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ExOne Unveils Innovent™ 3D Printing System for Research and Education Customers

Press Release - The ExOne Company


The ExOne Company, a global provider of three-dimensional printing machines and printed products to industrial customers, announced today its latest 3D printing system, Innovent™, designed especially for research and education customers. Innovent, ExOne’s industrial-grade, laboratory-sized machine, allows for testing material properties, specifically in educational institutions, research laboratories, and research and development departments at commercial organizations. Full Article

Senvol Launches Database for Industrial Additive Manufacturing Machines and Materials

Press Release - Senvol


Given the rapid growth of the industrial additive manufacturing (i.e. 3D printing) industry, it has become increasingly difficult to keep track of all of the machines and materials that are on the market. Senvol has solved this problem with the launch of the Senvol Database ( Users are able to search the database by over 30 fields, such as machine build size, material type, and material tensile strength. Full Article

Additive Manufacturing Users Group Announces Keynote Speakers for 2015 AMUG Conference

Press Release - Additive Manufacturing Users Group (AMUG)


The Additive Manufacturing Users Group (AMUG) today announced its featured keynote speakers for the 2015 AMUG Education & Training Conference, which will be held in Jacksonville, Florida, from April 19 – 23, 2015. Lonnie Love, Jason Lopes and Todd Grimm will inform, motivate and excite attendees with their discussions of additive manufacturing possibilities. Full Article

3D Systems Acquires botObjects

Senior Editor Bill Koenig


3D Systems said today it acquired botObjects, a U.K.-based maker of 3D printers. No terms were disclosed.Rock Hill, SC-based 3D Systems also said it plans to introduce CubePro C, a desktop, full-color 3D printer with botObjects technology. Full Article

Beaming About Additive

Dave Ciscel, Director of Engineering and Co-founder, CalRAM Inc.


There is a “Catch-22” irony that plagues defense industry budgets; the more money spent on aging aircraft, the less money there is to buy new aircraft. Full Article

NewsDesk: Rebound in US Manufacturing Continues

Edited by Editor in Chief Sarah A. Webster


Interest among executives in bringing manufacturing back to the United States “remains strong,” with 54% of respondents in a recent Boston Consulting Group (BCG) survey saying they’re either considering or already making such moves.That figure includes 20% of executives who said they would consider establishing US operations “in the near future” and 16% who said they “are already actively doing this.” Full Article

International Space Station Goes Into the 3D Printing Business

Senior Editor Bill Koenig


The International Space Station is now part of the 3D printing industry.NASA astronaut Butch Wilmore installed a 3D printer in the space station Nov. 17 and on Nov. 24 produced a replacement part for the printer, according to a statement on NASA’s website.The space agency said two test prints were made before the first part was produced.  Full Article

3D Systems Enters Agreement to Acquire Cimatron

Press Release - 3D Systems and Cimatron


Combination strengthens design and manufacturing technology and product portfolio, extends direct sales and channel reach, creates value and completes the digital thread for enhanced customer experience. Full Article

3D Systems Continues Fab-Grade SLA Innovation with New ProX 800

Press Release - 3D Systems


3D Systems (NYSE: DDD) today announced the immediate availability of the ProXTM 800, the latest in the company’s industry-leading family of accurate, production-level Stereolithography (SLA®) 3D printers. The ProX 800 production SLA printer features a revolutionary new laser print head and print material management system to lower the total cost of ownership.  Full Article

Optomec Becomes Platinum Member of America Makes

Press Release - Optomec


Optomec, a leading global supplier of production grade additive manufacturing systems for 3D printed metals and printed electronics, today announced it has become a Platinum level member of America Makes, the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute (NAMII). Full Article

Stratasys Cuts Earnings Forecast, Tesla Delays Model X

Senior Editor Bill Koenig


Additive manufacturer Stratasys Ltd. and electric-car maker Tesla Motor Inc. used third-quarter earnings announcements on Nov. 5 to disclose adjustments in forecasts and production plans. Stratasys, based in Minneapolis and Rehovot, Israel, reduced its 2014 profit forecast, citing higher development costs related to its acquisition of GrabCAD, a computer-aided design systems developer. Full Article

Focus on the Workforce: M.Lab21 — For Next Generation Makers

Leanne Gluck, Pamela Hurt, and Michael Hripko


When it comes to educating the manufacturing workforce of the future, our nation and industry are faced with an incredible opportunity. The Boston Consulting Group predicts that by 2020 there will be a shortage of 875,000 manufacturing workers. Many of the empty jobs will be in advanced manufacturing, or high-tech areas of making things.  Full Article

Tech Front: New High-Hardness Metal-Matrix Material Developed for Additive Uses

Edited by Senior Editors Ellen Kehoe and Patrick Waurzyniak


A new ferrous metal-matrix material developed by The NanoSteel Co. (Providence, RI) will soon offer manufacturers a new alternative for producing fully dense, high-hardness metal components with additive manufacturing techniques. Full Article

The Week That Was: Mixed Bag for Manufacturer Earnings

Senior Editor Bill Koenig


Manufacturers reported mixed third-quarter financial results during the week of Oct. 20. Major aerospace companies reported increased profits. Among automakers, General Motors Co. earnings surged while Ford Motor Co.’s slid as the automaker prepared production of a new aluminum pickup. Full Article

Mazak Introduces New HYBRID Multi-Tasking Technology

Press Release - Mazak Corporation


Mazak Corporation has unveiled its new INTEGREX i-400AM (additive manufacturing) HYBRID Multi-Tasking Machine. As a fusion of additive technology and Mazak’s most advanced Multi-Tasking capabilities, the machine will significantly reduce part cycle times while providing high-efficiency Done-In-One processing. Full Article

3D Printing Used to Make Prototype Artificial Hand

Senior Editor Bill Koenig


YouBionic, an Italian startup company, has turned to 3D printing as part of its efforts to develop a lower-cost artificial hand.Companies have sought to produce prosthetic hands that look and operate like the real thing. The goal is something like Luke Skywalker’s robotic hand depicted at the end of the Star Wars movie The Empire Strike Back. Full Article

New Papers from RAPID 2014

Senior Editor Ellen Kehoe


Technical papers presented at RAPID 2014 and eligible for the 2014 Dick Aubin Distinguished Paper Award are now available online in the SME Technical Papers collection. The 13 papers cover a range of additive manufacturing topics, including several dealing with biomedical applications and one presenting a review of the current state of development of selective laser melting of refractory alloys such as those of tungsten, molybdenum and tantalum. Full Article

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

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

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

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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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

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: 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

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

Digital Factory 2015: Arburg as Exclusive Additive Manufacturing Plaza Partner

Press Release - Arburg


For the new Additive Manufacturing Plaza to be launched as part of the Digital Factory exhibition (itself a part of HANNOVER MESSE in Hannover, Germany), Deutsche Messe has succeeded in gaining the support of one of the Arburg company, as one of the leading manufacturers in the field of additive manufacturing. 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

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