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Union Tech is 1st After-Market Consumables Supplier to Market a 3D Printer

China-based Union Technology International (M.C.O.), the global distributor of Print-Rite Imaging Products (PR) after-market printer and MFP consumables, reports that it’s launched its first 3D printer. PR also says it developed consumables for the 3D printer that consist of PLA filament and ABS filament (above). PR is the first after-market consumables vendor to launch a 3D […]

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New Massive Japan Alliance – Including Panasonic – Aims to Produce Next-Generation 3D Industrial Printers

The Nikkei of Tokyo reports that a consortium of Japanese companies and the Japanese government has been formed to develop next-generation 3D printers using metals such as titanium for applications in healthcare and aerospace. The 3D printers will be used for producing parts such as artificial joints and airplane components using molten metal.  Members include the Japan […]

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HP to Make Big 3D-Printer Announcement in June

Update: Hewlett-Packard CEO Meg Whitman reports that HP will make its 3D-printing announcement in fall of 2014. At an annual shareholders’ meeting, Hewlett-Packard CEO Meg Whitman reported that the company would have a “big technology announcement” in June related to 3D printing. She also says HP has solved a number of 3D printing problems – […]

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Top News for the Week of 3/3/2014 – Ricoh A3 Color MFPs, Kodak Alaris, More

Products Ricoh is shipping new A3 color MFPs with cloud connectivity and smartphone apps. On the “old-school paper side” of things, they also feature also a new optional staple-less document finisher that binds pages together without using staples – a good idea, and something that’ll make them attractive in education – besides the mobile printing […]

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3D Printer Maker Stratasys Reports Record Revenue for Fourth Quarter

One of the leaders in the 3D-printing market, Stratasys, reported record revenue for its fourth quarter ended December 31, 2013. The company, which markets both professional and consumer 3D printers and services, generated 62 percent revenue growth in the fourth quarter versus the fourth quarter of last year, driven, it says, by strong demand across all […]

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What is HP Doing In 3D Printing? An Inverview with Martin Fink

(From HP Next blog) We’ve all seen futuristic movies where replicators make anything on command. But you might have also seen the real-life video of an amputee duck being fitted with a 3D-printed prosthetic foot. So, the question becomes, what is the line between sci-fi and reality? Industry Analyst firm Gartner, in their 2013 Hype Cycle for […]

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Top News for the Week of 2/24/2014 – Good Quarter for HP, New Solutions for Healthcare, More

Solutions At the Health Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) conference that’s dedicated to healthcare IT and was held this week in Orlando, Florida, several imaging vendors showcased new and existing solutions for making the capture, distribution, storage, and retrieval of healthcare records into Electronic Health Records (EHR) systems more efficient and less error-prone. Konica […]

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3D Systems Enters Partnership with Hasbro to Develop and Market 3D Printers for Children

On February 14th, 3D Systems  and childrens’ toy company Hasbro reported a new partnership under which they will co-develop products powered by 3D printing for children and their families. The partnership combines Hasbro’s well-known portfolio of consumer brands, extensive expertise in children’s toys, and retail reach with 3D Systems’ portfolio of 3D printing products, platforms, and perceptual […]

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Top News for the Week of 2/10/2014 – Mopria-Certified Printers On the Way; PaperCut for Controlling Mobile Printing; More

Legal News He’s got a lot of other things on his mind – namely the closing of three traffic lanes feeding into the George Washington Bridge last September – but New Jersey Governor Chris Christie made short work of a proposed New Jersey law that would require sellers of ink cartridges to show on how […]

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Top News for the Week of 1/27/2014

Financial News Both Lexmark and Xerox reported their fourth-quarter and full-year results this week. While it was a tough quarter for Xerox, Lexmark reported a strong quarter and full year, boosted by revenue from its Managed Print Services business and its Perceptive Software business. Canon also reported results for its fourth quarter and full-year 2013. […]

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Dell to Market Makerbot’s 3D Printers and Scanners

Dell is getting in on the 3D-printer market, reporting today that it’ll be offering MakerBot’s Replicator 3D printers and scanners to create an end-to-end 3D design solution for small and mid-size businesses, enabling fast and affordable prototyping. By adding MakerBot 3D printers and scanners to its existing portfolio of Dell Precision workstations, Dell says engineers can design and […]

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Stratasys Rolls out World’s First Color Multi-Material 3D Printer

3D-printer maker Stratasys Ltd. a manufacturer of 3D printers and materials for personal use, prototyping, and production, today announced the launch of the ground-breaking Objet500 Connex3 Color Multi-material 3D Printer, the first and only 3D printer to combine colors with multi-material 3D printing. Previously, 3D printers were only able to use one material, limiting their use for producing […]

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Top News for the Week of 1/6/2014 – Samsung Researching Inkjet, Coca-Cola Hit by Scan-Patent Lawsuit, Lantronix xPrintServer for Google Cloud Printing, More

New Hardware Everybody’s doing it! Mitsubishi throws its hat into the ring with the announcement that it will enter the North American 3D printer market with a hybrid 3D printer purposed for manufacturing. Lantronix continues to innovate and announces the xPrintServer – Cloud Print Edition, a product that enables devices to print to networked and […]

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Mitsubishi to Enter North American 3D-Printer Market with Hybrid 3D Printer for Manufacturing

Last week, Mitsubishi of Japan announced that it would be entering the North American 3D printer market with what it’s calling a hybrid 3D printer, the LUMEX Avance-25. Made by Matsuura, and beginning January 1, 2014, the printer, which is designed for manufacturing applications, will be distributed by Mitsubishi in the United States and Canada […]

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Top News for the Week of 12/30/2013 – Ricoh Supplying 3D Print Heads, Top Stories of 2013, More

As we wrote two weeks ago, the list of 2D printer makers involved in 3D printing continues to grow. This week we report that Ricoh is also involved. In an investor report, 3D-printer giant Stratasys reveals: “In particular, we rely on a sole supplier, Ricoh Printing Systems America, Inc. or Ricoh, for the print heads for our PolyJet 3D printers. Under the terms of our agreement […]

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Top News for the Week of 12/16/2013 – Ranks of 2D Printer Makers Involved in 3D Printing Grow, More

The big news this week was a joint press release from Xerox and 3D-printer maker 3D Systems announcing that 3D Systems would be acquiring part of Xerox’s solid-ink engineering and development teams. Within the press release, the companies confirmed that 3D Systems was using Xerox’s solid-ink printer technology for its 3D ProJet printers. So far […]

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3D-Printer Maker 3D Systems to Acquire Part of Xerox’s Solid-Ink Engineering and Development Teams

3D Systems and Xerox today announced that 3D-printer maker 3D Systems will be acquiring Xerox’s Wilsonville, Oregon, product design, engineering and chemistry group and related assets for $32.5 million in cash. Both companies expect the transaction to close before the end of 2013. This agreement expands the decade-and-a half long collaboration between the companies, which has produced […]

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3D Printing Now on the Verge of Becoming Mainstream, Reports IDC

Emerging from a curiosity niche, 3D printing is now on the verge of mainstream adoption as businesses begin to recognize and embrace the cost and product manufacturing benefits of the technology. According to a new research study from International Data Corporation (IDC), the worldwide 3D printer market will experience tremendous unit and revenue growth from […]

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