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3D Printing for Consumers: What Does it Mean for the Future of IP? – Tue, 25 Apr 2017 11:10:51 GMT

IPWatchdog.com3D Printing for Consumers: What Does it Mean for the Future of IP?IPWatchdog.comSpeaking at a USPTO 3D Printing Conference in June 2016, Russell Slifer, Former Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for IP and Deputy Director of the USPTO, …

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This German Industrial Giant Plans to ‘Print’ Products for Its Customers – Fortune Tue, 25 Apr 2017 12:40:41 GMT

FortuneThis German Industrial Giant Plans to ‘Print’ Products for Its CustomersFortuneGerman industrial group Thyssenkrupp plans to open its own 3D printing center this year to manufacture products for its customers, a company executive said on Tuesd …

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​GE, Stratasys, SAP push 3D printing, additive manufacturing – ZDNet Mon, 24 Apr 2017 13:57:00 GMT

ZDNet​GE, Stratasys, SAP push 3D printing, additive manufacturingZDNetWhen you look at the industries that 3D printing is destined to disrupt in the future, the list is long and distinguished. Here is our take on the state of 3D printing, the ways co …

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GE expands additive manufacturing capabilities, new metal 3D printer coming soon – 3D Printing Industry Tue, 25 Apr 2017 09:09:39 GMT

3D Printing IndustryGE expands additive manufacturing capabilities, new metal 3D printer coming soon3D Printing IndustryThe Munich CRE will feature up to 10 metal 3D printers from Arcam and Concept Laser and use, “GE’s cloud-based Predix operating pl …

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3D Printing Trade Association Discusses 3D Printing Branding

There are two hitchhikers on the road. One is holding a sign that says “Denver.” The other one is holding a sign that says “Denver, so I can meet my mom for dinner.”
The second hitchhiker is more likely to be picked up. He hasn’t provided information to the world, he has provided an emotion. Branding is the emotional relationship between your firm and its prospects and clients. The emotion is everything.

Take an example of a woman needing a washer for her faucet. With 3D printing, she can go online, get a diagram of the washer and print it at home. If she doesn’t own a 3D printer, she can call her local hardware store, which will produce it for her. No shipping company (or shipping clerks) involved, which also means that companies relying on these shipments for survival will have to change models and rebrand.

If our “washer-needing” woman above can simply print out a faucet washer, why can’t she print out a different, more competitive, and less-expensive version? She’ll stick with her original brand only if it makes financial and emotional sense. Ultimately she will get to make that choice, in real time. She’ll print it herself only if that’s a better alternative than having it shipped or seeking it at the hardware store.

Branding services often are pitched as building a brand: the logos, messaging, colors, and corporate identity. There is a lot of chirping about fonts, typefaces, paper stocks, and company slogans. The best branding experts are familiar with all types of media: TV, movies, radio, web, social, print, email, and mobile. They toss around terms like “YouTube channel” and “Facebook page” but the pros know that those are just tools, not the essence of branding.

Less often, though, do we hear about protecting a brand. Branding should be ongoing, fresh, informative, and captivating. Firms wishing to protect their brands will spend more money more frequently. Just like in a marriage (with the emotional connection), the branding relationship needs constant attention. How many husbands know their wives love them? And how many still want to be shown and told about this love? How frequently? Let’s take that a step further. That same wife may (hopefully) love her mother, her child, her cousin, her sister, her best friends, and her cat. Well, maybe she hates her cat. Does she express love the same way to all of those parties? Does she use different emotions, different messaging, and different behaviors to demonstrate this? Yes, she uses different tactics – and she does so intuitively.

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3D Printing Industry Growth Predictions


The 3D printing market is expected to reach USD 30.19 billion by 2022, at a CAGR of 28.5% between 2016 and 2022. 3D printing is used to develop prototypes and end products in industries such as automotive, medical, aerospace, defense, dental, biomedical, jewelry, art, architecture, fashion designing, and interior designing among others. Along with these, electronics, robotics, spacecraft, construction, organ transplantations, food, and other industries have also started adopting the 3D printing technology. The market is growing rapidly, and it is now focusing on the production of end parts with the development of technologies and metal powdered materials.

The break-up of profile of primary participants is given below:

• By Company Type: Tier 1 – 25%, Tier 2 – 45% and Tier 3 –30%
• By Designation: C-Level – 35%, Director Level – 40%, Others – 25%
• By Region: North America – 45%, Europe – 35%, APAC – 15%, RoW – 5%

The major players in the 3D printing market include 3D Systems Corporation (U.S.), Stratasys Ltd. (U.S. & Israel), the ExOne Company(U.S.), Voxeljet AG (Germany), Arcam Group (Sweden), SLM Solutions Group AG (Germany), EOS GmbH (Germany), EnvisionTEC GmbH (Germany), Materialise NV (Belgium), Sciaky Inc. (U.S.), Concept Laser GmbH (Germany), Autodesk, Inc. (U.S.), Hoganas AB (Sweden), Renishaw PLC (U.K.).

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3D Printing News – Where Do You Go To Learn About 3D Printing Failures?

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3D printing is constantly evolving, reaching exciting new heights, and touching every industry you can think of – but all this progress has left a trail of mangled plastic, and a devastated machines in it’s wake.

The Art of 3D Print Failure is a Flickr group that aims to document this failure, because after all, mistakes are how we learn, and how we make sure the same thing doesn’t happen the next time around. It can also prevent mistakes from happening to those who are new to 3D printing, before they even make them!

Particular examples of 3D printing failure include the object becoming loose from the printbed, a glitch in the extruder; unstable printbed temperature, and wrong settings. There are also those times when no logical explanation can be found – which are often chalked up to forces beyond our control.

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3D Printing Trends To Watch For In 2017


Using a plastic filament has been the norm for 3D printing for quite some time now. Although most consumers are not too bothered by this limitation, printer manufacturers are working on allowing for multi-material support.

– More Organs Will Be Printed

As unusual as this concept may sound, don’t be surprised when the pharmaceutical sector shifts towards 3D printing specific organs. A new heart coming right out of the printer is not something to look forward to just yet, but scientists are experimenting with a 3D printed kidney. The bigger question is how the human body will respond to these strange substances and materials being introduced.

– Better Metals

Looking beyond the consumer-grade 3D printer materials, enterprises can stand to gain a lot from better metal printing solutions. Although 3D printing metal objects is already possible, even while achieving a high-quality output, the process is very expensive and somewhat limited to manufacturing smaller parts. Come 2017 and beyond; that situation is set to change for the better.

– More colors and multi colored

One of the main issues a lot of people had with 3D printing at an early stage is how all of the objects could only be printed in one color. That situation has come to change in 2016, as multicolored printing will make its way to the consumer market.

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The Best 3D Printing Forums, Discussion Groups and Communities – Best TED Talks on 3D Printing

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The best 3D printing forums, discussion groups and communities

The rise of 3D printing has created a vibrant and fast-growing community of users. And this community of makers is also playing a big part in the development of 3D printing…



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3D Printing Trends- What About 3D Printing Jobs?

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After years of figuring out what additive manufacturing—the new kid of industry—could and couldn’t do, 2016 seems to be when the technology finally started to settle in and become one of the gang. It’s gained worldwide acceptance and a feasible way to make many things, not just a few prototypes. The watershed moment may have been General Electrics acquisition of two European 3D printing companies for $1.4 billion. They didn’t buy all of Arcam, but tool a controlling stake.

GE Aviation says it will 3D-print more than 100,000 parts by 2020 to make lighter and more efficient engines, along with several other advantages.This should change a lot of the job landscape and enhance productivity.

What will happen in the sector in 2017? It will no doubt be a momentous year for manufacturers around the world, if even half of what President Donald Trump says he’ll accomplish comes to fruition when he starts the job on Jan. 20. From trade to new jobs, everything is up in the air.

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3D Printing Breaking Copyright? Do You Know 3D Printing Patent Laws?

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Will 3D Printing Break Copyright?

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.

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3D Printing Trends – 4 Trends In 3D Printing To Watch

1. Consumer Market Being Beaten Up

At the consumer electronics show, there was an endless sea of companies offering inexpensive consumer models, each looking identical to the next. It appears they may be late to the party. 2015 marked the end of the 3D printing consumer market hype cycle with Stratasys (the acquirer of MakerBot) taking massive write-offs and 3D Systems shutting down its entire consumer unit in December. With prospects dimming for the short-term consumer market, attention will quickly turn toward 3D printing’s area of greatest promise — industrial applications. Consumer marketing needed to back up the “cool” with substance.

2. Pushing The Limits Of Technology

While GE and Ford have touted their rapid progress with 3D printing, many others are achieving some incredible accomplishments behind closed doors. Look for exciting announcements about exotic new 3D printing materials such as glass and graphene and 3D printed objects that shatter the previous limitations on shape and size. These “big area” 3D printing machines hold the promise of manufacturing an entire airplane wing structure or blades for massive wind turbines in a single print. Low labor cost, easy prediction of output and portability in manufacturing.

3. Outsourced 3D Printing Gains Share

Most internal design shops have access to an in-house “pro-sumer” 3D printer. But despite advances in the technology, these printers remain difficult to use, often result in print errors, and are subject to traffic jams when everyone wants to print something at the same time. As the speed and sophistication of external providers has increased dramatically, with some now guaranteeing 24-hour production/delivery, many engineers and designers are ditching their internal printers in favor of a external service providers. These “service bureaus” will be in greater demand and have greater sophisitication.

4. Virtual Inventory Becomes Real

While some still look upon 3D printing as a niche technology, no one doubts how aggressively companies are pursuing cost savings, such as reducing expensive and wasteful physical inventories. Shifting physical inventory to virtual inventory, which allows you to generate parts on-demand when and where you need them, is shaping up to be a major part of the solution. This will decrease costs, warehouse space and dependance on vendors.

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3D Printing Acquisitions – 3D Printing With Metal

Metal 3D Printing is now the new battle within the aerospace and automotive sectors. Consider that with the acquisition, GE, a major manufacturer of aircraft and aircraft engines controls TWO of the very few 3D metal printing companies; Arcam and SLM.

This is important because in recent years these two industries in particular have discovered ways of using metal 3D printing technologies in very profitable ways. In fact, it may be a defacto standard requirement for future products in these industries.

Thus, GE (and likely others in this area) feel they need to secure the supply of metal 3D printing equipment and associated powdered metals. That’s what they’ve done here: acquired two metal 3D printing companies, each with a slightly different process to cover off a wider range of industrial needs. As a bonus, Arcam also operates a major production facility for powdered metal material in Canada.

There’s now no fear from GE that these companies might shut down, because they own them. But what happens to the 3D Printing competitors? Will this mean a that all boats will rise on this tide of metal 3D Printing?

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