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3D Systems Buys Rapidform |

Rapidform’s reverse engineering and inspection software empower product developers to deliver improved product quality and shorter time-to-market. By combining scan data processing, mesh optimization, auto surfacing and CAD modeling in a single, integrated tool, Rapidform has unlocked the power of 3D digitization for engineers and manufacturing professionals worldwide.

3D Systems expects Rapidform to contribute $15 million of revenue and deliver between $0.06 and $0.09 in earnings per share to its 2013 non-GAAP results.

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Automated Medical Implant Manufacturing Process Blends Technologies | EMDT - European Medical Device Technology

Automated Medical Implant Manufacturing Process Blends Technologies | EMDT - European Medical Device Technology | Additive Manufacturing News | Scoop.it
image of additive manufacturing project from EOS GmbH In a cooperative venture with additive manufacturing specialist EOS (Krailling, Germany), GF AgieCharmilles (Meyrin, Switzerland) unveiled a start-to-finish process for manufacturing titanium...

 

In a cooperative venture with additive manufacturing specialist EOS (Krailling, Germany), GF AgieCharmilles (Meyrin, Switzerland) unveiled a start-to-finish process for manufacturing titanium tibial trays for surgical knee implants at the recent IMTS exhibition in Chicago.

Starting with an FEA/CAD design, developed using WITHIN medical software, of a lightweight yet strong tibial tray, the component is automatically built from titanium powder using an EOSINT M 280 direct metal laser-sintering system. The part is produced layer by layer to form a near-net-shape piece. It then undergoes conventional machining, first on a Mikron HPM 450U 5-axis mill and then on a CUT 20P wire EDM machine, both from GF AgieCharmilles.

The part’s complex geometry combines variable pore sizes on one side to promote osseointegration with a smooth surface on the other side to support loads on the tibia.

 

Another entry: http://americanmachinist.com/machining-cutting/partners-demonstrate-start-finish-production

 

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Höganäs ventures into additive manufacturing by acquiring fcubic

Höganäs AB has exercised an option to acquire a 100 percent interest in fcubic AB of Gothenburg Sweden. Fcubic develops technology for additive manufacturing, also known as 3D printing, and consists mainly of a number of patents. This new business area will be branded as Digital Metal®. The closing of the acquisition is expected to occur on November 1, 2012.

 

With this acquisition Höganäs takes the first step into shaping the future market for additive manufacturing. The market potential is currently estimated at 1 billion USD, mainly within the fields of consumer design, medical, dental, aerospace and industrial. However, this industry is still at a very early stage in its life cycle, consequently making it difficult to quantify the true potential.

 

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New tool gives structural strength to 3-D printed works

New tool gives structural strength to 3-D printed works | Additive Manufacturing News | Scoop.it

Great for those who print their items without exact knowledge of its resistance. A nice video included.

 

The new tool automatically identifies "grip positions" where a person is likely to grasp the object. A "lightweight structural analysis solver" analyzes the object using a mesh-based simulation. It requires less computing power than traditional finite-element modeling tools, which are used in high-precision work such as designing jet engine turbine blades.

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Hive 3D Printed Bass Guitar from ODD guitars

Hive 3D Printed Bass Guitar from ODD guitars | Additive Manufacturing News | Scoop.it

In a new step further, Olaf Diegel prints aLes Paul inspired bass guitar body, full of nice hardware options to customize the instrument and suit   the musician.

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Sigma Labs, Inc. Announces Memorandum of Understanding With Morris Technologies, Inc. Relating to The Commercialization of Sigma Labs' Printrite3D™ System for Additive Manufacturing - The Sacrament...

 Sigma Labs, Inc. (OTCBB:SGLB) announced today that it has signed a non-binding memorandum of understanding (%22MOU%22) with Morris Technologies, Inc.

 

Sigma Labs, Inc. comprises three wholly-owned subsidiaries, including B6 Sigma, Inc., Sumner & Lawrence Limited (dba Sumner Associates) and La Mancha Company. B6 Sigma develops advanced manufacturing solutions (e.g., PrintRite3D™ for Additive Manufacturing) and materials technologies (e.g., Advanced Reactive Materials & Structures - ARMS(R)) as well as R&D solutions for first-tier integrators like GE, Boeing, Honeywell, Pratt & Whitney, and other commercial firms around the globe.

 

Sigma Labs has current contracts with Federal government and private industry clients to provide high-level consultants, and develop technologies from their conception through the design, building, and testing of prototype systems by integrating sensing, software, materials and manufacturing technology risk-reduction solutions.

 

The goal for this collaboration with Morris is developing real-time quality monitoring, which thrir PrintRite3D™ system is designed to provide.The system is also being designed to enable manufacturers to rapidly identify and correct manufacturing issues on-machine, thereby further reducing risk, cost and inspections

 

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SolarSinter : markus kayser

SolarSinter : markus kayser | Additive Manufacturing News | Scoop.it

"In the deserts of the world two elements dominate - sun and sand. The former offers a vast energy source of huge potential, the latter an almost unlimited supply of silica in the form of quartz".

 

I would like to keep track of this amazing machine from Markus Kayser. It has given me some ideas to current research.

 

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Charge Bikes: Printing titanium Bicycle parts

Charge Bikes: Printing titanium Bicycle parts | Additive Manufacturing News | Scoop.it

http://chargebikes.com/videos/video.php?id=47522348&c=CX

Nice video on EOS technology at work  in EADS

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El Campeón de Europa de biketrial se apoya en la Fabricación Aditiva

El Campeón de Europa de biketrial se apoya en la Fabricación Aditiva | Additive Manufacturing News | Scoop.it
El campeón de biketrial, el asturiano Javi Alonso, ha dado un paso más en el diseño de su bicicleta con el objetivo de revalidar sus marcas, desarrollando un nuevo elemento de su bicicleta para ser más competitivo.

Javi Alonso ha optado por mejorar el diseño de su bicicleta con el apoyo que le ofrece la tecnología de la Fundación PRODINTEC, Centro Tecnológico para el Diseño y la Producción Industrial. El Campeón de Europa buscaba conseguir unas levas de freno más ligeras, más largas y adaptadas a sus exigencias y necesidades.

 

El diseño absolutamente personalizado y adaptado a sus preferencias (más  largas para mejor tacto), la textura, y haber rebajado de los 16 g habituales para estos elementos a tan solo 10 (gracias a la fabricación del elemento hueco en titanio) contribuyen en su medida a mejorar las prestaciones de máquina y deportista

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Shapeways 3D Printing & the Culture of Creativity

What is the future of creativity, manufacturing, and design? How is the Shapeways community and 3D printing enabling everyone to make their ideas real? This ...
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neopaleo | cunicode

neopaleo | cunicode | Additive Manufacturing News | Scoop.it

HandAxe, 3DPrinted.  Stone Tools were very popular 2 Million years ago, back in the Paleolithic, hominids spent their time shaping stones meticulously to impress the peers on their skillful ability to make useful things...

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Sciaky, Inc. | Electron Beam Welding | Direct Manufacturing | Additive Manufacturing.

Sciaky, Inc. | Electron Beam Welding | Direct Manufacturing | Additive Manufacturing. | Additive Manufacturing News | Scoop.it
Sciaky launched its exclusive Direct Manufacturing (DM) process in 2009, which stands as the only commercially-available, large-scale, fully-programmable means of achieving near-net shape parts.
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Purpose made climbing foot

Purpose made climbing foot | Additive Manufacturing News | Scoop.it

Self-designed, custom purpose, Laser Sintered Titanium prosthetic foot helps amputee rock climber.

 

A long sentence to describe this story, again built with high reliability at an EOS machine. This article also  refers to the EOS' polyamide leg video. Also see 
http://www.morristech.com/News/article.asp?=Title=How%20DMLS%20Helped%20Someone%20Climb%20to%20New%20Heights&newsID=20

 

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3D Systems Invests in NAMII

3D Systems Invests in NAMII | Additive Manufacturing News | Scoop.it
3D Systems Corporation (NYSE:DDD) announced today that it has taken the next step in its partnership with the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute (NAMII), the federal initiative to enhance the competitiveness of U.S.

 

3D is making sure future users know best their machines as a way to sell both machines and materials in the future.

 

The cost: only two machines

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Reading Between the Layers of the Stratasys-Objet Merger

Reading Between the Layers of the Stratasys-Objet Merger | Additive Manufacturing News | Scoop.it
What does the merger of the 3D printer manufacturers mean for design engineers?

 

What does it mean for non-professionals, in terms of price?

 

What does it mean in terms of supply materials pricing for users?

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Formlabs - SLA from a kickstarter

Formlabs - SLA from a kickstarter | Additive Manufacturing News | Scoop.it
The Form 1 marries high-end stereolithography (SL) technology and a seamless user experience at a price affordable to the professional designer, engineer and maker.

 

FORM 1 was developed by three graduate students from MIT - Maxim Lobovsky, David Cranor, and Natan Linder.

 

This drastic cost reduction was achieved by replacing the costly laser system in the existing SL machines with a $10 laser developed by Sony for Blu-ray players.

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Have your own face on a customized 3D prited character- Action Figure Labs

Have your own face on a customized 3D prited character- Action Figure Labs | Additive Manufacturing News | Scoop.it

Action Figure Laboratories (AFL) is an exciting retail concept that will provide children and adults with the experience of creating customized, personalized toys and novelties.

At AFL, customers can choose and customize their toy from a wide selection of action figures, figurines, miniatures, and other novelty items. Customization will be focused on select 3D printed components used in toys, such as action figures, or entire 3D printed novelty products (e.g., figurines and miniatures). For the ultimate customization experience, children and adults can have a 3D scanned miniature version of the their face 3D printed and installed on their toy or novelty item.

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EOS and IMDS Join Forces to Create Breakthrough Medical Products

EOS and IMDS Join Forces to Create Breakthrough Medical Products | Additive Manufacturing News | Scoop.it

EOS, the technology and market leader for design-driven, integrated e-Manufacturing solutions for industrial applications, is joining forces with Innovative Medical Device Solutions (IMDS), the strategic source for full-service medical device development and manufacturing. Together they offer customers, including industry-leading orthopedic and spine surgeons and implant companies, extensive product development resources for creating novel metal additive manufacturing (AM) designs.

This partnership will allow IMDS to manufacture products with patient-benefiting features that are made possible with the use of AM technology.

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Stratasys Stockholders Approves Proposed Merger With Objet Ltd - Quick Facts

Stratasys Stockholders Approves Proposed Merger With Objet Ltd - Quick Facts | Additive Manufacturing News | Scoop.it
NASDAQ News: Stratasys Stockholders Approves Proposed Merger With Objet Ltd - Quick Facts...

 

Stratasys Inc. (SSYS), a manufacturer of 3D printers for rapid prototyping, announced that its stockholders voted overwhelmingly to approve the proposed merger with Objet Ltd. at a special meeting of Stratasys stockholders held earlier today. More than 99% of the shares voting at the special meeting voted in favor of the adoption of the merger agreement.

 

In April, Stratasys had said it agreed to merge with a subsidiary of Israel's privately held rival Objet Ltd. in an all-stock deal to form a combined entity worth about $1.4 billion.

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Growing implants the new frontier for orthopaedics

Growing implants the new frontier for orthopaedics | Additive Manufacturing News | Scoop.it
Internationally recognised, Enztec in Christchurch, New Zealand is a leader of the design and development in orthopaedic medical devices.

 

They have partnered Medical Modelling to use their EBM machines to produce their parts

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wonderful 3d printedfoctopus

This is a general reel highlighting modeling, rapid prototyping, texturing and animation.
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A new 3D printing machine

A new 3D printing machine | Additive Manufacturing News | Scoop.it

Panda Robotics builds affordable, robust, and elegant 3D printers that are easy to use and consumer focused.

Panda claims it to be  robust, stable, affordable, elegant, and -what is very interesting- self-calibrating.

 

We'll see 

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3D Printed Records for Fisher Price Toy Player: New Tunes on Old Grooves

3D Printed Records for Fisher Price Toy Player: New Tunes on Old Grooves | Additive Manufacturing News | Scoop.it
Do you still have Fisher Price's toy record player from the 70s? Instructables member Fred27 figured out a way to play pretty much any tune you want on the toy, thanks to a bit of code and the wonders of 3D printing.
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Laser beams as guide for 3D painting-printing

Laser beams as guide for 3D painting-printing | Additive Manufacturing News | Scoop.it

Vienna University of Technology.

 

There are many ways to create three dimensional objects on a micrometer scale. But how can the chemical properties of a material be tuned at micrometer precision? Scientists at the Vienna University of Technology developed a method to attach molecules at exactly the right place. When biological tissue is grown, this method can allow the positioning of chemical signals, telling living cells where to attach. The new technique also holds promise for sensor technology: A tiny three dimensional “lab on a chip” could be created, in which accurately positioned molecules react with substances from the environment.

Full article at 

http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/adfm.201290098/abstract

 

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Additive Manufacturing to Become The Most Important Manufacturing Technology?

Additive Manufacturing to Become The Most Important Manufacturing Technology? | Additive Manufacturing News | Scoop.it
ORLANDO, FL, Aug. 8, 2012 — When additive manufacturing guru Terry Wohlers speaks, the laser industry listens.

 

“I would challenge you to name an industry that won’t be impacted,” Wohlers asserts in LIA’s video interview. “I truly believe that additive manufacturing will develop to become the most important, the most strategic and most useful manufacturing technology ever — to exceed injection molding, all kinds of castings, CNC milling, die casting or blow molding. Name your favorite manufacturing process — this will become bigger and more used by a much, much wider audience than any other technology available.”

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