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Audi Gains 3D Printing Partner

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The 2017 Audi R8 V10 Plus groupMore and more automakers are turning to 3D printers for unique car parts and design. Audi is one of the latest to join the crowd, creating a partnership with 3D printing company EOS, which is based in Germany like the automaker. According to the blog 3D Printing Industry, EOS is one of the world’s largest 3D printing companies, so they are more than ready to handle the orders Audi might throw at them.

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Audi’s announcement may make consumers wonder what parts in their car might be made by a 3D printer. Rest easy, because Audi is planning on using EOS’s services for prototypes and equipment and for helping motor sports teams (where Audi already utilizes 3D printing). Other automakers also use 3D printers to recreate classic parts for retro cars in their collection, so it’s not uncommon for these relationships to be used more for unique projects instead of production line use.

Audi and EOS will be creating a shared workspace in Ingolstadt, southern Germany, to make collaboration easier. It’s also the same own where Audi has its main plant (and the second largest car factory in Europe), so it will be a breeze for Audi engineers to communicate with EOS. For those keeping track of what Audi is working on off of the roadway (and out of this world), it is being rumored that this partnership will help Audi develop its Audi Lunar Quattro Rover.

This partnership was announced soon after the German government encouraged more investment in digital technology that could be useful for traditional manufacturing and industry. Maybe we will see more technology being brought to Audi thanks to this directive.

News Source: 3D Printing Industry

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EOS partner with leading business school to emphasize benefits of industrial 3D printing to …

Global high-end additive manufacturing company, EOS has announced a partnership with a leading business school to inform management staff of the modernising manufacturing industry.

IESE, will work with EOS to deliver the Executive Education Program on “Industry 4.0: The Future of Manufacturing.”

Since the manufacturing sector is facing a significant transition, with additive manufacturing playing a big part in that, senior management personnel are facing new challenges. IESE and EOS will combine their expertise in the fields of management knowledge and technology know-how, introducing executives to business models and opportunities focusing on the future of manufacturing.

“In an environment shaped by rapid technology and process change, remaining competitive requires informed, innovative and future-focused leaders,” said Prof. Marc Sachon, Production Technology & Operations Management Professor, IESE Business School. “The Industry 4.0 Executive Education Program takes a dynamic, interactive approach to developing participant skills through interactive discussions, lectures and workshops, and direct engagement with manufacturing businesses already on the transitional journey to Industry 4.0. With EOS as the global technology leader for industrial 3D printing, we have the perfect partner to conduct this executive education programme.”

The partners will run a three-day edition of the programme selectively in Munich and Barcelona. It will provide decision-makers with insights into key elements of this transformational process, including technologies like the connected factory, smart robots and additive manufacturing.

Based on realistic business scenarios, skills for the successful realisation of the digital transformation regarding Industry 4.0 are showcased. EOS will provide first-hand experience via customer examples, which have already integrated industrial 3D printing into their manufacturing process. The company will also show how businesses can benefit from using this technology in terms of productivity and costs savings.

“The industry is facing the next big step of development and additive manufacturing is playing a key role,” said Dr Adrian Keppler, Chief Marketing Officer at EOS. “The focus is on the integration of additive manufacturing into existing and future production environments, which requires optimisation of both part and data flow in serial production.

“The collaboration with IESE Business School emphasizes the significance of industrial 3D printing for the senior management. Together, we can prepare the management in manufacturing companies for the new challenges due to the digital transformation and communicate the advantages of new production models such as additive manufacturing in a way that they can quickly generate a genuine value-add for their own business.”

The initial runs of the programme will take place in Barcelona on May 3-5 2017 and in Munich on July 11-13 2017.

Danwood and Kyocera partner on 3D print sales

Managed print services company the Danwood Group is tapping into the “exploding” 3D printer market in a partnership with Kyocera Document Solutions UK.


The ProJet 45, one of the 3D printers Danwood will offer customers

The deal will allow Kyocera exposure of the 3D Systems range to Danwood’s 13,000 clients across the UK. Kyocera has been distributing 3D Systems products since signing an agreement in March.

Danwood will sell 3D Systems’ ProJet and CubePro ranges, primarily to three key sectors: education, design and property.

Danwood group strategy and marketing director Douglas Greenwell, said the CubePro allowed for quick prototyping and was ideal for education clients, from primary through to further education. Danwood has more than 2,000 of these across the UK, he said.

The design sector, most obviously in architecture, was likely to use ProJet machines, Greenwell said. The property sector too is a target, with large managing and estate agents like DTZ and Knight Frank using 3D printers for marketing and visualisation.

Greenwell added: “3D printing is seeing rapid adoption across the world and the technology has the potential to revolutionise UK manufacturing.”

He said he did not “see huge demand just yet” from Danwood’s 1,000-plus commercial paper and print customers, to which it supplies a professional print range.

“This market is really starting to explode. In five years’ time I think 3D printing will be a lot more prevalent. We’ll start to see a consumer revolution; you’ll see a lot more homes that have them.

“We’re starting to see a crossover with consumer-based technology. And facilities management organisations use these sorts of products, to build a widget that’s broken, for example.”

Callprint and Hobs Reprographics are among the UK print companies that have established 3D printing divisions.

In February Canon Europe announced its own distribution agreement with 3D Systems.

Reading-based technology market analyst firm Canalys has estimated the worldwide 3D printing market will be worth $16.2bn (£10.6bn) by 2018.

The CubePro, which uses plastic jet printing, a solid-based rapid prototyping method that extrudes material layer by layer. ProJet uses colour jet printing.

Kyocera marketing director Nigel Allen said: “Kyocera’s partnership with 3D Systems offers market-leading products to any businesses considering 3D printing.

“By partnering with Danwood we can ensure users can benefit from a high level of service support, enabling them to make the most of their investment and stay ahead of the technological curve to differentiate from competitors.”

3D Systems, UNYQ Partner for 3D Printed Prosthetic, Orthotics

unyq_logoSAN FRANCISCO, CA, Apr 3, 2015 – UNYQ, the pioneer in affordable personalized prosthetic fashion, and 3D Systems, the leader in 3D digital design and fabrication, announced a multilayer partnership to actively invest in bringing 3D printing technologies to the prosthetics and orthotics industries and to democratize patient access to stylish, life enhancing devices.

3dsystemlogoThe collaboration combines UNYQ’s knowledge in cost-effective production and nimble go-to-market approach with 3D Systems’ vast portfolio of prosthetic and orthotic devices and advanced manufacturing expertise. The partnership also involves a significant exchange of intellectual property. Under the agreement, UNYQ becomes a preferred partner for commercializing 3D Systems’ personalized prosthetic fairings, braces and casts.

“We are thrilled to join forces with UNYQ,” says Avi Reichental, president & CEO, 3D Systems. “Together, our two companies are making these life-changing medical solutions more advanced, more impactful and more accessible for everyone with prosthetic and orthotics needs. We are excited to work with a company that has built such a strong community of patients and providers across the globe.”

3D Systems greatly expanded its expertise in prosthetic, orthotic and orthopedic solutions through the acquisition of Bespoke Innovations in 2012. Through this agreement, UNYQ will bring to market many of Bespoke’s original designs, as well as, new product developments including 3D Systems’ personalized scoliosis braces.

Today about one in every 200 individuals live with an amputation; however, they have never had the option of affordable and personalized cosmetic prosthesis which substantially enhance one’s quality of life.

As a first step, UNYQ will integrate 3D Systems’ line of prosthetic fairings into its offering over the next few months. An orthotic product line will follow later in the year.

“3D Systems and UNYQ are perfect partners for scaling commercial applications of 3D printed prosthetic and orthotics solutions,” says Eythor Bender, CEO and co-founder, UNYQ. “With their cutting edge technology and groundbreaking work in this field and our market traction, we are well equipped to bring our production closer to our customers around the world.”

“As an amputee and engineer myself, I can say this market is ripe for disruption,” says Manuel Boza, chief creative officer and co-founder, UNYQ. “Teaming up with 3D Systems fast tracks our vision to bring choice, style and personalization to the hundreds of millions of people who rely on these devices for a better quality of life.”

About 3D Systems

3D Systems provides the most advanced and comprehensive 3D digital design and fabrication solutions available today, including 3D printers, print materials and cloud-sourced custom parts. For more information, please visit www.3dsystems.com.

About UNYQ

UNYQ is pioneering prosthetic fashion by 3D printing stylish prosthetic covers that are made to fit the individual and restore body symmetry. Amputees can select from dozens of collections available in countless color combinations or work with UNYQ to design their own signature style. For more information, please visit www.unyq.com.

3D Systems & NIH Partner to Advance the Integration of 3D Printing with Healthcare

11When it comes to 3D printing, the healthcare industry will see some of the most substantial benefits from this incredible technology.  In the last two years alone, the number of breakthrough medical related applications involving 3D printing has been staggering, and we are only in the top of the first inning of an extra inning ballgame.

One of the biggest stories within the healthcare/3D printing space last year was the launching of the 3D Print Exchange by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The exchange was launched in an effort to advance the availability of 3D printable, scientific, health related models to the world. The exchange allows for just about anyone with an internet connection to use their interactive website in order to search, download, share, model, or print out 3D models ranging from viruses to the human heart.3DS_FULL_VERT_POS_r1

One company which clearly understands the huge potential that 3D modeling and printing present to the medical community is 3D Systems. The company, led by CEO Avi Reichental has been gobbling up healthcare related firms in an effort to boost their presence within the medical modelling and 3D printing space.

Today, 3D Systems, in conjunction with the National Institutes of Health, has announced a partnership to advance medical innovations through the use of 3D printing. Whether it’s been the acquisition of Simbionix, the company behind a 3D virtual reality surgical simulation platform, the purchase of Medical Modeling Inc. back in April, or one of the numerous other smaller healthcare related firms that they have scooped up recently, 3D Systems is clearly serious about their healthcare aspirations.


“As the leading American 3D printing company, 3DS is committed to working with the federal government to enhance the delivery of U.S. healthcare and drive innovation for novel therapies while reducing overall healthcare costs,” said Kevin McAlea, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Healthcare, 3DS. “This event offers an important opportunity for us to explore common R&D interests and capabilities across multiple technologies—from 3D medical modeling, training and simulation to 3D printing of personalized medical instruments, implants and surgical guides.”

3D Systems will play a major role in this year’s 2015 Science in 3D Festival, which is organized by a branch of the NIH called the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID). The company will be on hand to talk about 3D printing, 3D visualization and 3D simulation. They will also be showcasing state-of-the-art 3D healthcare technology to those in attendance. The event will take place on January 20-21 at the NIAID Fishers Lane Conference Center in Rockville, Maryland, where 3D Systems’ executives will be presenting the following conference sessions:

  • 3D Printing – Reshaping Healthcare in the 21st Century, Andy Christensen, Vice President, Personalized Surgery & Medical Devices, 3DS – January 20, 1:00 – 1:30 p.m. EST
  • 3D Scanning and 3D Printing: Using the Body to Design for the Body, Scott Summit, Senior Director, Functional Design, 3DS – January 20, 1:45 – 2:00 p.m. EST
  • A Dress Rehearsal for Surgery, Ran Bronstein, Vice President, Chief Research and Operation Officer for Simbionix Products, 3DS – January 21, 10:00 – 10:15 a.m. EST

For those who can not make it to Maryland for the two-day event, the National Institutes of Health will be broadcasting the events online here: Day 1 – Day 2

There’s no doubt that the technology involved in this partnerhship will continue to expand, as new applications are presented over the coming weeks, months and years ahead. Will you be attending the 2015 Science in 3D Festival? Discuss in the 3D Systems/NIH forum thread on 3DPB.com.