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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!!!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

 

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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.

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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).

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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.

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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.”

 

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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.

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“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.