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MIT Researchers Use 3D Printing to Create Underwater Robot

Senior Editor Bill Koenig


Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology used 3D printing to construct a prototype robot intended to perform underwater inspections of vessels.The robot was introduced last month at the International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems, MIT said in a statement. Full Article

NewsDesk: IMTS Registration Tops 100,000

Edited by Editor in Chief Sarah A. Webster


Registration at the International Manufacturing Technology Show, which was held at McCormick Place in Chicago Sept. 8-13, topped 114,000, according to The Association For Manufacturing Technology, which produces IMTS. The mood at the show was optimistic and busy. The 3D Printed CarSeveral show programs drew big crowds, such as the world’s first 3D-printed car. Full Article

America Makes Honors Howard A. Kuhn with Distinguished Collaborator Award

Press Release - America Makes


America Makes, the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute, driven by the National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining (NCDMM), is pleased to announce today that it honored Howard A. Kuhn, Ph.D., P.E. with the inaugural presentation of the America Makes Distinguished Collaborator Award, for his dedication and contributions to the Institute. Full Article

IMTS 2014: Additive and Collaborative

Senior Editor Patrick Waurzyniak


From additive manufacturing to collaborative robots, software advances and STEM student programs, IMTS 2014 had something for just about everyone. This year’s show boasted registered attendance of more than 112,000, easily eclipsing the 100,200 attendees at IMTS 2012. One of the star attractions at this year’s show was the Local Motors’ (Chandler, AZ) effort to build a 3D-printed electric car, which as of this writing was scheduled to be completed by late Friday. The Local Motors crew putting together the Strati, the winning design of the 3D Printed Car Challenge, was targeting an early Saturday morning drive-off of the completed car. Full Article

Everybody Wants to Drive the Robot: Students Explore Manufacturing at IMTS 2014

Contributing Editor Ilene Wolff


Students from middle school to college level gathered in Hall C at McCormick Place during the jam-packed IMTS show to see what the industry has to offer.The Smartforce Student Summit – which welcomed more than 17,000 students this year, according to an event representative – gave the next generation a chance to learn, through interactive exhibits, demonstrations, and conversations with professionals in fields to which they might aspire. Full Article

Kicking Off IMTS 2014

Contributing Editor Bruce Morey


The behemoth industry trade show will be ready to delight visitors with surprises big and small. Look for more automation in practically every application while 3D printing and additive manufacturing continues to grow.    Full Article

3D Systems Acquires LayerWise

Press Release - 3D Systems


3D Systems (NYSE:DDD) announced today that it has acquired Belgium-based LayerWise, a leading provider of advanced direct metal 3D printing and manufacturing services. LayerWise delivers quick-turn, 3D-printed metal parts, manufactured on its own proprietary line of direct metal 3D printers, for aerospace, high-precision equipment and medical and dental customers.  Full Article

NewsDesk: GE Announces Additive Manufacturing Facility

Edited by Editor in Chief Sarah A. Webster


GE Aviation, a global leader in jet engine and aircraft system production, in July announced plans to bring high-volume additive manufacturing to its facility in Auburn, AL. This facility will be the first of its kind to mass produce additive components for the jet propulsion industry. Full Article

SME and 3D Systems Announce Formation of Advisory Board for M.Lab21 Education Initiative

Press Release - SME


SME and 3D Systems announced the formation of an advisory board for the collaborative M.Lab21 Initiative, composed of founding members SME, 3D Systems and key collaborator, America Makes (the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute), as well as representatives and support from Intel, GE, Johnson Controls, Lockheed Martin, Deloitte and the National Institute of Standards and Technology. Full Article

3D Printing Fuels Satellite Improvements

Senior Editor Michael Anderson


True innovators in aerospace know that fast development times and constant performance improvement are not the only essential qualities of a leader—it takes thorough testing processes, and the ability to control costs and reduce risk. One company accelerating innovation in aerospace is Lockheed Martin’s Space Systems Company (SSC; Littleton, CO). Full Article

Hurco Combines CNC Machine with 3D Printer

Executive Editor James D. Sawyer


IMTS 2014 will see the debut of a new technology from Hurco Companies Inc. (Indianapolis) that combines 3D printing and CNC milling.The adapter allows Hurco machine tools to conduct 3D plastic printing directly on the machine tool without the need for a separate 3D printer. Full Article

Sciaky to Offer Its 3D Metal Printing Machines for Sale

Edited by Contributing Editor Bruce Morey


Sciaky kept its additive manufacturing in-house, offering only services. Now, electron beam metal printers for parts within a 8.4 m3 build volume are for sale.  Full Article

Tech Front: Research Team Develops New Ultralight, Ultrastiff Additive Materials

Edited by Senior Editors Patrick Waurzyniak and Ellen Kehoe


A team of researchers from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL; Livermore, CA) and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT; Cambridge, MA) has developed a new material for additive manufacturing processes that is as dense and light as an aerogel, but has 10,000 times more stiffness. This material is described in the researchers’ paper published in a June 20 article in the journal Science. Full Article

IMTS 2014: A New Layer of Interest in Fabricating/Laser Pavilion

Editor in Chief Sarah A. Webster


Located in the North Building, the fabricating, laser and additive pavilion will be one of the biggest draws at IMTS, with the addition of 3D printing technologies that allow layer-by-layer manufacturing with more materials than ever.This pavilion features a variety of major players in the fabricating, laser and growing additive arenas. Full Article

GE Aviation Selects Auburn, AL for High Volume Additive Manufacturing Facility

Press Release - GE Aviation


GE Aviation, a global leader in jet engine and aircraft system production, today announced plans to bring high volume additive manufacturing to its facility in Auburn, AL. This facility will be the first of its kind to mass produce additive components for the jet propulsion industry. Full Article

ExOne to Open Combined Production Service Center and Machine Sales Center in Italy

The ExOne Company


The ExOne Company (NASDAQ: XONE) ("ExOne" or "the Company"), a global provider of three-dimensional ("3D") printing machines and printed products to industrial customers, announced today the planned opening of a new combined Production Service Center (“PSC”) and Machine Sales Center in the Lombardy region of Italy on or about August 1, 2014.  Said Omar, most recently ExOne’s European Sales Director, will be ExOne Italy’s Managing Director. Full Article

RAPID 2014: Additive Manufacturing Guru Says We’ve Only Just Begun

Executive Editor James D. Sawyer


“It’s almost unbelievable what’s happening out there.”When Terry Wohlers has that to say about additive manufacturing (AM) you can be sure big things are going on. Wohlers, principal consultant and president of Wohlers Associates Inc., is considered by many to be the leading light in the world of 3D printing and AM. His keynote presentation kicking off the final day of RAPID 2014 capped a well-attended, high-energy event.
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RAPID 2014: Jason Lopes on 'Making the Cool Stuff'

Michael C. Anderson Senior Editor


Jason Lopes, lead systems engineer for Legacy Effects, a Special Effects studio for the motion picture industry, spoke about his work to hundreds of rapt listeners at SME’s co-located RAPID and The Big M manufacturing events at Detroit’s Cobo Center on Wednesday. Full Article

BIG M 2014: Why Manufacturers Ought to be Institutionalized

Michael C. Anderson Senior Editor


National Network of Manufacturing Institutes leaders answer questions at The Big M event Full Article

Is 3D Printing Right For You?

Press Release from PwC


3D printing (3DP), also known as additive manufacturing, is showing signs of triggering transformations in U.S. industrial manufacturing, from product design and production to restructured supply chains, according to a report released today by PwC US in conjunction with The Manufacturing Institute. The report, 3-D printing and the new shape of industrial manufacturing, which includes findings from a survey of over 100 industrial manufacturers, revealed that two-thirds (67 percent) of manufacturers surveyed are currently implementing 3DP either by experimenting with the technology or by already using it for prototypes or final products. Full Article

SME and 3D Systems Announce M.Lab21 to Transform Career and Technical Education

Press Release from SME and 3D Systems


SME and 3D Systems (NYSE:DDD) announced a collaborative initiative to enhance high school industrial arts and vocational education classes through the new M.Lab21 initiative. This program will offer starter kits to transform shop classes and incorporate additive manufacturing into curriculums. Full Article

BIG M 2014: Advanced Modeling, Simulation and Visualization Transforming Manufacturing

Senior Editor Patrick Waurzyniak


New digital simulation, modeling and visualization technologies are enabling manufacturers to do things that weren’t possible that long ago. With new ultra-high-definition, 4K immersive virtual reality (VR) systems like the one at Ford Motor Co. (Dearborn, MI), engineers can visualize new designs much more effectively by collaborating globally in real-time with the latest visualization technologies. Full Article

Avatars of Additive at RAPID 2014

Michael C. Anderson Senior Editor


Software developer Materialise (Plymouth, MI) had a great event on Tuesday at the co-located Big M event and RAPID conference at Detroit’s Cobo Center: slot car racing on huge four-lane track, using cars made via 3D printing. A little further past the slot car track in the other direction were objets d’art, including an arresting lifesized bust of Detroit’s own RoboCop and a larger-than life, almost-human (if “human” is the word I want) bust of a character from the film “Avatar”—both made using additive technology by Legacy Effects (San Fernando, CA).   Full Article

RAPID 2014: Laboring to Advance

Executive Editor James D. Sawyer


It is hard to go to an exhibition like RAPID 2014 and not be excited by the advancements and innovation made possible by additive manufacturing. Couple that with THE BIG M, a co-located event aimed at “applying our best thinking to our most complex manufacturing challenges,” and you have a recipe for a high-energy gathering. There was, however, one undercurrent running through Detroit’s Cobo Center that was not announced as being part of the event: The skills gap and what to do about it. Full Article

Blast Off to the Future: RAPID 2014

Editor in Chief Sarah A. Webster


3D printing, also known as additive manufacturing, continues to revolutionize the manufacturing industry, and there are now more machines, technologies and materials on the market to support layer-by-layer building than ever before -- including for volume production. Full Article

RAPID 2014: EOS Launches the EOS M 290 Direct Metal Laser-Sintering (DMLS™) System

Press Release From EOS


EOS, the technology and market leader in design-driven, integrated e-Manufacturing solutions in the field of Additive Manufacturing (AM), will be exhibiting again at RAPID, June 10 – 12, 2014, held this year in Detroit. At Booth 1210, the company will be displaying its brand-new EOS M 290 system, the successor to the established and market-leading EOSINT M 280, designed for the tool-free production of high-quality serial components, spare parts and prototypes. Full Article

3D Printing Builds Up its Manufacturing Resume

Tim Caffrey, Senior Consultant, and Terry Wohlers, President, Wohlers Associates, Inc.


Additive manufacturing (AM) has traveled a great distance from its humble prototyping past. In 2014, it stands on the brink of becoming a serious and potentially game-changing method of manufacturing. AM represents a family of technologies being used by individuals, small groups, and large corporations around the world, making parts for a mind-boggling array of applications. Full Article

SME Speaks: From a Miracle to Just Another Tool

Kevin L. Ayers, Industry Manager--Additive Manufacturing/3D Printing, SME


I remember the day I saw my first stereolithography machine in action in 1987. We all gathered around to witness this new technology, and I was overwhelmed to see the part rise up out of the machine, almost as if it had been transported in the Star Trek “replicator.” I knew then that this was a going to be a huge and revolutionary part of the future of manufacturing. All around the world, there were many who felt the same. Full Article

NewsDesk: Hybrid Additive-Subtractive Machine Attracts Crowds

Edited by Editor in Chief Sarah A. Webster


Hundreds of manufacturing professionals poured into the headquarters of DMG MORI USA in Hoffman Estates, IL, for the company’s annual Innovation Days event, held May 6–9. But while the machine builder launched a significant new touchpad-style control panel and several new machines, it was a prototype hybrid machine that attracted crowds and stole the show: a LASERTEC 4300 3D, which will formally debut at IMTS 2014. Full Article

UpFront: At The Cutting Edge, Cutting Optional

Editor in Chief Sarah A. Webster


Last year, for our annual Emerging Technologies issue, we demonstrated how 3D printing was moving into mainstream manufacturing by showcasing a Nike football cleat, with a laser-sintered plate, on the cover. That athletic shoe, however, was only for limited production, for top athletes. This June, we’re taking it up a notch—thanks to GE Aviation and the fast pace at which additive manufacturing (AM) is building up its resume, a topic covered in this month’s feature story by Terry Wohlers, president of Wohlers and Associates (Fort Collins, CO). Full Article

igus Presents the World's First Printable Bearing Material Filament for 3D Printers

igus Press Release


Plastics expert igus has introduced the world’s first plastic filament for 3D printers enhanced with tribological, or low friction, properties. The material, 50 times more resistant to wear and abrasion than conventional 3D printer materials, is ideally suited for creating custom bearings. igus has been researching filaments for 3D printers in order to provide customers with more flexibility in their design ideas. Full Article

Manufacturing 4 Looks to the Future

Senior Editor Patrick Waurzyniak


From advanced manufacturing presentations to programs for young STEM students, the Manufacturing 4 the Future (Mfg4) 2014 show held May 6-8 in Hartford, CT, featured a lot of innovation on display for everybody. Full Article

SME Partners with CAM Logic to Create 3D Image of the Spirit of Detroit Statue for THE BIG M Event

Press Release from SME


Today, CAM Logic is scanning the Spirit of Detroit Statue in front of the Coleman A. Young Municipal Center to create a miniature-size statue using 3D printing. These one-of-a-kind statues will be given out to a select group of people at SME’s THE BIG M event, June 9-12 at Cobo Center.“There is so much buzz about 3D printing in the manufacturing world today,” said Debbie Holton, director of events, industry strategy at SME. “ Full Article

Hybrid Additive-Subtractive Machine Attracts Crowds

Editor in Chief Sarah A. Webster


Hundreds of manufacturing professionals poured into the headquarters of DMG MORI USA in Hoffman Estates, IL, for the company’s annual Innovation Days event, held May 6-9. But while the machine builder launched a significant new touchpad-style control panel and several new machines, it was a prototype hybrid machine that attracted crowds and stole the show: a Lasertec 4300 3D, which will formally debut at IMTS 2014. Full Article

UnternehmerTUM, Strascheg Center for Entrepreneurship and EOS GmbH Found 3D Printing Cluster



UnternehmerTUM, the Strascheg Center for Entrepreneurship and EOS GmbH plan to stimulate new business models and innovative start-ups based on industrial 3D printing technology. It is with this aim in mind that the two centres have founded a 3D Printing Cluster together with EOS. The objective is to create an interdisciplinary network of actors from all over Germany.  Full Article

America Makes Sponsorship of and Exhibition at the 3rd Annual USA Science and Engineering Festival

America Makes


America Makes, the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute, is proud to announce its sponsorship of and exhibition at the 3rd annual USA Science and Engineering Festival to be held April 26-27, 2014, at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. Look for the America Makes exhibit in the Engineering Pavilion, Hall A, Booth 761. Full Article

Gary Rabinovitz Receives President’s Award from Additive Manufacturing Users Group

Additive Manufacturing Users Group


At its 26th annual conference, the Additive Manufacturing Users Group (AMUG) presented Gary Rabinovitz of Reebok International with its President’s Award. Rabinovitz, the sixth to receive this prestigious award, is Reebok’s RP lab manager and the users group’s past president.Rabinovitz received the award, which was presented by Bret Border, AMUG’s president, during the conference’s opening session before 531 attendees from 15 countries. Full Article

America Makes to Host Additive Manufacturing Training Course

America Makes


America Makes, in partnership with ASM International, will offer the course "Fundamentals of Additive Manufacturing Materials & Processes" on May 12-13 from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM.  Registration is required, and members of America Makes and ASM will receive a 15% discount.  Full Article

Emulate3D Ltd. Receives Queen's Award For Enterprise



Emulate3D is celebrating being named as winner of a Queen’s Award for Enterprise - the UK’s highest accolade for business success. We received our award for Innovation in recognition of the work done in developing the Emulate3D Controls Testing (ECT) range. Full Article

Additive Manufacturing Users Group Recognizes Distinguished Service

The Additive Manufacturing Users Group (AMUG)


The Additive Manufacturing Users Group (AMUG) announced recipients of awards for excellence and service. The awards were presented at the 26th annual users group conference in Tucson, Arizona. During the annual Awards Banquet, the association named five DINOs (Distinguished INnovator Operator), an award that recognizes industry veterans for years of experience as well as contributions back to the additive manufacturing industry. Full Article

3D Systems Expands Presence in Japan With Canon Marketing

3D Systems


3D Systems announced today that it is expanding its partnership with Canon Marketing Japan to include 3DS’ complete ProJet professional series of 3D printers, desktop prototyping CubeX 3D printer and Geomagic scan-to-CAD software solutions. Canon Marketing Japan began selling 3D Systems’ advanced manufacturing products in October 2013. Full Article

RP Marketplace Launches First B2B Platform for Professional 3D Printing

RP Marketplace


RP Marketplace, the only online platform specifically designed for businesses to source and manage professional rapid prototyping services, announced today that it has officially launched to the public ( Full Article

3D Printer Project Announces Intent to Give Three 3D Printers to Local Schools

RJG, Inc.


Newton’s Road and RJG, Inc, in cooperation with TBAISD, are announcing their intent to donate up to three MakerBot 3D printers to Traverse City Area Public Schools at all grade levels. The decision came following the successful implementation of an initial printer at Traverse City West Middle School earlier this year. To determine which schools will receive the printers, a request for proposals has been prepared and will be available at Full Article

Bioprinting: Science or Fiction?

Arif Sirinterlikci and Lauren Walk, Department of Engineering, Robert Morris University


Cornell University’s Lawrence Bonassar calls bioprinting the intersection of three technologies: tissue engineering, regenerative medicine, and 3D printing. It’s the 3D printing of biological media for replacement of human tissue or biofriendly engineered materials such as scaffolds and drug release mechanisms for helping the healing process of human tissue. Full Article

Stratasys to Acquire Solid Concepts and Harvest Technologies

Stratasys Ltd.


Stratasys Ltd. (NASDAQ:SSYS), a leading global provider of 3D printing and additive manufacturing solutions, today announced that it has entered into definitive agreements to acquire two privately-held companies, Solid Concepts Inc. and Harvest Technologies. Solid Concepts is the largest independent additive manufacturing service bureau in North America and a fast-growing partner to RedEye, Stratasys’ existing digital manufacturing service business. Full Article

Additive Joins Subtractive on Advanced All-in-One Machines

Senior Editor Jim Lorincz


The path of precision machining has taken a decidedly unexpected change in direction. Yes, machining centers, in their various configurations of horizontal, vertical, and universal, continue to hold their preeminent positions in shops for their ability to create value-added benefits to individual workpieces or parts in serial production. Full Article

A Pathway to Approval for Additive-Made Devices

Contributing Editor Ilene Wolff


Additive manufacturing is now producing all manner of medical devices, and new ideas for the process—ranging from printed surgical tools and bone replacements to human tissue—are coming from designers and engineers daily.Even the best idea, though, has little value in the United States unless the Food and Drug Administration gives its go-ahead for putting the device on the market. Full Article

Optomec to Present at Additive Manufacturing User Group Conference



Optomec, a global supplier of 3D Printing systems for production applications, announced today that Dr. Richard Grylls, LENS General Manager, will give a presentation at the AMUG conference, entitled, “3D Printing in Rework and Repair Applications – Recycling Metal in the 21st Century”. Full Article

Quality Scan: Coordinate Metrology Society Introduces Level Two, Device-Specific Certification

Ron Hicks, 2014 CMSC Chair, Coordinate Metrology Society


2014 is a special milestone in the history of the Coordinate Metrology Society (CMS), marking the 30th anniversary of our conference and organization. During this hallmark year, the CMS will deliver a second Certification program to the profession of portable 3D metrology. Full Article

SME Journal Articles Featured in Additive Manufacturing Virtual Issue

Senior Editor Ellen Kehoe


The additive manufacturing process has been the subject of intense research and development over the last 30 years. A virtual special issue, with papers previously published by Elsevier, including five from SME’s Journal of Manufacturing Processes, illustrates the current state of the art and trends in development. Full Article

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