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Medical 3D Printing Market 2017: Leading Players and Manufacturers Analysis: Arcam AB, ExOne Company, Ponoko Limited, H Intressenter AB, Stratasys, Organovo Holdings, Voxeljet AG, Autodesk and Optomec

Medical 3D Printing Market: Type Analysis: Bio-Printing Organic Living Cells, 3D Printing Pharmaceuticals

Medical 3D Printing Market: Application Analysis: Dental Products, Medical Implant, Biological Print, Other Products

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 Figure Global Production Market Share of Medical 3D Printing by Types (Bio-Printing Organic Living Cells, 3D Printing Pharmaceuticals) and by Applications (Dental Products, Medical Implant, Biological Print, Other Products) in 2016.

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3D Printing News ICYMI: Rebranding for Arcam, EOS joins 3MF Consortium, more

May 2, 2017 | By David

There were several 3D printing developments that may have passed you by this week, including a technological partnership between Russia and Germany, and a rebranding for Swedish manufacturer Arcam. Here’s a roundup of these and other stories:

1. Rebranding for Swedish 3D printing company Arcam

Based in Molndal, Sweden, Arcam AB provides a range of metal 3D printing solutions to the manufacturing industry, but its worldwide operations have, to date, been carried out under different names. Arcam EBM in Canada provides electron beam melting 3D printing machinery, Arcam AP&C in Sweden sells metal powders for use in 3D printing, and Arcam DTI in the U.S is a provider of contract manufacturing. As of May 1 the company will be operating under a new branding identity, with its three businesses being unified under the Arcam Group banner.

According to CEO Magnus Rene, ‘’Arcam and the industry have evolved considerably since our original brand more than 20 years ago. Bringing together our offerings… will make it easier for us to efficiently address the market.’’ Arcam AB will also now be endorsed as part of manufacturing giant GE Additive.

2. CGTech to demonstrate VERICUT 3D printing simulation software at TCT show

CGTech’s latest version of its VERICUT software will be on display at this years rapid + TCT trade fair, which is being held in Pittsburgh, May 9-11. VERICUT is a software solution for virtual simulation of 3D printing additive manufacturing processes. It allows manufacturers to analyze their methods and optimize them accordingly, enabling more accurate laser cladding and material deposition, as well as detecting collisions between the machine and additive part and finding errors, voids, and misplaced material.

VERICUT 8.1 will add the option to simulate integration of different additive methods. Users will be able to virtually experiment with combining 3D printing techniques to find the best hybrid solution for every stage of the manufacturing process. Gene Granata, VERICUT Product Manager, says that this will give customers a competitive edge: “VERICUT’s realistic simulation of the entire hybrid process enables customers to verify the part will be built correctly, without causing damage to the part, machine, or expensive laser equipment.”

3. Russia and Germany co-operate to support new technologies including 3D printed prosthetics

Yuri Stetsenko, the trade representative for Russia in Germany, has announced the potential establishment of a deliberate technological co-operation between the two countries. This will represent a significant improvement in trade relations, which have diminished since the sanctions imposed on Russia in 2014.  Before this, however, Germany was a key trade partner for Russia and could be returning to this position in the near future.

The international laser center in Hamburg and the Russian supercomputer in Juelich have already been the focus of several major joint technological projects, and the upcoming years could see these kinds of collaborations on a much more regular basis. Russia is willing to share the advances it has made in cancer diagnosis and treatment with the German medical industry, and in exchange the country could soon be taking advantage of German breakthroughs in 3D printed prosthetic technology. According to Stetsenko, ”The Germans need us, our ‘brains’ and raw materials, and we need their technologies, the organization of labor and money. And, of course, we need a German market, and they need ours.”

4. Limited edition 3D printed fidget spinners available from AirWolf 3D

Fidget spinners are taking the place of worry stones and stress balls as the latest hand-occupying craze, as people in classrooms, lecture halls, and boardrooms are using them to deal with anxiety or restlessness. They are particularly useful as therapeutical tools for people diagnosed with ADHD, helping them to focus on tasks. CHADD is a non-profit organization that provides education, advocacy and support for individuals diagnosed with the disorder, and a sale of limited edition spinners over at AirWolf3D has just been launched to raise funds for the charity.

Each of the four 3D printed spinners is based on an original design by a child, with the first being named ‘The Zoe’ after its 11 year-old creator. Only 30 of each design will be produced, so buyers will be receiving an incredibly rare item at the same time as contributing to a good cause. Check out the offer at AirWolf3D’ s 3D printing site

5. North Carolina Medical Center using LulzBot Taz 6 3D printer to help with radiation treatment

Oncology doctors at the NCMC have been taking advantage of 3D printing technology to improve their radiation treatment of cancer patients. A 3D printed mold or bolus can be applied to the patient’s body, allowing for better targeted radiation doses and vastly improving the effectiveness of treatment. Before making use of 3D printing, less precise methods involving gauze and tape were used.

The 3D printed bolus is based on a CAT scan which is then converted into a 3D model. Skin cancer patients have benefitted from this technique, and there are plans to extend the use of 3D printing technology to other cancer treatments.

The NCMC was given a LulzBot TAZ 6 3D printer by Loveland-based manufacturer Aleph Objects, Inc and took several months to get to grips with the technology before it went live. The new 3D printing program will soon be rolled out in other locations, such as Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center in Gilbert, Ariz., and the McKee Medical Center in Loveland, Colo. According to Aleph Objects President Harris Kenny, “Providing highly personalized care from a doctor’s desktop is an exciting example of what is possible with 3D printing in healthcare and other fields.”

6. EOS joins 3MF Consortium as founding member

The 3MF Consortium, an industry association created to develop and promote a new full-fidelity file format for 3D printing, today announced that EOS, a global technology leader in industrial 3D printing, has joined at the Founding membership level. EOS is a pioneer in the field of Direct Metal Laser Sintering (DMLS) and a provider of a leading polymer technology.

“EOS Additive Manufacturing (AM) solutions allow manufacturers to shift from traditional tool-based, static manufacturing techniques to generative, flexible, more efficient industrial 3D printing methods,” said Martin Steuer, Business Development Manager at EOS. “The 3MF 3D file format plays an important role in AM by helping to improve the efficiency and productivity of AM solutions while eliminating the issues found with older file formats.”

Founding members of the 3MF Consortium include 3D Systems; Autodesk, Inc.; Dassault Systèmes, SA.; EOS; FIT AG; GE Global Research; HP, Inc.; Materialise; Microsoft Corporation; Shapeways, Inc.; Siemens PLM Software; SLM Solutions Group AG; Stratasys; and Ultimaker.

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General Electric (GE) Doubles Down in 3D Printing, Buys SLM amp; Arcam

On Tuesday, digital industrial company General Electric (GE Analyst Report) announced plans to purchase two European 3D printing companies, Swedish-based Arcam AB and Germany’s SLM Solutions Group AG, for $1.4 billion in order to accelerate its efforts in the growing industry.

Both SLM and Arcam will report to David Joyce, the President and CEO of GE Aviation, the corporation’s largest division. With this acquisition, GE will now have spent $2.9 billion on 3D printing, or additive manufacturing, since 2010, leading to a total of 346 patents.

“Additive manufacturing is a key part of GE’s evolution into a digital industrial company. We are creating a more productive world with our innovative world-class machines, materials and software. We are poised to not only benefit from this movement as a customer, but spearhead it as a leading supplier,” said Jeff Immelt, Chairman and CEO of GE.

The company expects its 3D printing business to grow by $1 billion by 2020, as well as a total cost of $3 to $5 billion of product across GE over the next 10 years.

Companies in the 3D printing industry focus on building products using computer-aided design (CAD) software. These virtual designs lead to a process that places down successive layers of material until an object is created. It builds an entire product at once instead of separately manufacturing different parts, leading to more customization and less waste.

Unlike its standard 3D printing competitors, GE is looking to utilize additive manufacturing in order to innovatively build jets, aircraft engines, and other aviation components. Its digital business is booming, and has already employed 3D printing in some capacity. Back in July, GE Aviation debuted its first additive jet engine component, a complex fuel nozzle interior, with the LEAP jet engine.

GE’s acquisition of Arcam and SLM are structured as public tender offers for all of the outstanding shares of stock of each company.

3D printing companies 3D Systems Corp. (DDD Analyst Report) , Voxeljet Ag-Adr (VJET Snapshot Report) , and Stratasys Ltd. (SSYS Analyst Report) have all seen a boost today as GE’s latest deals have spurred interest in the stocks.

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3D Printing Pros and Cons: Arcam AB ORD

In the following video, 3D printing specialist Steve Heller and industrials analyst Blake Bos discuss the strengths and weaknesses of Arcam ‘s electron beam melting, or EBM, metal 3D printing technology.

Similar to the more popular direct metal laser sintering, or DMLS, EBM also builds metal objects layer by layer, but instead of using a laser to selectively melt metal powder together to form an object, it uses a powerful electron beam housed inside a vacuum chamber. Unlike DMLS, EBM doesn’t rely on a series of mirrors, which have mechanical limitations in terms of speed, to direct the beam; it instead uses a series of electromagnetic coils, resulting in significantly faster build times than DMLS.

One of EBM’s drawbacks is that the build chamber operates at a blistering 700 degrees Celsius, which partially sinters excess build material to the 3D-printed object. Although this allows an EBM-printed part to not have support structures, it comes at the expense of resolution, and highly intricate designs aren’t well suited for EBM technology.

Going forward, Arcam investors should monitor the development of EBM to determine whether the company can improve its resolution to be more competitive against DMLS, which has received a huge endorsement  from General Electric to 3D-print jet engine fuel nozzles for its upcoming Leap jet engine.

A full transcript follows the video.

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Blake Bos: Arcam’s a very sexy company. They have that technology, Steve, electron beam melting, and it’s really cool. We learned a lot about their printers this visit from them and competitors, got a lot of great information, so I kind of wanted to go over the company, maybe introduce EBM to folks that aren’t sure of it.

Steve Heller: Yeah, so the prevailing technology in metal 3D printing right now is direct metal laser sintering, so it involves a laser melting metal powder layer by layer. EBM, or electron beam melting, very similar, except it uses an electron beam and what that allows is it allows the beam, since it’s using electromagnets to actually…

Blake: Not a mirror.

Steve: Right, it doesn’t use a mirror, so DMLS, or direct metal laser sintering, uses a mirror to move the laser around.

Blake: A mechanical object.

Steve: So there’s mechanical limitations to how fast you can operate that. Electron beam melting, since it uses electromagnetism to actually direct the electron beam, it can literally shoot the beam in 50 directions at once, and basically you could be printing 50 things at one time, so it’s incredibly faster.

The drawback of it is, one advantage is that it doesn’t have any support structures, but that comes at the cost of the build chamber being very hot, 700 degrees Celsius. So what does that mean? That means that the part is basically melted to the outer exterior.

Blake: So it’s like it builds the part inside like this clump of hard sand, basically.

Steve: You have to, like, pick it away with like an ax. It’s not easy to get that part out of there.

Blake: And so what’s that do, because they didn’t use it for the Leap fuel engine nozzle, and if you have these intricate internal passageways, it doesn’t seem like, from the people we talked to, you can’t use it for that?

Steve: Right, because it, kind of like, the support structures, it doesn’t use any; it just kind of condenses everything. Since it’s so hot everything’s kind of a little bit melted anyway.

Blake: So if there’s a little tunnel-like tube through the part you can’t get the powders out.

Steve: Exactly.

Blake: So you can’t make those parts.

Steve: It kind of, like, gunks up a little bit.

Blake: So you can’t make really intricate parts like you could on a laser sintering machine.

Steve: Right, so its advantage is speed. It’s probably — it’s great since its surface finish is a little bit rough, titanium implants, medical applications, it’s like perfect for that. It’s actually a very sensitive machine, too, so I’ve heard a few stories, someone walking by with a ladder literally throwing the machine off the print, a bus driving…

Blake: Yeah, because it uses magnetism.

Steve: Yeah, it’s very sensitive, so if you’re on a factory floor it’s probably not the right machine for you.

Blake: Yeah, so I think investors, like for me personally in Arcam, is like this technology is still very early in its development stage. The big pro is that speed, but as far as somebody like GE or Airbus need it for a really complex part — not going to happen.

Steve: Right, just the nature of the technology being a very hot build chamber and everything’s partially melted to begin with.

Blake: You just can’t get the complexity.

Steve: They can’t get the complexity because it’s a little bit sloppy.

Blake: Yeah, and so maybe long-term they can figure that out possibly, but…

Steve: Yeah, hopefully. I mean, it’s a gamble.

Blake: It’s definitely a risky investment at today’s prices. That’s kind of my takeaway, and I’m going to sit this one out.

Steve: Yeah, I mean, the expectations are such that they’re going to be able to work out these challenges, basically.

Blake: I just know, like, the expectations in the market are probably too high. They probably think they’re going to work them out in the next two years.

Steve: Right, it’s probably — the valuation suggests that and whether or not they can deliver, I think it’s going to take probably two generations minimum for them to really get it together. Sure, they can increase speed all they want by moving the magnets and improving the algorithm there, but actually producing fundamentally better parts as a result of an improved resolution, they may have to change the way they approach the technology, and I don’t know if that’s actually possible with electron beam melting.

Blake: There’s a lot of development that needs to be done in comparison to laser sintering, which has had a lot of development so far.

Steve: Exactly.

Blake: A lot of dollars have been thrown at that.

Steve: And here’s a great example, I mean, GE is going with direct metal laser sintering for a reason, and they’re really leading the industry forward, so that tells you something right there as an investor. Who’s the leader in manufacturing going with? Direct metal laser sintering, so Arcam is not in that picture right now.

Blake: Yeah, all right. Well, thanks, Steve. That’s our takeaway on Arcam. We’re a little indecisive on it. It doesn’t look like it has a huge opportunity as maybe we would have previously thought.

Steve: Exactly.

Blake: All right, well, thanks for watching, Fools. Fool on!

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