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Viewpoints: Hybrid Machines, Standard CNC Work Together

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

3/1/2015

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

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



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

3/1/2015

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

Stratasys Posts Quarterly Loss on Writedown



Senior Editor Bill Koenig

3/2/2015

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

ExOne Expects to Hasten New Materials for 3D Printing



Senior Editor Bill Koenig

3/2/2015

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

3D Help Wanted: Additive Manufacturing Technicians



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

2/27/2015

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

The World’s First 3D-printed Jet Engine



Editor in Chief Sarah A. Webster

2/26/2015

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

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