Becoming 3D Announces New Leasing Program for 3D Printers

3D printing solutions startup partners with GreatAmerica Financial and Ascentium Capital to offer easy financing alternative for purchasing 3D printers

World Patent Marketing Is Manufacturing Startups and Entrepreneurs Through Its WPM Prototyping Division

WPM Prototyping specializes in high end quality engineering and prototypes for entrepreneurs and inventors all over the globe.

3D printing is not the miracle we were promised

Mike Murphy for Quartz:  3D printing has been hailed as the future of manufacturing for years now. Consumers and investors were sold on the idea of being able to print anything at any time from a little box in their houses. But that Jetsons-like vision hasn’t come to pass. The 3D printers available to consumers are great for making small prototypes or tchotchkes. But they’re still slow, inaccurate and generally only print one material at a time. And that’s not going to change any time soon.

That reality is setting in for 3D printer makers. Stratasys, which owns MakerBot and is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of commercial and industrial 3D printers, announced its fifth straight quarter of losses today. 3D Systems, which was founded by the man who invented 3D printing—Chuck Hull—isn’t faring much better.

Wall Street’s interest in 3D printing seems to have peaked in the first week of 2014: The stock prices for both Stratasys and 3D Systems were at their highest on January 3 last year. Stratasys had completed the purchase of MakerBot—which has been called the “Apple” of 3D printing—about three months earlier, and it looked as if things were on the up. But a little over a year later, MakerBot laid off a fifth of its staff, closed its stores, and started focusing on selling to schools.

As it stands, it seems that the market is retracting to industrial printers, for companies that benefit from rapidly prototyping objects. 3D printing makes a lot of sense when companies can quickly model and print their ideas—anything from new bike helmets to car doors or sprockets. These are where (relatively) cheap, disposable plastic models thrive, as companies can churn out all the models they need, and then turn to more traditional automated processes, like CNC milling or vacuum forming, to build their final product at scale, using materials that will actually last.  Cont'd...

SLIPS Welcomes Allowance of Foundational Patents Providing Broad Coverage for New Class of Super-Repellent Surfaces

Patent allowances strengthen position of super-slippery surfaces that even defy Geckos

Polymaker Expands Lineup of Groundbreaking 3D Printing Materials for Industrial Design Applications

Unique Highly Versatile Materials Enable More Complex 3D Printing and Expand Artistic Creativity

Proto Labs Launches Rapid Magnesium Injection Molding Service

Low-volume magnesium molding bridges manufacturing gap between prototyping and production.

Hypertherm expands robotic capabilities with purchase of Jabez Technologies, creators of Robotmaster Software

Jabez Technologies, creators of software to simplify complex robotic programming, is joining Hypertherm, a U.S. based manufacturer of plasma, waterjet, and laser cutting systems, to make it easier for companies to utilize robots for manufacturing applications.

ST Robotics Announces new Passive Tool Changer System

ST Robotics has announced today the release of its new passive tool changer system, the TC12, an innovative changer that requires no compressed air or electrics to operate, for the ST Robotics R12 five and six-axis articulated robot arms.

unicam extends product portfolio with OCTOPUZ robotic software

unicam, one of Germany's leading CAD/CAM solutions providers, has teamed up with In-House Solutions to offer OCTOPUZ offline robot programming software to customers in Europe. The company has been working in the field of CAD/CAM robotics since 2009, and is excited to demonstrate how OCTOPUZ can benefit their clients. To best highlight the benefits of incorporating the innovative software into a manufacturing environment, unicam constructed a robot demonstration cell that provides an up close and personal look at its many attributes.

STRATASYS COLLABORATES WITH THE VA'S INNOVATION CREATION SERIES EVENT

The Prosthetics and Assistive Technology Challenge event is July 28-29 in Richmond, Virginia

New Startup Is Shaking Up The Startup Community!

Startups and inventors get a boost in South Florida

Cobourg's Custom Plastics International Ltd. Advances with 3D Mold Printing Technology

Expands rapid prototyping services with support from Northumberland CFDC and the Eastern Ontario Development Program

NEXCOM Works with IBM to Harness Big Data in Industrial IoT Applications

In response to the momentous wave of digital transformation, the collaboration between NEXCOM and IBM is aimed to facilitate the use of big data harnessed from industrial IoT to allow for more data-driven decision-making and increased productivity.

What is the DARPA Robotics Challenge?

To make robots useful to first responders, they must be able to pick up and use a tool, turn a valve, and climb a ladder or stairs. The DRC is necessary to find ways where robots can be helpful in keeping humans out of danger.

Morgan Advanced Materials launches new, lightweight, high-protection Silverback 4020 Elite explosive ordnance disposal suit

Cutting edge explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) suit provides highest level of protection

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