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My Stratasys Desktop 3D Printer is in Emulation Mode (What do I do?) - find copy of known good config files, replace them on printer, Dave Murawski, CATI Tech Notes, Dec 12, 2014

Prototyping: 3D Printing in a Nutshell - 3D printers by 3D Systems: Projet 660, ProJet 3500 HD Max, ProJet 6000, Jeremy Losaw, Edison Nation, Oct 16, 2014

What Materials are Used in 3D Printing? It's More Than Fantastic Plastic - 3DSystems ProX 300 printer is focused on direct metal laser sintering; Graphene is newly created material for 3D printing, Jeff Yoders, CADdigest.com, Nov 6, 2014

3D Printing's New Materials, Pt 2: Metal - developments in metals, activity with standards organizations, technology resources, market implications behind these processes, Pamela Waterman, Desktop Engineering, Nov 1, 2014

3D Printing Issues and Challenges: 3D Printers - consumer 3D printers should be priced at consumer level, affordable to run, must have after sales support, Jeremy Pullin, DEVELOP 3D, Oct 27, 2014

Unlocking Innovation with 3D Printing - idea behind 3D printing products must consider cost of design, prototyping, packaging, mold making to avoid initial roadblocks, access retailing factors before releasing new 3D printed product in market, John Hauer, Inside 3DP, Oct 27, 2014 

First Look: Materialise Magics 19 - 3D printing software focuses on making workflow more efficient, allows users slice STL files according to machine specifications, uses different exposure types, offers new slice distribution option along with intuitive support generation, Stephen Holmes, DEVELOP 3D, Oct 23, 2014

3D Printer Design Software: Review of Polygon 3D Modeling - issues when using polygonal modeling: 3D models have to be water tight, different tolerance level; advantages: ability to create organic creations, good color 3D printing, Mike Grauer, Inside 3DP, Oct 12, 2014

Manufacturing the Future: How 3D Printing Went from Pipe Dream to Your Desktop - 3D printing is now commonly regarded as technology having society-shaping potential, public conversations are about transformative manufacturing processes, Brian Heater, Digital Trends, Sep 26, 2014

3D Printing's New Materials: Plastics, Ceramics, Composites and More - exploring extensive variety of newer non-metal options: resins, other liquid/semi-liquid materials, powders, filament, carbon fibers, Pamela Waterman, Desktop Engineering, Oct 1, 2014

Can 3D Printing Help Kids Learn How to Write? - kids use 3D printed set of solid letters to compose words, sentences at Montessori school, 3D models of solid digraphs help improve tools for writing learning, 3D Perspectives, Sep 29, 2014

Autodesk CTO Reveals Details of Their Spark 3D Printing Platform & Printer: More Coming at Inside 3D Printing Conference - Spark will be compatible with any, all types of 3D printers, has ability for slicing object, creating needed print orientation for that object, Eddie Krassenstein, 3D Print.com, Sep 25, 2014

Proper 3D Printer Shutdown - Stratasys 3D Printer Support Tip - run shutdown wizard if 3D printer is not going to be in use for 2-3 weeks; for longer periods, run machine flush/fill wizard, load machine with cleaning solution, Dave Murawski, CATI Tech Notes, Sep 26, 2014

Building the 3D Printing Community - makerspaces set up in local communities, 3D printing cafes are offering tutorials on 3D printing skills; portals like 3D Hubs are connecting makers to 3D printers across globe, Laura Griffiths, TCT Magazine, Sep 11, 2014

3D Printing Reshapes Engineering's Future: A Look Inside the Maker Movement - 3D printing virtually took over the event, Local Motors showed off entirely 3D printed 'Strati' vehicle, Iliza Sokol, Machine Design, Sep 25, 2014

Hydroforming - cost effective method to shape ductile metals into structurally stiff, strong parts, uses high pressure hydraulic fluid to press metal into desired shape, Jack Wolf, MasterGraphics, Sep 23, 2014

TCT Show + Personalize 2014 Preview - 5 key 3D printing processes: filament-based systems, UV curable resins, SLA, sintering for plastics, printing with materials, DEVELOP 3D, Sep 24, 2014

History of 3D Printing: It's Older Than You are (That is, if You're Under 30) - toddlerhood of additive manufacturing, period of open-source movement, democratization of manufacturing, 3D printing in its prime, Dana Goldberg, CADdigest.com, Sep 8, 2014

3D Printing Goes Mainstream - diverse leaders are willing to accept 3D into their businesses; Autodesk tops among 10 most influential companies on 3D printing, Bruce Rogers, Forbes, Sep 3, 2014

The Next Frontier for 3D Printing and Additive Manufacturing - 3D printing, related technologies are being used for manufacturing, 72,000 personal 3D printers were sold in 2013, industrial printer sales could exceed 15,000 units in 2015, James Janega, Blue Sky Originals, Sep 2014

3D Printing Makes Its Move Into Production - companies like Lockheed Martin, Ford are looking forward to use 3D printing to produce some replacement parts on demand, Robert Mitchell, Computerworld, Aug 13, 2014

33 Reasons to Resist the Hype Around 3D Printing - desktop 3D printer can not make anything desired, 3D modeling is still far too difficult for most people, Post processing involves too much labor, Joris Peels, Inside 3DP, Sep 2, 2014

Managing Parting Lines in Injection-Molded Parts - look for suggested parting line, consider effectiveness of its location both cosmetically, functionally, Design Engineering, Aug 24, 2014

Multi Jet and Poly Jet Post Processing - comparatively multi jet technology demands lesser actual labor removing support, no chemicals needed, lesser time to finish for large amounts of printed parts, Jack Wolf, MasterGraphics, Au 25, 2014

Got My Mojo Working - Ideas Series of 3D printers consists of Mojo, uPrintSE, uPrintSE Plus printers with FDM technology, can print to a minimum thickness of 0.127mm, CAD User, May 2014

7 Reasons to Bring 3D Printing Into the Classroom - improves math, programming, art and design skills, helps understand position of objects in space, interests in STEM fields, itPrint Australia, May 8, 2014

$300 3D Printer Coming Early 2015 - widely sought after Micro 3D printer is cheap, known for its less than foot dimension, 50-350 microns print resolution, compatibility with standard filament rolls, comes with 3D printing MAC software, plug/play setup, Jill Scharr, Tom's Guide, May 6, 2014

Color 3D Printing ANSYS Mechanical and Mechanical APDL Results - employ tool to convert ANSYS MAPDL models into color bands STL, obtain license of ANSYS CFD-Post, Magics from Materialise before attaching CFD Post object to model, else set macro for element based contours, Eric Miller, PADT Blog, May 20, 2014

7 Things You Didn't Know About Subtractive Rapid Prototyping - easy-to-use CNC functionality without complexity of CNC programming, cost effective than additive systems, processes wide range of materials, offers superior finish, proof of manufacturing, versatile, Rachel Hammer, Product Design & Development, May 15, 2014

How 3D Printing Can Transform Your Business - utilizes resources effectively, eliminates need for bulk production, rapid manufacturing reduces cycle times, simplifies logistics by creating spare parts on demand, allows easy replacement of legacy systems parts with 3D printer, Rebecca Bagley, Forbes, May 3, 2014

The First 3D Printed Metal Furniture is Here - Autodesk and Dutch designer Joris Laarman developed first affordable technique for 3D printing metal using MX3D-Metal, Margaret Rhodes, Fast Company, May 15, 2014

12 Crazy Things Being Made with 3D Printing - list includes: makeup, houses, vinyl LP records, bicycles, food, prosthetics, clothing, casts for broken bones, medical implants, furniture, Richard Linn, Vectorex, May 8, 2014

3D Printing's Fate According to a Technology Futurist - industry experts expect additive mass-production methods to increase factory automation, product customization in future, Elisabeth Eitel, Machine Design, May 12, 2014

3D Printer Round Up - 3D printers for creating architectural models: MakerBot Replicator, 3D Systems ProJet 660, MCOR Iris, EOS Formiga P110, AEC Magazine, Mar 18, 2014

In-House vs Outsource - 6 Advantages of Owning a 3D Printer - lower costs, accelerated time to market, frequent prototyping, fewer manufacturing errors, greater confidentiality, improved model accuracy, quality, Jim TeDesco, CATI Tech Notes, Mar 14, 2014

Where is My '3D Print' Button in CAD? - developing modeling strategies for design for additive manufacturing, Matthew Loew, Engineering.com, Mar 4, 2014

3D Systems Rising After Earnings But 'Big Bang Theory' Builds Bear Case - 3D Systems reported $154.8 million revenue in Q4, net income was $11.2 million, Samantha Sharf, Forbes, Feb 28, 2014

Stereolithography (SLA) vs Multi-Jet Modeling (MJM) - SLA is process of curing layers of photopolymer resin with ultraviolet laser to build parts; MJM is additive manufacturing process of large industrial print head jetting material onto build plate one layer at a time, Jack Wolf, MasterGraphics, Feb 26, 2014

SolidWorks World 2014, Pt 2: Trends on Display in the Partner Pavilion - new offerings emphasize expanded 3D printing capabilities, tools that move heavy lifting of design, rendering off desktop, Cyrena Respini-Irwin, Cadalyst, Feb 25, 2014

Why China Wants to Lead the World in 3D Printing - China has built world's largest 3D printer, large scale industrial 3D printers capable of printing titanium alloy structures, including parts used in satellites, rockets, nuclear power plants, John Aziz, The Week, Feb 19, 2014

Design for 3D Printing - consider orientation of model with respect to machine's platen, material thickness while 3D printing part, Matt Lombard, Siemens PLM Software Community, Feb 12, 2014

Build It, and They Will Come - multi-material additive manufacturing will introduce new levels in 3D printing industry, Pamela Waterman, Desktop Engineering, Feb 1, 2014

First Look: The Markforged 'Mark One' Carbon Fiber 3D Printer at SolidWorks World 2014 - can print strength-sensitive parts for high-stress applications, will be available for $4,999, Simon Martin, SolidSmack, Feb 3, 2014

MarkForg3D Prints Carbon Fiber Parts, Rocks SolidWorks World - little startup gets attention at public debut, Roopinder Tara, CAD Insider, Jan 31, 2014

Stratasys Introduces Objet 500 Connex3 3D Printer - new materials, colors can be achieved by printing droplets of 3 base materials in specific patterns, to be shipped in second quarter of 2014, list price is $330,000, Kathleen Maher, Graphic Speak, Jan 29, 2014

Mark Forg3D's Mark One: World's First Carbon Fiber 3D Printer - parts printed in composites are 20 times stiffer, 5 times stronger than common 3D printing material, will be available for $5,000, Barb Schmitz, 3D CAD World, Jan 28, 2014

3D Printing in Color - Projet X60 offers powder-based printing technology to create vibrant color models, Projet 4500 prints with ready-to-use, flexible, plastic material, Objet500 Connex3 can use up to 46 colors in single prototype, Jack Wolf, MasterGraphics, Jan 29, 2014

The First 3 Color, Multi-Material 3D Printer is Just What You Imagined - Objet500 Connex3 offers triple-jetting technology that combines rigid, flexible, transparent color materials to print parts, features 6 palettes to provide new rubber-like tango colors, Josh Mings, SolidSmack, Jan 26, 2014

What You Should Know About FDM 3D Printing Material Cartridges - model vs support cartridges, application of reserve material, avoid unloading, reloading cartridge until conditions are suitable to avoid printing errors, Jon Lawrence, CAPuniversity, Jan 24, 2014

Why 2014 Could be the Year of the Light-Based 3D Printer - stereolithography, digital light processing are emerging as attractive options compared to fused deposition modeling, provide higher quality, greater speed, Signe Brewster, Gigaom, Jan 14, 2014

How to Avoid Errors During Desktop 3D Printing - choose correct material, consider tolerance, support material; steps to 3D print model, Lindsey Frick, Machine Design, Dec 17, 2013

Precision Prototyping - role of 3D printed molds in injection molding industry, consider PolyJet 3D printed molds, best practices guidelines, Lior Zonder & Nadav Sella, Stratasys, Jan 2014

MakerBot Launches 'Mini' 3D Printer for Consumers for the Same Price as a Laptop - 'MakerBot Replicator Mini Compact 3D' offers one-touch 3D printing, has built-in 'connected' camera, costs $1375, Jim Edwards, Chron, Jan 6, 2014

How HP Could Reshape Itself and the 3D Printing Market - HP has seen ups, downs in last decade, plans to enter 3D printing market with renewed focus, Signe Brewster, Gigaom, Jan 6, 2014

3D Printing Stock Bubble? $10.8 Billion By 2021 - Autodesk, Stratasys, 3D Systems, Dassault Systemes had excellent gains in 3D printing market in last 1-2 years, TJ McCue, Forbes, Dec 30, 2013

A Look Back at Additive Manufacturing in 2013 - Stratasys acquired MakerBot, 3D Systems purchased Geomagic, portions of Xerox's R&D, big companies like Ford, GE, Lockheed Martin invested in additive manufacturing, John Newman, Rapid Ready Technology, Dec 31, 2013

3D Rapid Prototyping is Changing Manufacturing - capabilities of high-end 3D rapid prototype printers, expanding range, mechanical properties of 3D print materials help turn ideas into reality cost effectively, Andy Coutu, Product, Design & Development, Jan 2, 2014

Bmore3D: Baltimore's One-of-a-Kind 3D Printing and 3D Scanning Store - has revamped ShapeShot 3D photobooth, offers customized products to consumers, sells 3D printed products created by individuals, Todd Blatt, Make:, Jan 2, 2014

An Interesting and Frightening Situation: Terry Wohlers' Assessment of the Year in 3D Printing - 3D printing is changing face of manufacturing, but unbranded, cheap 3D printers from China are making marketing more competitive, Rakesh Sharma, Forbes, Dec 31, 2013

Shapeways: 2013 3D Printing Year in Review Top Trends - rise of garage entrepreneur, anyone can be creator, 3D printing breaks tech barrier, sees global manufacturing shift, www.3ders.org, Dec 20, 2013

Is the 3D Printing Industry a Growth Opportunity? - 3D industry is growing rapidly, but not likely to completely replace traditional industry, consumer-level 3D printing still faces costs, limitations inherent in medium, John Casteele, The Motley Fool, Dec 20, 2013

3D Printing News: Rose's Top 10 Stories of 2013 - Stratasys acquires MakerBot, China growing revenues in 3D printing, US government invests in 3D printing, 3D Systems reports 50% revenue increase in Q3, Rose Brooke, TCT Magazine, Dec 19, 2013

The $999 NOVA DLP Desktop 3D Printer from Taiwan - low-cost digital light processing 3D printer can harden layer of 10x8 cm in 8-10 seconds without typical moving heads, make detailed objects, www.3ders.org, Dec 19, 2013

Micro Laser Sintering Technology to 3D Print Tiny Metal Parts - technology uses laser to melt metal powders to form each layer, utilizes particles of 5 micrometers or less in size, Randall Marsh, gizmag, Dec 12, 2013

3D Printing Creates Product Liability Issues, Scholar Says - strict product liability laws are not likely to apply to casual sellers like hobbyist 3D inventors, depends how much manufacturers embrace 3D printing technology, Clifton Parker, Phys.org, Dec 13, 2013

3D Printer Buyers Guide - consider budget, size of parts to be printed, part functions, accuracy, tolerances, environment, stability, printer speed, support references, tinker time, printer grade, EJ Nordstrom, CAPUniversity, Dec 13, 2013

7 Things You Didn't Know About 3D Printing - 3D printing started with lasers, less manufacturing risks are involved, could mean stronger local business models, Mashable, Dec 3, 2013

How to Save SolidWorks Files as an STL File? - open completed part in SolidWorks, go to file menu to save file as STL type, Jon Lawrence, CAPuniversity, Dec 6, 2013

AU2013 Day 3: Manufacturing is About to Reverse Itself - Aaron Davies of Oculus VR, Alice Taylor of MakieLab, Nelson Zhang of Warehouse, Jay Rogers of Local Motors discuss major trends, limitations of patents, where it might go, Daniel Davis, design reform, Dec 5, 2013

How to Get the Most Out of Additive Manufacturing - capabilities, benefits of selective-laser sintering, stereolithography, direct-metal laser sintering, multijet printing, fused-deposition modeling, Ziad Abou, Machine Design, Oct 29, 2013

5 Tips for Constructing a 3D Printing Model - walls of 3D model must be thick enough, model must not share any edges, hollow model, scale it down, use powerful 3D CAD software, SolidWorks Asia-Pacific Blog, Nov 8, 2013

3D Printing Tech Previews on Autodesk Labs: Projects Miller and ShapeShifter - free technology previews to create complex 3D printable models in web browser, simulate whole 3D printing process, prepare 3D models for printing, Kean Walmsley, Through the Interface, Nov 6, 2013

CAD Services: How We Create 3D Models for 3D Printers? - create 3D model using suitable CAD platform, export file in 3D printer compatible format, general tips for 3D printer-friendly 3D models, R Kamalathasan, The TMG Blog, Oct 14, 2013

Troubleshooting 3D Printer Errors - tips to handle loss of extrusion, error code 14,100, try to power cycle printer, Dave Tupper, CAPUniversity, Sep 20, 2013

Print Preview for 3D Printing - free technology preview Project Miller to inspect model, visualize printing process, identify problems during simulated process, imports common file formats like STL, 3DS, OBJ, OFF, PLY, LWO, TPF, Canadian Manufacturing, Oct 28, 2013

The Future for Stratasys: Laser Scanners, Metals and More Suggests Scott Crump - Q&A about working as head of innovation, merger with Objet, fastest growing verticals, Tanya Weaver, DEVELOP 3D, Oct 11, 2013

Using STL to 3D Print in Solid Edge - take care of units while creating STL file, Mark Burhop, Siemens PLM Software Community, Oct 2013

How to Get a More Detailed View of Your 3D Printing Build - open STL file in Insight software, press F5 to view file from top, select green flag in modeler setup to process file, Jon Lawrence, CAPuniversity, Oct 4, 2013

3D Printers Get Personal - professional-grade desktop 3D printers are helping engineers in early prototyping, iterating, optimizing design concepts, Beth Stackpole, Desktop Engineering, Oct 1, 2013

Rapid Prototyping Tech Converges - NNMC's patent-pending Multi Prototyping Lab is multimodule machine that combines additive, subtractive technologies, Jim Romeo, Desktop Engineering, Oct 1, 2013

A New Look at Subtractive Prototyping, Pt 2 -when investing in subtractive rapid prototyping, consider 5 factors: cost vs need, software ease of use, materials, tools, maintenance, support, Jamie Gooch, Desktop Engineering, Oct 1, 2013

How to Set Up Email Notifications with Catalyst, Control Center and Objet Studio - open catalyst or control center, click on tools, select status notification, check 'notification enabled' box, enter server name, email, IP address, tick email address of recipients, printers, Dave Tupper, CAPUniversity, Sep 20, 2013

Remote 3D Printing Reference Guide - make sure that printer control panel settings are ready for remote printing, load clean tray in printer, check for adequate model, support material, Jon Lawrence, CAPUniversity, Sep 6, 2013

A New Look at Subtractive Prototyping - advantages of subtractive manufacturing over 3D printing when making functional prototypes, Kenneth Wong, Desktop Engineering, Sep 1, 2013

Point-Counterpoint: Additive vs Subtractive Rapid Prototyping - additive manufacturing is capable of making complex, delicate parts, requires little setup, can print multiple pieces simultaneously; subtractive manufacturing is capable of producing high volume of finished parts, comparatively faster even for small runs, Jamie Gooch, Rapid Ready Technology, Sep 3, 2013

Planning for the Future is Key When Buying a 3D Printer - consider build envelope size, material options, Gary Polio, CAPUniversity, Aug 30, 2013

3D Printing Earnings: Up - 3D printing market is booming, revenues are going up, eBay introduces app to help buy customized 3D printed items, TechShop offers free membership to veterans, Monica Schnitger, Schnitger Corp Hot Topics, Aug 27, 2013

The Next-Gen RepRap is Here: Meet the Isis One Pro-Quality 3D Printer - uses fused filament fabrication technology, has build area of 12"x12"x9", comes with 4GB SD card, Marlin firmware, Kiss KISSlicer PRO, available for US$2199, Josh Mings, SolidSmack, Aug 27, 2013

3D Printing in AutoCAD: From Drawing File to Model - prepare drawing while modeling thin shell or walls, arrest structural problems, move parts, set AutoCAD environment, select 3D solids, meshes before exporting .stl file, Jesse Evans, Synergis, Aug 22, 2013

Interior Build Density Options in 3D Printing - applies only to FDM printers, printing sample part in 3 different densities: solid, sparse high density, sparse low density, comparing time, material required in each case, Dave Tupper, CAPUniversity, Aug 9, 2013

Mcor 3D Printing - Paper Goes in, Strong Cheap Models Come Out - IRIS 3D printer uses ordinary copier paper as material, each sheet is essentially glued to previous one, cut with surgical precision, available for $40K to $50K, Roopinder Tara, CAD Insider, Aug 9, 2013

3D Printing DIY - choose 3D printer depending on usage of models, invest in software for data preparation, combine 3D printing, augmented reality to add data to static 3D printed model, Stephen Holmes, AEC Magazine, July 17, 2013

Linux Beats Microsoft to 3D Printer Support, Maybe - steps for converting 3D CAD model into 3D product, discussing 3D printing capabilities of Linux Fedora v19, Microsoft Windows 8.1, Ralph Grabowski, upFront.eZine, July 9, 2013

Stratasys Materials, Their Properties and Your Models - print ABSplus, create stable, cheap models with FDM dimension line of printers, check ABS-M30, ABSi, ABS-M30i, ABS-ESD7 models to print varied 3D printing parts, Chris Garceau, CAPUniversity, July 5, 2013

The Most Successful Crowd Funded 3D Printers, Pt 1 - Formlabs Form 1, eMaker Huxley, OpenBeam Kossel Pro, Pirate 3D, Chris McAndrew, 3DEngr.com, June 2013

The Most Succesful Crowd Funded 3D Printers, Pt 2 - 3Doodler, Gigabot, Filastruder, Pirate 3D Buccaneer, Chris McAndrew, 3DEngr.com, June 2013

How Stratasys' FDM 3D Printing Technology Works - builds parts layer-by-layer by heating thermoplastic material to semi-liquid state, extruding it according to computer-controlled paths, Jim TeDesco, CATI Tech Notes, June 27, 2013

6 Retail 3D Printing Shops - iMakr, Makerbot, BluBin, Inside 3D Printing Chicago, Deezmaker, Staples, Chris McAndrew, 3DEngr.com, June 2013

How Stratasys' Polyjet 3D Printing Technology Works - Polyjet 3D printers jet layers of liquid photopolymer onto build tray, curing with UV light to create prototype; Objet Connex 3D printers can jet multiple materials in single print run, Jim TeDesco, CATI Tech Notes, June 24, 2013

Stratasys to Acquire MakerBot for $403 Million - Stratasys needed to make progress in newer desktop space, MakerBot needed growth opportunities, Randall Newton, Graphic Speak, June 19, 2013

3D Systems Moves into Metal, Snaps Up Phenix - acquires Phenix Systems for direct metal selective laser sintering printers, Monica Schnitger, Schnitger Corp Hot Topics, June 14, 2013

Taking It to the Masses - MakerBot Industries' CEO Bre Pettis on opening company's store in New York, building low-cost prototypes, rise of 3D printing, Stephen Holmes, AEC Magazine, June 7, 2013

Is It Possible: Stratasys 3D Printers Merge Into One Machine - not exactly, cost, efficiency of such application will be questionable, users can try package deal options currently available, EJ Nordstrom, CAPUniversity, June 7, 2013

Autodesk CEO on 3D Printing Technology  - Carl Bass on 3D printing as fabrication technology, effect on manufacturing industry in US, creating custom parts, designing prototypes, Fox Business, June 3, 2013

Choosing the Best AM Materials - consider kind of application, material properties, system variables, post-processing steps, additive manufacturing material comparison, Pamela Waterman, Desktop Engineering, June 1, 2013

Roland iModela - prototyping hardware can handle parts up to 86x26x55mm, machine out small, intricate parts in usable time frame, Al Dean, Develop 3D, May 23, 2013

Doodle3D Prints Designs from 2D Drawings - sketching tool provides app for creating 2D-based artwork, WiFi receiver that can be connected to 3D printer to instantly transmit finished drawings for wireless printing, Cabe Atwell, Design News, May 21, 2013

3D Systems CTO Charles Hull & Dale Dougherty: 3D Printing - talk about evolution of 3D printing technology, availability for consumer market, fora.tv, May 19, 2013

Prints Charming - bureaus offering wide range of processes, materials, skills for 3D printing models with fine details, Stephen Holmes, AEC Magazine, May 9, 2013

3D Printing Made Easy - parts should be printed for 3 reasons: to check for fit, to actually use, to sell idea or use as demo part, Elise Moss, CADdigest.com, May 7, 2013

6 Cool Ways to 3D Print Yourself - Cubify 3DMe printing service, Fabcafe Shibuya Tokyo Shop, 'D-Tech me' offering for girls, Shapeways pop up shop, Chris McAndrew, 3DEngr.com, May 2013

Best Practice for 3D Printing Parts - use STL orientation feature, choose interior of models, select support fill, Chris Garceau, CAPUniversity, May 3, 2013

3D Printing 101, Pt 4: Software - 3D modeling for 3D printing, slicing 3D model into g-code, hosting app to make print, Michael Hackney, CNCCookbook, May 1, 2013

We Can Build Digital Prototypes of Everything: Bass - Autodesk CEO Carl Bass discusses future of 3D printing, Bloomberg TV, April 30, 2013

It's Not the Jetsons, But It May Be Coming Soon - additive manufacturing getting popular for 3D printing objects, futurists considering concept of 4D printing, Emi Kolawole, Washington Post, Apr 30, 2013

3D Printing 101, Pt 3: Electronics - understanding use of electronic subsystems, controller, features of Arduino-based 3D printer controllers, RAMPS platform, Michael Hackney, CNCCookbook, Apr 16, 2013

Save Hours of Build Time by Modifying Your Angles - adjust self-supporting angle within Insight software, Dave Belanger, CAPUniversity, Apr 5, 2013

3D Printing 101, Pt 2: Mechanics - 3D printer uses Cartesian geometry to provide motion in X, Y, Z directions, Michael Hackney, CNCCookbook, Apr 2, 2013

3D Printer ROI Decoded - determine prototyping expenses, turnaround time, number of new products that can be released in market, consider time-to-market factor, Gary Polio, CAPUniversity, Mar 29, 2013

3D Printing 101, Pt 1: 3D Printer Basics - understanding 3D printing concepts, printing history, reasons for growth of 3D printing, Michael Hackney, CNCCookbook, Mar 25, 2013

Personalize Your 3D Print Jobs in CatalystEX - switching colors using Stratasys Dimension printer, Jon Lawrence, CAPuniversity, Mar 22, 2013

How to Print a Photo with a 3D Printer - C++ program reads PGM file, translate data into X, Y, Z table, convert file into surface, generate 3D model using Stratasys Objet 30 3D printer, Luis Doval, Javelin Technologies, Mar 21, 2013

Keep Your Intellectual Property with an In-House Stratasys 3D Printer - consider 1-10-100 rule, use Stratasys' FDM technology with Objet's Polyjet process for effective printing, Chris Garceau, CAPUniversity, Mar 15, 2013

iRobot Takes Humans Out of 3D Printing Equation - company files patent application for fully automated robotic 3D printer that can finish printed pieces without human intervention, Cabe Atwell, Design News, Mar 12, 2013

3D Printing: How to Succeed by Failing - identify manufacturing flaws in early stages by presenting concept models to specialized teams for testing, Doug Andrews, CAPUniversity, Mar 8, 2013

Post-Merger Stratasys Reports Strong Fourth Quarter Revenue - combined revenue was $96 million, net loss of $3.9 million reported due to costly merger with Objet, Randall Newton, Graphic Speak, Mar 4, 2013

Shop Around for a Rapid Prototyping Service Bureau - look at candidate bureau's website, consider factors like price, knowledge, support, value-added services before selecting service bureau, Mark Clarkson, Desktop Engineering, Mar 1, 2013

Design Considerations for FDM Parts - comparing wall, layer thickness of 2/3 typical beads with no gap, 3 beads with gap using FDM system, Dave Tupper, CAPUniversity, Mar 1, 2013

The Pen is Mightier Than the Sword - the New 3D Drawing Pen - 3Doodler helps draw full 3D item using plastic compound, Aaron Goldberg, CAD/CAM Performance, Feb 27, 2013

3D Systems Revenue Up 45% On Printer Demand - $102 million revenue generated, expects increase of 24-37% in revenue in 2013, Monica Schnitger, Schnitger Corp Hot Topics, Feb 25, 2013

Maximizing Your 3D Printers Productivity - best practices for managing run times, job sizes based on business schedule, EJ Nordstrom, CAPUniversity, Feb 22, 2013

The Changing Face of 3D Printing - 3D printers available under $20K: Creatr, Form 1, Mojo, RepRap, Iris, Leslie Gordon, Machine Design, Feb 13, 2012

How Do I Get My Boss to Buy a 3D Printer - confer product usability, cost savings, in-time product availability, design reviews, short term tax benefits, Gary Polio, CAPUniversity, Feb 8, 2013

3D Systems to Acquire Geomagic: Set to Capture Market Share of Scan-to-CAD Market - 3D Systems to develop its design-scan-print platform through acquisition, Sanjeev Pal, TEC Blog, Jan 15, 2013

Alpha Mike Foxtrot to STL - limitations of STL, features of additive manufacturing format: curved surfaces, color & texture maps, material specification, Al Dean, Develop 3D, Jan 14, 2012

What's in a Name, Pt 2 - print parts with different colored layers with FDM printer, Elba-Gloria LaFleche-Erazo, CAPUniversity, Jan 11, 2013

Geomagic/3D Systems Deal Accelerates the Digital Reality Revolution - Geomagic CEO Ping Fu on 3D printing industry, strategy vs. execution, future of 3D printing, Kathleen Maher, Graphic Speak, Jan 8, 2013

Objet's Largest 3D Printer Doesn't Lose Precision - utilizes Connex multi-material capability, has 1000mm x 800mm x 500mm build envelope, follows 16 micron layering process, but expensive, Cabe Atwell, Design News, Jan 2, 2013

The Stratasys-Objet Merger: Going Beyond the Headlines - podcast covers reasons behind merger, some questions on post-merger operations, Kenneth Wong's Virtual Desktop, Dec 11, 2012

3DMTP For 3D Printing of Architectural Models - prints 3D scaled models at affordable price, accepts variety of formats, Q&A with 3DMTP executives, Paul Munford, CADdigest.com, Nov 8, 2012

Old Guard vs the New in 3D Printing - entry-level, affordable 3D printers from new vendors worry traditional 3D printer firms, Al Dean, DEVELOP 3D, Nov 8, 2012

3D Printing Materials - consider raisins, powders, wax, metals, ceramics, organic materials, Pamela Waterman, Desktop Engineering, Nov 1, 2012 

Faster Industrial 3D Printer Boosts Build Volume - M-FLEX midsized metal printer has build chamber of 5.7"x9.8"x9.8", designed for manufacturing prototypes or custom metal parts, Ann Thryft, Design News, Oct 17, 2012

FDM Tech Tip: Processing Large Models - sectioning model that exceeds width of build chamber using Catalyst EX, Dave Tupper, CAPUniversity, Sep 28, 2012

Next-Gen 3D Printer Targets Professionals - MakerBot Replicator 2 has 100-micron layer resolution, bigger build volume of 410 cubic inches, outputs 3D designs using renewable bioplastic material PLA, Beth Stackpole, Design News, Sep 26, 2012

Best Practices for Post Processing FDM Parts - FAQs on removing support material, sanding, primer & paint, drilling holes, CAP University, Sep 5, 2012

Automatic Process Saves You the Stress of Getting 3DP Right - cloud-based 3D printing service, 3DMTP can convert architectural format into 3D printer format, JF Brandon, SolidSmack, Aug 19, 2012

The Ditto 3D Printer - DIY HD FFF 3DP - 190 x 180 x 210mm build platform, works best with PLA, impressive Acrylic version, supports Marlin, Slic3r, Skeinforge, Pronterface software, JF Brandon, SolidSmack, Aug 13, 2012

How to Set Up the Correct Tolerances in 3D Printed Static Assemblies - use 0.15 mm tolerance when printing parts independently, Luis Doval, Javelin Technologies, Aug 14, 2012

Cubify Invent Can Make a Sea Change in 3D Printing Technology - easily transform multifaceted designs into 3D printables, supports import of STEP, IGES, SAT, SolidWorks files, Rajib Dey, SketchUp UR Space, July 2012

Accuracy in Additive Manufacturing - understanding difference between accuracy and high resolution, growing need for accuracy, Bonnie Meyer, Machine Design, July 19, 2012

3D Printing Nears the Mainstream - 3D printers showcased at RAPID 2012 event: Mcor Iris full 3D color, Objet30 Pro desktop 3D printer, Mojo, Creatr, Xeed printers, EUREKA, July 12, 2012

3D Printers' Role Fueled by Content Tools - 123D Catch, 123D Make, Sculpteo are tools available to promote personal manufacturing, Beth Stackpole, Design News, June 29, 2012

Getting Into Gears - designing gears for injection molding, Canadian Manufacturing, June 22, 2012

5 Tips to Improve Build Speed on FDM Machines - design/orient parts to prevent any 45 degree surfaces, use sparse mode instead of solid, choose thicker layer, find out time taken to print part, CAPUniversity, June 15, 2012

3D Printing in the Home: Reality Check - presently personal 3D printers are not able to print customized parts to withstand adverse conditions, Al Dean, DEVELOP 3D, June 5, 2012

3D Printers: Go Pro for Less Dough - apart from low-cost 3D printers, options are available for 3D printer with larger build sizes, faster speeds, additional material options, different additive manufacturing technologies, Mojo Jamie Gooch, Desktop Engineering, June 1, 2012

Testing the Limits of the Cube - 3D printing hammer head shark with thin fins, Deelip Menezes of 3D Systems, Deelip.com, June 3, 2012

3D Printing on the Cheap - consider build envelope, part smoothness, available materials, heated build-platform, multiple-color printing, delivery cost, lead time while buying personal 3D printer, Pamela Waterman, Desktop Engineering, June 1, 2012

Is 3D Printing Taking the Artistry Out of Architecture? - speed, precision are advantages of 3D printing, however small details often get lost in printing process, Tim Moore, Architecture Source, May 29, 2012

3D Printer Breaks $500 Price Point - pre-assembled printer uses Fused Filament Fabrication technique, gives accuracy of 0.3mm, can be used with most popular CAD programs, Beth Stackpole, Design News, May 18, 2012

Redefining Production in the Age of Digital Reality - rapid prototyping, 3D printing technologies making manufacturing sector grow, acquisitions helping digital reality companies transform, Kathleen Maher, Graphic Speak, May 17, 2012

Stratasys Sets First Quarter Revenue Record - $45 million revenue, 30% increase, 90 sales agents recently hired, trained to focus on low-cost printers, Randall Newton, Graphic Speak, May 11, 2012

Professional Desktop 3D Printer is Easy to Use - office friendly Mojo from Stratasys has 25 x 18 x 21" work envelope, easy installation, clean, simple, intuitive print wizard interface, easy support removal, Todd Grimm, Machine Design, May 8, 2012

The Home 3D Printer is More Real Than Ever - And Costs As Much As an iPad - pre-assembled Solidoodle is perfect tool for rapid-prototyping student's ideas into physical objects, Kit Eaton, Fast Company, Apr 26, 2012

The New Solidoodle G2 3D Printer is Launched - Starting at $499 - durable metal frame, uses 1.75mm ABS plastic filament, pro model has heated build platform, upgraded power supply, spool holder, interior lighting, open design, 3Ders.org, Apr 20, 2012

At Last: A 3D Printer for the Home, Priced at $500 - brainchild of former COO of MakerBot, manufactures plastic items, accepts 3D files in STL format, Joe McKendrick, smartplanet, Apr 27, 2012

Solidoodle is a $499 3D Printer - can print 3D objects up to 6" on all side, frame made is made entirely from steel, CoolThings.com, Apr 27, 2012

Mean, Clean & Affordable: The Solidoodle 3D Printer - What It Means for the Market - price of 3D printers is decreasing, becoming affordable for consumers, 3DPrinterStocks.com, Apr 22, 2012

Solidoodle: The 3D Printer That Costs Less Than $500 - creates actual objects based on computer files, Windows, Mac, Linux compatible steel-framed base model, 33rd Square, Apr 26, 2012

Solidoodle: The $500 3D Printer - perfect price for entry level extrusion 3D printers, 3DMarvels.com Blog, Apr 25, 2012

Solidoodle Printer Brings 3D Printing to the Masses - 3 versions: standard, pro, expert; pro version has upgraded power supply, spool holder, Steve Anderson, TFTS, Apr 25, 2012

Guide to Good Looking Molded Parts - maintain even wall thickness, avoid knit lines due to resin flow, Canadian Manufacturing, Apr 27, 2012

Geomagic Acquires Sensable 3D Design and Haptics Businesses - second time acquisition adds voxel-based 3D design software, haptic input hardware to product portfolio, Randall Newton, Graphic Speak, Apr 16, 2012

Stratasys and Objet Join Forces to Form a $1.4 Billion 3D Printing Colosus - merger to take place as 100% stock-for-stock transaction, Kenneth Wong's Virtual Desktop, Apr 18, 2012

3D Printer Makers Stratasys and Objet to Merge - combined value of merged companies is $1.4 billion, Randall Newton, Graphic Speak, Apr 16, 2012

Makers: Objet and Stratasys Merge - merger to create global leader in 3D printing, Q1 results preview make shares of Stratasys go up 23%, Monica Schnitger, Schnitger Corporation Hot Topics, Apr 16, 2012

Preparing 3D Models - list of tasks to ensure additive manufacturing system is working from high-quality STL file, Pamela Waterman, Desktop Engineering, Apr 1, 2012

Cube and Cubify On CNN and Forbes - 3D Systems CEO Abe Reichental demos Cube 3D printer for consumers that can print from shoes to prosthetics, Deelip Menezes, Deelip.com, Apr 1, 2012

Clip Modeling Techniques for Rapid Manufacturing - designing clip features for assembly, increase effective length of arm, Canadian Manufacturing, Mar 26, 2012

MakerBot and Autodesk Demo 123D Programs in NYC - high-res, finely detailed mesh of object created with 123D Catch can be 3D printed using MakerBot printers, MakerBot Industries, Mar 21, 2012

The Silent Revolution - 3D Printing in the Workplace and the Home - Makerbot, 3D Systems are announcing easy-to-use, affordable 3D printers for masses, Martyn Day, DEVELOP 3D, Mar 3, 2012

Arkitypo. the 3D Printed Alphabet Project (and How It Was Made) - animation illustrating dimensional aspect, complex structure achievable through 3D printing, Josh Mings, SolidSmack, Feb 27, 2012

FDM Explained - fused deposition modeling is layered manufacturing method that uses thin strand of plastic for building prototyping parts, Prism Blog, Feb 24, 2012

3D Systems Full Year Revenue Up 44% in 2011 - $230 million of revenue generated, aggressive year of acquisitions, strong demand for existing products fueled growth, Randall Newton, Graphic Speak, Feb 23, 2012

Mold-A-Rama Gets an Upgrade: How 3D Printing is Transforming Design and Manufacturing - 3D printing helps turn ideas into designs easily, while removing traditional manufacturing constraints, Bill Martin-Otto, CAD/CAM Performance, Feb 23, 2012

3D Printing - An Industry in Flux - growing market of 3D printers needs classification, organization, Leslie Langnau, Make Parts Fast, Feb 10, 2012

Why You Won't Have a 3D Printer (and the Future of the Fab Shop) - shop-based 3D printing down the road will be more popular instead of people using it personally, Josh Mings, SolidSmack, Feb 8, 2012

Pirate File-Sharing Goes 3D - controversial file-sharing site offers digital objects that can be 3D printed, Jacob Aron, New Scientist, Feb 6, 2012

3D Printers Never Fear, The Brand New Tinkercad is Finally Here - web-based, 3D modeling app focuses on 3D print possibilities, each object has control points to adjust size, orientation, Josh Mings, SolidSmack, Feb 6, 2012

What is 3D Printing? - additive manufacturing technique builds 3D objects layer by layer; 5 popular 3D printing methods: fused deposition modeling, inkjet printing, selective laser sintering, digital light processing, Sebastian Anthony, Extreme Tech, Jan 25, 2012

How to Avoid Design Bottlenecks - discuss issues in open forum, check requirements document, assess physical prototype, think creatively, recommended process, John Edwards, Desktop Engineering, Feb 1, 2012

Why 3D Printing Will Go the Way of Virtual Reality - ignoring natural substances, 3D printers use plastic to create products, can't replace complex manufacturing processes, Christopher Mims, Technology Review, Jan 25, 2012

The Future of 3D Printing - 3D printer makers Makerbot, 3D Systems talk about their offerings, future of manufacturing, Rafe Needleman, CNET, Jan 18, 2012

3D Printing Coming to the Manufacturing Space - and Outer Space - NASA plans to create additive manufacturing facility for International Space Station, Rachael King, Bloomberg Businessweek, Jan 9, 2012

CES 2012: 3D Printer Makers' Rival Visions of Future - Replicator printer for 3D printing customized objects; Cube by 3D Systems is more user friendly, utilizes cartridges, Leo Kelion, BBC News, Jan 11, 2012

The 3D Revolution Gains Pace with Two New Printers Announced - Makerbot releases Replicator ($1,749) with faster, finer resolution; 3D Systems unveils personal 3D printer, the Cube ($1,299), Martyn Day, DEVELOP 3D, Jan 10, 2012

Clone Yourself in 3D, Powered by 3D Systems and Geomagic - Kinect-to-3D technology allows users to scan, 3D-print model of themselves, Kenneth Wong's Virtual Desktop, Jan 9, 2012

Scuplteo Releases 3D Printing App. Make a Vase of Your Face and More - Josh Mings, SolidSmack, Jan 9, 2012

Surrogates Promise Better, Faster Designs - approximation models are helpful in accelerating development timeframes, reducing time, cost while maintaining accuracy of models, John Edwards, Desktop Engineering, Jan 1, 2012

The Eco-Friendly Prototype - recyclable, biodegradable additive manufacturing materials provide options to build sustainable prototypes, Debbie Sniderman, Desktop Engineering, Jan 1, 2012

3D Printing - It's Print But Not As We Know It - 3D printer uses compressed layers of fine powder to reproduce any object within printable area, Martyn Dolbear, xcaliba, Jan 4, 2012

Top 5 Reasons to Integrate 3D Printing in Your Product Development Cycle, Pt 5 - 3D printing helps quickly transform ideas into realistic prototypes, Jim TeDesco, CATI Tech Notes, Dec 22, 2011

Top Five Reasons to Integrate 3D Printing in Your Product Development Cycle, Pt 4 - improves satisfaction for both internal, external customers, Jim TeDesco, CATI Tech Notes, Dec 21, 2011 

Top Five Reasons to Integrate 3D Printing in Your Product Development Cycle, Pt 3 - field test with prototypes that resemble final product provides insight into potential design flaws, Jim TeDesco, CATI Tech Notes, Dec 20, 2011

Top Five Reasons to Integrate 3D Printing in Your Product Development Cycle - Pt 2 - better collaboration results in improved design, manufacturability, Jim TeDesco, CATI Tech Notes, Dec 19, 2011

Top Five Reasons to Integrate 3D Printing in Your Product Development Cycle, Pt 1 - designers can prototype more iterations without blowing timeline or budget, Jim TeDesco, CATI Tech Notes, Dec 16, 2011 

Libraries Make Room for High-Tech Hackerspaces - 50 ft trailer in parking lot of Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne offers hackerspace to do-it-yourselfers for sharing tools, expertise, Jon Kalish, npr, Dec 10, 2011

More Than Just Digital Quilting - maker movement, open-source approach of Arduino helps users create, share 3D designs, boosting innovation, The Economist, Dec 3, 2011

Myth-Busting 3D Prototypes - Stratasys Webinar  - accuracy of high resolution parts, surface finish, tolerances, repeatability, Bonnie Meyer of Stratasys, YouTube, Dec 1, 2011

Making Christmas - list of contenders in categories of 3D printers, desktop CNCs, software & sites, Chriskelley.Org, Nov 30, 2011

3D Systems Adds a Bit More Color, Plans to Acquire ZCorp - 3D Systems to double its reseller channel, becoming stronger competitor to Stratasys, Josh Mings, SolidSmack, Nov 22, 2011

3D Systems Does Some Early Christmas Shopping, Buys Up Z Corporation, and Huntsman's 3D Tech - 3D Systems becomes capable of delivering integrated platform of mixed 3D printing technologies, 3D content, 3D design services, Stephen Holmes, DEVELOP 3D, Nov 21, 2011

3D Systems to Add Color with Pending Acquisition of Z Corp. - color-printing technology, 3D scanners will be boosting rapid prototyping, rapid manufacturing services, penetrating deeper into marker market, Kenneth Wong, Desktop Engineering, Nov 21, 2011

3D Systems to Acquire Z Corp and VIDAR for $137 Million - gains complementary printing technology, doubles its reseller channel, gets better positioned to compete with Stratasys, Randall Newton, Graphic Speak, Nov 21, 2011

Need a Wrench? Hit Print - 3D printing is on verge of being available to everyone, companies like MakerBot, Thingiverse.com are helping users become more friendly to technology, Francine Kopun, PROTO3000, Nov 2011

Disruptions: The 3D Printing Free-for-All - 3D printing products designed by others can challenge concept of ownership, copyrights, Nick Bilton, Bits, Nov 13, 2011

Designing New Antennas - 3D printing to create small antennas to radiate signals effectively, John Edwards, Desktop Engineering, Nov 1, 2011

Easy as 123 - reliable, versatile, affordable desktop 3D printer 'Origo' aims at 10 year olds, helping in imagining new world, Tanya Weaver, DEVELOP 3D, Nov 8, 2011

Hot New Additive Manufacturing Materials - customers demand materials with transparency, biocompatibility, static-dissipative capabilities, temperature resistance, toughness, Susan Smith, Desktop Engineering, Nov 1, 2011

Get Your Jewelry on With iRing3D iPad App - quickly change external shape of ring, Josh Mings, SolidSmack, Oct 31, 2011

Printing Gold: A 3D Design Breakthrough - Sculpteo 3D helps create piece of silver jewelry online, deliverable in few days, 3D Printing Model Blog, Oct 27, 2011

In a Future of 3D Printing and Graphene, Nothing and No-One Will be Safe from Becoming Outdated - 3D printing technology advancing so fast, might enable people to 3D print most of daily use products at home, 3D Printing Model, Oct 26, 2011

Create and 3D Print a Custom Ring with New iPad App - iRing3D integrates with ParaCloud GEM 5, offers direct upload to 3D printing portals, Randall Newton, GraphicSpeak, Oct 24, 2011

3D Systems Raises Bar on Color Printing - ProJet 1500 printer can print high-resolution durable plastic parts in 6 different colors, Beth Stackpole, Design News, Sep 26, 2011

Tips on Selecting 3D Printers - consider material, build size, part accuracy, finish required, price, Leslie Langnau, Make Parts Fast, Oct 3, 2011

3D Printing: Manufacturing with a Mouse Click - putting up 3D blueprint of object on computer screen, managing shape/size of model, James Casto, Capacity, Summer 2011

3D Printing for All - use of 3D model in CAD, process of making 3D printing in home to make it more lively, Tanya Weaver, Develop 3D, Oct 4, 2011

3D Printing Accelerates Prototyping - designers create colored printed parts in comparatively less time, reducing costs, Doug Smock, Design News, Sep 29, 2011

10 Real 3D Printing Projects - nuke lamp, ear, human dolls, solar sinter, plane, car, chocolates, bone, trinkets, clothing, Caleb Garling, Tom's Guide, Sep 21, 2011

The Value of Color - vendors offer option to create colored prototypes depicting buildings, geographic information, viewing FEA results in 3D, Pamela Waterman, Desktop Engineering, Sep 1, 2011

3D Printer Technology for Metal Components - working of 3D printer, technologies for printing 3D object are laser-beam based, electron-beam based, extrusion nozzle based, Bright Hub, Aug 15, 2011

Metal Mania in the Rapid Tech World - 3D Systems, Arcam, EOS offer option to create parts directly in metal, rapid service bureaus, fabrication considerations, Pamela Waterman, Desktop Engineering, Aug 1, 2011

3D Systems and Alibre Software: From Partnership to Acquisition - 3D Systems plan to evolve Alibre from company into brand, while focusing on DIY users, garage entrepreneurs, Kenneth Wong's Virtual Desktop, Aug 1, 2011

CAD It Yourself - maker movement is gaining momentum rapidly with 3D CAD, fabrication, social networking tools, Heather Livingston, Cadalyst, July 28, 2011

3D Systems Revenue Up 57% in Second Quarter - net income was $13.4 million, 3D printer units sell yielded $5.5 million revenue increase, 27 new resellers recruited, Randall Newton, Graphic Speak, July 28, 2011

3D Systems Acquires Alibre - acquisition targeting 'maker' market will become bright spot in American manufacturing industry, Beth Stackpole, Design News, July 22, 2011

What Will Alibre CAD Become? - 3D Systems focusing on increasing DIY customers for selling their low-end 3D printers, Scott Sweeney, Kubotek, July 20, 2011

Acquisition Happy - 3D Systems buys 17 businesses in 19 months, latest is Alibre, purchased to expand reach of modeling and 3D printing, Monica Schnitger, Schnitger Corporation Hot Topics, July 19, 2011

3D Systems Acquires Alibre - 3D Systems CEO Abe Reichental on acquiring Alibre, rebranding it, Alibre's pricing strategy, Autodesk 123D initiative, Deelip Menezes of 3D Systems, Deelip.com, July 19, 2011

Direct Print: 3D Systems Acquires Alibre - acquisition will help 3D Systems democratize 3D printing, optimize systems for CAD, Kathleen Maher, Graphic Speak, July 19, 2011

Manufacturers Turn to 3D Printing - advantages, disadvantages of 3D additive manufacturing, Lauren Cox, Technology Review, July 18, 2011

Objet Geometries Adds New 3D Printer to Connex Lineup - Object260 Connex has ability to jet 2 materials simultaneously while building 3D models, Kenneth Wong's Virtual Desktop, July 7, 2011

Rapid 2011 Review - rapid prototyping technologies demonstrated, additive manufacturing branding initiative meeting held, Steve Robbins, Desktop Engineering, July 1, 2011

The Future of Design - designers will create customizable products, will receive royalties as consumers 3D print desired product, Scott Harmon of Z Corp., MCAD 3D Printing & Prototyping, July 6, 2011

Mass Customization, the 3D-Literate Consumer and Future of Engineering Software - users likely to create products with very short lifecycle, resulting in scrap, redundant waste, Randall Newton, Graphic Speak, June 27, 2011

The DIY Maker Movement - low-cost 3D printers, additive manufacturing, easy-to-use design tools are supporting maker movement, do-it-yourself (DIY) community, Terry Wohlers of Wohlers Associates, Time Compression, June 22, 2011

How 3D Printing will Make U.S. Self-Sufficient  - Jeff Kowalski of Autodesk on 3D printing for creating parts, skills required, revolution in manufacturing, Forbes.com, June 23, 2011

Rapid Prototyping for the Masses - Fab Labs concept is providing access of design, manufacturing tools to common people to create desired products, Leslie Gordon, Machine Design, June 9, 2011

3D Printing Provides a Vision of Manufacturing's Future (w/ Video) - 3D printing use is increasing in manufacturing selected parts with precision, Leslie Brooks Suzukamo, TwinCities.com, June 13, 2011

6 Cool Tools for DIY Prototyping - low-cost 3D printers from 3D Systems for creating consumer goods, Inc., June 2011

Rapid Tech Choices for 3D Part Production - officials, customers of Envisiontec, EOS, Roland DGA, ZCorp on selecting materials, techniques for building prototype, production parts, Pamela Waterman, Desktop Engineering, June 1, 2011

3D Printers Move to the Mainstream - 3D printing moves to consumer level to make products for daily use, CNNMoney, June 2, 2011

Additive Manufacturing for Startups - usage of low-cost 3D printers increasing as people join maker movement, Doug Smock, Design News, May 26, 2011

3D Systems: Gearing Up for the Mainstreaming of 3D Printing - recent acquisitions add strength to 3D Systems in creating innovative products, Al Dean, DEVELOP 3D, May 24, 2011

Rhino-Made 3D Printed Mold for Plastic Injection - prototype is made up of gypsum to resist with higher temperatures, Paulo Kiefe, RhinoFabLab, May 18, 2011

Alibre and 3D Systems Offer Low-Cost Design/Print Bundles - low-cost 2D/3D parametric modeling software with build-your-own 3D printing kit capable of plastic modeling, rapid prototyping, Randall Newton, Graphic Speak, May 17, 2011

Alibre + 3D Systems: CAD + Rapid Prototyping for as Little as $1,500 - CAD-3D printing bundle will give users ability to create tangible products from 3D digital designs, Kenneth Wong's Virtual Desktop, May 17, 2011

3D Systems Acquires 2 Boutique 3D Printing Content Companies - aims to 'democratize' access, use of 3D printing processes, Randall Newton, GraphicSpeak, May 12, 2011

Will 3D Printing End Mass Manufacturing? [PICS] - 3D printing is becoming competitive with traditional manufacturing techniques on price, quality, Todd Wasserman, Mashable, Apr 10, 2011

The Printed World - use of 3D printers to make final products to be increased to 50% by 2020, The Economist, Feb 10, 2011

Why 3D Printing Promises a 'Mini' Industrial Revolution - 3D printing provides accuracy, realistic representations, faster, simpler prototyping process, Gilad Gans of Objet Geometries, Time Compression, Feb 24, 2011

What Constitutes Quality With 3D Printing - durability, surface finish of parts produced, dimensional accuracy of 3D printers measured, TA Grimm, Make Parts Fast, Mar 8, 2011

Next Trillion Dollar Industry: 3D Printing - most 3D printing technology uses few materials, can be more efficient than traditional manufacturing, Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry, Business Insider, Feb 25, 2011

Z Corp's Recycling Smarts - new invigoration in interest in 3D printing world with entry of low-cost machines from vendors, models include material extraction from build chamber fed into feed mechanism for next build, Al Dean, DEVELOP 3D, Feb 25, 2011

Interview With John Kawola, CEO of Z Corporation - rapid growth in software applications generating printable 3D data, digital consumers demand output devices consistent with familiar devices in 2D world, Johnny Ryan, Assorted Materials, Feb 19, 2011

Secret World of Printing Concept Cars in 3D - stretching what is possible on engineering, manufacturing, stereolithography cuts design up into 'slices' printed from bottom up, Keith Barry, Autopia, Feb 16, 2011

Economic Revolution Could Come in 3D - rise in 3D printing, The Economist, Feb 13, 2011

3D Printing - i.Materialise Service Offers Titanium - limitations like issues with base angle, formats that can be uploaded, material specifications, John Evans, Design and Motion, Jan 19, 2011

Urbee to Be First 3D Printed Car - Kor EcoLogic using digital prototyping, 3D printers to accelerate prototype stage of hybrid vehicle, Beth Stackpole, Design News, Dec 20, 2010

What’s Next for the Rapid Prototyping Industry: Print Your Wife - 5 photos & 3D printer is all it takes, notes from Euromold 2010, Ron Hollis, Product Design& Development, Dec 9, 2010

Incremental Improvements - Report From Euromold 2010 - includes EOSINT M 280, Objet 3D printers for under $20k, more, TCT blog, James Woodcock, Dec 8, 2010

Evolution of Rapid Technologies - from pioneers to present state, trends, Susan Smith, Desktop Engineering, Dec 1, 2010

Bigger Role for Prototyping in Automotive Design - Leland Teschler, Machine Design, Nov 18, 2010

The Man Who Prints Buildings- Enrico Dini's groundbreaking technology to ‘print’ life-sized buildings out of sand , Greg Corke, Develop3D, Nov 17, 2010

3D Systems: Focused on Growth - one of the best performing stocks in the technology sector, Ian Wyatt, SmallCapInvestor, Nov 16, 2010

Get a Rapid ROI - more to consider with rapid manufacturing than initial cost, Susan Smith, Desktop Engineering, Nov 1, 2010

Additive Manufacturing 101 - basics on options for rapid manufacturing, Pamela Waterman, Desktop Engineering, Nov 1, 2010

Additive Manufacturing: Not Just For Rapid Prototyping - use in end products, especially laser sintered materials, no tooling required, Eric Fish, Time Compression, Oct 29, 2010

Rapid Economics - service bureaus offering variety/low overhead to many industries, one-stop shopping, 3D scanning, Susan Smith, Desktop Engineering, Oct 1, 2010

Desktop Manufacturing  - making 3D objects on computer, hitting print, Clare Major, Ashlee Vance, The New York Times, Oct, 2010

3D Printers - September Has Been a Busy Month  - affordable 3D printing, fused deposition modeling system, foam printer, Joseph Flaherty, Replicator, Sep 30, 2010

Desktop Manufacturing - making 3D objects, hitting print, Clare Major, Ashlee Vance, The New York Times, Sep 2010

Prototype Designs: Comparing Additive and Accelerated Conventional Methods - additive production, rapid injection molding, automated CNC machining, weighing options, Brad Cleveland of Proto Labs, Design News, Aug 23, 2010

Next on 3D Printing - Buildings - D-shape process uses thin layer of sand with magnesium-based glue to print entire building, If It Prints, I'll Let You Know, Mar 12, 2010

Autodesk and Stratasys. Development of a Freagin' Huge 3D Printed Engine - Joe Hiemenz of Stratasys talks about model developed for 3D print, challenges involved, part count, price, Josh Mings, SolidSmack, Mar 15, 2010

Rapid Prototyping's Role in Customized Manufacturing - role of additive manufacturing, challenges faced in creating customized products, Peter Weijmarshausen, MoldMaking Technology, Feb 2010

Q&A on Stratasys' 3D Printer Deal with HP - initial sales in parts of Europe, 3D printers manufacturing, effects on dealer channel, Ralph Grabowski, WorldCAD Access, Jan 21, 2010

HP Signs Deal with Stratasys: Let the 3D Printing Games Commence - expiration of key patent, HP announcement makes big splash, Al Dean, Develop 3D, Jan 20, 2010

HP Plans Line of (Relatively) Affordable 3D Printers - targeted at automotive, aerospace industries, 3D printers to be manufactured by Stratasys, Priya Ganapati, Wired, Jan 19, 2010

NVIDIA Quadro Makes the Virtual Real - based on NVIDIA Quadro technology, RTT RealTrace visualizes global illumination effects, performs high-end simulation in real time, Shawn Hempel of RTT USA, Desktop Engineering, Jan 3, 2010

Analysis of the Additive Manufacturing (AM) Industry Worldwide, Pt II - companies expect to grow their business by 36% for part production applications in 5 years, Terry Wohlers of Wohlers Associates, MoldMaking Technology, Dec 2009

Almost Everything You Always Wanted to Know About 3D Scanning - learning about digital model formats, Direct Dimensions, Nov 2009

3D Laser Scanning Opens the Door to Inspection and Reverse Engineering for Moldmakers - affordable, modern 3D scanning tools are available for large to small molds, Eric Hollenbeck, MoldMaking Technology, Oct 2009

CloudFab 3D Printing. For Those Just Hankerin' for Distributed Manufacturing - CloudFab uses distributed fabrication for production, Josh Mings, SolidSmack, Sep 28, 2009

AU Keynote: Manufacturing Industry - customer stories using digital prototyping technique, Robert Kross, Autodesk University 2009

Manufacturing Success Despite a Difficult Economic Environment - rapid prototyping companies are offering machine to manufacture products cost effectively, Susan Smith, Desktop Engineering, Aug 30, 2009

Prototyping via Fast Machining - desktop milling machine Roland DGA MDX-40 produces accurate prototypes at high speed for subtractive rapid prototyping applications, Gary Vasilash, Time Compression, Sep 1, 2009

How 3D Printing is Changing AEC Industry - stronger materials, office-friendly equipment, easy operation, full-color models are popularizing 3D printing technology, Carlton McFaden of Anvil, InsideBiz.com, Aug 24, 2009

Where Can You Use the New Multi Body Technology in Inventor 2010? - joining housing, ribs together using combine command, Garin Gardiner, In the Machine, Aug 24, 2009

Zombie Hunters Venture into Digital Prototyping - artificial intelligence products from xaitment help simulate, study, refine assembly process before plant is built, Kenneth Wong's Virtual Desktop, Aug 12, 2009

Rapid 2009 Showcases the Latest in Direct Digital Manufacturing - DDM technologies for creating lattice structures, able to bear large mechanical stresses, Leslie Gordon, CADdigest.com, Aug 4, 2009

Rapid Technologies Continue to Advance - rapid technologies are progressing in areas: low-priced systems, high-performance parts manufacturing, new material options, innovative support processes, renewed standards/consortium activity, systems to watch, Pamela Waterman, Desktop Engineering, Jul 16, 2009

Rapid Tooling: Faster, Better, and Less Expensive - additive nature of direct metal laser sintering technique gives design freedom leading to quality parts production, Scott Anderson, Time Compression, Jul 1, 2009

Jay Leno's 3D Printer Replaces Rusty Old Parts - NextEngine 3D scanner, Dimension 3D printer create antique car parts, Jay Leno, Popular Mechanics, Jun 2009

Better Be Running - Additive Fabrication Made Simple - book by Ronald Hollis concentrates on Quickparts, Replicator, May 9, 2009

Pushing Rapid Prototyping Materials to the Limit - researchers in process to develop age-resistant stereolithography materials to improve mechanical properties in selective laser sintering processes, Scott Anderson, Time Compression, Mar 4, 2009

Proto Labs Add the Fourth Axis to Its Plans for Domination - First Cut service can rotate prototype around z axis, produce more complex component, Al Dean, Develop 3D, Apr 27, 2009

Affordable Options: Ceramics Meets 3D Printing - University of Washington offers low-cost ceramic mix for creating complex shapes, Susan Smith, Desktop Engineering, Apr 23, 2009

hat's the Future of Additive Fabrication? - Terry Wohler's report reveals additive fabrication market to grow to $3.5 billion by 2015, Tony Lockwood's Burning Questions, Apr 20, 2009

Hardware Hackers - Resources to Make Your Projects Aesthetically Pleasing - pros, cons of using custom manufacturing tools like Ponoko, Shapeways, Redeye, Quickparts, Protomold, eMachineShop, Joseph Flaherty, Replicator, Apr 15, 2009

Differences Between uPrint and Dimension 3D Printers - uPrint printer size is small, offers single color only, Brendon Breitenstein, 3DVision Technologies Blog, Mar 23, 2009

3D Throwdown - Why 3D Printers Will Go Mainstream - more access, cheaper materials, smaller machines, more applications, convenience, Josh Mings, SolidSmack, Mar 19, 2009

Almost Real: 3D Printing Hooks Users with Prototypes that Bring Designs to Life - new rapid prototyping technology, various applications available, methods, desktop revolution, from prototypes to parts, more, Kenneth Wong, Nancy  Johnson, Cadalyst, Feb 1, 2009

Beyond Plastics: The Latest in RP&M Material Options - latest prototyping material offers flame retardancy, high temperature tolerance, flexibility, more, Susan Smith, Desktop Engineering, Feb 2, 2009

From the Ashes: 2000 Year Old Roman Statue Recreated With RP - UK scientist performs digital remodeling, repainting, RP, laser scanning to digitally restore the old statue, Susan Smith, Desktop Engineering, Jan 28, 2009

Custom Manufacturing Grabs More of the RP&M Market - mass customization creates many parts simultaneously per consumer choices, Pamela Waterman, Desktop Engineering, Dec 1, 2008

Lightweight 3D Formats Expand Digital Prototyping Abilities to the Next Level  - simple, inexpensive solution giving flexible access to 3D data, Bill Barnes, Solid Edge Community, Sep 16, 2008  requires free registration

How to Make Anything Almost - MIT's Fab lab bringing international community together offering technology to create better consumer items, Susan Smith, Desktop Engineering, Sep 11, 2008

Using Patient Specific Data as a Basis for Design - integrating anatomical STL files with RP and manufacturing to create 3D reconstruction, Susan Smith, Desktop Engineering, June 26, 2008

Rapid Rewards in RM Tech Mastery - Part 2 - better built parameters, greater variety in materials, and overall efficiencies continue, Pamela Waterman, Desktop Engineering, Jun 1, 2008

RAPID 2008 Conference Report - 3D scanning, DDM and nano manufacturing, Susan Smith, Desktop Engineering, June 12, 2008

Rapid Rewards Come From System Gains - improved material, efficient software and hardware make rapid prototyping process cost effective and time saving, Pamela Waterman, Desktop Engineering, May 1, 2008

Design Focus: Time is Money, so Prototype For Profit - new rapid prototyping techniques and materials reduce cost of tooling and product delivery time to market, Clare Goldsberry, Modern Plastics, May 1, 2008

New Study From Wohlers Associates Identifies $1.1 Billion Market For Additive Fabrication - reduced labor costs due to additive fabrication will bring large economic impact, CADdigest.com, May 5, 2008

Keeping CAD/CAM Competitive - UK mould and die industry needs continuous investment in software, hardware and skilled labor, Stuart Wilkes, MCAD Online, Apr 29, 2008

What is Digital Prototyping? - CAD insiders may be dismissive of Autodesk's push for digital prototyping but 'noise' may be obscuring company's attempt to overtake 3D design, Deelip Menezes, Apr 21, 2008

The Art of the Quick and Complex - additive manufacturing is slowly gaining acceptance in industry, Harry Hutchinson, Mechanical Engineering, Apr 2008

Choosing CAD Software For 3D Mold Design - comparing surface and solid modelers, tips on choosing good mold design system, Peter Dickin of Delcam, MoldMaking Technology, Apr 2008

Rapid Prototyping - video of solid-freeform fabrication systems for creating mechanical parts at Cornell University, Engineering TV, Apr 3, 2008

Top 10 Common Mistakes in Designing Parts For Rapid Prototyping - Quickparts, Mar 2008

Navigating Portable 3D Digitizers - project specification, desired resolution, portability help select digitizer, Pamela Waterman, Desktop Engineering, Mar 3, 2008

Low-Cost Rapid Prototyping - Stratasys, Z Corp, Desktop Factory, and Fab@Home Fabber offering affordable machines to create anything one can imagine, Cadalyst, Feb 1, 2008

Rapid Prototyping Down the Road - new efficient, cost effective technologies are coming for rapid prototyping, manufacturing, Susan Smith, Desktop Engineering, Feb 14, 2008

Breakthroughs in Rapid Prototyping Materials - advance rapid prototyping materials like Durus, zp 140, flame-retardant polyamides PA 2210 FR, DMX-SL 100, and Accura Greystone ensure expanding use of RP technology, Todd Grimm, Desktop Engineering, Feb 1, 2008

Looking Ahead - RP in 2008 - low cost systems, new classes of materials, direct digital manufacturing will popularize rapid prototyping in future, Susan Smith, Desktop Engineering, Jan 31, 2008

The Plane Truth About Rotational Draft - understanding rotational draft and planar draft methods when designing dowel with rotational symmetry, protomold, Jan 2008

Rapid Benefits - rapid injection molding and 3D printing are cost effective and efficient ways for creating rapid prototypes, The Engineer Online, Jan 15, 2008

What Have Been the Top 10 Challenges for the Moldmaking Industry This Past Decade? - foreign competition, price of molds and cost of manufacturing, training, technology investment, more, Moldmaking Technology, Jan 2008

Less is More - digital prototyping is capable of making feasible product design in comparatively less time and cost, Mike Lucas, MCAD Online, Dec 14, 2007

Playing It Safe - factors to remember when creating prototypes of parts, protomold, Dec 2007

Beyond Rapid Prototyping: Additive Manufacturing - Stratasys and 3D Systems announce 3D printing software for more effective rapid prototyping, Lawrence Gould, Automotive Design & Production, Dec 2007

Materialise Innovation Forum

Autodesk Gets Digital - digital prototyping will not replace but add to effectiveness and success rate of physical prototypes, Kenneth Wong, Cadalyst, Dec 1, 2007

First Cut Prototype - Protomold's First Cut Prototype service uses production intent materials to make parts, Al Dean, prototype, Nov 26, 2007

DWG TrueConnect; the Secret Strength of Inventor 2008 - capabilities for Inventor and AutoCAD users, converting Inventor drawing files to DWG, Thom Tremblay, Engineering Education for the Non-Civil Minded, Oct 23, 2007

It's All About Rapid - rapid makes all the sense in RP&M process, Steve Robbins, Desktop Engineering, Oct 3, 2007

Digital Prototyping - What does It Mean to You? - digital prototyping environment interconnects ideation, engineering, and manufacturing divisions of organization, Thom Tremblay, Engineering Education for the Non-Civil Minded, Oct 8, 2007

What is Functional Design? - Autodesk Inventor's functional design tool eases history-free operations to make efficient digital prototype, Andrew Anagnost of Autodesk, Machine Design, Sep 25, 2007

Melting It All Together - MCP's selective laser melting machines provide effective layer-based manufacturing process, Al Dean, Desktop Engineering, Sep 2007

A Model of Efficiency - 3D digital prototyping helps manufacturers develop product in time, quickly and at low cost, Amy Bunszel, Desktop Engineering, Sep 2007

Digital Weapon - Aberdeen Group reports that ability to use digital prototyping is providing manufacturing firms competitive advantage, The Engineer Online, Sep 4, 2007

What Engineers Should Know about Direct Digital Manufacturing - factors determining type of job, Joseph Ogando, Jul 26, 2007

A New Take on Printing - dropping cost of 3D printers may drive market to grow 360% by 2012, Jack Uldrich, The Motley Fool, Aug 28, 2007

3D Molding Simulation Growing in Accuracy & Capabilities - evolving 3D simulation software can handle as gas-assist, co-injection, injection molding, more, Mikell Knights, Plastics Technology, August 2007

TCT 2007 Preview - leading rapid prototyping and manufacturing companies are participating plus two free seminar sessions being introduced, MCAD Online, 23, 2007

Results-based Process Selection - advantages and disadvantages of stereolithography, subtractive processing, and non-CAD based processes, William L. Miller, Time Compress Magazine, May 2007

Viewpoint: Confused by Terminology? - 3D printing is supposed to become describing term for additive fabrication, Terry Wohlers, Time Compress Magazine, March 2007

Going Mainstream - 3D Systems Corp. and Desktop Factory Inc. plan to introduce affordable, low-cost 3D printers for making solid prototypes, Alan S. Brown, Mechanical Engineering, June 2007

Dispelling Myths of Rapid Tooling - knowing six truths of rapid tooling that can help industry use aluminum tooling effectively, Dan Mishek, Moldmaking Technology, June 1, 2007

What's in a Name? - 3D printing is becoming widely understood concept in rapid prototyping and manufacturing industry, Jeffrey Rowe, May 10, 2007

What's in a Name? Part 2 - differentiating rapid prototyping and rapid manufacturing techniques, Jeffrey Rowe, May 17, 2007

Validate the Design First with Rapid Prototyping - exploring stereolithography and selective laser sintering techniques for rapid prototyping, Robert Bluthardt, Moldmaking Technology, May 2007

When You Really Need to Dodge the Draft - incorporating cam-driven side actions into a mold, Protomold, April 2007

3D Scanning Tips - scanning an object, Nadav Aharony, SolidWorks Community, May 3, 2007 (may require free registration)

3D Scanning - Today - a broad field of 3D scanning is serving the design industry in creating and saving the digital data, John Myers, UGS Community, April 16, 2007 (may require free registration)

Oce Openhouse 2007 - flexible monochrome TDS700 system with complementary software tools, Print Exec Department for printing documents, more, Greg Corke, AEC Magazine, April 3, 2007

Rapid Technology Makes Gains - companies offering 3D printing, prototyping techniques to empower rapid prototyping and manufacturing process, Pamela J. Waterman, Desktop Engineering, March 2007

Collegians Reach 'Extreme' CAD Makeover Finals - 3 college and 3 high school teams remain as finalists in national contest to pick best 3D printing design sponsored by Dimension 3D Printing Group, Paul McCloskey, Campus Technology, March 20, 2007

MCAD Modeling - Rapid Prototyping - RP techniques like stereolithography, selective laser sintering, fused deposition modeling and CNC are among best modern design tools, Mike Hudspeth, Cadalyst, February 1, 2007

Rapid Prototyping Gets Real - rapid manufacturing methods gain advantage over traditional methods when considering ROI, Kenneth Wong, Cadalyst, January 22, 2007

SLA Machines - What is New with the Viper and Viper PRO SLA Machines and Why You Should Care for Your Next Rapid Prototyping Project - Brent Byers, SolidWorks Community, November 14, 2006 (may require free registration)

3D Printing: Prime Communications Tool - 3D printers help students and engineers build 3D models to better visualize their designs, Lawrence D. Maloney, Design News, November 8, 2006

3D Printing Goes Mainstream - with improved qualities like cost, maintenance and training, 3D printers have become worthwhile investments, Lawrence D. Malloney, Design News, November 8, 2006

A/E Firms Discover Competitive Advantage in 3D Printers - multi-color 3D printers from Z Corporation create 3D models quickly and efficiently, Randall S. Newton, AECnews.com, September 21, 2006

RP for Architecture - rapid prototyping technologies like Selective Laser Sintering and Stereolithography make architectural model making methods time and cost effective, Greg Corke, prototype, September 14, 2006

Rapid Prototyping Advances - new machines and technologies continue to bring diversity in rapid prototyping industry, Design News, September 4, 2006

Wohlers' Take on Rapid Manufacturing - tailor made rapid manufacturing in jewelry and dentistry industries has made process much faster than traditional methods, John Myers, Solid Edge Community, August 22, 2006 (requires free registration)

Automating Reverse Engineering - Roland LPX-600 laser scanner and RapidForm XO Redesign software generate sterolithography files easer than with conventional methods, Pedro Gonzalez  of Roland Inc., Machine Design, August 24, 2006

Rapidly Moving Toward the Future: The 2006 Rapid Prototyping Roundup - learning about rapid prototyping techniques like stereolithography, laser sintering, 3D printing, fused deposition modeling and CNC Machining, John Myers, Pro/E Community, August 23, 2006 (requires free registration)

Like Life - researchers try to invent robots that can replicate themselves using 3-D printing or other rapid prototyping technology, Jean Thilmany, Mechanical Engineering, July 2006

Service Overview: ARRK RPD - well known in rapid prototyping industry, ARRK offers stereolithography (SLA) and laser sintering as its core services, Al Dean, prototype, May 8, 2006

Bad CAD and Side Action Drafting - drafting a side action on a hollow, baseless plastic pyramid using side-action cams, protomold, June 2006

Cool Tech - Color Rapid Prototypes - using technology similar to color inkjet printers, Z Corp's Spectrum Z510 can make multi-color rapid prototypes, Roopinder Tara, CAD Insider, June 20, 2006

Rapid Prototyping Systems Grow 14.6%; 3D Printer Sales up 35% - Wohlers Report 2006 predicts rapid manufacturing to become most popular among other rapid prototyping applications in many industries, Doug Smock, Design News, June 12, 2006

3D Printing is a Design Game-Changer - cost-effective 3D printing fosters creativity among engineers in office environment, Doug Smock, Design News, June 12, 2006

Wohlers Report 2005 - the report discusses applications and emerging trends in additive fabrication in Asia/Pacific region, Terry Wohlers, prototype, February 14, 2006

Parting without Sorrow - placing parting lines carefully while designing a mold, protomold, May 2006

CAD/CAM & CAE - new 3D simulation software like Compuplast, Moldex v 8.0, Moldflow; CAM software like Esprit Mold and Mastercam X CAD/CAM; BST and SST 1200 large-format 3D printers and PC/ABS material for rapid prototyping, Mikell Knights, Plastic Technology, June 2006

Redefining Reverse Engineering for a New Generation of Applications - reverse engineering progresses into an important part of manufacturing, converting a physical shape to a digital model, Ping Fu of Geomagic, timecompress.com, March 2006

Obstacles to Rapid Manufacturing - material properties, cost, production of large parts, management and cultural issues are major obstacles, Terry Wohlers, timecompress.com, March 2006

Multi-Platform Computing: Making Virtual Prototyping a Reality - more capable FEA software and high-end CAD workstations have made machine simulation possible, Bob Williams of ALGOR, Inc., Desktop Engineering, April 2006

RP&M Steps Up the Pace - market has been flooded with low-cost and efficient rapid prototyping and manufacturing products since last year, Pamela J. Waterman, Desktop Engineering, April 2006

A New Era in Model Making - reduced turnaround time and cost make rapid prototyping an alternative to traditional model making, Greg Corke, AEC Magazine, April 21, 2006

Rapid Manufacturing ... Near-Term Solution or Future Promise? - mainstream use of rapid prototyping is still years off, Todd Grimm, timecompress.com, January 2006

Rapid Prototyping Fuels Advances in Metal Part Manufacturing - hybrid "3D printing-thermal spray" method provides low-cost rapid prototyping of geometrically complex metal parts, Brett Lyons, timecompress.com, January 2006

RP&M: Then and Now - rapid prototyping and manufacturing has evolved from a novelty to a cool tool, Pamela J. Waterman, Desktop Engineering, March 2006

Virtual Reality - digital prototyping checks every step of product development cycle but it will take quality people to assure its success, Jeffrey Rowe, Cadalyst Manufacturing, March 2, 2006

Modeling Simula - Foresight 4.0, from In Situ Simulation, is a rapid prototyping tool with easy set up for producing 3D models for visualization and simulation, CAD User, September/October 2005

Printing 3-D - the low-cost rapid prototyping method builds 3-D objects from images, Tiana Velez, Arizona Daily Star, February 13, 2006

When Two Parts are Better Than One - converting a complex part into two simple parts can ease molding process, Protomold, January 2006

Changing Dimension - mid-sized manufacturers benefit as 3D printers have dropped to between $30K and $60K, Pamela Derringer, The Manufacturer.com, November 11, 2005

Factors to Consider When Choosing a 3D Printer - find the need of a 3D printer in your organization before owning one, Terry Wohlers, timecompress.com, November 2005 

Wohlers Report 2005: RP, RT, and RM State of the Industry - additive fabrication applications like rapid prototyping and manufacturing continue to become an integrated part of product development processes, Terry Wohlers, timecompress.com, November 2005

The Incredible Shrinking Wall (and Other Problems) - excess wall thickness during injection molding of a part, protomold, December 2005

Rapid Prototyping Goes to School - the International Schools CAD/CAM Challenge excites students to pursue their career in engineering, Tony Abbey, timecompress.com, September 2005

Mirror, Mirror on the Wall - attention to factors like gating, ejection, mold polish, resin choice, and part geometry is required to enhance appearance of molded parts, protomold, November 2005

Protomold: Rapid Injection Molding - Protomold offers online quotation process for rapid injection molding of parts saving time and cost, Al Dean, MCAD Online, November 17, 2005

Creating a Product Prototype - give your invention physical form by making a prototype, from a clay model to a CAD model, Tamara Monosoff, Entrepreneur.com, October 24, 2005

What Process with This Part? - considerations in using thermoforming or injection molding for plastic parts, Modern Plastics, October 1, 2005

Hybrid Prototyping Process Combines Casting & Machining - "Precise Cast Prototyping" is a short, time-saving technique relying on accuracy of the 3D CAD/CAM File, Mikell Knights, Plastics Technology, October 2005

When to Outsource Rapid-Prototyping Work - outsource when demand overweighs capacity, some tips to select RP vendors, RP material properties, Jeff Hanson, Machine Design, October 2005

Validating Design Digitally - virtual prototyping technology handles changes over the product life cycle dynamically, Stu Johnson, Desktop Engineering, September 2005

Stratasys Rakes in Recognitions - Stratasys Inc. is ranked 66 on the list of "The 100 Fastest-Growing Companies" of Fortune Magazine, Business Wire, September 20, 2005

Real-Life Replicas - rapid prototyping, 3D printing and rapid tooling offer more stable and revolutionary designs, Mike Hudspeth, Cadalyst Manufacturing, September 1, 2005

Advancing the Art of Moldmaking - mold building techniques like laminate tooling and subtractive pin tooling use rapid prototyping phenomena to cut cost and lead times, Paul Dvorak, Machine Design, September 15, 2005

Direct Metal Comes on Strong - vendors speak on direct metal manufacturing (DMM), the holy grail of rapid prototyping, Pamela J. Waterman, Desktop Engineering, August 2005

MCAD Modeling Methods - Virtual Prototyping - CAD models can be sketched, visualized, analyzed and manufactured using modern virtual prototyping, Cadalyst Manufacturing, August 1, 2005

Rapid Injection Molding 101 - a glossary of terms for rapid injection molding, protomold, July 2005

Cut Costs with Rotational Symmetry -  recognize parts with rotational symmetry in your design to cut down the cost on manufacturing, protomold, June 2005

Plastic Prototyping: How Methods Measure Up - how to choose between rapid prototyping, rapid tooling and rapid injection molding, Bradley Cleveland of Protomold, Industrial Control Design Line, June 13, 2005

Rapid Prototyping and Pre-production Part Validation from Tecan - the company is offering prototype micro metal parts and concept part validation services, also reducing down-the-line production speeds and costs, once the part is adopted, emsnow.com, June 20, 2005

Rapid Prototyping & Manufacturing 2005 - the 3 day event threw light on how rapid prototyping and manufacturing have allowed companies to compete better, Jeffrey Rowe, Cadalyst Manufacturing, May 19, 2005

Following the Path of 3DP - 3D printing is fast, affordable and easy to use, Jon Hirschtick, Desktop Engineering, March, 2005

A Rapid Prototyping Industry Briefing - Terry Wohlers shares his views relating to the latest developments in RP and looks ahead to 2005, SolidWorks Community, December  28, 2004 (requires free registration)

Rapid Manufacturing Ramps Up - Stratasys and Z Corp. both see trends toward more and better materials, increased speed and greater demand for short-run manufacturing, Louise Elliott, Desktop Engineering, November 2004

Prototype Feature: 3D Printing and the Hummer - AMP Research's Dimension 3D Printer played a key role in developing concepts for General Motors' Hummer H2 SUV, CADserver, November 11, 2004

Prototype Feature: Omega Sees a New Future - a rapid prototyping company helped design the UltraCane, which uses ultrasonic echoes to warn its vision-impaired users of obstacles ahead of them, both in their path and at head height, CADserver, November 9, 2004

Rapid Prototyping: Bigger & Stronger - once it was all about small, fragile parts but now, models made with rapid prototyping equipment are not only sizable, but durable, Larry Gould, Automotive Design and Production, November 4, 2004

Prototype feature: Surface Texturing and Prototyping - while the variety of rapid prototyping methods on offer suit many applications, there’s nearly always one thing missing if you’re looking to fully represent products prior to production – and that’s textures, Al Dean, Cadserver, October 26, 2004

Now It's Your Turn - advice on how to begin outsourcing your rapid prototypes, Glenn Hartwig, Desktop Engineering, September 2004

Almost Out of the Woods - the founder of Stratasys worked for years to perfect a recently released low-cost 3D printer, Brett Nelson, Forbes.com, September 20, 2004

The ConnectPress Rapid Prototyping/3D Printing Roundup - a state-of-the-industry overview of rapid prototyping by Terry Wohlers, with a guide to rapid prototyping products and services, Inventor Connections, September 7, 2004 (requires free registration)

Fast, Affordable 3D Printers Expand RP Beyond Traditional Prototyping - discusses the ways in which 3D printing technologies are changing the design process, Karen Kiffney, Inventor Connections, September 7, 2004 (requires free registration)

Best Practices for Using Rapid Prototypes - advice on how to make rapid prototyping a successful part of the design process, Paul Dvorak, Machine Design, August 19, 2004

The Rapid Prototyping Education Problem - a lack of awareness and education is impeding the growth and expansion of the rapid prototyping industry, Todd Grimm, Time-Compression Technologies, January/February 2004

Wohlers Report 2003 - discusses the state of the rapid prototyping industry, which is on the cusp of monumental change through advances in technology, materials, operations and new applications and processes, Terry Wohlers, CADserver, February 25, 2004

Physician, Reshape Me - rapid prototyping technology may soon be making its debut in dentistry and hospital surgery, Damon Schunmann, e4engineering, February 7, 2004

Why 6-Legged Bots Rule - a new generation of highly mobile legged robots includes a family of bots created at Stanford using a process known as shape deposition manufacturing, a kind of rapid prototyping process in which designs are worked out on a CAD system and then produced as a physical specimen in plastic, Tom McNichol, Wired, November 2003

Make Your Own 3D Models - a technology called rapid prototyping could make molecular modeling dreams come true, Melody Voith, Chemical and Engineering News, December 2, 2003

Rapid Prototyping: Rapidly Getting Stronger - when it comes to rapid prototyping, materials are critical, and when it comes to equipment, size matters, and for some, smaller is better, Lawrence S. Gould, Automotive Design & Production, November 2003

Smart Move - research is underway to convince automotive manufacturers that components produced using rapid prototyping are functional and not as fragile as is widely thought, e4engineering, October 9, 2003

Not Just A Prototype - rapid prototyping machines are capable of producing usable parts, with either a fused deposition modeling (FDM) system or a Roland milling approach, depending on the nature of the design and surface refinement needed, Louise Elliott, DE Online, September 2003

The Next Step in Rapid Prototyping - stronger materials and new build techniques are changing the way companies use rapid prototype, Paul Dvorak, Machine Design, August 21, 2003

Relatively Inexpensive Rapid Prototyping of Small Parts - a new rapid prototyping technique developed at the Johnson Space Center eliminates paper drawings and produces parts automatically on a machine guided CAD data, Scott A. Swan, NASA Tech Briefs, August 20, 2003

3-D Printing's Great Leap Forward - engineers are giving 3D rapid prototyping machines the ability to build moving parts, not just block models, Daithi O Hanluain, Wired News, August 11, 2003

The Addition of Subtraction - because of new subtractive rapid prototyping technologies, milling is once again a valued RP solution, Will Curtis, timecompress.com, March 2003

Rapid Prototyping Branches Out - less expensive and more user-friendly equipment is making prototyping increasingly accessible and popular in fields outside MCAD, such as architectural design, Peter K. Sheerin, CADENCE, May 2003

Fast Forward Prototyping Arrives - combining 3D CAD systems and high-speed CNC equipment, a Minnesota-based company has been able to create a new “rapid injection molding” process in which the production of real injection molded prototypes and small runs of finished parts has become both fast and affordable, Michelle Maniscalco, Injection Molding Magazine, May 2003

Making Bones About It - the Bioplotter, a device that performs in a way similar to a rapid prototyping machine, is being used to produce 3D replicas of skin, cartilage, bone and membranes to aid in human transplants, e4engineering, April 17, 2003

Technology Update: Rapid Prototyping/Tooling: Full Speed Ahead - an overview of the recent advancements in the flourishing rapid prototyping and rapid tooling sector, Richard Babyak, Appliance Manufacturer, April 2003, 2003

Stratasys Breaks the Mold in Computer-Aided Design - Stratasys is making national waves in the design-engineer trade with its low-cost, model-prototyping product, Neal St. Anthony, startribune.com, March 28, 2003

Reduce Production Leadtimes With Laser Engineered Net Shaping - a look at Laser Engineered Net Shaping, a process that produces functional metal components directly from CAD solid models, Dave Keicher and Tom Swann, TimeCompress, January 2003

A Year Filled With Promising R&D - presents a sampling of recent research and development projects in the rapid prototyping industry in the U.S. and around the world, Terry Wohlers and Todd Grimm, TimeCompress, November 2002

Rapid Prototyping and Tooling State of the Industry - an annual review of rapid prototyping and tooling, including the industries being served, applications, revenues, unit sales and forecasts, Terry Wohlers, TimeCompress, November 2002

Signed, Sealed & Delivered - Pitney Bowes used Selective Laser Sintering technology from 3D Systems to automatically build a fully functional rapid prototype during product development of their new OfficeRight product, CADserver, December 19, 2002

The Next Generation - Design for Rapid Manufacture - a project at a UK university may determine if rapid prototyping technology holds the key to the next generation of manufacturing methods, Al Dean, CADserver, October 23, 2002

Magics RP Tooling - Using STL as the Basis for Tooling - the latest module of Materialise's raid prototyping pre-processing system, Magics, provides easy-to-use tooling design functions, Al Dean, CADserver, October 23, 2002

Conjoined Twins Benefit from Rapid Prototyping - a surgical team used a 3D rapid prototyping program from Objet Geometries to plan the successful separation of conjoined twins in Los Angeles, Dave Wilson, e4engineering.com, October 2, 2002

Timing Isn't Everything, But Almost - a state of the art in rapid prototyping, Todd Grimm and Terry Wohlers, TimeCompress, May 2002

User Views on Rapid Prototyping - over 260 managers of design functions at mechanical engineering sites assess the potential of RP, CAD Spaghetti, February 2002

Imagining Faster - new design tools and software like rapid prototyping, haptic devices and 3D displays allow companies to move products to market, Scott Kirsner, Darwin, August 2001

Part to Art - enhanced visualization capabilities allow CAD models to be used in marketing efforts, Jenny Donelan, CGW, June 2001

 
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