3D Printing News Briefs: April 17, 2018

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For today’s 3D Printing News Briefs, we’re covering some business news, followed up with material news and stories of 3D printing applications in the medical, aerospace, and defense fields. Norman Noble has added 3D printing capabilities to its workflow for the first time, while Evonik is opening a research hub in Singapore and the Dubai Health Authority is building an innovation center. Sciaky has installed its first EBAM system in Japan, and Adaptive3D has a major 3D printing material launch planned for RAPID + TCT next week. CIVCO Radiotherapy and Adaptiiv are working together to bring more personalized medical devices to market, Russia is using 3D printing and topology optimization to manufacture aerospace engines, and Navy personnel and Marines got together to test the 3D printing functionality aboard the Military Sealift Command’s USNS Sacagawea.

Norman Noble’s 3D Printing Capabilities

Family-owned and -operated Norman Noble, Inc., based in Ohio and a top worldwide contract manufacturer of next-generation medical implants, has announced that it now has additive manufacturing capabilities for the first time. The company will use its new capability to serve many customer needs, such as manufacturing aerospace and commercial parts, designing shape-setting fixtures for nitinol-based rapid prototypes, and prototype-to-production manufacturing for next-gen medical implant designs. Norman Noble, which also purchased a Computerized Tomography Inspection System to support its 3D printing capabilities, can now 3D print its customers’ conceptual products, scan them, and send over a virtual part and full metrology data within minutes.

“Given our long history of developing internal laser cutting and laser welding systems, I strongly believe we have the laser experience and expertise that can be leveraged and applied to the metallic laser sintering printing process. We plan to take the current 3D printing capabilities to another level – including finer finishes, finer feature detail, and new materials not currently commercially available,” said Chris Noble, CEO and Vice President at Norman Noble. “Combined with our new CT scanner that instantly provides complete external and internal metrology data of our 3D printed products to our customers, we are going to work hard to provide a service that will surpass our competition.”

Evonik Opens First Research Hub in Singapore

Clockwise from bottom left: Dr. Beh Swan Gin, Economic Development Board of Singapore; Dr. Claus Rettig, Evonik Resource Efficiency GmbH; Dr. Gerd Loehden, Evonik Resource Efficiency GmbH; Mr. Peter Meinshausen, Evonik Asia Pacific South; Dr. Ulrich Kuesthardt, Evonik Industries AG; Dr. Ulrich Sante, Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to Singapore; Dr. Harald Schwager, Evonik Industries AG.

Evonik has opened its first research hub in Singapore, with the intention of expanding the internationalization of its research in the areas of functional surfaces and additive manufacturing. The R&D hub, for resource efficiency topics, will also host the company’s tissue engineering project, led by its strategic innovation unit Creavis. Singapore is noted as the ideal location for the hub to drive innovation for the company’s Resource Efficiency segment, as it combines quick reaction times from local administration and experienced, qualified researchers from top science faculties. Evonik will continue to expand its collaborations with public and private research institutions and organizations with this new research hub, and has already formed a partnership with Nanyang Technological University to develop novel technologies in additive manufacturing for industrial applications.

Harald Schwager, Deputy Chairman of the Board for Evonik Industries, said during the opening ceremony for the research hub, “Innovation is an integral part of our growth strategy. We are actively pursuing new opportunities to boost our international R&D activities and the opening of this research hub is a significant contribution to these efforts. By focusing on promising research areas for the future this hub will strengthen our position as a global leader in specialty chemicals.”

Dubai Health Authority Building Innovation Center

In order to promote public-private collaboration in healthcare innovation and offer supporting entities a permanent base of operations, the Dubai Health Authority (DHA) is building a new innovation center behind Rashid Hospital, which will implement advanced technologies like artificial intelligence and 3D printing. The first meeting for the innovation center took place last week, and several private sector companies, along with the DHA, were given a tour of the under-construction center so they could provide their input. DHA Director-General and Chairman of the Board Humaid Al Qutami said that it’s necessary to create an environment that’s “conducive to innovation,” as the healthcare sector affects everyone, which is why the DHA is working to build the best model for year-round innovation.

“In line with the vision of our leaders and DHA health strategy 2016-2021, innovation in healthcare is an important pillar of our strategy. For us innovation means the ability to harness new technologies, to implement newer methods of healthcare delivery and management in order to provide patients with improved healthcare and make their lives better,” said Dr. Mohammad Al Redha, Director of the Department of Organisational Transformation at DHA.

“At the end of the day, patient-centered care is our priority and improving their lives and providing them with happiness is our primary focus. Thus, for us, innovation is the vehicle that will revolutionize healthcare and directly lead to patient well-being and happiness.”

Sciaky Installs First EBAM 110 In Japan

A Sciaky EBAM 110 metal 3D printing system with dual wirefeed configuration.

Metal 3D printing solutions provider Sciaky, Inc. has delivered its Electron Beam Additive Manufacturing (EBAM) system to the Global Research & Innovative Technology (GRIT) facility of Hitachi Metals, Ltd. in Japan, making it the first of several planned installations to the Asia-Pacific region over the next several months. The EBAM 110 system that Hitatchi Metals purchased includes a dual wirefeed configuration, which will allow the company to combine two different metal alloys into a single melt pool, managed with independent program control, to make custom alloy ingots or parts. This also gives customers the option to alternate between different wire gauges for gross deposition features (thick wire) and finer features (thin wire).

“Hitachi Metals is pleased to launch its new metal wire additive manufacturing (AM) technology with the procurement of Sciaky’s EBAM 110 metal 3D printing system at our GRIT facility. We look forward to developing new materials and applications with this highly innovative process,” said Yasuhiko Ohtsubo, 3DAM Development Manager of GRIT at Hitachi Metals, Ltd.

Adaptive3D Launching World’s Highest-Strain 3D Printable Polymer at RAPID + TCT

At next week’s RAPID + TCT, held in Texas, additive manufacturing polymer resin supplier Adaptive3D Technologies will be launching what it describes as the highest-strain 3D printable photopolymer in the world. Adaptive3D partnered with several other Fortune 500 companies to develop a proprietary chemistry for photocurable resins that allow for unprecedented strain capacity, which can then lead to more durable 3D printed parts made with tougher materials. The company’s material has a strain of 450%, which is 115% higher than its nearest competitor.

“We believe that material performance is the key that is going to unlock the true potential of Additive Manufacturing,” said Kial Gramley, VP Sales & Marketing for Adaptive3D. “We focus on tough materials that combine strength with high elongation and, as a material supplier, we do not lock our customers into any platform like most companies in this space; we just compete on performance.”

Adaptive3D is launching its first products, including the highest elongation 3D printable photopolymer, at booth #2529 at RAPID + TCT.

CIVCO Radiotherapy Teams Up with Adaptiiv

Global patient-centric radiotherapy solutions provider CIVCO Radiotherapy is working with 3D radiation therapy platform Adaptiiv (formerly 3D Bolus) to introduce more personalized, 3D printed medical devices. Both companies have a mission of improving worldwide patient outcomes in radiotherapy, and their new initiative aligns perfectly. As part of the collaboration, CIVCO will distribute Adaptiiv software applications as a turn-key solution that enables the 3D printing of patient-specific simple or modulated thickness bolus and high dose rate (HDR) surface brachytherapy applicators. This directly integrates with existing treatment planning systems, so planning software can calculate the overall treatment plan.

“Adaptiiv’s solutions truly align with our mission of improving patient outcomes worldwide,” said Nat Geissel, President of CIVCO Radiotherapy. “The ability to utilize images from the treatment planning system and provide customized three-dimensional bolus and applicators is yet another way we are involved in improving the quality and efficiency of care as well as the patient experience.”

3D Printing and Topology Optimization for Aerospace Engines

ODK-Saturn, a 3D printing experimental facility of the United Engine Corporation in Russia and a member of Rostec, has plans to use 3D printing and topology optimization in the design and integration of advanced Russian gas turbine engines that will be certified after 2019, such as the high-powered PD-35 engine. This ‘bionic design’ will ensure that engines are the required strength, while also allowing for a reduction in weight, as 3D printing can be used to manufacture unconventional and complex structures that other forms of manufacturing cannot produce. Using these two kinds of technology in the design have also reduced the number of supporting structures by half.

Denis Fedoseyev, Deputy Chief Engineer at ODK-Saturn, said, “In many cases of topology optimization, additive technologies are the only solution for production of complex-profile parts.”

AM Functionality Tested Aboard Military Sealift Command’s USNS Sacagawea 

A 3D printed ratchet sits on a LulzBot TAZ 6 aboard the USNS Sacagawea (T-AKE 2) in support of an AM test phase. [Image: US Navy, Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Christopher A. Veloicaza]

This month, US Marines from the 3rd Marine Expeditionary Brigade (MEB) and Marine Wing Communications Squadron (MWCS) 18, together with personnel from Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC), tested the 3D printing function aboard the Military Sealift Command’s USNS Sacagawea (T-AKE 2) to see if the AM capabilities were properly supported. Aboard Sacagawea, a dry cargo/ammunition ship that’s part of Maritime Prepositioning Ship Squadron Three (MPSRON 3), the embarked team successfully demonstrated the on-board 3D printer’s ability to respond to shipboard maintenance issues and requests, and also simulated the 3D printing of parts aboard the ship for shore-side requests.

“The intent behind embarking 3D printers aboard ships is to provide Sailors and Marines with the training and tools necessary to empower them and address everyday problems. Embarked additive manufacturing equipment is meant to solve the needs of Sailors and Marines by enabling war-fighter innovation and adding a tool that can help with maintenance and repair of components and systems that suffer from long lead-times and part obsolescence,” said Nathan Desloover, an engineer with the additive manufacturing project office, NSWC Carderock Division.

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3D Printing News Briefs: April 14, 2017

In today’s 3D Printing News Briefs, we’ll take care of a little business first, then move on to a contest, an upcoming event, and a really cool 3D printed trophy. The Dubai Future Accelerator program finishes up round two, while FIT expands its activities in the US. Kabuku hosts a delegation of German government officials, BeeHex finds a partner for its 3D printed vegan pizza crusts, and Access 3D Services is holding a heartwarming 3D design contest. Finally, Methods Machine Tools will showcase its new automation cell at the rapidly approaching RAPID + TCT, and isodo3D uses 3D printing to recreate a famous trophy.

Dubai Future Accelerators Completes Second Round

Dubai Roads and Transportation Authority signs an MoU with Uber during DFA’s closing ceremony

The second cycle of the world’s largest accelerator program for government services, the UAE’s Dubai Future Accelerators (DFA), began in January, and concluded earlier this month. Twelve separate entities participated in the program, which connects government departments in Dubai with innovative, emerging technology companies in an effort to test new approaches at a city-scale. The successful nine-week second round resulted in nearly 30 Memorandums of Understanding (MoU) signed between companies around the globe and various Dubai government departments.

His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Board of Trustees at the Dubai Future Foundation said at the closing ceremony, “The Dubai Future Accelerators program sets an example and a business model where various sectors – public and private – can come together to draw up scenarios to face the challenges of the future, and benefit from the opportunities to secure sustainable development and prosperity for future generations. The second edition of the program witnessed seismic shifts in the field of future technologies. This reiterates the fact that UAE is now a global hub for exporting advanced technologies and a platform to exchange experience and learn about the latest developments. Furthermore, the initiatives launched today will enhance the program’s reputation as the world’s best platform to connect the private and public sectors to build the future.”

In addition to an MoU about autonomous flying vehicle regulations between Uber and the Dubai Roads and Transport Authority; several between the Dubai Health Authority and ArcSecond, ASG Medical Equipment, and Photothera Labs regarding advanced health solutions; and many others, the Dubai Municipality signed an MoU promoting 3D printing in construction with Renca. The DFA Future Team Heroes Award was also introduced in this second round, and given to the government team that added significant value to the program and developed innovative solutions; the Dubai Police took first place.

FIT AG Expands US Activities, Names FIT America Inc. Chairman

(L-R) Albert Klein, CFO FIT AG, and Ken Gray, Chairman FIT America Inc.

Additive manufacturing group FIT AG, headquartered in Germany, has decided to expand its activities in the US, and its fully owned subsidiary, re-branded as FIT America Inc., has moved operations to Massachusetts. In addition, Kenneth D. Gray, the former Director of Innovation at Caterpillar Inc. (which recently announced a partnership with FIT AG), has been named the new chairman of FIT America Inc.

FIT America has already established its own subsidiary, Boston Ceramics LLC, which is set to begin operations at its new facility later this month. The company, which will 3D print high quality and high value ceramic consumer objects, tapped Andrew Jeffrey as president; Jeffrey founded Figulo, which was acquired in 2013 by 3D Systems.

“We are delighted to welcome Ken and Andy to the FIT Management Team and with the establishment of our first factory in the United States,” said Carl Fruth, founder and CEO at FIT AG. “We are expecting a major market in the USA for FIT’s additive manufacturing capabilities and have now established a management team and structure to develop more partnerships with US clients and make further investments.”

Japan’s Kabuku Hosted Delegation from German Government

The leading digital manufacturing service provider in Japan, Kabuku, recently hosted a delegation from the German Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure. The delegation, led by Vice Minister and German Parliament member Dorothee Bär, took place in Kabuku’s Tokyo office, and several representatives from member companies of the public-private partnership Logistics Alliance Germany were also in attendance.

The delegation visited a number of Japanese companies in order to gain a better understanding about how digitalization is influencing the Japanese logistics industry. At a reception for the delegation, Kabuku was able to present about the impact of 3D printing on the contract logistics industry, and showcased its mass customization projects for two Japanese automotive manufacturers. The Logistics Alliance Germany also invited Kabuku to speak on a panel, titled “How to Improve Logistics Processes through New Technologies and Digitalization,” in Tokyo.

BeeHex Announces Collaboration with Cali’Flour for 3D Printed Vegan Pizza Crust

Food personalization and robotics company BeeHex, which recently moved its R&D operations to Columbus, Ohio, has joined forces with Cali’Flour Foods, a top provider of cauliflower-based pizza crusts and plant-based dessert doughs. In less than a minute, the two 3D printed personalized pizzas, shaped like flowers and based on cauliflower, for a sold-out crowd of 300 at Columbus firm GroundWork, which offers IT services to nonprofit entities. BeeHex CEO Anjan Contractor explained that Cali’Flour, and its plant-based, organic approach to crusts, “represents the type of forward-thinking collaborations we’re looking for.”

“The team at BeeHex combines the authenticity and technological capability that it takes to revolutionize how food is made,” said Cali’Flour founder Amy Lacey. “Anjan, Jordan French, Ben Feltner and Chintan Kanuga are rapidly building out what could be the next major ‘platform play’ in the Internet of Things space in a way that let’s people personalize their foods.”

Lacey also mentioned that the system “flawlessly” printed out several of her company’s doughs, which immediately grabbed the attention of the gathered audience. BeeHex is currently working on several pilot programs for its 3D pizza printers, and is also developing fine-point 3D dessert printers.

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Access 3D Services Hosting 3D Design Contest

If you’re interested in winning a free MakerBot Replicator+ 3D printer, while also working to make a difference in the lives of people with disabilities, just enter the Increasing Independence for People with Disabilities 3D Design Contest, hosted by Access 3D Services and its non-profit parent company, Access Independence. The contest has already begun, and ends on May 31; all applicants must be 18 years of age and a US resident. All entries must be the original (non-patented) design of the contest entrant, be capable of production on an FDM 3D printer, and be for an item that can benefit people living with a disability, whether it’s increasing autonomy, independence, or quality of life, or even addressing physical barriers related to disabilities.

Contest sponsors include Airwolf3D and eSun 3D Filament, and the contest judges will include engineers, 3D printing industry professionals, and people with disabilities. The winners will be announced approximately 60 days after the contest ends; the Grand Prize Winner will receive a MakerBot Replicator+ 3D printer and $200 worth of 1.75 mm PLA+ material from eSun 3D Filament, and the Runner-Up will get a 7Tech 3D Pen and an AirWolf3D 3 mm Filament Gift Set. Download the Official Entry Form to read the full contest rules and restrictions. Once you’ve completed the form, sign it and upload it, along with your original 3D design (.STL or .OBJ formats only); the upload password is contest.

Methods Machine Tools Inc. Bringing New Automation Cell Solution to RAPID + TCT Show

Precision machine tools and 3D printing technology provider Methods Machine Tools Inc. will be attending the RAPID + TCT Show in Pittsburgh next month, and bringing along its breakthrough automation cell solution. The first-of-its-kind cell brings together subtractive processes, robotics, and additive manufacturing to increase 3D manufacturing throughput, and serves to demonstrate the company’s strength “in designing innovative automation solutions for both additive and traditional manufacturing.”

The 20-foot Methods cell will really speed up the production of 3D printed parts and keep costs down, thanks to its post-process machining operations. It includes an in-feeding station for 3D printed products, which carries the parts into a FANUC C600 EDM machine on build plates; the machine then cuts the parts and build plates apart, and a FANUC robot at the next station snaps the plates off of the parts and sends them for a final machining operation, care of a FANUC RoboDrill.

John Lucier, National Automation Manager at Methods Machine Tools, Inc., said, “This automated lights-out manufacturing cell was designed to drastically reduce the total time to complete parts from 3D printing to final post-processing. It can easily quadruple total part throughput while eliminating manual labor.”

The RAPID + TCT show takes place from May 9-11, and Methods Machine Tools Inc. will be showcasing its new cell solution at booth #2525. 3DPrint.com will, of course, be in attendance at the conference.

isodo3D Uses 3D Printing Technology to Recreate Golf Trophy

3D printing services provider isodo3D, based in the UK, was recently approached by the Abu Dhabi Sports Council and IMG Golf with an interesting request: reproduce replicas, using the latest 3D printing and scanning technology, of the famous Falcon Trophy, which is given to the winner of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship golf tournament (for the associated Pro-Am tournament). In the brief, the company was tasked with making 18 quarter-scale replicas: six for each of the upcoming three tournaments. The company determined that 3D printing the falcon and the golf ball from the trophy, but hand-turning the wooden plinths, would be the most cost effective method of reproduction.

“We were keen to achieve the brief and demonstrate how this technology can be used in this way,” said isodo3D Managing Director John Cousins. “These trophies represent the very best in golf and we knew that whoever won one, would have been outstanding in their field. It was our challenge to produce a trophy befitting of the achievements of the winners and I definitely think we met the criteria.”

isodo3D used the HP 3D Structured Light Scanner Pro S3 to scan the original trophy, and used the data to 3D print a master model, with a little help from the prototyping experts at Malcolm Nicholls Limited and its SLA 3D printing technology. The model was hand-finished and painted, and then used as a soft silicone tooling pattern. Polyurethane castings were made, and then sent for plating, with a vacuum metallization method. The wooden bases were laser engraved with logos and tournament sponsors by L Squared Lasers, and then all 18 trophy replicas were assembled, polished, quality checked, and delivered to Abu Dhabi for the tournament.

3D Printing: The Stories We Didn't Cover This Week — April 23

In this week’s 3D printing news we see a partnership forged between Latvia’s Mass Portal and Ohio’s DesignBox3D, for the distribution of Mass Portal’s high-quality 3D printers. Also, Autodesk has acquired Solid Angle, in an effort to get more into the 3D animation game. Two awards were presented this week in the 3D printing space. One went to 3D System’s Charles W. Hull, known as the father of 3D printing, and the other award went to the manufacturing company Faustson. Finally, are we ready for a new high-quality and affordable 3D printer on the market? I think so. Hong Kong’s 3D Fab Lab has unveiled its new Novio 3D printer, which has a simple design and excellent software package that is sure to make the printer attractive to 3D printing novices.

Mass Portal Partners with DesignBox3D

mp1Latvia is a country I know quite a bit about because my father was born there. It’s fun to hear that the country is getting more involved with 3D printing technology, and now, one of Latvia’s 3D printer manufacturers, Mass Portal, is partnering with Ohio-based DesignBox3D so that Mass Portal’s Pharaoah 3D printers can be distributed in the US market. Mass Portal 3D printers are know for their exceptional speed and printing quality. Also, the company uses exchangeable stainless steel and brass nozzles that allow the printers to be adapted to different needs. These printers can work with many of today’s materials, they note, including PLA, ABS, PC, PET, TPU, PS and other thermoplastics.

DesignBox3D is very excited about this opportunity to work with Mass Portal in getting the printers out there in the US. Preet Jesrani, President and CEO of DesignBox3D, summarizes his excitement here:

“Having met with the entire Mass Portal team, we are extremely excited to formally announce this partnership and expect it to be a very successful cooperation to continue with our focus of only bringing forward the best that the market has to offer. It is my firm belief that Mass Portal produces the highest quality delta 3D printers on the market with an unrelenting focus on quality, reliability and design. I am looking forward a long and successful partnership with our friends at Mass Portal.”

Mass Portal has returned the enthusiasm, expressing the utmost confidence in DesignBox3D’s abilities to introduce new products to the US market.

Solid Angle Acquired by Autodesk

mp2You have probably heard of Autodesk, the 3D engineering and entertainment software company, but you may not have heard of Solid Angle, the company Autodesk has recently acquired. Solid Angle is a 3D animation company, with offices in Madrid and London, that produces software used in large-scale television and film productions such as Game of Thrones and The Martian.

Solid Angle’s Marcos Fajardo states how his company benefits from its new status, and he explains how the company’s 3D rendering technology, Arnold brand, can benefit from Autodesk:

“With Autodesk, we’ll be able to accelerate development as well as scale our marketing, sales and support operations for Arnold to better meet the needs of our growing user base.”

Autodesk has longstanding industry connections that Solid Angle can benefit from as well. In 1982, the company first introduced AutoCAD software, and the company continues to develop a portfolio of 3D software for international markets. Now Solid Angle’s 3D rendering software will be added to this growing software in a timely deal that clearly benefits both companies.

Father of 3D Printing Chuck Hull Receives RIT Award

mp3Considered by many to be the “father of 3D printing,” Charles W. Hull accepted Rochester Institute of Technology’s (RIT) College of Imaging Arts and Sciences’ Melbert B. Cary Jr. Award on Thursday, April 21, 2016 at RIT’s University Gallery. Hull is considered the inventor of stereolithography, and he founded 3D Systems in 1986 to advance this technology. Hull also holds 85 US patents in his name, and he can be credited with inventing the STL file — which was the “first format that enabled CAD software to send print commands to a 3D printer — changing the game in manufacturing.”

RIT is not only dedicated to acknowledging the 3D printing pioneers of the past and present, but the university is also dedicated to staying current with 3D printing technologies moving forward. It has an AMPrint Center, which is a “university-corporate-government consortium” that seeks to develop 3D printing/additive manufacturing technologies. The Center will include “3D printers, direct-write printing equipment, analog printing and surface metrology technologies.” This award, which is named after a man whose “lifelong support for the graphic arts inspired others” is a fitting one for a man who is one of the original inventors in the 3D printing space. Also fitting is that it came from an institution dedicated to furthering Hull’s technological vision in a rigorous higher education environment that honors the past and looks toward the future of 3D printing technologies.

Colorado Manufacturing Awards Honor Fauston

3D-Metal-Printer-Faustson-ToolIn more 3D printing awards news, the company Faustson has just received the inaugural Colorado Manufacturing Award in the Contract Manufacturing category. The company is a worldwide leader in the machining industry, and it provides services in “medical, aerospace, aeronautics, defense, semiconductor and other industries” for clients all over the world. This award, which was sponsored by CompanyWeek and Manufacturer’s Edge, was the most difficult to judge in the Contract Manufacturing category — according to judges.

CompanyWeek’s founder, Bart Taylor, has this to say about Faustson’s award:

“If food and beverage has become Colorado’s national manufacturing calling card, its Contract Manufacturing sector, today boasting world-class advanced fabricators in technology sectors like aerospace and bioscience, may be its future. Metal 3D printing innovator Faustson Tool and its blue chip roster of clientele emerged in a close vote.”

Faustson’s Vice President, Heidi Hostetter, accepts the award as a great honor from the Colorado business community:

“It was an honor just to be nominated in such an aggressive and competitive category, but a complete shock, and one we were humbled by, to win. We have always had the mantra that we need to be the ‘Ritz’ of our industry and we will continue to carry that mantra out. This award is validation that we’re doing what our manufacturing partners expect. To be a contract manufacturer in this day in age means you must really engage with different industries and customers and be able to pivot and adapt quickly. We hear you Colorado, and we will continue to service you to the absolute best of our abilities.”

New Novio 3D Printer from Hong Kong’s 3D Fab Lab

blackIn Hong Kong, the Novio 3D printer has been unveiled as the latest offering from 3D Fab Lab. This printer is simply designed with a user-friendly interface, and it is lightweight, portable, and foldable as well — without “losing its mechanical configurations.” This new 3D printer’s minimalist design has caught the interests of investors who have pledged to acquire possibly thousands of the printers, requiring some serious mass production to take place. But 3D Fab Lab is up for the challenge. The company began in 2011 as 3D Stuff Makers India and I-Optic Computing Sydney, and it has evolved from a private R&D tech company to the printer manufacturing powerhouse it now aims to be. The introduction of the Novio 3D printer, with its software that appeals to novices with little 3D printing experience, is a game changer for the company. To be sure, this printer’s simplicity, which does not impact its high quality printing, is surely to make some waves wherever people seek an affordable and easy to use 3D printer that beginners can use easily and seasoned printers can also appreciate.

That’s all for this week’s news!

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