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3D Systems to Highlight 3D Design Freedom With Direct Metal Printing Webinar

ROCK HILL, S.C. (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- 3D Systems (NYSE:DDD) announced today its latest industrial webinar, "Complexity is Free," an in-depth look at how 3DS' advanced metal 3D printers enable manufacturers to leverage the unlimited complexity afforded by 3D printing to optimize the form and function of structural components. Through a series of real-world examples, attendees will see first-hand how 3D printing defies the limitations set by traditional manufacturing, allowing companies in a variety of industries to make end-use metal parts that weigh less, hold up to more stress and offer better performance characteristics, and operate more safely. This free webinar is scheduled for Thursday, May 14 at 11 am EDT (5 pm CET). Click here to register.

Freed from tooling clearances and other design limitations, manufacturers increasingly turn to 3DS' Direct Metal Printers (DMP) to produce highly complex, fully dense metal parts on demand. In just a matter of hours, engineers can create a superior part or functional assembly that is a ready to install into the most demanding end-use applications, from automotive to aerospace to personalized medical and dental care. Using 3DS' DMP printers, companies can print in a variety of metals, including aluminum, stainless steel, tool steel, cobalt chromium, titanium, and many other alloys. In addition, companies can also bring the advantage of 3D printed mass complexity to their casting processes with 3D printed patterns.

"We haven't yet realized the full potential of 3D printing, especially in the industrial arena. Designing for 3D printing requires a change in how we think about design," said Buddy Byrum, Vice President of Product Management, 3DS. "This webinar will show attendees that they can dream big without making sacrifices. New economies, better products, better functionality, vastly streamlined workflows, less post-production assembly—it's all possible with 3D printing."

This webinar will feature David Anderson of Exact Engineering who will share how he redesigned a critical aerospace bracket, reducing weight by 40%, while making the part stiffer than the original. Experts from solidThinking, a leading provider of design optimization software, will also demonstrate how easily structural components can be refined and 3D printed. Using solidThinking's Inspire software and the unlimited complexity enabled by 3D printing, designers and engineers can cut unnecessary weight and material from parts, exponentially improving performance and safety.

To register for the "Complexity is Free" webinar on May 14 at 11 am EDT (5 pm CET), click here.

Learn more about 3DS' commitment to manufacturing the future today at www.3dsystems.com.

About 3D Systems

3D Systems provides the most advanced and comprehensive 3D digital design and fabrication solutions available today, including 3D printers, print materials and cloud-sourced custom parts. Its powerful ecosystem transforms entire industries by empowering professionals and consumers everywhere to bring their ideas to life using its vast material selection, including plastics, metals, ceramics and edibles. 3DS' leading personalized medicine capabilities save lives and include end-to-end simulation, training and planning, and printing of surgical instruments and devices for personalized surgery and patient specific medical and dental devices. Its democratized 3D digital design, fabrication and inspection products provide seamless interoperability and incorporate the latest immersive computing technologies. 3DS' products and services disrupt traditional methods, deliver improved results and empower its customers to manufacture the future now.

Leadership through Innovation and Technology

  • 3DS invented 3D printing with its Stereolithography (SLA) printer and was the first to commercialize it in 1989.
  • 3DS invented Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) printing and was the first to commercialize it in 1992.
  • 3DS invented the ColorJet Printing (CJP) class of 3D printers and was the first to commercialize 3D powder-based systems in 1994.
  • 3DS invented MultiJet Printing (MJP) printers and was the first to commercialize it in 1996.
  • 3DS pioneered virtual surgical simulation (VSSTM) and virtual surgical planning (VSP®), and its leading 3D healthcare products and services help doctors achieve better patient outcomes.

Today its comprehensive range of 3D printers is the industry's benchmark for production-grade manufacturing in aerospace, automotive, patient specific medical device and a variety of consumer, electronic and fashion accessories.

More information on the company is available at www.3dsystems.com.

NanoSteel Presents 'Lose a Little, Gain a Lot' Infographic

PROVIDENCE, R.I.  (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- As the global automotive and steel communities come together at the Great Designs in Steel conference today, NanoSteel would like to take this opportunity to share an infographic that illustrates the benefit and cost efficiency of automotive lightweighting as a principal solution to improving fuel economy. Just like with people, there can be advantages to losing weight in the body of a vehicle, the impact of which compounds through secondary systems such as the powertrain and suspension. The result is a 6-8% improvement in fuel economy for a 10% reduction in vehicle weight. Additionally, the lower spending on gas that results from the fuel economy improvements achieved through weight reduction can be accomplished without impacting the driving experience. For these reasons, lightweighting will become increasingly important as the global automotive industry works to achieve the U.S. CAFE standards targets of 54.5MPG by 2025. Within the ecosystem of advanced automotive materials, innovative steel technology is well positioned to meet these new fuel economy standards and get us where we want to go.

About NanoSteel   

NanoSteel is an advanced materials company specializing in the design and commercialization of patented steels with exceptional mechanical properties derived from their nano-scale microstructure.  The Company's primary focus is proprietary alloys for use as sheet steel in automotive lightweighting applications and metal powder for 3D printing of industrial parts. Founded as a spinoff of the U.S. Department of Energy's Idaho National Laboratory in 2002, NanoSteel has developed multiple generations of ferrous materials innovations including metallic coatings, powders, and sheet steel protected by over 400 patents filed/granted worldwide. NanoSteel is a privately held company funded by lead shareholders EnerTech, Fairhaven Capital, and GM Ventures. For more information, visit www.nanosteelco.com or follow us on Twitter @NanoSteelCo.

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Robyn Kennedy 
Marketing Communications Specialist 
NanoSteel 

617.694.7373

Spaceport America Goes to Market Enabling Low-Cost Access to Space

SPACEPORT AMERICA, N.M., May 13, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Spaceport America, the world's first purpose-built commercial spaceport, announced the publication of its go-to-market strategy and business plan today.

With construction winding down, Spaceport America is officially open for business following today's approval of a new go-to-market strategy and five-year business plan by the New Mexico Spaceport Authority's (NMSA) board of directors. The plan was presented to the board by Spaceport America CEO Christine Anderson.

Spaceport America's go-to-market strategy leverages the geographic advantages of southern New Mexico to reduce commercial aerospace program costs. The advantages include a FAA-licensed launch-site with access to 6,000 square miles of restricted airspace through collaboration with U.S. Army White Sands Missile Range; low population density; 340-plus days of annual sunshine; low humidity; and the nearly mile-high elevation and low latitude of the location. The value proposition is complete when combined with Spaceport America's flexible fly/lease/build offering which enables commercial space companies to literally design their own spaceport supported by 24/7 security, EMT and fire protection.

Additionally, the new business plan reflects the significant interest demonstrated by both the aerospace and non-aerospace markets in associating their brand with that of Spaceport America. The Spaceport America brand is rapidly becoming synonymous with leading-edge innovation and exploration, pushing the boundaries of human potential and fostering the democratization of space. 

"The Spaceport America management team has delivered a robust go-to-market strategy and revenue diversification plan," explains Richard Holdridge, New Mexico Spaceport Authority board chair. "New Mexico has made a significant investment in the emerging commercial space industry and the expectations are high for a Return On Investment (ROI). In fiscal year 2015, the ROI to the statewide economy was approximately $9.5 million against the recurring $460,000 the state invested in operating costs."

In addition to customer satisfaction and economic stimulus, one of three strategic goals within the Spaceport America five-year strategy is to inspire and prepare the next generation for a future in commercial spaceflight. Educational outreach at Spaceport America is outlined in the plan, and although this is a non-revenue generating activity, it remains a key pillar for the agency which already supports virtual classrooms, lesson plans, student launches and field trip activities all designed to support education in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).

"Spaceport America is enabling low-cost access to space for people who want to change the world," said Christine Anderson, CEO Spaceport America. "In parallel with its core aerospace business activities, Spaceport America is rolling out a diverse portfolio of non-aerospace revenue streams designed around the brand attributes people associate with the promise of commercial space, while providing economic stimulus for New Mexico and STEM education for future generations."

Spaceport America will be exhibiting at the forthcoming Space Tech Expo in Long Beach, CA alongside the New Mexico Partnership, NM State's economic development agency, from May 19 – 21, 2015 - booth number 2000.

About Spaceport America
Spaceport America is the first purpose-built commercial spaceport in the world. The FAA licensed launch complex, situated on 18,000 acres adjacent to the U.S. Army White Sands Missile Range in southern New Mexico, boasts 6,000 square miles of restricted airspace, low population density, a 12,000 foot spaceway and 340-plus days of sunshine and low humidity. Spaceport America has hosted 23 vertical launches thus far and continues to work closely with its tenants, Virgin Galactic and SpaceX, and its other flight customers in support of the commercial space industry. For more information: http://spaceportamerica.com/press-center/ and follow us on Twitter: @Spaceport_NM

SOURCE Spaceport America

Nissan Recognized By SMDI For Use Of Advanced High-Strength Steel At 14th Annual Great Designs in Steel Seminar

LIVONIA, Mich. /PRNewswire/ -- The Steel Market Development Institute (SMDI), a business unit of the American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI) awarded Nissan Motor Co. the Automotive Excellence Award for implementing advanced high-strength steel (AHSS) to reduce mass in body-in-white structures while also reducing cost. The award was presented today at the 14th annual Great Designs in Steel (GDIS) seminar in Livonia, Mich.  

Paul Villemonte, senior materials engineer, accepted the award on behalf of the Nissan Technical Center, NA and his colleagues, Masahito Katsukura from Nissan Motor Co., Japan Materials AE Department and Takaaki Kondou from the Nissan Technical Center, Europe. Villemonte delivered the award-winning presentation, "1.2 Gigapascal (GPa) Tensile Strength High Formability, Conventionally Stamped Steel" at GDIS 2014.

As part of Nissan's long-term vision to reduce carbon dioxide emissions, they discovered reducing vehicle weight by 15 percent cut emissions by 5 percent. The design team researched high-strength materials to help achieve this goal. The result was the development of 1.2 GPa tensile strength, high-elongation steel, which is very formable and can be applied to complex shapes. The first application of the material was on the Infiniti Q5, where they achieved a mass reduction of 11 kg.

"The work the Nissan team did to develop this new grade of steel proves the value of AHSS and how important the material is on a global level to help cut emissions and reduce mass," said Jody Hall, vice president, automotive market, SMDI. "Over the past year, we've seen a number of AHSS applications from Nissan – the Inifiniti Q5, the 2015 Murano and the recently unveiled Maxima - all which prove new grades of steel will be a key material for Nissan and other automakers moving forward."  

The SMDI Automotive Excellence Award recognizes individuals or teams from automakers, suppliers or the academic community who embrace innovation and make significant contributions to the advancement of steel in the automotive marketplace. Award winners are chosen from presenters at the previous year's GDIS seminar. Candidates are rated in several categories, including: implementation in production; overall contribution to the advancement of steel; challenges and benefits associated with cost, mass reduction and performance; replacement of competing materials; and structural performance and efficiency.

GDIS debuted in 2002 and has grown in attendance and scope. In 2014, more than 1,300 North American vehicle manufacturers, Tier 1 suppliers, equipment suppliers, university representatives, steel company personnel and technical reporters attended the seminar. Founding members include: AK Steel Corporation; ArcelorMittal Dofasco; ArcelorMittal USA LLC; Nucor Corporation; and United States Steel Corporation. GDIS 2015 featured welcoming remarks by Brad Davey, chief commercial officer of ArcelorMittal North America Flat Rolled and Ralp­h Gilles, head of design for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V. as keynote speaker. Helping to support this year's event are GDIS Gold Sponsors' Dow Automotive Systems and Superior Roll Forming.

AISI serves as the voice of the North American steel industry in the public policy arena and advances the case for steel in the marketplace as the preferred material of choice.  AISI also plays a lead role in the development and application of new steels and steelmaking technology. AISI is comprised of 19 member companies, including integrated and electric furnace steelmakers, and approximately 125 associate members who are suppliers to or customers of the steel industry.

SMDI increases and defends the use of steel by developing innovative materials, applications and value-added solutions for customers in the automotive, construction and packaging markets. SMDI automotive investors include: AK Steel Corporation, ArcelorMittal Dofasco, ArcelorMittal USA, Nucor Corporation and United States Steel Corporation. For more information on SMDI, visit www.autosteel.org or follow @DriveUsingSteel on Twitter.

SOURCE Steel Market Development Institute

Air Products to Demonstrate Commitment to Powder Metal and Additive Manufacturing Industries at POWDERMET2015

LEHIGH VALLEY, Pa., /PRNewswire/ -- Air Products (NYSE: APD) is committed to helping metals processors around the world improve product quality, reduce operating costs, increase yields, and enhance processing windows. To drive these results, Air Products offers a range of industrial gases, equipment, and technology solutions for powder metallurgy and additive manufacturing, which the company will showcase at POWDERMET2015 in San Diego, Calif., from May 18-19.

Air Products will highlight its new equipment and technology solutions, as well as consulting services in the area of controlled atmospheres. Tradeshow attendees are invited to stop by the company's booth 211 to speak with a knowledgeable representative about the challenges they face in their day-to-day operations. Air Products' technical specialists can provide applications knowledge in a variety of processes, including powder production, sintering, heat treating, inerting, and additive manufacturing.

In addition, Air Products operates R&D laboratories in Allentown, Pa., where it can perform furnace testing, as well as cryogenic treatments for simulating, troubleshooting, and optimizing customer operations. Frequently used work tools include metallurgical examinations, atmosphere analyses, thermodynamic equilibrium, and diffusional calculations, as well as computational fluid dynamics modeling. Air Products provides customer support for ongoing operational efficiency, product quality improvements, and new process development projects. 

For more information about Air Products' complete portfolio of offerings for the metals processing industry, call 800-654-4567, email gigmrktg@airproducts.com, or visit www.airproducts.com/mp.  

About Air Products

Air Products (NYSE: APD) is a leading industrial gases company. For nearly 75 years, the company has provided atmospheric, process and specialty gases, and related equipment to manufacturing markets including metals, food and beverage, refining and petrochemical, and natural gas liquefaction. Air Products' materials technologies segment serves the semiconductor, polyurethanes, cleaning and coatings, and adhesives industries. Over 20,000 employees in 50 countries are working to make Air Products the world's safest and best performing industrial gases company, providing sustainable offerings and excellent service to all customers. In fiscal 2014, Air Products had sales of $10.4 billion and was ranked number 276 on the Fortune 500 annual list of public companies. For more information, visit www.airproducts.com.

Sciaky, Inc. Launches New Website and Unveils Expanded Lineup of New EBAM Metal 3D Printing Systems

CHICAGO -- Sciaky, Inc., a subsidiary of Phillips Service Industries, Inc. (PSI) and leading provider of metal 3D printing solutions and advanced welding machines, announced today that it has launched a new website that features an expanded lineup of new metal 3D printing systems, based on its groundbreaking Electron Beam Additive Manufacturing (EBAM) technology.    

The expanded lineup of EBAM 3D printing systems includes new options for medium, large and extra-large part applications, making EBAM the most widely scalable metal 3D printing solution on the market (in terms of work envelope) for parts ranging from 12 inches (305 mm) to 19 feet (5791 mm) in length. EBAM is also the fastest deposition process in the metal 3D printing market, based on documented deposition rates ranging from 7 to 20 lbs. (pounds) of metal per hour.

Screenshot of new Sciaky website.

 

The new website also includes updated information on Sciaky's industry-leading electron beam welding solutions, as well as a recent video that shows how Sciaky's EBAM technology is helping Lockheed Martin Space Systems 3D print titanium propellant tanks for satellites. 

"Sciaky is proud to launch its new website and unveil its expanded lineup of new EBAM metal 3D printing systems," said Mike Riesen, general manager of Sciaky, Inc. "We hope the new website enlightens visitors about our innovative, industry-leading solutions and inspires them to contact us."

Last week, Sciaky revealed the availability of financing and leasing options for U.S. customers who purchase EBAM systems and electron beam welders.

To check out the new Sciaky website, visit www.sciaky.com. You can also follow Sciaky on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, YouTube and LinkedIn.

About Sciaky, Inc. (www.sciaky.com)

Sciaky, Inc., a subsidiary of Phillips Service Industries, is a world leader in metal 3D printing solutions. Our exclusive Electron Beam Additive Manufacturing (EBAM) process is the fastest, most cost-effective metal 3D printing process in the market, allowing manufacturers to save significant time and money over traditional manufacturing and prototyping processes. Sciaky also provides industry-leading electron beam and advanced arc welding systems, as well as affordable job shop welding services, for the aerospace, defense, automotive, healthcare and other manufacturing industries. Our welding equipment meets rigid military specifications to manufacture items such as airframes, landing gear, jet engines, guided missiles and vehicle parts.

About Phillips Service Industries, Inc. (www.psi-online.com)

Established in 1967, Phillips Service Industries, Inc. (PSI) is a privately-held global manufacturing and services holding company, which oversees a diverse collection of innovative subsidiaries: Beaver Aerospace & Defense, Inc., Evana Automation Specialists, Mountain Secure Systems, POWERTHRU, PSI Repair Services, Inc., PSI Semicon Services, Sciaky, Inc. and Skytronics, Inc. We serve a wide range of high-tech industries like aerospace, defense, automotive, alternative energy, healthcare, security and semiconductor. Our award-winning products and services help reduce costs and maximize efficiency for many Fortune 500 companies around the globe, as well as the U.S. Military. We push the boundaries of technology on critical programs like Homeland Security, Defense research and space exploration, delivering innovative solutions for land, sea, air and space. We're PSI: Always innovating. Everywhere.™

CONTACT:             
Jay Hollingsworth
Public Relations Manager
Phillips Service Industries (PSI)
(734) 853-5211

FACT SHEET: President Obama Launches Competition for New Textiles-Focused Manufacturing Innovation Institute; New White House Supply Chain Innovation Initiative; and Funding to Support Small Manufacturers

In Cleveland, Ohio, the President launches ninth manufacturing hub competition and announces measures to strengthen the small manufacturers that power America’s supply chains.

WASHINGTON, DC  – Today the President is announcing nearly $500 million in public-private investment to strengthen American manufacturing by investing in cutting-edge technologies through a new, textiles-focused manufacturing institute competition led by the Department of Defense, and by sharpening the capabilities of small manufacturers through Manufacturing Extension Partnership competitions in twelve states. The White House, as detailed in a new report, is also launching a Supply Chain Innovation Initiative focused on building public-private partnerships to strengthen the small U.S. manufacturers that anchor the nation’s supply chains.

 

3D Printing 2015-2025: Technologies, Markets, Players

LONDON,Feb. 19, 2015/PRNewswire/ -- This 138 slide report (PDF) covers the current and future status, opportunities and market forecasts of 3D printing. It contains many illustrative and analytical figures and tables plus company profiles from across the globe.

Upon request the original PowerPoint can be included free of charge as part of the report purchase.

3D Printing

3D printing has received much attention in the press over recent years. Hyped as the technology to bring about a 3rd industrial revolution, 3D printing technologies were in fact invented in the early 80s. They remained a niche technology until the expiration of a key patent in 2009 allowed many startups to emerge offering cheap consumer-level 3D printers. A media frenzy in 2012 thrust 3D printing into the limelight and major players are reporting dramatic growth in everything from consumer to high-end metal printers.

3D printing encompasses a variety of different printing processes. The processes are all primarily additive in nature, as materials are deposited only where needed, and thus results in significantly less materials wastage than traditional manufacturing techniques. Each of the technologies is suitable for use with a different range of materials, which in turn defines the suitable applications of the printer.

Originally used for the rapid production of prototypes for form and fit testing, applications are transitioning towards also functional testing of prototypes under working conditions, and further, the manufacture of final products.

With 3D printing designs are not constrained by manufacturing limitations and design complexity no longer adds cost. This opens up design avenues and enables the economic production of lighter components, critical to the aerospace and automotive industries. Applications are also emerging in the medical and dental fields, where the opportunity afforded by cheap mass customisation is allowing surgeons to replicate a patient's body based on MRI and CT scans in order to practice difficult invasive procedures, and medical and dental implants which are fully customised to a particular individual can be generated.

This report discusses all of the commercially-significant existing technologies and promising emerging technologies in depth, and analyses both the current and future markets for 3D printing. The market structure is also detailed, and we present profiles of the major players together with insights gained from in-depth interviews with a range of companies involved in 3D printing. We also present detailed forecasts for the future of the 3D printing market.

The following technologies are covered in detail including lists of all major vendors for each technology type and SWOT analyses with quantitative data and references to vendors:

• Stereolithography
• Digital Light Processing
• Inkjetted photopolymers
• Thermoplastic extrusion
• Selective Laser Sintering of plastics
• Selective Laser Melting of metals
• Blown metal powder
• Welding
• Sand binding
• Binder jetted into metal powder (by ExOne)
• Smooth Curvature Printing (by Solidscape)
• Selective Deposition Lamination (by Mcor Technologies)
• Hybrid CNC

This report gives forecasts to 2025 in the following forms:

1. Market forecast by industry (bioprinting, automotive, aerospace, consumer products, medical, oil & gas, hobbyist, dental, education and jewelry)
2. Market share by industry
3. Market forecast growth by industry
4. Market forecast by revenue stream (printer, materials, services)
5. Market forecast for printers and materials by price.
6. Market forecast for printers and materials by technology type.
7. Mapping the 3DP landscape by size, precision, speed and price.

Applications are detailed for:

• Manufacture of flight-critical production parts in metals
• Mold making for metal casting
• Edutainment
• Art
• Modelling
• Rapid prototyping
• Tooling

The trillion dollar oil & gas industry is an emerging user of 3D printing with the highest forecast growth followed by the more established aerospace industry. When significant penetration has occurred into the above markets, 3D printing in these big industries will lock into the capital expenditure cycles associated with them, and, as is the case for other CNC machines, periodic fluctuations in sales will occur -- growth will not be steady and monotonic.

18 major players and eight end users in 3D printing are profiled, and the report is also informed by interviews with companies and institutions throughout the value chain.
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EOS and MTU: Strategic Partnership for Quality Control in Metal-based Additive Manufacturing

Improved and more cost-effective build processes: proven MTU monitoring solution for use in EOS systems

Munich, January 20, 2015 – EOS, the global technology and quality leader for high-end Additive Manufacturing (AM) solutions, and MTU Aero Engines, Germany's leading engine manufacturer, are closely cooperating with view to quality assurance for metal engine components using Additive Manufacturing. The two companies have now signed a framework agreement for the joint strategic development of their technology. 

The first result of these joint endeavours is the optical tomography (OT) developed by MTU, an ideal and powerful complement to the modular EOS monitoring portfolio: in addition to several sensors that monitor the general system status, the camera-based OT technology controls the exposure process and melting characteristics of the material at all times, to ensure the optimum coating and exposure quality. 

Dr. Adrian Keppler, head of sales and marketing (CMO) at EOS stresses: "MTU and EOS have been working intensively for several years, and this collaboration is now about to develop into an even closer, partner-based technological cooperation, centred on the above quality assurance tool. The OT solution enables us to perform an even more holistic quality control of the metal additive manufacturing process – layer by layer and part by part. A very large proportion of the quality control process that previously took place downstream can now be performed during the manufacturing process, with a considerable saving in quality assurance costs. This also allows us to satisfy a central customer requirement in the area of serial production.

"Thomas Dautl, head of production technologies at MTU in Munich adds: "By employing the quality assurance system developed by us for use in serial production, EOS is backing an industrially proven solution for its Direct Metal Laser Sintering (DMLS) process. It has proven itself in practical testing and we now intend to make it available to other customers too." MTU has been amassing its experience over several years by deploying the tool on EOS systems; not only does this ensure comprehensive transparency but it also provides a quality analysis method for the entire manufacturing process and supports its full documentation. Dautl: "In this way, EOS and MTU are jointly furthering the qualified use of Additive Manufacturing in aerospace engineering while also reducing costs. The monitoring solution represents a value enhancement not only for the EOS technology but also for each and every customer." 

Quality assurance is especially important in the field of serial production, because it is vital both for ensuring repeatable high component quality and for continually reducing the quality control costs of components made using the technology, which ultimately serves to reduce unit costs. The system settings and process parameters are constantly monitored in the ongoing manufacturing process on EOS systems, to ensure that system and manufacturing process conditions are ideal for maximum component quality. 

About MTU Aero Engines
MTU Aero Engines is Germany's leading engine manufacturer and has been a key player in the global engine industry for 80 years. It engages in the development, manufacture, marketing and support of commercial and military aircraft engine modules and industrial gas turbines. The company is a technological leader in low-pressure turbines, high-pressure compressors, turbine center frames, manufacturing processes and repair techniques. Figuring significantly among MTU's core competencies are the maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) of commercial engines and the service support it provides for industrial gas turbines. These activities are combined under the roof of MTU Maintenance, which is one of the world’s largest providers of commercial engine MRO services. MTU operates affiliates around the globe; Munich is home to its corporate headquarters.

About EOS
Founded in 1989, EOS is the global technology and quality leader for high-end Additive Manufacturing (AM) solutions. As the leading pioneer of Direct Metal Laser Sintering (DMLS™) technology, EOS also provides a unique polymer AM portfolio. For these industrial 3D Printing processes, EOS offers a modular solution portfolio including systems, software, materials, technical and consulting services. EOS is the partner of choice for industrial AM production, enabling sustainable solutions for the industry. Customers utilizing EOS AM solutions gain many benefits from the paradigm-shifting technology: lightweight structures, cost reduction based on functional integration, individualization as well as accelerated product development and production.

Contact MTU Aero Engines AG:
Martina Vollmuth
Press Officer Technology
Tel.:  +49 89 1489 5333
E-Mail: Martina.Vollmuth@mtu.de

EOS GmbH 
Electro Optical Systems 
Claudia Jordan 
Robert-Stirling-Ring 1 
82152 Krailling/Munich 
Phone +49 89 893 36 2134 
claudia.jordan@eos.info

Dimension Polymers Launches Recycled 3D Printer Filament

A Startup Company has Developed a Way to Produce High Quality Recycled 3D Printer Filament.

Dimension Polymer’s Kickstarter campaign officially launches their new product, spools of filament made from recycled ABS plastic, is available for USD$30 per 750g in either 1.75mm or 3.00mm formats. 

Machine

This is not the first attempt at recycling plastic for 3D printer use. We’ve seen multiple attempts at this, sometimes with a devices that grind up old prints into pellets that are heated and extruded into fresh filament - or third world ventures involving recycling of scrap plastic. 

Both of these approaches have difficulties in two areas. 

First, the filament quality is usually inadequate for precision use in 3D printers. The diameter of the filament may vary more than tolerances should allow, as inexpensive filament-making gear just can’t compete against industrial grade filament production lines. 

Recycled filament quality also can suffer from inconsistent plastic: if the source material is not chemically identical, unusual results can occur, particularly with color and strength. 

Secondly, recycled filament has been subject to safety concerns. Some plastic that was never intended for 3D printer extrusion has been used for recycling, thus introducing potentially toxic colorants into 3D printer workspaces. Without adhering to safety standards, such recycled filament is always questionable. 

Meanwhile, Dimension Polymers has taken a different approach. Instead of using scraps and rudimentary extrusion gear, they’ve created a fully professional production line (shown at top) that can produce high quality filament. They’ve spent considerable time experimenting with different stakeholders to develop a process that overcomes the“variance of type, grade and consistency”.

So far they’re just marketing a recycled ABS filament. If they succeed, it seems logical they’d pursue other recyclable plastics, such as nylon. It’s unlikely they’d attempt to recycle PLA plastic because it is already a recyclable material: it’s made from organic sources and biodegradable. 

Will 3D printer owners prefer recycled ABS plastic? With Dimension Polymer’s price of USD$30 per 750g (or $40 per kg), they seem to be in the mid-range of pricing. Our take on the filament market lately seems to be a drive to the lowest price, making filament a type of commodity material. Dimension Polymers will have to overcome that challenge if they hope to succeed. 

Via Kickstarter

 

Tinkerine iOS iPad App Brings 3D Printing into the Classroom

Tinkerine U Training, a free app is now available on the Apple App Store (TinkerineU.com/app/), is designed for middle/high school teachers and students to use in and out of the classroom as an introduction to 3D printing concepts. Developed by educators and industry experts including Todd Blatt, a noted 3D printing industry pioneer, Tinkerine U Training features four boot camp lessons for 3D modelling and 3D printing.

Tinkerine CEO Eugene Suyu stated, "Tinkerine U Training integrates 3D printing into schools and provides engaging academic content for all ages. We believe that our Tinkerine U Training app will leverage our investment in our industry leading Tinkerine U educational platform that we plan to launch in March 2015. We are confident that this combination of accessibility and content will drive sales in the growing 3D Printing market and the $107 billion online training market."

Liz Arum, Tinkerine's Education Coordinator, noted, "Many schools that are interested in 3D printers also have iPads for their students. The Tinkerine U Training iPad app provides students with a meaningful learning experience that can be used inside and outside of the classroom."

Apple's market share for tablets in the education sector is 94%, and teachers are increasingly using apps to promote course engagement and teamwork. Apps typically offer a superior experience to online web content with increased interactivity and exciting visuals that help engage students.

Tinkerine U Training iPad app also serves as an operating guide for Tinkerine's award-winning Ditto™Pro 3D printer and should drive Tinkerine's brand into the education market. All the learning materials are available at TinkerineU.com for any one to access for free.

ABOUT TINKERINE STUDIOS LTD.

Tinkerine develops, manufactures and sells desktop 3D printers, content and software and for the consumer and education markets, the fastest growing segments of 3D printing. Current products include the award winning Ditto™Pro, Ditto+ and Litto 3D printers, all acclaimed for their high performance and affordability. Tinkerine's 3D printers work seamlessly with its integrated 3D software to make printing intuitive and accessible to anyone. With a major focus on education, Tinkerine continues to position itself as one of the emerging leaders in the 3D printer market both in North America and abroad.

Tinkerine shares are listed on the TSXV, under the symbol TTD.V and TKSTF on the OTCPink.

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Stronger, More Colorful Prototypes, End Use Parts with New 3D Printing Materials

Color ASA Thermoplastics allow you to bypass further painting or finishing steps, saving time and money

Endur Digital Materials are ideal for challenging geometries and repetitive testing – produce durable prototypes with thin walls, living hinges, snap-fits and moving or assembled parts

Stratasys’ tenacious new 3D printing materials allow you to produce more durable prototypes for repetitive testing and tough, color-matched assembly tools as well as end use parts more efficiently and cost-effectively than traditional manufacturing technologies.

Senvol launches the Senvol Database, the First and Only Searchable 3D Printing Database for Industrial Additive Manufacturing Machines and Materials

The Senvol Database: Additive manufacturing machines and materials all in one place. Searchable. Free.

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 (http://www.senvol.com/database). Users are able to search the database by over 30 fields, such as machine build size, material type, and material tensile strength. The sheer quantity and dynamic nature of the search fields enable users to search in powerful ways and to quickly get the information that they need.