August 27, 2014
3D Printing and Additive Manufacturing Industry Expected to Quadruple in Size in Four Years
Wohlers Associates, Inc. expects worldwide revenues from the additive manufacturing and 3D printing industry to reach $12.8 billion by 2018. According to Wohlers Report 2014, the company’s annual publication on the subject, the industry grew to an estimated $3.07 billion in 2013. By 2020, Wohlers Associates forecasts revenues from all products and services in the industry to exceed $21 billion.
Wohlers Associates believes strong growth in the industry will be fueled partly by sales of under $5,000 “personal” 3D printers. An even bigger factor will be the expanded use of the technology for the production of parts, especially in metal, that go into final products. “The industry is transitioning from a prototyping past to a production future,” said Tim Caffrey, senior consultant at Wohlers Associates and a principal author of the report. “Opportunities for AM in production applications are orders of magnitude greater than for modeling and prototyping. The money is in manufacturing, not prototyping.”
Wohlers Report 2014 provides a comprehensive review and analysis of additive manufacturing and 3D printing—terms that are used interchangeably—including its history, applications, processes, materials, and manufacturers. It covers developments in R&D, investment and collaborative activities in government, academia, and industry, and summarizes the state of the AM industry from around the world. Many have referred to the report as the "bible" of 3D printing. The 2014 edition marks the 19th consecutive year of its publication.
The 276-page annual study is packed with up-to-date and practical information that includes 35 charts and graphs, 60 tables, and 248 images and illustrations. The report, which sells for US$495, was created with support from 82 service providers, 29 system manufacturers, and the valuable contributions of 70 co-authors in 24 countries.
Wohlers Associates was established in 1986. The independent consulting firm provides technical, market, and strategic advice on the new developments and trends in additive manufacturing, 3D printing, and rapid product development. The company has completed consulting projects for more than 240 client organizations in 24 countries around the world. Wohlers Associates has also provided detailed information and insight to nearly 150 companies in the investment community. For more information, visit http://wohlersassociates.com
November 20, 2013
The Use of 3D Printing for Final Part Production Continues Impressive 10-Year Growth Trend
The use of 3D printing for the production of parts for final products continues to follow a decade-long growth trend. According to Wohlers Report 2013, final part production rose to 28.3% of the $2.2 billion spent last year on 3D printing products and services worldwide. In 2003, it represented only 3.9% of revenues, as shown in the following chart.
The use of 3D printing, also referred to as additive manufacturing, for final part production is growing in several diverse market segments. They include metal copings for dental crowns and bridges, orthopedic implants, and jewelry. The aerospace industry is also an important market for the production of 3D-printed parts. Boeing uses additive manufacturing extensively to produce environmental control system ducting for directing the flow of air on military and commercial aircraft. GE Aviation announced that it will use 3D-printed fuel nozzles on its next-generation LEAP engine. The company plans to 3D print about 40,000 nozzles annually for its aircraft engines in the coming years.
The production of parts for final products is expected to far surpass prototyping applications for 3D-printed parts, according to Tim Caffrey, senior consultant at Wohlers Associates. This is because the ratio of prototypes to production parts is often 1:1,000 or greater. “The money is in manufacturing, not prototyping,” said Caffrey. “The opportunity for more commercial production activity from additive manufacturing is immense.”
Caffrey is a principal author of Wohlers Report 2013, the definitive state of the industry report for additive manufacturing and 3D printing. Many have referred to it as the “bible” in additive manufacturing. The annual report covers all aspects of 3D printing, including its history, applications, processes, manufacturers, and materials. It documents important developments, covers R&D and collaboration activities in government, academia, and industry, and summarizes the state of the industry in countries around the world. The 2013 edition marks the report’s 18th consecutive year of publication.
The 3D printing industry is expected to continue strong double-digit growth over the next several years. In four years, Wohlers Associates believes that the sale of 3D printing products and services will approach $6 billion worldwide. By 2021, Wohlers Associates forecasts the industry to reach $10.8 billion. It took the 3D printing industry 20 years to reach $1 billion in size. In five additional years, the industry generated its second $1 billion. It is expected to double again, to $4 billion, in 2015.
About Wohlers Associates: The independent consulting firm provides technical, marketing, and strategic advice on new developments and trends in rapid product development and additive manufacturing. The company has worked with over 240 client organizations in 24 countries around the world, as well as more than 100 companies in the investment community. For more information, visit wohlersassociates.com.
About Wohlers Report 2013: The 297-page industry study is packed with up-to-date and practical information. It includes 35 charts and graphs, 55 tables, and 200 photographs and illustrations. The report was created with support from 74 service providers, 31 system manufacturers, and the valuable contributions of 75 co-authors in 21 countries.
July 15, 2011
Crazy Horse Memorial Model Created by APMM Member Students at NTC/BSU
Industrial model making students from Northwest Technical College and Bemidji State University in Minnesota unveil their 1:300th scale model of the Crazy Horse Memorial.
Click here to see the video of the model dedication:
July 13, 2011
Construction Complete for Anchor Seal’s New Facility
A new manufacturing facility has just been completed for Anchor-Seal, Inc.. The new state-of-the-art, 20,000 sq. ft. manufacturing plant and warehouse, featuring a steel beam framework and energy-efficient, foam-filled steel panels, is located at 54 Great Republic Drive, Gloucester, MA 01930. Current work force is 12 people, which is expected to grow to 20 within the next five years. The company expects the facility, located in Blackburn Industrial Park, to be in full operation on May 2, 2011. The new location will provide Anchor Seal with the ability to double the building’s size as needed in the future. Other residents of Blackburn Industrial Park include Varian Semi-Conductor, Gloucester Engineering and NOAA.
Anchor Seal was formerly based in Danvers MA. They obtained all the necessary building permits from the City of Gloucester in 2010, granted with a word of appreciation for investing in the community from Bruce Tobey, City Councilor, as well as the Fire Department’s acknowledgment, from Phil Dench, Gloucester Fire Chief, of Anchor Seal’s cooperation and compliance with all necessary regulations.
Anchor Seal manufactures and distributes to companies serving the electronics, proto- type, automotive, marine, construction, foundry / pattern, theme park, special effects, and architectural molding markets.
Anchor Seal’s product line includes epoxy potting and encapsulation for transformers, coils, power supplies and electronic components; flame-retardant compounds (SMD and SMT); thermally conductive potting compounds; marine laminating epoxies; concrete repair epoxy; and polyurethane potting and casting elastomers. They are a distributor for Silicones Inc. RTV-2 Silicone Rubber, prototype casting and molding silicones, color dispersions, CA’s and mold releases.
For more information about Anchor Seal’s products and services; call them toll free at 800- 669-5217, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit their company web site at www.anchorseal.com. The company’s new address is at 54 Great Republic Drive, Gloucester, MA 01930.
July 13, 2011
You might remember digital fabrication and the Fab Labs from our 2010 Conference...
July 13, 2011
3D Printing Creating "A Whole New World"!
December 7, 2010
Dutch design student uses Rapid Prototyping to fashion chairs out of discarded refrigerators! See the complete article and video here...
October 1, 2010
Rudolph Bros. Announces Two New Products!
Rudolph Bros. & Company is pleased to announce the addition of the Por-A-Kast line manufactured by Hyperlast and the new TS-100 Dry Lube Release Agent.
The Por-A-Kast line of rigid urethanes will be marketed to the rapid prototype, model making and tooling industries. This family of products offer very low viscosity, easy 1:1 mix ratios with excellent cured physical properties. The new TS-100 Dry Lube Release Agent was specifically formulated for difficult to release compounds and parts. TS-100 works with injection molding, compression molding and a variety of transfer molding processes.
Call Rudolph Bros. at (614) 833-0707 or fax toll-free (800) 600-9508 today to request a free sample.
September 17, 2010
New Equipment from Hapco!
The X-Vac Chamber™ is a portable, custom fabricated, steel vacuum chamber, ergonomically designed for the degassing of Hapco's liquid products. The X-Vac Chamber can be purchased seperately; however, a vacuum pump is available.Learn more here...
September 16, 2010
SME To Develop Manufacturing Training Programs With Tooling U Purchase
American Machinist (9/16) reported, "The Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) is buying online training specialist Tooling U in a bid to establish itself as a comprehensive developer and provider of manufacturing training programs." The article describes SME as "a professional society for manufacturing professionals active in a range of industrial sectors, promoting increased awareness of manufacturing engineering. Tooling U develops online training for manufacturing companies and educational institutions, with more than 400 web-based classes employed by over 1,200 organizations worldwide."
September 14, 2010
3-D Printing Sparks "Manufacturing Revolution"
The New York Times reports in a front-page article on the "manufacturing revolution" spurred by 3-D printing, which "has been radically transformed from its origins as a tool used by manufacturers and designers to build prototypes," and "is giving rise to a string of never-before-possible businesses that are selling iPhone cases, lamps, doorknobs, jewelry, handbags, perfume bottles, clothing and architectural models." Proponents of the technology "say that by doing away with manual labor, 3-D printing could revamp the economics of manufacturing and revive American industry as creativity and ingenuity replace labor costs as the main concern around a variety of goods." One entrepreneur said, "There is nothing to be gained by going overseas except for higher shipping charges." While there are some constraints, and "some wonder how successfully the technology will make the transition from manufacturing applications to producing consumer goods, its use is exploding."
APMM member Charles Overy and his company LGM are featured in this story! http://www.nytimes.com/pages/todayspaper/index.html
September 7, 2010
EuroMold Focuses on Additive Manufacturing
DEMAT GmbH (Frankfurt, Germany) and Wohlers Associates, Inc. have announced the 12th annual international Wohlers conference to be held at EuroMold 2010 in Frankfurt, Germany. This year's conference, titled The Business Impact of Additive Manufacturing, is on Friday, December 3. The EuroMold trade fair is December 1-4 at the Exhibition Center Frankfurt.
The full press release is available at http://wohlersassociates.com/press52.htm
September 9, 2010
HOK Presents Time-lapse Video of Tower Model Project
Watch the HOK Model Shop craftsmen in [time-lapse] action as they create a three-dimensional model of an 88-story tower. The HOK Model Shop relocated to their new digs in downtown St. Louis a few months ago. The new facility expands the capabilities of HOK to create three-dimensional models for building design, planning and site development, product development, custom crafted interior decorative elements, and full size mock-ups of building details.
Click to see video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lTIaljB8I1Y
MODEL SIZE: 18” x 6” x 3”
LABOR HOURS (from concept meeting through completion): 80 hours
ASSEMBLY TIME: 2 days
MATERIALS INCLUDE: Clear acrylic, green tinted acrylic, frosted acrylic, white acrylic, with laser cut/etched and handmade pieces
Please contact Victoria Gray with any inquiries.
Model Maker | Model Shop Manager
August 18, 2010
APMM's August Webinar is guaranteed to fit everyone's schedule!
For the APMM 's August webinar offering, we would like to direct your attention to the webinars available through vendor member Z Corp's website. These informative pre-recorded webinars are permanently available on the site, so we will not be "gathering 'round our computers" for a lunch time presentation this month.
Z Corporation is the only single source for inkjet 3D printers, plastic rapid prototyping systems and 3D laser scanners. ZPrinter® 3D printers are the fastest in the industry - 5x-10x faster than all other prototyping technologies; provide the lowest operating cost - one-fifth that of other technologies; and are the only 3D printers capable of printing in multiple colors simultaneously.
Z Corp offers ready to view webinars on a variety of topics including:
* 3D Printer Purchase Criteria: Color
* Lifecycle Costs of 3D Printers
* Feasible 3D Printing in Education—a 3 part series
This excellent collection of informative and educational webinars can be found at: http://www.zcorp.com/en/forward/events.aspx?c=15
Z Corp's got Blogs!
Olimpio DeMarco and Mark Cook, both of Z Corp write interesting and highly relevant 3D printing blogs.
Olimpio's blog features "Tips and tricks, industry insights, news, resources and more—everything you need to learn how 3D printing can help you improve your architectural, engineering and construction designs."
Olimpio's blog is located at: http://3dprintinginaec.blogspot.com/
Mark's blog provides "Technical information, executive opinion on industry trends and news, polls, tips, research finding and much more information designed to help you accomplish your gols with 3D printing and 3D scanning."
Mark's blog can be found at: http://mcad3dprintingandprototyping.blogspot.com/
Future webinars are still being developed—watch for upcoming topics and please continue to send your ideas to Jill Kenik, VP of Vendor Relations at email@example.com
August 16, 2010
ArtCAM Announces User Group Conference
The ArtCAM User Group consists of 2 full days of workshops beginning with a networking evening on September 30th in Las Vegas, NV. The network evening is an excellent chance to meet and mingle with other users.
We will cover what’s new in ArtCAM 2010 and general tricks and tips about the new interface. Once again we will be opening the floor to our users to show some of the excellent projects they have been working on. During the meeting the group will be divided into two groups (JewelSmith users and non-JewelSmith users) the tutorials will be industry focused.
There will also be technical table time to get specific advice or help with a certain features or techniques and a development table to ask for certain wishes inside the program.
For more info: http://www.artcam.com/promos/ug2010/ or contact Mary Shaw firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1-877-Delcam-1
Hapco Inc. Launches New Website!
Hapco, Inc. is proud to announce the recent launch of our new website. We believe that this new website offers cleaner presentation and more user friendly navigation representing a significant improvement over the old site. Along with the new design, we've incorporated some helpful tools that will aid the user in finding the best product for their application. We've also reorganized the product pages in a way that makes important content visible to those looking for it.Click here to go to http://www.hapcoweb.com/
July 26, 2010
3D Printer Priced at less than $15K
ZCorp introduces their ZPrinter® 150 (monochrome, $14,900) and ZPrinter® 250 (multicolor, $24,900) which have a small physical footprint suitable for the classroom, department, or small business. Both are easy to use out of the box. They print five to ten times faster than other 3D printing systems with their ability to print multiple, stacked models simultaneously.
Click here to see the press release from ZCorp or read a review from Make Parts Fast.
July 22, 2010
Revenues from Additive Manufacturing - from Wohlers Associates
The demand for products and services from additive-manufacturing (AM) technology has been strong over its 22-year history. The compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of revenues produced by all products and services over this period is 26.4%. The CAGR slowed to 3.3% over the past three years, with 2009 being the slowest in many years, by far. The chart at http://wohlersassociates.com/growth2010.htm shows the rate of growth/decline since 1993. The bars for 2010 and 2011 are forecasts.
Unit sales remain relatively strong due to the impact from very low-cost machines. The 3D printer market segment grew by nearly 18% in unit sales, yet the segment experienced a sharp decline in revenues—the first time ever since tracking this market segment.
The additive-manufacturing industry has tremendous untapped potential, especially when considering the opportunity in custom and short-run production. Producing parts for end-use products is more challenging than models and prototypes, so this application will take time to develop. It is expected to drive revenues from AM products and services to impressive levels in the future.
Note: The previous information was taken from Wohlers Report 2010, a 250-page global study that focuses on the advances in additive manufacturing worldwide. A detailed overview of the report, as well as additional information on the market and industry, are available at http://wohlersassociates.com.
Wohlers Talk: Changing a Name
Old habits die slowly. Case in point: Transitioning to the term “additive manufacturing.” That’s now the official name of what some refer to as rapid prototyping, freeform fabrication, and a host of other names. Additive manufacturing is the official name …. according to who? ASTM International F42 Committee on Additive Manufacturing Technologies. The group put a lot of thought into it, first selecting AM as the favorite for the name of the committee. It then carefully defined it. The term was not my first choice, but I made the decision to accept, use, and encourage others to use the term, which was decided by consensus—a standards-making process that ASTM has refined over the past 100 years. I decided that if scores of professionals across four continents can agree on it, the term should hold weight and be take seriously.
Defining AM required input, changes, constructive argument, more changes, etc., etc. Eventually, the members of F42 voted on and approved the following: “Additive manufacturing (AM)—process of joining materials to make objects from 3D model data, usually layer upon layer, as opposed to subtractive manufacturing methodologies. Synonyms: additive fabrication, additive processes, additive techniques, additive layer manufacturing, layer manufacturing, and freeform fabrication.”
The definition includes all applications of the technology, including the making of models, patterns, and prototypes for form, fit, and function; mold, die, fixture, and assembly tooling; and custom and limited-edition products, replacement parts, and short-run and series production. Rapid prototyping is the most popular application of AM technology, but it is only one of many.
I hope you can be a part of this change. If you’re uncertain, ask, “Do I want to be a part of the past or a part of the future?” Someone once said that the use of “rapid prototyping” as the generic term is so “1990s,” which is true. Join the 21st century and also consider joining the ASTM F42 standards effort. The group has identified, defined, and approved 27 AM-related terms, but this is only a start. If terminology is not your thing, consider getting involved in one of the other F42 activities. They include the development of standards around test methods, processes, materials, and design (including data/file formats). Retire old habits and help advance the additive manufacturing industry to a new level.
Note: Wohlers Talk is a blog that offers views, perspective, and commentary on rapid product development and a wide range of other topics. More than 200 commentaries have been published. To view them, visit http://wohlersassociates.com/blog.
May 5, 2010
New Industry Report on Additive Manufacturing
Wohlers Associates, Inc. today announced the publication of Wohlers Report 2010, a 250-page analysis of the newest developments and trends in additive manufacturing (AM) worldwide. AM is the process of joining materials to make objects from 3D model data, usually layer upon layer, as opposed to subtractive manufacturing methodologies. Additive manufacturing is used to build physical models, prototypes, patterns, tooling components, and production parts in plastic, metal, ceramic, or composite materials. AM systems use thin, horizontal cross sections from computer-aided design (CAD) models, 3D-scanning systems, medical scanners, and video games to produce parts that may be difficult or impossible to produce any other way.
For the complete report, see http://wohlersassociates.com/press50.htm
May 3, 2010
The All New ArtCAM Newsletter - April 2010
The latest issue of the ArtCAM Newsletter gives you expert opinion pieces on the current engraving strategies used as well as interesting case-studies from ArtCAM customers, Falcontec and Griffin Studios. If you are an ArtCAM Advantage customer, you will also be pleased to know that even more tips and tricks and answers to some of your most frequently asked questions are now available from the Advantage website.
Click here to read the entire publication: http://www.artcam.com/quarterly/2010/1/artcam-newsletter-april-2010.html
April 5, 2010
A Great Loss
The family of Bob Schureman – a founding member of the APMM has suffered a tragic loss. Bob and Mary Schureman’s son Norman died on March 21st in California. Norman, age 50, was a well-respected and much-loved instructor at the Art Center College of Design, where his father Bob taught and also the school from which Norman graduated with a degree in Product Design.
Anyone who knows the Schuremans and would like to offer a condolence message, please send to:
Art Center College of Design
1700 Lida Street
Pasadena, CA 91103
A trust is being established to provide for Norm’s two young sons – Bob’s grandchildren. Contributions (with checks payable to either Milo Schureman or Kian Schureman) can be sent to:
c/o Jered Gold
Art Center College of Design
1700 Lida Street
Pasadena, CA 91103
Condolence cards to Norm’s wife, Fati, and the boys may be included as well.
The Art Center has also established the Norman Schureman Memorial Scholarship to benefit incoming Product Design students at the college. Should anyone wish to ensure Norm’s legacy of art, design, craft and model making thrives at the College, donations may be made online: http://www.artcenter.edu/accd/giving.jsp
From this article, you may get a glimpse of an amazing man and an inspiring teacher. http://www.scpr.org/news/2010/03/28/memorial-held-pasadena-art-college-teacher/
March 8, 2010
Delcam Software presented at APMM
DM Solutions, Delcam reseller in Derry, New Hampshire, will demonstrate how Delcam’s software for artistic applications can help professional model makers at the APMM Conference taking place in Boston, MA on March 26-29, 2010 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel Cambridge. The software range that DM will present comprises of the ArtCAM family of products as well as PowerSHAPE for more complex designing.
The main change in the ArtCAM 2010 version that will be demonstrated at the expo is the completely new interface. The main advantage of the ArtCAM new interface is that it can be customized by the user to give them the optimum productivity. This means that every user can set up the software to give quicker access to the commands that they use most frequently releasing much more of the screen for visualization of the model in the design progresses. Another change that will increase productivity is the ability to use many more commands on the 3D model directly. Previously, much of ArtCAM’s modeling had to be carried out on a 2D view, and then calculated and visualized in 3D. Direct editing in the 3D window will give more immediate feedback, and allow much faster creation and modification of designs.
Further improvements have been made to the sculpting tools. These tools are highly valued by ArtCAM’s creative users as they can be used to produce virtually any shape. They duplicate in the virtual world the ability to sculpt physical materials but with the added advantage that material can be added as well as taken away.
On the machining side, a great deal of underlying technology has been incorporated into ArtCAM from Delcam’s industry-leading engineering CAM system, PowerMILL, such as the latest in multi-threading technology which gives faster calculation times. The machining improvements in ArtCAM 2010 will also give users greater flexibility to edit toolpaths, in particular to optimize the leads and links.
The main change in the new releases of PowerSHAPE, Delcam’s CAD software, and CopyCAD Pro, Delcam’s reverse engineering program, is that both programs now incorporate a new solid modelling kernel. The addition of this additional kernel, together with Delcam’s existing tools, allows PowerSHAPE to read in and repair models from all sources, including IGES and native CATIA files, and output a solid models that can be read directly into all major CAD software.
The new Solid Doctor feature uses automatic data repair tools, together with the surface creation and editing options that are available from PowerSHAPE. This combination means that simple repairs can be carried out quickly and easily, while more complex problems can be overcome by deleting and replacing the existing surfaces within the model. Despite the many improvements made in data translation in recent years, it still remains a multi-million dollar problem for manufacturers that need to pass CAD data up and down a supply chain. Delcam’s Solid Doctor will provide a quick and easy solution to this problem and so allow faster and more efficient new product development.
February 12, 2010
Retired Model Maker Goes "Fishing"
Donald Rothwell, retired instructor from the Art Institute of Seattle, and Emeritus Member of the APMM is marketing an artists blank 48” sockeye salmon weather vane that can be used for fund raising projects. Three of the fish have just been accepted to the 2010 Annual La Conner WA outdoor sculpture exhibit.
Artists Donald Rothwell, Judith Heim, and Jason Twyford of Edmonds, Washington have been chosen to exhibit their embellished salmon weather vanes in the annual outdoor sculpture exhibit sponsored by the La Conner Arts Commission. The trio of salmon weather vanes symbolize the plight of the indigenous salmon population which is being threatened by waste water runoff from street drains throughout the Pacific Northwest. Each weather vane started as an artist’s salmon blank provided by Kurium Design, Edmonds WA. The 4’ x 18” sockeye salmon artist’s blanks are thermal formed in a PVC polymer from a wood mold sculpted by Don Rothwell, principal of Kurium Design. The trio of weather vanes are to be installed at the La Conner water front picnic area the first week of March and be up through February 2011.
January 28, 2010
Youngest APMM Member Recognized with Award
Vincent Ruggio, 12, of Manlius, New York, and the APMM's youngest student member, recently participated in the 2010 National Engineer's Week "Future City Competition®" in Buffalo and was recognized with an Honorable Mention. Vincent has been a member of the APMM since July 2008 and was featured in our Summer 2009 E-Newsletter. His mother Michelle, also his homeschool teacher, says that Vincent is the only student in the 18 year history of the competition to participate as an individual and not as part of a school group.
The paper models of buildings Vincent, a seventh grader, creates are often arranged into cities that he models after real places and buildings or plans he conjures from his imagination. Vincent wants most to be an architect and is fascinated by buildings and their facades. Congratulations Vincent, on your achievement!
December 21, 2009
Delcam's ArtCAM 2010 range includes new options for V-bit carving
Delcam previews new versions of its ArtCAM software at the ISA expo taking place April 8-10 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL. The range comprises the entry-level version, ArtCAM Express for users new to CNC machining, ArtCAM Insignia for production machining and ArtCAM Pro for more complex design and manufacturing. For more, visit http://www.delcam.com/index.asp
September 21, 2009
EuroMold International Conference Focuses on The Future of Additive Manufacturing
DEMAT GmbH (Frankfurt, Germany) and Wohlers Associates, Inc. have announced the 11th annual international conference to be held at EuroMold 2009 in Frankfurt, Germany. This year's conference, titled The Future of Additive Manufacturing, is on Friday, December 4 at EuroMold 2009. The EuroMold trade fair is December 2-4 at the Exhibition Center Frankfurt. For more information, visit http://wohlersassociates.com.
September 18, 2009
Lifesize Art Enlarged
Delcam and Digital Atelier
To view the video: http://www.delcam.tv/
September 1, 2009
3D Scanning Helps Wounded Soldier
Direct Dimensions, Inc. recently made national news for their work in developing a new surgical procedure to help a wounded U.S. Army soldier who returned from Iraq with a severe facial injury. Working with plastic surgeons at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, DDI used its advanced 3D laser scanning technology to capture a hand-sculpted model of the nose and then digitally rebuilt the nose in order to create a custom surgical guide.
To read more: www.directdimensions.com/woundedsoldier
August 11, 2009
Reverse Engineering Molds
When Robinson Home Products decided to launch a new, more environmentally friendly kitchen utensil product, they needed to find a company who could successfully reverse engineer existing product molds. Direct Dimensions' technology and 14 years of engineering experience were a perfect fit.
To read more: http://www.directdimensions.com
July 15, 2009
In the Community: Kids Model Making for a Cause
On April 4th, Delaware Valley Habitat for Humanity hosted the Eighth Annual “Build a House…Build a Dream! Contest for Kids” which took place at Drexel University. Fifth grade children from six regional counties (Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, Philadelphia, and Camden) were invited to build a model of their “dream home” and have it considered by a panel of judges. This fundraising event is a fun day for the kids, their families, the judges and supporters of the cause.
To read more: http://www.usainc.com/news/archives/434
July 15, 2009
From Scale Models to Construction Innovations, USA Helps Build the Home of the Future
The diversity of USA’s capabilities has allowed us to participate with our esteemed client, architects KieranTimberlake Associates, in several phases of an exhibition entitled Home Delivery: Fabricating the Modern Dwelling, which is currently on display at The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in midtown Manhattan.
To read more: http://www.usainc.com/news/archives/3
July 9, 2009
Submitted by member Terry Wohlers
Additive Manufacturing Around the World
Several countries with annual installations of 100 or more additive manufacturing (AM) systems experienced impressive double-digit growth in 2008. China grew by 39.7%, France by 29.2%, Germany by 23.6%, and the UK by 15.6%. The U.S. grew by only 4.4% and Japan declined by a surprising 56.8%. A few countries with relatively small annual installations experienced strong growth from 2007 to 2008. They were Brazil (23 to 42 units), Mexico (22 to 35), Thailand (43 to 67), Sweden (47 to 70), and the Netherlands (40 to 67).
For more info, visit http://wohlersassociates.com.
Wohlers Talk: Additive Manufacturing Roadmap
The National Center for Manufacturing Sciences led the development of a roadmap for the additive manufacturing industry in 1998. The effort was supported by many industrial, government, and academic organizations in the U.S. and it led to a report titled The Road to Manufacturing. It served as a useful guide, although I believe it was the work leading up to the document that was of most value. As Dwight Eisenhower once said, and I will paraphrase: Plans are useless, but planning is indispensable. To read the full report, visit http://wohlersassociates.com/roadmap2009.html.
June 19, 2009
Direct Dimensions News Special - June 2009
Weeks after the film’s release, Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian continues to be described as “ingenious” for bringing to life many famous art and sculpture pieces and animating ‘monumental’ figures, such as the Lincoln Memorial. APMM Member Direct Dimensions supplied data and graphics necessary for President Lincoln’s foray into Hollywood.
See the WJZ Channel 13 Newscast Featuring Direct Dimensions - click here
June 17, 2009
Message from Big Idea Group
ABCO is searching for ideas for innovative product lines that match the manufacturing and distribution capabilities of Arthur Blank & Co. (ABCO) and push the company into new areas of business or extend their existing product lines with compelling innovations. Very broadly defined, ABCO is a producer of sheet-fed plastic items (think credit cards), with a specialty in gift, loyalty, and membership cards. For details and guidelines: click here
Deadline for this Hunt is July 29, 2009. The royalty potential for winning concepts is tremendous, and multiple submissions are strongly encouraged.
June 15, 2009
Submitted by members John Killar, Julie Chen, Richard Coleman, Aaron Williams and Matthew Roche
More Scale Models of Cities:
New York City http://www.queensmuseum.org/panorama/pictures.htm
Boston http://www.flickr.com/photos/julie_chen/3616216389/ and http://vector1media.com/spatialsustain/wp-content/uploads/2009/02/boston-development-model.jpg
June 10, 2009
Submitted by member Michael Raphael
Scale Model of Chicago
June 10, 2009
Quality Manufacturing Today E-zine
May 6, 2009
Submitted by member Ray Denison
Hexapod CNC Router cuts 3D face
May 4, 2009
Submitted by member Terry Wohlers
Wohlers Associates, Inc. today announced the publication of Wohlers Report 2009, a 250-page analysis of the newest developments and trends in additive manufacturing (AM) worldwide. AM systems build parts layer by layer and are used for a wide range of applications, including design review and validation, fit and function prototyping, pattern making, and tooling. Increasingly, AM is being used for custom and replacement part manufacturing, limited-edition products, short-run production, and in some instances, full production.
To learn more, visit: 2009 Wohlers Report
April 24, 2009
Submitted by member Maureen Connaughton, Universal Services Associates
USA News - People. Projects. Process.
On April 15th, the Griffin Discovery Room will open at the new Thomas Jefferson Visitor Center and Smith Education Center located on the grounds of Monticello. Working with Philadelphia-based exhibit designer Metcalfe Architecture & Design, USA served as prime exhibit contractor for the 1,100 square feet exhibit space especially tailored for young children and their families.
Read More: http://www.usainc.com/news/
April 24, 2009
Submitted by member Paul Rynkiewicz
Marvelous miniature railroad models in Germany A friend sent me this video and I know there are a few of you who will enjoy this. It is of a fantastic scale model train layout and much more in Hamburg, Germany.
April 22, 2009
Submitted by member/APMM president Hal Chaffee
Feature article "Additive Manufacturing - New Capabilities For Rapid Prototypes and Production Parts" in the March 2009 issue of Plastics Technology magazine.
April 21, 2009
Submitted by member Direct Dimensions
Rapid Solutions to 3D Problems - April 2009 newsletter
April 15, 2009
Submitted by member Terry Wohlers
ASTM International Committee F42 on Additive Manufacturing Technologies
On January 13, 2009 at the ASTM International Headquarters in West Conshohocken (Philadelphia), Pennsylvania, more than 70 individuals from the U.S., Europe, Japan, and South Africa met. They approved the formation of an official ASTM Committee (F42) to create industry standards around additive manufacturing technologies. The need for standards has been argued for at least a decade. Finally, it is happening, and in a spirit of cooperation and a sense of urgency.
Subcommittees were formed on terminology, testing, processes, materials, and design (including file formats). Creating standard methods of testing and comparing additive systems and materials is arguably the most important activity of this effort.
ASTM Committee F42 on Additive Manufacturing Technologies will meet 27-28 May 2009 at the ASTM International Headquarters. You can now preregister at the following:
April 15, 2009
Submitted by SME
Stay Ahead of the Competition - Exhibit in RAPID 2009
Submitted by member Robert Jaquiss
Low cost ceramic RP
The following link is to an article describing work at the University of Washington (UW). Some professors and students have created some formulas for low cost ceramic RP which work in currently available equipment.
The article refers to an article in Ceramics Monthly the link to this article is:
The Tinyurl to the above link is: