At SolidWorks World Stratasys Ltd. has launched the next generation of its Objet500 Connex line of 3D printers, the Objet500 Connex3 Color Multi-material 3D printer, which combines colors with multi-material 3D printing. Previous 3D printers, notably from 3D Systems‘ ZPrinter line and Mcor’s line of paper-based 3D printers, have been capable of 3D printing in multiple colors. Stratasys’ own line of Objet printers have been capable of producing 3D prints in multiple materials. However, the Connex3 is the first 3D printer to combine both in what the company calls “virtually unlimited combinations of rigid, flexible, and transparent color materials as well as color digital materials” in a single print run.
A year after the merger of Stratasys and Objet, and just months after its acquisition of MakerBot, the company was ready for its close-up. This week, Stratasys hosted the Manufacturing the Future Summit at its headquarters in Eden Prairie, MN. About a dozen journalists were on hand, and more dialed in, to hear Stratasys executives and their customers explain how 3D printing is not only saving them time and money, but enabling entirely new business models and new ways to design products. Continue reading
Last night, Stratasys signaled its intent to be as important a part of the 3D printing/additive manufacturing conversation in the media as it has been in practice. Its Manufacturing the Future Summit began with dinner at a restaurant, in which reporters from the Wall Street Journal, Forbes and Popular Mechanics joined my colleagues and I in the trade press. Continue reading
As Desktop Engineering’s Senior Editor Kenneth Wong illustrates in “A New Look at Subtractive Prototyping,” there is plenty of room in upfront design engineering for both additive and subtractive rapid prototyping technologies. To have a little fun pointing out the strengths and weaknesses of both technologies, we decided to pit Todd Grimm (representing additive) against Anthony Graves (representing subtractive) in this point-counterpoint arena. While both Grimm and Graves see the value in using both approaches, we asked them to pick a side and come out swinging.
Terry Wohlers of the consulting and research firm, Wohlers Associates, kicked off the second day of the RAPID 2013 Conference and Exhibition in Pittsburgh this morning (read about the first day’s keynote here). As he has in years past, Wohlers presented findings from his annual Wohlers Report, which tracks the additive manufacturing industry.
Wohlers took a global perspective of the technology and provided perspective on where the industry might go in the future. But first, he looked back to 1988 when 3D Systems first commercialized additive manufacturing. Continue reading