Top News for the Week of 12/16/2013 – Ranks of 2D Printer Makers Involved in 3D Printing Grow, More
3D Printing News
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 now, a number of “2D” printing companies are now involved in 3D printing in some form or another, while the leaders in the 3D market are Stratasys and 3D Systems:
- Epson of Japan is developing 3D commercial printers.
- Ricoh New Zealand is selling two MakerBot 3D printers and a Maker Bot 3D scanner.
- HP will be introducing 3D printers in 2014, and is developing a “monster” 3D printer, adding, as it says, another dimension to its printing.
- Konica Minolta will be selling 3D printers from 3D Systems.
- Canon will be selling 3D printers from 3D Systems in Japan.
- Sindoh will be selling consumer 3D printers from 3D Systems in South Korea.
- Canon’s Océ group is developing 3D printing technology for making reproductions of fine-art paintings with three-dimensional brushstrokes replicated.
- Fujifilm also teamed up with the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam to produce 3D reproductions of famous works of art, such as the 3D-printed version of Van Gogh’s “The Harvest” shown below.
Business & Research News
- IDC predicts tremendous growth for 3D printing in business and manufacturing.
- While we are currently studying the CISS (Continuous Ink Supply Systems) that are popular in Asia, market research firm IDC finds that cheaper ink cartridges are helping OEMs gain market share in the Asia-Pacific region. (We’ll have a lot more on our CISS study at a later date.)
- In other market-research news, IDC finds that worldwide large-format printer growth returned in third-quarter 2013.
Thanks for reading, Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!
Terry and Kathy Wirth