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3D Systems Completes Acquisition of Phenix

3D Systems Completes Acquisition of Phenix | Additive Manufacturing News | Scoop.it
ROCK HILL, South Carolina –July 15, 2013– 3D Systems (NYSE:DDD) announced today that it has closed its acquisition of Phenix Systems, a leading global provider of Direct Metal Selective Laser Sintering 3D Printers based in Riom,...
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Another step into the "democratization" of technology. They are buying everything. Soon we'll be having only two major players in the industrial market plus lots of small ones in the low end sector.

Is this good for the end-users or consumers of Additive manufactured goods?. This limits competence and helps maintain high prices.

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3D Printer funny video

The new office 3D printer is meant for business use only.

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Iris van Herpen Haute Couture, today a/w 2013 | ELLE

Iris van Herpen Haute Couture, today  a/w 2013 | ELLE | Additive Manufacturing News | Scoop.it
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Once again Iris Van Herpen and additive manufacturing with Materialise. 

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Optomec Launches New Low-Cost 3D Printer for Metal Additive Manufacturing

Optomec Launches New Low-Cost 3D Printer for Metal Additive Manufacturing | Additive Manufacturing News | Scoop.it
Optomec announced today availability of a new low-cost offering in its lineup of metal 3D Printers named the LENS 450.
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According to the specifications data sheet a positional accuracy of  0.25 mm and a linear resolution of 0.025 mm don't look impressive.

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Video: 3-D Printing for Everyday People

ABC News' Tina Trinh explains what the new technology is all about.
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Maquete Eletrônica's curator insight, June 12, 2013 8:33 AM

impressora 3D funcionando----video

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Thogus Products walks the road From parts to Prototypes and then to AM

Thogus Products walks the road From parts to Prototypes and then to AM | Additive Manufacturing News | Scoop.it
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A story full of key points on the transformation from traditional to additive manufacturing processes from someone who lived the story within his own business.

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Another fabulous AM guitar by Olaf Diegel: A Stempunk Telecaster

First peak at new Steampunk 3D printed guitar by ODD Guitars. The body, including all the moving gears and piston is printed as a single component, with no a...
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What can I say, being a fan of both the telecaster and Steampunk. Again, Olaf is mastering the craft.

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At last, the FORM 1 is Shipping

At last, the FORM 1 is Shipping | Additive Manufacturing News | Scoop.it

The Formlabs journey began early 2011 through conversations among a group of designers and engineers. Just like you, we saw the power of 3D printing but were frustrated by the complexity and enormous price tags that come with high-end professional machines. And so, we started to dream of a digital fabrication tool that was intuitive, powerful and affordable all at once.

Today that dream is here -- The Form 1 is shipping -- thanks to YOU.

 
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Great news, with the permission of the patents lawsuit

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Brian Robin's curator insight, June 12, 2013 12:15 PM

3D printing with laser tech. and Acrylate Photopolymer Resin gives x4 the difinition over extrusion printing for $3.3300 

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Gold and Silver jewelry with EOS M 080 & Cookson Precious Metals

Gold and Silver jewelry with EOS M 080 & Cookson Precious Metals | Additive Manufacturing News | Scoop.it

Design by my friend Lionel T. Dean http://www.futurefactories.com

 

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This more than wonderful filigree is possible by means of Additive Manufacturing Technology of Laser Sintering. The process has been tailored for precious metals; but not only this, but with a new smaller machine, with a novell handling system to avoid loosing a microgram of the preciouss gold powder.

 

The laser spot is 30 micron, smaller than the 80 micron of the M-280 or 100 micron of the M-270.

You can see the .pdf here M080 Fact sheet »

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More noise (and free propaganda) about 3D printable gun files

More noise (and free propaganda) about 3D printable gun files | Additive Manufacturing News | Scoop.it
Cody Wilson says he has received a letter from the State Department Office of Defense Trade Controls Compliance (DTCC) requesting him taking down immediately all data supposedly in violation of the Arms Export Control Act from public access.
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Cody wilson is having his moment of glory.

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Dental application from EOS GmbH

Dental application from EOS GmbH | Additive Manufacturing News | Scoop.it
It doesn‘t matter whether you are producing crowns and bridges, plastic dental models or removable partial dentures, with EOS solutions you always get exceptional value for money. Laboratories and manufacturing services providers can thus work much more efficiently. The productivity of the EOS systems has a positive effect on the cost of parts and the quality of the final products is reliably high-
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Dedicated  to Jed Fisher.

 

Possibly the most succesful applicatiuon of mass customization. All mouths are different, all problems are different, never the same alignment, and less than 0.1mm accuracy (before adjustment) is needed.

 

Yet, Around 6.8 million units are currently being produced with these machines every year. Proof enough that the hardware and process have established themselves in dental technology. The CE-certified material EOS CobaltChrome SP2 (CE 0537) and the EOSINT M 270 system are used for the digital production of crowns and bridges. Both elements of the process chain come from EOS and satisfy the high quality standards for medical products. The finished products comply with the relevant standards EN 1641 as well as EN ISO 22674.

 
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Jed Fisher's comment, May 8, 2013 11:45 AM
Carlos, I'm honored :-) Great information and yes, a fantastic use case for 3D Printing.
I never would have expected working with the "dental industry" but in recent times I've had some minor collaborations around interchanging 3D file formats and 3D visualization for exactly these sorts of reasons. i.e. complex information needs to be explained and 3D visualization is a great way of doing that.
Thanks again for the information and the dedication :-)
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Enjoy, and ask whatever it might be of interest
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MAKE | How-To: DIY Bioprinter

MAKE | How-To: DIY Bioprinter | Additive Manufacturing News | Scoop.it
Interesting Instructable from Dr. Patrik D'haeseleer, Harvard-trained computational biologist and denizen of Sunnyvale biotech hackerspace BioCurious. Bioprinting, which is basically…

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."Uma observação importante é que a construção não inclui um eixo Z, de modo que é apenas capaz de impressão em duas dimensões, tal como, por exemplo, na foto acima, em que uma cultura de bactérias E. coli que expressam o gene da proteína fluorescente verde tem sido impressa sobre a superfície de uma placa de Petri cheia de ágar. Ainda, é muito fascinante leitura, e pode ser facilmente adaptado para a impressão de outros líquidos biológico ou de outra forma, para outras superfícies.".......

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New facts: HeartPrint frm Materialise: Biomedical software and multimaterial 3dprinting solutions

New facts:  HeartPrint frm Materialise: Biomedical software and multimaterial 3dprinting solutions | Additive Manufacturing News | Scoop.it
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Dear followers:

I've checked out my guess about the process and materials and I have to say that I was completely wrong. The process and material is still under confidenciality and secrecy issues.

 

I'll tell you more when allowed to.

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Aerojet Rocketdyne Successfully Tests Rocket Injector Assembly Built Using Additive Manufacturing Technology | Aerojet Rocketdyne

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As expected, in the industrial side of things they use the Additive Manufacturing terkm. NASA website is more oriented to general public, and thus they used the 3D printing term to connect with the audience.

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Painting & 3d Printing: together at last

Painting & 3d Printing: together at last | Additive Manufacturing News | Scoop.it
The Art of Ioan Florea
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Florea develops these amazing works from his two studios, one located in Illinois and the other in his native Romania - in Transylvania, specifically, and quite near Dracula's castle. 

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Underwater propulsion from a 3D printer

Underwater propulsion from a 3D printer | Additive Manufacturing News | Scoop.it
Nature inspires creativity: in building a silent propulsion system for boats and water sport devices, researchers used the octopus as their role model. The system can be produced at a low cost and in a single step with a 3D printer.
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Put the “3D printing” fish hook and the “inspired by nature” bait in any article and you get your readers really hooked on it. But if you imagine this headline without these "magical words" it would probably attract little or no attention at all. So the propulsion system is an example, the 3d printing and biomimesis are the trending topics, but the interesting thing appears in the last paragraph which is in turn the most important: the use of robots to make big parts in the 2 m range. with FDM-based additive manufacturing.

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Highest volume ever, at very high speed, good resolution sand Additive manufacturing.

Highest volume ever, at very high speed, good resolution sand  Additive manufacturing. | Additive Manufacturing News | Scoop.it
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It took me more than two hours to reach the original Chinese newspaper and bring you the original link.

 

This machine is based on a previous research and prototype, called the "Failure Contour Laser Sintering". The objective of this new alternative solution is to bring several merits from both selective laser sintering and laminated object manufacturing. They use phenolic resin coated sand which can be cured at an appropriate temperature to glue sand grains, but can also be invalidated if exposed to a higher temperature.

The paper can be bought here

 http://www.emeraldinsight.com/journals.htm?articleid=1845908&show=abstract

 

Therefore, what they do is, simply put, drawing cutting contour lines for each layer of sand (fracture lines) -plus dicing lines for the excess material to be removed easily- and then bulk curing heating after stacking up. Finally, the excess material can be removed. 

 

The comparison is obvious: It works like an MCor machine which glues paper sheets and uses a knife to cut the contours and the dicing lines. You then have a block from which you remove little solid cubes until you reach the solid part that was "trapped" inside.

 

This approach has several advantages against "traditionally laser sintered" ones, for example by EOS GmbH (see EOSINT S-750). In these machines they use a laser (or even a double laser) to sinter all the sand that corresponds to solid in the CAD model and then you remove the excess material. Thus, the laser time is directly related to the volume of the part, or more precisely to the sum of all the solid surfaces of all layers. In contrast, the time laser time required with this "Failure Contour" technique is related to the surface of the end part, or more precisely to the sum of the lengths of all contours in all layers.

 

While in very complex parts as some built in plastic surface/volume ratio can be very high, for cast applications, even the most complex, surface to ratio is very low, which means this approach can save an estimated 30% of the time. 

 

A second advantage comes from the bulk sintering process. In the "traditional sand sintering" process parts are fragile and very risky to transport by car or truck, apart from being really expensive. In this case I understand the traditional oven sintering makes tougher parts.

 

Another personal opinion from the published images is that surface result is really nice, but I don't know if they have been hand polished for the photo.

 

And no, definitely I can't read Chinese but the automatic translation tool is amazing.

 

You can see other links here:

http://www.3ders.org/articles/20130610-china-develops-worlds-largest-laser-3d-printer.html

http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?id=20130611000003&cid=1204

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Printing Out Barbies and Ford Cylinders

Printing Out Barbies and Ford Cylinders | Additive Manufacturing News | Scoop.it
Companies such as General Electric, Ford Motor and Mattel are pushing 3-D printing further into the mainstream than most people realize.
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Photo Gallery: The History of 3-D Printing [SLIDESHOW]

Photo Gallery: The History of 3-D Printing [SLIDESHOW] | Additive Manufacturing News | Scoop.it
With all of its recent headlines and technological leaps, additive manufacturing can feel like a very new field.
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Renishaw acquires LBC, with some EOS machines

Renishaw acquires LBC, with some EOS machines | Additive Manufacturing News | Scoop.it

The business assets of LBC Laser Bearbeitungs Center GmbH, Kornwestheim, Germany, have been purchased by the German subsidiary of world leading engineering company Renishaw. A new business, LBC Engineering, has been created which will be integrated within Renishaw GmbH

 

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Very interesting news. 

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Direct Metal Laser Sintering System Precious M 080 by CPM and EOS

This video demonstrates the Precious M 080 a system for the additive manufacturing of precious metal products for the production of prototype parts and end p...
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Wohlers Talk » Losing Another Industry

16 companies in Europe, 7 in China, 5 in the U.S., and 2 in Japan now manufacture and sell professional-grade, industrial additive manufacturing  systems.This is a dramatic change from a decade ago when the mix was 10 in the U.S., 7 in Europe, 7 in Japan, and 3 in China.

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So, despite US leads in number of machines installed they are behind in technology development and what is more dangerous: They invest less in it

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What Lies Ahead for 3-D Printing?

What Lies Ahead for 3-D Printing? | Additive Manufacturing News | Scoop.it
The new technology promises a factory in every home—and a whole lot more
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An interesting 4 page overview of the market.

 

"The opportunities for customization have long made additive manufacturing appealing to the medical community. Biomedical companies commonly use 3-D modeling and printing to produce personalized hearing aids as well as dental restorations, orthodontic braces—and most recently, skulls. This past March, after FDA review, an unnamed patient had 75 percent of his skull replaced by a plastic implant printed by the Connecticut-based Oxford Performance Materials.

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Defense Distributed

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The world’s first gun made using a 3D printer is successfully tested in the US by a group planning to make the blueprints available online.

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It fires, apparently, though in the video we do not see the ammo, target, and hole in the target. This ABS parts will not ring the bell in airport security systems. They could also make ammo too.

 

So maybe NZ Customs Minister was right when worried about this. http://sco.lt/8WPFKr

  

It's difficult for me to follow Rebecca Morelle's accent in this BBC video http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-22421185

 

They also plan to create a http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-21754915

 

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3-D Printing Will Soon Become a Routine Manufacturing Tool

3-D Printing Will Soon Become a Routine Manufacturing Tool | Additive Manufacturing News | Scoop.it
GE, the world’s largest manufacturer, is on the verge of using 3-D printing to make jet parts.

 

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Very good news that Additive Manufacturing is being considered by MIT Technology review as "One of the Ten Breakthrough Technologies for 2013".

 

According to my own expression this MIT review call Additive Manufacturing as "a version" of 3D printing.

 

We loose!

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