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3D Printing News Briefs: August 4, 2017

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We’ve got a little bit of education, and all sorts of business news, to carry you into the weekend with this week’s second edition of 3D Printing News Briefs. As part of their new partnership, Challenger Center and New Matter have announced the recipient of five Mod-t 3D printers, and the Ultimate 3D Printing Store begins a partnership with 3Dom Fuel. Nano Dimension will collaborate with Emona Instruments to sell its DragonFly 2020 3D printer in Australia, while Körber AG invests in BigRep, and voestalpine expands its metal 3D printing work to Asia and North America.

Challenger Center and New Matter Announce Recipient of Five Modt-t 3D Printers

In June, the Challenger Center, a leading STEM education organization, and desktop 3D printer manufacturer New Matter, announced that they were partnering up to broaden STEM education and award five of New Matter’s [easyazon_link identifier=”B01HBZYFT8″ locale=”US” tag=”3dprint09-20″]MOD-t 3D printers[/easyazon_link] to several Challenger Learning Centers around the US, and this week one of the first recipients was announced. As part of the initial phase of its partnership, the two organizations announced that the Challenger Learning Center at the Columbia Memorial Space Center in Downey, California would receive the first five 3D printers. The quiet MOD-T 3D printer was created with educators in mind, and the five desktop printers have already been implemented into the Columbia Memorial Space Center’s 3D printing summer camp, where they will teach kids the basics of 3D printing, along with prototyping and 3D design. They will also be integrated into additional programs, like the Columbia Memorial Space Center’s Saturday Science programs and its Girls in STEM club.

Benjamin Dickow, the president and executive director of the Columbia Memorial Space Center, said, “New Matter’s MOD-t 3D printers allow us to connect the Challenger Learning Center experience to the real-world space industry and to the 21st century space program, making both more relevant to today’s youth. The Space Center sits in the middle of this century’s space program, with companies like Virgin Orbit and SpaceX right down the road. The New Matter printers will give our young visitors hands-on experience with the kind of current manufacturing that these companies are using to build the new generation of rockets. They are a natural extension to the program.”

Ultimate 3D Printing Store Partners with 3Dom Fuel

Florida’s Ultimate 3D Printing Store, a tech company and boutique which offers 3D design and on-demand printing services, also has a sizable selection of the top brands in 3D printers, parts, and filaments. The company has announced a partnership with 3DomFuel LLC (also known as 3D-Fuel) to introduce its Southeast clients to some of the most exotic and functional 3D printing filaments currently on the market. 3D-Fuel’s ever-growing exotic filament line focuses on reducing landfill waste and discovering new ways to use our natural resources, and includes specialty, eco-friendly materials made from things like beer, hemp, and garbage. Ultimate 3D Printing Store is working to start “a dialogue to generate feedback about what functional requirements manufacturers need most from a 3D filament.”

“3DomFuel is revolutionizing how we think of 3D printing filament. We are excited to take these products to our manufacturing clients because not only are they some of the strongest printable materials available, they illustrate how innovation can help sustain our planet,” said Roy Kirchner, the founder and president of Ultimate 3D Printing Store.

Ultimate 3D Printing Store is helping 3DomFuel, which only used to provide filament samples to distributors, print sample products with its exotic filaments so that new and potential clients can get a firsthand look at the unique materials.

Emona Instruments Will Distribute Nano Dimension’s DragonFly 2020 in Australia

Less than a week after Nano Dimension announced its first Canadian reseller for the DragonFly 2020, the Israeli company is collaborating with a supplier down under, Emona Instruments Pty Ltd, to develop the commercial and service infrastructure to distribute the PCB 3D printer in Australia. The Emona Group of companies, established in 1979, supplies electronic test and measuring instruments and 3D printers, and its electronics industry clients range from the education and government sectors to manufacturing and defense. In addition to operations around Australia, it has international sales offices in Auckland, New Zealand and Denver, Colorado, and has been working over the last two years to expand its additive manufacturing solutions, including a distribution partnership with Optomec last year.

“Emona Instruments has approximately 40 years of experience in meeting the needs of the Australian electronics manufacturing industry, and more recently, Australia’s 3D printing communities. We are delighted to collaborate with them as we introduce this exciting technology,” said Simon Fried, the Chief Business Officer of Nano Dimension.

BigRep Receives Series B Funding from Körber AG

Berlin technology startup BigRep just announced a partnership with international technology company Körber AG, which, along with the venture capital subsidiary of Klöckner & Co SE, will be an additional investor in BigRep’s current B-financing round. The partnership makes perfect sense: while BigRep, which manufactures large-scale 3D printers, continues to grow in its success, Körber is as well, and its strategic investments are all centered around the markets and technologies of the future.

“Since its founding 2014, BigRep has developed into a competitive, steadily growing company with more than 70 employees and offices in the US and Asia. In addition to our existing know-how, we want to explore the possibilities of additive manufacturing even more intensively through our joint venture with the IRPD through our participation in BigRep,” said Michael Horn, a member of Körber AG’s Board of Management. “In addition, we will use these competencies within our business areas for further customer applications development.”

voestalpine Expands 3D Metal Printing to Asia and North America

Technology and capital good groups voestalpine continues the global expansion of its 3D metal printing activities with two new production plants, after opening a successful Additive Manufacturing Center in Germany this past year. The company is now moving into Asia and North America: it opened a new 3D printing research center for 3D printing complex metal components this spring in Singapore, and will open the voestalpine Technology Institute Asia in Taiwan later this month. It will be the Group’s third metal additive manufacturing research center, and will have its own technology to supplement the other research centers. This fall, it plans to open its production plant in Toronto, which will focus on both research and commercial purposes.

“voestalpine, with its comprehensive knowledge in manufacturing metal powder and in the design, development, and production of ready-to-install components, is a global pioneer in 3D printing,” said Wolfgang Eder, the CEO of voestalpine. “We want to consistently push ahead with our activities in this area by setting up new research and development centers in non-European growth markets.”

The company is also investing roughly €20 million in expanding metal powder production for additive manufacturing at its subsidiaries: Uddeholms AB in Sweden and Böhler Edelstahl GmbH & Co KG in Austria; when all is said and done, voestalpine is currently investing around €50 million in strengthening expertise in metal additive manufacturing.

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