Conferences

3D Systems Reveals Lineup for Inside 3D Printing NYC Conference

More than a few eyebrows were raised when 3D Systems (3DS) first embarked on its growth through acquisitions strategy. A number of industry insiders wondered (privately) if the company would be able to successfully incorporate all the businesses the company had been picking up under one umbrella and make them work together. Time has shown the strategy to be sound with 3DS taking a lead position in additive manufacturing (AM) and 3D printing related properties.

Not even the speculation surrounding HP’s stated intent to enter the AM field has been able to dent 3DS’ push to promote itself as the top AM company, and its announcement of its plans for the Inside 3D Printing NYC Conference showcases its drive. 3DS calls its agenda “3D Printing 2.0,” and it includes the announcement of its newest AM system, the ProJet 1200, along with its full lineup of 2014 3D printers.  Continue reading

RAPID to Run Alongside The Big M

Additive manufacturing (AM) continues to grow by leaps and bounds, driving innovation and creating new opportunities for manufacturing. New conventions dedicated to AM have begun to sprout up all over the globe, but the granddaddy in North America is SME’s RAPID conference and exposition. For nearly 25 years, RAPID has brought together industry leaders to share information about developments in 3D printing, and to provide a meeting ground for AM businesses and customers.

This year RAPID will run alongside the International Manufacturing Research Conference, and The Big M manufacturing conference in Detroit, MI. The event will run from June 9 through June 12 at the Cobo Center. Unsurprisingly, AM will be one focus of the Big M, with RAPID’s customary range of lectures, seminars and other educational opportunities providing a solid framework of knowledge for the conference. Continue reading

Local Motors Promises a 3D Printed Car by September

Most of the time when additive manufacturing (AM) professionals and pundits talk about how 3D printing is changing the manufacturing landscape, the discussion is limited to a few complex parts. Very few companies have yet to attempt use AM to build an entire finished product, unless that product is fairly small.

The Urbee is one of the few attempts at using AM for full-scale production, and it’s still a fairly niche product. Local Motors is attempting to match, or even one-up the Urbee, by delivering a 3D printed car to the Association for Manufacturing Technology (AMT) at the International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) 2014. Continue reading

Rapid Ready Roundup: FIRST, Aerodef, Firearms, and Hershey’s

In the course of my diligent efforts to keep you good people up to date on the state of additive manufacturing (AM), I come across many interesting news items. I’ll gather them up every so often and present them in a Rapid Ready Roundup (like this one). You can find the last Roundup here.

We’ll start today’s Roundup with news from FIRST. If you haven’t previously heard of the organization, FIRST promotes STEM education with a number of different programs, the most popular of which is probably the robotics competition. Continue reading

Rapid Ready Roundup: EuroMold Edition

In the course of my diligent efforts to keep you good people up to date on the state of additive manufacturing (AM), I come across many interesting news items. I’ll gather them up every so often and present them in a Rapid Ready Roundup (like this one). You can find the last Roundup here.

Today’s Roundup is focused on the happenings at EuroMold 2013. We already brought you news of 3D systems new product announcements. We’ll start today with some materials news from Stratasys. The company’s newest material is named Nylon 12, and it works in the Fortus line of AM systems. According to Stratasys, Nylon 12 offers up to five times greater resistance to breaking and better impact strength compared to similar materials. Continue reading