Leslie Langnau's Blog – February 2011 Archive (7)

Engineer thinks "outside the box" for new toy design

Here's a cool story about an engineer and his experience with Protomold to develop a new toy.  His choices deliver good info for other engineers.


When it comes to rapid prototyping, product design presents you with a series of choices involving the function and aesthetic of the product, the methods of manufacture to be used to realize the product, and physical, financial, timeline, and other constraints on the choices. This month’s tip…


Added by Leslie Langnau on February 28, 2011 at 11:18am — 4 Comments

Expanding digital dentistry: 3D Systems offers new dental printer

3D Systems Corporation (NASDAQ: TDSC), a manufacturer of 3D printers, rapid prototyping and rapid manufacturing equipment, announced its new 2011 ProJet™ DP 3000 3D printer, a dental CAD/CAM 3D printer for wax-up production that provides measurable financial returns and a proven ROI for the dental lab.

The new ProJet™ DP 3000 printer features an expanded ultra-high definition build area that delivers up to a 60% productivity improvement, enabling dental labs to dramatically ramp up… Continue

Added by Leslie Langnau on February 24, 2011 at 10:24am — 2 Comments

ZCorp. discusses recent major milestones

Customers ordered more than 7 million cubic inches of materials from Z Corporation, maker of 3D printing, rapid prototyping, and 3D scanning technologies. This is a record sale for the company of the build materials used to print 3D models. In Q4 2010, Z Corp. sold more consumables than in any previous quarter in the company's 16-year history. Based on an average size model such as a coffee cup, this would be the equivalent of printing 25,000 new design ideas every…


Added by Leslie Langnau on February 24, 2011 at 10:07am — No Comments

More on 3D Systems acquisition of Quickparts

It’s clear that 3D Systems is on the acquisition path.

The benefits of the acquisition of Quickparts are:

--the ability to grow its custom parts portfolio,

--access to Quickpart’s well-thought of e-commerce technology,

--and perhaps most importantly--the ability to sell and cross sell to customers needing CNC machined and injection molded parts, a capability absent from 3D Systems line up. 

3D Systems 3Dproparts business, which is similar in that it is a…


Added by Leslie Langnau on February 22, 2011 at 1:08pm — No Comments

Hot news in the Additive Manufacturing world: 3D Systems acquired Quickparts

3D Systems Corporation announced that it acquired Quickparts, a leading custom parts services company based in Atlanta, GA.  In 2010, Quickparts reported annual revenue of $25 million. Both Ron Hollis, President and Chief Executive Officer of Quickparts and Abe Reichental, President and Chief Executive Officer of 3D Systems announced that they were pleased with the move. 

3D Systems plans to integrate its parts fulfillment capabilities with…


Added by Leslie Langnau on February 22, 2011 at 8:30am — No Comments

Engineers with a good idea get a boost from Quickparts

Bernie Graham, an inventor from North Bay Ontario, Canada, likes to read from a popular tablet. But some functions, such as typing and gaming, are more difficult to do on tablets than others, especially if you need to hold the tablet with at least one hand.

“Bernie had an idea for a hands-free stand that would sit on your lap, making tablets and e-readers more comfortable and…


Added by Leslie Langnau on February 18, 2011 at 8:30am — No Comments

If you didn't make it to MD&M West . . . . here's what you missed

The 2011 MD&M West is over, but the contacts and connections made there continue. If you weren’t able to visit the show, here are a few of the highlights pertaining to Make Parts Fast.

This year’s show was primarily about investigating the various offerings of vendors. Plenty of technical support people were on hand to answer questions and help designers solve rapid prototyping and additive manufacturing…


Added by Leslie Langnau on February 16, 2011 at 8:15am — No Comments


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