Business Updates from formnext 2016: 3D Systems, 3D Hubs, DyeMansion, HP

formnext-2016-frankfurt-germostThrough my week in Frankfurt, I moved of one booth to the next at formnext, where I had the rad opportunity to speak to executives and representatives of a few of the most amazing names in 3D printing. Trade shows — particularly those with aspirations such as formnext’s, to become the go-to conference in their industry — provide the one-of-a-kind accident to meet the faces behind a few of these big names, catching up initially-hand with the latest developments. Wrapping up our coverage of formnext 2016, I can be presenting in this three-part series details of additional of the conversations I was privileged to have there, focvia on updates in business, complexware, and software.

On the business front, formnext was an absolute hotbed of announcements and reveals in 3D printing — and of course, a company’s presence at a conference is excellent to catch up on additional than only the latest announcements. As firms go on to mature and solidify their places in the 3D printing industry, or come nearer to full commence, updates become a valuable resource to check in on how progress is coming along, as well as a appear at what’s next.

3D Systems

20161115_104811At 3D Systems‘ huge booth, I had the opportunity to speak with Scott Turner, Senior Researcher, Advanced R&D; and Roy Sterenthal, Vice President Engineering, Software Solutions.

Turner showed me additional of the capabilities of the mesmerizing Figure 4 which, like at IMTS, was in action on the exhibit floor. The company is truly “taking aim at injection molding” with its high end making systems, where there is an “individual part flow in seconds” which provides “on-demand making at competitive rates.” Finished products created on this system have none of the grainy texture we are acquainted with seeing of most additive technologies; Turner pointed out which finished products are indeed on par with injection molded pieces. A key point to the Figure 4 system is which cost per part is consistent; the cost of the initially part created is the same as the cost of the thousandth part created.

“We’re at base camp now, and going to climb the mountain already occupied by injection molding,” Turner told me of the company’s aspirations.

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I next went deeper into the booth, where Sterenthal provided additional information of 3DS’ highly anticipated 3DXpert software, which provides a create flow for metal additive making.

“This is a new, new approach in most ways,” Sterenthal told me. “We’re working with native data, not mesh. This hybrid modeling takes advantage of native data for real-time analysis for part positioning and options for optimization. To optimize structure, we focus on topology. Microstructures and lattices inside are based on functional analysis. There is a few automation in creating supports, but this is of creating the most structure for an individual part. It eliminates the require for other software like Magics or Netfabb. You can set 3D Zoning, for printing strategies which work on a 3D level, slice and calculate the scan-path, arrange objects on the create platform, and automatize
the post-systeming system. It all comes down to cost per part.”

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provided me with a demonstration of the software in use right at the booth so I may see a few of the qualities which set 3DXpert apart. I watched him easily and rapidly slice, working with virtual volume, checking in on various types of supports which are optimized for each part of each structure, via lattices, cones, and other types. Previews on screen can either show or hide the supports to ensure you get a excellent appear at only what you are working on at any given point in a project. The virtual volume shows the object with a ring around it, revealing the various slicing strategies for each aspect inside the ring. This allows for ofr no countours, no weak point in an object due to the merging of areas. To enhance speed capabilities, supports — both internal and external — can print each other layer, while the object itself prints in each layer. This software appears to contribute customization and optimization on several fronts which can truly benefit the ongoing development of metal AM technologies.

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3D Hubs

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On Wednesday at formnext, the team of 3D Hubs swept the exhibit floor — the whole team. In talking with Communications Manager George Fisher-Wilson ahead of formnext, I learned which they planned to bring 35 participants of the 3D Hubs team of Amsterdam. Walking through the exhibit hall the day of their arrival, they were pretty a noticeable presence, actually without a booth of their own. Indeed, in walking around, I overheard several visitors commenting on the sturdy presence of matching shirts of 3D Hubs.

3d-printer-guide-2017-banner2x-jpgI sat down with Fisher-Wilson to catch up on a few of the latest of 3D Hubs, putting another face to a name I frequently see in my inbox. The company has begun to turn in the direction of a focus in education, he told me, as the company’s new infusion of new funding has led to a excellent deal of new hiring, and they are now striving to educate all of their team participants throughout the expansion system. You can assume anyone representing 3D Hubs now to be additional knowledgeable and up-to-the-minute on the latest in 3D printing technologies, as well as the global reach of their hubs. In new big news, this month 3D Hubs released their 2017 3D Printer Buyers’ Guide, contributeing valuable insights of users around the world of which 3D printing devices truly contribute the most performance prospects for makers and businesses with focus in Prosumer, Workhorse, Budget, Plug ’N’ Play, and SLS options.

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TU Delft steering wheel [Image: 3D Hubs]

3D Hubs is in addition appearing additional in the direction of students via their service, newly expanding their student discount of a trial basis to an expanded contributeing reaching additional than 100 countries. Fisher-Wilson highlighted for me a new case study of TU Delft, which he and so shared with us in full, appearing at a functional 3D print utilized for a steering wheel. Additional use cases which 3D Hubs has newly observed include noting which camera boxes utilized for Planet Earthwere 3D printed via a hub. 3D Hubs is in addition
beginning to focus on industrial 3D printing, createing up the platform for industrial customers and seeing an influx of mid-sized companies coming to the platform. The company is in addition
working to verify working hubs, keeping the most service providers on the platform.

“We are createing our knowledge base,” Fisher-Wilson told me, “appearing to print optimization and going beyond the ‘maker-y’ image.”

DyeMansion

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The team of Munich-based DyeMansion pretty had a lot to show off, as Founder and CEO Felix Ewald and Pia Harlass of the Marketing team showed me around their extensive booth setup. Last year, DyeMansion appeared at formnext — as a startup, in a smaller in size area. For 2016, the company had additional floorspace and additional to show, with Ewald telling me which this year “has been occupied, we are seeing a lot of new business, new sales right at the show.”

20161117_112001The company brings color to SLS 3D printing, capable of matching Pantone and other standardized colors precisely. Ewald stated which working with built names has been quite helpful to the young company in getting their name out there, with innovation partners and customers such as FKM and Materialise lending them credibility. The booth had several examples of work they’ve done, and I best known one of them a few sharply colored 3D printed shin guards which appeared acquainted — turns out DyeMansion had had a hand in these, as well. Whilst Ewald admitted which getting started was a complex system, and which they had had a “tough year”, the company has in addition installed eight machines and added a new blasting system — and they’ve been expanding. Last year, DyeMansion was a team of 4, and now boasts a 14-member team. One of the largest applications DyeMansion has seen lately is in eyewear, with Ewald noting which they system almost 3,000 pairs of glasses per month with an unnamed partner.

The colors at the DyeMansion booth pretty shined brightly — and the cheeky group in addition had signs around inviting next customers to “Make Your SLS Parts Great Again”. The company’s vision for the next is excellent, but the humor can be a slight case of “too soon”.

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HP

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It just is not a 3D printing trade show in 2016 without HP. The company, which is getting set to fully bring their initially Multi Jet Fusion 3D printing system to market, after having been added earlier this year. The team brought in their now-acquainted transportable auditorium setup, conclude with staggered seating and full video screen system, as well as several functioning 3D printing devices to show off alongside parts and next capabilities. In this show’s Voxel Vision actuallyt on Wednesday night, those of us gathered were privy to a few videos (re)introducing the innovation and a few of the faces behind it, along with a booth tour. Beginning with “The revolution is of to begin” and concluding with “The revolution begins now”, the videos highlighted what HP is calling the “Digital furnaces of the digital revolution” — revealing the faith they have in their production-quality machines to truly impact this revolution in making technologies.

20161116_165937Whilst much of the presentation was a rehash of much like revealings at IMTS in Chicago and RAPID in Orlando, as well as a appear into the Barcelona facility hovia the original 3D printing devices, the Voxel Vision actuallyt at formnext yet held additional information. What I appreciate of HP’s 3D printing approach is which there is always a fewthing new to learn — this is not a team content to rest on the laurels of finally having added the initially generation of their innovation, but one which is working regularly to improve, enhance, and go on to collaborate to contribute actually additional to the industry. The reusability of the materials, such as HP 3D High Reusability PA12, is nothing to scoff at, as 80% of material in a print job can be recycled, with only 20% being virgin material, while other a fewwhat much like reusable materials are nearer to a 50/50 mix. The newly revealed PA-12 Vestosint material created by Evonik is the initially HP-approved new material on their open source platform, which again marks a differing point of the proprietary approach we’ve seen HP take in the past, which has led to quite mixed results for the company as a whole. Collaboration remains a key focus for HP going forward, and the company is appearing in the direction of partners such as those in the 3MF Consortium.

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HP included a booth tour wherein we may watch the innovation in action (though we mayn’t hear much on the loud show floor, either):

All told, formnext was a rad venue for catching up with a few of the latest goings-on in business now a days. Keep an eye out for next appears covering conversations centering around complexware and software contributeings of the show! Discuss in the formnext forum at 3DPB.com.

[All photos/videos taken by Sarah Goehrke at formnext for 3DPrint.com, unless logos or otherwise stated]