Category Archives: Industrial

3D Platform Launches 3DP Workbench, Large-Format Printer-Workshop Hybrid

By Tyler Koslow

Last time I reported on large-scale, industrial-strength 3D printer manufacturer 3D Platform, their 3DP1000 was making a name for itself within companies and research laboratories across the world. Formerly known as 3DP Unlimited, the Illinois-based 3D Platform has just announced their newest large-scale 3D printer, the 3DP Workbench. The 3DP Workbench has a massive build area of 1m x 1m x 0.5m, and also utilizes industrial-grade mechatronics, which enables precision prints with a 70-micron layer resolution. Planning to release the 3DP Workbench at the end of Q1 2016, 3DP has engineered and designed their newest industrial-grade 3D printer to a more improved and convenient experience all-around.…

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CTC Electronic Co. Announces Its First Industrial 3D Printer

By Michael Molitch-Hou

Zhuhai CTC Electronic Co. has quickly grown from a manufacturer of 2D printers to FDM 3D printers to a producer of a wide variety of 3D printing technologies.  With the opening of a large-scale factory and an office in London, the Chinese company seems to have its eyes set on taking over the industry with its low-cost 3D printers.  Now, CTC is following up its 4-in-1 hybrid machine and affordable SLA printer with their first industrial machine, the Riverbase 500.
CTC Riverbase 500 (PRNewsFoto/Zhuhai CTC Electronic Co., Ltd)
The $86,000 Riverbase 500 is an industrial SLA machine that relies on laser galvanometer scanning, the same process that many SLA and SLS machines use, in which a mirror bounces the laser onto the print area instead of relying on movement by the laser itself.…

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Stratasys Gives Massivit 3D’s Massive 3D Printing Techn a Big Boost

By Tyler Koslow

There’s been a lot of buzz building up around the Israel-based 3D printing company Massivit 3D, who have taken large-scale 3D printing to the next level with their unique technology and a printing volume of 1200 x 1500 x 1800 mm. Massivit 3D showcased their 3D printing capabilities recently by printing a two meter shark for the Silence of the Sharks campaign, a demonstration against the hunting of these majestically viscous sea creatures. And, while they were busy helping to save the sharks, it seems that the 3D printing giant Stratasys had taken notice of Massivit 3D’s large-scale 3D printing technology (perhaps from the window of Stratasys’ own Israel HQ!).…

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Stratasys: from Predator to Prey – Ripe to be Acquired

By Samuel Adams

Stratasys’ (SSYS) share price is now worth one tenth what it was 18 months ago, bringing its market capitalisation to just over 800M$. Times have changed for the world’s leading 3D printing company that had become known for acquiring anything and everything 3D. Its latest major acquisition, Makerbot, marked the start of its demise. With this acquisition, Stratasys made a move away from its core business (industrial 3D printers) to enter the consumer market (Makerbot). This loss of focus coupled with a drop in the demand of high value, high margin 3D printers weighed significantly on their financial performance.…

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INTI Leads Argentina’s Leapfrog in Industrial Technology through 3D Printing

By Davide Sher

In the center of Buenos Aires, there is a huge, beautiful park – about as large as Central Park in Manhattan – that is entirely covered by free wi-fi. All you have to do to use it is connect and click on “I agree with terms”. Central Park, Hyde Park in London, and Parco Sempione in my home city of Milan are not covered or only partially covered by wi-fi. Oftentimes, the registration and connection process is lengthy and complicated. The wi-fi in this park in Bueonos Aires is an example of technological leapfrogging, which is the reason why, for example, Kenya has the highest number of mobile phones per person in the World.…

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Siemens Bets Big on Metal 3D Printing with €21.4 Million Facility

By Michael Molitch-Hou

As a member of the 3MF Consortium, an investor in 3D printing startups, and a regular user of the technology, Siemens is a firm advocate of 3D printing. Today, the company announced that it was making further moves into the industry with a facility devoted entirely to metal 3D printing. The €21.4 million facility, located in Siemen’s industrial plant in Finspång, Sweden, is both the first of its kind for Siemens and for Sweden.
The site is currently staffed with 20 employees, such as operators and engineers, who are mass producing metal 3D printed components for Siemens’ own industrial gas turbines, both for prototyping, as well as for end-part production and repair.…

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Mark Two Carbon Fiber 3D Printer Unveiled by MarkForged

By Michael Molitch-Hou

Just two years ago, MarkForged made its big debut at SolidWorks with the Mark One 3D printer, the only machine capable of 3D printing reinforced composite parts with continuous carbon fiber.  While other desktop printers might 3D print with carbon fiber filament, made up of chopped carbon fiber particles, MarkForged invented a method for feeding continuous carbon fiber into 3D printed components, yielding plastic parts with the strength of aluminum. Now, at SolidWorks this year, the company, founded by MIT engineer Greg Mark, has unveiled the next generation of its one-of-a-kind machine, the Mark Two.…

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5 Reasons Why Metal 3D Printing is Big and Getting Bigger

By Davide Sher

People ask me if and when 3D printing will become a method of mass production. As far as plastics go, I don’t know. For metals, though, it is a whole different story: it is already happening. Metal 3D printing technologies are evolving at breakneck speed, constantly increasing their size and velocity capabilities. One of the reasons for this, in my opinion, is the intense competition, both between different technologies and different approaches to the same technology. This is not, however, the only reason.…

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From the Replicator to the Replikat, “Todo El Mundo Es Pais”

By Davide Sher

Over the past two years, I often exchanged opinions with Guido Palazzo, from INTI (the Argentinian Instituto Nacional de Tecnología Industrial). He is a material scientist and one of the strongest supporters of 3D printing that I know. I finally made up my mind to go to Buenos Aires and, with his support, visit some of the 3D printing companies in the area. The first one on my tour is Replikat, a manufacturer of several FFF models that has been active on the local market since 2012, with some 400 machines sold to date.…

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Orbital ATK Successfully Tests 3D Printed Hypersonic Engine Part

By Michael Molitch-Hou

The aerospace and defense industries are taking to 3D printing, not just because of the government funding associated with the technology, but because of the design benefits that it offers.  By re-engineering parts to have complex geometries or join previously disparate components, new designs can reduce material weight and improve efficiency.  In turn, we’ve seen a number of corporations and organizations begin testing the viability of 3D printed rocket components.  The latest is US defense manufacturer Orbital ATK, who have just announced the successful test of a 3D printed hypersonic engine combustor at NASA Langley Research Center.…

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