Stratasys Acquires Solid Concepts and Harvest Technologies

The business world of additive manufacturing (AM) is still taking shape. The technology is still new enough that market leaders haven’t quite yet managed the level of global saturation as older tech companies, such as Apple or Microsoft. Part of the process of market maturation is acquisitions.

Stratasys has announced the acquisition of Solid Concepts and Harvest Technologies. Both companies are AM service bureaus, with Solid Concepts having a global presences and Harvest Technologies as mainly an US entity. Both companies will assist Stratasys with future growth, and provide additional resources for its in-house service bureau, RedEye. 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

3D Systems Unleashes a Flood of 3D Printers

When 3D Systems first started on its acquisitions spree, there were whispers wondering if the company could successfully integrate so many different corporate cultures into a meaningful whole. If 3D Systems’ display of additive manufacturing (AM) might at Euromold is anything to judge by, it seems as though the company’s strategy of expansion by acquisition has been successful.

Joining its previous announcement of the ProJet 4500 and 5500X, 3D Systems offered up three more new 3D printers during its new product announcement video stream, direct from Euromold. The ProX 300, ProX 500 SLS, and ProX 950 SLA have been added to the company’s burgeoning portfolio of AM systems and services. Continue reading

EOS Unveils Two New Additive Manufacturing Systems: the EOS P 396 and the EOS M 400

The news just keeps rolling out from Euromold. Additive manufacturing (AM) systems are on the rise, and EOS is adding to the possibilities offered by the technology with the announcement of two new industrial 3D printers. The EOS P 396 works with plastic material, and the EOS M 400 builds in metal.

According to the company, the EOS P 396 offers improvements over older AM systems by increasing material efficiency by up to 30%. Secondary processing times have been reduced thanks to a new point pyrometer and a low wearing, high speed recoater. The new point pyrometer measures the temperature of the powder surface with the intention of improving coating precision. Primary processing times have also been reduced with the introduction of a new, CO2, 70 W laser. Continue reading

3D Systems Announces ProJet 4500 and 5500X

Euromold is underway, and that means new product reveals and company announcements about future endeavors. As the largest design and manufacturing conference in the world, Euromold draws vendors and attendees from around the globe to hear about advances in technology, and see the latest innovations. Additive manufacturing (AM) has become an integral part of the conference, thanks to its growing impact on parts production, rapid prototyping, and end-use product manufacturing.

3D Systems is first off the blocks this year to showcase its newest products: the ProJet 4500 and ProJet 5500X. The ProJet 4500 offers high resolution, full-color plastic prints, and the ProJet 5500X advances 3D Systems’ dedication to multi-material composites printing. Let’s take a closer look at each in turn. Continue reading