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3D Printing Industry Growth Figures

According to Expert Consulting, the global 3D printing market was valued at USD 8.312 billion in 2017, and is expected to reach a value of USD 35.36 billion by 2023, at a CAGR of 27.29% over the forecast period (2018 – 2023). The scope of the report considers hardware, software, and services solutions offered by major players in the market. This report focuses on adoption of these solutions by various end users across the globe. The study also emphasizes on latest trends and industry activities that have a lasting impact on the market.

With technological advancements and product innovations, use of 3D printing technology has found various application in a wide variety of areas, such as jet engines, advanced prosthetics, and even living tissue (with a potential to disrupt the entire manufacturing industry). The industry is being constantly driven by technological developments, which promise higher flexibility and enable faster design. Further, manufacturers have realized the advantages that 3D printing offers, such as optimizing material, labor, and transportation costs.

The downside to every growth point in technology is control. How can governments control the printing of live tissue, copyright violations and printing of illegal material?

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3D Printing… What Does it Mean for the Future of Manufacturing and the Thin Line Between Copyright Infringement and Fair Use?

3D Printing Intellectual Property

Breaking Copyright With 3D Printing!

3D Printing: The hype is real! Engineers, Designers, and everyday consumers are using this new fabrication process to conceptualize and create things that were once impossible. But what does this mean for the future of manufacturing and where do these 3D prints fall on the thin line between copyright infringement and fair use?

Is it possible that 3D printing will do for objects what MP3s did for music; by once again radically transforming the way we look at copyright? In this episode of Idea Channel, we sit down with Michael Weinberg, head of litigation at Shapeways, a 3D printing company located in New York to get an inside look at their facilities and discuss the how copyright is handled in the 3D printing world.

“I think that 3D printers are just one half of the IP question. What about 3D scanners? That is surely the next step. Just as 2D printing led 2D scanning, 3D scanning must be following in the wake of all the 3D printing technology, and I can’t imagine it is far behind. As scanning improves, it is feasible that we will be able to incorporate spectral analysis, x-ray, electromagnetic imaging, etc. to create perfect scans of, well, everything, and print anything. ”

“At that point, what happens to intellectual property? Can you copyright a steak or your grandmother’s recipe for egg noodles? When we can perfectly duplicate anything down to a microscopic level, what happens to invention and how is it protected?”

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3D Printing Advances – GM Now Using 3D Printing!

According to GNM, there are over 30,000 parts in your average car–and creating all these pieces, then putting them together requires an incredibly complex supply chain and manufacturing capabilities.

But General Motors and the San Francisco-based software company Autodesk have a plan to upend how cars are designed, reducing the number of car parts that go into each car, while making cars both lighter and stronger. How? Using a tool that Autodesk calls “generative design,” where engineers can put the parameters required for a particular car part into the company’s program, and an algorithm devises and tests every possible form that part could take.

Read how GM partners with Autodesk here

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3D Printing Podcast On Libraries Using 3D Printing

Can a strong brand (though outdated) use 3D Printing to spruce up its image? Listen to a director of libraries in Colorado share his experience on how 3D Printing helped make the community wake up and see!

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3D Printing News – Is There A Solution For Bonding Links When 3D Printing?

As many in the 3D printing industry know, ensuring that light-sensitive inks or bonding materials are transferred properly during printing can be a challenge. For one, inks and bonding materials are extremely sensitive to light and contamination. Different technologies have unique fluid-handling challenges; StereoLithography (SLA), Digital Light Processing (DLP), Material Jetting (MJ), and Binder Jetting (BJ) all use light-sensitive inks or bonding materials but these technologies also use light sources to cure liquid plastics.

Another complication is the presence of chemically corrosive and solvent-based ink or binder materials. Finding a tubing transfer solution for this unique set of challenges has many facets: ink chemistry cannot be altered in any way that impacts the curing process, tubing must have adequate opacity to prevent the inks from curing prematurely during the delivery process.

Mechanical properties such as flexibility and damping must be considered due to the dynamic movement of the printing heads (MJ and BJ) or vibration during the printing operation while ensuring easy routing during printer assembly and maintenance.

What many don’t know is that the use of appropriate tubing material can help preserve the integrity of inks and binders and protect the composition of the final printed product. Furthermore, a properly designed tube will provide ease of installation and adequate lifetime, thus minimizing replacement needs and associated costs while protecting the manufacturer’s brand.

One firm, Saint-Gobain, is addressing this issue. Their take is to co develop materials with their clients to be able to deal with Multi Materials.

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Top 10 3D Printing Investors – The Future of 3D Bioprinting – 3D Printing and Education

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The Future of 3D Bioprinting – 3D Bioprinting and Cartilage Repair

Body organs such as kidneys, livers and hearts are incredibly complex tissues. Each is made up of many different cell types, plus other components that give the organs their structure and allow them to function as we need them to.

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New 3D Bio-Printing Lab – 3D Printing Venture Capital Available – Top 10 3D Printing Investors

Johnson & Johnson collaborates with AMBER Research group in a new bio-printing venture. The two illustrious companies are looking to set-up this lab within Trinity College Dublin…

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3D Printing for Development and Education

USM students became the teachers Tuesday in Portland, training public school teachers on ways to incorporate 3D printing technology into their classrooms.

READ MORE: 3D Printing Crash Course

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3D Printing News – 3D Printing With Liquid Breakthrough

The most common types of 3D printing involve either extruding melted plastic or using a laser to solidify tiny particles, layer by layer, to slowly build up a solid object. But researchers at the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have found a way to radically change that process by 3D printing liquids inside other liquids—and it could mean major advancements. Imagine having the power of chemistry combined with 3D Printing!

The printer itself is an off-the-shelf model that the researchers were able to modify by replacing the extruder with a syringe pump feeding a very fine needle that squirts water instead of molten plastic. The machine was then re-programmed to create three-dimensional patterns, as many 3D printers typically only make two-dimensional movements as they build up each layer of a model. This is a game changer. Read the full article here

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3D Printing In Space Using Guess What?

Human waste is rarely as interesting — or as versatile — as it is in space. Earlier this there was a NASA-funded research project which aims to turn astronaut excrement into an edible paste that is high in both protein and fat. Now, researchers from the University of Calgary have developed a way to use space poop as a crucial ingredient for 3D printing in the stars. Wow! This has great ramifications for earth as well as space. The process could theoretically provide astronauts with an abundant source of material for making whatever plastic tools they need during their voyage. This could include possible future missions to Mars.

Read the full article here

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How 3D Printing Will Enable The 4th Industrial Revolution

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3D printing is not just a cool technology for rapid prototyping, modelling and specialist one-off products. It is a fundamental building block of the ‘4th industrial revolution’ that has the potential to transform the way in which production and consumption are connected. This talk explores how this is happening using examples from medical prosthetics, aerospace, disaster relief, and education.

Dr. Tim Minshall is a Reader in Technology and Innovation Management at Cambridge University Engineering Department and a Fellow of Churchill College. His research, teaching and outreach is focused on open innovation, the adoption of new technologies, the development of engineering skills, and the growth of the Cambridge high tech cluster.

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Amazon Now Fully Into 3D Printing In Demand With Shapeways Acquisition

Amazon is acquiring a majority stake in Shapeways, a world-leading provider of B2B and B2C 3D printing services.

SEATTLE–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Apr. 1, 2018– Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS), an Amazon.com company (NASDAQ:AMZN), today announced that it has acquired a controlling stake in Shapeways, a leading global provider of 3D printing and additive manufacturing services. The unprecedented move from AWS, represent’s the first venture into physical services for Amazon’s cloud platform. Shapeways will leverage the breadth and depth of AWS services—including machine learning, analytics, databases, and containers—to innovate faster than ever before and to meet the needs of its customer growth around the world. AWS will enable Shapeways to accelerate the delivery of its products and services, and easily deploy them globally in minutes, to its customers worldwide.

Shapeways has been an active adopter of containerized applications, and will now leverage AWS’s Amazon Elastic Container Service for Kubernetes (Amazon EKS). This fully managed service will allow Shapeways to run its many Kubernetes workloads on AWS without change, since Amazon EKS is fully compatible with any standard Kubernetes environment.

This acquisition shouldn’t surprise people…as Amazon is already the leader in Print On Demand books. Is this another industry Amazon will conquer?

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