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This edition of Rapid 3D Printing News brings you 3D printing news from Formlabs, INTAMSYS, Xometry, and World’s First Inhabitants of a 3D Printed House.
Formlabs Launches New Castable Wax Resin
Formlabs, the manufacturers of SLA & SLS 3D printing systems, recently announced a new addition to their increasing resin library, the castable wax resin. The jewellery resin is now available for shipping
This new wax-filled resin will be used for 3D printing high detail jewellery castings. It is designed for reliable direct investment casting with zero ash content and clean burnout. Printed
According to Andrew Goldstein, vice president, Zina Sterling Silver, “Before bringing 3D printing in-house, I’ve outsourced waxes to be printed, only to discover I needed thicker or thinner dimensions in the first design. I’m super excited about the new Castable Wax Resin, the detail was outstanding in the initial prints and the material was so much easier to invest and cast.”
INTAMSYS Launches a Global Industrial 3D Printing Competition with Total Value worth $10,000
INTAMSYS, the industrial-grade 3D printer manufacturer from Shanghai, China, launched a global industrial 3D printing competition with total value worth $10,000. This is the company’s first Industrial 3D Printing Global Competition with this year’s theme focuses on “Jigs and Fixtures”.
The Shanghai-based additive manufacturing solutions provider of PEEK and high-performance functional materials launched the competition on 10th July and the entries will be accepted till 31st August. The resulting three winners will be announced on the 14th September 2018.
As per Chun Pin Lim, Marketing Director of INTAMSYS, “During our business visits in the USA, Europe and China, we’ve learned first-hand from our customers and partners that 3D printed jigs and fixtures in polycarbonate, nylon and PEEK have significantly improved lead time, worker safety and costs on their production floors.”
Xometry Acquires Rival MakeTime; Also Raises $25M in funding
Xometry, an online marketplace for custom-manufactured parts, announced that it has acquired its rival MakeTime. The acquisition brings together the America’s top two digital manufacturing platforms. The MakeTime brand will be dissolved into the Xometry brand.
This acquisitions now makes Xometry’s partner network to jump from 1,100 to 2,300 while incorporating MakeTime’s enterprise product expertise and features including their Autodesk Fusion add-in and Shop Advantage program.
Speaking about the acquisition, Randy Altschuler, co-founder and CEO of Xometry said, “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. This acquisition will provide our customers with access to massive capacity through the industry’s largest distributed manufacturing network as well enhanced product features.”
Apart from the acquisition, Foundry Group, one of MakeTime’s investors, will lead a new $25M round of funding for the newly combined company. Almaz Capital, BMW i Ventures, GE Ventures, Highland Capital Partners and Maryland Venture Fund will also contribute to the round. Xometry has now raised a total to date of $63M.
Ramdani Family becomes the World’s First Inhabitants of a 3D Printed House
Nordine and Nouria Ramdani, have become the proud and the world’s first inhabitants of a 3D printed four-bedroom house in France. The husband and wife will be living in the house along with their three children.
The house was built under the Yhnova project, which aims to construct affordable, adaptable, and energy efficient housing in a time and cost-effective manner. The project is led by the University of Nantes (IUT).
The house was 3D printed in 54 hours and then it took 4 months to fit windows, doors, roofs to complete the construction. The overall cost of the house is estimated to be £176,000, which is 20% cheaper than the one constructed in traditional methods.
Nordine and Nouria Ramdani, on being the first inhabitants of a 3D printed house, said “It’s a big honour to be a part of this project. We lived in a block of council flats from the 60s, so it’s a big change for us. It’s really something amazing to be able to live in a place where there is a garden, and to have a detached house.”
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