Stratasys Ltd. and 3D Systems Inc. are among the American companies that are household names in additive manufacturing. Less well known are Beijing Tiertime Technology Co. Inc. and Beijing Long Yuan - Automated Fabrication System, both 3D printer makers located on the other side of the world from the U.S. But Chinese firms like these could become forces to be reckoned with in the additive manufacturing industry if a new Chinese government program is successful....More
Among those in the additive manufacturing business, 2013 may be remembered as the year when President Obama mentioned 3D printing in his State of the Union address. No wonder, then, that there was a lot of excitement in the aisles of the Rapid 2013 exposition in Pittsburgh. Here are a few of the things attendees could see.
VeroDentPlus MED690 dental materials, for use with Objet EdenV 3D printers, allow 3D printing of dental models that are highly accurate, economical to make, and offer the appearance of dental stone with fine details and resolution....More
The Objet30 OrthoDesk 3D printer is specially designed for smaller orthodontic labs and clinics as it conveniently fits on a desktop. Users can create accurate, smooth, orthodontic models by automating the entire workflow from CAD file to model fabrication. The fully digital workflow eliminates the need for physical impressions, and models can be stored digitally....More
Additive manufacturing proliferated years ago because of its usefulness in building prototypes. Since then, companies, government agencies, and even lay tinkerers have increasingly used the techniques to make production parts....More
An additive process developed mainly by NASA Langley Research Center materials engineer Karen Taminger uses an electron beam and solid wire feedstock to fabricate structures out of aerospace alloys such as aluminum and titanium...More
In a research project, architects at the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia in Spain employ an on-site fabrication robot that uses soil as the main building material to create edifices such as scaled-down towers and arches...More
Researchers at the Vienna University of Technology have created a 3D printer that quickly prints objects on the order of microns in size. The device relies on a technique called two-photon lithography...More