Second Annual Additive Manufacturing Strategies Summit to Feature Startup Competition and Exhibit Floor

This past January, experts in the fields of medicine, dentistry, and 3D printing gathered for the first annual Additive Manufacturing Strategies Summit. Titled “The Future of 3D Printing in Medicine and Dentistry,” the summit highlighted the growing number of applications for 3D printing in the medical and dental fields, discussed where these sectors were heading in the future, and advised attendees on the best ways to capitalize on 3D printing in medicine and dentistry. The event was a successful one, and it’s already time to start planning for the next summit, which will be taking place from January 29th to the 31st, 2019.

Next year’s summit will be in Boston and once again will be co-produced by and SmarTech Markets Publishing, the leading provider of market research reports and industry analysis for the 3D printing industry. The summit will be set up to guide managers, practitioners, entrepreneurs and investors to the most effective procedures and profitable opportunities in 3D printed medical and dental applications. It will focus on several topics, including 3D printed prosthetics, implants, medical models and personalized medicine, as well as dental devices.

The Additive Manufacturing Strategies Summit will take place at Boston’s Hynes Convention Center.

There will be a few key differences in next year’s summit. First of all, there will be an exhibition hall in which organizations from the medical and dental 3D printing arena will showcase their products and research. Secondly, there will be a startup competition. Five early stage companies from the medical and dental 3D printing industry will be invited to present their pitches for the chance to win a $15,000 SAFE investment from Asimov Ventures. The winning company will also be profiled on

In order to be considered for the startup competition, companies must submit an application by December 1st. They must have a medical or dental 3D printing focus; they can be centered on bioprinting, hardware, software or materials. Final selections will be announced on December 15th, and the competition will take place at the summit on January 30th. If you’re interested in applying, you can do so here.

Attendees at the summit will hear from experts in the additive manufacturing and regulatory sectors, as well as practitioners and academics. There will also be several pre-conference workshops from leading technology and solution providers. Those who attend the conference can expect to learn about how 3D printing is transforming procedures at hospitals, doctor’s offices and dental offices and labs. They will gain a better understanding of which 3D printing technologies are relevant now and which are still in the development stage, and will learn about revenue expectations and where the money is in medical and dental 3D printing. Regulatory requirements will also be discussed, and there will be plenty of networking opportunities.

There’s plenty to read about 3D printing in the medical and dental industries, but there’s nothing like learning directly from experts in the field on a face-to-face level. This is a summit you won’t want to miss if you’re involved in medicine or dentistry, because 3D printing is affecting every aspect of these industries and will only continue to do so more and more. Registration is now open, and you can save 44% if you register by October 11th. If you’d like to attend, you can register here.

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Expert Discussion Looks to the Future of 3D Printing, Supply Chain, Democratization

During the Additive Manufacturing Symposium at this week’s Science in the Age of Experience held in Boston, Dassault Systèmes brought together a well-curated group of industry experts to share a depth of experience and insights. With plenary session and breakout presentations targeting both broad and deep dives into applications and real-world adoption, attendees were treated to discussions focusing on progress and challenges as well as application-specific issues in industrial 3D printing.

L-R: Eduardo Barocio, Thomas Marchand, Andy Kalambi, John Laureto, Shawn Ehrstein, SeanMcCluskey

A panel discussion closed out the engaging Additive Manufacturing Symposium plenary session, featuring a conversation moderated by Dassault Systèmes’ Subham Sett with

Sett began the chat by asking where 3D printing is going, turning first to Kalambi for the manufacturer’s perspective.

“The first way is the easiest: take what you’re doing in subtractive and design it for additive; that’s the low-hanging fruit. The real value is in what we’re hearing in this conference: reduce complexity, change the supply chain. How do you print the parts as close as possible to the point of consumption? We’re looking at a digital supply chain, and taking additive into that, driving business model innovation,” Kalambi said, highlighting the new partnership between Rize and Azoth for indirect supply focus. “That’s where the biggest value is.”

There is great value in bringing additive manufacturing into business strategies, but barriers to adoption remain. Sett asked McCluskey for his perspective regarding these. Tracing back to a “small history lesson” in mistrust in the industry following high-profile acquisitions and failures to deliver, McCluskey noted that there are “still remnants of mistrust today” that are negatively impacting potential adoption.

“The single biggest gap, the shortcoming that will interfere with getting to these goals is that information and innovation happening is isolated; because of that mistrust, it’s being hoarded,” he explained. “We need to bridge those gaps, to bring innovation to the public space to work on the same problems with the same information. Hoarding information — and I’m using hoarding as a negative, though it’s not necessarily; look at IP — but good or bad, it’s slowing us down.”

Another barrier, Ehrstein added, comes in the form of regulation. Particularly for highly regulated industries such as aerospace and medical, parts qualification is a major hurdle to overcome.

“Getting the FAA to accept 3D printed parts on a critical structure is important. We saw Airbus, and obviously we use these parts; people want to use these parts even more. Getting those processes developed is a barrier,” he said. “In addition, we’re facing supply chain issues. If it starts getting bigger, who’s going to be out there supplying? If it starts getting bigger, will we have the supply chain to do it? And where is the workforce coming from? Where are the people who know how to design for these processes, to run the machines?”

Also highly sensitive to qualification and regulation is the medical sector, as Marchand weighed in.

“Certification is important. Looking at ISO standards, at reaching consistent quality, it’s pretty challenging,” he said. “Certifications in the medical space are as complicated as the aviation market.”

Sett kept the conversation moving amidst attendees

In addition to these barriers, discussion touched on simulation as a driver for evolution of technology and for eventual certification, as Barocio noted, in many respects representing a journey that has just started. Continuing to look forward, Sett asked about new technologies, and Kalambi touched on 3D printing as a platform with three “stacks”: hardware, software, and materials.

“For hardware, we see more and more hybridization will happen. Singular technologies are not solving all the big problems; hybridization will be the only way to solve some of these problems,” Kalambi said. “In software, there is a need for us to move forward, to digitally connect. Looking at materials, in polymers alone there are 60,000 plastics in the world. Focus has to be about innovating on the material, to mimic as wide a spectrum as possible to address possible use cases. Innovation is happening at each of these three levels.”

In the face of this “boatload of new technology coming out,” Sett asked, is the workforce keeping up? How can it? What steps ahead are necessary?

Workforce is certainly a critical issue facing the growing additive manufacturing industry, as companies and professional organizations are well aware. Education and training are imperative to upskill the workforce and prepare the next generation of engineers and designers, along with every other personnel aspect of manufacturing, for these new technologies.

“Workforce is an issue throughout engineering anyway,” Ehrstein remarked, “and on top of that with the oncoming technology of additive manufacturing as it keeps advancing faster than software can keep up with, than people can keep up with, workforce will remain an issue.

“We’re not the only school focusing on workforce; high schools are focusing on additive and growing up with additive. Everyone’s aware of additive manufacturing coming up. I have students whose first thought is, ‘I can just go print it,’ and that’s something I had to get used to thinking and other engineers had to get used to thinking. The problem is, with new technologies coming out every day, with new companies coming out with new technologies: what is the student actually learning?”

He continued, noting that the specifics of what can be done on each machine vary between technologies and between different system models. In order to meet the needs of the industry, he said, we need to find out what the industry is doing on these machines, which poses an ongoing challenge. Progams are in place, including at the WSU-affiliated NIAR, and these are constantly evolving.

All of the changes in the shape of industry impact the broader supply chain as well, Sett noted, moving the conversation forward. The main issue here, McCluskey said, comes in terms of volume. With advanced technologies come advanced materials; McCluskey used the example of polypropylene, which is commercially available at about 71 cents per pound. In contrast, he pointed to the equivalent supply of resin for a Carbon system at “more like $71 per pound,” adding that it wasn’t a perfect compoarison, but helps to get the point across. There are not, he summed up, enough tier one suppliers to supply all these materials right now.

Kalambi discussing supply chain strategy during Rize’s press conference with new partner Azoth

Kalambi additionally pointed to the supply chain issue of building in trust. While many companies are increasingly focusing on blockchain and other advanced solutions for ensuring that IP remains secure, there is certainly much more work to be done in this area. The fast-moving industrial 3D printing market requires more solutions, and needs them soon.

“Today has had a lot of bubble-popping moments,” McCluskey said. “Here’s topology optimization; it’s great, but let’s pop that bubble. A lot of these issues aren’t new — look at anisotropy. It’s the same issues. They take time, absolutely… and it’s the same problem we’ve had forever. We need to address this on a much faster time scale for this process. We have the tools to address them, it just takes time.”

To wrap up the conversation, Sett turned to a much-used term being bandied about in 3D printing: democratization.

3D printing is frequently said to be democratizing manufacturing, putting manufacturing capabilities in the hands of a broader potential user base and enabling more in terms of agility. He turned to each panelist to ask for their final thoughts on this topic. McCluskey began, looking at the issue philosophically.

“Did the internet democratize data, or did it make it harder to find the information we need?” he asked. “You can put 3D printers in everyone’s garage, but the limiting factor is still the democratization of information and how to use it. For me, the journey has been about finding the right balance — yes, there are all these holy grail things additive manufacturing offers… We need to look how to address it in the short- mid- and long-term.”

Ehrstein continued, touching on a popular misconception lingering around 3D printing.

“There’s a lot of thinking out there that you just set out your machine and press print, and boom. There are a lot of processes, there are a lot of machines, and it takes someone a year of experience before they can legitimately create consistently good parts on that machine. You have to make the investment on training, the investment on time and experience. If you’re a small company thinking about going additive, before you make that investment into these machines that can go into a million-plus dollars, I personally think you’re better off using the supply network out there first. See how the parts work, how much the parts work, before you make that investment,” he said. “There’s the thinking that when I have that machine I can just have him print that part out over there, and the truth is if you’re not running those machines every day, it takes some time before you get to that point.”

Laureto discussing powder bed metal technology during a manufacturing breakout session

Laureto picked up from there, noting that at Renishaw, they constantly deal with the cost of entry as a barrier to adoption. This is of course not limited only to initial investment, but to continuing costs of operation.

“Economic analysis is needed,” he reaffirmed. “Do all that work up front. Try to work with everyone to find that type of solution. Because not only do you buy that machine, you fill it with $60,000 worth of titanium monthly.”

Another barrier stands in the way of the typical requirements for industrial machinery, including safety equipment, proper ventilation, and the necessary physical footprint. Kalambi addressed this issue from the perspective of an industrial desktop 3D printer manufacturer known for its ease of use and environmental friendliness.

“That question is why we’re in business: to democratize, to take industrial additive manufacturing to where it has not been before. I have seen that this business has not scaled because of this question,” he said. “Working with masks and gloves limits who can go there, and this limits adoption. We have a machine that requires no venting, and can run safely on the floor here; we believe that it should be like what was mentioned here, pervasive enough that people can set up microfactories. This is where 3D printing has to go.”

Turning to the medical sector, we see that issues are a bit more specialized. Speaking to the life science point of view, Marchand noted that hospitals have a huge need, as 3D printing can be applied to synthetic organs, to prostheses, and more.

“Every hospital would like to have a 3D printing lab, and some do. The thing is, it’s painful to have a 3D printing lab. We know that because we have two, one in the US, and one in France,” he said. “We had to go to market this way, and had no one to help us this way, to manufacture up to standards all the time. We are seeing democratization of 3D printing in hospitals, but many machines right now are not very reliable, post-processing is a problem, and you need the right people. There are still many problems to tackle.”

Barocio had the final word in the discussion of democratization, and took the opportunity to offer some advice.

“My recommendation for the additive manufacturing journey is: simulation could be a heavy investment, and something in the long term will help to come up to speed faster, also lowering the costs of trials and errors,” he said. “I really recommend to use simulation, not only hardware.”

The overall tone of the discussion remained conversational, as these various perspectives came together to offer a quick picture of a fast-growing industry and technology still enduring its growing pains. The points raised offered plenty of food for thought — among many great minds in hardware, software, materials, and end-use applications set to continue driving advances apace.

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[All photos: Sarah Goehrke]


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Controlling a Servo from the Mavic Air Controller #3DPrinting #3DThursday

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daniedb shared this project on Thingiverse!

This project was only to see if it will work, and now I see a few possibilities for this.
Actually this is very straight forward, on the inner workings of this unit.
I’m using the Mavic Air front Lights to control the Servo
In DJI go 4 App, you can assign funtions to the “C” and “Fn” buttons on the controller

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Every Thursday is #3dthursday here at Adafruit! The DIY 3D printing community has passion and dedication for making solid objects from digital models. Recently, we have noticed electronics projects integrated with 3D printed enclosures, brackets, and sculptures, so each Thursday we celebrate and highlight these bold pioneers!

Have you considered building a 3D project around an Arduino or other microcontroller? How about printing a bracket to mount your Raspberry Pi to the back of your HD monitor? And don’t forget the countless LED projects that are possible when you are modeling your projects in 3D!

3D Hangouts – Episode #190 – Infinity Slime #3DThursday #3DPrinting

Glowing LED Slime

Using MakeCode to make sounds

Adafruit Fusion 360 Parts on GitHub

Timelase Tuesday – Marvin Yacht

Webcam Cover-Up Lego brick –

Halo Energy Sword –

Pocket PiGRRL –

PiGRRL 2 with HDMI –

Every Thursday is #3dthursday here at Adafruit! The DIY 3D printing community has passion and dedication for making solid objects from digital models. Recently, we have noticed electronics projects integrated with 3D printed enclosures, brackets, and sculptures, so each Thursday we celebrate and highlight these bold pioneers!

Have you considered building a 3D project around an Arduino or other microcontroller? How about printing a bracket to mount your Raspberry Pi to the back of your HD monitor? And don’t forget the countless LED projects that are possible when you are modeling your projects in 3D!

The Adafruit Learning System has dozens of great tools to get you well on your way to creating incredible works of engineering, interactive art, and design with your 3D printer! If you’ve made a cool project that combines 3D printing and electronics, be sure to let us know, and we’ll feature it here!

3D Printed Color-Changing Material Holds Potential for Information Storage

3D printing grows more sophisticated every day. The technology is capable of producing items that change shape and even move, in experiments that still seem like something out of science fiction. Now University of Nottingham researchers have developed a 3D printed material that changes color in response to light.

Color-changing materials have always been popular among children. When I was growing up, I had a spoon that changed color when placed in milk or water, a bookmark that changed color when touched, and, of course, at least one mood ring. The research conducted by the University of Nottingham scientists has the potential to do a lot more than just entertain kids, however – it could greatly increase the functional capabilities of 3D printed devices for industries like electronics, healthcare and quantum computing.

The research, led by Dr. Victor Sans Sangorrin from Nottingham’s Faculty of Engineering and Dr. Graham Newton from the School of Chemistry, is published in a paper entitled “3D-Printable Photochromic Molecular Materials for Reversible Information Storage,” which you can access here.

“This bottom-up approach to device fabrication will push the boundaries of additive manufacturing like never before,” said Dr. Sangorrin. “Using a unique integrated design approach, we have demonstrated functional synergy between photochromic molecules and polymers in a fully 3D-printed device. Our approach expands the toolbox of advanced materials available to engineers developing devices for real-world problems.”

To demonstrate the concept, the researchers developed a photoactive molecule that changes from colorless to blue when light is shined on it. The color change can then be reversed by exposure to oxygen. They then 3D printed composite materials by combining the photoactive molecules with a custom-made polymer, creating a material that can store material reversibly – in a way, it’s like 3D printed invisible ink.

“We can now take any molecules that change properties upon exposure to light and print them into composites with almost any shape or size,” said Dr. Newton. “In theory, it would be possible to reversibly encode something quite complex like a QR code or a barcode, and then wipe the material clean, almost like cleaning a whiteboard with an eraser. While our devices currently operate using colour changes, this approach could be used to develop materials for energy storage and electronics.”

This is not the first advanced 3D printing application developed by the University of Nottingham, and the school is equipped with an impressive 3D printing research lab set up for research into pharmaceuticals and more. This latest research could have implications for not only electronics but medicine as well.

Authors of the paper include Dominic J. Wales, Qun Cao, Katharina Kastner, Erno Karjalainen, Graham N. Newton and Victor Sans. The research was supported by the Leverhulme Trust, the German Academic Exchange service (DAAD) and the University of Nottingham.

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[Images: University of Nottingham]


Industrial 3D Manufacturing is Here: HP’s New Head of 3D Printing for Asia-Pacific and Japan Details Multi Jet Fusion Global Expansion

Rob Mesaros

Earlier this week, HP Inc. announced its latest global move with the new Lanwan Intelligence – HP Multi Jet Fusion Technology Mass Manufacturing Center in Dali, Foshan in Guangdong Province. Opened through a partnership with Guangdong (Dali) 3D Printing Collaborative Innovation Platform, the new 3D printing center is home to 10 Jet Fusion 3D printing systems, housing HP technology exclusively. The center is targeting production-grade applications at scale for automotive, consumer goods, and other verticals.

As their technology continues to grow as leading industrial 3D printing offering, HP recognizes that business strategy is best propelled by a best-fit team — and with the company’s disruptive ambitions, that team represents a critical aspect of strategy. With Multi Jet Fusion 3D printing technology advancing with rising installations around the world, we have been keeping up with the team at the heart of the growth.

Rob Mesaros is HP’s new Head of 3D Printing for Asia-Pacific and Japan, building upon his strong foundation of experiences with both HP and that region of the world. He was on-site at this past weekend’s opening of the new 3D printing center, and has thoughtfully provided us exclusive insights into what this move means for HP.

Stephen Nigro, President of 3D Printing, HP (left) with Rob Mesaros, Head of 3D Printing for Asia-Pacific and Japan, at the new 3D printing center in China

I appreciated the opportunity to hear directly from Mesaros with his perspective into HP’s offerings and strategies.

You just assumed a new position at HP as Head of 3D Printing for Asia-Pacific and Japan. What do you think has prepared you for this role?

“For starters, I’m a 12-year veteran at HP. Of course 3D printing wasn’t yet part of the plan when I started, but it’s another extension of HP’s spirit of reinvention, market disruption, and making life better for everyone that goes back to the company’s founding days. Most recently, I headed HP’s business in Australia & New Zealand as the Managing Director, and I’ve also served in various other roles in Hong Kong and Singapore, so I’ve had a rarified view into Asia’s many industries and cultures. One thing I’ve gained from that experience is the ability to see how important Asia will be to the growth of 3D manufacturing worldwide, which is among the main reasons why I jumped at the opportunity.”

What is it about Asia-Pacific in particular that’s unique in the global manufacturing system?

“Well, it’s the largest manufacturing market in the world by a considerable margin. China alone represents nearly half of the $12 trillion global manufacturing industry, as well as the world’s 2nd largest economy, which continues to surge. By those merits alone, the manufacturing market for the region is primed for a digital transformation that has already occurred in other major industries like finance and communications, but China is also the world-leader in chemicals development and manufacturing, and strong partnerships with global materials leaders to is at the crux of HP’s 3D printing partner ecosystem. No one company can drive change of this magnitude alone, it’s going to take a truly global village.”

HP just launched the first large-scale 3D manufacturing facility in Asia with China’s Guangdong (Dali) 3D Printing Collaborative Innovation Platform. What makes HP’s Multi Jet Fusion the right 3D printing technology for this new type of 3D factory?

“What makes Multi Jet Fusion right for this center, or any large manufacturing facility, is that we’ve cracked the code for large-scale digital production with incredibly advanced 3D printing technology, lower production costs, greater speed and reliability, dramatically less waste, voxel-level design and production control, and a collaborative 3D partner ecosystem – all of which are driving a new world of previously-impossible applications that are transforming major industries. We’re particularly excited to be launching this 3D factory of the future with Guangdong (Dali) 3D Printing Collaborative Innovation Platform in the world’s largest manufacturing market.”

How does this installation showcase HP’s global commitment to 3D printing / what message does this send to the industry?

“The main message is that industrial 3D manufacturing is here. It’s no longer a wishful notion. Companies like Guangdong (Dali) 3D Printing Collaborative Innovation Platform are providing large-scale, end-to-end 3D manufacturing right now with growing frequency. We’re seeing both new and existing customers increasingly make additional volume orders of HP Jet Fusion printers, as many as 16 at a time, to enable industrial-scale 3D manufacturing to meet growing demand.”

How will China figure in to HP’s global plans?

“China is already a central part of our global growth. China’s ‘Made in China 2025’ plan will be a tipping point for 3D printing technology’s adoption in this region. We are excited about the opportunity to contribute to this national initiative, as we continue to help local manufacturers deliver cost-effective and production-grade parts to accelerate their innovations more quickly and effectively. Our goal is to continue to drive full-production 3D printing since we introduced Multi Jet Fusion in Greater China last June with global leaders like Sinopec Yanshan Petrochemical Company joining our collaborative 3D Open Materials Platform, as well as a host of new partner-driven 3D printing facilities and HP 3D Printing Reference and Experience Centers across Beijing, Taipei, Chengdu, Guangzhou, Nanjing, Shanghai, and a growing number of other municipalities.”

What can we expect to hear come out of China with this center?

“We expect to see this center contribute greatly to the growth of industrial 3D manufacturing that’s been accelerating across China, and around the world. Specifically, we’re excited to watch the digital transformation of leading local industries in the Greater Bay Area of Southern China like automotive, consumer goods and motorcycles that will now be enabled by new, production-grade 3D applications at major scale.”

HP has not been playing its cards close to the vest in terms of broad ambition: the company means to use its 3D printing capabilities to disrupt the $12 trillion global manufacturing industry. With this goal in mind, HP has continued to pave its own way forward with Multi Jet Fusion 3D printing, including the full-color prototyping capabilities unveiled earlier this year and the promise of a metal system to come. Dedicated installation bases around the world, including the world’s major economies and manufacturing hubs, showcase the follow-through necessary for any great plan.

Multi Jet Fusion was announced only a few years ago, with its first installations in late 2016; with the speed of development possible through additive manufacturing and the swift progress of this new industrial technology suite, HP is proving to be both bullish and full-speed-ahead in fulfilling its ambitious intentions.

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[Images provided by HP Inc.]


Researchers 3D Print State-switching Light Sensitive Molecules

Researchers at the University of Nottingham have just displayed a material made from light-sensitive molecules that change states based on environmental stimuli. The research, though still in its infancy, has implications of a range of possible fields. The research, under Dr Graham Newton in the School of Chemistry and Dr Victor Sans Sangorrin in the Faculty […]

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