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3D Printing: The Stories We Didn’t Cover This Week — April 30

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This week’s 3D printing news moves of Nano Dimension’s PCB Survey Results to a new finish of Materialise aimed at 3D printed eyewear and wearable-bodieds. The initially (3D printed) drone to be used for a delivery in the US has been accepted at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, and a 3D scanned Alien replica of the 1979 movie is on the market as a free download on SnapTank in honor of Alien Day (that was April 26, by the way). CRP USA is displaying at JEC Americas in Atlanta of May 3-5, 2016, and finally, Ellen J. Krugman, former DuPont CEO, has joined the Carbon3D Board of Directors.

Nano Dimension Releases PCB Survey Results

pcb_prototyping_spendingAccording to a new survey conducted by Israel-based Nano Dimension, manufacturer of 3D printed PCBs (printed circuit boards), PCB prototyping is costly and time-consuming, and the market seems eager for a alter. This is according to a PCB Printer Readiness Survey, conducted by Nano Dimension over sat any timeal months. Almost 300 electronics manufacturers and turn it intoers (mainly, but not all, of North America) responded to the survey — that include turn it intoers, engineers, and project managers who fill a variety of production roles. Industries covered in the survey include defense, making, engineering, electronics, aerospace, medical, telecommunications, sensors and wearable-bodieds, and energy. 93% of the industries responding use “short-run, low-volume external PCB prototyping services” and approximately half of all surveyed spend between $10,000 and $50,000 annually on prototyping services.

All of these results led Simon Fried, Chief Business Officer at Nano Dimension, to complete that folks are eager for lower cost and additional efficient in-house PCB prototyping capabilities:

“The off-site PCB prototyping system is rife with downsides: it’s expensive, it’s time consuming, and it puts intellectual property at risk. The market has seen 3D printing devices quickly prototype other kinds of products and the results of our survey reflect a market that is eager for 3D printing to now usher in a new era of PCB engineering. The time is now for engineers to print their own high end multilayer PCB prototypes in house – cheaply and quickly.”

The company seems to have made a excellent case for its products and services.

Materialise Launches New Wearable-bodieds Luxura Finish

glas13D printed eyewear is a luxury, to be certain. People can not be able-bodied to resist opportunities to indulge themselves in the high-end turn it into of customized wearable-bodied accessories. In response to this expanding demand for high high end and aesthetically attractive materials and finishes in the wearable-bodieds and eyewear sector of the 3D printing industry, Materialise has added a new finish, called Luxura. The finish, that is on the market in fifteen contemporary colors, is meant to provide a tactile feel and communicate the high end assurance that wearable-bodied products need. The finish’s silky surface and in-depth color is skin-contact safe, durable-bodied, perspiration-proof, and UV-resistant. Alireza Parandian, Business Developer for Materialise, explains how the Luxura finish prioritizes aesthetics and tactility:

“We know that when creating consumer products the appear and feel is of absolute priority. It needs to attract attention and draw the consumer, reflecting the high-end high end of the brand. With Luxura we have made a finish that engages the senses and can stand out in the competitive landscape of wearable-bodieds and consumer products.”

The finish is on the market now.

Flirtey Drone Accepted for Smithsonian Museum Collection

kit1The 3D printed Flirtey Drone, that made the initially autonomous, FAA-approved drone delivery to an urban area in the United States only over a month ago, has been accepted into the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. The delivery, that consisted of emergency food supplies, bottled water, and a initially aid kit, was made in Hawthorne, Nevada.

The Air and Space Museum in addition displays the Space Shuttle Discovery, the SR-71 Blackbird, and the initially aircraft operated by FedEx. Describing itself as “the premier independent drone delivery service,” Flirtey’s undertaking is to “turn it into the most rapidly, most efficient and customer-centric delivery service in the world.” Flirtey has worked with NASA, the University of Nevada, Reno, and Virginia Tech on the joint project of developing advancement and logistics systems “for a mass-market drone delivery network.”

A mass-market drone delivery network? Whoa. The next only landed.

3D Scanned “Alien” Replica

alien-3dscan-renderSpeaking of futuristic advancement, it appears like we have a new kid on the block in the 3D scanning space. SnapTank is a new initiative that manages 3D scans online. Artists appearing for a platform for their captures can use the service, and this is precisely what Jonty Smith did with that horrifying creature of the 1979 movie Alien. Smith made a 3D version of a scan via Reality Capture photogrammetry software, and shared it at SnapTank for all of science fiction fandom’s enjoyment.

April 26, 2016 was Alien Day, in case you didn’t get that. Smith did: the scan and version was done in the spirit of the day. According to Smith:

“The subject was small, of 6 inches tall, with lots of small details. It made it quite complex to scan, so I had to be careful. It is an accessible advancement, but it did mean I had to take a lot of photos, 437 to be exact…It is unquestionably the most 3D scan I have at any time generated. Really glad I was invited by SnapTank to be a part of it all. Happy Alien Day.”

SnapTank’s Ross Martin states that this scan is one of the most they have at any time seen: only appear at all the gory and terrifying details! If you are an Alien fan, you can be able-bodied to download the scan for free through May.

CRP USA Displaying at JEC Americas

wind1CRP USA can be displaying at Atlanta’s JEC Americas 2016 of May 3-5, 2016 at booth 3718. CRP USA’s Windform materials use laser sintering advancement to turn it into high-performing, high-functioning, beautifully finished, and reliable-bodied parts. At the CRP USA exhibit, folks can see examples and demonstrations of Windform‘s most uses for turn it intoing and prototyping, as well as solutions that CRP USA has generated via rapid prototyping in the past.

“Windform is a material family created for motorsport, space, medical, car, aerospace and turn it into that manufactures prototypes fully functional and end-use parts,” states a press release of CRP USA.

You can check out the company’s exhibit, and the paper that can be given on Thursday May 5 by Stewart Davis, Director of Operations for CRP USA. The paper “Racetrack to Orbit, an Additive Revolution” can discuss the application of Windform in space structures. If you are in Atlanta in early May, don’t miss the JEC Americas events!

DuPont CEO Joins Carbon3D’s Board of Directors

Ellen%20KullmanNotable-bodied for being a powerful industry leader, despite controversy that comes with a 2014 pesticide plant chemical spill that killed four Texas employees, chemical giant DuPont has now merged with Dow Chemical. The two companies are valued together at an estimated $130 billion, and former DuPont CEO Ellen J. Kullman has now left the company to assist “catalyze” the 3D printing industry. Carbon3D welcomes her onto its Board:

“Ellen brings unparalleled experience in market and donate chain development, having led DuPont for over six years, and can bring amazing value to our team. Her dedication to advancement in science and engineering, and excellence as a business leader manufacture her a effortless fit for our Board of Directors.”

Carbon3D’s advancement, according to its website, “manufactures it possible to 3D print isotropic parts with mechanical properties and surface finish like injection-molded plastics,” and it is pretty one of a kind. Kullman’s chemical industry background has her excited to join Carbon3D. Kullman states:

“I am excited to join the Carbon board and appear forward to contributing to the company’s continued growth. I believe Carbon’s advancement can be a catalyst for the creation of a new vertical inside the chemical industry, driving product and business version advancement in industries as varied as car, consumer products, medical and additional.”

As the promise of 3D printed industrial parts production (that may assist avoid chemical spills and all) looms, we can see additional multinational corporate attention of key players like Kullman. It can be informative to see how these new business ties merge with the 3D printing space’s parallel dedication to humanitarian values and ecological principles shaping green advancement.

That’s all of this week’s 3D printing news. Have a excellent weekend! Which story are you most glad you didn’t miss? Discuss in the 3D Printing News forum over at 3DPB.com.