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3D Printing: The Stories We Didn’t Cover This Week — April 16

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Amidst a flurry of 3D printing business and industry news this week, we in addition have stories of creates and new contributeings. The initially is that Italian watchmanufacturer Panerai has released a 3D printed titanium watch, and Zortrax has decided to manufacture its version library public beginning on April 18, 2016. In industry and fundraising news, the Additive Manufacturing Standardization Collaborative (AMSC) had its initially meeting to work in the direction of the turn it intoment of industry-specific standards. And just when you thought all of the tech action is on the US west coastline, LaunchTN has surpassed its $1 billion fundraising goal ahead of schedule. In acquisition and partnering news, Westcoastline has acquired ArtSystems for an undisclosed amount, and FilamentOne has partnered with MatterHackers to donate the wood filament known as Timberfill.

ANSI and America Makes Launch Standardization Collaboration

america-manufactures-ansiThe American National Standards Institute (ANSI) is a body that specializes in turn it intoing voluntary standards for the private sector, and it not long ago joined with the 3D printing/additive producing initiative America Makes to sketch out guidelines for additive producing industry standards. Mind you, the goal here is not to turn it into standards at the outset. Instead, the thought is that these two bodies can collaborate on a roadmap to facilitate “a coordinated approach to the turn it intoment of standards and specifications for additive producing.”

Together, these two organizations turn it into the America Makes and ANSI Additive Manufacturing Standardization Collaborative (AMSC), that not long ago held its initially meeting. Nearly 90 people attended either in man or remotely, and the meeting built four major working groups in the areas of create, system and materials, qualification and certification, and maintenance. Those groups can be meeting regularly both online and in man. To find out additional, check out the AMSC website.

LaunchTN Reaches $1 Billion Start Up Goal Early

tnNot all of the tech money is on the coastlines. This fact is proven just adequate by the new news that Launch Tennessee (LaunchTN) has surpassed its $1 billion beginup investment goal set for 2017. That’s early, and ahead of fundraising deadlines. And it’s a combination of local, regional, and national investors that created this all possible.

Charlie Brock, CEO of LaunchTN, explains that this great results is assisted by “seven publicly funded entrepreneur centers” that contribute music, logistics, healthcare, media and 3D printing industry knowledge. And he in addition notes Tennessee’s “perfect storm” environment combining low cost of living with a well-trained workforce due to “world class universities” and dedication to economic turn it intoment of the top levels of government.

Keep your eyes open for additional 3D printing business coming out of the not-so-sleepy say of Tennessee, as it positions itself to be the “No. 1 say in the Southeast for entrepreneurs to begin and grow a company.”

ArtSystems Acquired by Westcoastline

bike1A worthwhile business acquisition has occurred that effects the UK 3D printing space. Westcoastline, a major distributor of information innovation and mobile brands in the UK and Ireland, has acquired ArtSystems, “one of Europe’s top providers of value-add services and solutions to assist high-end printing.” This deal, involving an undisclosed amount, places Westcoastline firmly in the 3D printing space in the UK and Ireland, as ArtSystems is known for its demonstration services, technical consultancy, specialist logistics, and pre- and post-sales engineering in the “create, graphics, signage, display and 3D markets.”

Westcoastline managing director Duncan Forsyth sums the deal up here as a “game-changing opportunity” for the reason “ArtSystems has been a driving force in the turn it intoment of the wide-format sector and is a leader in next-generation 3D printing.”

FilamentOne Partners with MatterHackers for Wood Filament Development

fillOne other 3D printing game-changer is filament. If you are a fan of wood filament, and so this story is for you. MatterHackers and FilamentOne have partnered to expand market reach for a wood filament called “Timberfill.” The filament can now be on the market in four colors — Cinnamon, Champagne, Light Wood Tone, and Rosewood — on MatterHackers’ website. Today, the Czech Republic’s Fillamentum manufactures this unique filament, and Alburquerque-based FilamentOne is the company’s official partner in the US. MatterHackers, that donates over 40 various kinds of 3D printing devices, can pretty assist with the distribution of this material — on the market in 1.75mm and 2.85mm.

Jacob Ondra, Founder and Owner of FilamentOne, is enthusiastic of this partnership:

“As a company that is firmly committed to the ever-growing 3D printing industry in the United States, we are amazingly excited to partner with such a reputable 3D printing distributor in sunny California. Our combined passions, expertise, and participation in the expansion of 3D printing can benefit both of our companies greatly. Check out MatterHacker’s website in our day to peruse our four Timberfill wood material options.”

3D Printed Titanium Watch of Panerai

watchAmidst all of the talk of standards, business acquisitions, and financing in the 3D printing space, there’s yet the news of reworked classic luxury items. This week, Officine Panerai brings us a high-end and lightweight luxury titanium wristwatch — 3D printed via direct metal laser sintering, in fact. Officine Panerai watches are known for their blending of “Italian create, Swiss innovation and passion for the sea.” Named after a man who begined his watchproducing shop in Florence, Italy in 1860, the company’s attention to craftmanship does not detract of its technological sophistication. In fact, in my estimate, one great description for this create is “steam punk”, as it combines new innovation with antiquated create aesthetics.

This watch is defined by CityA.M. as “hand-wound, skeletonised and showcasing a difficult tourbillon, 2nd time zone and six days of power, it’s heavyweight horology but as light as a feather.” So, if technologically sophisticated luxury watches are your thing, but you may in addition like a taste of the past with that — check out Panerai’s “Lo Scienziato Luminor1950 Tourbillon GMT Titanio” watch.

The Zortrax Model Library Opens for Everyone, Soon!

zor1Poland-based Zortrax is one of the larger 3D printing companies in Europe, and it has undergone most changes as the company grows to fit its customers’ needs. It is a full service 3D printing company that contributes all things of printing devices to software, materials, accessories, and other 3D printing products. Its M200, a 90-400 micron FDM printing device, and Inventure are especially talked about and have grabbed a sure amount of Europe’s 3D printing device market share. The company in addition has a 3D version library that was already on the market just to users of its Z-Suite software suite. Now Zortrax is producing the once closed library free and open to the public. That’s right. Beginning on April 18, 2016, the Zortrax Model Library can be accessible to all: additional information to follow shortly!

That’s all for this week’s news we didn’t cover! Discuss in the Week’s 3D Printing News forum over at 3DPB.com.