Category Archives: 3D Printing

Stratasys Unveils Direct-to-Garment for J850 TechStyle

EDEN PRAIRIE, MN, & REHOVOT, Israel, Apr 18, 2024 – Stratasys Ltd. announced the launch of its Direct-to-Garment (D2G) solution for the J850 TechStyle printer, the newest offering in the Stratasys 3DFashion direct-to-textile printing technology. The first example of its application is an Urban Tattoo denim collection which will be revealed at the Texprocess exhibition in Frankfurt, Germany on April 23.

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The D2G solution is ideal for customization and personalization by enabling the application of full color multi-material 3D print directly on fully assembled garments of various fabric types including denim, cotton, polyester, and linen. It allows fashion brands to facilitate personalized and bespoke designs for customers, including the ability to tailor 3D prints according to individual preferences, sizes, and styles.

“Many brands are limited in how much they can mass produce denim clothing, while maintaining a level of personalization that has meaning to the wearer,” said Zehavit Reisin, senior vice president commercial solutions, Stratasys. “We are giving brands the opportunity to do something remarkable, to bring more character to their clothing line, while pushing a more sustainable business practice that appeals to multiple audiences across the consumer spectrum.”

Available in two sizes, the D2G tray kits facilitate the personalization of garments ranging from jeans to jackets, enabling designers and manufacturers to adopt more sustainable practices by reducing material waste. The seamless workflow delivers ease of calibration and compatibility with various garment sizes, streamlining the production process and fostering the creation of unique, personalized apparel.

Demonstrating this innovation, the Urban Tattoo collection showcases the potential and the ease of direct-to-garment 3D printing. Working with noted designers Karim Rashid, Travis Fitch, Zlatko Yanakiev at Meshroom along with Foraeva Studio, this distinctive collection shows the transformation of ordinary garments into extraordinary pieces of wearable art, imbuing them with personal identity and meaning.

Like body tattoos, Urban Tattoos promote a deeper emotional connection, encouraging the upcycling of existing garments and contributing to a more sustainable fashion ecosystem. This aligns with Stratasys’ strategy for Mindful Manufacturing. Stratasys has been able to create a new collection that will appeal to multiple brands that reach across diverse socio-economic backgrounds.

“With Urban Tattoos, we’re not just decorating a garment, we’re giving it more life and spirit,” said Naomi Kaempfer, Stratasys Creative Director. “By adding layers of stories and symbolism that resonate with the individuality of the wearer, these tattoos help consumers promote their identity, and celebrate their individuality. It is a testament to the transformative power of additive manufacturing technology in fashion.”

For more information about Stratasys 3DFashion technology, visit the website.

More information about sustainable Mindful Manufacturing, including an AMGTA Life Cycle Inventory and Research that reveals the benefits of our 3D Printing technology for streamlined fashion production, is available here.

About Stratasys

Stratasys is leading the global shift to additive manufacturing with innovative 3D printing solutions for industries such as aerospace, automotive, consumer products and healthcare. Through smart and connected 3D printers, polymer materials, a software ecosystem, and parts on demand, Stratasys solutions deliver competitive advantages at every stage in the product value chain. The world’s leading organizations turn to Stratasys to transform product design, bring agility to manufacturing and supply chains, and improve patient care.

To learn more about Stratasys, visit www.stratasys.com.

Formlabs Launches Form 4 3D Printer

SOMERVILLE, MA, Apr 18, 2024 – Formlabs, the leader in 3D printing, today unveiled the fastest, most reliable 3D printer for professionals with the launch of Form 4 and Form 4B. The new flagship resin 3D printers set a new standard for additive manufacturing with Formlabs’ proprietary new Low Force Display (LFD) print engine, updates to the company’s library of industry-leading resins, new automated post-processing, and an improved user experience. Form 4’s up to five times faster print speeds will unlock new levels of productivity for product designers, engineers, manufacturers, healthcare professionals, and innovators to take design risks and accelerate time to market.

“Form 4 is a huge leap not only for Formlabs and our customers, but also for the entire 3D printing world,” said Formlabs CEO and co-founder Max Lobovsky. “More than a decade ago, Formlabs created the desktop SLA 3D printer category and set a new standard for accuracy, reliability, ease of use, and affordability in 3D printing. We’ve built on the strength and insights gathered from more than 130,000 printers on the market and over 300 million parts printed to deliver the Form 4, our best SLA printer ever. Its reliability and new level of speed will transform how our customers develop new products.”

As the company’s fourth generation of desktop resin 3D printers, Form 4 takes performance to new levels by delivering blazing fast print speeds, extreme reliability, industry-leading material properties, excellent print quality, and intuitive operation.

Form 4 Highlights

  • Blazing fast print speeds: Prints two to five times faster than Form 3+ depending on material, enabling same-hour iteration or batch production with masked stereolithography (MSLA) technology.
    • Complete most prints in under two hours and small parts in minutes of cycle time.
    • Achieve maximum vertical print speeds of 100 mm per hour.
  • LFD Print Engine: A departure from laser and galvanometer technology, Form 4 features an ultra high power backlight (16 mw/cm2), proprietary release texture, Light Processing Unit 4 (LPU 4), and dual-layer, flexible film resin tank.
  • Unmatched reliability: Industry-leading print success thanks to validated print settings, precision heating, force sensing, and debris detection.
  • Stunning parts that always fit: With 50-micron pixels, highly collimated light, advanced pixel smoothing, and light touch supports, Form 4’s print quality is unmatched.
  • Intuitive to use: Anyone can learn to print in 15 minutes – featuring automatic resin handling, instant material changes, automated post-processing, and quick release build platform technology.
  • 40% lower cost per part: Delivering affordability with long-lasting resin tanks (75,000+ layers) and Light Processing Unit (1M+ layers), lower resin pricing, 30% larger print volume, and 3.5 times higher throughput.

“We support all hardware categories at Microsoft. Form 4 is our go-to choice for projects needing tight tolerances and engineering-grade materials,” said Mark Honschke, additive prototyping lead, Microsoft. “It produces high-performance parts with amazingly fast print times and makes it possible for our model makers to produce multiple iterations in a 24-hour period.”

“Form 4’s speed and materials versatility enable us to create multiple prototypes and manufacturing aids every day,” said Bruno Alves, Development Engineer AM/IM, Ford Motor Company. “The printer has already changed the way we design and produce parts, helping us drive efficiency in our product development.”

Industry-Leading Materials, Now Starting at $99 per Liter

In addition to the new printers, Formlabs is introducing six new resins to its industry-leading resin library, including:

  • Four newly reformulated General Purpose Resins that take advantage of the Form 4 ecosystem to print two to five times faster than Form 3 with improved toughness and color.
  • Fast Model Resin for high-speed prototypes and production of orthodontic models.
  • Precision Model Resin for highly accurate dental models that always fit.

Additionally, Form 4 is validated to use 17+ other performance materials from Formlabs’ materials library, with new materials to be added regularly. Form 4B, designed for innovative healthcare professionals in the dental and medical industries, is compatible with 15 additional biocompatible materials.

Form 4 (starting at $4,499) and Form 4B (starting at $6,299) are available today at Formlabs.com.

About Formlabs

Formlabs builds the tools that make it possible for anyone to bring their ideas to life. Headquartered in Somerville, MA with offices across the globe, Formlabs is the professional 3D printer of choice for engineers, designers, healthcare providers, manufacturers, and decision-makers. Formlabs’ products include SLA and SLS 3D printers, post-processing solutions, and Form Auto manufacturing solution for automatic part removal. The company also develops its own portfolio of industry-leading, high-performance materials and best-in-class 3D printing software. In 2024, Formlabs was named one of the world’s Most Innovative Companies in Manufacturing by Fast Company.

To learn more, visit www.formlabs.com.

Select Additive Partners with Stratasys

EDEN PRAIRIE, MN & REHOVOT, Israel, Apr 17, 2024 – Stratasys Ltd. announced that it has entered into an agreement to be the exclusive polymer 3D printing partner of Select Additive Technologies, a division of Morris Group, Inc, which is one of the largest importers and distributors of machine tools in the United States.

Leveraging over 80 years of experience serving the metalworking industry, Select Additive is well positioned to offer manufacturers the bridge they need from conventional metal removal methods to the swiftly evolving advantages of additive manufacturing. This partnership will offer their customer base a wide range of polymer 3D printing technology solutions that only Stratasys can deliver.

“Select Additive has a strong relationship with its large customer base, and we are thrilled to partner with them to bring the unique value of additive manufacturing to manufacturers looking for new solutions to improve efficiency and part performance,” said Brent Noonan, president, Americas Regions, Stratasys. “Polymer additive manufacturing continues to expand its impact across the manufacturing ecosystem and this partnership between two leaders in their fields will further accelerate adoption in this sector.”

“Our customers look to us for more than just manufacturing technology, they depend on us to provide solutions to their biggest challenges and the opportunity to make Stratasys available to them was an easy decision,” said Greg Bebbington, business unit manager, Select Additive Technologies. “Our customers are under incredible pressure to cut costs, overcome supply chain challenges and reduce their overall carbon footprint. We believe that the introduction of polymer additive manufacturing into their overall manufacturing strategy will ease those pressures.”

Select Additive is offering the full line suite of Stratasys 3D polymer printers, software, and materials. With these solutions, customers will be able to enhance their prototyping, machine new tools and do mass production of polymer parts. This will be more important, as additive manufacturing continues to grow and offers more opportunities as full solutions are being offered across the manufacturing lifecycle.

About Stratasys

Stratasys is leading the global shift to additive manufacturing with innovative 3D printing solutions for industries such as aerospace, automotive, consumer products and healthcare. Through smart and connected 3D printers, polymer materials, a software ecosystem, and parts on demand, Stratasys solutions deliver competitive advantages at every stage in the product value chain. The world’s leading organizations turn to Stratasys to transform product design, bring agility to manufacturing and supply chains, and improve patient care.

To learn more about Stratasys, visit www.stratasys.com.

About Select Additive Technologies

Select Additive Technologies was established with the aim of providing manufacturers with a seamless transition from conventional CNC machining to cutting-edge additive manufacturing. Drawing upon over 80 years of expertise in serving the metalworking sector under Morris Group, Inc., Select Additive is committed to bridging the gap. Alongside polymer 3D printing solutions from the renowned industry leader Stratasys. Select Additive also offers metal 3D printing technologies utilizing bound metal deposition, binder jetting and powder bed fusion.

To learn more about Select Additive Technologies, visit www.selectadditive.com.

Anycubic Introduces Kobra 3 Combo

SHENZHEN, China, Apr 16, 2024 – Anycubic officially unveils the Kobra 3 Combo, will disclose price and full specifications on April 22, 2024. It heralds a new gateway for your multi-color 3D printing experience. The Kobra 3 Combo begins with an enhanced iteration of the Kobra 3, alongside the debut of the Anycubic Color Engine Pro (ACE Pro). This release also includes a host of corresponding upgrades to the Anycubic App and Slicer, together with the earlier announced live Anycubic community Makeronline constitute the whole combo.

Anycubic Kobra 3 Combo subscription giveaway is now on

With significant firmware upgrades and a collaboration with PANTONE, multi-color printing becomes even more dynamic and enjoyable for users.

Anycubic Color Engine Pro: All for Multi-color Printing

The Anycubic Color Engine Pro (ACE Pro), which brings a whole new level of convenience and reliability to the table. ACE Pro supports simultaneous printing with two linked boxes, accommodating up to eight colors at once. With the added feature of RFID recognition for Anycubic filaments, it ensures seamless printing quality. Recognizing the detrimental effects of moisture on print quality, ACE Pro integrates an active drying function, distinguishing itself as the only product on the market to combine active drying with multi-color printing capabilities. Its intelligent side-drying feature maintains filament dryness even during extended print sessions, lasting up to 24 hours, ensuring optimal printing conditions and impeccable results for every creation.

With its anti-tangling protection design, bid farewell to printing mishaps caused by filament tangling. By employing a clever parallel connection of four discharge tubes, switching between colors has never been smoother. No more laboriously rolling back filament inside the tubes; just seamless, hassle-free color changes that keep your printing process flowing effortlessly. Plus, with its intelligent color change function, waste is minimized, and your prints are completed faster than ever before.

Printing with Exclusive PANTONE Filmant Colors

Thanks to Anycubic’s collaboration with PANTONE, unique and true-to-life colors are now available for your next colorful prints. Introducing the first-ever 3D printing industry-certified consumable colors, including Peach Fuzz, Interstellar Violet, Tropical Turquoise, and Spring Leaf. Each color tells a unique story, adding depth and personality to your printed artworks. Get ready to unleash your creativity and experience a kaleidoscope of colors like never before.

As hardware and collaboration draw you onto the vibrant path, a well-established software and connection platform will guide you further into the 3D printing amusement park. The Anycubic App and Slicer, along with the new community platform, Makeronline, and improved after-sales service offering a 30-day return or refund policy, serve as invaluable enhancements to your colorful journey.

Anycubic Kobra 3: Speedy and Stable

The introduction to the Anycubic Kobra 3 on its own serves as a racing powerhouse poised to boost your printing game. Building upon the solid foundation of its predecessor, the Anycubic Kobra 2 series, this sleek machine boasts some serious upgrades. Picture this: blazing through single-color regular printing at a mind-blowing speed of 600mm per minute. But speed isn’t its only forte. Equipped with standard features like accelerometers, vibration compensators, and flow control mechanisms, the Kobra 3 ensures that your prints maintain impeccable quality even at breakneck speeds. Plus, with a larger print volume measuring at 250*250*260mm, you’re looking at a whopping 34% increase compared to its predecessor.

Beneath its sleek exterior, the Kobra 3 runs on the fully optimized firmware Kobra OS. This firmware boasts enhanced computing power and lightning-fast motor response, allowing for precise movements and filament extrusions. Thanks to its built-in accelerometer module, it can detect resonance frequencies of the X/Y axis, making intelligent adjustments to motion control to diminish pesky artifacts like banding and ringing, ensuring that each print is as fine as the last.

The Anycubic App and Slicer: Get Ready for Your Kaleidoscope

The Anycubic App and Slicer are indispensable tools for navigating the realm of multi-color printing. These powerful software solutions offer comprehensive features tailored for coloring, modifying, and slicing multi-color models, significantly simplifying the intricacies of multi-color 3D printing. They facilitate seamless remote control and monitoring, enabling users to manage their 3D printers from various devices, including computers and smartphones. By configuring an external camera, you can monitor the printing progress in real-time and conduct live video surveillance, providing you with peace of mind for your off-site printing.. Additionally, the upcoming LAN mode support in the Anycubic Slicer promises even greater convenience and privacy for users, with more exciting features on the horizon.

Makeronline: Where Creativities Burst

Anycubic’s innovative community platform, Makeronline, serves as a hub for over a thousand 3D model designers, fostering a vibrant creative environment replete with inspiration. Within this community, users can share their creative endeavors, connect with global fellow enthusiasts, and discover the vast potential of 3D printing. Makeronline also hosts dynamic competitions, offering participants the chance to win generous creation bonuses and exclusive community points, further enriching the collaborative experience.

With Anycubic‘s introduction of multi-color printing, 3D printing finds application across diverse scenarios, meeting a variety of creative needs while overcoming previous limitations of single-color printing in showcasing creativity. Enhanced software applications afford users greater freedom in printer operation, while Makeronline serves as a catalyst for communication, sparking users’ creative ingenuity and elevating the role of 3D printing. Multi-color printing injects vibrancy into 3D creativity, rendering works more vivid and captivating, from personalized fashion accessories to interactive educational toys and home decorations, realizing myriad creative visions with ease and bringing the 3D printing technology to every household.

Materialise, Renishaw Partner for Metal 3D Printing

LEUVEN, Belgium, Apr 16, 2024 – Materialise, a global leader in 3D printing software and services, and Renishaw, a global engineering technologies company, have announced a partnership to increase efficiency and productivity for manufacturers using Renishaw’s additive manufacturing (AM) systems. Through the partnership, Renishaw system users will benefit from Materialise’s next-generation build processor software tailored to the RenAM 500 series of metal AM systems. They will also have access to Magics, Materialise’s leading data and build preparation software. This will enable users of Renishaw’s AM systems to build a seamless workflow from design to 3D-printed part, control and customize their 3D printing process, reduce production time, and increase the efficiency of their AM operations.

Credit: Renishaw

Manufacturing companies are increasingly adopting additive manufacturing to produce metal parts on an industrial scale. A significant technology for industrial 3D printing is laser powder bed fusion (LPBF), which offers users the ability to adapt print parameters for increased productivity. However, LPBF can be challenging for inexperienced users, so additional training may be required to get the most from the technology. Software allows manufacturers to unlock the full potential of the technology by optimizing the 3D printing process and streamlining the workflow.

“Working with Materialise enables us to support Renishaw users deploying 3D printing in a host of different manufacturing applications,” said Matt Parkes, AM Strategic Development Manager at Renishaw. “Their next-generation build processors, in combination with their software portfolio, complement our recent technology updates. We’re pleased to be collaborating on the tools needed to support the industry as metal 3D printing becomes an essential piece of the manufacturing puzzle.”

Build processors link 3D printers with data preparation software, streamlining the additive manufacturing process from design to print. Materialise’s next-generation build processor complements Renishaw’s recently launched TEMPUS technology. This new scanning algorithm for Renishaw’s RenAM 500 series of AM machines allows the laser to fire while the recoater moves, saving up to nine seconds per build layer without reducing part quality. With this advancement, part build time can be cut by up to 50 percent. Materialise’s next-generation build processor software handles data consistently and speeds up data processing of complex geometries and high volumes of parts. Additionally, the new build processor for Renishaw AM systems enables dedicated print parameters at the part level for increased productivity and optimized quality, making it a viable solution for the volume production of different or identical parts.

“This partnership enables a unique approach to efficient metal 3D printing. The combination of Renishaw’s TEMPUS technology and the ability of Materialise’s build processor to process data at high speeds can significantly reduce production time,” said Karel Brans, senior director of partnerships at Materialise. “Partnering with 3D printer manufacturers maximizes efficiency by optimizing build preparation and streamlining build jobs. This enables manufacturing at all volumes and levels of customization, allowing users to scale production.”

The build processor for Renishaw AM systems allows users to seamlessly connect to Materialise Magics. This is a technology-neutral data and build preparation software that offers compatibility with nearly all import file formats and connectivity to all major 3D printing technologies. It provides users with advanced workflow control and automation, including the recently launched e-Stage for Metal+. This software optimizes data and build preparation for LPBF systems using physics-based modeling to automate support structure generation.

Manufacturing companies can also rely on the Materialise Build Processor Software Development Kit to create their own intellectual property. The open software system allows them to build their own next-generation build processor tailored to their metal 3D printing application. Customized build processors can help to further enhance cost efficiency, production speed, and part quality, which makes it possible to manufacture intricate parts and mass-produce identical or personalized products with consistent quality, reduced scrap rates, and abbreviated lead times.

About Materialise

Materialise incorporates more than three decades of 3D printing experience into a range of software solutions and 3D printing services that empower sustainable 3D printing applications. Their open, secure, and flexible end-to-end solutions enable flexible industrial manufacturing and mass personalization in various industries — including healthcare, automotive, aerospace, eyewear, art and design, wearables, and consumer goods. Headquartered in Belgium and with branches worldwide, Materialise combines the largest group of software developers in the industry with one of the world’s largest and most complete 3D printing facilities

About Renishaw

Renishaw is a world leading supplier of measuring systems and manufacturing systems. Its products give high accuracy and precision, gathering data to provide customers and end users with traceability and confidence in what they’re making. This technology also helps its customers to innovate their products and processes.

It is a global business, with over 5,000 employees located in the 36 countries where it has wholly owned subsidiary operations. The majority of R&D work takes place in the UK, with the largest manufacturing sites located in the UK, Ireland, and India.

For the year ended June 2023 Renishaw recorded sales of £688.6 million of which 95% was due to exports. The company’s largest markets are China, USA, Japan and Germany.

Renishaw is guided by its purpose: Transforming Tomorrow Together. This means working with its customers to make the products, create the materials, and develop the therapies that are going to be needed for the future.

Further information at www.renishaw.com.

Nancy Krystal Joins Velo3D as VP, General Counsel

FREMONT, CA, Apr 16, 2024 – Velo3D, Inc., a leading additive manufacturing technology company for mission-critical metal parts, announced the appointment of Nancy Krystal as vice president, General Counsel to oversee all legal matters for the company. With over 16 dynamic years of experience in corporate law, Nancy brings a wealth of experience in navigating complex legal landscapes and spearheading pivotal deals to her new role at Velo3D.

“Nancy’s extensive legal expertise and track record of success with established, mature companies make her an invaluable addition to our leadership team as Velo3D enters its next phase of growth as a company,” said Brad Kreger, Velo3D CEO. “With Nancy on board, I am confident that we will strengthen our legal foundation and ensure that our operations are aligned with the highest standards of integrity and compliance.”

In her role, Nancy will report to the CEO and be responsible for all legal matters at Velo3D, including but not limited to, managing the board of directors processes and procedures, supporting SEC and public company compliance, handling contracts, and overseeing the company’s intellectual property. The appointment follows several major strategic initiatives executed by Velo3D as it matures as an organization and transitions to its next phase of growth.

Nancy Krystal (Photo: Business Wire)

“Velo3D’s innovative technology make it uniquely poised to succeed in the additive manufacturing space and I am thrilled to join the company as it enters this exciting phase of growth,” said Nancy. “I look forward to working closely with Brad, the Velo3D executive team, and the board of directors as we execute against our plan to achieve our strategic objectives. I am confident in our executive team and their vision for the company position us well for what’s to come.”

Prior to joining Velo3D, Nancy served as General Counsel of Jelly Belly Candy Company, where she helped orchestrate the historic sale of the company to Ferrara Candy Co., which was finalized in late 2023. In that role she oversaw and managed all legal functions, using her legal acumen and leadership to ensure corporate compliance, mitigate risks, and improve profitability. She also held integral roles at Big Heart Pet Brands and AXA Advisors, playing key roles in multi-billion-dollar transactions and compliance program development.

Nancy received a Juris Doctor degree from Pepperdine University School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from University of California, San Diego. She serves as a board member of California Grocers Association, California Manufacturers & Technology Association, and Evisort.

About Velo3D

Velo3D is a metal 3D printing technology company. 3D printing, also known as additive manufacturing (AM), has a unique ability to improve the way high-value metal parts are built. However, legacy metal AM has been greatly limited in its capabilities since its invention almost 30 years ago. This has prevented the technology from being used to create the most valuable and impactful parts, restricting its use to specific niches where the limitations were acceptable.

Velo3D has overcome these limitations so engineers can design and print the parts they want. The company’s solution unlocks a wide breadth of design freedom and enables customers in space exploration, aviation, power generation, energy, and semiconductor to innovate the future in their respective industries. Using Velo3D, these customers can now build mission-critical metal parts that were previously impossible to manufacture. The fully integrated solution includes the Flow print preparation software, the Sapphire family of printers, and the Assure quality control system—all of which are powered by Velo3D’s Intelligent Fusion manufacturing process. The company delivered its first Sapphire system in 2018 and has been a strategic partner to innovators such as SpaceX, Aerojet Rocketdyne, Lockheed Martin, Avio, and General Motors. Velo3D has been named as one of Fast Company’s Most Innovative Companies for 2023.

For more information, please visit Velo3D.com.