3D printer maker Stratasys reported better-than-expected fourth-quarter and full-year 2013 results before markets opened Monday morning. It said it will invest more in sales and marketing and in R&D this year.
The 3D printers are coming. And fast. The only debate is over how fast. Velocity matters for stock pickers following the small world of pure-play public 3D printing companies. It is also relevant for business analysts and, perhaps surprisingly, for energy forecasters. 3D printers will -- as many have observed sometimes a [...]
iWarwick, UK i- In the mid-1970s, the Rubiks Cube became one of the worlds most popular toys and by January 2009, more than 350 million had been sold. Now, a worthy successor has arrived that could only have been created using a href=http://www.industrial-lasers.com/laser-additive-manufacturing.html adhocenable=falseadditive manufacturinga (AM) or 3D printing technology.br br The new Marusenko Sphere is both a 3D logic puzzle and an educational toy. It is available in 10 color schemes and five levels of difficulty, depending on the configuration and color combination of its 32 exterior pieces, which are supported by 22 internal elements. The puzzle is solved using nine different types of movements: two meridional and perpendicular to each other, one equatorial, and six polar.br br Rapid prototyping from plastic powder in an a href= http://www.industrial-lasers.com/articles/2013/10/eos-adds-to-range-of-additive-manufacturing-metals-and-plastics.html adhocenable=falseEOS Formiga P 100 additive manufacturing machinea played an important role in making the toy a reality. When the design phase of the sphere in CAD was complete, electronic simulation had to give way to testing of a physical model.br br a href=http://www.industrial-lasers.com/articles/2012/07/cfm-ge-making-jet-engine-parts-using-additive-manufacturing.html adhocenable=falseAMa was the logical approach to producing prototypes, due to the toy's complexity, the need to make mid-process adjustments to the shape of the 54 pieces, and the need to avoid adhesive, springs, screws, or shafts to promote child safety. The prototypes had to be tested for both physical and mechanical durability as well as functionality.br br The many stages of adjustments to geometry and tolerance were made in the system that produces plastic parts from polyamide powder, layer by layer, directly from CAD data within a few hours. Multiple trial and error tests were performed to refine the toy's mechanics until the final level of perfection was achieved.br br The flexibility and speed of the a href=http://www.industrial-lasers.com/articles/2012/03/fraunhofer-ilt-wins-award-for-laser-additive-blisk-manufacturing.html adhocenable=falseAM machinea were essential for producing the successive prototype iterations cost effectively and quickly. The process was key to ensuring the success of the final, sales-ready product, whose function is so highly dependent on its components' geometry and fit.br br The a href= http://www.industrial-lasers.com/articles/2013/04/rapid-prototyping-for-mass-production-of-the-vw-golf-mark-vii.html adhocenable=falserapid prototypinga method not only made creation of the toy possible, but also led to cost-effective injection mold manufacture by allowing the behavior of the additive manufactured PA 2200 plastic toy to be compared with the hypothetical behavior of the material after molding.br
We all know what happened to books, music and other forms of creative content that were easily digitized. Are you prepared for what could happen to your brand when 3D printing starts digitizing everyday consumer products? The change will come slowly, but it’s inevitable. Already, printers can produce detailed solid objects, [...]
As 3D printers move from futuristic toy to a viable industry in themselves, most of us are still wondering exactly what sort of everyday function the technology will bring. Maybe, though, the future of 3D printing doesn't have to have concrete
Lego is exploring the possibility of customers making their own bricks and mini-figures using 3D printers as the Danish toymaker tries to adapt to the digital economy. Some Lego fans already make custom figures with websites offering creations as
Speed. We do not like to wait. Printing a document on a laser printer makes us antsy and that’s fairly quick. Printing a large item on many 3D printers takes an eternity, but the U.S. Government wants to help. The U.S. Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) has asked [...]
First came the 3D-printed gun and 3-D printed internal organs. Now, better late than never: the 3D-printed engagement ring -- or pearl pendant, or diamond necklace, or really any piece of jewelry you can fathom