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Rapid Ready Roundup: Materialise, Canalys, Netflix, and Tattoos

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.

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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

Rapid Ready Roundup: ABS2, Formlabs, Disarming Corruptor, UK Police

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 quick piece of materials news. Stratasys has released a new material named ABS2 for its line of Object Connex AM systems. According to the company, the new material has been designed to improve rigidity, durability and functionality for 3D printed objects with fine details and thin walls. Stratasys also claims ABS2 is ideal for printing cores and cavities for use in low-volume injection molding applications using thermoplastics.

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Rapid Ready Roundup: Nike, Solidoodle, Royalty, and Gummi Men

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 on the right foot. Nike is using AM not only for prototyping, but to manufacture new shoes, specifically the brand new Vapor Laser Talon (VLT). The VLT (sounds like a sandwich) is a football cleat that has been optimized for the 40-yard dash, with selective laser sintered soles designed to help athletes keep the proper stride. Continue reading

Fabulonia Claims Solution to 3D Printing Piracy

You can usually find a number of stories about additive manufacturing (AM) floating around that have the same theme. Most of them are of the, “How does 3D printing work?” variety, but there are a couple other popular ones as well. One of them is 3D printed guns, and following closely on that topic’s heels is the potential for piracy with AM.

A number of companies have come up with their own ideas for digital IP protection, most of them based on DRM-like technology, or continuing with the ever-popular DMCA takedown notice. Fabulonia, an upcoming clearinghouse for 3D designs, claims to have a solution to piracy that doesn’t involve either of those old chestnuts. Continue reading