Senior Editor Patrick Waurzyniak
It’s just about time for IMTS, the Big Show that rolls into the city of Chicago September 8–13 at McCormick Place for the biennial extravaganza celebrating advanced manufacturing technology and state-of-the-art machine tool equipment. This year’s show stands to be different, with an electric car being completely built with additive manufacturing techniques at the Emerging Technology Center (ETC). Full Article
Michael C. Anderson
Jason Lopes, lead systems engineer for Legacy Effects, a Special Effects studio for the motion picture industry, spoke about his work to hundreds of rapt listeners at SME’s co-located RAPID and The Big M manufacturing events at Detroit’s Cobo Center on Wednesday. Full Article
The ExOne Company
The ExOne Company (NASDAQ: XONE) ("ExOne" or "the Company"), a global provider of three-dimensional ("3D") printing machines and printed products to industrial customers, announced today the planned opening of a new combined Production Service Center (“PSC”) and Machine Sales Center in the Lombardy region of Italy on or about August 1, 2014. Said Omar, most recently ExOne’s European Sales Director, will be ExOne Italy’s Managing Director. Full Article
Michael C. Anderson
Software developer Materialise (Plymouth, MI) had a great event on Tuesday at the co-located Big M event and RAPID conference at Detroit’s Cobo Center: slot car racing on huge four-lane track, using cars made via 3D printing. A little further past the slot car track in the other direction were objets d’art, including an arresting lifesized bust of Detroit’s own RoboCop and a larger-than life, almost-human (if “human” is the word I want) bust of a character from the film “Avatar”—both made using additive technology by Legacy Effects (San Fernando, CA).
Tim Caffrey, Senior Consultant, and Terry Wohlers, President, Wohlers Associates, Inc.
Additive manufacturing (AM) has traveled a great distance from its humble prototyping past. In 2014, it stands on the brink of becoming a serious and potentially game-changing method of manufacturing. AM represents a family of technologies being used by individuals, small groups, and large corporations around the world, making parts for a mind-boggling array of applications. Full Article