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Will HP Bring the Spark Back Into 3D Printing?

Posted by mediashower1

Mar 9, 2015 9:45:49 AM

It isn't uncommon among new technologies. After the initial excitement lulls, sales slow and enthusiasm wanes. Sometimes innovations in the product can regenerate interest in the marketplace; sometimes those innovations don't come or just don't make a difference. It happened to fiber optic cables (everyone uses Ethernet for network connectivity instead), the Laserdisc (the predecessor to DVDs, which didn't come along for another 20 years), and the QR code (developed in 1994, yet virtually unusable until the advent of social media just recently).

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Topics: Printers

Rapid Prototyping: The Present and the Future

Posted by mediashower1

Feb 23, 2015 9:42:33 AM

Sometimes a group of technologies can be lumped together to create an entirely new technology. This is the case with rapid prototyping. Using a group of technologies developed for CAD design, ink jet printing, and other applications, rapid prototyping is revolutionizing the fields of engineering and manufacturing. What is rapid prototyping, and how is it relevant to the world of CAD?

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Topics: Printers, 3D

4D Printing: The Next Frontier of Additive Manufacturing

Posted by mediashower1

Feb 18, 2015 9:39:31 AM

Remember when it took eons for 2G mobile technology to give way to 3G? Then it took much less time for 3G to become 4G, which is now the standard. Already, mobile companies are buzzing about the promise of 5G. 3D printing technology might follow mobile technology in this manner, taking ages to progress and then seeing a phenomenal boom in a short period of time.

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Topics: Printers, print

3D Print 'Farm' Launching in Texas

Posted by mediashower1

Feb 12, 2015 9:25:58 AM

What is a 3D printing farm? For now, nobody is completely sure. It does involve growing plants, but it is yet unclear how. It also involves a lot of 3D printers. So far, the farm has a FlashForge and Type A Machines printers, with an Ultimaker 2 and Lulzbot Mini (just released) to follow soon. Farm owner Mike Adams, who calls himself the Health Ranger, plans to choose which of these printers works best and then invest in more of those to complete his farm. He fully expects that he will not be able to generate enough of the parts he's developing at his Austin, Texas farm to meet demands, and will make the object files available via free download on the website, FoodRising.org.

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Topics: Printers, 3D

Expert Interview with Chris McAndrew on Innovations in CAD

Posted by mediashower1

Jan 30, 2015 1:47:34 PM

We asked Chris McAndrew what innovations he's most excited about today in the world of CAD.

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Topics: Workstations, Printers, 3D, CAD workstations, CAD

Realizing the Potential of 3D Printing

Posted by mediashower1

Jan 26, 2015 11:47:06 AM

When 3D printing was first reported, the promises were endless. We'd all be making our own clothing, building our own vehicles, and generally running manufactures out of business worldwide. The realities have been a bit different -- technologies are still in rudimentary stages, and finding materials that lend well to printing certain items, like electronics and clothing, haven't quite been honed to perfection.

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Topics: Printers, 3D

Making Electronics With 3D Printers

Posted by mediashower1

Jan 24, 2015 11:42:13 AM

What if you could manufacture your own smartphones and wearable technology in your basement? What if drones and IoT (Internet of Things) connected devices didn't have to be manufactured in high-tech manufacturing facilities, but could be made in the family garage? Thanks to a newly developed plastic, these far-fetched scenarios could one day be realities.

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Topics: Printers, 3D

Expert Interview with James Woodcock on Trends to Watch in 3D Printing

Posted by mediashower1

Jan 6, 2015 11:19:05 AM

While James Woodcock, Group Editor and Conference Director at TCT + Personalize, is passionate about the possibilities of 3D printing, he wants to make sure the hype surrounding the technology isn't overblown. It sets everyone up for a fall, he says.

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Topics: Printers, 3D

AU 2014: A Wrap-Up

Posted by mediashower1

Jan 2, 2015 11:10:23 AM

Autodesk University (AU) 2014 was held in Las Vegas, December 2-4, at the conference center of Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino. Featuring 793 classes, 822 speakers, and 183 exhibitors, AU 2014 offered seminars, training sessions, and activities for several key industries, including architecture, infrastructure, automotive manufacturing, education, construction, and reality computing. Here is a wrap-up of this year's Autodesk University, along with the key takeaways of the event.

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Topics: Workstations, Autodesk, Printers, 3D, CAD

Top 3 Predictions for CAD in 2015

Posted by mediashower1

Dec 31, 2014 11:03:26 AM

It's that time again -- time to tuck away the stories of the past year and look forward to what's ahead. In the world of CAD software and workstations, the big news for the coming year includes an increase in CAD demand in several industries, as well as big changes for the 3D printing market and digital jobs replacing more production jobs. Here's a sneak peek into what the headlines of 2015 are likely to look like.

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Topics: Printers, 3D, CAD

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