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Innovation And Investment In 3D Printing Surges. Although the technology hasn’t yet lived up to its hype as the harbinger of a new industrial revolution, investments in 3D printing technology have surged in 2014. Last year, spending on 3D printing and additive manufacturing hit $3.07 billion dollars, according to a report from industry analyst group Wohlers Associates. That number is projected to reach $12.8 billion by 2018, and $21 billion by 2020, according to the group.

Meanwhile 54 companies launched or raised capital with an eye toward tapping this growing market in 2014, according to data from CrunchBase. It’s the highest number of investments the sector has seen, and at $72 million of disclosed investments, it’s the most amount of venture capital committed to the sector. Admittedly, these numbers are still small, but the growth of the industry seems assured thanks to innovation coming from new business models, marketplaces and technologies that continue to expand the possibilities for manufacturers of all stripes. About | WikiHouse. Open Design WikiHouse is a commons where many companies work together to develop the best, most sustainable building systems ever designed, which are then freely shared for anyone to build upon and improve. Share global, print local The products they design with it are manufactured through the world's biggest factory. A distributed network of local workshops using tools such as 3D printers and CNC machines.

Within the rules of the system, the design can be endlessly customised, allowing every house to respond to its user, site & context. Mass-customisation Direct to manufacture 3D models are shared in free, easy-to-use formats such as SketchUp, from which a set of cutting files can be created. Precision manufactured Parts are digitally manufactured using tools such as CNC machines and 3D printers, and using widely available materials such as plywood.

3-D Printing Will Change the World. To anyone who hasn’t seen it demonstrated, 3-D printing sounds futuristic—like the meals that materialized in the Jetsons’ oven at the touch of a keypad. But the technology is quite straightforward: It is a small evolutionary step from spraying toner on paper to putting down layers of something more substantial (such as plastic resin) until the layers add up to an object. And yet, by enabling a machine to produce objects of any shape, on the spot and as needed, 3-D printing really is ushering in a new era. As applications of the technology expand and prices drop, the first big implication is that more goods will be manufactured at or close to their point of purchase or consumption. This might even mean household-level production of some things.

Another implication is that goods will be infinitely more customized, because altering them won’t require retooling, only tweaking the instructions in the software. 3D Printing Trends January 2015. Note: only printers with a quantity of 30+ on our platform are included in these statistics. Insights: Trending Printers Ultimakers just keep trending! The Ultimaker 2+ Extended takes the crown amongst the trending printers again, growing a strong 54.1% MoM. At the 2nd spot now it's accompanied by its smaller brother the Ultimaker 2+ which came up one position this month. Lastly, the Ultimaker 2 Go also made our top 10, taking the last spot. Formlabs' Form 2 climbed up one spot to take the bronze this month. The professional SLA printer has been in the top 5 since January 2016, showing strong and continuous growth.

The BCN3D Sigma fell back two spots and left the podium, but the 4th spot and 25% MoM growth are still results to be proud of. Industrial printers had a great month as Stratasys' uPrint SE Plus FDM printer climbed up 23 spots to #8. Ember's Resin is Now Open-Source | Spark. The Ember 3D printer ships with 2 liters of our Standard Clear Prototyping resin.

We affectionately call it PR48, which stands for polar resin number 48. Like WD-40, is this our 48th try for a polar resin formulation? Close enough. Today we're sharing the formulation of PR48 under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license, the same license Arduino uses to share their design files. PR48 will soon be for sale here on our site (Ember explorers, contact me here, if you need more right now). We're open sourcing our resin for a couple of reasons: We have an open approach, and encourage the use of 3rd-party materials in our printer and the development of new materials on our platform. We think PR48 is a pretty good resin: it properly adheres to the build head, photopolymerizes at a reasonable rate, clouds Ember's PDMS window significantly less than other resins, and generally works for most prints.

Autodesk Standard Clear Prototyping Resin for Ember (all percentages are wt/wt) Factory Berlin | The campus for founders & innovators. The blog for startups and investors - Financing options for startups looking for funding in Europe - Startupxplore Blog - The blog for startups and investors. Startup financing at the early stage has changed dramatically over the past few years. Five years ago the vast majority of startups had to rely on FFFs and business angels to provide the capital necessary to launch their startups, but these are no longer the only options available to entrepreneurs and investors.

Options like equity crowdfunding, syndicate investing, accelerators or P2P lending companies are now able to provide funding to startups at the early stage, allowing them to find their product-market fit before calling on the doors of traditional Venture Capital firms or professional business angel groups. And the trend above is clearly tied to how we view things at our company. At Startupxplore we clearly believe in two things: that Europe is becoming a true hub of global entrepreneurship and that investing in startups is quickly changing, as more players enter the space and new financing vehicles are created and adopted. The startup funding market is changing rapidly.