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Artiphon and 3D Printing Make Sweet Music Together

If asked to list the fields in which additive manufacturing (AM) has had a big impact most people probably wouldn’t think to add music. 3D printed instruments are a thing, as are reproductions of vinyl records, and MakerBot is making the mixtape cool again by printing out a cassette tape body for a flash drive filled with music.

Artiphon is using AM to help create and share music with the introduction of the INSTRUMENT 1, a music machine that has carved out a new product category the company has dubbed the multi-instrument. With assistance from an iPhone or iPod, the INSTRUMENT 1 can be strummed like a guitar or banjo, placed on a musician’s shoulder like a violin, or placed flat across the lap to produce steel drum and drum pad sounds. Continue reading

Stratasys Defines Itself and the 3D Printing Market

A year after the merger of Stratasys and Objet, and just months after its acquisition of MakerBot, the company was ready for its close-up. This week, Stratasys hosted the Manufacturing the Future Summit at its headquarters in Eden Prairie, MN. About a dozen journalists were on hand, and more dialed in, to hear Stratasys executives and their customers explain how 3D printing is not only saving them time and money, but enabling entirely new business models and new ways to design products. Continue reading

Reading Between the Layers of the Stratasys-Objet Merger

Some unions just make sense: Think Disney-Pixar, Exxon-Mobil, or Bogie and Bacall. Others seem doomed to failure from the start. Did anyone think AOL-Time Warner, Daimler Chrysler, or Kardashian and Humphries were really going to work out?

So when Stratasys and Objet announced they intended to merge to create a giant in the 3D printing arena, it was only natural for design engineers to wonder whether it was a good match—and, more importantly, “What does it mean for me?”

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Rapid Ready Roundup: RedEye, AM Center, Objet, Lego and Lincoln Logs

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 once every few weeks and present them in a Rapid Ready Roundup (like this one). You can find the last Roundup here.

Lots of announcements in this week’s Rapid Ready Roundup. First, we have RedEye. The Stratasys (read our company profile here) operated service provider has received AS9100 certification. The certification indicates that RedEye meets with the aerospace industry’s requirements for service safety, quality and reliability. Along with being attractive to customers, the certification also reduces 2nd and 3rd party audits, and offers access to industry best practices.

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Rapid Ready Roundup: Music, Cube Odyssey, AMF and RedEye

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 once every few weeks and present them in a Rapid Ready Roundup (like this one). You can find the last Roundup here.

Let’s start this Roundup with a little bit of music. Musician and inventor Onyx Ashanti has created a wireless system he calls Beatjazz that allows him to create music using gestures, rather than picking out beats on a computer. His original prototype used cardboard, pressure sensors, accelerometers and an iPhone to make music, but the end design makes extensive use of 3D printing. Beatjazz uses repurposed saxophone fingerings and a sensor that captures breath exhalations. Continue reading