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Top News for the Week of 7/14/2014 – Survey Shows Disparity in Attitudes Towards Digital-Imaging Technologies; Epson Wide-Format Inkjet; Canon Lawsuits; More

This week, Canon U.S.A. released the first of what will be annual surveys that examine the attitudes of both IT and non-IT executives towards key trends in our industry – cloud-based document management, mobile printing, BYOD (Bring Your Own Device), and managed print services (MPS). Unfortunately, it seems IT executives will have to work hard […]

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Home Depot Begins Selling MakerBot 3D Printers in Select Stores

Home-improvement retail chain Home Depot has begun selling 3D printers and a 3D scanner in select stores in New York City, Chicago, Los Angelos, and San Francisco. The 3D printers and 3D scanner are made by Makerbot, which was acquired by Stratasys last year. As noted below, Home Depot is also a 3D printer from […]

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Konica Minolta Lays out Compelling Roadmap for Printing: from Production, to Office, A4, and 3D Printing

This week, Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A. held its “Print Production Technology Showcase and Our Blueprint for the Future” conference for press and analysts, where Konica Minolta executives introduced the new bizhub PRESS C1100, a flagship digital color production-printing system, and also laid out where the company stands today and its roadmap for the future, […]

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New Cortado Cloud App for Mobile Printing; Mobile Printing for 3D Printers on the Way

VentureBeat reports that Cortado - formerly known as ThinPrint, and headquartered in Germany – will introduce its Cloud Printer app at VentureBeat’s MobileBeat 2014 conference today. The app, which will be compatible with iOS and Android mobile devices, will enable users to “point their device’s camera at a printer, scan a QR code, and print any document stored […]

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Top News for the Week of 6/23/2014 – Toshiba’s New A3 Mono MFP Family; How Users are Printing; HP Lawsuit; More

This week’s news that Hewlett-Packard announced two new Officejet Pro inkjet models will probably be met with a “sigh, so what” by most of our readers. However, everybody should take note that HP is still very good at innovating on the marketing end of things. Consider its economical and convenient Instant Ink Program, which one […]

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Automated-Drone AirDog Gets off the Ground with Stratasys 3D Printing

3D-printer maker Stratasys reports that start-up company, Helico, has successfully introduced AirDog, the world’s first automated drone designed to track and video outdoor sports and activities, with Stratasys 3D printing technology proving instrumental in the AirDog prototyping process. Aimed primarily at the consumer market, AirDog is a “quad-copter” that operates via a wrist-worn tracking device and accommodates […]

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Top News for the Week of 6/16/2014 – What Sets New OKI A3 Apart; 100-ppm inkjet from Epson; More

This week, there was lots of new hardware, from OKI Data, Ricoh, Lexmark, and Konica Minolta. In a sign of the times, this week it was OKI Data and Lexmark adding new A3 hardware, while Ricoh and Konica Minolta added A4 desktop units. (Speaking of Konica Minolta Business Systems [KMBS], this week, we noted that, […]

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Stratasys’ 3D Printing Plays Leading Role in Making Iconic ‘RoboCop’ Suit

3D-printer maker Stratasys Limited recently gave Hollywood a helping hand, with its multi-material Objet Connex 3D printing technology playing a leading role in the production of the iconic RoboCop suit created by Legacy Effects for the main character in 2014′s science-fiction action film, RoboCop. Hollywood special-effects company Legacy Effects was tasked with creating the 3D […]

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Top News for the Week of 6/9/2014 – HP PageWide Inkjet for Large Format, Xerox Targeting High-Speed Inkjet, More

This week, inkjet was again in the news, with inkjet news from Hewlett-Packard, Kodak, and Xerox. In particular, this week’s inkjet news involved the commercial and production high-speed inkjet segment – a segment IDC recently pinpointed as enjoying exceptional growth. According to IDC research, the worldwide continuous-feed, digital production-printing market is experiencing a major technology […]

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Top News for the Week of 6/2/2014 – Epson, Brother Ramp up Business Printers; Inside Pharos Beacon; Konica Minolta to Sell 3D Printers; More

Lots of interesting news and analysis this week. First, it’s official: Konica Minolta will be the first to sell 3D printers – sourced from partner 3D Systems – through the U.S. office-equipment channel. We actually learned about this last September at Konica Minolta’s annual dealer meeting, and the idea was enthusiastically received by dealers. Konica […]

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With New 3D Systems Agreement, Konica Minolta is First to Sell 3D Printers through U.S. Office-Equipment Channel

One of the leaders in the 3D printing market, 3D Systems reports that it’s signed an agreement with Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A. under which Konica Minolta will distribute 3D Systems’ complete 3D printing product portfolio through Konica Minolta’s U.S. network of dealers and authorized resellers, as well as through its direct-sales channel, making Konica Minolta the first original equipment […]

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Former Toshiba Exec Mark Mathews is New President of 3D Printing Company

Venture Beat reports that Mark Mathews, the former president and CEO of Toshiba America Business Solutions, has been named president of Airwolf 3D, a two-year-old, privately held designer, manufacturer, and distributor of 3D printers. Mathews reports directly to Airwolf 3D’s company’s founder and chairman, Erick Wolf, and will be responsible for the business side of the […]

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Top News for the Week of 5/27/2014 – Ink Still Flowing at HP; Ricoh Goes Retail; More

Last week, the big news was about Hewlett-Packard, which reported essentially flat revenue growth for its first quarter. versus its first quarter a year ago. However, in a May 22nd conference call, HP executives provided a deeper look at revenue (HP: Printing, Ink, Continues to Bolster Revenue). Interestingly, while HP’s total printer-hardware revenue was down […]

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Top News for the Week of 5/12/2014 – More Good News from Japan, Western Europe, Mopria

Good news this week from Japan and Western Europe. This week in news from Japan, Sharp finally returns to a profitable year, Konica Minolta reports a stellar year, boosted by sales of bizhub MFPs, while OKI also reports a profitable year, with sales of its office MFPs up. Previously in the last several weeks, Epson reported a sharp improvement for its fiscal year, with sales of its […]

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Top News for the Week of 4/28/2014 – Xerox Upgrades Print Security, Mopria Certification Soon; Sharp Improvement for Ricoh, Epson; More

This week, Xerox was in the spotlight, introducing several new products and solutions for virtually everyone. For enterprises, there was the Xerox Secure Print Manager Suite, with everything from user accounting to print rules. For commercial printers, there’s the new 100-ppm Versant 2100 Press, and for small and mid-size businesses, the 65-ppm Phaser 4622. Along […]

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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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