New Stratasys Creative Colors Software, Powered by the Adobe 3D Color Print Engine, Maximizes Creativity and Ease of Use

Stratasys Ltd., the 3D printing and additive manufacturing solutions company, today announced that it has taken color 3D printing to a new level of realism and accessibility with the release of Stratasys Creative Colors Software, powered by the Adobe 3D Color Print Engine, for its Objet Connex3 3D Printing solutions. The new software solution combines advanced color management with a direct design-to-3D print workflow, and is an important step in Stratasys and Adobe’s shared vision of making 3D printing more accessible and easier to use while increasing creativity. Continue reading “New Stratasys Creative Colors Software, Powered by the Adobe 3D Color Print Engine, Maximizes Creativity and Ease of Use”

SLM Solutions enters into software joint venture with CADS GmbH

Together with the Austrian software developer CADS, the SLM Solutions Group AG – a leading provider of metal-based additive manufacturing technology (3D printing) – plans to develop design software that facilitates the development of components for customers.

Henner Schöneborn, SLM Solutions Management Board member for Corporate Development and Innovation, explained the project: “We have previously used the design software of a third-party provider which is, however, unable to meet the special characteristics of selective laser melting and our customer requirements to the extent required. CADS have impressed us with deep knowledge in manufacturing and solutions for the medical sector, combined with innovative ideas. We see a major opportunity in proprietary software development over the medium-term in order to better meet the design practice requirements of our customers.” Continue reading “SLM Solutions enters into software joint venture with CADS GmbH”

Polaroid becomes first global household name to launch 3D printer range

Polaroid, one of the world’s most trusted brands, has confirmed a three-year partnership with UK manufacturer Environmental Business Products (EBP).

EBP is Europe’s largest and longest established collector and remanufacturer of inkjet cartridges with over 20-years experience and credibility in the print industry. In 2014, the company diversified into the 3D printing market introducing the technology to their European customers. Continue reading “Polaroid becomes first global household name to launch 3D printer range”

3D Printed Ceramics Using Sound Waves, Created by Dutch Designers (Video)

Olivier van Herpt, like many artists, found himself dissatisfied with the artistic capabilities of traditional 3D printers and 3D printing materials.

“When I first started researching 3D printing the technology was an exciting and interesting one,” the Dutch sculptor says. “But, the desktop 3D printers on offer were unable to produce things at a human scale. Large and medium scale functional design objects that we use such as bowls, plates & decorative objects could not be made. The objects made with desktop 3D printers were also low in heat resistance and could not be food safe. Industrial 3D printers could make food safe objects for everyday use but these would be too costly to produce.” Continue reading “3D Printed Ceramics Using Sound Waves, Created by Dutch Designers (Video)”

Beyond the 3D printing hype: Transformative prototyping & customizing mass-produced goods

Despite all the hype around personal desktop 3D printers, consumers never warmed to the idea of machines only really useful for making toys—most kids already have more than enough plastic figurines lying around for their parents to step on.

Rather than fuelling a movement of makers and tinkerers, the technology will have its biggest impact in enterprise manufacturing. But don’t look for assembly lines to be replaced by building-sized 3D printers that spit out finished products any time soon. Instead, the technology will enable two value-creating steps in the manufacturing process: rapid prototyping and mass-customization. Continue reading “Beyond the 3D printing hype: Transformative prototyping & customizing mass-produced goods”

3D printing trends to watch in 2016

Even as the overhyped consumer 3D printing market continues to fall back down to earth, 2016 looks to be a breakout year for the industry as senior executives’ eyes and checkbooks are opening wide to the technology’s potential. The industrial market for 3D printing real end-use parts looks poised to begin its long growth run, with far reaching implications. 2016 will likely usher in 3D printing’s first “killer apps,” impacting both product design and supply chains. No matter what, 2016 will be a year when leaders across industries will be compelled to pay close attention to the emerging opportunities and disruptions that 3D printing is creating.

Here are eight 3D printing trends to watch in 2016. Continue reading “3D printing trends to watch in 2016”