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The 3D Printing Boom is Coming

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The 3D Printing Boom is Coming

The 3D Printing Boom is Coming In the last two videos Tasha Keeney, US-based analyst for thematic fundie ARK Invest, has shared fascinating insights on how Star Trek-like technologies like driverless cars and drone ambulances are about to change the world. In her third iteration on thematic supertrends, Tasha discusses 3D printing, which promises to revolutionise the manufacturing process by collapsing the time between design and production, giving designers the ability to create radical new products with less waste and at a fraction of the cost. Here, she explains the theme to the uninitiated, how it could disrupt the aerospace and healthcare markets, and ARK’s top stock for the...

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3D Printing Venture Deals – Carbon Raises $260 Million

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3D Printing Venture Deals – Carbon Raises $260 Million

Digital manufacturer and 3D printing poster child Carbon has raised $260 million in a growth round of funding co-led by Madrone Capital Partners and Baillie Gifford, with participation from Sequoia Capital, Adidas Ventures, Johnson & Johnson Innovation (JJDC), Fidelity Management & Research Company, JSR Corporation, Temasek, and Arkema. Reports emerged back in April that the Redwood City, California-based company was seeking to raise up to $300 million, which we now know was in the ballpark. This round takes Carbon’s total raised to $680 million and follows its $200 million series D raise from 2017, when it claimed a $1.7 billion valuation. Pitchbook estimated earlier this year that Carbon could now be valued at up to $2.5 billion, and we’re told the company has in fact reached a valuation of $2.4 billion with this latest...

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The 3D Printing Revolution

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The 3D Printing Revolution

The 3D Printing Revolution Three-dimensional printing promises new opportunities for more sustainable and local production. But does 3D printing make everything better? This film shows how innovation can change the world of goods. Is the way we make things about to become the next revolution? Traditional manufacturing techniques like milling, casting and gluing could soon be replaced by 3D printing -saving enormous amounts of material and energy. Aircraft maker Airbus is already benefiting from the new manufacturing method. Beginning this year, the A350 airliner will fly with printed door locking shafts. Where previously ten parts had to be installed, today that’s down to just one. It saves a lot of manufacturing steps. And 3D printing can imitate nature’s efficient construction processes, something barely possible in conventional manufacturing… READ MORE   The 3D printing revolution is finally here The move toward distributed manufacturing was expected to be a slow process. Then the coronavirus changed everything… As COVID-19 wreaks havoc on global supply chains, a trend of moving manufacturing closer to customers could go so far as to put miniature manufacturing plants in people’s living rooms. Most products in Americans’ homes are labeled “Made in China,” but even those bearing the words “Made in USA” frequently have parts from China that are now often delayed. The coronavirus pandemic closed so many factories in China that NASA could observe the resultant drop in pollution from space, and some products are becoming harder to find… READ...

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How 3D Printing is Helping During the Coronavirus Pandemic

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How 3D Printing is Helping During the Coronavirus Pandemic

How 3-D printing is helping the US fight medical equipment shortages and the coronavirus pandemic To combat the medical equipment shortages caused by the coronavirus pandemic, GE Healthcare is using 3-D printing to make tools that accelerate ventilator production. Jeff Bezos’ space venture Blue Origin is leveraging 3-D printers to make plastic components for face shields. And with support from Adidas, digital manufacturing firm Carbon, in Silicon Valley, is using its highly elastic polymer featured in $200 Adidas running shoes to produce more than 15,000 face shields weekly for health-care workers caring for COVID-19 patients. Ford, Boeing, HP, Medtronic and the U.S. military are among the manufacturing powers funding, designing and producing a battery of protective gear and medical equipment to fill in supply shortages around the world. But it is 3-D printing firms, as well as a cottage industry of home-based 3-D design tinkerers, that are making a broader call to action possible. READ...

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3D Printing Venture – Top 5 3D Printing Companies December 2019

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3D Printing Venture – Top 5 3D Printing Companies December 2019

1. HP (NYSE:HPQ) Market cap: US$427.27 billion; current share price: US$18.40 Although not strictly a 3D printing company, Hewlett Packard (HP) devotes some of its time to leveraging 3D printing technology for mainstream manufacturing. It is making inroads with its Multi Jet Fusion technology and, in 2017, it unveiled the world’s first state-of-the-art laboratory to help companies develop, test and deliver the next generation of materials and applications for 3D printing. Looking ahead, CEO Dio Wiesler said HP will expand into 3D printing metal objects. HP also has a 3D printing center in Guangdong, China, putting it at the epicenter of the world’s US$12 trillion manufacturing sector. 2. Proto Labs (NYSE:PRLB) Market cap: US$2.76 billion; current share price: US$102.58 Founded in 1999, Proto Labs specializes in rapid prototyping using three additive processes: stereolithography, selective laser sintering and direct metal laser sintering. Along with this, its additive manufacturing technology produces plastic parts using its 3D carbon DLS printing methods. The company has eight manufacturing locations on three continents, with its global headquarters located in Minnesota. The company calls itself the fastest digital manufacturer of prototypes the world over. 3. 3D Systems (NYSE:DDD) Market cap: US$1.15 billion; current share price: US$9.70 Since 1983, 3D Systems has been providing 3D products and services. This includes everything from 3D printers and print materials to parts services and digital design tools. Chuck Hull — the inventor of stereolithography — is the company’s co-founder, executive vice president and chief technology officer. As a printer manufacturer, naturally 3D Systems aims to simplify this process through streamlining the supply chain for manufacturing companies. This is accomplished by providing both the raw materials — such as metal powder and plastic filament — and computer numerical control (CNC) machining. 4. Stratasys (NASDAQ:SSYS) Market cap: US$1.16 billion; current share price: US$21.32 Stratasys has been in the 3D printing business since 1988, and operates primarily in the healthcare, aerospace, automotive and education markets. At a global scale, the company holds over 600 granted or pending additive manufacturing patents. Some of its key patents are for the FDM, PolyJet and WDM 3D printing technologies. These create prototypes and manufactured goods directly from 3D computer-aided design (CAD) files and other 3D content. 5. Materialise (NASDAQ:MTLS) Market cap: US$1.03 billion; current share price: US$19.51 Materialise has been providing software solutions and 3D printing services for over 25 years. It is a Belgium-based company that prides itself on focusing on software and services in the 3D printing industry. The company has a portfolio of over 95 patents and 165 more...

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3D Printing Venture News – Link3D In Boulder Colorado Received Funding

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3D Printing Venture News – Link3D In Boulder Colorado Received Funding

Link3D will integrate its flagship product with IoT, artificial intelligence, and workflow automation technology to maximize production with capacity management, dynamic scheduling, and predictive QMS solutions. “With this funding round, Link3D will continue to scale and grow operations in North America, Europe, and Japan by expanding our sales and customer support,” said Shane Fox, Co-Founder and CEO of Link3D. “The funding will also aid in our R&D efforts to introduce workflow automation and artificial intelligence within the additive manufacturing production environment. These developments will help organizations around the world unlock the true benefits of industrial manufacturing.” The additive manufacturing markets in North America, Europe, and Japan are expected to grow from $2.4 billion to $7.7 billion, $1.8 billion to $7.2 billion, and $1 billion to $5.6 billion, respectively, over the next five years, according to Frost & Sullivan. Link3D’s Additive MES workflow software can help bolster overall adoption of additive manufacturing, from prototyping to series production, in major industries in these regions, such as aerospace and defense, automotive, consumer, medical, and oil and gas. About Link3D Link3D, headquartered in Boulder, Colorado, offers Additive MES workflow software to help organizations scale their digital manufacturing strategy. Link3D applies modern technologies, such as IoT, workflow automation and machine learning to enable manufacturers to unlock the true benefits of Industry 4.0. Visit Link3D here:...

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3D Printing Joint Ventures Abound

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3D Printing Joint Ventures Abound

Australian metal 3D printer manufacturer, Aurora Labs, has entered a joint venture with WorleyParsons Services, a Sydney-based engineering and consulting company. The 50/50 shared venture will bring Aurora Labs and Advision Digital, a software and data science expert owned by WorleyParsons, to form AdditiveNow. AdditiveNow will provide an additive manufacturing service package to clients in the oil & gas and mining industry. Aurora Labs’ Managing Director, David Budge, said, “The finalization of this joint venture is a significant step forward for Aurora Labs and for the 3D printing industry as a whole […] We look forward to helping our new broader network of customers to find business advantage through 3D printing solutions, especially across the mining, oil & gas and major infrastructure sectors.” Aurora Labs is known for the S-Titanium Pro and Alpha 3D printer. The S-Titanium Pro in particular is significantly cheaper than most industrial metal 3D printers and also has an open source approach to materials. These were cited as primary reasons for the sales boost Aurora Labs received in the Q1 FY2019. Aurora Labs has been in partnership with WorleyParsons since 2017, but now bringing Advision Digital onboard, Aurora Labs will provide AM services to its client and build digital...

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3D Printing Joint Ventures Needed For Many Suppliers

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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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Relativity Space Just Landed $35 Million in Venture Capital Funding

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Relativity Space Just Landed $35 Million in Venture Capital Funding

Relativity Space CEO on Using 3-D Printed Rockets to Get to Space While SpaceX is reusing rockets, another company is 3-D printing them and sending them into the great beyond. Relativity Space just landed $35 million in venture capital funding. CEO Tim Ellis talks to Bloomberg’s Emily Chang about the...

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New 3D Bio-Printing Lab – 3D Printing Venture Capital Available – Top 10 3D Printing Investors

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New 3D Bio-Printing Lab – 3D Printing Venture Capital Available – Top 10 3D Printing Investors

New 3D Bio-Printing Lab – 3D Printing Venture Capital Available – Top 10 3D Printing Investors Johnson & Johnson Collaborates With AMBER to Open New 3D Bio-Printing Lab Johnson & Johnson collaborates with AMBER Research group in a new bio-printing venture. The two illustrious companies are looking to set-up this lab within Trinity College Dublin. They began preparations within the first quarter of this year and hope to open it by the end of 2018. Professor Michael Morris, AMBER director has called the lab “a global center of excellence for Bio 3D printing“. READ MORE 3D Printing Venture Capital Available I’m working with an investment group whose members have over 20 years each in the public markets, have raised millions of dollars for various companies across multiple sectors, and have significant capital ready to invest… READ MORE   Who is funding the startups that will give you your first 3D printed house? First and foremost is the fact that contrary to the investors funding most of the major digital technology driven innovations, the top 3D printing investors have a strong international component. Here we look at the 10 top 3D printing investors ranked by how much they invested in startups in that space… READ...

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