More than half a million 3D printers shipped globally
3D printing is not longer a niche endeavor. According to research by CONTEXT, the milestone of 500 000 printers shipped since the early days of 3D printing has been reached. More than 85 percent of these printer shipments are from the relatively new sub-category of low-cost desktop models, which emerged on the market a few years ago. The 15 % of expensive printers ranging from 25,000 to more than 2 million USD in price account for the largest portion of overall revenue.
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De La Rue looks for further savings after restructuring
The security printing company De La Rue said it would undertake a major restructuring effort under its ‘optimize and flex’ strategy implemented by its new management team. The restructuring will involve about 8 million British Pounds of costs and circa 30 million British Pounds of capital investment, with the aim of delivering 13 million British Pounds a year of savings from 2019.
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3D printer improves research at Weill Cornell Medical College
When a bone fragment from an anatomical model was missing at Weill Cornell Medical College, a student decided to print it on a conventional 3D printer. The quality was so good that his professor mistook it for the real missing piece at first. This incident led to the decision to purchase a 3D printer for research purposes a few months later. It has inspired several new projects. In a collaboration between Weill Cornell Medicine and the Ithaca campus, for example, researchers are creating 3D printed ears made from living tissue that could be implanted in patients who lack them due to a congenital defect.
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Printhead technology for large format printers explained
While all parts of large format printers are important, printheads are often considered the machines’ heart. Most inkjet printers use drop on demand (DOD) printheads, where each drop of ink is generated only when it’s needed. There are two main techniques used in DOD wide format printing engines: thermal and piezo-electric. In both systems the trick is to create enough pressure to force some ink through the nozzle.
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Canon Emirates to be official printer for Dubai Air Show
Canon Emirates, a leading provider of imaging and information technology solutions, has signed an agreement with Dubai Airports to serve as the ‘Official ICT Print Provider’ for three editions of the Dubai Airshow from 2015 to 2019. At Dubai Airshow 2015, Canon Emirates offered the entire array of MPS services through a dedicated business center that offered end-to-end solutions, from small to large format printing, to the nearly 1,100 exhibitors that took part in the global event as well as visitors, the company said.
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Made in Space plans to print large structures for NASA
NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate (STMD) has announced a new program to advance ‘Tipping Point’ technologies that will bring on a new era of space exploration and commercial endeavors. One of the proposals was submitted by 3D printing company Made in Space. Together with Northrop Grumman and Oceaneering Space Systems, Made in Space wants to create the first system for 3D printing and assembling large structures in space, without direct manual intervention on the part of an astronaut.
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New on the drupa blog: Turning food waste into paper
The agricultural sector uses huge amounts of resources to feed the 7.4 billion people on our planet. But only certain parts of the agricultural products, usually the roots, fruits, seeds or juices, end up as food. PaperWise has now come up with a process that uses the plant residue to produce high quality paper that can be recycled up to seven times. This process not only uses resources in a responsible way, it also contributes to reducing deforestation. More in the article