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Concept Laser Contributes to the Largest AM Research Center in the U.S. Southwest

Friday, January 13, 2017

The Polytechnic School at Arizona State University (ASU) has partnered with Concept Laser, Honeywell Aerospace and Phoenix Analysis & Design Technologies to launch what is being called the largest additive-manufacturing research facility in the southwestern United States. The 15,000-sq.-ft. center, opened recently on the ASU Polytechnic campus, is home to more than $2 million worth of plastic, polymer and 3D metal-printing equipment, including Concept Laser MC cusing and Mlab machines;

Integrated: Siemens PLM Software and Materialise AM Software

Monday, January 09, 2017

Belgian additive-manufacturing (AM) company Materialise Siemens’ PLM software business will work together to integrate Materialise’s AM software technologies with Siemens’ digital solutions.  Says Zvi Feuer, a senior vice president Siemens PLM Software: “Additive manufacturing is one of the critical components of the digital-enterprise transformation taking place in the global manufacturing industry. By partnering with Materialise, we can provide the digitalization tools that will help enable this transformation.”

GE to Develop Competitive Financing to Stimulate Growth in 3DMP

Thursday, January 05, 2017

GE Additive ( announced plans to collaborate with GE Capital to sell and finance metal-additive machines, providing industry access to 3D-printing technology and spurring growth in several critical industrial markets including medical, aerospace automotive and machining. GE Capital will develop a range of customized financial solutions for its customers, according to Trevor Schauenberg, president and CEO of GE Capital Industrial Finance. "Additive manufacturing is a key contributor to the manufacturing evolution; we're excited to enable its growth," he says.

"Additive manufacturing is the new revolution,” adds Mohammad Ehteshami, vice president for additive integration at GE Additive, “changing the way we design and manufacture products. By partnering with GE Capital, we're now able to democratize additive manufacturing, making it easier for businesses to buy additive machines, fostering their competitiveness and accelerating the adoption rate."

Market for Rapid Prototyping Materials to Grow through 2021

Thursday, December 15, 2016

The worldwide rapid prototyping materials market is expected to reach $903.8 million by 2021, at a compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) of 26.8 percent from 2016 to 2021, according to a new report at

Because rapid prototyping is used in the additive-manufacturing (AM) process to create testing models, AM is helping to drive the growth of the rapid prototyping materials market during the forecast period. Worldwide, the manufacturing and construction end-user segment of the market is expected to lead all segments in growth.

According to the report, the rapid prototyping materials market in the Asia-Pacific region is expected to grow at the highest CAGR between 2016 and 2021. This growth is mainly attributed to the increasing demand of rapid prototyping materials across varied end-use industries, such as healthcare, consumer goods, and aerospace and defense. Moreover, low-cost and easy availability of raw materials is another significant factor propelling the growth of the market in this region.

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3Diligent Adds Wax-to-Metal and Plating Options

Thursday, December 15, 2016

3Diligent, San Diego, CA, has expanded its resume of metal rapid-manufacturing technologies to allow it to offer metal plating of resin and plastic parts, in addition to metal casting of wax-printed parts. These offerings complement the company’s existing metal-printing and machining capabilities. 

Metal plating of 3D-printed parts allows designers to achieve many of the benefits of metal printing, without the pricetag. Through metal plating, parts are given a metallic appearance and additional durability. And, wax print to cast-metal technology provides customers a means to access materials that aren’t readily printed any other way. The process can be used for casting precious metals or industrial alloys that aren’t readily offered in powder form.