Monthly Archives: November 2014

PieceMaker Next Pilot ToysRus

ToysRus PieceMaker Won The West…Again?

Two Locations For Some 3d Printing ToysRus PieceMaker Action

ToysRus are putting The PieceMaker Factory™ into their stores. It won’t be producing the famous Colt PeaceMaker, famed to be the “The gun that won the West.” (At least not in anything else but plastic.) I would think ToysRus hope that this 3d Printing initiative will be a competition leading move.

Innovation and leadership are often the keys to keeping the top dog position in business. ToysRus sprung to the front of the pack as a toy buyers super store. The concept was simple; ‘make your store as big as a warehouse’.  Have loads of product in the largest footprint retail outlet you can find. The large form factor stores really blow away the competition and help streamline inventory management.

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The New 3d Systems Industrial 3d Printer Line Up

3d Printing News Alert: 3d Systems New 3d Printer Lineup

You can dream right? 3d Systems New 3d Printer Range

This looks like a pretty strong move by the company.

I have been a bit critical of how 3d Systems had focused a little too much on the consumer range of 3d Printers. This was a great initial move by the company and gave them a huge jump on the market.

3d Systems Aggressive In The Consumer 3d Printer Space

Moving aggressively in the home consumer area gave 3d Systems media attention and certainly sold the sizzle of 3d Printing and its future to the world. “Let’s put a 3d Printer in every Blokes Shed!” Is how I would sum up the strategy from an outsiders viewpoint.  Of course that included schools, Universities and the like.

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Bionic Eye

Will 3d Printing With evok3d Fast Track Six Million Dollar Man’s Bionic Eye?

Follow-Up Case Study To The evok3d 3d Printing 2.0 Event

After attending the evok3d 3d Printing technology sessions called Updates & Insights – 3d Printing 2.0. I promised I would do some follow-up case studies.  This is the first of a series of really exciting cases on how 3d Printing is enabling breakthrough innovations.  Special thanks to the team at evok3d for keeping me across some really exciting and cutting edge use cases they are involved in.

3d Printing, Steve Austin And The Bionic Man

If you happen to be around my age you may remember a show in the early 70’s called the Six Million Dollar Man. Astronaut Steve Austin is severely injured in the crash of an experimental lifting body aircraft. They rebuild Steve and make him, “better, faster, stronger than he was before”. He becomes the ‘bionic man’. He gets a new arm, leg and eye.

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Full Colour 3d Printing In Paper? MCOR IRIS Go Figure?

3d Printing Using Paper Makes Sense When You Think About It…

You know when you hear about a new innovation and you think, “what a great idea, that is so obvious, why didn’t I think of that?”  No wise cracks ok!

Yes, 3d Printing in paper makes so much sense.  There are so many benefits.  The MCOR IRIS is certainly hitting a lot of hot points.  Let’s look at the process and list some pros and cons below.

Full Colour 3d Printing In Paper MCOR IRIS
Full Colour 3d Printing In Paper MCOR IRIS

Process

The process is very different to most other 3d Printing engines.  It warrants a post mainly because it is using so many different methods to achieve its high quality result.  The result is Full Colour 3d Printing output.

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Will Multi Jet Fusion™ 3d Printing Power HP Revival

HP Multi Jet Fusion™ 3d Printing Designed To Disrupt

“Multi Jet Fusion™” 3d Printing is set to change the 3d Printing landscape forever. To quote HP its “features include a unique synchronous architecture using multiple chemical agents that together resolve the fundamental limitations of current 3D printing systems”.

This does make a lot of sense and probably strikes at the heart of the one of the limiting aspects of the current crop of 3d Printers. Most of the current crop are very limited in materials variations they can print.  There is likely some of the larger 3d Printing players kicking their respective R&D labs up the butt as I write this. I am not sure how well HP’s innovation is covered by patents, but you would expect there to be plenty of action there. Certainly Multi Jet Fusion™ is trademarked by HP and a catchy little name at that.

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