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3D Printing Trade Association Trends – Do We Need More Talent In 3D Printing?

For 3D Printing to grow as an industry, it needs more talent. Join Aaron Lichtig, the Xometry guy and former Jeopardy champion, in this episode of OK Xoomer — Zoom chats with creative engineers & more — as he talks with Tuan TranPham, CRO of AREVO, on how the future of additive manufacturing is composites, why you should be excited about 3D printing, and that your passion is what you make of it.

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3D Printing Trade Association – 3D Printing Resources For Covid-19

The FDA continues to take creative and flexible approaches to address access to critical medical products in response to COVID-19. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the need for certain medical devices, including personal protective equipment (PPE), may outpace the supply available to health care organizations because of the high demand and overall interruptions to the global supply chain. We recognize that the public may seek to use 3D printing to assist in meeting demand for certain products during the COVID-19 pandemic. As part of our effort to protect the public to the extent possible, we are including answers to frequently asked questions for entities who 3D print devices, accessories, components, and/or parts during the COVID-19 emergency.

Q. What are the FDA’s general recommendations for 3D printing medical devices?

A. The FDA has previously issued guidance on the Technical Considerations for Additive Manufactured Medical Devices. This guidance outlines the FDA’s recommendations for 3D-printed devices from the device stage to process validation and acceptance activities of finished devices.

Q. Can 3D printing be used to make gowns, masks, respirators, and other types of personal protective equipment (PPE)?

A. PPE includes protective clothing, gowns, gloves, face shields, goggles, face masks, and respirators or other equipment designed to protect the wearer from injury or the spread of infection or illness. While it is possible to use 3D printing to make certain PPE, there are technical challenges that have to be overcome to be effective enough. For example, 3D-printed PPE may provide a physical barrier, but 3D-printed PPE are unlikely to provide the same fluid barrier and air filtration protection as FDA-cleared surgical masks and N95 respirators. The CDC has recommendations for how to optimize the supply of face masks.

Q. Can I use PPE made by 3D printing?

A. 3D-printed PPE can be used to provide a physical barrier to the environment. However, 3D-printed PPE are unlikely to provide the same fluid barrier and air filtration protection as FDA-cleared surgical masks and N95 respirators. The CDC has recommendations for how to optimize the supply of face masks.

Q. Will 3D-printed masks provide the same fluid barrier protection and air filtration as FDA-cleared surgical masks and N95 respirators?

A. 3D-printed masks may look like conventional PPE. However, they may not provide the same level of barrier protection, fluid resistance, filtration, and infection control. The CDC has recommendations for how to optimize the supply of face masks.

Q. What should health care providers do if using a 3D-printed mask?

A. Health care providers should:

Check the 3D-printed mask’s seal for leaks.
Confirm that they can breathe through any makeshift filter materials.
Exercise caution in surgical environments where the need for liquid barrier protection and flammability is a concern.
Recognize that the mask may not provide air filtration enough to prevent transmission of infectious agents.
Safely dispose of infectious materials and disinfect any part they intend to reuse.
Q. Can accessories, components, or parts for medical devices be 3D printed?

A. Entities should use original parts or those with the same specifications, dimensions, and performance, if available. While it is possible to use 3D printing to print certain accessories, components, and parts, some complex products (e.g., working pumps, electronics) are not easily 3D printed. It may help to use plans from original parts when available and verify that any 3D-printed products fit and work properly before they are used in a clinical setting. Entities engaged in 3D printing are encouraged to work with relevant medical device manufacturers.

Q. Can entire medical devices be 3D printed?

A. While the FDA understands that 3D printing may occur to provide wider availability of devices during the COVID-19 public health emergency, some devices are more amenable to 3D printing than others. The FDA is willing to discuss these and other issues with manufacturers and facilities. Entities should email for more information.

Q. How is the FDA working to mitigate PPE and component, part, and accessory shortages?

A. We recognize that when conventional products are unavailable, some entities are considering printing or purchasing 3D-printed devices. The FDA is working closely with government, industry, and health care facility stakeholders on this and on the broader public health emergency. The FDA recently authorized an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for ventilators, ventilator tubing connectors, and ventilator accessories, which could include items such as 3D-printed tubing connectors for multiplexing ventilator use. The FDA also is collaborating with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Innovation Ecosystem, America Makes Public-Private Partnership, and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) 3D Print Exchange, a resource from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the NIH.

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3D Printing Trade Association – Let’s Laugh A Little Bit To Get Our Minds Off Covid 19

Enjoy this 3D Printing Comic Book – And join the Association of 3D Printing

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3D Printing Could Help Now, Except for the IP Issues

3D Printing Questions

Cathy Barrera, a CoinDesk columnist, is a founding economist at Prysm Group, an economic advisory group, and was chief economist at ZipRecruiter. She has a PhD in business economics from Harvard.

From Italian startups to local school districts, many groups have adopted 3D printing technologies to fill the urgent global need for ventilator components and personal protective equipment (PPE). In times of crisis, the gap between supply and demand grows and becomes more apparent. 3D printing is a perfect solution to address these issues.

Currently, these critical shortfalls are being addressed in an ad hoc manner. This is inefficient and wrong. Instead, the U.S. needs robust 3D printing production capabilities nationwide so we can seamlessly increase the availability of needed supplies. Although it is clearly impossible for this to occur during this current pandemic, such capabilities should be developed before the next crisis hits. While prior efforts – including an initiative by President Obama – have stalled, we now have the tools and resources needed to accomplish this task. The remaining challenge to achieving this goal is economic rather than technical in nature. Crucially, blockchain will play a key role in overcoming that challenge…


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3D Printing Trade Association – Thoughts On The Corona Virus

“We should’ve done more 3D printing” is the voice of many a CEO, or at least thoughts. Imagine not having a disputed supply chain, less bodies to worry about, less chance of sickness, and a 24/7 workforce that doesn’t have to miss work!

That’s the ultimate problem 3D Printing is designed to solve. And if you haven’t got printers or didn’t make the move, that’s OK too. Service Bureaus allow you to “rent” time on someone else’s machine! So if you aren’t happy trying to procure your own, there are others out there, for example Xometry.

I know it sounds like “too little, too late.” But 3D Printing as part of your supply chain now needs to be part of an overall strategy!

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3D Printing Trade Show – Rapid Coming to California April 20

At RAPID + TCT 2020, you’ll see the latest applications, materials, hardware, and software from over 400 exhibitors. Explore the newest technologies in 3D printing, 3D scanning, additive manufacturing, CAD/CAE, metrology & inspection, and more. Find solutions to your toughest design and manufacturing challenges, straight from the most respected experts in the industry. Network with over 5,000 attendees and make valuable connections that will help you reach your business goals.

Don’t get left behind – this is your opportunity to stay up-to-date with advancements in the constantly evolving world of additive manufacturing. Register today and join us for North America’s largest and most important additive manufacturing event of the year: April 20-23, 2020 in Anaheim, CA!

Read more about it here:

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3D Printing Trade Association – Bioprinting Being Used For Tumor Research

A joint team of researchers from Rensselaer, Northwestern University and the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai has developed a methodology that could improve the treatment of aggressive glioblastoma brain tumors. The process, which combines medical imaging and bioprinting technologies, can help scientists to better understand the complex structure of the tumor type.

Glioblastomas are quickly growing malignant tumors in the brain that are made up of many different cell types, which makes them challenging to treat. Today, glioblastoma treatment typically involves a combination of surgery, radiation and chemotherapy. Even then, treatment only results in an average survival of 11-15 months.

The new process pioneered by the research group allows for a greater understanding of what happens in the body when glioblastoma cells are present thanks to the use of a 3D bioprinted tumor cell mode

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3D Printing Trade Association – What Is The Future Of 3D Printing?


What is the future? No one really knows, but Greg Paulsen of Xometry certainly has some thoughts on it!

For more of Greg and Xometry’s capabilities, reach them at

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3D Printing Trade Association – Consumer Trends In 3D Printing

Consumer-oriented FDM printers are dropping in price and are becoming more affordable. It’s no longer necessary to spend thousands of dollars to buy a 3D printer for the home. In fact, there are a number of printers that cost under US $1000. Some models cost only a few hundred dollars. The cheaper models usually print smaller objects than the bigger ones, however.

In addition to the price, another thing to consider when buying a 3D printer is its ability to create thin layers. The thinner the layers, the less obvious they are in the printout and the smoother the appearance and feel of the object. The thinness of the layers is known as the resolution of the printer. Generally, the higher the resolution, the more expensive the printer.

Some people who work with 3D printers predict that within a few years FDM printers will become the 3D equivalent of today’s inkjet printers—popular, inexpensive and able to produce items of good to very good quality.

You will see more and more:
– Downloading Models: getting models on the internet and downloading for personal use. Free and paid.
– Print on Demand websites: You don’t need a printer! They will print if for you.
– More 3D pens: less expensive than a desktop, more portable, and easier to use.
– More plastic in the environment: The dark side…more and more waste. Since it’s easy to 3D print, we get a more throw away practice.

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3D Printing Trade Association – 3D Printing Trends For 2019, 2020

Out Friends from Deloitte speak about eat 3D printing resurgence and trends going forward.

Like many new technologies, 3D printing was overhyped to an extent in its early days. By 2014, the industry (including but not limited to large public companies) posted revenues of more than US$2 billion, up from less than US$1 billion in 2009 (the year when certain fundamental patents expired, and the first consumer home 3D printer—the RepRap3—was introduced as a result). News articles talked excitedly about “the factory in every home,” and there were predictions that traditional parts manufacturers, warehouses, and logistics companies would all be significantly disrupted in the short term. In reality, at that time, 3D printers were largely being used to make plastic prototypes, and although home 3D printers could be fun and educational, the things that they made were almost never of functional value.

Overhyped, the industry slowed, though it did not collapse. The large public companies in the industry experienced mid-single-digit percentage growth in 2015 and 2016 (although some companies did see year-over-year revenue declines), entering a trough of lowered expectations after the excessive hopes of the previous years. However, it was a shallow trough, and by 2017, growth had accelerated again. Today, we predict that annual industry growth will be well above 10 percent for the next few years at least.

Why the rebound in growth prospects? More 3D-printable materials, for one thing. In 2014, the list of materials that could be used in 3D printing was already long, but still far short of the complete list of materials that are commonly used in parts manufacturing. Plus, many parts need to be made of more than one material, a task to which the 3D printers of the time were not well suited. Fast-forward to the beginning of 2019, and the list of possible 3D-printable materials has expanded to more than double what it was five years earlier, and mixed-material printers are becoming more common.

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