Category Archives: Europe

Y Soft’s Professional-Grade DeeRed 3D Printer Hits the Global Market

By Tyler Koslow

Aiming to provide professional-grade 3D printing solutions at a low price point, Y Soft’s Be3D DeeRed has been a welcome tool for large-format rapid prototyping and end-use production. Since investing $2 million and gaining majority ownership within the Czech-based company Be3D back in 2014, Y Soft has released both the professional-grade DeeRed and the consumer-minded DeeGreen (which I actually reviewed for 3DPI back in December), both of which seem to be generally well-received by the industry. After gaining certain certification and increasing their production capacity, Y Soft is proud to announce that the Be3D DeeRed 3D printer will now, for the first time, be available for distribution across the entire global market.…

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Lumi Industries Goes Pro with New LumiForge DLP 3D Printer

By Tyler Koslow

Italian startup Lumi Industries has already seen first-hand the potential success of bringing resin-based, digital light processing (DLP) 3D printing to the consumer market. While this photopolymer-based process is similar to stereolithography, DLP generally uses a more conventional light source, like a standard projector. For Lumi Industries, it all started when they launched the $400 LumiFold, their portable DLP printer, which has since followed with the LumiPocket and the LumiPocket LT, equipped with laser engraving and PCB etching abilities. Now, thanks to demand from professionals, artists, and other enterprises, Lumi Industries is attempting to crack the professional-grade market with the LumiForge.…

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colorFabb Partners with BCN3D Technologies, Announces New colorFabb_HT 3D Printing Filament

By Tyler Koslow

From cork fill to functional polymers, filament maker colorFabb is constantly expanding their material capabilities, and the rest of the 3D printing industry has definitely taken notice. One particular 3D printer company from Spain, called BCN3D Technologies, has decided to partner with ColorFabb to provide users of their new BCN3D Sigma with a wide range of material options. The BCN3D Sigma is a FFF printer with a dual independent extruder system, allowing users to combine two different materials onto on print.…

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Goodyear Designs 3D Printed Tire Concept for the Autonomous Vehicle Era

By Michael Molitch-Hou

Given the number of accidents and inefficiency associated with our current generation of cars, it’s easy to see why many think of autonomous vehicles as the future of transportation.  Tesla stands out as one of the trendsetters in this field, but that doesn’t mean that other manufacturers aren’t jumping in. The latest company may not be who you’d expect: Goodyear has weighed in on autonomous driving with a completely spherical tire concept that they believe will serve the 85 million self-driving vehicles expected to be sold annually by 2035.…

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Sharebot 42 May Be the Answer Desktop 3D Printing Seeks

By Tyler Koslow

Thus far, the road for most desktop 3D printing companies has not been without its challenges, as many aim to try and strike a sweet spot between the consumer and pro-sumer market. When looking to please both the true Maker community and the average 3D printing consumer, desktop 3D printers must be engineered with both accessibility and quality in mind. The Italian 3D printer manufacturer Sharebot believes that their new FFF printer, the Sharebot 42, may just be the device that meets that middle-ground.…

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EnvisionTEC’s Material E-Gum Material Gets FDA Approval for Dental 3D Printing

By Tyler Koslow

Not many 3D printing companies have the expansive reach of Germany-based company EnvisionTEC, who have helped to innovate a number of premium 3D printing materials, including (but certainly not limited to) 3D printed electronics, bioprinted metals, and even wax. Now, EnvisionTEC is taking aim at the dental industry with their newest 3D print material, which has just already been approved for use by the FDA. Their dental-driven materials include wax-filled polymers (Press-E-Cast), which can be used for detailed coping and crown production, as well as E-Guard (for bite guards) and the newly approved E-Gum material, which can be used to create flexible gingiva masks.…

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Formfutura Tacks Four New Wood-Based Variants to Their EasyWood Filament Line

By Tyler Koslow

As the amount of available 3D printing materials continue to expand, wood-based filaments have become the apple of the Maker community’s eye. Including smartphone accessories and beyond, the mixture of wood into PLA produces objects that look (and sometimes even smell) reminiscent of the Birch tree in your childhood backyard. Personally, I’ve only experimented with eSUN wood filament, thus far, but I can’t help but get myself caught up in the ‘woodfill’ hype as well, especially upon recently discovering the variety that one particular filament company has to offer.…

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TNO Adopts Food 3D Printing Tech for 3D Printing Pharmaceuticals

By Tyler Koslow

The Netherlands-based independent research organization TNO is far from a one trick pony; the collective has contributed numerous innovations in both 3D printing technology and beyond. Having already conquered 3D printing complete food products over the past couple of years, TNO has come to realize that the ‘ingredients’ used for food-based 3D printing are pretty much identical to those needed to 3D print pharmaceutical drugs. This has led TNO to expand their 3D printing technology into the medical field, and are now attempting to successfully 3D print biocompatible oral dosage forms (ODFs) for safe human intake.…

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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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Enormous 3D Printed Lion Looms Outside France’s Grand Olympic Stadium

By Daniel Recalde

A majestic bluem 3D printed lion statue has just been installed outside of Lyon’s new Grand Olympic Stadium by the French startup Drawn, which specializes in large-scale 3D printing.

The lion is the first of a four part series to be stationed at points along the stadium’s perimeter, corresponding with the four cardinal directions. The remaining three lions will be painted red, white, and gold, composing the team colors of France’s Olympique Lyonnais football club. The sheer size of the monument represented an obvious technological challenge, with a height of almost 14 feet, an 8-foot square base, and a weight of over 3,300 pounds.…

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