aerospace to consumer electronics are constantly striving to get products to market faster and more efficiently,” said Chuck Grindstaff, CEO and President, Siemens PLM Software. “Our PLM software solutions are being utilized today by virtually every segment of the industrial base worldwide, helping to enable the next era of advanced manufacturing. We’re proud to offer our tools to Frontier Partner startups as they work to bring their own manufacturing­focused innovations to market.”

Initial Frontier participants are:

  • Authentise –engineering software to securely stream 3D designs directly to printers.
  • Avante Technology, LLC –providing software that repairs & prepares 3D files for printing.
  • Matterfab –developing a metal 3D printer for industrial use. x MatterMachine –platform enabling scalable bespoke manufacturing.
  • nTopology, Inc. –building software to generate optimized 3D lattice structures.

“We’re delighted to be part of the Siemens Frontier Partner program to bring our secure delivery tools for additive manufacturing to a greater audience,” said Andre Wegner, Founder and CEO of Authentise. “This is just the start of a long partnership to learn and develop products for a distributed manufacturing future together.”

The pilot startups were chosen because they are all focused on solving industrial users’ challenges that are encountered with 3D printing including reliability, scalability, and ease­ of ­use for mass­ scale applications. Now, startups with a focused on robotics will also be able to access the Frontier Partner program.

The expansion of the Frontier Partner program was announced at Bold Bets: Tomorrow’s Industrial Entrepreneurship (And How Everything Will Change) – an event held by The Atlantic at the University of California, Berkeley that focused on the digitalization of infrastructure and how the infusion of entrepreneurship and data will impact industrial manufacturing and software. The event was underwritten by Siemens.

Bold Bets

Home Improvement gets Personal with 3D Printing and Scanning

Lowe’s Innovation Labs, the disruptive innovation hub of Lowe’s Companies, Inc., is introducing in-store and online 3D printing and scanning services to provide homeowners a simple, fun experience designing and producing hard-to-find replacement parts and unique decor items for personal expression throughout their home.

“The home is very personal and 3D printing gives homeowners unprecedented access to build items that reflect their individuality,” said Kyle Nel, executive director of Lowe’s Innovation Labs. “Until now, it’s been hard for the average consumer to benefit from this technology because of the cost and complexity, so we are bringing customers an approachable and affordable customization experience.”



Lowe’s Innovation Labs developed this project in partnership with Authentise, which provides secure distribution tools for 3D printing and helps companies execute 3D innovation through its subsidiary Authentise Services. “Our partnership with Authentise enabled us to rapidly develop 3D solutions in a way that is core to home improvement and positions Lowe’s at the forefront of the digital manufacturing revolution,” Nel said.

Items can be printed in-store in plastic, or ordered in materials ranging from metal to ceramic for shipment direct to the customer. A dedicated 3D print and design specialist will assist customers in the store throughout the process and facilitate the pickup of printed items.


“3D printing and scanning are changing the way we produce, deliver and interact with objects,” said Andre Wegner, CEO of Authentise. “We are delighted to have helped Lowe’s create a solution that makes these changes relevant to its customers, while building a scalable platform to support future demand.”

The partnership with Authentise is the second initiative developed as a result of Lowe’s Innovation Labs’ relationship with Singularity University and SU Labs, a program that connects corporate innovation teams with startups and other organizations to explore exponentially accelerating technologies and create new sustainable business solutions.

SexShop3D Partners With Authentise To Offer Secure Streaming Of 3D Files

APRIL 21, 2015

Every day the sex toy industry is expanding and breaking into the mainstream culture. Sex toys have come out of the bedroom and become something openly discussed by people who a few generations back would have considered the topic taboo. Technology will only make these items more accessible for the average person. The Internet allows people to search for fun and exciting toys from the comfort of their homes with a selection that cannot be beat by brick-and-mortar stores.

We are witnessing an exciting time for the industry since 3D printing came along. The availability and convenience of 3D printers combined with the advantages of online shopping mean that customers are now able to shop and have their own sex toy created before their eyes in a fraction of the time shipping takes. This growth is even more remarkable as it brings in a few advantages we wish for when shopping for sex toys: privacy, convenience, customization, speed, low cost, etc.

Authentise partnership

SexShop3D partnered with Authentise, the leading licencing platform for 3D printing, to provide its customers and creators a complete hassle-free experience. The great team at Authentise built a technology that optimizes designs and securely streams them to printers. This streaming service monitors production and ensures its quality. It helps customers through the printing process and it addresses designers’ concerns about file security.

Pay-per-print model

Many 3D designers do not share their designs because they fear they are going to be modified, shared, or even sold without their consent. With Authentise software, instead of paying to download the files, customers are able to print their sex toy once. They never download or own the design, it is securely streamed to the printer. The result of streaming 3D models directly to printers is an enhanced user experience and an improved print quality. Both customers and creators benefit from Authentise technology.

Never before have companies been able to combine privacy, selection, creativity, security, and most of all fun! Follow us on Facebook and Twitter, and don’t forget to sign up to our newsletter for the latest SexShop3D and 3D printing news.


Why 3D Printing Needs Secure Streaming

This post was co-published with the Autodesk Spark Blog 

Authentise and Autodesk just announced a strategic partnership, which might have left some of you guessing. Why would Spark, the open platform for 3D printing, partner with Authentise, the leading licensing platform for the industry? Hopefully this post makes things clearer.

There’s been a lot of excitement about 3D printing over the last two years. Media outlets are hungry for new use cases, arriving peu-a-peu, niche by niche every other day. Those stories make for nice coverage. But the excitement is based on more: 3D printing has the promise to disrupt supply chains.
A distributed manufacturing future needs more than niches – it demands designs every part, ever made. Secure streaming can help get us there by reassuring rights holders that engaging with the technology is safe, easy and reliable. This brings a whole new class of content owners to the industry – those who own most of the world’s designs.
The massive injection of of high quality data can catapult the industry to new heights. It helps break a vicious cycle that’s currently delaying the industry. Without these designs, we’ll continue to niche by niche, depressing use cases, and as a result printer sales which drive industry revenue and R&D, which leads to reduced use cases again, and as a result less printer sales.
Samir Hanna, VP of Autodesk’s Consumer group, said that, “as 3D printing becomes more widely adopted by both corporations and consumers alike, protecting intellectual property is more important than ever.”
Streaming can be a boon for everybody: It can make printing safer and better at the same time. Certainly that’s what the partnership between Authentise and Autodesk aims to do. We’re delighted to be shaping the 3D printing future together.

Authentise Monitor: Cutting-edge computer vision algorithms to detect 3D print failures

We are very excited to tell you that we are releasing a technology critical to address the high failure rate of printers, which can be between 25 to 70% in some cases, according to our partners and users.

The service monitors the print progress using any off-the-shelf webcam combined with Authentise’s cutting-edge computer vision algorithms. If it detects a deviation from the intended build progress, the user is informed by email or text. They can also pause the print remotely and address the failure later, saving time and lost material.


You can learn more on http://vision.authentise.com.

This is the first time desktop 3D printer users have access to advanced failure analysis systems. We are gathering sign ups on the service website for a private beta. It will be out now in January and reach general distribution in Q1 of 2015.

Authentise and Autodesk Announce Strategic Partnership, Boost Distributed Manufacturing

Partnership Gives Corporations the Tools They Need to Engage in 3D Printing

San Francisco, 30/10/2013 – Authentise, the leading licensing platform for digital manufacturing, and Autodesk Inc., a leader in design software and 3D printing applications, announced a strategic partnership today at the Autodesk Pier 9 Workshop in San Francisco. The companies will integrate features of their respective software, allowing the world’s biggest brands to securely offer their designs for 3D print.

Autodesk has evolved from being a pioneer of design software to a leader in digital manufacturing applications and 3D printing. Earlier this year the company announced their Spark platform that will make 3D printing simpler and more reliable. The platform is the industry’s first open 3D printing platform. By integrating Authentise’s secure streaming technology in the Spark platform, Autodesk can propel its adoption by brands, manufacturers and other design owners concerned about the integrity of their intellectual property.

Authentise optimizes and securely streams designs directly to printers, giving design owners and marketplaces the freedom to distribute their content securely. As physical supply chains turn digital, streaming tools are required to reassure rights holders and unlock the full potential for 3D printing. Authentise’s streaming API is the standard way to address these intellectual property concerns. This partnership cements this claim while simultaneously providing Authentise’s customers with early, integrated access to many of Spark’s tools that make 3D printing more reliable.

“Authentise understands the needs at the frontier of 3D printing thanks to the ground-breaking 3D printing pilots built by its service team for Fortune 100s,” commented Andre Wegner, CEO of Authentise. “The combination of Autodesk’s and Authentise’s tools is a powerful start to addressing these challenges, and we are excited to collaborate on additional development to make distributed manufacturing a global reality.”

“As 3D printing becomes more widely adopted by both corporations and consumers alike, protecting intellectual property is more important than ever,” said Samir Hanna, general manager and vice president, 3D Printing at Autodesk. “Autodesk and Authentise are working together to incorporate IP protection as a standard feature in the 3D printing process.”


This got covered in a variety of sources. for instance by 3D Printing Industry. Check out our press page for more info.