In the 3D printing industry, polymer powder bed fusion technology isn’t what it used to be. It’s not just about two companies anymore. It’s not just about selling machines that are a few hundred thousand dollars to rapid prototyping service bureaus anymore. And, beginning late last year, it’s definitely not just about realizing long term.....

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Polymer material extrusion 3D printing is one of several really interesting markets for polymer additive maufacturing, and one that’s largely been responsible for the significant growth in public and corporate awareness of 3D printing technology which occurred since around 2011.  Material extrusion is often referred to as Fused Deposition Modeling –the trade name for the.....

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By Scott Dunham Vice President of Research, SmarTech Publishing Recently, I’ve been talking to a lot of people in the 3D printing industry regarding competing polymer 3D printing processes and their future. During the research process for the latest SmarTech market research study, Additive Manufacturing with Polymers and Plastics 2018, I’ve had the pleasure of.....

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BASF New Business GmbH (BNB) has acquired all the shares of Advanc3D Materials GmbH in Hamburg and Setup Performance SAS in Lyon. Advanc3D Materials offers advanced, tailor-made plastic powders and formulations for selective laser sintering (SLS) together with process know-how. Setup Performance, which operates a production site in Lyon, is Advanc3D Materials’ most important partner.....

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French automaker giant PSA has been taking 3D printing seriously. The company signed a high profile partnership with Divergent, makers of a unique supercar with a metal 3D printed frame, to study AM for final part production. Now it is following BMW’s steps into mass customization with its new DS3 Dark Side edition. However, while.....

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The Oak Ridge National Laboratory, also known as ORNL, is consistently on the cutting edge of additive manufacturing innovation. In a recent initiative, ORNL researchers have developed plant-based 3D printing materials which not only make use of biofuel byproducts but also demonstrate improved inter-layer adhesion for printed parts. The material in question is made from.....

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If you’re nostalgic for the days of Chia Pets, you might be very excited to learn about filament pioneer Kai Parthy’s latest 3D printing material. Called GROWLAY, the new filament can be printed into various structures and then functions as a breeding ground. Unlike the famous 1980s toy, which could sprout chia sprouts and grass,.....

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Local Motors has completed the installation of the world’s largest composite 3D printer, the Thermwood LSAM, at its Knoxville, TN microfactory. The large-scale machine will be used to produce Local Motors’ autonomous Olli shuttle. Local Motors has relied on large-scale additive manufacturing systems for quite some time now. In 2016, for instance, the Arizona-based company.....

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Coinciding with this year’s Canada Day weekend, Canadian artist Douglas Coupland has unveiled his newest and arguably most ambitious project to date. Called The National Portrait, the large-scale artwork consists of hundreds of 3D printed portraits based on real Canadian people. The installation, which is being exhibited at the Ottawa Art Gallery until the 19th.....

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Marking yet another step in its recent growth and expansion across the AM industry landscape, London-based 3dpbm is partnering with SmarTech Publishing, selecting the US-based market research firm as its exclusive provider of AM industry data. As per the agreement, 3dpbm will also provide AM industry-wide communication support for SmarTech’s publications and reports. The Smartech Publishing-3dpbm.....

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