Dubai to be First 3D Printed City

Posted by Editor On May - 4 - 2016Comments Off on Dubai to be First 3D Printed City

Dubai to be First 3D Printed City

Dubai has been in the news for some time regarding its revolutionary industrial plan to build the world’s first fully-functional 3D-printed building.

“This building will be a testimony to the efficiency and creativity of 3D printing technology, which we believe will play a major role in reshaping construction and design sectors. We aim to take advantage of this growth by becoming a global hub for innovation and 3D printing. This is the first step of many more to come.” H.E Excellency Mohammed Al Gergawi , UAE Minister Of Cabinet Affairs and The Chairman of UAE National Innovation Committee said on the this occasion.

Dubai to be First 3D Printed City

Dubai to host 700 companies under plan to become global hub for 3D printing

According to The National the investor capital group Dubai Holding, one of the emirate’s three big conglomerates, recently launched the International Centre for 3D Printing at Dubai Industrial City.

Targeted mainly at the construction, medicine and consumer products sectors, the center will also include research and development for testing materials used in 3D printed products.

“The world is experiencing significant demand for 3D printing technologies which are set to play an important role in developing basic industries such as real estate,” said Amina Al Rustamani, the group chief executive of Tecom Investments, which operates Dubai Industrial City. Abdulla Belhoul, the chief executive of Dubai Industrial City, said the center is expected to host more than 700 local and international companies to make Dubai a major hub of 3D printing technology.

For more on the recent development of the International Centre for 3D Printing, see the Government of Dubai website at:

11 Experts Share Their Top 3D Printing Beginner Tips

Let’s be honest, 3D printing can be quite tricky. Home 3D printing technology is still immature and 3D printing beginners who just bought their first machine are faced with a multitude of challenges when it comes to getting reliable and repeatable 3D print results.

It is clear that a bit of expert guidance won’t hurt! That’s why we reached out to some of the top 3D printing experts and asked them the following question:​

What are your top 3 helpful tips for the new 3D printer owner?​

We asked the experts to share the knowledge and insights they have gained while spending hundreds of hours 3D printing and accumulating their fair share of failed prints. These 3D printing tips are irrespective of any 3D printer model or brand such that they are broadly applicable.

For the full story and a great website for 3D printrs just starting out, see:

Italy’s Ira3D Offering Medical Filament

Posted by Editor On May - 4 - 2016Comments Off on Italy’s Ira3D Offering Medical Filament

Italy's Ira3D Offering Medical Filament

Ira3D believes the medical field is one of the areas that is failing to reap the greatest innovative strength of the technology of 3D printing. Ira3D recently announced a line-up of medical printing materials set to promote more medical innovation.

According to an article by, Ira3D has available Irabs Bismuto, a hybrid metallic filament compatible with ABS printing, a nontoxic recommended by Ira3D for use in making objects for shielding patients from radiation, offering the benefit without resorting to lead; Gummify Skin, a rubber filament that creates an artificial skin effect; NYLON 680, meant for FFF printers in use for industries such as medical, dental, food processing, robotics, and veterinary and recommended for sterilizing procedures; Nylon Protesis, a highly resistant, flexible material with high viscosity for surface grip recommended for fabricating prostheses;
BioPet GM0, for supporting implants suited that will be in contact with the skin for long periods of time, as well as temporarily with mucous membranes; and Ira PP Talc, a polypropylene, loaded with talc that allows for robust prints that will not irritate the skin.

For the full report, see:

Visit the Ira3D website here:

3DCopySystems Launches Scanning Booths in Three Sizes

Posted by Editor On May - 3 - 2016Comments Off on 3DCopySystems Launches Scanning Booths in Three Sizes

3DCopySystems Launches Scanning Booths in Three Sizes

3DCopySystems co-founders Andreas Schwirtz and Christof Kirschner have been developing advanced photogrammetry scanning technology to provide three new photoscanning booths to completely capture live subjects in fractions of a second. The company hopes the scanning booths, named Big Alice, Little Alice and Alice on the Road, will give them the leading edge in live-object capture. The largest booth, with 64 DSLR cameras, measures approximately 18 ft by 12 ft by 7.5 ft in order to provide with a wide range of object freedom in movement and pose.

For more on the Alice scanning booths, visit:

Printing Industrial-Strength Ceramics with Admatec

Posted by Editor On May - 3 - 2016Comments Off on Printing Industrial-Strength Ceramics with Admatec

Admatec Europe BV, founded in 2013, announced it will be introducing its ADMAFELX 130, a 3D printer designed for printing in ceramics, in September of 2016.

The printer, using patented technology, will be able to operate using zirconiumoxide, aluminiumoxide, and fused silica, and will be expected to incorporate the use of bone replacement materials such as hydroxyapatite. The printers also allow for unused material in the tray bed to be reused, adding cost efficiency to the operation.

For more on Admatec, visit their website at:

Patent Awarded for Bone Implant Technology

Posted by Editor On May - 3 - 2016Comments Off on Patent Awarded for Bone Implant Technology

Patent Awarded for Bone Implant Technology

4WEB Medical, a manufacturer of 3D printed orthopedic implants, has been awarded a patent for their for truss implant technology by the US Patent and Trademark Office.

Over 10,000 truss implants have been implanted since 2013 throughout the USA, Europe and Australia. The patent, number 9,271,845 B2 and entitled ‘Programmable Implants and Methods of Using Programmable Implants to Repair Bone Structures’, is claimed to cover truss and strut-based lattice implant designs that transfer bone specific biologic strain to adjacent cellular material when loaded. It works on the concept that load causes strain, and therefore the implant will transfer stress to nearby cellular materials and stimulate osteogenesis.

Jessee Hunt, President and CEO of 4WEB, explained that they are pleased to have this patent issued as they believe it protects the design and stimulative nature of their programmable truss implants, furthering their quest to develop optimized, patient-specific implants that accelerate healing.

For more on the story, see:

3D Printing at Sea

Posted by Editor On April - 29 - 2016Comments Off on 3D Printing at Sea

In its 18th annual report on additive manufacturing published last May, Wohlers Associates forecasted that we can expect the 3D printing industry to be worth $4 billion in 2015, and to reach $10.8 billion by 2021. According to, the maritime industry will be among those with the most to gain from 3D printing technology based on the structure of the industry.

Let’s take a closer look to examine the inner workings of this structure; the business of the industry is to export and import goods and services using the waterways as a means for transport; when shipping and naval vessels are travelling across the oceans and something breaks, the ability to immediately repair or manufacture spare items on site has a certain appeal. Today modern cargo ships are required to order and stock large numbers of spare parts and supplies to make sure that they are not caught short when needs arise out at sea. Imagine how 3D printing can change the way this process is managed?

To read more on this article including maritime 3D printing for military uses, see:

3D Scanning Market Size to Exceed USD 6.05 Billion by 2022

Posted by Editor On April - 29 - 2016Comments Off on 3D Scanning Market Size to Exceed USD 6.05 Billion by 2022

European growth expectations in 3D scanner sales 2012 to 2022 seen above

3D scanning market size is projected to be valued at USD 6.05 billion by 2022, as per a new research report by Global Market Insights, Inc. Rising adoption of these systems in various industry sectors, namely, quality control, rapid prototyping as well as reverse engineering is expected to propel industry growth over the forecast period. Growing need to obtain precise and quick results with optimum efficiency is also expected to serve as a key driver.

Latin America 3D scanning market size was valued at over USD 250 million in 2014 and is estimated to grow at a CAGR of 13.9% from 2015 to 2022. Asia Pacific accounted for over 20% of the overall 3D scanning market share in 2014; growing demand can be attributed to technology proliferation across the region.

For more on the story, see:

Introducing Clotoo, France’s 3D Printer Company

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Clotoo is claimed to be “a machine… Our networked machines allow for what we call production shared, i.e., the possibility for everyone to produce anything from everywhere. This requires a network of identical, autonomous, and reliable machines. This is why we have developed this innovative tool.”

Starting price is $6,000 une machine. Their website is impressive at:

Additive Manufacturing Users Group Elects New Board

Posted by Editor On April - 29 - 2016Comments Off on Additive Manufacturing Users Group Elects New Board

The Additive Manufacturing Users Group announced the election of its new board directed in the tasks of building the conference program for April 2017 and soliciting business involvement in the 3D manufacturing industry. Incoming president Steve Deak was a three-time president of 3DSUG, the predecessor to AMUG as the organization people look to in the 3D printing industry.

The 2016-17 AMUG Board members are:

* President: Steve Deak, GE Aviation
* Past President: Mark Barfoot, Hyphen
* Chairman, Gary Rabinovitz, Reebok
* Vice President: Dana McCallum, Carbon
* Vice President: Paul Pates, UL
* Deputy Vice President: Derek Ellis, Computer Aided Technology, Inc.
* Deputy Vice President: Mark Wynn, Yazaki North America
* Treasurer: Vince Anewenter, Milwaukee School of Engineering
* Event Manager: Tom Sorovetz, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles
* Secretary: Kim Killoran, Stratasys
* AM Industry Advisor: Todd Grimm, T. A. Grimm & Assocs.
* Advisor: Mark Abshire, Computer Aided Technology, Inc.

The incoming board also reappointed three AMUG global ambassadors:

· Ambassador: Graham Tromans, GP Tromans Associates
· Ambassador: Stefan Ritt, SLM Solutions
· Ambassador: Nora Cibula, Concept Laser

For more about joining AMUG, see: