Category Archives: Mass 3D Printing

Autodesk Answers 3D Printing’s Suckiness with Project Escher Factory-in-a-Box

By Michael Molitch-Hou

At Inside 3D Printing in Santa Clara two years back, Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of Autodesk Jeff Kowalski became known for saying, “3D printing kind of sucks right now.” The software manufacturer has since been trying to solve that problem in a number of pretty exciting ways. It first began with the release of Autodesk’s Spark platform and the Ember 3D printer, which is designed to tackle such issues as speed, reliability, and resolution in desktop 3D printing. …

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New Hyproline System Capable of High-Speed Mass Customization of Metal 3D Printed Parts

By Michael Molitch-Hou

At the end of last year, Davide Sher predicted that 2016 would see metal 3D printing move from a technology capable of producing small batches to a fully-automated method for serial manufacturing. Davide cited a number of machines in development that herald the age of serial metal 3D printing, but he may have left one system out: the Hyproline platform.

The Hyproline is the result of an EU additive manufacturing initiative began in 2012 to create a high-performance production line for small series metal parts. …

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Watch the 2D Printing Industry Transition into a New Dimension with 3D Printing

By Davide Sher

Recently, I was contacted by a gentleman who lived in Long Island and briefly attended the same College as I, SUNY Stony Brook (well, I did not attend much, but I did graduate). He had gone on to a successful career as a sales account for large 2D printing companies. He asked me for some advice on how to make a career move from professional 2D printing to 3D printing. I am writing about this because, while I thought about possible suggestions for shows to visit and companies to contact, I came to the realisation that this is exactly the time to make that move.…

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High Speed Sintering Steps Towards Commercialization with Xaar’s Newest Hire

By Michael Molitch-Hou

Currently packing up his office at Sheffield University, the primary inventor of high speed sintering (HSS) Professor Neil Hopkinson is about to take this cutting edge technology from the lab to the industrial sphere. As the newly appointed Director of 3D Printing with Cambridge-based Xaar plc, Hopkinson will oversee the development of HSS and other 3D printing technologies within the inkjet printhead company for use by their OEM partners.
Professor Neil Hopkinson, primary inventor of HSS.
I was recently introduced to Prof.…

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New Global Filament Directory Helps You Navigate the 3D Printing Jungle

By Davide Sher

Even though we know full well – thanks to one of the most stable charts in 3D Hubs’ monthly trend updates – that at least 50% of all desktop FFF 3D printing is done either in black ABS (for technical parts, where color does not matter) or white (if you are going to apply a finish to a decorative piece), leaving a large percentage of very fragmented user preferences. As the awareness of the potential for new materials becomes clearer, those other users are seeking different materials to test out and work with.…

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AllProfessional3D Out to Prove All 3D Printing Filaments Not Created Equal with Miracle ABS

By Davide Sher

AllProfessional3D is a company based right outside of Philadelphia, in Pennsylvania, that is striving to produce the best possible filaments at the most affordable prices. The way to do this, for founder and CEO Andreas Vetter, is to produce all filament on US-soil, while seeking out the best quality raw materials.
This is how the new Miracle ABS filament range was created, providing Makers and professionals with a superior filament to work with at $23.95 per one-kilogram spool (the same price as PLA and PETG filaments).…

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Polaroid Launches Desktop 3D Printer Range with EBP

By Davide Sher

Remember Polaroids? At one point during the 80’s, they were today’s equivalent of Instagram, making photography an immediate, instinctive, and fun thing that everyone could do. Now, the company behind that iconic technology is looking at 3D printing with the same interest. Considering that it was the first photocamera maker with an integrated photo printer, this fact makes perfect sense for consumers. It was not by chance that the Polaroid 3D printer was unveiled today at CES in Las Vegas.

To bring the Polaroid-branded 3D printer to market, the company researched the model that best fit its standard and settled for the ST3Di 3D printer, manufactured and distributed by Environmental Business Products (EBP).…

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PV Nano Cell’s NanoMetal Inks Write Up 2016 as the Year of 3D Printed Electronics

By Davide Sher

It’s that time of the year again, that of resolutions and predictions for what’s to come. After the fully automated metal ALM factory, it is now time to look at another important trend that will very likely start to see some very serious commercial applications in 2016: 3D printed electronics, both for prototyping of PCBs and end use wearable and IoT products. One company that is literally mapping the path for this to happen is PV Nano Cell, a major player in the production of nano-particle-metal inks for printed electronics.…

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Airbus Is Ready for Industrialization of 3D Printing in 2016, Peter Sander Reveals

By Davide Sher

January is the time of the year where we make forecasts on what is going to happen. As I have written before, at an industrial level, this is going to be the year where we are going to see the first examples of fully automated additive factories actually go beyond case studies and into widespread implementation. This is happening primarily because – after dental, medical and jewelry – now the aerospace industry is beginning to use ALM (Additive Layer Manufacturing) to make many, serial, final parts.…

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Davide Sher’s Top 2015 3D Printing Applications

By Davide Sher

I think that, until the end of 2014, it was still theoretically possible to discuss the top 5 3D printing innovations of the year. Today, I don’t find that possible any longer. There are just way too many things happening in the 3D printing industry and the crazy part is that we are still, really, at the very beginning. Only a couple of years have passed since the mass public discovered that 3D printing exists and, yet, this technology is now at the forefront in just about every industrial, professional, and artisan sector of manufacturing.…

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