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3D Printing: The Stories We Didn’t Cover This Week — February 13

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This week’s 3D printing news starts with news of a Golden Mousetrap award for Stratasys in the category of Materials and Assembly. 3D software company 3YOURMIND has partnered with Vectorworks for a plugin for Vectorworks 2016 users. Rotterdam is getting a 3D printed facelift with a new Fieldlab that comes with 3D metal printing devices, and voxeljet has secured loans for €4 million for a new office and production space in Heidelberg. 3D Slash now contributes a virtual reality viewing mode, and Germost’s Evonik plans to increase its production of nylon print powder.

Stratasys Honored at 15th Annual Golden Mousetrap Awards

gol1This week, we start off with excellent news of 3D printing-related awards. Design News’ 15th Annual Golden Mousetrap Awards have been revealed in Santa Monica, and there were most awards given out to emerging and built professionals in the engineering and making industries. Awards are bestowed in the next categories: Rising Engineer Star, Gadget Freak of the Year, Automation and Control, Design Tools, Electronics and Test, and Materials and Assembly. In a Materials and Assembly subcategory, Stratasys got an award for its Urethane Foam Casting for 3D Printing. Urethane Casting uses silicone molds to produces low volumes of production urethane parts, and is an perfect solution for molded parts that require to be generated efficiently. Urethane Casting gives companies an advantage by via “3D printed swift-turn master patterns, swift curing silicone molds, and initially shots inside 7 – 10 business days.” This allows for companies to swiftly place products on shelves preceding traditional injection mold hard-tooling is accomplished.

For additional information of specific awards, see this announcement.

3YOURMIND Partners with Vectorworks, Inc. for Plugin

gol23D printing software manufacturer 3YOURMIND, that develops 3D printing plugins for CAD programs, has revealed it is partnering with turn it into software company Vectorworks, Inc. Now, a new plugin turn it intod by 3YOURMIND for Vectorworks 2016 users lets them analyze, check, and repair their 3D files to optimize 3D printing workflows.

Jim Wilson, Vectorworks’ User Experience Manager, summarizes the benefits of this partnership:

“We’re thrilled to have teamed up with 3YOURMIND to contribute this free plugin to our user community. Now, users are only one click away of uploading their 3D files via this plugin to services that cater to all their 3D printing requires, where a wide range of materials are on the market to select of and where secure file transfer with SSL is guaranteed.”

With only a click, you can upload the 3D Vectorworks file to the 3YOURMIND comparison tool. Here it can be previewed and scaled in various on the market 3D printing materials, and users can compare their 3D version prices and order it online.

3D Metal Printing Fieldlab Acquired by RDM Rotterdam

gol4RDM Rotterdam is getting a 3d metal printing lab. The Additive Manufacturing Fieldlab can be devoted to 3D turn it into and certification, 3D scanning, and 3D printing of spare parts for the maritime industry. The Port of Rotterdam Authority set up this Fieldlab with the Innovation Quarter and RDM Makerspace as key partners in its development and maintenance.

Allard Castelein, CEO of the Port of Rotterdam Authority, said:

“3D printing is promising, but in addition hard. Developments are appearing in rapid succession. There are few companies with sufficient expertise and resources to start working with 3D metal printing on their own. This is why we are bringing the initiative to turn it into a Fieldlab that companies and knowledge institutes can join.”

The estimated cost of the Fieldlab project is several million euros, and 15 companies have signed a declaration of intent to participate in the Fieldlab project.

voxeljet’s Friedberg Headquarters Receives Finance for Expansion

gol5In other 3D printing news of Europe, voxeljet, a major provider of large-format, high-speed 3D printing devices and on-demand parts services for commercial and industrial customers, secured three loan agreements that can be utilized for new office and production space in Friedberg. The construction of this space can start in May 2016 at the latest. The loans are said to be valued at €4 million and can be utilized to finance the space at Balthasar-Schaller-Str. that was previously purchased by the company in December 2013.

3D Slash Now Offers Virtual Reality Mode

3D Slash is a Paris-based start-up contributeing highly accessible 3D gol7versioning software that allows for users in turn it into considering, scale versioning, prototyping, and digital entertainment to turn it into 3D content. In fact, 3D Slash is often praised as the easiest 3D versioning tool on the market. A new virtual reality (VR) showcase is now on the market in 3D Slash 2.0, and VR view users can turn it into in 3D and and so view it on their smartphone via Google Cardboard or other devices. This is the company’s initially venture into VR services, but it is not going to be its last, explained Sylvain Huet, the discovereder of 3D Slash.

Evonik Will Increase Its Production of Nylon 12 Print Powder

Additive Manufacturing, Laser Sintering, Rapid PrototypingFinally in this week’s news, the market leader in nylon 12 powder production, Germost’s Evonik Industries, revealed investment plans “in the mid-double-digit million euro range” for a new nylon 12 powder production line at its Marl facility. Scheduled to start in late 2017, the expansion can boost its yearly ability by half. Evonik is in addition aiming its investment in the direction of the fiber composite materials field for the reason nylon 12 powders are an “perfect matrix for thermoplastic composites created of fiberglass and carbon fibers, as well as aramid or steel fibers.” The applications for these materials are discovered in car and oil drilling industries, the sports sector, and in orthopedics.

That’s it for this week’s news. Have a excellent weekend! Discuss in the 3D Printing News This Week forum over at 3DPB.com.