3D Printing Joint Ventures Needed For Many Suppliers

Posted by on Dec 19, 2018 in Uncategorized

3D Printing Joint Ventures Needed For Many Suppliers

That scenario has changed in the past few years, particularly with the avalanche of inexpensive but highly capable desktop 3D printers emerging from manufacturers such as LulzBot, Prusa, AirWolf 3D, Raise 3D and many others. Some vendors have also pursued – and achieved – the development of higher temperature 3D printers.  These machines were not only widely used, but are also capable of 3D printing in a much wider range of materials.  But where are these materials coming from?  The traditional approach of simply using materials from existing product catalogs has continued, but sometimes it’s discovered that a particular material may not provide the best 3D printing performance or quality, in spite of the material’s otherwise excellent and desirable engineering properties.  What to do?  The answer is to tune both the materials and the target 3D printer to print the material more optimally.  But there’s a problem: while the 3D printer manufacturers are perfectly capable of tuning their device, they may not have the appropriate chemical knowledge and facilities to tune the materials.  By the same logic, a materials company can tune the chemistry, but is less able to tune the machine that material is targeted to print on.  Thus the need for partnerships: materials companies should reach out to 3D printer manufacturers and vice versa to create joint ventures intended to develop new materials that will be highly successful.  One great example of such a partnership is the work undertaken by E3D Online, makers of what seems to be  current industry standard hot ends and extruders, and Victrex. These UK-based operations teamed up to develop a new “printable” PAEK polymer. They explain the problem:  read the full article...

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3D Printing Funding Bubble? Did It Break?

Posted by on Aug 22, 2017 in Education

3D Printing Funding Bubble? Did It Break?

After the hype bubble sent 3D printing stocks tumbling in 2014, the industry is starting to recover, shedding much of the fat associated with consumer 3D printing. Instead, industrial 3D printers have become the focus, with even desktop 3D printer manufacturers focusing heavily on the application of affordable 3D printing for prototyping and designing, rather than the idea of a 3D printer in every home. That shift in focus still hasn’t managed to affect 3D printer companies much as our Nanalyze 3D Printing Stocks motif has return -8% over the past year compared to a +2.5% change in the S&P500. According the the largest 3D Printing E-learning site, many of the new inventors are now being replaced with serious business executives. Its no easier to start a 3D Printing Business than any other type of...

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3D Printing Firm Receives $7 Million In Funding

Posted by on Jul 12, 2017 in 3D Printers

3D Printing Firm Receives $7 Million In Funding

AREVO has just announced that it has received a $7 million Series A round of funding led by Menlo Park-based venture capital firm Khosla Ventures. Khosla Ventures currently manages more than $1.3 billion of investor capital for startups and early stage companies developing products for internet technology, advanced computing, clean technology and mobile technologies, and is one of the five largest active investors in the commercial space sector. As part of the investment, venture partner at Khosla Ventures Vijit Sabnis will be joining the AREVO Board of Directors, where he well help guide the young company. AREVO is primarily known for their line of next-generation 3D printing composite materials, their six-axis 3D printing platform and their cloud-based software that optimizes composite material deposition to maximize durability. The company also recently won the first Autodesk REAL Deal Startup competition, which focuses on the development of technologies that seamlessly combine hardware and software applications to create an ecosystem of converging 3D technologies. It was AREVO’s composite materials that stood out in the competition. They are up to five times stronger than many titanium-based materials, and the software that helps orientate the materials’ carbon fibers into microscale structures that produce some of the highest strength-to-weight ratio in the...

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