Formlabs Announces Faster Biocompatible Materials for Long-Term Use

SOMERVILLE, Mass.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Formlabs, the designer and manufacturer of powerful and accessible 3D printing systems, today announced the release of Dental LT Clear, the first long-term biocompatible resin in desktop 3D printing for orthodontic applications for orthodontic devices. Formlabs also released improvements to its Dental SG Resin, reducing print speeds for surgical guides by up to 50 percent.

“Since entering the dental market in 2016, Formlabs has quickly established itself as the premier player in dental 3D printing,” said Dávid Lakatos, Chief Product Officer at Formlabs. “We now command the largest dental 3D printer user base, have sold thousands of printers to dental professionals, and are growing at a pace of over 600 percent year on year. All of this has catalyzed an industry-wide shift to 3D printing and digital dentistry.”

The fastest Formlabs material to date, Dental LT Clear can be used to print splints and retainers in less than 50 minutes for a single unit. Full-build platforms, with up to seven splints, can be completed in under two hours.

With the latest PreForm software update, Form 2 3D printer users can also benefit from speed improvements in Formlabs’ Dental SG Resin. Single surgical guide prints will now be 50 percent faster, while full builds benefit from a 20 percent speed boost.

“We couldn’t be more excited by how quickly 3D printing is becoming part of the standard of care in dentistry,” said Gideon Balloch, Dental Product Lead at Formlabs. “Over 50,000 surgeries have been performed with a Formlabs printed surgical guide — and that’s just 10 percent of what dental users are doing with our printers. Dental LT Clear adds yet another digital workflow to a library that offers professionals more efficient, accurate and affordable production methods, enabling faster treatments for patients with better clinical outcomes. It’s only going to continue to grow.”

In addition to new product releases, Formlabs continues to build on its unabated growth via deepening partnership and distribution deals with 3Shape and Henry Schein, some of the largest players in the dental market.

Interested customers can request a free sample of Formlabs’ Dental LT Clear or Dental SG material here.

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About Formlabs

Formlabs designs and manufactures powerful and accessible 3D printing systems. Headquartered in Boston with offices in Germany, Japan, and China, the company was founded in 2011 by a team of engineers and designers from the MIT Media Lab and Center for Bits and Atoms. Formlabs is establishing the industry benchmark for professional 3D printing for engineers, designers, and manufacturers around the globe, and accelerating innovation in a variety of industries, including education, dentistry, healthcare, jewelry, and research. Formlabs products include the Form 2 SLA 3D printer, Fuse 1 SLS 3D printer, Form Cell manufacturing solution, and Pinshape marketplace of 3D designs. Formlabs also develops its own suite of high-performance materials for 3D printing, as well as best-in-class 3D printing software.

Authentise Announces New 3Diax Module, Embedded with Siemens PLM Geolus Search

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Two years ago, Authentise, which provides process automation software for additive manufacturing, introduced its 3Diax API platform, which ensures that businesses can use tools to enhance their 3D printing projects and are able to use an innovative application platform that comes with safe storage facilities online. The company has been busy – exactly one year ago, Authentise released its 3Diax Machine Analytics, shortly followed by the release of its Manufacturing Execution System.

Today, Authentise is announcing its Geometric Search module and a new digital distribution partnership with Siemens PLM Software, which will make the new module more accessible.

“Geometric Search is one of our most versatile modules: there are so many situations – from design to post-production – that it can be used in,” Andre Wegner, the CEO of Authentise, told 3DPrint.com.

“We think that leads to it being a fundamental ‘glue’ between the different workflow steps that are (sadly) still required to make additive production a scalable reality. The beginning of this technology has been languishing largely unused as part of larger PLM deployments (read: not flexible, easy to use or priced appropriately), so we’re proud to be the first ever to unlock it for all.”

Each of the Authentise modules has multiple providers, and users will be able to find the right solution, with a standard format and streamlined payment process, for each use case. The partnership will make shape search technology as a whole more widely available to the digital manufacturing industry, as Geometric Search will be embedded directly with Siemens PLM’s own shape search technology, Geolus Search, in 3Diax. The module that results from this combination will make it easy to add shape search to integrated, customized workflows which Authentise notes “stretch across the digital thread from design to production.”

“Siemens PLM Software is committed to creating partnerships that enhance the experience of end-users,” said Evan Knuttila, Vice President Global Sales -PLM Components, Siemens PLM Software.

The Geometric Search module identifies associated parts based on geometric similarities. It provides the digital thread with more tools, and gives users a smarter, more secure method of CAD archival. The integrated workflows previously mentioned will definitely benefit, as knowledge that centers around designs, like material choices and intellectual property (IP) rights, can be found using geometry and not keywords.

The new 3Diax module featuring Geolus software from Siemens PLM allows customers to find designs similar to highly classified internal ones, so that they can externally share them to get a quote, or, to allow for further communication and transparency, review the design. The module also helps keep companies safe from scanning any parts against blacklists, which is a breach of IP regulations, and saves on design process time by helping to decide additive manufacturing candidate designs, along with recognizing designs that have similar compensation models and parameters.

Wegner said, “We are delighted to be working with Siemens to extend our offering. We partner with a variety of companies to increase both the breadth and depth of modules on 3Diax. It is great to see that even more established players see an opportunity in working with 3Diax to give those customers pursuing advanced process automation the tools in the format they need.”

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Metal 3D Printing Materials Manufacturer LPW Technology Announces New Asia-Pacific Reseller

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LPW Technology, based in the UK, is well known for its production of industrial-grade metal additive manufacturing powders, and the company, which achieved important AS 9120A and ISO 9001:2008 quality assurance certifications in January, has a full range of metal powder materials to offer. LPW aims to add high quality to AM processes with its well-defined powders and services, and received a substantial strategic investment from Stratasys this spring to develop end-to-end metal powder solutions, which are engineered for Electron Beam (EBM) and laser-based (SLM, LMD) additive manufacturing processes.

The company focuses on all things metal, working to study micro-cracking and porosity, collaborating with Lancaster University to create a Engineering Research Chair for additive manufacturing, and making its AM PowderLab available to a team of researchers working to develop new AM alloys. LPW even introduced a new materials process last year, and has worked with Metalysis to develop more clean, environmentally friendly metal powders.

LPW has networks with official representatives in Europe, and also in Asia. Over the last few years, the company has been taking advantage of the increasing demand for 3D printing in the Asia-Pacific area, busily building up its presence there with multiple partnerships. LPW has collaborated with such companies as Shanghai Dream Arising, Shaanxi 3D Technology, and Taiyo Nippon Sanso Corporation. Now, LPW is introducing the newest member of its Asia-Pacific team, M G Sales Corporation, located in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India.

Dermot Desmond, LPW’s Asia-Pacific Sales Manager, said, “We recognise that as serial AM production becomes a commercial reality in India, LPW needs a local presence to provide the metal powder technologies, solutions and services our clients need. LPW is committed to supporting the Indian AM sector to participate in the ‘Make in India’ initiative, and the strong local partnership with M G Sales Corporation will contribute to this.”

LPW will introduce its new reseller this week at the Additive Manufacturing Society of India (AMSI) conference, held in Bangalore from September 7th through the 8th.

“As LPW continues to expand its global operations and extends the level of service it offers its customers in India, AMSI is the ideal opportunity to meet AM professionals keen to promote state-of-the art 3D Printing and Additive Manufacturing technology,” Desmond explained.

AMSI’s objective is to promote state-of-the-art additive manufacturing technology, while expanding collaborative relationships in all aspects of the technology, including training, R&D, and skill development, with international organizations, in order to empower the advanced manufacturing technology in India. This goes hand-in-hand with the Make In India initiative Desmond mentioned, which was launched by the Prime Minister in 2014 in an effort to transform the country into a global manufacturing and design hub.

The AMSI conference and event is open to all manufacturers of AM systems, as well as service providers, AM material manufacturers and suppliers, reverse engineering vendors, and many others, to give them a platform to showcase their latest technology and products, as well as new business relationships like the one between LPW and M G Sales Corporation. You can visit the website to learn about registration for the event.

“India’s AM prototyping and materials market is projected to reach over $62 million by 2022. In response to the rapid rate of adoption for additive manufacturing technology in India’s aerospace, automotive, engineering and dental sectors, LPW is strengthening its position in the market by supplying its optimised materials through one of the country’s leading high-tech solutions providers,” Desmond said. “With over 20 years’ experience in the tooling and thermal spray market, the M G team shares LPW’s values of supplying premium quality products underpinned with excellent applications knowledge and customer service.”

[Source: LPW Technology]

Polaroid announces new affordable 3D printers and 3D pens at CES 2017

Jan 4, 2017 | By Tess

Consumer electronics company Polaroid, best known for its iconic instant cameras, is hoping to establish itself in the world of 3D technologies with the introduction of its new range of affordable 3D printers and 3D pens. Presented at CES 2017, Polaroid’s new 3D printing products are set to hit the U.S. and Canada markets in March and July of this year.

At last year’s CES, Polaroid was a bit of a surprise contender as it unveiled its first additive manufacturing system, the ModelSmart 250S 3D printer. Now it seems the company is determined to pursue their 3D printing venture, as it has announced a whole new range of 3D printers and 3D pens. According to the company, it is hoping to make 3D printing technologies more accessible to the general public by offering affordable, easy-to-use, and trusted 3D printing products.

At CES 2017, which is taking place in Las Vegas, Polaroid has announced it will be launching 3 new desktop 3D printer models, all varying in size. Some details of the new machines include a layer resolution of 100 microns, compatibility with standard 1.75mm filament, a child-safety lock feature, and print progress visualization. Additionally, the new range of Polaroid 3D printers can reportedly be controlled via iOS or Android apps.

While the features all sound pretty standard, the compact 3D printers, which can fit comfortably in your home or office, are perhaps most notable for their cost. According to Polaroid, its new 3D printers will hit the market this summer and will only cost between $499 and $799—we imagine depending on what size you go for.

As mentioned, Polaroid will also be launching two 3D pen models, one wired (the DRW100 3D pen) and one wireless (the DRW101 3D pen). The latter comes with an internal battery and charging stand. Both 3D pens will be compatible with ABS or PLA filaments and are expected to come with 10m of filament to get users going. The 3D pens are expected to retail for between $129 and $149.

Both the 3D printers and 3D pens will reportedly be made in a range of colors, including black, pink, white, and blue. The 3D pen will also be released in yellow, giving consumers plenty of aesthetic options for their 3D printing products.

“Creativity has always been at the heart of our brand,” commented Scott W. Hardy, President and CEO of Polaroid. “For 80 years, we have given consumers the ability to express themselves and explore their own creativity, with the medium of instant photography top of mind. We could not be more excited to now offer another dimension with our new line of 3D printers and pens. Whether it be artwork, prototypes, jewelry, or models, we’re eagerly awaiting what our customers will create and just where their imaginations will take them.”

You can expect to see Polaroid’s 3D pens released as soon as March 2017, with its 3D printers following shortly after in July.

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GE Announces the Launch of Fuse, a 3D Printing Startup Based on Crowdsourcing

images-4The Internet has plenty of drawbacks – hours of mindless wasted time, online abuse, etc. Its benefits outweigh its negatives, however, at least I believe so. I know I’ve grown to take it for granted, so much so that I rarely stop to think about how incredible it really is. One thing that always reminds me of the power of the Internet, though, is crowdsourcing. We cover Kickstarter campaigns almost every day, so we get to watch as companies are born with the help of people across the world. And I’m constantly amazed, and humbled, by seeing people collectively donate thousands of dollars to help strangers through platforms like GoFundMe.

It’s also fascinating to watch as huge, well-established organizations reach out through crowdsourcing to harness the skill, knowledge and creativity of the public. NASA is one of the most prominent examples, with their frequent challenges to the public – both adults and children – to come up with solutions for the future of space travel. Now GE has announced that they will be launching a startup completely dedicated to crowdsourcing and to innovation through global networking.

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GE announced their plan at BrightIdea’s Synthesize conference, currently taking place in San Francisco. The business venture, called Fuse, will be launched next week, and will be a 3D printing/rapid prototyping factory in practice, but it will also be the grounds for testing a new business model, one that will draw on the expertise of professionals around the world to create new solutions and companies.

GE believes that the new model is the future of business, one that addresses the question of why so few great ideas actually come to fruition. Collaboration, rather than isolation, can greatly accelerate innovation and development, the company believes, and according to Dyan Finkhousen, director of GE’s Open Innovation and Advanced Manufacturing Group, they have gathered data from several use cases showing that crowdsourcing speeds the development of an idea into a product by 50%.

The Open Innovation and Advanced Manufacturing Group has been working for nearly four years to develop the new model, which will rely on crowdsourcing not only for ideas but for the development of business plans related to those ideas.

“We are not the innovators. We have a lot of brilliant people here at GE and so do our customers and suppliers. We want to make it easy for brilliant people to access other brilliant people and to generate amazing outcomes,” the company stated. “We asked ourselves how can we make the biggest impact? How do we collapse the chasm between idea and product? The shift to crowd gets us into markets at lightning speed.”

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It’s a radical idea in an economy based so much on private business development. The established model has products being developed in secrecy behind closed doors, limiting input only to those within one company. If GE is successful with the Fuse idea, it could lead to a dramatically different-looking economy in the future, an economy built on the collaborative efforts of people around the world.

The fact that Fuse is starting as a 3D printing factory is appropriate – so much of 3D printing has become crowd-developed. The 3D printing industry would almost certainly not be as far along as it is today if not for the sharing of ideas through open-source platforms. Fuse is a daring experiment, but it’s one that could greatly pay off for both GE and the rest of the world. Discuss at the Fuse Startup forum at 3DPB.com.

[Source: ZDNet]

Dremel Announces 3D40-EDU: New Second-Generation Idea Builder 3D Printer Aimed at …

3dp_dremel_logoWhen the media talks about bringing 3D printers into the classroom it is often in reference to using them for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) curricula. And a 3D printer is an ideal tool to use in STEM education courses: there are plenty of ways that it can add value to a classroom. Art classes can use 3D printers to create works of art or customized display stands for students work. Teachers can take complicated subjects that may be hard for students to grasp and break them down into smaller, 3D printable educational aids that help them better understand the subject matter, like parts of the body or the parts of an engine. Shop teachers can even 3D print special tools or guides that can help students learn the proper way to use the equipment.

3dp_dremel_projectRegardless of how they are used, 3D printers are one of the most versatile educational tools available today. So it is really no surprise that schools all over the world are so eager to bring 3D printers into their classrooms, and that so many 3D printer manufacturers are stepping up and actually developing educational materials for them. From basic lesson plans to full 3D printing curricula, schools have access to some amazing educational resources these days. But the best educational resource is always the ability to just let kids’ imaginations run wild, and nothing enables that better than a 3D printer.

While Dremel is primarily known for their highly successful line of handheld rotary tools, they were one of the first nationally recognized brand names to get into the 3D printer game. After releasing the first Dremel Idea Builder 3D Printer back in 2014, the company has just announced that they are releasing a second generation of their easy-to-use printer with a host of new features. The new model of the Idea Builder is an out-of-the-box 3D printer, with a model that was optimized specifically to be used in a classroom setting. The new printer is also going to be fully compatible with Dremel’s soon-to-be-released 3D iOS and Android mobile apps, as well as their Print Studio software that offers 3D design optimization and modification features.3dp_dremel_idea_builder_3d40

“As classrooms continue to approach education through hands-on learning, the advancements we’ve made to the Dremel Idea Builder 3D40 provide an unprecedented experience with 3D printing technology. We wanted to give educators and students the ability to engage with 3D printing in a limitless capacity,” said manager of Dremel 3D Education, George Velez.

Dremel will be releasing two versions of their second-generation Idea Builder. The 3D40-01 is the retail version that will include a flash drive pre-loaded with Print Studio software, a roll of build tape for the printing bed and a spool of PLA filament. The 3D40-EDU is the educational version of the printer that will come with a few additional features not included with the retail version. It will include a USB drive loaded with 3D-specific curriculum and educational materials, an additional build plate to make printing multiple jobs faster, additional rolls of build tape and four spools of PLA in various colors.3dp_dremel_classroom

Schools that purchase the Dremel Idea Builder 3D40-EDU will receive customer support, 3D printer training, a one-year warranty and UL safety certification. They will also have access to the full 3D printing curriculum called Dremel Dreams, which offers their 3D-specific lesson plans, teaching guides and access to all of the design software and 3D printing hardware and materials required to implement 3D printing education in the classroom. The included lesson plans will correspond with 3D model kits that are pre-loaded on the Idea Builder 3D40-EDU’s USB drive and can be 3D printed from any computer. The lessons have also been developed to align with current Common Core standards.

Here is some video of how Dremel 3D printers can be used in classrooms:

The Dremel Idea Builder 3D40-01 and the Idea Builder 3D40-EDU will be available for purchase in June 2016, however customers can pre-order one now. You can find out more about Dremel 3D printers for the classroom here, and you can learn more about the Dremel 3D printing curriculum and education materials here.

MecklerMedia's RoboUniverse Conference & Expo Announces More Than 80 International …

NEW YORK, Nov. 30, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — MecklerMedia Corporation (OTCQX: MECK) announced that more than 80 international speakers will deliver sessions at the RoboUniverse Conference & Expo in San Diego, taking place at the San Diego Convention Center on December 14-16, 2015.

Launched in New York City in May 2015, RoboUniverse is the first global conference and trade show series dedicated to advancing the Service Robotics industry.

Mega trends and advancements in mobility, manipulation, vision, perception, cognitive computing combined with cloud technologies, and an ever-increasing connected world (IoT) are accelerating the advancement of robotic systems for business, manufacturing, education, healthcare, and consumer applications.

“As the industry’s premier service robotics trade show, RoboUniverse showcases practical robot solutions and innovation trends across industries that improve the way people work, learn, and live,” said Richard Erb, Executive Director, RoboUniverse.

MecklerMedia also announced that the mayor of San Diego, Kevin Faulconer, will make an appearance at RoboUniverse San Diego, addressing the crowd on December 15 at 1:30pm.  

Sessions at RoboUniverse San Diego will explore innovation in agriculture, cognitive science, drones, manufacturing & logistics, business & investment, STEM education, IoT, healthcare, and more.

Keynote speakers for RoboUniverse San Diego include:

To see the full agenda for RoboUniverse San Diego, visit robouniverse.com/san-diego.

MecklerMedia also announced the EZDrone Crash Course, a series of drone training sessions lead by Sean Daniels, CEO & Founder, EZDrone. The sessions will feature active audience involvement and flying instruction using multiple drone types. The EZDrone Crash Course trainings are offered complimentary to all RoboUniverse San Diego registrants and will take place in the Drone Zone located in the RoboUniverse expo hall.

Prices to attend RoboUniverse San Diego increase on December 2, so register before to save with early bird pricing. For more information and to register for RoboUniverse San Diego, visit robouniverse.com/san-diego.

If your company is interested in sponsoring or exhibiting at RoboUniverse San Diego or an upcoming event, please contact robouniverse.sponsors@mecklermedia.com.

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