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'Impossible Objects' Become Possible with New 3D Process

Digital Editor Katelyn DaMour


When Bob Swartz first saw a 3D printer in person, at a MIT laboratory where he worked as a consultant, he was only casually interested in the technology. Swartz, a lifelong inventor and entrepreneur, had worked at his late father’s manufacturing plant when he was younger but had since moved away from the industry. He studied both mathematics and computer science as a graduate student and went on to found several software and patent licensing companies. Full Article

Panel: Industry, Regulatory Barriers May Hold Back Medical 3D Printing

Senior Editor Bill Koenig


Industry and regulatory inertia may hold back widespread adoption of medical 3D printing, panel members at the Rapid Canada conference said today. Full Article

SME Designs 3D Printing Contest for SkillsUSA

Pam Hurt, SME Industry Manager, Workforce Development


During the 51st annual SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference this summer, 14 teams of two students each took part in the first ever additive manufacturing contest using the latest 3D printing technology and software. Full Article

Academic Provides a 3D Printing Reality Check

Senior Editor Bill Koenig


The dean of engineering at Canada’s University of Waterloo today provided a reality check concerning 3D printing and additive manufacturing. Full Article

FABTECH 2015 Brings Roaring 3D Scanning Event to Art Institute of Chicago

Press Release - SME


FABTECH 2015, North America’s largest collaboration of technology, equipment and knowledge in the metal forming, fabricating, welding and finishing industry, brought 3D scanning technology to the steps of the Art Institute of Chicago last week.Exact Metrology, a 3D scanning solutions company, used its Surphaser technology — known for its high accuracy and scan data quality — to 3D scan the museum’s nine-foot-tall south guardian lion, sculpted by Edward L. Kemeys (1843-1907). Full Article

Michelin Group and Fives Join Forces To Become a Major Metal 3D Printing Player



Michelin and Fives today announced the creation of a joint venture aimed at developing and marketing industrial machines and production shops on a global scale via metal additive manufacturing technology commonly known as metal 3D printing. Full Article

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