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3D Printing: The Stories We Didn’t Cover This Week — February 20

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This week’s news is filled with 3D printing investments and collaborations on the business side of things. Becoming 3D has become a Value Added Reseller for Solidscape, and Materialise is now collaborating with Mathys Ltd Bettlach on a 3D printed Shoulder Guide System. In investment news, Stratasys has given Massivit 3D Printing Technologies a financial boost for its sizeable-bodied scale rapid printing equipment, and Neil Woodford and Iluka Resources have pledged millions to titanium powder manufacturer Metalysis. NVBOTS has introduced a new member to its Board of Directors, and there’s one week left in a Kickstarter campaign for 3D printable-bodied fantasy scenery for all of you RPG and wargames players out there.

Becoming 3D Becomes Authorized Value Added Reseller for Solidscape

Solidscapemet2 manufactures high precision 3D wax printing equipment for the jewelry industry, and it has now named Becoming 3D a Value Added Reseller Partner for the say of Florida. Becoming 3D provides 3D printing create-to-making solutions, and this new partnership can strengthen Becoming 3D’s presence in the jewelry market. Becoming 3D founder, Grant Sadowski, has this to say of the new arrangement:

“We are incredibly excited to partner with Solidscape. Their amazing portfolio of machines quite strengthens our presence in the jewelry marketplace. We plan to bring the industry’s top standards in surface finish, accuracy and material castability to our jewelry customers throughout Florida.”

Solidscape’s wax patterns provide the industry the top standards in “surface finish, accuracy and material castability while eliminating the need for post-processing.” This appears to be an excellent match since Becoming 3D’s undertaking is to provide products and services that augment or replace traditional methods, making production extra
cost-effective while reducing create and production time of new products — enabling pieces to be directly printed of digital input.

The upshot here is: if you are into 3D printed jewelry as a createer or consumer, this new collaboration is excellent news!

Materialise NV Announces New Agreement with Mathys Ltd Bettlach

met3In other 3D printing business collaboration news, Materialise NV has revealed a new collaboration with Mathys Ltd Bettlach. A Swiss producer and distributor of orthopedic 3D printed parts, Mathys can start contributeing Materialise’s Shoulder Guide System, that is comprised of user friendly “3D surgical planning software and patient-specific surgical guides” for shoulder surgeries. This allows for surgeons to use the patient’s one-of-a-kind anatomy to assist prepare for a shoulder surgery. A pre-operative plan is createed and 3D printed for use during surgery and is based on patient-specific guidelines.

Hilde Ingelaere, Executive Vice President of Materialise’s Medical Segment, summarizes the benefits of this collaboration for the company:

“Through our collaboration with Mathys, our goal is to enable-bodied actually extra
surgeons to discover the benefits of 3D printing in the planning and execution of total and reverse shoulder replacement surgeries. It is through partnerships like this that we at Materialise go on realizing our undertaking of createing technologys that outcome in a advantageous and healthier world.”

Mathys, that has not long ago reported a sales loss for 2015, is positioned to excellently benefit of this new business deal given Materialise’s sturdy reputation for high-high end 3D printing solutions.

Massivit 3D Printing Technologies Receives Financial Boost of Stratasys

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3D printing investment news, 3D printing device making giant Stratasys has revealed a capital investment into Massivit 3D Printing Technologies. Massivit manufactures sizeable-bodied 3D printing equipment for the rapid creation of super-sized objects with its proprietary Gel Dispensing Printing (GDP) technology. On the other hand the company has focused mainly on the visual communication market, it is now opening up to extra
markets that need its brand of rapid printing. Stratasys reports that it is excited to acquire extra
access to the markets Massivit has access to, namely “visual branding, outdoor signage, landscaping, and construction.” This investment can be used to create Massivit’s “market penetration, create a global presence, (and) enhance logistic and making capabilities.” It can in addition additional create the company’s product portfolio.

Metalysis Receives Millions for 3D Printed Titanium Powder Development

met1British businessman Neil Woodford is interested in making a hefty investment in a growing sector of the additive making and 3D printing industry, as is Iluka Resources, an Australia based zircon producer. So they have created a significant $28.5 million investment in metal, which include titanium, powder. South Yorkshire, UK-based company Metalysis, the fortunate recipient of this significant investment, claims it uses 50% less energy than what’s usually used in titanium powder production. The usual way that titanium powder is created is in addition quite expensive. Metalysis uses the “FFC” process, named after Tom Farthing, Derek Fray, and George Chen. This process was developed in 1997 at the University of Cambridge, and it reduces metal oxide to metal in a molten salt — via electricity. This takes place all in one step, that is where the energy conservation takes place.

Automotive and aerospace manufacturers use titanium for its reputation as a light and sturdy material, and it is predicted there can be a growing demand for the materials that Metalysis specializes in delivering to market. With an introduced only about $30 million on hand, this investment places the company in the driver’s seat regarding global titanium powder production, for certain.

NVBOTS Adds New Board of Directors Member

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3D metal printing business news, Mr. Carey Chen, CEO & Vice Chairman of the Board of Cincinnati Incorporated, who has 20 years of experience in “corporate finance, strategy, business createment, making, and industrial engineering,” has joined the Board of Directors for NVBOTS. This company, an “automated, enterprise 3D printing solutions provider” that focuses on technology in the business and education sectors, contributes the only 3D printing technology that can print multiple metals in the same create. NVBOTS technology prints nickel, copper nickel, aluminum, zirconium, silver, stainless steel, titanium, and palladium, and these can be printed 10 times faster (and less expensively) than existing processes. Described by the company as “essentially an automated factory in a box,” the company’s NVPro process is “the world’s initially end-to-end 3D printing solution with automated part removal.”

NVBOTS CEO AJ Perez comments on this new addition to the company’s Board:

“The momentum NVBOTS has acquireed in the past year alone has been extraordinary and as we break new ground in ultra-high speed, multi-metal 3D printing, having a fewone of Carey’s caliber is precisely what we need to take the company to the future level. Carey brings a affluence of knowledge pertaining to NVBOTS’ strategic areas of focus and we are excited to work with him moving forward.”

Given how much 3D metal printing appears to be growing, actually only based on this week’s news alone, Chen’s “affluence of knowledge” can be excellently used by this company that may already has a quite firm footing in the multiple metals 3D printing market.

Kickstarter Campaign for Fantasy 3D Printable-bodied Scenery Has One Week Left

gobThis has been a big week for 3D printing business news, aacquire, but we want to end on a fun and playful note that reminds us of what the 3D printing fuss is of. How does real 3D printable-bodied fantasy scenery for RPG’s and wargames sound? Via Ludabunda has updated its Kickstarter campaign page with information that it has secured funding of French start-up Dagoma. This backing allows for Via Ludabunda to be able-bodied to contribute a special pack for $489 that comes with “all the files in the Eccentric Engineer pledge and an inexpensive
-bodied high end 3D printing device, the Discoquite200…” If fantasy gaming is your thing and you enjoy 3D printing a few scenery to accompany your play time, check out the company’s website and Kickstarter campaign at present. What caught your attention in the news this week regarding the industry? Discuss in the 3D Printing Weekly News forum over at 3DPB.com.