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3D Printing: The Stories We Didn’t Cover This Week — May 7

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This week’s news covers awards, appointments, new 3D printing facilities and services, and a shoutout to 3D printing of a Google parent company executive. Divergent 3D has attained a tech award for its new Manufacturing Platform, and Proto Labs has appointed a new CTO, while Optomec has introduced a new Board Member. Computergate Australia is now contributeing a 3D printing warranty service in conjunction with the Australian 3D Manufacturing Association, and 3D printing services are now contributeed by Cresco, Iowa’s Upper Iowa Tool & Die. Pflugerville, Texas welcomes a new EOS additive manufacturing facility, and new comments of 3D printed homes and createings by Google parent company executive Eric Schmidt acknowledge 3D printing’s next environmental contributions in the construction industry.

Divergent 3D Wins Tech Award

Divergent 3Dcar1 won the Frost & Sullivan 2016 North American Technology Innovation Award in the category of Structural Manufacturing in the Automotive Industry. Divergent 3D’s Manufacturing Platform™ applies 3D printing to the designing and manufacturing of rigorous structures — like cars — with the intention of addressing the economic and environmental impact of these creations. The Frost & Sullivan North American Technology Innovation Award is meant for the company that develops new technologies impacting the functionality and customer value of new products and applications.

Kevin Czinger, Founder & CEO of Divergent 3D, addresses what the award means for his company:

“It is an honor to be most known by Frost & Sullivan for our innovation that stands to alter the automobile industry. This 2016 North American Technology Innovation Award is validation of our ongoing efforts to revolutionize car manufacturing by reducing the pollution and production costs of traditional manufacturing, resulting in a sustainable path forward for the car industry.”

This award follows other recognition the company has attained for the Blade, its 3D printed supercar, of Google and Popular Science.

The Future for 3D Printed Buildings

car3Speaking of Google, Eric Schmidt is the executive chairman of the tech superpower’s parent company, Alphabet, and newly he created a few informative public comments on the role that 3D printed createings can have in saving the planet. These comments were created at the Milken 2016 Global Conference in Beverly Hills, where 3,500 folks that include politicians, actors, technologists, and scientists gathered to discuss nothing less than the next of humanity.

In particular, Schmidt cited 3D printing as having the next to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. He said construction is 5% of the economy, and that we may create homes and createings extra
cheaply and efficiently in an industrial environment (such as an additive manufacturing facility) if 100% recyclable material was utilized. But we may already knew that, didn’t we?

EOS Opens 3D Printing Facility in Texas

eos1Pflugerville, Texas is the fortunate new home for an additive manufacturing facility run by EOS — the company that has been in the business of developing high-end solutions for additive manufacturing for 27 years. The Pflugerville facility can provide assist for EOS’ expanding North America market, that topped $100 million in fiscal year 2015. The site has an innovations laboratory (iLab), where EOS application engineers interact directly with customers. A working showroom, containing the company’s range of AM processs, and an AM Ventures division, focutilized on startups, are in addition included in the project. EOS Founder and CEO Dr. Hans J. Langer describes EOS’ good results:

“Our Pflugerville investment is a direct reflection of our ongoing good results. Additive manufacturing is quickly becoming a extra
widely accepted solution to rigorous manufacturing requirements across a broad spectrum of industries. We’ve newly sold our 2100th process, of the world. With approximately three decades of commitment to AM innovation development, our company is committed to upholding the top high end standards in our field.”

Given all of the company’s achievements in the past few decades, there’s no doubt that a new facility can assist go on the track record and maintain EOS’ high standards in the additive manufacturing field.

Upper Iowa Tool & Die of Cresco, Iowa Now Offers 3D Printing

Scott Fortune (right) and his son Alex (left) stand beside the new state-of-the-art 3D printing device they purchased to expand on services contributeed at Upper Iowa Tool & Die.Many folks ponder that the Midwest is always behind in these technological times, but this only is not the case. For example, in Cresco, Iowa, Upper Iowa Tool & Die (located at 956 6th Ave. W.) now contributes 3D printing to meet the additive manufacturing requires of their customers. The company now has a Stratasys Fortus 380mc 3D printing device to assist “rapid prototype and tiny batch production requires” cheaply and efficiently.

Scott Fortune, owner of Upper Iowa Tool & Die, explains why they have incorporated 3D printing into their business:

“We feel this is the most commercial 3D printing device on the market and consequently creates the top high end of 3D printed components. Since purchasing the business nine years ago, the business climate has alterd drastically. Some of the routine work has dissolved due to a alter in manufacturing practices. We accomplished the require to alter. We requireed to find a innovation that may complement our core business while providing extra
income to the business.”

This decision can draw in new customers while in addition introducing older customers to this expanding innovation — no doubt benefitting all involved.

New 3D Printing Warranty Service of Computergate

3d-printing-school-570x350Computergate Australia is a services provider that is partnering with the Australian 3D Manufacturing Association (A3DMA) to contribute warranty services programs for 3D printing devices in the hopes of attracting extra
folks to the innovation. Schools and businesses that may be interested in 3D printing are deterred of attempting it out for the reason of a lack of extended warranties and other forms of general assist, according to Computergate chief executive Mario Greco.

Greco explains how a warranty program can encourage extra
3D printing:

“By implementing our managed maintenance programs we assume to donate unsurpassed service contributeings to assist all products in the field that can provide our customers with a seamless experience.”

The program comes with “on-site extended warranty, assistdesk assistance during business hours, and telephone and onsite assist services” — manufacturing it much simpler to get the necessary assist requireed when utilizing 3D printing technologies.

Proto Labs Gets New Chief Technology Officer

proto-labs-real-parts-green-blue-whiteRich Baker has been named the new Chief Technology Officer for Proto Labs, that describes itself as the “world’s most rapidly digital manufacturing source for custom prototypes and low-volume production parts.” Baker has a affluence of innovation experience in a career that has spanned approximately two decades in the tech industry. A Cornell University graduate who holds a Ph.D in theoretical and applied mechanics, Baker in addition assists as the current chairman of NanoVox, a “a nonprofit public-private partnership focutilized on advancing nano-innovation and high end materials.”

This appointment, that began May 2, replaces longtime CTO Don Krantz, who newly revealed his retirement.

Optomec Appoints New Board of Directors Member

opto1Annette Finsterbusch has been appointed to Optomec’s Board of Directors — a major supplier of “production grade additive manufacturing processs for 3D printed metals and 3D printed electronics.” For
11 years, Finsterbusch assistd as the Fund Founder and Senior Investment Director of the venture capital arm of Applied Materials. She was in addition CEO of two early stage venture-backed tech companies: Firefly Green Technology (now Ketra) and MindShadow.com.

Dave Ramahi, Optomec President and CEO, reports being pleased that Finsterbusch has joined the company’s Board:

“Annette brings a one-of-a-kind blend of expertise to the Optomec Board, that include her sturdy background and belief of the production capital equipment landscape, coupled with a significant belief of the challenges that face tiny innovation companies targeting quite sizeable markets. Annette’s broad range of good resultsful operational roles of high innovation start-ups to Fortune 500 capital equipment companies can provide significant guidance for us as we grow the company.”

That’s all for this week’s news. Have a excellent weekend! Discuss additional in the 3D Printing Weekly News forum over at 3DPB.com.may6