Dental 3D Printing Market Consumption: United States Research Report

360-market-updates108The Dental 3D Printing Market Research Report is an in-depth study of the Dental 3D Printing industry. This analysis covers basics of the industry starting from definitions to classifications and applications. Development policies and plans are also discussed in this report.
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To begin with, the report elaborates the Dental 3D Printing Market overview. Various definitions and classification of the industry, applications of the industry and chain structure are given. Present day status of the Dental 3D Printing Market in key regions is stated and industry policies and news are analysed.

Next part of the Dental 3D Printing Industry analysis report speaks about the manufacturing process. The process is analysed thoroughly with respect three points, viz. raw material and equipment suppliers, various manufacturing associated costs (material cost, labour cost, etc.) and the actual process.

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After the basic information about Dental 3D Printing Market, the report sheds light on the production. Production plants, their capacities, global production and revenue are studied. Also, the Dental 3D Printing Industry growth in various regions and R&D status are also covered.

Following are the key players covered in this research report in Dental 3D Printing Market.
• 3D Systems
• 3Shape
• Asiga
• Autodesk
• Carima
• DeltaMed /Prodways
• Dental Wings and many more

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Further in the report, the Dental 3D Printing Industry is examined for price, cost and gross. These three points are analysed for types, companies and regions. In continuation with this data sale price is for various types, applications and region is also included. The Dental 3D Printing Market consumption for major regions is given. Additionally, type wise and application wise consumption figures are also given.
To provide information on competitive landscape, this report includes detailed profiles of Dental 3D Printing Industry key players. For each player, product details, capacity, price, cost, gross and revenue numbers are given. Their contact information is provided for better understanding.

In this Dental 3D Printing Market analysis, traders and distributors analysis is given along with contact details. For material and equipment suppliers also, contact details are given. New investment feasibility analysis is included in the report.
With the help of supply and consumption data, gap between these two is also explained.
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ExOne Aims to Grow with New CEO

3D printing stocks have been on a wild ride as, first, hype around the technology pushed stock prices well beyond their perceived value and, later, sent them crashing down as the hype evaporated. While 3D Systems and Stratasys in particular led both of these trends, many other publicly traded 3D printing companies were taken along for the ride.

Among them was ExOne, the Pittsburgh-based manufacturer and service provider of metal, sand and ceramic binder jetting technology. After the company’s IPO in 2013, ExOne’s stock experienced significant highs, reaching up to nearly $69 per share before falling to below $10. During that time, ExOne Executive Chairman S. Kent Rockwell guided the firm as its CEO until August 19, 2016, when, “effective immediately,” he was replaced by James McCarley as CEO.

The phrase “effective immediately” in the firm’s press release about the leadership change could cause investor fright, but based on ExOne’s recent teleconference on the topic, the decision to replace Rockwell with McCarley as CEO has been in the works for some time. In fact, Rockwell will remain on as executive chairman of the Board of Directors while McCarley leads the company.

The teleconference shed some light on the reasoning behind the transition, while also discussing McCarley’s established history in manufacturing and hinting at possible future directions for the company. As a recording of the teleconference will be removed shortly from the ExOne website, some of the insights from the webinar are worth keeping on record here.

ExOne’s Technology

ExOne is a manufacturer and service provider of binder jet 3D printers. The firm licenses the same patents for its technology as binder jet manufacturers voxeljet and 3D Systems to produce systems that fuse powders with a binding agent to create 3D objects.

ExOne’s 3D printers are divided into two classes: indirect and direct systems. The indirect 3D printers, such as the S-Print, S-Max and S-Max+, use sand to fabricate cores and molds for the sand casting process, which sees them transformed into metal parts. In addition to silica sand, these systems can 3D print with ceramic beads, chromite and zircon.

In contrast, the direct machines, like the M-Print and M-Flex, are meant for manufacturing metal end parts that do not need to undergo a casting process, though they still need to be sintered in a furnace, infiltrated with bronze, or impregnated with epoxy after printing. These systems print with such metals as stainless steel, inconel, iron, cobalt chrome, bonded tungsten and tungsten carbide. They can print soda lime glass as well.

The Exerial 3D printer from ExOne. (Image courtesy of ExOne.)

The Exerial 3D printer from ExOne. (Image courtesy of ExOne.)

Last year, ExOne announced the development of the $1.8 million Exerial machine, a massive 3D printer meant to bring industrial-level productivity to 3D printing. The largest of ExOne’s systems, the Exerial has two build chambers, multiple printheads and automation capabilities for 3D printing sand parts continuously or simultaneously.

With locations in the U.S., Europe and Japan, ExOne also provides engineering, consulting, 3D printing and casting services. Recently, the company also won a $1.5 million contract with the U.S. Missile Defense Agency to develop silicon carbide components.

Rockwell Steps Down

Rockwell had led ExOne as CEO and executive chairman since just before the company’s IPO. As the firm’s major shareholder, he was key in raising funds for ExOne earlier this year, as he channeled $13 million from his other company, Rockwell Forest Products, into ExOne. This comes after Rockwell’s RHI Investments provided ExOne with a $15 million revolving credit.

When the company posted its financial results from 2015, fourth quarter revenue of $16.2 million beat expectations that were closer to $14.7 million, but ExOne reported a large overall loss of $40.4 million for the year. The company’s revenue continued to grow for the first half of 2016, with ExOne reporting a 38.8 percent increase in revenue when compared to the same period last year.

Altogether, this seemed to give Rockwell reason to believe that the company may be climbing out of the rough financial patch it faced starting in 2014. In the teleconference, Rockwell explained that pulling the company out of risk had been his goal, and now that this was completed, he could step down as CEO.

“Why now are we doing this is simple: it’s time for this to occur,” Rockwell said. “I was particularly focused on getting the company out of it is higher risk level of performance that we’ve seen now in the first half, and we are feeling the continuation of in the second half and movements towards the profitability and stability which is important to our growth along the lines that we’ve talked about since our IPO. We are having that positive momentum coming along. So, we’re pleased that our performance is improving. Jim will be able to enhance that a great deal.”

Rockwell then noted that he will now act only as executive chairman in order to focus more on “some of the strategic posturing that we do.” He also said that McCarley had been at the company learning the ropes for some time.

McCarley Takes Over

McCarley comes to ExOne by way of RTI International Metals, where he served as executive vice president before it was purchased by Alcoa in 2015. While RTI had been in the business of manufacturing specialty metal and titanium components to aerospace, defense, energy and other industries via traditional means for some time, the company purchased a 3D printing firm called Directed Manufacturing in 2014.

This subsequently laid the basis for Alcoa’s 3D printing capabilities, with Alcoa further expanding these capabilities through a $60 million investment in its metal 3D printing center in 2015. Alcoa’s acquisition also occurred just after RTI invested in Norsk Titanium and its direct energy deposition metal 3D printing technology that year.

In other words, McCarley, who was the highest-ranking operating officer of RTI during his five-year tenure there, likely played an important role in the moves that the company was making in the 3D printing space. Before that, McCarley was CEO of engine and combustion developer General Vortex Energy, Inc., and served in various management positions with a number of metal manufacturing companies.

All of this experience could be used to guide ExOne in particular ways that McCarley hinted at in the teleconference.

Upcoming Moves for ExOne

McCarley stated that, as he takes the realm, he plans to grow ExOne from an “entrepreneurial state” to something larger. There were a few important notes that McCarley made during the teleconference, which suggested that ExOne could execute a few strategies, including making partnerships with established aerospace, defense and energy companies; acquiring smaller, relevant businesses; and developing new technologies.

McCarley pointed out that, in his past roles, he had partnered with important players in the aforementioned markets. “In each of the prior assignments I had, we had very significant contracts with the Boeings of the world, the Airbuses of the world, the General Electrics, Shell. You name any of the pedigree people in any of those industries. In those markets, we were part of a supply chain. And not just a small member, but, in often cases, a very significant partner to the level that we had strategic discussions with customers on a regular recurring basis,” McCarley said.

He plans on leveraging the relationships he made with those companies in previous positions for developments with ExOne. This, of course, is essential to ExOne’s growth and place in the larger manufacturing sector as numerous metal 3D printer manufacturers partner with such corporations as Airbus to integrate their technologies into the larger manufacturing supply chain.

McCarley also indicated that new equipment designs are in store for ExOne. “First off, my initial career was in equipment design and, not only equipment design but equipment design to do specialized manufacturing,” McCarley said. “Most of the companies that I worked for, we designed our own equipment and used it in the factories, so I do have a very comfortable feel in terms of walking around looking at what we’re doing here at ExOne, particularly on the equipment design side.”

Finally, McCarley noted his past experience with acquisitions and indicated that this experience might be brought to ExOne. “I have a pretty good eye for small business and how to bring those into large companies and how to operate them as small businesses, and ExOne is in a transition now from what is arguably a little more of an entrepreneurial state now to the next level of where the business needs to go. And I think I’ve held jobs and positions that are uniquely positioning me to understand how to help make that transition,” he said.

McCarley was not specific about any plans to execute any of these strategies, and it is difficult to determine whether or not the company will rebound entirely. However, if McCarley is able to apply his experience in past positions, it is possible that he will bring the company out of an “entrepreneurial state” and establish ExOne as a larger player in the 3D printing industry.

Can 3D-Printed Objects 'Remember' Their Original Shapes?


Despite being bent, twisted or stretched at extreme angles, special three-dimensional (3D) structures being manipulated by an international team of scientists can still “remember” their original shapes.

In a new research, engineers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) use light to print these special 3D structures and turn them into small coils to an inch-replica of France’s Eiffel Tower.

Within seconds of being heated to a specific temperature, the 3D-printed structures sprang back to their original forms, researchers found.

Memory-Shape Polymers

Polymers that can remember their original shape can stretch and deform based on external stimuli such as light, electricity and heat. These materials can switch between a low-temperature, amorphous state to a rubbery, high-temperature state.

For some of the objects, MIT and SUTD scientists successfully printed micron-scale features that were as tiny as the diameter of human hair. These are dimensions one-tenth as big as what other experts have achieved with memory-shape materials.

Qi “Kevin” Ge, co-author of the research and an assistant professor at SUTD, says the process of printing 3D memory-shape materials can be thought of as 4D printing because the structures are intended to change over the fourth dimension – time.

Ge and colleagues pioneered a method called microstereolithography to print memory-shape polymers in great detail. This process allows engineers to use projector light to print patterns on a series of layers of resin.

Nicholas Fang, lead author of the study and an engineering associate professor at MIT, says it’s like they’re printing light “layer by layer.”

He compares the process to how dentists produce replicas of teeth to fill cavities. The difference is that researchers are doing it with high-quality lenses from the semiconductor industry for intricate parts.

Practical Applications

Ge believes that developing memory-shape polymers that stretch 10 times bigger than commercial 3D printers will advance 4D printing in a wide range of applications.

Fang agrees. He says such memory-shape structures that can morph in response to a certain temperature can be useful for a variety of applications.

These include advancement in biomedical devices, the development of tiny drug capsules that open up early stages of infection, deployable aerospace structures, and soft actuators that shift solar panels toward the sun.

If scientists can design the memory-shape polymers properly, they may be able to produce a drug delivery service that can release medicine at the sign of a fever, he says.

“We ultimately want to use body temperature as a trigger,” says Fang.

Details of the new research were published in the journal Scientific Reports.

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The 3 Biggest Challenges Facing Stratasys, Ltd.

Ssys Human Model

Image source: Stratasys.

Although the 3D printing industry offers attractive growth potential, Stratasys’ (NASDAQ:SSYS) performance has failed to impress investors over the last six quarters. Since the start of 2015, Stratasys has been hit with a notable slowdown in customer spending, and the stock reacted in kind:

SSYS Chart

SSYS data by YCharts.

When a stock loses a significant amount of its value, it often indicates that the company faces serious underlying challenges. Stratasys is no different. The company currently faces three major challenges that could undermine its turnaround efforts.

Falling printer sales

Due to the slowdown in customer spending, Stratasys has seen six straight quarters where its printer sales have fallen on a unit and revenue basis. Management’s prevailing theory is that customers have too much 3D printer capacity on hand and are opting to utilize their existing printers instead of purchasing new ones.

Ssys Annual Change

Data source: Stratasys. Graph by author.

Although the fall in 3D printer sales has had less of an impact on Stratasys’ overall revenue over the last two quarters, slowing printer sales threaten the long-term potential of its razor-and-blades model. After all, printer sales fuel the repeated sale of materials, which are consumed over a printer’s lifetime and typically carry a higher margin. With falling printer sales, the potential of this future revenue stream likely weakens.

Increased competition

Between the recent entrance of Carbon and the upcoming entrance of HP, Stratasys faces more competition than ever. Carbon’s M1 printer is anywhere from 25 to 100 times faster than technologies before it, while HP’s upcoming Multi Jet Fusion printers claims to be 10 times faster than leading extrusion and selective laser sintering-based printers. Overall, these new entrants threaten Stratasys’ competitive positioning, which could make it more difficult for the company to stand out.

While it’s too early to say conclusively, Stratasys’ management claims that it hasn’t been subjected to competitive pressures. However, the risk is if the market validates HP and Carbon with strong sales and Stratasys is slow to respond, it could come at the expense of the company’s market share.


In recent years, Stratasys’ execution has been a far cry from stellar. The company failed to realize the growth potential of previously made acquisitions, including its MakerBot unit, which suffered from ongoing performance and quality issues. Ultimately, these mishaps forced the company to write off a significant value of assets tied to acquisitions. Since the start of 2015, Stratasys goodwill and intangible assets have fallen over 68%:

SSYS Goodwill and Intangibles (Quarterly) Chart

SSYS Goodwill and Intangibles (Quarterly) data by YCharts.

Last month, Ilan Levin assumed the role of CEO and hopes to improve the company’s execution, efficiency, profitability, and overall strategy. Levin has been with the company in an executive role from 2000 to 2012. However, Levin’s leadership style, approach, and ability to stage turnarounds, are largely unknown to the market. The risk is that Stratasys chose a leader that’s too similar to his predecessor, David Reis, whose actions as CEO led to execution issues it faces today.

The bigger picture

Before investing in a stock, it’s important to understand the risks and challenges a business faces as it works to realize its full potential. For Stratasys, a large part of its future success hinges on management’s ability to navigate the challenges it currently faces. In other words, without solid execution on management’s part, the company’s other challenges may become more pronounced.

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SCUBA-Loving Hackers Will Want to Check Out This 3D Printed Regulator

UntitledMost of us count down the days to our vacations. While some are off the cuff, many are also well-planned and well-saved for, sending us off to beautiful new destinations to recoup, rejoice, regenerate, and return anew. Sandy beaches and pale blue water are of course always enticing. But if you want true serenity, take it underwater. No phones ring there; no emails or texts ding in to interrupt your thoughts. There’s little communication, aside from a tap on the shoulder from a buddy pointing at a lovely reef fish. It’s the total escape.

Many of us start off swimming at the beach—at young ages if lucky—taking to the water like eager tadpoles. That quickly evolves into snorkeling. And the grown-up version of this, for the more adventurous, is SCUBA diving. It’s definitely a vacation sport, but one that takes a lot more preparation than buying a kit at Walmart and diving in. Schooling and certification are involved, along with what’s generally considered to be some pricey gear for the eponymous self-contained underwater breathing apparatus. You may use equipment from your dive school at first, but if the passion for SCUBA is building, you’ll probably be saving up to go all-in before you know it.

One diver is so enthusiastic about the sport that he’s actually gone to the 3D printer and made his own second stage, low pressure regulator. Considering we’ve all seen the movies (and the news too!) where things have gone wrong during a dive, here we are assuming that this creative SCUBA-loving maker would have to have extreme confidence in his engineering, from the workshop to the deep, before he ever actually used this. This OpenSCAD 3D printable design is (alert!) still in testing, but it does sound as if it might possibly have the potential to proven viable one day. For the novelty, this regulator is definitely worth checking out—and especially if SCUBA is one of your interests.

b6a68370750a44e250b2e091c88c580b_preview_featuredBut before you start envisioning yourself in the water swimming in sync with the rays and the angelfish, keep in mind that the designer, Dave—also known as biketool—in no way condones using this or promises safety of any sort. Obviously, when it comes to breathing, no one wants to be responsible for someone else using their equipment hack. And there’s also the issue of what material you or biketool are printing with, and whether or not you are going to be dealing with toxicity issues from filament—a subject we usually cover in regards to the 3D printing process—not breathing with one of the constructed models. So, while this is a fun idea, let’s just consider it window shopping on Thingiverse for now.  Enjoy it sort of in the same vein as that retro SCUBA helmet that we became enamored with last year.

“I only give permissive license to take these files for academic study on how a second stage demand regulator works, I do not give permission to print or use as SCUBA systems or any use for humans or animals,” explains biketool on Thingiverse. “Our lungs are surprisingly fragile and drowning, air embolism, or lung injury are actually pretty easy when dealing with compressed air and depth, especially to untrained divers so don’t use this it is a science demo not a real regulator for human use.”

His first test, ‘for personal demonstration use’ was with a 120PSI filled 2l carbonated soft drink bottle (or you could us a long hose) and a home workshop air tank/compressor.

“Regulator valve lever is included with the inner mechanism file until v3. Just print this and acquire a blown bicycle tire of sufficient diameter to scavenge the valve and rubber and some wood screws,” he explains.


Once you’ve located the blown bike tire, a kid’s snorkel is next on the list for making a mouthpiece, modified to length and attached with a zip tie. From there, he recommends trimming the Schrader valve pin pusher as well as sealing so that the regulator does not flood during testing.

“Needs a round rubber diaphram to press the demand lever (bicycle inner-tube rubber) and a bicycle tire Shrader valve to actually do the precision work of the demand valve, a pin for the regulator valve lever, a scuba mouthpiece (or hack one off of a supermarket snorkel), as well as a bit more rubber innertube scrap for a flapper valve for the exhale port,” explains biketool.

“Just to be clear the only precision part in this regulator is a factory made Schrader valve, everything else is just there to press that pin to release breathing air or to valve out any exhaust air and water in the regulator at exhale.”

This sort of design is meant for an extremely niche group. You will need to be a pretty experienced hacker as well as possessing some thorough knowledge of SCUBA diving for motivation to put this together in the first place. It does sounds like quite a challenge if this is what you are into, and according to the comments we were able to read on Hackaday, makers had mixed ideas on the level of danger, with a few encouraging comments regarding safety, figuring this mode would be about as safe as breathing air pumped out of a bike tire, and others seeing this as feasible as long as you dove no more than five feet. As is often the case, while this design and the theory behind it are very interesting, sometimes the comments from the peanut gallery are even more entertaining.

The creator of this 3D printed SCUBA regulator explains that ultimately his hope is for an engineer to become interested and then help release the design as certified for diving.

“…until then I am the only person with permission to print for human diving purposes if that even turns out to be legal, all others are pirating my design if they dive or even breathe with it or use it in a design which is used by a human or animal. For you all this is a functional demonstrator model no more usable for real world application than the printable jet engine models found on Thingiverse.”

For further information on this concept, biketool offers some links that will help you understand the overall mechanism better, as well as explaining in depth how a regulator works, and then offering a list of edits he has made since posting the design.

[Source: Hackaday]

This amazing 3D printed full-scale Stargate took over 1000 hours to build

Aug 25, 2016 | By Tess

Stargate fans everywhere will be jumping onto flights to Belgium once they hear this latest story! Not only has the Musée royal de Mariemont in Morlanwelz, Belgium opened its latest exhibition dedicated to the sci-fi franchise, called De Stargate aux comics. Les dieux égyptiens dans la culture geek (1975-2015)—or From Stargate to Comics. The Egyptian Gods in the geek culture—but a team from Belgian 3D printing studio VIGO Universal have created an actual, full-scale Stargate portal prop using 3D printing, laser cutting, and CNC milling.

Activated Stargate from SG-1

The impressive Stargate, which is the interplanetary transport system from the Stargate series, took more than 1000 working hours to create, which is not wholly surprising when you see the detail, scale, and overall accuracy of the 3D printed structure. Made up of over 2000 3D printed parts and 10,000 cuttings, the huge Stargate portal is truly a wonder to behold—I almost feel like it could actually transport me to another world.

Namur, Belgium-based VIGO Universal used a number of technologies to realize the Stargate’s construction, and fortunately they were well equipped to do so. With a Replication Center equipped with a Flashforge 3D printer farm, a Marchant Dice milling cutter, and a laser cutter from Thunder Laser, the dedicated team was able to bring the project together. The studio, which has been operating for over 5 years now undertook the Stargate project in collaboration with Arnaud Quertinmont and Bertrand Federinov from the Musée royal.

The Stargate itself, which measures nearly 7 meters in diameter, has been expertly painted, assembled and installed in front of the Musée royal de Mariemont and will remain installed until the end of the Stargate exhibition on November 20th, meaning that there are still a few months left to behold the amazing portal. In fact, according to VIGO Universal, visitors will soon be able to activate the portal through a smartphone app!

The Musée royal’s exhibition might also be worth checking out as it delves into the relationship between Egyptian mythology and geek culture with a notable emphasis on Stargate (fans will remember that the first Stargate was found in Giza in 1928). Aside from the amazing 3D printed portal, the exhibition also features a number of set pieces, costumes, and props from the 1994 Stargate film.

If you don’t think you’ll be making it to Belgium to see the exhibition, you should at least check out VIGO Universal’s video, which shows the amount of work, effort, and time that went into the production process. It might even take you a million light years from home!

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The stock LCD control knob for the MP Select Mini is terrible, so I created this better control knob as drop-in replacement. This knob is much easier to use and the pattern has maximum grip.

There are various other control knobs for this printer on Thingiverse, however I found some of these did not fit well or were not very grippy. I did a bunch of test prints for various hole sizes and designs to find one which attachedsnugly, but not too tight. I can’t guarantee that your prints will be identical, but this one fit great for me.

Pry off the old knob using fishing line, dental floss, or as I did, using a sharp knife to gently rock each side until it came off.

I’ve also included the 123D Design file for anyone who might want to remix or modify.

Printer: Monoprice MP Select Mini

Rafts: No

Supports: No

Resolution: 0.1mm or 0.2mm

Infill: 20%


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Stratasys Demonstrates Next Generation 3D Printing Technology Designed to Break Barriers in …

MINNEAPOLIS & REHOVOT, Israel–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Stratasys Ltd. (Nasdaq:SSYS), the 3D printing and additive manufacturing solutions company, today announced it is previewing demonstrations of next generation manufacturing technologies at IMTS 2016 as part of its SHAPING WHAT’S NEXT™ vision for manufacturing. SHAPING WHAT’S NEXT builds on Stratasys’ industrial FDM® 3D printing expertise to respond to the needs of customers’ most challenging applications, addressing manufacturers’ needs to rapidly produce strong parts ranging in size from an automobile armrest to an entire aircraft interior panel. The Stratasys ecosystem of additive and traditional technologies, software workflows, materials development, and professional services align with individual application needs, better meeting quality, cost, and delivery metrics while unlocking the capabilities of additive manufacturing to revolutionize how parts are designed and built.

The Stratasys technology demonstrators are being displayed at the Stratasys IMTS booth, N-60, September 12–17.

Stratasys Infinite-Build 3D Demonstrator Developed for Large Part Production in Custom OEM and On-Demand Aftermarket Applications

The Stratasys Infinite-Build 3D Demonstrator is designed to address the requirements of aerospace, automotive and other industries for large lightweight, thermoplastic parts with repeatable mechanical properties. The Infinite-Build 3D Demonstrator features a revolutionary approach to FDM extrusion that increases throughput and repeatability. The system turns the traditional 3D printer concept on its side to realize an “infinite-build” approach which prints on a vertical plane for practically unlimited part size in the build direction.

Aerospace giant Boeing played an influential role in defining the requirements and specifications for the demonstrator. Boeing is currently using an Infinite-Build 3D Demonstrator to explore the production of low volume, lightweight parts. Ford Motor Company is also exploring innovative automotive manufacturing applications for this demonstrator, and will evaluate this new technology. Ford and Stratasys will work together to test and develop new applications for automotive-grade 3D printed materials that were not previously possible due to limited size, enabling and accelerating innovative automotive product design.

“Additive manufacturing represents a great opportunity for Boeing and our customers, so we made a strategic decision more than a decade ago to work closely with Stratasys on this technology. We are always looking for ways to reduce the cost and weight of aircraft structures, or reduce the time it takes to prototype and test new tools and products so we can provide them to customers in a more affordable and rapid manner. The Stratasys Infinite-Build 3D Demonstrator enables products to be made at a much larger and potentially unlimited length, offering us a breakthrough tool to add to our robust additive manufacturing processes,” said Darryl Davis, President, Boeing Phantom Works.

“3D printing holds the promise of changing automotive design and manufacturing because it opens up new ways to innovate and create efficiencies in production. Our vision at Ford is to make high-speed, high-quality printing of automotive-grade parts a reality. We are excited about the future opportunities that the scalable and versatile Infinite-Build concept can unlock, and look forward to collaborating with Stratasys to help achieve our goals,” said Mike Whitens, director, Vehicle Enterprise Sciences, Ford Research & Advanced Engineering.

Robotic Composite 3D Demonstrator Combines Stratasys Advanced Extrusion Technologies with Siemens’ Motion Control Hardware and PLM Software

Stratasys and Siemens have been working very closely together to further their shared vision of making 3D printing a viable and indispensable component of production manufacturing. As an example of this vision, Stratasys developed the Robotic Composite 3D Demonstrator integrating its core additive manufacturing technologies with industrial motion control hardware and design–to-3D printing software capabilities provided by Siemens. This Robotic Composite 3D Demonstrator is designed to revolutionize the 3D printing of composite parts.

In addition to widespread use in transportation industries like Automotive and Aerospace, industries such as Oil & Gas and Medical use composite materials to make strong yet lightweight structures. Unfortunately, composites production is constrained by labor-intensive processes and geometric limitations. The Robotic Composite 3D Demonstrator delivers true 3D printing by using an 8-axis motion system that enables precise, directional material placement for strength while also reducing dramatically the need for speed-hindering support strategies. This redefines how future lightweight parts will be built, and provides a glimpse into how this technology could be used to accelerate the production of parts made from a wide variety of materials.

“Siemens is pleased to support Stratasys in their innovative additive manufacturing initiatives, of which the Stratasys Robotic Composite 3D Demonstrator is one of the most promising. By working closely with Stratasys on motion control and CNC automation, Siemens is helping to create a flexible, multi-function manufacturing workflow that puts 3D printing firmly in the factory. We look forward to continuing to work with Stratasys to build manufacturing solutions that transform industries,” said Arun Jain, VP, Motion Control, Digital Factory US, Siemens.

“Stratasys is building on our success in manufacturing with applications such as manufacturing aids, injection molds and composite tooling, and leveraging our relationships with innovative industry leaders to further extend the applicability of additive manufacturing in demanding production environments,” said Ilan Levin, CEO, Stratasys. ”We view the level of factory integration, automation, and performance monitoring potentially offered by these new demonstrators as catalysts for the transformation to Industry 4.0. Stratasys invites all visitors to IMTS to see these new technologies, as well as our field-proven industrial additive manufacturing solutions, in action.”

In addition to the Infinite-Build and Robotic Composite 3D Demonstrators being featured in technology demonstrations, at IMTS 2016 Stratasys will be showcasing examples of 3D printing applications used today by Stratasys customers all over the world for tooling and manufacturing processes, including 3D printed Jigs & Fixtures, Composite Tooling, Mold Tooling and Production Parts.

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The statements in this press release relating to Stratasys’ beliefs regarding the benefits customers will experience from the Infinite-Build and Robotic Composite 3D Demonstrators, Stratasys’ expectation on the timing of availability of the technology covered by the Infinite-Build and Robotic Composite 3D Demonstrators, the rate of adoption of the manufacturing processes contemplated by the Infinite-Build and Robotic Composite 3D Demonstrators within the aerospace, automotive, transportation, oil & gas, medical and other industries, and any other statements relating to Stratasys’ future 3D technology and products, are forward-looking statements reflecting management’s current expectations and beliefs. These forward-looking statements are based on current information that is, by its nature, subject to rapid and even abrupt change. Due to risks and uncertainties associated with Stratasys’ business, actual results could differ materially from those projected or implied by these forward-looking statements. These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to: the risk that customers will not perceive the benefits of the Infinite-Build and Robotic Composite 3D Demonstrators to be the same as Stratasys does; the risk that unforeseen technical difficulties will delay the deployment of the technology covered by the Infinite-Build and Robotic Composite 3D Demonstrators; and other risk factors set forth under the caption “Risk Factors” in Stratasys’ most recent Annual Report on Form 20-F, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on March 21, 2016. Stratasys is under no obligation (and expressly disclaims any obligation) to update or alter its forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as otherwise required by the rules and regulations of the SEC.

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3D-Printing Recreates An Ancient Mummy's Face

Researchers have used facial recreation to determine what the face of an Egyptian woman who lived between 2,000 and 3,500 years ago might have looked like.

In order to do this, they scanned and 3D-printed her skull. Using modern Egyptian facial features, they guessed how deep the flesh would be at various points on the skull. They used some modern forensic techniques to bring her face to life.

Come to think of it, we’d totally watch a show called CSI: Mummies. But only if they bring Grisham back.