RAPID 2017

Around the World in 3D Printing: First Half 2017

Around the World in 3D Printing: First Half 2017

As the 3D printing industry heats up, so do the jet and car engines as we continue to travel around the US and the world to check in on the latest developments directly. 2016 kept us busy, from trade shows to site visits, from Barcelona to San Diego, as we went around...
RAPID Wrap-Up: 3Diligent, 3D Platform, MakerGear, gCreate Offer Sturdier, Bigger, Faster 3D Printing

RAPID Wrap-Up: 3Diligent, 3D Platform, MakerGear, gCreate Offer Sturdier, Bigger, Faster 3D Printing

3D printing has a lot of demands placed on it: customers want more options, faster, bigger, sturdier, more reliable. At RAPID, I had the opportunity to speak with some of the companies striving to meet these demands, including 3Diligent, 3D Platform, MakerGear, and gCreate. Many events are over as soon as closing time hits, but for […]

3D printing has a lot of demands placed on it: customers want more options, faster, bigger, sturdier, more reliable. At RAPID, I had the opportunity to speak with some of the companies striving to meet these demands, including 3Diligent, 3D Platform, MakerGear, and...
RAPID Wrap-Up: Fabrisonic, Direct Dimensions, and Chemson Pacific Talk 3D Printing with Metal and Vinyl, and 3D Scanning

RAPID Wrap-Up: Fabrisonic, Direct Dimensions, and Chemson Pacific Talk 3D Printing with Metal and Vinyl, and 3D Scanning

During RAPID + TCT, I had the opportunity to catch up with Fabrisonic to talk sound wave-based metal 3D printing; Direct Dimensions to chat about 3D scanning; and Chemson and Titan Robotics to hear more about vinyl 3D printing materials and expanding applications. Many events are over as soon as closing time hits, but for some […]

During RAPID + TCT, I had the opportunity to catch up with Fabrisonic to talk sound wave-based metal 3D printing; Direct Dimensions to chat about 3D scanning; and Chemson and Titan Robotics to hear more about vinyl 3D printing materials and expanding...
RAPID Wrap-Up: Carbon, 3D Systems, Autodesk Share Their Latest in 3D Printing and Software

RAPID Wrap-Up: Carbon, 3D Systems, Autodesk Share Their Latest in 3D Printing and Software

Many events are over as soon as closing time hits, but for some of the biggest shows in the 3D printing calendar year, the conversations continue even weeks thereafter. It’s hard to believe it’s already been three weeks since the last day of RAPID + TCT show, but somewhat less tough to believe that there’s […]

Many events are over as soon as closing time hits, but for some of the biggest shows in the 3D printing calendar year, the conversations continue even weeks thereafter. It’s hard to believe it’s already been three weeks since the last day of RAPID + TCT...
Todd Grimm Tells More Tales About Fantastic Developments in Additive Manufacturing at RAPID

Todd Grimm Tells More Tales About Fantastic Developments in Additive Manufacturing at RAPID

Last week, we reported on the first part of Todd Grimm’s rapid-fire What’s New talk at RAPID + TCT. Grimm continued his talk by discussing the latest trends in digital light processing, commonly know as DLP. As Grimm explained, DLP (for 3D printing) is a technology that has been around for 15 years and was pioneered […]

Last week, we reported on the first part of Todd Grimm’s rapid-fire What’s New talk at RAPID + TCT. Grimm continued his talk by discussing the latest trends in digital light processing, commonly know as DLP. As Grimm explained, DLP (for 3D printing) is a...
3D Printing Hit the Runway in Annual RAPID Fashion Show

3D Printing Hit the Runway in Annual RAPID Fashion Show

Earlier this month, RAPID + TCT brought the latest technologies and partnerships in the 3D printing world to the forefront as the event hit the Steel City for 2017. In the midst of industrial additive manufacturing, high-level conversations, major product and collaboration announcements, and a general meeting of the minds was a breath of fresh […]

Earlier this month, RAPID + TCT brought the latest technologies and partnerships in the 3D printing world to the forefront as the event hit the Steel City for 2017. In the midst of industrial additive manufacturing, high-level conversations, major product and...
3D Printing News Briefs: May 26, 2017

3D Printing News Briefs: May 26, 2017

There’s a lot going on in the 3D printing world this week! In today’s 3D Printing News Briefs, we’ll cover everything from 3D printed clothing to 3D printing materials and 3D printers themselves. The ShareCloth team is announcing its new software solution for fashion 3D printing, while MIT researchers have developed a moisture-responsive workout suit, and […]

There’s a lot going on in the 3D printing world this week! In today’s 3D Printing News Briefs, we’ll cover everything from 3D printed clothing to 3D printing materials and 3D printers themselves. The ShareCloth team is announcing its new software...
3D Printing Spotlight On: Irene Healey, Founder, Principal Designer, New Attitude Prosthetic Designs

3D Printing Spotlight On: Irene Healey, Founder, Principal Designer, New Attitude Prosthetic Designs

When it comes to medical applications for advanced technologies, the tech itself is remarkable — but is by no stretch the full story. It’s about the patient. By keeping human needs in focus, medical advances benefit not only the latest lab equipment but those whose quality of life drastically improves because of what comes off […]

When it comes to medical applications for advanced technologies, the tech itself is remarkable — but is by no stretch the full story. It’s about the patient. By keeping human needs in focus, medical advances benefit not only the latest lab equipment but...
3D Printing with Essentially No Post-Processing: Rize Rises at RAPID, Sees Future in Growth with New Company President

3D Printing with Essentially No Post-Processing: Rize Rises at RAPID, Sees Future in Growth with New Company President

It’s okay to admit it: you hate post-processing. It’s easier once you’ve admitted it. It’s easier still if you can virtually eliminate the need for it — or at least that’s one foundational belief at Rize, which emerged from the ether last summer to present the Rize One 3D printer, said to essentially cut out the […]

It’s okay to admit it: you hate post-processing. It’s easier once you’ve admitted it. It’s easier still if you can virtually eliminate the need for it — or at least that’s one foundational belief at Rize, which emerged from the...
Volkmann's Additive Manufacturing Material Handling System Recovers, Screens, Returns Materials in Metal 3D Printing

Volkmann's Additive Manufacturing Material Handling System Recovers, Screens, Returns Materials in Metal 3D Printing

Volkmann was founded in Germany in 1973, specializing in production automation consulting. Since then they have opened offices around the world, to include Great Britain, France, and the US. Volkmann, Inc. is headquartered in Bristol, PA, where the company focuses on providing customers in North America with vacuum conveying systems. Now, Volkmann, Inc. will use […]

Volkmann was founded in Germany in 1973, specializing in production automation consulting. Since then they have opened offices around the world, to include Great Britain, France, and the US. Volkmann, Inc. is headquartered in Bristol, PA, where the company focuses on...
Markforged Forges Partnerships, Looks to the Future of Parallelization in 3D Printing

Markforged Forges Partnerships, Looks to the Future of Parallelization in 3D Printing

Metal 3D printing: is this the future? The technology, in many different versions, will have a definite place in the future of manufacturing, and it’s up to the innovators behind the technologies to determine just how soon that future realistically is. When I walked up to the Markforged booth at RAPID + TCT, I was […]

Metal 3D printing: is this the future? The technology, in many different versions, will have a definite place in the future of manufacturing, and it’s up to the innovators behind the technologies to determine just how soon that future realistically is. When I...
Materialise Stays Focused on Collaboration, Building the Backbone for 3D Printing; Announces New Partnership

Materialise Stays Focused on Collaboration, Building the Backbone for 3D Printing; Announces New Partnership

It’s been a busy few months for Belgium-based Materialise — and for those of us working to follow their progress. The company hosted the biennial Materialise World Summit in Brussels last month, not far from its Leuven HQ, bringing together a true meeting of the minds for in-depth discussions on the additive manufacturing industry as the […]

It’s been a busy few months for Belgium-based Materialise — and for those of us working to follow their progress. The company hosted the biennial Materialise World Summit in Brussels last month, not far from its Leuven HQ, bringing together a true meeting...
GeonX CEO: Company Expanding Potential in the US, Widening Global Reach of Predictive Additive Manufacturing Software

GeonX CEO: Company Expanding Potential in the US, Widening Global Reach of Predictive Additive Manufacturing Software

This month at RAPID + TCT, Belgium-based GeonX introduced its latest software offering with Virfac iAM, as the company enhances its Virtual Factory (Virfac) offerings in the additive arena. GeonX, founded in 2012, has been expanding expertise and operations over the last five years and 2017 will find the company’s US office established in Cincinnati, Ohio — […]

This month at RAPID + TCT, Belgium-based GeonX introduced its latest software offering with Virfac iAM, as the company enhances its Virtual Factory (Virfac) offerings in the additive arena. GeonX, founded in 2012, has been expanding expertise and operations over the...
3D Printing Pittsburgh: Makerspace Meetup During RAPID Brought Together Ultimaker, MatterHackers, Make:, Makers

3D Printing Pittsburgh: Makerspace Meetup During RAPID Brought Together Ultimaker, MatterHackers, Make:, Makers

Not all of the excitement this month in Pittsburgh was housed at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center, as the Steel City welcomed members of the global additive manufacturing community for a very busy week. On the penultimate night of RAPID + TCT, I found myself in an Uber with some of the LulzBot crew […]

Not all of the excitement this month in Pittsburgh was housed at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center, as the Steel City welcomed members of the global additive manufacturing community for a very busy week. On the penultimate night of RAPID + TCT, I found myself in...
Roboze Brings Strength to Desktop 3D Printing, Shows Off at RAPID Debut as Global Expansion Continues

Roboze Brings Strength to Desktop 3D Printing, Shows Off at RAPID Debut as Global Expansion Continues

Italian company Roboze has established a reputation for high-strength 3D printing at the desktop, making 3D printing with materials such as PEEK and PEI more accessible for users around the world as the company has been focusing efforts on expanding its global presence. Offering the Roboze One and Roboze One +400 3D printers and having established […]

Italian company Roboze has established a reputation for high-strength 3D printing at the desktop, making 3D printing with materials such as PEEK and PEI more accessible for users around the world as the company has been focusing efforts on expanding its global...
Global Chemical Giant SABIC Details Commitment to Advancing Additive Manufacturing

Global Chemical Giant SABIC Details Commitment to Advancing Additive Manufacturing

When a big company makes a big commitment to a big technology, it tends to be big news — and SABIC is taking this literally, as the company showcased some big parts last week at RAPID + TCT in Pittsburgh. Sanjay Mishra, PhD, General Manager, Technology & Innovation, and Keith Cox, Senior Business Manager, Additive Manufacturing […]

When a big company makes a big commitment to a big technology, it tends to be big news — and SABIC is taking this literally, as the company showcased some big parts last week at RAPID + TCT in Pittsburgh. Sanjay Mishra, PhD, General Manager, Technology &...
Let's Talk About Desktop Metal

Let's Talk About Desktop Metal

If all the other kids were jumping off a bridge, would you? If all the rest of the internet was talking about Desktop Metal, would you? The bridge thing, hopefully not, but let’s talk about Desktop Metal. We heard about the company in 2015 when out of nowhere the newly-founded enterprise started racking up some […]

If all the other kids were jumping off a bridge, would you? If all the rest of the internet was talking about Desktop Metal, would you? The bridge thing, hopefully not, but let’s talk about Desktop Metal. We heard about the company in 2015 when out of nowhere...
Should You 3D Print That Part? SME Launches ITEAM at RAPID to Answer That Question

Should You 3D Print That Part? SME Launches ITEAM at RAPID to Answer That Question

It’s an age old question. Should I use additive manufacturing or another process to create my product? Or as SME puts it…To 3D print or not to 3D print? At RAPID + TCT last week, SME announced that they have partnered with GM and Dr. Michael Grieves of the Florida Institute of Technology to create ITEAM, the Independent Technical Evaluation of Additive […]

It’s an age old question. Should I use additive manufacturing or another process to create my product? Or as SME puts it…To 3D print or not to 3D print? At RAPID + TCT last week, SME announced that they have partnered with GM and Dr. Michael Grieves of the...
Changing the Physics of 3D Printing: Essentium Materials Brings Plasma to the FFF 3D Printer

Changing the Physics of 3D Printing: Essentium Materials Brings Plasma to the FFF 3D Printer

When it comes to FFF-based 3D printing methods, new machines may come out on a fairly regular basis — many of which work with unique materials incorporating everything from wood to carbon fiber to concrete and stepping away from conventional materials like PLA — but not a lot has fundamentally changed since the first machines […]

When it comes to FFF-based 3D printing methods, new machines may come out on a fairly regular basis — many of which work with unique materials incorporating everything from wood to carbon fiber to concrete and stepping away from conventional materials like PLA...
Stratasys Fills In the Blanks on Continuous Build 3D Demonstrator, Extended Desktop Metal 3D Printing Partnership

Stratasys Fills In the Blanks on Continuous Build 3D Demonstrator, Extended Desktop Metal 3D Printing Partnership

At RAPID + TCT last week in Pittsburgh, the air was thick with announcements of the latest (and greatest?) in 3D printing. For its part, Stratasys hosted its announcements with great fanfare, and I had the opportunity to join the media crowd gathered Monday night for a dinner and Tuesday morning for the full press […]

At RAPID + TCT last week in Pittsburgh, the air was thick with announcements of the latest (and greatest?) in 3D printing. For its part, Stratasys hosted its announcements with great fanfare, and I had the opportunity to join the media crowd gathered Monday night for...
Additive Manufacturing is Changing the Dynamic: EOS' Glynn Fletcher Talks Metal 3D Printing Solutions

Additive Manufacturing is Changing the Dynamic: EOS' Glynn Fletcher Talks Metal 3D Printing Solutions

EOS may have stood out this week at RAPID + TCT due to its volume of announcements during an announcement-heavy show: it didn’t have anything new to highlight. The company is instead, Glynn Fletcher, President, EOS of North America, told me, bearing close witness to the maturation of the additive manufacturing industry and ensuring that […]

EOS may have stood out this week at RAPID + TCT due to its volume of announcements during an announcement-heavy show: it didn’t have anything new to highlight. The company is instead, Glynn Fletcher, President, EOS of North America, told me, bearing close...
Optomec on the March

Optomec on the March

Optomec is an American company that has two 3D printing technologies: Aerosol Jet and LENS. Aerosol Jet can be used to 3D print electronics and is being used to 3D print millions of mobile phone antennas. LENS is a metal 3D printing technology that can be added onto existing CNC equipment and is used to […]

Optomec is an American company that has two 3D printing technologies: Aerosol Jet and LENS. Aerosol Jet can be used to 3D print electronics and is being used to 3D print millions of mobile phone antennas. LENS is a metal 3D printing technology that can be added onto...
Focus on Functional 3D Printed Part Applications: John Dulchinos Discusses Jabil's 3D Printing Strategy

Focus on Functional 3D Printed Part Applications: John Dulchinos Discusses Jabil's 3D Printing Strategy

RAPID + TCT kept a steady pace of introductions and announcements this week, as 2017 represents a year of growth across the board. While we hear often from companies developing 3D printers and the materials that go in them, contract manufacturers have kept a lower profile — though that’s changing, as the world’s third largest […]

RAPID + TCT kept a steady pace of introductions and announcements this week, as 2017 represents a year of growth across the board. While we hear often from companies developing 3D printers and the materials that go in them, contract manufacturers have kept a lower...
3D Printing News Briefs: May 12, 2017

3D Printing News Briefs: May 12, 2017

In this week’s second edition of 3D Printing News Briefs, we’ve got stories on 3D printing business, a new facility, and a couple of new products. The SYNNEX Corporation announced that it is now the exclusive distributor of HP’s Jet Fusion 3D Printing solution in North America, a new distributor for Verashape means that the […]

In this week’s second edition of 3D Printing News Briefs, we’ve got stories on 3D printing business, a new facility, and a couple of new products. The SYNNEX Corporation announced that it is now the exclusive distributor of HP’s Jet Fusion 3D...
RAPID + TCT 2017: 3D Printing Has Come a Long Way

RAPID + TCT 2017: 3D Printing Has Come a Long Way

“Like fine wine, this event continues to improve year after year,” Terry Wohlers said in his keynote at RAPID + TCT. Applause, and appreciative laughter, followed Wohlers’ statement yesterday as the gathered crowd pondered his words. No one would know better than he about the growth of this particular event, as he’s attended — and […]

“Like fine wine, this event continues to improve year after year,” Terry Wohlers said in his keynote at RAPID + TCT. Applause, and appreciative laughter, followed Wohlers’ statement yesterday as the gathered crowd pondered his words. No one would...
3D Platform Debuts Fastest Spool-Fed 3D Printer Extruder, Made Possible with 6mm Filament by MakeShaper

3D Platform Debuts Fastest Spool-Fed 3D Printer Extruder, Made Possible with 6mm Filament by MakeShaper

At RAPID, I saw a number of solutions for making larger FDM prints. As we previously reported, Titan Robotics exhibited two products, a new pellet extruder and their Cronus multi-gantry 3D printer, both of which speed printing, saving both time and money. 3D Platform (3DP) takes a different tack when it comes to quickly printing large plastic […]

At RAPID, I saw a number of solutions for making larger FDM prints. As we previously reported, Titan Robotics exhibited two products, a new pellet extruder and their Cronus multi-gantry 3D printer, both of which speed printing, saving both time and money. 3D Platform...

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