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3D Printing: The Stories We Didn’t Cover This Week — March 19

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This week’s 3D printing stories comes with news of Asia, where South Korea plans a firstly of its kind metal 3D printing facility, while the Thailand government has begined regulating 3D printing due to its fear of 3D printed guns. Over at Germost’s CeBIT desktop expo, Chancellor Angela Merkel visited BigRep to see just how big 3D printing machines work, and in the UK a local engine company utilized KWSP 3D printing services to turn it into an ideal engine replica. SOLIDWORKS Visualize, a new 3D create program, is on the market for download now. And finally, have you at any time wanted to recycle those pesky failed 3D prints? There’s a few new advice of doing just that on Reddit. Let’s begin with a few upbeat financial news of Vancouver’s Tinkerine.

Tinkerine’s 2015 Financial Results Are In

tink1Vancouver-based Tinkerine, home of the DittoPro 3D printing device, reports that it has seen an overall revenue increase between 2014 and 2015. Revenue increased 270% of 2014’s $342,839 to 2015’s $1,268,074 — createing a gross profit of 293% higher than 2014. This financial good results follows good resultsful implementation of a dealer network for the company’s DittoPro 3D printing device, integration of the DittoPro with Adobe Photoshop, and the launching of Tinkerine U — to name a few of the top company projects in 2015.

Tinkerine President and CEO Eugene Suyu comments on Tinkerine’s good results:

“We are incredibly cheerful with the increased revenue and new sales channels built by our team at Tinkerine. We are continuing the development of the Ditto Pro 3D printing device, and are generating worthwhile new interest of school boards, public institutions and education oriented entities. We appreciate the assist of our distributors and shareholders and appear forward to next growth in this emerging sector.”

South Korea Opens First Metal 3D Printing Plant

wiz1As Tinkerine experiences worthwhile financial growth, we see additional and additional 3D printing advancement in Asia as well. South Korea has now opened its firstly metal 3D printing plant in Seoul — where Wizit Co. plans to create a 3,300 sq. meter createing. This plant can be dedicated to mid-to-dimensionsable-bodied-dimensionsd Sentrol metal 3D printing devices, and the first plan is that the machines can be utilized to manufacture the metal frame utilized for the molding system. This can be the country’s firstly plant dedicated to 3D printing metal industrial machinery on a dimensionsable-bodied scale.

Wizit has reported sales of 32.1 billion won ($27 million) last year; the company’s sales have been expanding at a rate of over 10% at any timey year. Its operating profits increased 17.8% of a year ago to 3.8 billion won last year. On the other hand it has seen a new “slump in the semiconductor and display market,” the addition of a new metal 3D printing plant is most likely to manufacture up for the slump — and and so a few.

Thailand Regulates 3D Printing Due to Printed Gun Concerns

wiz2In additional Asian 3D printing news, Thailand’s Cabinet of Regulations has approved a regulation that has imported 3D printing devices falling under the Commerce Ministry’s import-related regulations. This means importers must “comply with all requests and systemes related to imports, as well as procedures for printing device registration and ownership transfer.” Today, companies do not need to register imported 3D printing devices, but due to concerns with the 3D printing of guns, the government seeks to regulate 3D printing additional closely.

Nati Sang, founder of the Chiang Mai Makerspace, worries of how regulations can impact Thailand’s 3D printing sector:

“We should not let the new rules affect the course of the country’s next or manufacture it additional complex for Thais to access 3D printing advancement. The legislation may impede Thailand’s participation in the global advancement landscape.”

There are may already three 3D printing companies in Thailand, and most have expressed concern that such regulations can manufacture the companies less economically competitive while driving the cost of 3D printing products up as well. 3D printing importer and pioneer Wiwat Arunruangsiriloet may have a solution. He suggests that the Commerce Minister “should narrow the definition of 3D printing devices. The legislation should be restricted to metal 3D printing devices that are capable-bodied of createing 3D printed guns.”

Perhaps a compromise is on the horizon for 3D printing in Thailand.

BigRep Gets Attention of German Chancellor Angela Merkel

wiz3Meanwhile, in a various part of the world that has wholeheartedly embraced 3D printing advancement, BigRep, the manufacturer of the dimensionsable-bodiedst FFF 3D printing device may already on the market, obtained a visit of dimensionsable-bodiedr than life German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Merkel was on her traditional tour of the yearly comptuer expo CeBIT, that was held at the Hanover fairgrounds of March 14-18. This year, Merkel decided to swing by and see this mammoth 3D printing device in action — and this is precisely what the BigRep company CEO, René Gurka, dazzled Merkel with.

René Gurka, BigRep’s CEO, reports on Merkel’s visit:

“We are really proud that we were able-bodied to welcome Chancellor Angela Merkel to our stand at CeBIT. She may get an thought of the opportunities and future offered by dimensionsable-bodied-scale 3D printing with respect to the digitalization of the local economy. Current studies complete that there is yet a excellent need to catch up on the digitalization and digital transformation of the German economy. Our goal is to enable-bodied our 3D printing solutions to address this opportunity and to be a worthwhile contributor.”

Gurka expressed that additional sparking Merkel’s 3D printing interest can catch Germost up on the digital transformation of its economy, and it appears like that just can be a big reason for Merkel’s visit to BigRep.

UK Company Meteor Power 3D Prints Motorcycle Engine Model

20160314-ecMeteor Power is a UK-based company that specializes in powertrain advancement. When it newly decided it wanted to take its new advancement, a hybrid motorcycle engine, on the road to show investors, it ran into a snag. The company needed a convenient way to transport the engine on the road without wanting to spend the money making a one-off unit. The solution? 3D printing! Meteor Power utilized 3D printing experts KW Special Projects Ltd. (KWSP) to manufacture a black and grey ABS full-scale version of the engine in just 50 hours.

Mike Edwards, Meteor Power’s CEO, explained how 3D printing helped here:

“We opted for 3D printing as it was the most version to demonstrate the tiny in dimensions dimensions and packaging of our create. It in addition showed a much additional tangible product that really engaged folks and illustrated just how tiny at any timeything was going to be. The 3D printed version proved to be the ideal solution to engage and have much additional detailed conversations with future customers and investors.”

The high high end replica is cheaper and simpler to transport than real high performance hybrid engine, that is “half the mass (30kg), half the dimensions (350mm x 300mm x 160mm) and twice the power density (300kW per litre) of conventional powertrains.” 3D printing came through for Meteor Power with the assist of KWSP’s 3D printing expertise.

Download the New SOLIDWORKS Visualize Now

wiz5The new SOLIDWORKSVisualize program promises to alter forat any time how you see product create in 3D. SOLIDWORKS CAD Professional or Premium active subscriptions instantly qualify you for a free Visualize download — although this is a stand alone program that does not occupy the SOLIDWORKS CAD license.

With this new program, your create and marketing team can: begin marketing efforts preceding products are made; limit createing costly physical prototypes; speed up the create system; encourage create collaboration; evaluate the market’s interest in next products; and accelerate approval of proposed creates.

Want to get begined and may already have a SOLIDWORKS CAD subscription? Go here to download Visualize. Or you can visit the website here for additional information, tutorials, forums and access to the Visualize Cloud Library.

Can You Recycle Failed 3D Prints?

wiz6A new post on Reddit of Bango Durango inquired of what to do with of ten pounds of ABS plastic of pesky failed 3D printed pieces that didn’t really manufacture the cut. The eco-friendly answer is to recycle it via the town recycling services, howat any time this is not so effortless. Some cities need a plastic ID number for recycling, that concerned Bango Durango, as 3D printed plastic waste is not properly stamped.

If you are having the same problem, not knowing what to do with your failed plastic 3D printed items, this is an interesting thread that comes with a link to a 3D plastics recycling machine — the Redetec Proto-Cycler. Grinding and shredding is in addition described on the thread, but you have to manufacture certain your old pieces are clean to do this good resultsfully. Worth a read for anyone facing this same dilemma!

And that is all the 3D printing news we have this week!