As in any high-growth industry, business updates come quickly in 3D printing, and some of the latest feature a partnership and a new dedicated additive manufacturing business. A new partnership between top Portuguese 3D printing manufacturer BEEVERYCREATIVE and Staples Portugal will make 3D printing more accessible to Staples customers. While Staples is perhaps best known for selling office supplies, the company also features Copy&Print centers, which I have used on numerous occasions, in order to help their clients achieve creative goals, including projects that involve 3D printing.
“This partnership is very important because it makes 3D printing technology more accessible, offering a valuable service through a well-known and respected entity like Staples Portugal,” explained Sérgio Moreira, CMO of BEEVERYCREATIVE.
Thanks to its partnership with BEEVERYCREATIVE, half of the Staples’ Copy&Print centers in Portugal are now ready to offer 3D printing services. 3D printers have been installed at the participating locations, which also provide 3D modeling services under prior consultation.
“This service was created with the objective of bringing 3D printing to the public, making it available to all. Complemented with the 3D modelling service, we have created a perfect bond to all those looking for 3D printed objects, having only an image or draft,” Staples said in a press release about the partnership. “This partnership with BEEVERYCREATIVE has ensured the quality of the service provided, with robust machines, that deliver high quality results.”
The 3D printing service at the Staples Portugal Copy&Print centers is simple and easy to use – interested parties can go into a participating location with their 3D file and request a quote.
In other 3D printing business news today, global specialty chemicals company Clariant, based in Switzerland, has launched a dedicated 3D printing business in order to meet the demand for high-quality, customized filament in the additive manufacturing market.
Additive manufacturing is constantly evolving – according to the Wohlers Report 2017, there has been, on average, over 28% annual growth each year since 2010. This year alone, the growing industry has generated a total of $6.063 billion in sales, and it is no longer viewed as just a niche technology, but rather an industry fully capable of manufacturing unique products and complex end-use parts, like drones and manufacturing equipment parts.Whether you’re 3D printing a simple figurine, plastic shells for hearing aids, or a replacement part for a truck, you can make your product better with superior materials that are able to stand up under prolonged wear and tear…like the kind that Clariant’s new 3D printing business will offer.
“At Clariant we have all the capabilities to produce high-grade ready-to-print 3D printer filaments. We are experienced in delivering specialized and tailored solutions to customers via our Plastics & Coatings businesses,” said Richard Haldimann, Head of New Business Development of Clariant, in a company press release. “The existing Clariant production infrastructure provides the 3D Printing business with a global footprint to offer desired 3D printer filaments across the world.”
Clariant has years of experience in developing polymers that can be used in multiple end market applications, which will help the company as it moves to open its new business and provide high-grade, professional 3D printing filaments and other specially-made solutions to its customers.Clariant itself manufactures all of the 3D printing materials that its new business will provide, which come with unique features and color options, are available in flexible lot sizes, and contain the company’s special additives, masterbatches, and pigments. In addition, the company tests all of its materials to make sure they have the consistent high quality and printability that’s necessary in the additive manufacturing market.
Because Clariant has years of application, material, and production expertise, it can work directly with its customers and help them choose the correct additives, colorants, and polymers that they need to tailor the materials for specific end-use conditions, like electrical properties, exposure to sunlight and UV rays, and flame retardancy. The company will also offer a portfolio of high-quality, standard material.
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