Rapid Ready Roundup: 3D Systems, 3D Printing Afloat, New AM Materials and Beak Replacement

In the course of my diligent efforts to keep you good people up to date on the state of additive manufacturing, 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 this Roundup with a look at another sign of the growth of additive manufacturing (AM). 3D Systems (company profile) has appeared on Fortune Magazine’s 2012 list of the fastest growing companies, placing 5th among tech companies.

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ExOne to Unveil New M-FLEX 3D Printer at IMTS 2012

It seems like just yesterday I was pulling into ExOne’s parking lot to take a tour of the facility. You can find some details of the conversation I had with the good folks of ExOne here. Observant readers might have noticed talk about the M-FLEX in that article and been curious about the lack of availability of the system.

The wait is over. ExOne is debuting the M-FLEX at IMTS 2012. The company’s newest offering has been designed to work primarily with metal, but is also capable of building objects in glass, ceramics and other materials used for casting. According to the company, the M-FLEX offers seven times the volume output of other additive manufacturing (AM) systems.

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Chicago Prepares for IMTS 2012

If information could be weighed, the Internet might break the planet. So many details about additive manufacturing (AM) can be found online that it can be easy to become swamped. I know when I first looked into the technology, it was a daunting task to take in all the information that was available.

Nothing beats being able to talk face-to-face with AM experts and industry professionals to learn more about the subject. Enter the conference. If you weren’t able to attend RAPID 2012, you can still attend other conferences that touch upon the field (and you can have a look at our coverage).

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