Leading 3D printer provider Stratasys today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire privately-held GrabCAD. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. According to TechCrunch, the amount of the deal is in the region of nine figures, and around $100 million.
A new medical application for 3D printing technology was recently successfully implemented in the academic hospital of the Jilin University in Changchun, Northern China. In this case, a specifically developed 3D printed elbow was surgically implemented in the arm of a 48-year-old woman suffering from rheumatoid arthritis.
Airbus Defence and Space, a division of Airbus Group uses this efficient production technology to optimize the satellite bracket production and reduces cost by more than 20 per cent and satellite weight by nearly one kilogram.
3D printing company Materialise announced that orthopedic surgeon Roger Jaeken, of the AZ Heilige Familie (Holy Family General Hospital) in Reet, Belgium, has successfully performed the first total knee surgery that was preplanned by means of the Materialise X-ray knee guide solution.
Researchers have developed a way to 3D-print tough, fibre-reinforced hydrogels that mimic the strength and suppleness of human cartilage. Hydrogels is suitable for making artificial organs for medical treatments.
The report lists the 'Ten Most Influential Companies' including Autodesk, Amazon, Home Depot, GE and Makerbot. Retail made a particularly strong showing, led by Amazon's recent introduction of a 3D printed items marketplace.
Austria-based high-performance ceramic 3D printer manufacturer Lithoz, a spin-off of the Technical University of Vienna, has announced that EOS' founder and 3D printing angel investor has invested in the company.