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SABIC Uses 3D Printing for Prototype Truck Roof Fairing

Senior Editor Bill Koenig


Saudi Basic Industries Corp. used 3D printing to produce a prototype truck roof fairing designed to reduce fuel consumption and improve vehicle aerodynamics. SABIC said the roof fairing can reduce a heavy-duty truck’s annual fuel consumption by 3% annually. The company is displaying the 3D printed thermoplastic prototype at the Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, KY, today through March 28.               Full Article

EOS names Glynn Fletcher President of EOS of North America Inc.



Novi, Mich., March 23, 2015—EOS announced that Glynn Fletcher has been named president of EOS of North America, Inc. The appointment reinforces the company’s already strong position in the growing market for Additive Manufacturing technology. Full Article

EOS Names Fletcher President of North American Unit

Senior Editor Bill Koenig


EOS named Glynn Fletcher president of EOS of North America, as the 3D printing company moves to integrate additive manufacturing with traditional subtractive production methods. Fletcher was president of GF Machining Solutions LLC in Lincolnshire, IL. EOS and GF Machining have jointly demonstrated systems that combine both manufacturing techniques. Customers want to integrate 3D printing “with more traditional manufacturing processes,” Hans Langer, CEO of EOS, said in a statement. Full Article

3D Systems Introduces Two Medical Training Modules

Senior Editor Bill Koenig


3D Systems said it’s introducing two new training modules for the company’s Simbionix Arthro Mentor training simulator. The Rock Hill, SC-based company said in a statement it’s coming out with a hip diagnostics module and a knee module. The 3D virtual reality training models are intended to improve surgical preparedness and planning for complex orthopedic procedures. Full Article

ExOne Quarterly Loss Deepens on Increased Costs

Senior Editor Bill Koenig


ExOne Co. said Monday its fourth-quarter loss deepened on increased costs.The North Huntingdon, PA-based maker of 3D printing machines posted a fourth-quarter deficit of $7.2 million, or 50 cents a share, compared with a loss of $3.2 million, or 22 cents, in the year-earlier period. The operating loss for the quarter was $7.3 million, compared with a loss of $3.4 million a year earlier. Full Article

3D Printers Given to Winners of SME Plinko Game

Advanced Manufacturing Media Staff


3D printers, symbol of the future of manufacturing, were given out at SME’s HOUSTEX 2015 show in a format based on a classic game show.An “SME Plinko” game was constructed at the SME booth at HOUSTEX 2015, held Feb. 24 to Feb. 26 at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston. Full Article

The ExOne Company Announces Appointment of Hans J. Sack as President

Press Release - 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 that it has appointed Hans J. Sack to serve as President of the Company effective March 16, 2015.  Mr. Sack brings considerable experience in the metals and automotive industries.  Full Article

Stratasys Executive: Merger of Units ‘All About Growth’

Senior Editor Bill Koenig


Stratasys Ltd.’s merger of three units “is all about growth,” an executive said.“We don’t want our people to think we’re looking to reduce head count,” Scott McGowan, vice president of marketing for Stratasys Direct Manufacturing, said in an interview.The 3D printing concern has combined Solid Concepts and Harvest Technologies – two companies it acquired last year – with its RedEye unit to form Stratasys Direct Manufacturing. Full Article

Manufacturers Told to Emulate LEGO, `Think Around the Box’

Senior Editor Bill Koenig


Manufacturers should “think around the box” and follow the example of LEGO, an academic said.David Robertson, a professor at the Wharton School, described how Denmark-based LEGO Group went from near bankruptcy to growth and profits.“It is not a story about LEGO,” Robertson said today at the MFG Meeting in Orlando, FL. “It is a story about innovation strategy.” Full Article

NanoSteel Expands Material Capabilities for Additive Manufacturing

Press Release - The NanoSteel Company


The NanoSteel® Company today announced the expansion of the company’s additive manufacturing (AM) material capabilities to support metal 3D printing of complex high hardness parts and the ability to customize properties layer-by-layer through gradient material design.The company leveraged its 2014 breakthrough in AM wear materials to print a bearing and impeller using the powder bed fusion process. Full Article

SME, DEMAT Partner on EUROMOLD to Strengthen Additive Manufacturing Industry

Press Release - SME


SME, the U.S. leader in additive manufacturing and 3D printing expertise and events, has announced that it will partner with DEMAT, to support the additive manufacturing elements of EUROMOLD. The SME/DEMAT strategic relationship will further strengthen EUROMOLD’s position as the world’s leading exhibition on additive manufacturing and 3D printing. Full Article

ExOne Expects to Hasten New Materials for 3D Printing

Senior Editor Bill Koenig


ExOne Co. expects to make more materials available faster for 3D printing.“What you’ll see is a large number of powders that will be certified on our printers at a pretty good pace,” Rick Lucas, ExOne’s chief technology officer, said in a telephone interview. “I can’t comment on specific numbers and timing. It’s being driven by our customers.” Full Article

Is Additive the New Twist that Electric Motors Need?

Contributing Editor Ed Sinkora


To many, powering cars and trucks with internal combustion engines is hopelessly outdated. The technology goes back to the 19th century. It relies on a finite source of fossil fuels. And it contributes to global warming. So beyond attempts to make such engines more efficient and the vehicles lighter, there’s also a huge push to produce vehicles with electric or hybrid forms of propulsion. Full Article

Stratasys Posts Quarterly Loss on Writedown

Senior Editor Bill Koenig


Stratasys Ltd. posted a fourth-quarter loss on a charge for writing down the value of its MakerBot unit.The maker of 3D printing machines reported a loss of $92 million, or $1.81 a share, for the last three months of 2014, compared with a loss of $2 million, or 4 cents a share, for the same period a year earlier. Full Article

Hybrid Manufacturing Technologies Wins First International 3D Printing Award

Senior Editor Bill Koenig


Hybrid Manufacturing Technologies Ltd. has won the first-ever International Additive Manufacturing Award.The company, based in the United Kingdom and Plano, TX, won for a hybrid kit that can be added to a computer numerical control machine to add 3D printing capability, according to a statement by the Association for Manufacturing Technology. Full Article

Advanced Manufacturing Now: Additive Manufacturing: Past, Present, Future

Kevin Ayers, SME Industry Manager, Additive Manufacturing and 3D Technology


RAPID celebrates its 25th anniversary this year in the Additive Manufacturing/3D Printing universe. Being involved myself for about the same time, I can say that we have come a long way. Right from the beginning, many of us saw the potential as we struggled to use the AM technologies for real applications. Full Article

Viewpoints: Hybrid Machines, Standard CNC Work Together

Randy Pearson, International Business Development Manager, Siemens Industry Inc.


When additive machining emerged a bit more than two decades ago, it quickly became a prototyping marvel. As design changes were made to a part or product, the result could be quickly visualized in a 3D solid part. Manufacturers also appreciated the tool, as it enabled them to see potential process problems in the actual cutting of the part. Full Article

3D Systems Quarterly Earnings Plunge 86%

Senior Editor Bill Koenig


3D Systems said its fourth-quarter profit slid 86% on higher costs and spending for its expansion plans.Fourth-quarter profit totaled $1.55 million, or 1 cent a share, down from $11.2 million, or 11 cents, for the last three months of 2013, according to a statement. Full Article

3D Help Wanted: Additive Manufacturing Technicians

George Aslanidis, Program Manager, Additive Manufacturing, Cuyahoga Community College


As additive manufacturing gains momentum, so does the need for skilled technicians to man and maintain sophisticated 3D printing machines—in addition to those who design and print 3D parts. Under a grant from the U.S. Department of Labor, Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C) located in Cleveland, Ohio recently launched a certificate program for individuals interested in taking advantage of the rising opportunities in additive manufacturing, commonly referred to as 3D printing. Full Article

It's Here: The World’s First 3D-Printed Jet Engine

Editor in Chief Sarah A. Webster


Prof. Xinhua Wu, a professor of materials engineering and director of the Monash Centre for Additive Manufacturing, has led a team at Monash University that has 3D printed the first jet engine. Full Article

Stratasys Combines Solid Concepts, Harvest Technologies and RedEye Services

Press Release - Stratasys


Stratasys, Ltd. (Nasdaq:SSYS), a global leader of 3D printing and additive manufacturing solutions, announced it has combined Solid Concepts, Harvest Technologies and RedEye to form Stratasys Direct Manufacturing. Stratasys believes this move better positions the company to meet growing customer needs for additive manufacturing (or 3D printing) services as a production method. Full Article

ExOne Says 6 New Materials Now Printable on Its Systems

Senior Editor Bill Koenig


ExOne Co., a maker of 3D printing machines, said six new materials are now printable on its systems, a move that may expand markets for additive manufacturing.The six materials are: Cobalt-Chrome, IN Alloy 718, Iron-Chrome-Aluminum, 17-4 Stainless Steel, 316 Stainless Steel and Tungsten Carbide. Cobalt-Chrome and IN Alloy 718 are used in aerospace. Full Article

Manufacturing in North America--A First Hand Lesson

Contributing Editor Bruce Morey


Since the end of the Great Recession manufacturing in the U S seems to be holding its own. Amid the welcome news, two elements seem to stand out for success - delivering high value products and customers that reside close by. I saw great evidence of this in a casting company making its way in a world replete with worldwide competitive threats and changing technology. Full Article

Bioprinting: 3D Printing Comes to Life

Anthony Atala and James Yoo, Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine


3D printing is driving innovation in many areas, from engineering and manufacturing to art and education. The technology is also being broadly applied in medicine—from printing prosthetic limbs to making patient-specific models of body parts that surgeons use as guides during reconstructive surgery. Full Article

The Week That Was: GM, Stratasys Report Fourth-Quarter Results

Senior Editor Bill Koenig


General Motors Co. ended 2014 with a profit while additive manufacturer Stratasys Ltd. posted a preliminary loss for the year.General Motors (Feb. 4): The largest US-based automaker said it had a profit of $1.1 billion, or 66 cents a share, for the final three months of 2014, an improvement from $913 million, or 57 cents, for the same period a year earlier. Full Article

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

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

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

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

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

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

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