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Rapid Ready Roundup: Mcor Technologies, 3D Systems, Hubble and Elementary

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.

For our first Roundup of the 2014, we’ll start by looking across the pond to Ireland. Mcor Technologies has been given a boost with a €15m (a little over $20 million) investment from Silicon Valley venture capitalists. According to the company, the investment will be used to expand and scale up the business. 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

Staples Bets on 3D Printing

While major news agencies have been running stories about additive manufacturing (AM) for a goodly amount of time now, you can still find plenty of people who have never heard of the technology. Unless your place of work uses a 3D printer or you are a technophile (or know one), the odds of running across an AM system in the wild isn’t all that great, even with some of the retail stores that have begun popping up. That might well be about to change.

Last December, Rapid Ready ran a short piece about a new partnership between Staples and Mcor Technologies that would bring 3D printers into the stores. The first Staples Experience Center featuring the Mcor Iris opened for business on April 29 in Almere, The Netherlands. Other locations are set to follow, including American stores. Continue reading

Rapid Ready Roundup: Mcor, Stratasys, Architecture and 3D Photo Booths

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.

The Irish are invading! No, not really, but Mcor Technologies is making new inroads in the US, following the debut of its Iris 3D printer and its deal with Staples. The company announced the addition of architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) 3D printing and modeling firm, LGM to its list of channel partners. LGM will sell the Mcor stable of AM systems, as well as using Mcor products to fill AM orders. Continue reading

Additive Manufacturing Goes Retail

Online shopping is a huge business, just ask Amazon. The success of that particular company contributed to the fall of Borders’ brick and mortar stores, and, no doubt, the early demise of many smaller businesses based in the real world. For many kinds of shopping, online is perfect. The selection is enormous, consumers don’t have to worry about business hours, and they can shop in your PJs.

Not everything is better online, however. Sometimes just seeing a picture or even a video of a new product isn’t the same as eyeballing a potential purchase up close. And don’t forget the sensory angle. You know what to expect with a book or DVD, but tech is different. The lines that form around Apple stores at the launch of a new product suggest that touch experience is still a powerful sales tool. Continue reading