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Rapid Ready Roundup: Kinect, Modular Lamp, Custom OUYA Console Case, and Really Old Cups

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 with some 3D imaging news. In the land of hacked hardware, the Kinect is royalty. One common hack is to use the Kinect to record 3D images that can then be used in a number of ways, including 3D printing. Rather than fighting against this use, Microsoft has released Kinect for Windows SDK 1.7, which supports more accurate 3D capture. Continue reading

Rapid Ready Roundup: PolyJet Over-Mold, Shapeways, Square Helper, and Pottery

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 today’s Roundup with a look at materials. Solid Concepts has released information about its new Polyjet Over-Mold process. Using an Objet Connex500, the over-mold combines PolyJet White with PolyJet Flex Black to create over-molded prototypes more quickly than is possible with the usual casting methods. A single object can incorporate shore hardness between Shore 27A to Shore 95A. Continue reading

Rapid Ready Roundup: USPTO, MakerBot, Sculpteo, and Rubik’s Cube

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 with some attention from Uncle Sam. The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has announced an additive manufacturing partnership meeting to be held at the USPTO campus in Alexandria, VA, on Jan. 23, 2013. Along with government officials, representatives from MakerBot, Stratasys and 3D Systems will be on hand. Continue reading

Additive Manufacturing Continues Growth

The promise of additive manufacturing (AM) has been there since the technology was first invented in the late 1980s and early 1990s (depending on process), but it hasn’t been until the last decade or so that AM has really started to gather momentum. The rise of sites like Thingiverse and Sculpteo (covered by us here) no doubt have a small part to play in this, but is the bread-and-butter of AM, namely prototyping, that is mostly responsible.

A report by IBISWorld on the state of AM looks for revenue to grow over the next five years at an average annualized rate of 7.2% to total $662.4 million. Losses caused by the recession have begun to subside, with increases of 11.6% in 2010 and 18.3% in 2011. As manufacturers continue to rebound from the recession, IBISWorld expects AM to continue to grow.

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Rapid Ready Roundup

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).

First up, Morris Technologies has received a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant from the U.S. government. The grant is intended to further research into ways direct metal laser sintering and electron beam melting can improve aerospace development, design and construction.

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