Photo Release — 3D Systems Brings 3DPRINTING 2.0 to the Additive Manufacturing User Group

ROCK HILL, S.C., Apr 07, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE via COMTEX) —

3D Systems /quotes/zigman/5280737/delayed/quotes/nls/ddd DDD -3.70% today announced it will feature its newly available 2014 product line of 3D printing technologies at The Additive Manufacturing Users Group ( AMUG) 2014 from April 6–10, 2014, in Tucson, Ariz. AMUG attendees will have the opportunity to experience 3DPRINTING 2.0—defined by exponential 3D printing speed, size and capacity along with advanced performance materials and scan-to-design and inspection tools —and what it means to the industrial user.

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3DS’ robust, integrated design to manufacturing platform drives productivity, enhances quality and reduces cost for capabilities across the manufacturer’s floor and engineer’s desktop. Showcasing key components of 3DPRINTING 2.0, the AMUG lineup will include demonstrations of the latest wide-format SLA 3D printing, 3D part inspection software, and output from its diverse materials capabilities including direct metal, full-color plastic, multi-material and production grade SLS. The following will be on display:

Industrial-grade direct metal printing — 3DS will showcase its advanced industrial-grade metal printing, as the ProXTM Direct Metal Sintering (DMS) parts will be on display. The latest evolution in metal printing, ProX DMS is specifically designed for the most demanding manufacturing floor conditions, delivering high-density, precise 3D-printed parts in a wide range of metals including steel, titanium alloys and aluminium. The ProX series of direct metal printers is now shipping.

Largest format production platform — The recently released ProXTM 950 wide-format SLA 3D printer will be on display. The largest-format, highest-speed, greatest accuracy and greenest 3D printer available today, the ProX 950 is equipped with 3DS’ newest PolyRay™ print head technology that can manufacture real parts at up to 10 times the speed of other 3D printers, drawing on the widest choice of proven high-performance engineered materials that are qualified for the most demanding aerospace, medical device and industrial use-cases. The ProX 950 is now shipping.

High-volume functional parts manufacturing –The ProXTM 500 SLS® (Selective Laser Sintering) 3D printer will also be showcased with sample output on display. Designed for the manufacturing floor, the ProX 500 produces ready-to-use functional parts and complete assemblies for a variety of aerospace, automotive, patient specific medical devices, fashion products and mobile devices use cases. The compact ProX printer was developed in tandem with the revolutionary new DuraForm® ProX material to produce smoother wall surfaces and injection molding-like part quality. The ProX 500 is now shipping.

Full-color plastic and multi-materials – 3DS will showcase output from its ProJet® 4500 3D printer , the first and only continuous tone full-color plastic 3D printer available, as well as its ProJet® 5500X , which simultaneously prints and fuses together flexible and rigid material composites layer by layer. Both the ProJet 4500 and ProJet 5500X are now shipping.

Integrated scan-to-design and inspection tools and print drivers – The company is demonstrating its recently announced Geomagic® Capture ®, the industry’s first integrated scan-based design and inspection solution, along with its industry-leading engineering inspection software, Geomagic Verify TM and Geomagic Control TM, enabling users to inspect 3D-printed parts faster and more accurately than ever.

“The robust design-to-manufacturing solutions we are showcasing at this year’s AMUG conference will help attendees understand the latest advances in additive manufacturing and the enormous potential use cases ahead,” said Cathy Lewis, CMO, 3DS. “The range of materials, speed, capacity and volume at the heart of our 3DPRINTING 2.0 offering brings new levels of performance and possibilities to additive manufacturing.”

The AMUG Annual Education and Training Conference will also feature presentations by several 3DS executives:

Tom Charron, Vice President of Product Marketing, 3DS, will lead a session on Fast Part Verification with 3D Scanning at 2.30 p.m. on Monday April 7, 2014.

Andy Christensen, Vice President, Personalized Surgery and Medical Devices, 3DS, will host a seminar on Additive Materials for Surgical Implants on Monday, April 7, 2014 at 4:00 p.m.

Greg Elfering, Vice President of Sales, 3DS, will present a session titled Advances in 3D Printing with Metal , which is being held on Wednesday, April 9 at 4:00 p.m.

Steve Hanna, VP of Global Materials Sales and Marketing, 3DS, and Sandeep Rana, VP of Sales and Operations for 3D Production Printers, 3DS, will participate in the materials panel discussions on Thursday, April 10, 2014.

Find out more about how 3DS can help you manufacture the future at www.3dsystems.com .

About 3D Systems Corporation

3D Systems is a leading provider of 3D content-to-print solutions including 3D printers, print materials and cloud sourced on-demand custom parts for professionals and consumers alike with materials including plastics, metals, ceramics and edibles. The company also provides integrated software and hardware tools including scan to CAD and inspection. Its expertly integrated solutions replace and complement traditional methods and reduce the time and cost of designing new products by printing real parts directly from digital input. These solutions are used to rapidly design, create, communicate, prototype or produce real parts, empowering customers to manufacture the future.

More information on the company is available at www.3DSystems.com .

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3Doodler 3D printing pen exclusive to Maplin in UK

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The 3Doodler is already available on the Maplin website and will be in the retailer’s high street stores from April 20. 

3Doodler established itself as a Kickstarter success story after raising a massive $2.34m (£1.5m) for manufacturer WobbleWorks, which only sought an original $30,000. 

The pen is capable of creating 3D objects by drawing in the air and lifting the plastic to create various wireframe shapes 

3Doodler only requires power to charge the pen and ABS or PLA printing plastics, and then you’re good to go. 

The 3Doodler already comes with plastics in the box although further rolls can be purchased for next to nothing. 

The device’s creator Wobbleworks explains, “3Doodler works on almost any surface, including plastic, allowing users to personalise items such as iPhone cases, or anything else they feel like 3Doodling on. 3Doodler can even be used for minor repair work.”

The 3Doodler costs £99 and is available from Maplin

Check out what the 3Doodler can do below..

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Terry Wohlers Predictions at Inside 3D Printing Conference & Expo | 3D Printer3D Printer

Terry Wohlers

Terry Wohlers

Terry Wohlers has worked in additive manufacturing for 27 years, bringing a perspective to the field that only comes with experience.  Terry’s view of the state of the 3DPrinting industry and where it’s going is honed from his depth of understanding of the technology, appreciation for the complexities at work, and strong relationships with companies and innovators utilizing 3D Printing.  As last year, Terry’s talk at this past week’s Inside 3D Printing Conference in New York City cut through the hype and added a practical and realistic voice to the fray.

Investments Globally

Terry’s market research firm, Wohlers Associates, each year compiles an industry report that includes data from around the world.  This year he stated that 3D Printing will be the recipient of substantial investments globally.  China plans to put 750 million yuan [$240 million US] into AM over next 6 years and are doing so by “buying their way in”.  Singapore has earmarked $400M for advanced manufacturing programs that include 3D Printing.

Several countries are bringing the financial strength necessary for large-scale R&D projects to joint programs with large manufacturers for highly sophisticated AM tools.  In South Africa, the government has partnered with Aerosud to build a massive 5kW laser system to 3D Print Titanium.  Other big companies are putting R&D efforts into AM technology.  These include DMG Mori Seiki who combine subtractive milling with 3D Printing, and Arburg who are working on using standard injection molded pellets, which would be a major cost reduction. In the USA, the Oak Ridge National Laboratory is also working with machine tool maker Cincinnati on novel feedstock but also has developed a deposition rate that is 200x faster.  These are the kinds of advances Terry feels 3D Printing needs to be viable on the production floor.

Obstacles and Challenges

Terry feels that the obstacles and challenges in 3D Printing are mostly design driven. We’ve all heard that the complex geometries possible with AM reduce weight and save fuel.  But it is design software being utilized by companies like Airbus that bring these considerations to a new level.  Topology optimization software analysis can create maximum strength to weight ratios for various parts of each plane.

Cost savings over subtractive manufacturing can be substantial as 80 – 90% of a part can be lost as scrap in machining processes, unlike AM.  Further cost-savings are realized with parts consolidation that new software builds into the designs, reducing the time and expense of assembly.  GE has consolidated as many as 20 traditional parts into 1 AM part and found that in addition to being more economical to build, the part was 20x more durable.

In Terry’s opinion, more and more effort is needed to not just take a traditional design and 3D Print it, but rather to re-think the entire part design to take into account the capabilities and limitations of AM.  Companies like Netfabb for example, produces software to clean up designs to ensure a more successful chance at a good print.

Particular work is needed in the design and removal of supports and anchors, and since 3D Printing allows for complex geometries how do we inspect to see what’s inside? If powder is left inside, it may cause problems down the road especially in implantable medical devices.

“3D Printing in production pushes the limits of the technology”, says Terry.  “We need quality and consistency, in short, process controls.  Reliability is key when building production equipment.  Part manufacturing will not grow as fast as we would like since the price of machines and materials is too high right now.”

Terry does feel that prices will come down with competitive pressures, as technical advances are made in AM technology and by educating the design community, especially in Design for 3D Printing over old Design for Manufacturing concepts.

What the Future Holds

Technology Adoption LifeCycle

Technology Adoption LIfeCycle

Using the old Technology Adoption Lifecycle bar graph, Terry laid out where 3D Printing falls for Prototyping and Production users.  Prototyping has been around for awhile and the users he suggests fall into the Early Majority which is basically right after Geoff Moore’s famous Chasm.  However, for part manufacturing, users may lie between Innovators and Early Adopters or before the Chasm far from being ready for a mainstream market.  Of course, Terry states, “Production is where the money is.”

In industries as diverse as photo booths, aerospace, bio-printing, medical devices, food, and jewelry Terry feels that 3D Printing is still not a mass production tool and I think most people in the industry would agree.  Although he has no ability to predict when this will change, predictions are that by 2021, AM will be a $10.8 Billion industry.  If total global manufacturing is a $10.5 Trillion industry and we conservatively predict that 3D Printing takes over 2% of that market, we still only talking about $210 Billion annually.  So,Terry concludes, “we’ve only seen tip of the iceberg!”

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In response to an audience question on HP’s strategy for 3D Printing, Terry said he would expect them to concentrate on professional grade machines and to couple that with service bureaus.  His guess is as good as any, but that does make sense to me!

Graph from Crossing the Chasm by Geoff Moore.  

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3D Printing Expo Shows an Industry Focused on Innovation

NEWS ANALYSIS: 3D printing offers significant business benefits, say its enthusiasts, but also the potential to create a generation of deeper thinkers.

NEW YORK—The Inside 3D Printing Conference and Expo at the Javits Center here from April 2 to 4 offered a reminder that 3D printing is intended to change the world.On display were 3D printers for every type of user, budget and intention. Printed items ranged from a bicycle to a drum kit, a small city made of sandstone, a dragon, the heels of shoes (athletic to 4-inch heels), jewelry, countless trinkets (bunnies, robots, a 5-inch replica of Brazil’s “Cristo Redentor”) and a super-hero suit.Try as I did, I couldn’t find a baker or confectionist offering printed edibles, though I was happy to receive a small, light clip designed to keep my earbuds from tangling in my purse. It uses a tiny safety pin as a hinge and does the job perfectly.The clip was created by Steve Kurti, the chief executive maker at Table Top Inventing, who during his session, “Educating Makers: The First Step to Revolutionary Change,” highlighted what’s arguably the most exciting and world-changing thing about 3D printing: It can change the way the next generation learns, thinks and approaches the world.

Kurti opened his talk with a question: What do 3D printing, the Mars Rover and vegan strawberry shortcake have in common?

Answer: None of these things sprang from someone’s mind fully formed. They involved multistep processes that people needed to think through.”Creamy icing without dairy products? You need to think that through,” said Kurti. “It takes experimentation.”And in nearly every instance, the first version is never a winner. The earbuds clip he gave out? “Version seven.”

Kurti gives talks to educators—the most effective way to reach lots of teenagers—about the need for young people to ask deeper questions.Surface questions lead to deeper questions, which lead to core issues and then the central issue, “that thing at the center that if you take care of it, the problem goes away,” said Kurti.Isaac Newton asked a question (Why did the apple fall from the tree?); later, Albert Einstein asked a deeper question (What is it that makes two things with mass attract?) that got closer to the core issue.”We believe you can inspire deeper questions through the maker process,” said Kurti. “Maker education is a hands-on philosophy of learning, in which physically building solutions leads to deeper thinking.”Gabrielle Rangel, associate CTO of the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), said during his session, “Inspiring the Next Generation of Space Explorers by Using Augmented Reality, 3D Printing and 3D Scanning,” that the “next generation of space explorers are kids that grew up playing video games. We’re demonstrating how today’s toys can become tomorrow’s tools.”