Starbucks open Shanghai Reserve Roastery with 3D printed tea bar

A hot topic in the retail sector, 3D printing continues to find
new applications on the shop floor. One of the most popular
areas of this market is in footwear, which now includes 3D
printed mid soles from
Adidas and Carbon
,
EOS and Underarmour
 and
Peak Sport
, and insoles from
companies like Superfeet
and
RESA Wearables
.

Another popular application is the use of 3D printing to
construct an innovative storefront. Only two weeks ago we saw
hands on how fashion brand Bottletop has used robotic arms to

3D print the interior
of its flagship London store.

Now, pulling out all the stops in its latest retail experience,
Starbucks has opened the Shanghai Reserve Roastery complete
with augmented reality and 3D printed features.

The 3D printed Teavana Bar at Starbucks Reserve Roastery Shanghai. Photo via StarbucksThe 3D printed
Teavana Bar at Starbucks Reserve Roastery Shanghai. Photo via
Starbucks

Inside the “theatre of coffee”

On average, in China, a new Starbucks opens every 15 hours,
making it the chain’s fastest growing market. In Shanghai
alone, Starbucks already has 600 stores, racking up a national
total of 3,000.

The Reserve Roastery is only the second store of its kind the
world, following a Seattle debut in 2014. The Reserve stores
are designed as a kind of “theatre of coffee” enhancing
products with different stations and produce that you wouldn’t
typically find in your average corner store.

In the 2,700-square-meter Shanghai Roastery, Starbucks has
installed a Rocco Princi Italian bakery, an interactive online
and offline AR roasting experience, and the first even Teavana
Bar for special blend teas.

Just our cup of tea

The base of the Teavana Bar is 3D printed. According to the
company it has been made using recycled materials, in what
might be a kind of
geocement
. The green-grey layers build up to form a ridged,
organic shape, which is 7.5 meters in length.

The exact method behind the 3D printed tea bar’s construction
is still, so far, under wraps, and the manufacturer has not
been named. However, the construct was most likely performed by
a specially programmed robotic arm, as seen in other 3D
printing construction projects from
Apis Cor
,
Neri Oxman
and
the IAAC
.

Counters with green-grey 3D printed bases in Starbucks Reserve Roastery Shanghai. Photo via StarbucksCounters with
green-grey 3D printed bases in Starbucks Reserve Roastery
Shanghai. Photo via Starbucks

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Featured image shows a barista serving tea in the new
Starbucks Reserve Roastery Shanghai. Photo via Starbucks

UNIZ to debut 5 new SLA 3D printers and new UDP technology at CES 2018

3D printer
manufacturer UNIZ
has announced
that it will be launching five new SLA 3D printers and its new
uni-directional peel (UDP) technology at CES
2018
.

The Las Vegas exhibition will see the debut of
the SLASH+, SLASH Online (OL) and SLASH PRO desktop 3D
printers, and the zSLTV15 and zSLTV23 industrial 3D printers,
all of which use the new UDP technology.

These will be the first products released by
San Diego-based UNIZ following
2016’s SLASH SLA 3D printer
, and a

capital injection upwards of $6
million
earlier this year by Beijing DeLian Express
Investment Management and Cheng Congwu.

Desktop 3D printers that build on the
success of the SLASH

When released, the SLASH desktop 3D printer
was described as the “fastest desktop 3D printer ever made,”
combined printing speeds of 1000 cc/hr with a print resolution
of 339 ppi. The printer’s Kickstarter reached its goal within
four hours of its launch, raising over $500,000 in the space of
a month.

A direct follow-up to the SLASH, the SLASH+
offers an 8300cc/hr build envelope printing speed, with a
z-axis speed of 360mm/hr. A direct challenge to conventional
injection molding processes, UNIZ claims that the printer can
3D print six full-arch dental models in less than five
minutes.

The SLASH OL 3D printer offers an 8300cc/hr
build envelope speed and a 0.15 milimeter XY resolution. UNIZ
has implied that it will be on the market for less than $1000,
as a direct challenge to FFF 3D printers available within the
same price range.

Finally, the SLASH PRO doubles the z-axis
build envelope of the SLASH, and “is capable of outputting a
full-size adult outer-sole in less than 60 minutes.”

The UDP technology used by all of these 3D
printers minimizes the peel time (the time taken remove the
model from the resin tank base), and it is faster than the
conventional layered SLA process.

The SLASH OL 3D printer. Photo via UNIZ.The SLASH OL 3D printer.
Photo via UNIZ.

Moving into the industrial 3D printing
market

UNIZ has also equipped its two new industrial
3D printers with UDP technology for prototyping, tooling, and
manufacturing.

SLTV15 extends the build area of the SLASH to
330x190x410mm build volume. It promises a 2,800 cc/hr solid
output speed and a 24000cc/hr build envelope speed, which UNIZ
claims can 3D print 20 full-arch dental models in less than
five minutes.

The SLTV23 increases these dimensions even
further, offering a 521x293x650mm build volume a 7,000 cc/hr
solid output speed and 56000cc/hr build envelope printing
speed, which affords it the title of fastest SLA 3D
printer.

UNIZ will be in North Hall, booth #9110
at CES from 9 January 2018.

The SLASH zSLTV-15 3D printer. Photo via UNIZ.The SLASH zSLTV15 3D
printer. Photo via UNIZ.

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Keeping 3D printing open, petition against “restrictive” US Copyright Office exemptions


Michael Weinberg
, general legal
counsel and IP expert for 3D printing marketplace and service
bureau Shapeways, has
filed a petition
asking the US Copyright Office to
revise its rules governing the unlocking of 3D printers and the
use of third-party feedstock.

The current exemption allows 3D printer users
to utilize replacement materials unauthorized by the printer’s
manufacturer without running afoul of copyright
law
. Weinberg’s concerns revolve around
the wording of the exemption written by the Library of Congress
and enacted by the US Copyright Office.

This exemption, he claims, is both obstructive
and unjustified because it is founded upon non-existent
concerns. A final underlying issue for Weinberg is that the
Copyright Office is not well-placed to address
industry-specific concerns, legitimate or not.

Michael Weinberg. Photo via Shapeways.Michael Weinberg. Photo
via Shapeways.

The current rules of exemption and their
adoption in 2015

The current rules (taking the form of
exemptions to the Act of law) were introduced in 2015 after a
number of policy think-tanks including
Public Knowledge
petitioned the
Copyright Office to make exemptions to
 Section
1201 of the Digital Millennium Copyright
Act
.

This law prevents the circumvention of
technological measures (such as digital locks or watermarks)
that protect the copyright of certain technologies and brands
against hacking and circumvention. This is a concern that has
been noted throughout the 3D printing industry and has led

some international institutions to consider their own measures
of IP protection
, whilst
state regulation has been the answer elsewhere
.

The rules under scrutiny, listed in section (a)(9) of Ҥ201.40
Exemptions to prohibition against circumvention
”,
were specifically introduced after Public Knowledge
successfully pointed out
that the
rules might prevent owners of 3D printers
using replacement feedstock of their choice.

In 2015, as part of a review process that
takes place every three years, the Library of Congress granted
the exemption upon the recommendation of the Copyright
Office.

As the first clause of the exemption
states,

“Computer programs that operate 3D printers
that employ microchip-reliant technological measures to limit
the use of feedstock, when circumvention is accomplished
solely for the purpose of using alternative feedstock and not
for the purpose of accessing design software, design files or
proprietary data;…”

Weinberg noted that this exemption was
positive insofar as it meant that using your own material in a
3D printer was not copyright infringement, and no longer makes
certain circumvention of digital locks, such as breaking a
digital lock on a 3D printer in order to use your own material
an illegal act.

Weinberg’s initial concerns about
exception

Weinberg, who was previously employed at
Public Knowledge,
took issue with a limitation phrase

in the second clause of the exemption when it was published in
2015. The clause adds:

“…provided, however, that the exemption
shall not extend to any computer program on a 3D printer that
produces goods or materials for use in commerce the physical
production of which is subject to legal or regulatory
oversight or a related certification process, or where the
circumvention is otherwise unlawful.”

Weinberg argued in 2015 that this was open to
too broad an interpretation. He also pointed out that the
phrase “the exemption shall not extend to any computer
program on a 3D printer that produces goods…” refers to
the printer itself, not the use of the printer. This means that
using a printer that was merely capable of producing use in
commerce would mean operating outside the exemption.

3DPI reporting from the heart of Formnext 2016. Image shows full color 3D printed anatomical hearts by Stratasys. Photo via: Michael PetchStratasys is among
those who have raised concerns about 3D printers being used to
create unregulated equipment with a threat to health and safety.
Photo by Michael Petch

Weinberg’s petition to the US Copyright
Office

Ahead of the next review
in 2018,
Weinberg has filed a
petition which
may now receive comments in support or opposition
to
the renewal of the full exemption that happened at the end of
October. The petition specifically asks the Copyright Office to
drop this second qualifying cause for two reasons, the first of
which expands his 2015 concerns.

This first reason is that even if one were to
assume that the qualifying sentence was added due to health and
safety concerns, such as preventing the creation highly
regulated objects for aeronautical, medical or firearm
applications with an unlocked 3D printer, the wording of the
exemption every covers every 3D printer.

Weinberg’s second reason is that there is no
evidence that the concerns implied by the qualifying sentence
are real, and that
guidance from the FDA obtained by the
Copyright Office
in support of their claims does not
support this either.

He refers to specific concerns raised by
Stratasys and asserts that the company failed to explain why
the requested exemption would negatively impact upon health and
safety, nor that they explained how a prohibition on
third-party feedstock would protect health and safety.

The final reason, according to Weinberg, is
that the notion of health and safety is beyond the scope of the
US Copyright Office’s proceedings. There is no reason to
suggest, he notes, that the US Congress crafted this section of
the law with a tangential connection to health and safety in
mind.

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The most important 3D Printing Industry events of 2017, CEO and leaders survey

What were the most important events in the 3D printing
industry this year? We asked CEO’s, CTO’s, analysts and other
additive manufacturing leaders for their perspective.

The responses show the 3D printing industry growing in
terms of materials, processes and capabilities. A recurring
theme is the wider recognition of additive manufacturing beyond
early applications solely for prototyping, as

our series focusing on end-use production

highlighted earlier this year.

A growing materials palette, and the software necessary
to fully reap the benefits of 3D printing is also seen in the
answers from the experts surveyed for this article.

Bart Van der Schueren, CTO of Materialise

In 2017, the 3D printing industry achieved a new stage of
maturity. One way this manifested itself was in the growth of
Metal 3D Printing, which is becoming firmly established as a
manufacturing technology. By reducing time, costs and effort
through automation in the production process, our new
software,

Materialise e-Stage for Metal anticipated this
growth
.

Inside the MGX showroom at Materialise HQ. Photo by Michael Petch.Inside the MGX showroom
at Materialise HQ. Photo by Michael Petch.

Al Siblani, CEO of EnvisionTEC

In 2017, we believe the most important development in 3D
printing was the industry’s first full denture solution, which
is another critical step in dentistry’s full evolution to 3D
printing.
EnvisionTEC’s
FDA-approved material for replicating pink gums
(E-Denture) and teeth (E-Dent) was an industry first that will
pave the way to more affordable, better fitting denture
solutions. It’s also another critical step in dentistry’s full
evolution to digital production with 3D printing.

While we can’t disclose much of our behind-the-scenes
work with customers, we continue to see manufacturers moving
quickly toward mass customized production — for medical,
consumer and sporting goods — as well as real short-run
production with 3D printers. This long-talked-about shift is
finally being driven by the availability of high-speed 3D
printers and functional new materials that make direct printing
of end-use parts that compete with injection molded pieces a
reality.

Shane Fox, co-founder and CEO of LINK3D

Some prominent machines hit the market in 2017. For
example, HP Jet Fusion, Desktop Metal Studio System &
Production System followed by GE Additive’s

H1 Binder Jet
. These large manufacturing
companies are producing their own brand of machines. The market
is seeing a boost in confidence in the maturity of AM
technology.

Ric Fulop CEO of Desktop Metal presents office-friendly metal printing. Photo by Michael Petch.Ric Fulop CEO of
Desktop Metal presents office-friendly metal printing at RAPID
2017. Photo by Michael Petch.

Shon Anderson, CEO of B9Creations

One of the biggest industry shifts in 2017 was the
emergence of a middle market between the old definitions of
Industrial (priced over $5k) & Desktop (priced under
$5k).

As 3D Printing moves mainstream, customers are demanding
more capabilities, and a few technology providers are
responding.

Amit Dror, CEO of Nano Dimension

The 3D printing industry is maturing very quickly and
this year we saw tremendous leaps in the value it delivers to
customers as well as the steady acceptance of additive
manufacturing for production of components in various
industries. Decisions to use 3D printing are usually driven by
the need for short time to market, cost reductions and products
with complex geometries which are often difficult, expensive
and sometimes even impossible to produce with traditional
production processes. These challenges create a need for
immediate response, agile work processes and
customization.

For Nano
Dimension
, 2017’s major milestone was our
launch of the DragonFly2020 Pro 3D Printer and our first
commercial sales of the printer. With Nano Dimension’s 3D
printer, companies involved in electronics now have a 3D
printing solution that allows them to be agile and take control
of their development cycles by 3D printing their own Printed
Circuit Boards and functional circuits. As our technology
continues to prove itself, we will continue to develop
products, materials and partnerships that support our customers
in the future.

Nano Dimension and FATHOM at CES 2017. Photo via @studiofathom on Twitter.Nano Dimension and the 3D
printed FATHOM circuitboard at CES 2017. Photo via @studiofathom
on Twitter.

Menno Ellis, SVP Strategy and Vertical Markets,
3D Systems

Metal printing announcements, including more printers… faster
printing… larger build sizes…  new technologies (e.g.,
Desktop metal)… lower prices; increased viability as true
production solutions while also becoming more accessible to
broader segments and applications.

Market entry or formalization of participation in 3D printing
by conglomerates. For example, GE, BASF and Kodak.

Continued M&A activity resulting in the combination of key
players that enable a more holistic workflow solution and will
accelerate 3D printing penetration in applicable sectors.
Examples here include
GE and GeonX
,
3D Systems and NextDent
,
BASF and Innofil3D
,  Materialise
and ACTech
, and
Ansys and 3DSim
.

A leading indicator is the recent move by Amazon and their Body
Labs acquisition. Amazon has a tendency to disrupt when it
makes a move… subsequent steps TBD.

3D Systems Rapid Printing Dental Solutions. Photo by Michael Petch.3D Systems Rapid
Printing Dental Solutions. Photo by Michael Petch.

Prof. Wildemann. TCW Transfer-Centrum GmbH
& Co.

Industrial 3D printing is now seen as a key technology by
mainstream manufacturers.

Andre Wegner, CEO of Authentise

The shift to production became real this year with
several significant bureau’s making big waves: Oerlikon,
Sintavia, 3DMT, Fast Radius, GKN, and others. These are serious
players with the experience and capital necessary to do
production the right way. The growth in automotive interest and
activity may have helped encourage these players although
medical, defence and aviation are still their main target
markets.

Clément Moreau, CEO of Sculpteo

3D printing year 2017 has really been the year of
software. A lot of different acquisitions, initiatives or
launch, among them our
Fabpilot
manufacturing management software. Regarding 3D printing
technologies, we were quite excited that 3D printer
manufacturers newcomers succeeded in raising a lot of money and
at the same time huge global companies are starting to take
biggest shares on the market.

Richard Gaignon, CEO of 3DCeram

For 3Dceram, the
most important event has been the release of an hybrid machine
which can print simultaneously several materials together.
Specifically, ceramic/ceramic or ceramic/metal.

Janis Grinhofs, CEO of Mass Portal

The accelerated and simultaneous entry of chemical
enterprises into performance 3D printing materials for the
desktop, enabling end-use applications. Essentially, every open
materials 3D printer out there suddenly got much more capable
and credible in the eyes of multiple production
verticals.

Andy Kalambi, CEO of Rize

2017 saw a major breakthrough in industrial 3D printing
technology with the advent of the world’s first hybrid 3D
printer –
Rize
One
, which combines FDM and Piezo inkjet
printing into a single process called APD (Augmented Polymer
Deposition). This breakthrough now enables 3D printing to
deliver fully isotropic strength parts, minimize
post-processing and enables color printing on an FDM part. It
expands the footprint of 3D printing to more functional
applications and users in diverse industries from consumer,
medical to electronics and defense.

Rize 3D printed Augmented Polymer Deposition. Photo by Michael Petch.Rize 3D printed
Augmented Polymer Deposition on display at NATO’s COTC, Virginia.
Photo by Michael Petch.

Michele Marchesan, New Kinpo Group
(XYZPrinting), Senior Vice President Industry 4.0

In my opinion, the most important development for 3D
printing in 2017 was the introduction of systems with a more
affordable price. This includes both 3D Printers and
materials.

Gary Taylor, Regional Manager UK&I at EOS

Over the past 12 months it has been encouraging to see 3D
printing moving increasingly from prototyping to actual
production. The 3D printing hype has begun to settle and it’s
now clear which organisations are leading the way in the
sector, and the industries which are benefitting most from this
technology.

We’ve heard, first hand, from our global and UK customers,
including
Williams Martini F1
, how they’re continuing to innovate
using this technology and how they are gaining a competitive
advantage placing 3D printing at the heart of what they do –
and their manufacturing processes.

As our customers continue to innovate at scale, it’s exciting
to see the growing potential of this technology as we continue
to strive toward the factories of the future.

Dr. Dirk Simon, Global Business Director BASF 3D Printing Solutions
GmbH

BASF strives for the broad industrialization of 3D
Printing. We were positively impressed by the initiative
Mobility
goes Additive
” launched by Deutsche Bahn, the
German railway company. This will be a role model for bundling
downstream industry interests to enforce higher performance at
lower costs.

3YOURMIND prototype for
Deutsche Bahn. Photo by Michael Petch

Vishal Singh, co-founder and CTO of LINK3D

There is an increase in awareness on how to adopt and
implement additive manufacturing technology to support the
digital revolution. Most manufacturing companies in 2017 are
evaluating new workflow automation software specialized for the
AM process. Industry leaders are looking to streamline and
optimize their additive workflow to increase collaboration
between design engineers and application engineers, achieve
on-demand real-time additive manufacturing while gaining
visibility of their cost structure to turn their AM division
into a profit center or simply breakeven.

Chris Connery at CONTEXT

While they have not yet become a “consumer” good, desktop
3D printers have continued the unfettered growth in shipments
that has been seen since the market began – it is projected to
reach +39% by the end of 2017 and to continue into next year.
Familiar brands, such as Kodak and Polaroid, will come to
market in some regions, but this side of the market will
continue to be dominated by companies like Monoprice,
XYZprinting, Ultimaker and Formlabs that have a strong presence
in 3D printing but are mostly unknown outside the
sector.

Jonathan Schwartz, co-founder and Chief Product Officer
at
Voodoo
Manufacturing

I think the announcement of Desktop Metal’s two 3D
printers was one of the most exciting things to happen within
3D printing in 2017. It signaled the near-future arrival of
viable metal 3D printing (in terms of part quality, cost, and
process scalability).

Dr.-Ing. Paul Schüler, Managing Director of CellCore

The acquisition of Concept Laser and Arcam by GE.

Hugo Fromont & Pierre Ayroles, cofounders of
Cults

In Moscow, Apis Cor, the Russian manufacturer has 3D
printed an entire house in 24 hours only, in extremely cold
temperatures. Mercedes-Benz Trucks unveiled its first 3D
printed metal spare part to equip trucks.

Also, students from Zurich University created a brand new
6-axis printer: three axes for the print head and three axes
for the printing plate.

David McCann, Senior Business Architect at Clariant

The most important thing in 2017 was the shift of some
desktop/consumer level printer manufacturers into the
industrial printer market and thereby demonstrating the growing
competitiveness in the industrial printer market away from
existing players.

Michael Sorkin, Head of Europe at Formlabs

In 2017, we saw a clear shift from rapid prototyping to
rapid manufacturing. From large businesses to middle-sized and
small businesses, our
Form
2
customers have been asking us for advanced
manufacturing solutions. We met this demand by launching not
one but two new solutions in June 2017: For one, we
announced
Fuse
1
, a SLS 3D printer at a new price point,
which makes end-products with complex geometries possible.
Secondly, with
Form
Cell
, an automation solution for our
best-selling SLA 3D printer Form 2, we offer an entirely new
way to think about additive manufacturing: In a customized
small-scale manufacturing environment for up to 10,000 pieces,
automated 3D printing is the way to go.

Accessible and reliable additive manufacturing solutions
represent THE definite game-changer for businesses of all sizes
in digital fabrication.

Andreas Marcstrom, Manager Additive Engineering, BioProcess
Systems,
GE
Healthcare Life Sciences

The launch of Project A.T.L.A.S. (Additive Technology
Large Area System) by GE Additive, aimed at developing the next
generation of large additive machines. It utilizes aerospace
engineers to build on the technology previously developed by GE
and combine it with Concept Laser’s expertise in DMLM (Direct
Metal Laser Melting) laser additive machines. The first


BETA machine
, launched in November 2017,
enables 3D printing of metal objects in the meter scale without
compromising quality. This increases the number of metal parts
that can be 3D printed even more.

3D Printing Industry EIC Michael Petch stands beside Mohammad Ehteshami, Vice President and General Manager of GE Additive, holding the winning 3D Printing Industry Awards trophy for Financier of the Year 2017. Photo by Beau Jackson3D Printing Industry
EIC Michael Petch stands beside Mohammad Ehteshami, Vice
President and General Manager of GE Additive, holding the 3D
Printing Industry Awards trophy. Photo by Beau Jackson

George Fisher-Wilson, Communications Manager at 3D Hubs

The increase in access to low-cost industrial machines
and technologies. Through 2017 we’ve seen more money invested
in new accessible innovative technologies than ever before,
just look at Carbon, Desktop Metal, Markforged, Formlabs or HP.
This is an exciting time to be an engineer or designer and have
the ability to realise new ideas like never before. This is
especially exciting for us at 3D Hubs as the facilitator for
accessing these new technologies. As the technologies develop
it means we can accelerate their adoption through our platform
providing low-cost access with the fastest turnaround
times.

3D Printing in 2017

2017 was a big year for 3D printing. At least in terms of
larger build volumes,

bigger trade shows
, wider choices of
materials and

booming

investment
.

Without wanting to diminish this, it is also important to
note that in the wider context 3D printing has relatively small
share of global manufacturing and is one of many technologies
competing for the business case. Industry wide initiatives,
such as standardisation, and national strategies both have an
important role to play in the future of 3D printing.

Bringing together the industry, to the extent that
business permits, can be a tide that raises all ships (or 3D
Benchys). With this in mind, on behalf of myself and all at 3D
Printing Industry, I look forward to continuing to provide a
platform for the 3D printing community.


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3D Printing the Next Five Years by Raul De Frutos, AstroPrint

This is a guest post in
our series looking at the future of 3D
Printing
. To celebrate 5 years of
reporting on the 3D printing industry, we’ve invited industry
leaders and 3D printing experts to give us their perspective
and predictions for the next 5 years and insight into trends in
additive manufacturing.

Raul De Frutos is the Business Developer Manager
at
AstroPrint.
After previous experiences in the finance and metals industry,
he found his true calling in 3D Printing.

AstroPrint is delivering cutting-edge operating
systems to 3D printer manufacturers at low cost.

3D Printing the Next Five Years by Raul De Frutos,
AstroPrint

The next few years are going to be exciting. Desktop 3D
printers are going to be in everyone’s home and 3D printer
manufacturers will sell units like candies at a kindergarten
school. Right?

While I’m extremely positive about the future of Desktop
3D printers, the industry needs to first jump the “chasm” that
separates the hobbyists and the early majority. Within the next
5 years, manufacturers that don’t make significant changes in
their current strategy will miss on the next wave of
customers.

What’s stopping desktop 3D printers from mass adoption?

So far, manufacturers have mostly focused on hardware,
while software has been left behind. For this reason, we have
seen a lot of hardware improvements. Printers are now faster
and more reliable. They are also cheap, the Monoprice Mini is a
good example of a printer that anyone can afford. Some printers
are now beautiful to look at. Our friends at
Kodama are
putting together an affordable printer that almost looks like
an iPhone. I can picture
the new
Obsidian
looking great in anyone’s living
room.

If Hardware has improved so much, then why we continue to
sell to the hobbyists and not mainstream? The reason is:
software has fallen behind.

Hobbyists and the early
majority want different things (I recommend the book


Crossing the Chasm
for more on
this). While hobbyists enjoy to tinker on things, the early
majority likes simplicity and easy access to printable content.
3D printers are starting to look like an iPhone, but just on
the outside, while in inside they still have the brain of an
old Nokia. And that’s exactly what’s preventing mass
adoption.

Most manufacturers are trying to differentiate their
products by marketing their printer speed, their new removable
plate, a new filament control sensor, interchangeable nozzles,
etc. While these hardware improvements are important, they
don’t sell to the mainstream market.

Companies that continue to only focus on hardware as
their marketing tool will be left behind and lose an incredible
opportunity the ride the next wave of mass adoption.

What will make desktop 3D printers shine in the next 5
years?

For the next few years, the key to selling 3D printers is
not so much in the HW specs but on showing people what they can
do with your printer. To do that, it is crucial
to
first decrease the learning barrier it takes to get something
from
digital format to physically in
hand.
User-friendly software is what allows
that.

For the next five years, companies will use software as
their marketing tool. Some companies have started to take this
initiative.

Ultimaker’s new Cura connect
is a good
example of how a manufacturer uses software to reach more
customers, in this case, businesses that manage multiple
printers. In my opinion this should be a wake up call for other
manufacturers.

Other companies are creating their own ecosystems,
like
Tumaker. This
company aims to simplify the printing experience and use unique
content to attract home users into buying their printers. New
Matter and XYZ are also good examples.

I believe more companies will jump on this trend and use
content to target different niches of people. In addition,
selling content or other services is a way for manufacturers to
generate more revenue.  

However, for companies to do this, they need a
sophisticated and stable cloud infrastructure that allows the
printer to be connected to printable content. A user-friendly
infrastructure that syncs the printer with multiple devices and
that finally ends with the hustle of downloading files and
sending them to your printer.  

Workflow of how a cloud platform syncs devices and delivers content to a 3D printerWorkflow of how a cloud
platform syncs devices and delivers content to a 3D printer

 

The problem is that manufacturers can’t afford to build
and maintain this type of infrastructure on their own. Many
companies have tried but they underestimated the costs of
building their own software stacks.

Tiko
is the latest example that proves
the need for a standardized platform.
Just like
how phone manufacturers ship their phones with Android, or how
computer manufacturers ship their computers with Microsoft OS,
3D printing manufacturers need a low-cost operating system to
ship their printers with it.


AstroPrint
is filling this need,
providing manufacturers with a low-cost software infrastructure
that distributes content to their printers and that they can
customize to fit their hardware needs. In the next five years,
as 3D printers integrate with a standardized cloud platform,
manufacturers will discover new opportunities to partner with
developers and content providers to increase sales.

Toy Maker App demonstrates how content can be delivered to 3D printer ownersToy Maker App
demonstrates how content can be delivered to 3D printer owners

With an infrastructure like this, manufacturers can
create applications like the
ToyMaker
App
, to market their printers to parents that
want to print toys for their kids. Or create applications with
educational content to sell to schools. Or applications for
architects, medical, industrial use, the food industry,
etc.

3D printing predictions for the next 5 years

While hardware innovations are still needed, software is
what will drive mass adoption in the five years.

The days in which 3D printer manufacturers try to build
their own software stack from scratch are over. Within five
years, 80% of desktop 3D printers will ship with cutting-edge
software technology at low cost.

The adoption of a standardized platform is the glue for
this still fractionated industry and will encourage software
developers, content providers and manufacturers to work
together.

Manufacturers need to show people what they can do with
their printers. Content sells 3D printers and manufacturers
that learn to take advantage will be well positioned to ride
the next wave of customers.

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Industry Awards.

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3D Printing Canada combines over 300 3D printer filaments with 40 years of experience

3D Printing
Canada
is a new 3D printer filament supplier
from Hamilton, Ontario. A subsidiary of specialist engineering
and design services company N3 Technologies founded by
Richard Nieodjadlo, it offers over 300 varieties
of filaments
with 1.75 and 2.85mm diameters. 

3D Printing Industry spoke to Richard Niedojadlo, who
is 3D Printing Canada’s Director of operations, to get a
better idea of how the company is using its experience in
tooling, design and training to bring 3D printing to businesses
and hobbyists alike.

Filament boxed and ready for shipping at 3d Pringting Canada HQ. Photo via 3D Printing Canada.Filament boxed and
ready for shipping at 3D Printing Canada HQ. Photo via 3D
Printing Canada.

A 3D printing business with engineering expertise

3D Printing Canada offers dozens of filaments, resins,
maintenance services and training courses to professionals and
hobbyists alike. The founders decided to open a 3D printer
filament business and become the reliable supplier and 3D
printing service that was needed in the region.

N3 Technologies, the parent company of 3D Printing Canada
was founded in 2014, and already provided a range of aerospace,
automotive and power generation tooling and services. 40 years
of experience in fabricating specialized tooling for assembly,
machining, plating and field service paved the way for the new
3D printing service.

“After spending three years offering 3D printing services
to our engineering clients at N3, we wanted to expand into
a 3D printing supply shop,” says Richard Niedojadlo, “so other
companies in a similar situation would have a reliable local
and online vendor to shop with.”

Although primarily a 3D printer filament supplier, the
applications of 3D printing are important to 3D Printing
Canada’s business. “We have customers from every field and
industry 3D printing,” explains Richard Niedojadlo, “from the
home user printing toy figures to advanced medical
applications.” Given the company’s engineering experience,
customers continue to consult it for advice on
materials.

The 3D printer filament in action. Photo via 3D Printing Canada.The 3D printer filament
in action. Photo via 3D Printing Canada.

Offering the best of all worlds

With its attention devoted to materials, services and
applications, 3D Printing Canada stays on top of its field by
regularly publishing 
reviews
and advice
on its blog
for customers and enthusiasts. “With new materials being
developed daily, 3D printing is becoming the clear choice for
the future of manufacturing,” notes Richard Niedojadlo.

This, he explains is not just because of the “overall
lower cost-footprint over traditional manufacturing
techniques,” but also because it offers, for example, “the
flexibility of prototyping parts in a live environment without
the need for the major capital outlay required by CNC
machines.”

3D Printing Canada is also making the prices of its 3D
printer filament accessible to businesses and hobbyists alike.
A
1 lb spool of black 2.85 mm Taulman Bridge nylon
filament is priced at
CA$21.95
(US$17.23), while 1 kg of 2.85 mm PLA 3D printer filament can
be purchased for CA$27.95 (US$21.95).

Equally accessible are the FDM 3D printers and SLA resins
offered. The
Wanhao
Duplicator
 3D printers on offer begin at
CA$287.95 (US$226.12) and support PLA, ABS, PVA and HIPS
3D printer filaments.

A range of Wanhao SLA
3D printing resins
is available in white,
grey, clear and black. 3D Printing Canada also offers free
post-purchase support and free shipping within Canada for
filament orders over $115.

3D Printing Canada, a 3D printing industry game changer

But beyond providing materials, hardware, and 3D printing
services, 3D Printing Canada is taking note of trends in
additive manufacturing processes. The company is filling the
gaps in the 3D printing supply chain by giving businesses a
greater say in the prototyping stages.

“Many products manufactured are starting their prototypes
in the form of a 3d print,” says Richard Niedojadlo, “the
ability to give business control over their manufacturing
process is an industry game changer.”

Filament in the 3D printing Canada Warehouse. Photo via 3D Printing Canada.A warehouse containing
filament of all colours and materials at the 3D printing Canada
HQ in Hamilton, Ontario. Photo via 3D Printing Canada.

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Interview: Henrik Lund-Nielsen CEO 3D Printhuset, advancing 3D printing for construction

In 2017, 3D printing for construction has started to gain
more coverage. While some of the projects using 3D printing to
make buildings may never develop beyond the well polished
renders, and highly shareable video content, other enterprises
are advancing with tangible results.

That’s not to say the technology is new. In 2015, I
visited Shanghai and saw concrete 3D prints from Winsun – a
project drawing on much earlier work done by Berok Khoshnevis
of
Contour
Crafting
.

Berok Khoshnevis of Contour Crafting speaking at the Copenhagen 3D construction printing conference.Berok Khoshnevis of
Contour Crafting speaking at the Copenhagen 3D construction
printing conference.

More recently, 3D Printing Industry visited France to see
how

reseller Machines-3D and Construction 3D are
progressing
. Other enterprises hoping to
capture the markets enthusiasm for buildings on demand have
been more opaque. And in some cases their claims are highly
dubious.

By bringing experts and interested parties together at
events like the recent 3D construction printing conference in
Copenhagen, projects can be evaluated and foundations checked.
I caught up with Henrik Lund-Nielsen, CEO of
3D Printhuset
and the organizers of the recent Copenhagen
conference.

Lund-Nielsen is aware of the scepticism from the
traditional construction industry, and some of the tech media.
The recent completion of 3D Printhuset’s, Building on Demand
(BOD) in Nordhaven, Copenhagen, is one way to answer,
and

successfully demonstrated the application of 3D printing
technology for building
.

3D Printing Industry:
Do you have an estimate, or any further detail, of how 3D
printing construction will grow significantly in the coming
years?

Henrik Lund-Nielsen: Yes. At our conference on Nov
30 during the panel debate the participants, coming from 3D
Construction printing companies as well as the conventional
construction industry were asked by the conference moderator,
if in 5 years there would be 1000’s of 3D printed buildings
globally.

ALL participants in the debate confirmed.

I can add that we on a small scale are already seeing
signs of that this prediction is indeed true: As a consequence
of our demonstration project, The BOD, Europe’s first 3D
printed building, we are now in discussions with multiple site
owners, locally as well as abroad, about doing buildings from
them, ranging from a single building up to 14 buildings in one
project. One of the projects is for refugees housings.

3DPI: What are some of the major challenges faced 3D
printing for construction?

HLN: There are multiple!

We are still very much on the start of the learning
curve. One of the main challenges for us in our project was the
handling of the materials that made up the recipe we used,
where we had a high share of recycled content. We had virtually
no problems with the 3D printing itself, but getting the
materials in the right shape and form to the printhead was a
challenge. So materials handling and recipes is one of the
challenges.

Similarly obtaining the permit for the load bearing
structure is not easy when you start doing buildings with
organic shapes (like we do in The BOD, where we even printed
wall with wave forms) as the authorities and formulas for
calculating the statics (the load bearing capability) are used
to only handling straight walls etc.

3D printed Bicycle Bridge (TUE and Royal Bam group)3D printed Bicycle Bridge
(TUE and Royal Bam group)

3DPI: Forerunners such as Berok Khoshnevis have worked on
construction 3D printing for many years now, why do you think
the industry seems to be expanding rapidly at the moment?

HNL: Because now evidence in the form of
actual buildings done with the technology is starting to
appear. That helps to open the eyes of people, and it helps
with getting funding, like

Khoshnevis who was funded by an Austrian conventional
construction company
.

3DPI: The 3D printing for construction sector has seen a
number of new entrants during the past 12-18 months, some with
very different background from traditional construction. What
are your thoughts about this?

HNL: I think that new entrants need to have
competence in one of two areas to succeed. Either they have to
come with serious experience and competence from conventional
construction business or they need to have experience and
competence from 3D technology, either from 3D printing or
robotics. If one of these two competences are not present, I do
not think they will succeed.

Contour Crafting's 3D printing for construction model.Contour Crafting’s 3D
printing for construction model.

3DPI: Which construction projects do you see as having the
most potential for using 3D printing?

HNL: Right now most focus in on small single
buildings in one storey, like private houses for instance. I
think we will very quickly see that also other types of
buildings can be made with 3D printing, including multi storey
and much larger buildings. However, to predict which type will
be the most potential is too early, simply because too little
experience with the other types of buildings exist presently.
 

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E3D Online launches water cooling for enhanced FFF 3D printer performance

E3D Online is a marketplace selling all the parts, kits and
filaments you could need for desktop FFF 3D printing.
Identifying the maker community’s need for high-quality hot
ends for their 3D printers, the E3D team has been developing
their own parts since the company was founded in 2012.

After years in the making, the site has now launched a new
range of  water-cooled hot ends, to bring enhanced
temperature control to hobbyists and professionals seeking the
perfect finish to their 3D printed objects.

The Titan Aqua water-cooling system. Photo via E3D OnlineThe Titan Aqua
water-cooling system. Photo via E3D Online

What is water-cooling used for?

The Titan Aqua is an water-cooled, all-metal hot end and
extruder based on the design of E3D’s existing
fan-cooled Titan Aero
. It is designed to work perfectly in
warm and hot environments essential to 3D printing plastics
like ABS, ASA and PEEK, and maintaining part quality.
Temperature stability is especially essential to assuring good
adhesion between layers, and avoiding
common problems
and deformations such as stringing, oozing,
layer separation, splitting and motor overheating.

Is it overkill?

E3D’s water cooling system was first previewed at
TCT 2017 at the Birmingham NEC.
 Following this
introduction, two of the company’s co-founders, Sanjay Mortimer
and Joshua Rowley, appeared on Thomas
Sanlade
rer’s
YouTube channel,
tackling the developing Titan Aqua system
in a live Q&A. As most 3D printers use fans to maintain
temperature, Sanladerer asks “Is it overkill?”

Moritmer explains that, “You’ve got to think about the
objectives, because the reason for using water cooling isn’t
“we need to take more heat out,””

“The reason for using water cooling is you can transport heat
in a more efficient way.”

In agreement Sanladerer adds, “You can quickly remove large
amounts of heat, and you can also keep it at that low
temperature.”

The Titan Aqua hot end. Photo via E3D OnlineThe Titan Aqua hot
end. Photo via E3D Online

Hot end performance

The Titan Aqua is built especially for use in heated build
chambers. With a fan cooled hot end in such chambers it is
impossible to achieve the same level of cooling as the air it
is distributing is already hot. As explained in the E3D
release,

“Aqua, by contrast, continues to perform in heated chambers,
maintaining a sharp thermal break and efficient, quiet cooling
of both its body and motor thanks to its internal cooling
channels.”

In addition to the Titan Aqua, E3D has launched a water-cooling
kit to allow users to upgrade their existing systems.

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Featured image shows E3D’s new Titan Aqua
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3D printing provides Utah law enforcement with an explosive solution

A police department in the US has invested in
a 3D printer and introduced 3D printer courses for its SWAT
team and bomb squad.

Sgt. Harold “Skip” Curtis, from Utah County Sheriff’s office, initially 3D
printed parts for a detonation exercise with the help of
explosives service and training bureau WMDTech.

Following the success of this, the sheriff’s
office has invested in an FFF 3D printer and a dedicated server
for sharing designs, while WMDTech has introduced a pilot
course to teach SWAT and bomb techs how to draw and print 3D
objects.

Blowing away the cost of a detonation cord
clip

Speaking to the International Tactical
Training Association’s
 Tactical Solutions
Magazine, Curtis explained that the idea of 3D printing
equipment for explosives control first came to him during the
Utah County Metro SWAT team’s final training exercises, which
involved using explosives to breach a solid oak door.

“We were having an issue getting the
electrical tape to stick, and a hard time getting the det-cord
bundled uniformly in the manner we needed for the charge to
work correctly,” he explained. “I had been doing some contract
work with Boise-based 
WMDTech…so I wanted to see if they
could 3D print a clip that would hold the det-cord together
quickly and securely in any weather.”

Curtis was helped by WMDTech R&D engineer
Kealyb Draper to realise his initial designs for the detonation
cord clip, which were drawn up, 3D designed and 3D printed in a
matter of hours. 3D printing not only delivered the clip
quickly, but it was also a much cheaper option than other
custom manufacturing options.

“Without 3D printing, the cost of creating the
det-cord clip and sharing it with other breachers and bomb
techs could have cost $10,000 for an injection mold,” Curtis
explained. He also noted that further pieces would have
cost $1.50 each to produce (with a minimum 10,000 piece run),
and that had there been a problem with the detonation cord
design, another $10,000 would have had to be spent.

“With 3D printing, if you need to change the
item, you simply change the drawing,” he added. With a digital
file, the only expenditure for 3D printing more components
would come from 3D printing filament.

A diagram of the
possibilities of detonation cord design. Image via International
Tactical Training Association

Lighting the additive manufacturing
fuse

Following this success, Curtis continued to
develop and 3D print other customized pieces of equipment for
the bomb squad and SWAT team.

“The best part was getting an idea, going
home to draw it up and print it out overnight, and then
bringing a finished product back to the station the next
day.”

With the benefits of investing in a 3D printer
for the Sheriff’s office all but confirmed, Bomb Squad
Commander Sgt. Peter Quittner purchased a Fusion 3-400 FFF
3D printer, costing $4,950.00 using a state grant. It has since
been used by the county’s jail, search-and-rescue, bomb squad
and SWAT teams.

Ultimately, FFF 3D printing was chosen because
it was cheaper, more suited to the specialist applications of
the bomb squad, and it required less post-processing than SLA
technology, which sometimes requires solvent rinsing and UV
baking.

To teach bomb squad and SWAT team members
about 3D printing, WMDTech held an initial course in 2017,
which has now become a regular fixture. The next project for
the Utah Bomb Squad Taskforce is to set up a server where these
innovations can be shared with SWAT and bomb squads free of
charge.

Increasing numbers of public services in the
US have been adopting 3D printing for the production of tooling
and components. Earlier this year,
the US Navy showcased
a range of
its 3D printing projects, including explosive charges, fuel
cells and charges. On the other end of the spectrum, the City
of Magnolia fire department in Texas has been
3D printing signage and mask
holders
.

Training at WMDTech. Photo via WMDTech.Training at WMDTech.
Photo via WMDTech.

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Featured image shows the SWAT team training “hell” week in
Utah. Photo by Andrew Van Wagenen/Daily Herald.

The benefits of rapid prototyping using WayKen CNC and 3D printing

Established in Hong Kong and located in Shenzhen, WayKen is a
contender for China’s most experienced prototype manufacturer.
The WayKen Prototype shop operates across two sites, one for
plastic and one for metal. In total, the facilities span 20,000
square feet, employing over 60 dedicated personnel. WayKen’s
specialist prototyping services include 3D printing
(particularly SLA and SLS), CNC milling and rapid tooling
technology.

As a service bureau operating within high value automotive,
medical, and aerospace industries, WayKen Rapid’s expertise is
in selecting the right technology for the specific application,
and delivering results at a cost competitive with the west.

To CNC or not to CNC?

“Traditional” processes at WayKen cover CNC plastic/metal parts
machining, vacuum injection molding and rapid injection
molding. In the case of CNC machining, a solid block of raw
material can be used.

One of the main advantages of this process is material
availability as virtually any material can be CNC machined. For
this reason, and its use in industry since the 1940s, CNC
machining remains the most common means of prototyping to date

WayKen specializes in an ability to machine a range of plastics
(opaque and optically clear) and aluminum. In the CNC process,
a toolhead gradually subtracts material from a solid block. As
such, molecular stability of the base material remains constant
producing a part with unparalleled tensile strength.

CNC operation is determined by computer aided design (CAD) or
computer aided manufacturing (CAM) data translated into Gcode –
as used by 3D printers. The precision tool path in a CNC system
creates an excellent surface finish, and parts can be sanded
and finished on the same machine.

This method is ideal for making master models for casted
products, and stress-resistant products. Objects made out of
aluminum resist corrosion, and are widely used in airplane and
car manufacturing. As of 2017, WayKen even has a new 5 axis
machining center for high efficiency and precision of CNC
parts.

An example of aluminum CNC machined prototypes. Photo via WayKenAn example of
aluminum CNC machined prototypes. Photo via WayKen

Or 3D print?

3D printing services at WayKen are primarily laser-powered,
offering a high level of speed and accuracy. WayKen
stereolithography (SLA) is a UV based curing process, and
selective laser sintering (SLS) uses a carbon dioxide laser.

The primary SLA material used by WayKen is an ABS-like
photopolymer, suitable for use in the lost-wax method of
casting favoured in jewelry making and dental industries. SLS
uses powdered Nylon feedstock, which acts like a support
material throughout 3D printing, cutting down post-processing
times. Parts made using SLS also benefit from the potential of
nesting meaning that more designs can be 3D printed within the
same build.

Both 3D printing processes allow fast turnaround, typically
just 2 – 5 days, meaning that a product can be tested and
modified accordingly before reaching a final prototype. With
minimal material wastage, and operating costs, the price of 3D
printing is very competitive.

SLA 3D printing system. Photo via WayKenSLA 3D printing
system. Photo via WayKen

Selecting the right process

The question is – which technology should you choose? As a
WayKen spokesperson states, “it is very difficult to get a
standard answer to the cost comparison between 3D printing and
CNC machining.” Instead, technology should be selected based on
application.

SLS and SLA 3D printing are useful for fast response solutions.
With digital operational tools like slicer software, the
process does not require as much specialized training as CNC
machining. With little labour involved, the manufacturing cost
of 3D printing is priced based on the amount of materials. As
larger parts cost more 3D printing is advantageous for small
volumes and lightweight parts. Realtively simple structures,
wth less demand for surface quality and precision parts, also
benefit the most from WayKen’s 3D printing services. The
technology is ideal for protoyping small medical devices,
industrial tooling, and outer covering of electrical tools.

CNC machined parts at WayKen on the other hand can be used to
make functional prototypes which are suitable for engineering
evaluation and testing. In contrast to the SLA and SLS services
offered, CNC machining requires specially trained engineers to
pre-program the processing parameters and toolpaths, then
machine according to the programs. Manufacturing costs are
therefore quoted taking the extra labor into account. CNC’s
advantage is for machining parts with special requirements such
as dimensional tolerances and surface qualities.

In some cases, it may even be beneficial to combine both
additive and subtractive manufacturing process to complete an
end goal. As an example, SLA and SLS could be used as a
preliminary stage before moving the CNC machining.

Use cases

Specific use cases at WayKen include rapid prototyping for the
automotive industry and development of medical devices.

The rapid production time of 3D printing means it is finding
increased uses throughout the medical industry. WayKen SLA
& SLS 3D printing for medicine can be used to make hand
held appliances, concept models, and new devices in low volume,
e.g. diagnostic equipment, surgical instruments, electronic
apparatus and ultrasonic systems. These devices are valuable
for surgical planning, simulation and also to map dental
correction procedures.

In automotive, WayKen applies a plethora of CNC prototyping and
rapid tooling methods to the production of spare parts. The
services are useful to car manufacturers running limited trials
of a car/motorcycle, and allow volume customization. WayKen
automotive rapid prototyping is delivered as a complete
service, guiding customers through proof of concept design
reviews and mechanical component engineering tests, to show car
projects and exterior/interior prototypes.

For all processes, WayKen Rapid engineers can provide 3D data
and design verification before objects are produced.

Example automotive prototype. Photo via WayKenExample automotive
prototype. Photo via WayKen

WayKen guides

Approximations of the general parameters of each process are
detailed on WayKen.com in the company’s
Technology Selection Guide
, and a
supporting
Materials Selection Guide
.

As far as resolution is concerned, the accuracy of CNC
machining at WayKen is typically higher than 3D printing,
between 0.02mm and 0.05mm – 0.10mm depending on geometry.
Turnaround time for 3D printing is typically faster at just 2-5
days versus 3 – 8 days for CNC. This does however come at a
tradeoff with the volume of products than can be produced. A
typical SLA/SLS run can create 1 – 10 parts, whereas CNC has a
range of 1 – 50.

The competitive price point for all services, according to the
company’s website, is “normally 30%-50% less than the
US/European prices, due to lower labor costs. Moreover allowing
a quick project start compares to other rapid prototype
companies.”

Luckily, the company’s quoting system quickly responds to
enquiries within 24 hours by our allowing “On-time delivery —
every time, no exceptions.” Request a
quote from WayKen Rapid online now at
WayKen.com.

Prototypes are finished to a high quality standard. Photo via WayKenPrototypes are
finished to a high quality standard. Photo via WayKen

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