Based on discussions I had with various vendors at the 2011 RAPID show, I would not be surprised to see the Additive Manufacturing (AM) industry head down two paths. One path focuses on the needs of the engineer, such as getting product to market … [Read more...] about How do we grow the AM market?
Objet Geometries Ltd., will be showcasing its multi-material 3D printers at the RAPID additive manufacturing event in Minneapolis at booth 104. The Connex multimaterial 3D printers can rapidly build prototypes from a range of 65 materials and can … [Read more...] about Multi-material aids in the correction of club foot
While Autodesk 123D is targeted at those who have no experience with CAD (and who are now being labeled as "makers"), there’s no reason engineers with one of the “maker” type 3D printers, such as MakerBot, RapMan, and others could not use it. … [Read more...] about Autodesk 123D: For those interested in exploring personal manufacturing
Musicians usually have great fondness for their instruments, so protecting them from wear and tear is important. Bob Glass developed a unique guard to protect his acoustic guitar with the aid of rapid prototyping. Here’s his story. Some time ago I … [Read more...] about For the love of music, Innovator finds a way to protect guitars from wear
Award-winning bicycle manufacturer now produces four times as many prototypes as before while speeding time to market. Prototyping plays a crucial role in all phases of Trek’s product development cycles. Industrial designers, mechanical engineers, … [Read more...] about Trek accelerates design cycles with 3D printer
Z Corporation will demonstrate a range of 3D printing and 3D laser scanning technologies at this year’s RAPID 2011 Conference & Exposition in booth #404. From ZPrinters that pump out multicolor concept models, to ZBuilder Ultra rapid … [Read more...] about A closer look at Z Corp, at RAPID
3D Systems (NASDAQ: TDSC) will show a new class of faster professional grade 3D Printers during the RAPID Show, the ProJetTM 6000 series. It will be on display at booth 311. The ProJetTM 6000 delivers the precision and performance quality of … [Read more...] about ProJet 6000 debuts in North America
Few designs are off the table once new materials and new methods are available for design and manufacture. That’s why Michael Princip took on the challenge of designing a better football helmet. “I think I can do it better,” is a key motivator for … [Read more...] about Designing a Better Football Helmet
The good news is that the spotlight is definitely on additive manufacturing (AM) technologies, primarily because of the newest hobbyist systems that cost $1600 and less. The bad news is that this attention could lead to disappointment (again) for … [Read more...] about Is convenience the killer app for additive manufacturing technologies?
Winning racer for Mercedes-Benz is designed in 35 days with the help of 3D printing in ABS plastic. After working for just under a year at RENNtech, a shop that specializes in tuning and enhancing performance for European-made cars, … [Read more...] about Supercharging the design cycle with 3D