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I have seen the ultimate deltabot and believe it or not, it is being produced in a quaint little town called Rexburg in Idaho. Located a few hours northeast of Salt Lake City,  Rexburg isn't the kind of place one expects to find a former engineer at NASA playing mad scientist, leading a team of  3D printing technology developers.  But that is exactly what we found during a recent visit to PrintSpace's facility.

http://www.3dprinterworld.com/article/printspace-altair-ultimate-delta-3d-printer
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Formlabs​ has released a new material for its Form 1 and Form 1+ SLA printers called Tough Resin.  It is designed for applications in engineering and prototyping where part toughness is desired. The company claims the new resin can produce strong, sturdy printed objects with properties similar to ABS.

Tough Resin has been engineered for applications that require performance under stress or strain.  Parts made with the new material are intended to be capable of absorbing high-impact and other mechanical stressors that would normally cause 3D printed parts to snap or shatter.
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Loveland, Colo.-based Aleph Objects, Inc., makers of the LulzBot line of 3D printers, has seen tremendous growth the past couple years. Sales of the LulzBot TAZ and LulzBot Mini pushed revenue from $523,706 in 2012 to $4.761 million in 2014 – an 809 percent increase over two years. The company is on pace for similar growth this year. As of May, revenue for 2015 surpassed all of 2014.

LulzBot 3D printers have been seen on NBC's "Today Show" and were the subject of a recent segment on The Science Channel's "How It's Made" series. The local business community has also taken notice. Aleph Objects has been recognized by four different programs in its home state.

http://www.3dprinterworld.com/article/aleph-objects-enjoys-809-percent-two-year-revenue-growth
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It’s no secret that Adobe has been focused on integrating 3D design capabilities throughout its suite of Creative Cloud software with an especially keen focus on 3D printing within Photoshop.

Adobe’s 3D pursuit began with Adobe Dimensions, a vector-based generator of 3D geometries. Dimensions reigned for about 12 years (version 1 was released in 1992 and it discontinued in 2004), but it never quite went away – the capabilities of Dimensions was integrated into both Photoshop and Illustrator. In fact, users of Illustrator CC can see remnants of Dimensions in the “3D Extrude and Bevel” effect and other 3D options in Illustrator’s Effects menu where the current UI has a very “Dimension-like” interface.

http://www.3dprinterworld.com/article/adobe-acquisition-mixamo-extends-its-3d-printing-capabilities
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MakerBot and Stratasys AP (a subsidiary of MakerBot's parent company, Stratasys) have announced intentions to strengthen MakerBot's presence in the Asia Pacific region through a new division called MakerBot Asia Pacific & Japan. The new MakerBot division's goal will be to capture the growth potential of desktop 3D printing and scanning in emerging Asian markets.

Stratasys already has a strong presence in the region and MakerBot APJ aims to leverage the existing Stratasys infrastructure to strengthen its local operations and expand availability of its products. Existing channel partners in the region will receive their support from the new division, MakerBot APJ.

http://www.3dprinterworld.com/article/stratasys-plans-increased-makerbot-presence-asia-pacific
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Airwolf 3D is introducing its latest line of 3D printers at the Atlantic Design & Manufacturing Show in New York this week. Dubbed AXIOM, the new units are faster, more precise and offer greater convenience.

"We took a clean sheet of paper and set out to solve the issues that users have in operating desktop 3D printers," said Erick Wolf, founder and chairman, Airwolf 3D.

AXIOM incorporates a CoreXY motion control system for high speed movement and precise control of the print head. Sporting a full enclosure to keep external air from altering the temperature of the build area, the printer's body is made from extruded aluminum and injection molded polycarbonate components.

And that's just a tease.  Read more here: http://www.3dprinterworld.com/arti…/airwolf-3d-unveils-axiom
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Bucktown Polymers, a polymer development firm based in Chicago, Ill., is offering a new UV curable resin for 3D printers called ROR (Rinse Out Resin). It remains water soluble after curing.

ROR's intended application is investment casting. With ROR, instead of heating the mould to melt the resin, the mould is soaked in hot water, which dissolves the Rinse Out Resin, leaving the negative that would normally have been created during the burnout phase. Converting the burnout phase to a rinsing phase is said to cut 8 to 12 hours from the casting process.

http://www.3dprinterworld.com/article/bucktown-polymers-announces-rinse-out-resin
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I've spoken with a number of jewelry designers at our Expo events – people currently using or interested in using 3D printing to produce models for investment casting. In a process dating back thousands of years in origin, investment casting creates a metal object from a non-metal sculpture. A mould is formed around the sculpture and then heated, burning away the sculpture and leaving a hollow mould which can be filled with molten metal. Due to its easy sculpting and melting nature, wax has been a preferred material for centuries and as a result, investment casting was traditionally known as lost-wax casting.

Many (if not most) of today's jewelry manufacturers have incorporated 3D printing into the process. Designers develop their creations using 3D modeling software on a computer instead of sculpting by hand. This method has a number of advantages, including the ability to undo subtractive mistakes or decisions and reuse previous work as a starting point for something new. However, the digital 3D model has to get outside the computer into the physical world, which is where 3D printing enters the picture.
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Australian Manufacturer 3D Stuffmaker's new Core G2 has hit the virtual shelves of American retailer 3D Stuffmaker USA. Billed as a light industrial, high resolution, dual head FDM 3D printer, the unit is designed to attract professional users.

Constructed of light industrial grade metal, the Core G2 looks as sturdy as a tank. It also has a healthy build envelope of 220 x 230 x 220 mm (8.6" x 9.0" x 8.6"). The extruders are a double-sided pressure feed design, amenable to flexible materials. A QuickChange connector allows for easy extruder exchange and the 3.5 mm-thick heated build plate is made of anodized aluminum.

More details after the link. 

http://www.3dprinterworld.com/article/3d-stuffmaker-core-g2-available-us
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At the recent 3D Systems 2015 Investor and Analyst meeting, Avi Reichental and Chuck Hull disclosed plans for a much faster SLA printing method called Continuous SLA. Hull described a modified ProJet (micro-SLA) 1200 that incorporated the improvements and was capable of printing four times faster than a current ProJet 1200. He also explained that speed gains increase with a larger build area.

"...we think we can take this continuous printing not just to four times faster in this small Micro-SLA, we can make larger versions, faster versions and so over the next few periods we're going to see continuing introductions of continuous SLA products," said Hull.

http://www.3dprinterworld.com/article/3d-systems-unveils-continuous-sla-plans
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