ExOne

ExOne Expands Operations Through Acquisitions

Despite the fact that additive manufacturing (AM) isn’t really a new market, the business side of the technology is still maturing. Part of that maturing process is company growth, either through the construction of new facilities, expansion of current facilities, or through acquisitions. For most companies, this is a gradual process, though there are some exceptions.

ExOne launched a $75 million IPO last January to expand its productions, pay off a $9.6 million line of credit and retain a $3 million lease on production equipment. With the IPO a year in the past, it looks as though the company is using some of the investment revenue to pursue additional resources. ExOne has announced the acquisition of Gesellschaft für Industrielle Mikrowellentechnik mbH (MWT) for $4.8 million and Machin-A-Mation for around $5 million. Continue reading

ExOne Expands Material Options

Success in business is rarely achieved by sitting back and relying on a single product to succeed. Even companies the likes of Coca-Cola have attempted to shake up the status quo with new products (admittedly with mixed results). In the additive manufacturing (AM) industry, systems are only half the equation, the other half is continuing development of new materials.

ExOne is moving ahead to provide a greater variety of materials for its customers with ongoing research in its Material Applications Laboratory. Alongside tried-and-true 316 and 420 stainless steel infiltrated with bronze, the company is now offering bonded tungsten, and iron infiltrated with bronze. On the sand casting side of the business, ExOne will be offering phenolic and sodium silicate to its suite of binders. Continue reading

Rapid Ready Roundup: Rumors, Ford, ExOne, and Mysterabbit

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.

I don’t usually like to report on unsubstantiated rumors, but this one has been making the rounds long enough I suspect it likely has some validity. Word on the street is that Apple is looking to get into the 3D printing game. If that’s true, I almost think they’ve missed the boat by not acquiring MakerBot when it was still up for grabs. Continue reading

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Additive manufacturing (AM) is one of the most exciting technologies around. 3D printers are used in almost every major industry, including aerospace, medical and automotive. As AM continues to move into the mainstream, professionals of all stripes are bound to be interested in learning more about what it can offer for their businesses.

RAPID 2013 offers information on the many different ways in which AM is leveraged and still being developed for future innovation. If you are interested in discovering what RAPID 2013 has to offer, Desktop Engineering and Rapid Ready Tech are pleased to announce a contest that will award a pair of free guest passes to 15 lucky winners. Continue reading

Rapid Ready Roundup: 3D Systems, ExOne, 3D Printing Conference and Crayon Creatures

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.

Another CES has come and gone, with Rapid Ready watching the festivities to bring you AM news. We have one final note from the conference to begin this Roundup. 3D Systems’ (company profile) CubeX has won CNET’s Best of CES Award for Hottest Emerging Tech.  Continue reading