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3D Printing Trade Association – Is Volumetric 3D Printing A Game Changer?

One of the main complaints about 3D Printing technology has been speed. Enter a new technology which uses laser generated hologram images to speed the process up quickly. There are some big research names behind this: Lawrence Livermore National Lab, along with collaborators at UC Berkeley, the University of Rochester, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). They claim this is the next biggest breakthrough in the 3D Printing industry.

To see more on the subject click here for this 3D Printing Video.

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3D Printing Advances – This Time It Is 3D Printed Bacteria

According to the abstract on Science Mag:

“Despite recent advances to control the spatial composition and dynamic functionalities of bacteria embedded in materials, bacterial localization into complex three-dimensional (3D) geometries remains a major challenge. We demonstrate a 3D printing approach to create bacteria-derived functional materials by combining the natural diverse metabolism of bacteria with the shape design freedom of additive manufacturing. To achieve this, we embedded bacteria in a biocompatible and functionalized 3D printing ink and printed two types of “living materials” capable of degrading pollutants and of producing medically relevant bacterial cellulose. With this versatile bacteria-printing platform, complex materials displaying spatially specific compositions, geometry, and properties not accessed by standard technologies can be assembled from bottom up for new biotechnological and biomedical applications.”

What this means is a) Size of print b) the use of living materials!

Read the full article here

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3D Printing Law – Is Copyright Law Enough For 3D Printing?

The 3D printing landscape involves copyright, IP, and trademark considerations, making it a big mess for legal practitioners to try and understand. Quite frankly, copyright regulations simply haven’t caught up to this new technology. Rarely do they ever. It takes a lot for laws to catch up U.S. law provides that copyright protection exists in “original works of authorship fixed in any tangible medium of expression, now known or later developed, from which they can be perceived, reproduced, or otherwise communicated, either directly or with the aid of a machine or device.”

But is ownership so easily identifiable when it comes to 3D printing? Every person involved has had a hand in some critical essential aspect of the work, so it’s often hard to determine if any one participant in particular holds the undisputable copyright in the product. What’s likely to happen is that the law will register copyright to joint authors, meaning multiple people will hold copyright title to the work.

If you’re a designer or printer involved with a particular design, it’s important to copyright your work for your own protection. Reaching an agreement with the other parties involved should be relatively easy if you’re in on it together – but what happens when you upload your design to the internet, and a printer unknowingly downloads, prints, and start selling your work?

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3D Printing – Is 3D Printing Responsible For Bankruptcies?

The toy industry has the potential become one of the largest beneficiaries of 3D printing, with the industry projected to be worth $135 billion by 2020. 3D print users stand to etch out a significant piece of this market, as toys are commonly ideal shapes and sizes for 3D print manufacturing and are typically made from common 3D print materials that include plastics, carbon fibers, and ceramics. This allows for the development of replacement parts, missing accessories and new features via 3D printers.

The toy industry has increasingly realized the potential for allowing users to create their own toys and parts. In 2017, Mattel plans to release ‘ThingMaker,’ a 3D printer geared towards children that pairs with an accompanying software application and allows users to print a range of toys that includes jewelry and figurines. Simiarly, XYZprinting offers the ‘da Vinci miniMaker,’ which allows users to print smaller items of varying shapes….as they’re seen as a way for children to use their creativity and imagination while building a foundation to learn technology and engineering skills.

Toys R Us once was the dominant player, with 1600 stores. Yet, they filed from bankruptcy. Is this another case of a firm ignoring the 3D Printing trend, just as magazines ignored the internet? In this 3D Printing book, I talk about how 3D Printing is here, and firms better pay attention.

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3D Printing Chairman To Speak At Intergenerational Business Summit

In Denver, Colorado on November 17, 2017, Bill Decker will speak to a group of entrepreneurs. The title of his roundtable discussion will be “3D Printing, An Entrepreneur’s Best Friend.” His session is at 3:15 pm. However, the summit is all day long and features many speakers and breakout sessions.

The purpose of the intergenerational summit to to show entrepreneurs, mentors, and financiers the effectiveness of different generations working together on start ups/ When you combine generations, you can achieve greater results more quickly.

For more on the summit, how to register and the conference promoters, Click Here

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3D Printing And The Guinness Book Of World’s Records

What weighs around 1,650 pounds and is about as long as a large sport utility vehicle? It’s the world’s “largest solid 3-D printed item,” created by Boeing and one of its research partners – and certified by GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS.

The record-setting object — which measures 17.5 feet long, 5.5 feet wide and 1.5 feet tall – is a wing trim and drill tool that Boeing will use to build its forthcoming 777X airplane. And it represents Boeing’s latest achievement in 3-D printing, also known as additive manufacturing.

The creation of this item “is just an example of what we can do with additive manufacturing,” said Leo Christodoulou, Materials & Manufacturing chief engineer at Boeing. Another way that 3D Printing is making huge developments in Aerospace.

“Additively manufactured tools will save energy, time, labor and production cost and are part of our overall strategy to apply 3-D printing technology in key production areas,” Christodoulou said.

The making of this tool exemplifies the tremendous efficiencies that 3-D printing can generate.

Read the full article here on Boeing’s website

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Marketing Help For 3D Printing File Companies

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The association of 3D Printing has found some interesting domains for sale by one of our members. 3Dfiledesigns.com and 3d file design.com are on sale at a trusted broker SEDO.com. The small investment can help companies with complicated or non-intuitive URL’s be found easier on google.

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3D Printing News And 3D Printing Disruptions – When Will It End?

In an interesting study by Accenture, the disruptive effects of 3D Printing are actually being monetized. According to Cisco Systems Inc., there is an estimated $14.4 trillion in “digital disruption dollars” up for grabs between now and 2022. This makes it more and moire necessary for 3D Printing entrepreneurs to understand the business of 3D Printing.

Accenture believes that digital supply networks are the backbone of this new ecosystem: worldwide conduits that streamline and accelerate the exchange of products, materials, components and (perhaps most important) information. We also believe 3D printing is an ideal illustration of the digital supply network’s vast potential.

Rad the full article here

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3D Printing And Logistics – Where Is The Disruption?

According to our fiends ant Ernst And Young, 3D Printing is affecting all industries in different ways; The logistics sector, however, is experiencing particular disruption. The impacts are two-way: manufacturers will be able to 3D print products closer to their customers, on demand, so reducing logistics costs. This will influence the entire logistics and transportation industry, requiring it to adjust its business models. As 3DP technology advances swiftly, many global logistics players are considering its impact and how it will influence their future approach.

EY’s global research shows that 10% of all logistics and transportation companies already have experience of additive manufacturing. Will this be another disruptor? Read the full article EY

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3D Printing Disrupting Manufacturing

According to a PWC study, more than two-thirds of US manufacturers are using 3D printing in some way—chiefly in prototyping.

71.1% of US manufacturers are applying 3D printing technology in some way, up slightly from 67% in 2014.
But, when we look at how the technology is being used, we see some important shifts. A higher percentage of manufacturers, compared to two years ago, are using it for prototyping (31.4%), the production of end-products (6.6%)—or both (13.2%). At the same time, fewer (17.4%) are merely “experimenting to determine” how the technology may be useful to their operations—down from two years ago when 28.9% said they were in the tinkering phase.

As customers demand faster turn arounds and more customization, 3D Printing will only rise.

Read the full study here

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