3D Printing News Briefs: May 22, 2019

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RAPID + TCT is going on this week in Detroit, Michigan, so we’re fittingly kicking off today’s abbreviated 3D Printing News Briefs with some news from the show. Henkel is collaborating with EnvisionTEC to certify the use of Loctite 3D printing materials in cDLM technology. At RAPID + TCT Asia, Kodak announced its new Design to Print Service. Finally, Twindom has began the beta launch of its new full-color resin 3D printing option.

Henkel Collaborating with EnvisionTEC

Henkel’s Loctite Silicone

Henkel is partnering up with professional 3D printing solutions provider EnvisionTEC in order to continue driving 3D printing adoption. Together, the two companies are working to align and certify Henkel’s next-generation Loctite resins for use with EnvisionTEC’s continuous Digital Light Manufacturing (cDLM) technology under its new open access program. This 3D printing platform will also be included in Henkel’s 3D printing ecosystem. Both companies will be showcasing selected 3D printed parts for the manufacturing and medical sectors at RAPID this week, including 3D printed orthodontic indirect bonding trays that EnvisionTEC made with Henkel’sLoctite Silicone Elastomeric resins.

“We aim to further expand our open materials approach and have identified EnvisionTEC’s innovative cDLM technology as excellent fit for our high-performance materials. The partnership has a huge potential to leverage a wide range of our resin portfolio for use in additive mass production,” said Henkel’s Head of 3D Printing Philipp Loosen. “Together we have already printed novel parts for the medical and manufacturing sectors strongly demonstrating the performance of our materials. We will extend the collaboration for novel 3D printing solutions into other industry segments soon.”

Kodak Announces Design to Print Service

This week at RAPID + TCT ASIA, KODAK 3D Printing – an ecosystem created by Smart International and licensed by Kodak – has announced its new Design to Print Service, which will help users take their ideas and turn them into real 3D printed objects. The Design to Print Service provides access to design experts in their own 3D printing teams, who will then help out with difficult, lengthy tasks, in addition to optimizing models for a “guaranteed print result” on Kodak’s Portrait 3D printer. The 3D Designer Service and Print Profile Customization are both included, and projects are directly managed through the Kodak 3D Cloud, while designers are available to offer support and test the final part.

“We are extremely pleased to be expanding our services and products within the 3D printing sphere,” said Roberto Gawianski, the CEO of Smart International. “We have a robust strategy to target the needs in the marketplace, and our Kodak Design to Print service, is the first of our new offerings, with more to be unveiled later this year.”

Find more information about the new Design to Print Service at Kodak’s booth #107 at RAPID. If you purchase a Portrait 3D printer at the show, you’ll also receive $500 worth of credit for the new Design to Print Service.

Twindom Begins Beta Launch of Full-Color Resin 3D Printing

2-inch full-color resin 3D portrait in a gift box

Speaking of Kodak, the company has previously partnered with 3D body scanning technology provider Twindom, which is also a Kodak brand licensee. Now, Twindom has announced the beta launch of a brand new partner fulfillment option: full-color resin 3D printing, which will soon be available to current and new Twinstant Mobile full body 3D scanners. The benefits of this new service, including longer-lasting products, lower wholesale prices, and smaller print sizes, will be able to help users launch new use cases for 3D portraits and figurines.

Twindom creates its full-color resin prints on the Mimaki 3DUJ-553 full-color 3D printer. They are stronger, and offer better color quality, than full-color sandstone prints, though the surface differs. However, as full-color resin 3D printing is more costly, Twindom is only offering these prints in sizes up to 3 inches during the beta. If you’re interested in joining the beta program, which has a limited number of spots, download the pricing sheet and then contact Twindom sales.

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