The 3D Printing Revolution

Posted by on Jul 7, 2020 in 3D Printing, Manufacturing, Technology

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

Posted by on Apr 22, 2020 in 3D Printing, Health

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

Posted by on Apr 21, 2020 in 3D Printing, Investing

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

Posted by on Apr 18, 2018 in 3D Printing, Biotech, Business, Investing, Metal 3D Printing, Technology

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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Markforged Wants to Simplify Manufacturing Process for 3D Printing and Raises $30 million for Industrial 3D Printing

Posted by on Apr 3, 2018 in 3D Printing, Business, Financing

Markforged Wants to Simplify Manufacturing Process for 3D Printing and Raises $30 million for Industrial 3D Printing

Markforged raises $30 million for industrial 3D printing “A key early application of 3D printing is within the factory,” he wrote, in an email to VentureBeat. “The future of the factory is comprised of custom 3D printed parts that are incorporated into final products, and 3D parts printed to support the machines within the factories themselves.” 3D printing is indeed a hot sector that promises cheaper and faster manufacturing. Be it for sports shoes or food, several sectors are sniffing an opportunity. HP and Deloitte also recently announced that they are teaming up on 3D printing and digital manufacturing services. But when it comes to manufacturing, Mark is skeptical about the other players. “Other startups offer 3D printers that either cannot print a range of materials or are not printing parts strong enough to dramatically impact manufacturing,” he wrote. READ MORE   3D Printing Predictions: The experts weigh in and point to these 5 trends: Increased Adoption New and Improved Metal 3D Printing Improved Design Polymers and Other 3D Printing Materials Increased Speed and Productivity From a 3D printing perspective, the are positive… READ...

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