May 17, 2016
Today at the RAPID 3D print show, HP unveiled its first proprietary 3D printing product: the HP Jet Fusion 3D Printing Solution. Calling it “the world’s first production-ready commercial 3D printing system,” HP says the new Multi Jet Fusion product is part of its journey to bring disruptive manufacturing solutions to market.
As HP has said previously, the device will deliver superior quality parts up to 10 times faster and at half the cost of current 3D print systems. It will also print functional parts at the individual voxel level, HP said, a 3D printing first. During a pre-briefing call, Alex Monino, Head of Marketing and Go-to-Market for HP’s 3D printing business, indicated that HP has plans for a marketing campaign centered around the “voxel” concept. Read more »
Jan 19, 2016
Okay, so up front, let me address the elephant in the room…I know there has been some less than flattering feedback about the direction of the show the past few years. I know this because you’ve been kind of enough and trusted me enough to tell me directly to my face or on the phone. You know me, I appreciate honesty and I love people who are direct. I’m simply asking you to do me a favor, the favor is this, read this piece and allow me lay out a few points as to why I believe you should attend this year’s event. Fair enough?
First, our industry needs this show to be successful. We need an event, and as “We” I include everyone who is dedicated to the industry, that is independent, unbiased and most of all an event that provides value to and for independent office technology companies. ITEX National Conference and Expo’s team has been working diligently for the past year to dig deep and renew the position of this show as the go-to resource for the independent channel.
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Christine Dunne Dunne
May 4, 2015
Last week, it was announced that seven leading companies in the global 3D printing sector have launched a new consortium—the 3MF Consortium—focused on interoperability, functionality, and standards within the 3D printing industry.
The 3MF Consortium’s Logo
As a first step, the consortium is releasing a new specification—the 3D Manufacturing Format (3MF) specification—that enables design applications to send “full-fidelity” 3D models to other applications, platforms, services, and printers. The first version of the specification is free, and available for download on the consortium’s website.
According to the press release announcing the news, current 3D design file formats—such as STL files—often have limitations around accuracy, ease of use, and functionality. They aren’t necessarily capable of fully describing models and all their characteristics. Read more »
Jul 15, 2014
At an analyst, press, and customer event in New York City last week Konica Minolta launched two new color products and hinted at (but did not provide specifics on) announcements to come later this year. Rick Taylor, Konica Minolta U.S.’s President and Chief Operating Officer, and other Konica Minolta U.S. executives also outlined the company’s strategy in a presentation titled “Blueprint for the Future” that showed how print technology remains at the core, but is surrounded by solutions and services.
Jan 13, 2014
The Consumer Electronics Show (CES), held January 7th to 10th in Las Vegas, is a chance for the public to see the newest electronic products that are making their way to homes and nearby retailers in the near future.Â This year’s show had several key themes, such as 4K Screen Resolution, mobile computing, and smartphones, but one of the most talked about technologies was 3D printing. Major announcements from MakerBot and 3D Systems created show buzz while highlighting next steps in the evolution of these technologies. The presence of 3D printing at CES gives InfoTrends time to reflect on how far 3D printing has come in the past few years, and what the future impact of these new product announcements will be.
Figure 1: CES 3D Sytems Booth - Source: vosizneias.com
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Dec 20, 2013
It is fair to describe 2013 as the year of 3D printing. A range of technologies using additive manufacturing have been finding applications in short-run production, prototyping, manufacturing, and other applications for industries such as architecture, industrial design, automotive, aerospace, engineering, fashion, civil engineering, dental, and medical. What is particularly interesting now is that with this growth, the activity is not only in new product developments and acquisitions, but increasingly in technology and distribution partnerships, particularly with graphic arts vendors.
iPhone cases made from 3D Systems ProJet Series 4500
It is logical that graphic arts vendors are migrating to become more active in the 3D printing market space. In fact it’s more of an evolutionary development rather than a revolutionary one. Many of these companies have imaging technologies that are well suited to 3D printing. In addition, they have the sales, marketing, and service capabilities that are required to support the higher end 3D printing offerings. So it is natural that a series of business developments and announcements have made headlines in 2013 involving companies like Canon, Fuji Dimatix, HP, Konica Minolta, Ricoh, and Xerox.
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Dec 10, 2013
From digitally printed glass covering the fronts of buildings to cork floors printed to look like hardwood, there has been a lot of activity in the digital printing space for architecture and design. At InfoTrends, our research has typically revolved around the technology, innovation, and products that enable new applications to flourish. However, we always keep end users in mind, as they are the ones who seed print providers with ideas that drive new opportunities. The Architecture Boston Expo (ABX) was just the place to see firsthand how innovations in digital printing are manifesting themselves into industrial applications. ABX is a local show aimed at architects and interior designers— offering attendees the chance to network, view the latest technology available to them for production, and educate themselves through sponsored information seminars. It was here, in this show, we were able to see how digital printing is making inroads into this industry.
Figure 1: View of the Show Floor
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Dec 5, 2013
There was an awkward moment in one of the conference sessions at Konica Minolta’s recent dealer meeting. Polly LaBarre, co-author of Mavericks at Work, was summing up her presentation and she asked listeners if they would promise to ‘walk into the office stupider, and ask more questions.’ Promoting stupidity seems like a losing proposition but the ‘asking questions’ part is right on the mark, and I think it is a good reflection of the way that Konica Minolta conducted its ‘Shape the Future’ event, which took place November 17-19 at the Venetian/Palazzo Resort in Las Vegas.
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