Rapid Ready Roundup: 3D Systems, Mcor Partners with Staples, GE Aviation and the Evolution of the 3D Printed Wrench
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 begin with a look at the newest versions of 3D Systems’ ProJet line of AM systems: the ProJet 3500 HDMax and CPXMax. Both printers have the same basic specs of the older models, but offer tablet and smartphone connectivity. Additionally, the HDMax has a new high speed setting (at a slight cost in potential resolution) and the CPXMax offers an improved net build volume at higher resolutions for its RealWax casting capability. Continue reading
Plenty of shiny, new 3D printers come out all the time. They have increased build envelopes and improved resolutions and all that cool stuff. Don’t get me wrong. I like reporting on new systems as much as the next tech nerd, but all that new printer smell doesn’t do much without materials to run it.
Materials innovation seems to be lagging slightly behind the development of the printers they are meant to feed. I talked with several people at RAPID 2012 who lamented the general lack of quantified standards for materials, the secrecy around new material developments, and so on. It’s partially because of those conversations, and partially my compulsion to share interesting news, that makes me so interested in new materials.