We’ve got plenty of awards and other business news for you today in 3D Printing News Briefs. Sinterit and ViscoTec each received awards for their technology, while Arkema announced that it is opening a 3D Printing Center of Excellence at its Pennsylvania facility. Vectary and Sketchfab are integrating, and Xometry is now offering SLA 3D printing. Finally, OPEN MIND Technologies has introduced its latest hyperMILL CAM software.
Sinterit Lisa Receives Award from All3DP
Sinterit, one of the fastest growing manufacturers of SLS 3D printers, just received the “Best Desktop SLS 3D Printer Summer 2018” award for its Lisa 3D printer by All3DP. The award shows that the company is moving in the right direction, and confirms that the Lisa is the perfect choice for 3D printing professionals looking to upgrade to SLS technology without breaking the bank. Even better for Sinterit: the award was announced in the final week of a pre-order period for its upgraded Lisa model, which will feature better hardware, bigger 3D prints, and easier maintenance.
“All3DP is happy to present the Sinterit Lisa with the award for Best Desktop SLS 3D Printer on the market. We recognize the Sinterit team for their tremendous work in making SLS 3D printing technology more affordable and accessible,” said Tyler Koslow, Editor at All3DP. “Additionally, their recent update to the Sinterit Lisa and development of the new Sinterit Lisa 2 PRO suggests that they will remain a market leader for a long time.”
ViscoTec Awarded Special Title Two Years Running
For the second year in a row, German company ViscoTec, which specializes in pump and dose technology and has 3D printing viscous liquid products for silicone and other materials was awarded the “Bayern’s Best 50” title. For 17 years, the Bavarian Ministry of Economic Affairs has honored the 50 most dynamic, medium-sized companies in Bavaria, and the jury considers criteria such as number of employees, turnover, and social and economic contributions. ViscoTec, and the other 49 winning companies were personally awarded the title, a certificate, and a Bavarian porcelain lion by Bavaria’s Minister of Economic Affairs, Energy and Technology Franz Josef Pschierer at a recent event in Schleißheim Castle.
“Our employees all over the world actively help us to be such a successful company every day and that we will continue to develop very well in the future. Special thanks also go to our partners and customers. Their partnership with ViscoTec is constantly driving us forward. This motivates us not to stand still, to open up new possibilities and to find solutions for the daily challenges,” said Georg Senftl, Commercial Director of ViscoTec Pumpen- u. Dosiertechnik GmbH. “Last but not least, the innovative climate in the Inn-Salzach region contributes to the continuous development of companies like ViscoTec.”
Arkema to Open 3D Printing Center of Excellence
This Monday, July 30th, speciality chemical and advanced materials developer Arkema will be holding the grand opening for its new 3D Printing Center of Excellence. The center will be located at the Exton, Pennsylvania facility of its Sartomer subsidiary, which designs engineered resins for UV-curable additive manufacturing under its N3xtDimension brand. The 3D Printing Center of Excellence will work to advance 3D printing resins technology and be home to most UV-based 3D printing technologies, such as Digital Light Processing (DLP), stereolithography (SLA), and HP’s Multi Jet Fusion (MJF). It will offer a collaborative space for developing custom resins, and complete the company’s worldwide R&D network, which is dedicated to developing advanced 3D printing materials.
“Sartomer is a historic partner for 3D printing pioneers. We’re launching the 3D Printing Center of Excellence to deepen our support of the visionaries working to develop innovative 3D printed materials,” said Sumeet Jain, Global Director, 3D Printing at Sartomer.
Vectary Integrates Sketchfab
Online 3D design tool Vectary is giving its users access to thousands of new 3D models, as it has now integrated Sketchfab, the world’s largest platform for interactive 3D content. Vectary users can connect to the Sketchfab library and import hundreds of thousands of 3D models with one click, as well as export, publish, and even sell their own 3D work on Sketchfab. Vectary CEO Michal Koor, who co-founded the tool in 2014 with Pavol Sovis said, “Easily importing Sketchfab 3D models in the Vectary 3D tool can be a great way to create design concepts and bring more inspiration to their work. Exporting their Vectary models to Sketchfab gets them exposure to a larger audience, which can mean an increased customer base and new income possibilities by selling their work on one of the best 3D marketplaces available.”
Xometry Adds SLA 3D Printing to List of Services
3D printing service provider Xometry has added stereolithography (SLA) 3D printing to the list of 3D printing processes it provides. Versatile SLA technology offers higher resolution 3D printing, which will allow Xometry’s customers to achieve prints with good surface finish and fine detail – perfect for production parts and prototypes. The technology also enables you to print large products and parts and can create complex parts, to meet tolerances of +/- 0.004” or +/- 0.001” per inch, in a single operation.
Xometry also offers plenty of SLA-friendly materials, such as the Accura and Somos brands. Try it out today – upload your 3D CAD file to Xometry now to get an instant SLA quote.
New Version of hyperMILL CAM Software Released
Germany CAD/CAM software solutions develop OPEN MIND Technologies AG has released the latest version of its advanced CAM software, hyperMILL 2018.2, which provides more machining efficiency and several new enhancements and features. 3D Z-level Shape Finishing, available in the hyperCAD -S module, now comes with automatic face extension to automatically extend selected milling surfaces during CAM programming, and can now also support conical barrel cutters.
This version also provides a “V sketch” command, which allows users to make easy changes to turning contours and milling boundaries by assigning geometric constraints to 2D contours. Other enhancements to the -S module include being able to measure and record distances between two shapes, like meshes, solids, and face models.
Alan Levine, Managing Director of OPEN MIND Technologies USA, Inc., said, “Keeping the hyperMILL suite at the forefront of CAM technology, we are pleased to offer our customers improved CAM strategies and enhanced CAD tools for even greater machining productivity through our new release of hyperMILL 2018.2.”
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In the five years it has been in business, Xometry has grown to become the largest on-demand manufacturing platform, with 3D printing playing a significant role in its success. Now the company is growing even further as it has acquired MakeTime, another leading on-demand manufacturing company. Thanks to the acquisition, Xometry’s partner network of manufacturers will grow from 1,110 to more than 2,300. It will also benefit from MakeTime’s enterprise product expertise as well as its Autodesk Fusion add-in and Shop Advantage program.
Meanwhile, MakeTime’s customers will now have access to more manufacturing technologies, including 3D printing, injection molding and urethane casting. They will benefit from faster lead times, better pricing and more capabilities. The merger will create the manufacturing industry’s largest single platform, with more than 10,000 customers and offices in Maryland and Kentucky.
The combined company will continue to do business under the Xometry name. Drura Parrish, MakeTime Founder and CEO, will become Xometry’s Executive Vice President for Platform.
“We’re excited at the prospect of joining forces with Xometry,” said Parrish. “We’ve both been building the future of manufacturing, and now we will be able to offer small- and medium-sized manufacturers access to more jobs, more opportunities for growth and advanced products to power their businesses.”
MakeTime’s investor Foundry Group will lead a new $25 million funding round for the newly merged company. Additional participants in the funding include:
Xometry has now raised a total of $63 million, having secured $15 million last year.
“We’re thrilled to combine Xometry’s online manufacturing platform with MakeTime’s proven success in building a distributed network of over 1,000 manufacturers,” said Randy Altschuler, Co-Founder and CEO of Xometry. “This acquisition will provide our customers with access to massive capacity through the industry’s largest distributed manufacturing network as well enhanced product features.”
Foundry Group’s Seth Levine will also join Xometry’s Board of Directors.
“We are thrilled to help Xometry capture greater share of the $80+ billion on-demand manufacturing marketplace,” said Levine. “By combining both MakeTime’s complementary technology and partner network to that of Xometry’s, we can accelerate platform development and revenue growth to the benefit of both our customers and network partners.”
Xometry has been seeing outstanding success lately; in the first five months of 2018, the company more than doubled its revenues and bookings compared to the same period in 2017.
It also recently introduced a new version – Version 3.0 – of its Xometry Instant Quoting Engine, with several new and enhanced features to provide customers with instant quotes for 3D printing, CNC machining, sheet metal fabrication, and urethane casting.
New features include:
- A redesigned summary view, which helps users quickly review the process, material, finish, and other requirements for each part in their quote. If a requirement needs modification, users can change it with the “modify part” button.
- Instant design feedback displayed directly on the 3D model. Users can also easily upload drawings to help identify manufacturing requirements such as tolerances, threads and critical dimensions.
- Part specifications in one place: users can now use the right side of the modification screen to specify all part requirements and can scroll down to see all of their modifications in one place.
“We are focused on creating a seamless buying experience for our customers. Using customer feedback, we made our quoting interface even more intuitive and efficient,” said Hunter Guerin, Product Manager for the Xometry Instant Quoting Engine. “We want to make it as easy as possible for engineers and procurement managers to generate quotes.”
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