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A Look Back at Additive Manufacturing in 2013

This year was an interesting one for additive manufacturing (AM), with plenty of big moves inside the industry and hints of upcoming changes to the landscape from without. Medical uses for 3D printing really started to gather steam, with prosthetics being one of the largest areas of development. In 2013, we also saw a general shift in AM from a pure prototyping tool to an increase in end-use production.

Stratasys moved into the home 3D printer arena with its acquisition of MakerBot in June. That particular move, along with the merger with Objet in 2012, helped Stratasys to diversify its portfolio, branching out into areas of AM in which the company previously had little or no presence.  Continue reading

Geomagic Capture Offers Scanning Simplicity

Regardless of what business you might be in, time management is always a primary concern. The quicker a product makes its way through the design process, the quicker it makes its way into your customers’ hands. 3D scanners offer time saving for additive manufacturing (AM) and design by translating physical objects into digital files.

3D Systems’ new Geomagic Capture further reduces time to market by offering an integrated scanning and inspection solution. Capture gives users the power to scan objects directly into CAD files, while simultaneously providing a desktop metrology tool. The entire package consists of a blue light LED 3D scanner, Geomagic application software (varies based on Capture package purchased), desktop scanner stand, AC adapter and data cable. Continue reading

Shape Your Ideas with Cubify Sculpt

Regardless of how simple a design might be, it requires a fair amount of training or tinkering with CAD programs to build an object. The time investment to learn to use CAD programs properly isn’t worth it for every user, especially most home users. For people designing 3D objects for fun rather than work, the best suite of design tools is one that is simple to learn and easy to use.

3D Systems has launched a new design program intended to fill the needs of average users of the company’s Cube systems. Called Cubify Sculpt, the program starts users with a 3D ball of clay that can be shaped into whatever object the user desires, using a toolset similar to (though hopefully slightly less complex than) Photoshop. Continue reading

Rapid Ready Roundup: NAMII, Geomagic Design, a Word of Caution and GlaDOS

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 a NAMII update. Hot on the heels on a recent announcement that seven AM projects have received $4.5 million in funding from NAMII, comes news of further funding from the research and development center. Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), a member of NAMII, has been granted new funding to develop two different AM-related projects. Continue reading

Rapid Ready Roundup: RAPID 2013, 3D Printing Down Under, MAKRZ app, and Pez Dispensers

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.

Let’s start today’s Roundup with some RAPID talk. SME has issued a call for AM-created artwork to be displayed in the Contemporary Art Gallery during RAPID 2013. The submission deadline is March 4.  Continue reading