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Will 3D printing really change the world? “Just like the Industrial Revolution, the assembly line, the advent of the internet and the Social Media phenomenon, 3D Printing will be a game changer” – Forbes: Will 3D Printing Change The World? (2012 March) [Update: September, 2012: MakerBot Unveils Next-Gen 3D Printer, And First Retail Store ($2,199 and $2,799)] Since the impact is impossible to predict, let me just give you the facts about where the technology stands today. 20 Years 3D Printing technologies have been around for more than 20 years. However, the technology is slowly becoming more affordable. Urbee Hybrid: 3-D Printed Car Art exhibits of 3D printed objects Additive Manufacturing It is an additive manufacturing processes of making three dimensional solid objects from a digital file, where an object is created by laying down successive layers of material. Th... (more)

Cloud Computing for the Health of It

Cloud computing must have been brushing up on its bedside manner. HIPAA requirements now stipulate everyone in the health-care industry must begin migrating patient records and other data to cloud computing. By 2015, all medical professionals with access to patient records must utilize electronic medical and health records (EMR and EHR), or face penalties. A recent study by MarketsandMarkets revealed the health-care cloud computing market, which is only currently about 4% of the industry, is expected to grow to nearly $5.4 billion by 2017. The cloud migration process, however, can be daunting for health-care organizations since they have to move an incredible amount of data, according to an article on Forbes.com. Cloud service providers are now offering a variety of new ways to access information via cloud applications and microsites designed for mobile devices. To ... (more)

Gartner Reveals Predictions and the Tsunami of Digital Transformation

This week at the Gartner Symposium/ITxpo 2013, Gartner unveiled their top predictions for 2014 and beyond.  Here they are: Digital Industrial Revolution (3D printing and its impact on manufacturing and IP) Digital Business (social, mobile, analytics, cloud, code halos and their impact)  Smart Machines (self-learning machines and artificial intelligence) The Internet of Things (network centric operations, situational awareness, etc.) These predictions align closely with what I have been writing about and teaching for the past 12 months. However, I have not covered the "Digital Industrial Revolution" in the context of 3D printing.  I will have to start paying more attention to that area.  I blame some of my inattention on those that came up with the term "3D Printing." When I read the word "printing" I lose interest.  I guess I need to start being interested. In fact,... (more)

The Maker Movement & the Democratization of Enterprise Manufacturing

Several years ago, any amateur inventor or designer with a plan to create an injection-molded part or product had to have a budget big enough to equal their ambition. Those same people today are now finding that what was previously out of reach due to the cost is now something that’s both achievable and greatly less expensive. The 3D modeling manufacturing process is what has brought about these changes in the manufacturing world and is having a growing impact among established companies and entrepreneurs. The possibilities are enormous and fashion designers, engineers and musicians are pushing the boundaries of manufacturing projects. The tasks and abilities possible today are beyond what was available less than a decade ago and it’s created a do-it-yourself subculture known as the maker movement, which consists of jewelry makers, crafters, sculptors, teachers and e... (more)

Cimatron Reports Revenues of $10.2 million and Non-GAAP Operating Profit of $1.0 million in Q1 2013

GIVAT SHMUEL, Israel, May 13, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Cimatron Limited (NASDAQ: CIMT), a leading provider of integrated CAD/CAM software solutions for the toolmaking and manufacturing industries, today announced financial results for the first quarter of 2013.  Commenting on the results, Danny Haran, President and Chief Executive Officer of Cimatron, noted, "We are pleased to report yet another record first quarter in terms of software license and maintenance revenues. Moreover, we are pleased with the healthy growth in our recurring maintenance revenues, indicating the increased confidence that our customers have in our software solutions, in realizing the benefits of staying updated with our latest product versions. While our overall year-over-year revenue growth was modest in the quarter, this was due mainly to license revenue recognition considerations that dictat... (more)

MakerBot Launches 3D Print Services in its MakerBot Retail Stores

MakerBot is launching a 3D print service in its MakerBot retail stores located in New York, Boston and Greenwich, Conn. Starting today, simply walk into one of the MakerBot retail stores with a .STL, .OBJ, or Thing file on a USB drive and MakerBot will 3D print your design for you! All items are 3D printed on a MakerBot® Replicator® 2 Desktop 3D Printer in the MakerBot Store. Digital files will be 3D printed with MakerBot PLA Filament, available in either white, black, translucent red, warm gray or natural. Additional colors are available for an additional fee. 3D printing times will be estimated and arrangements made for pick-up of the item or items; customers will also be notified when their print is ready for pick-up. All items ordered through the MakerBot 3D Print Service will be printed at a MakerBot retail store. All files must adhere to MakerBot’s Terms of S... (more)

World 3D Printing Market

LONDON, Jan. 28, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Reportbuyer.com just published a new market research report: World 3D Printing Market INTRODUCTION The Freedonia Group Incorporated is a leading international industry study/database company. Founded in 1985, Freedonia publishes more than 125 studies each year, covering such areas as building materials, chemicals, health care, packaging, pharmaceuticals, plastics, security, and many other industries. Studies cover entire industry sectors as well as key niche markets. Each study includes such valuable intelligence as growth markets and products, market share, product analyses and forecasts, market analyses and forecasts, and company profiles. Studies specific to the US also place the industry into its international context. This study analyzes the global three-dimensional (3D) printing (also known as additive manufacturing, rapid ... (more)

OpenText Debuts 2020 Vision Arming Customers with EIM to Address Digital Disruption

WATERLOO, Ontario, March 10, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- OpenText™ (NASDAQ: OTEX, TSX: OTC), the global leader in Enterprise Information Management (EIM), today debuted its vision for helping organizations set their 2020 Agenda to ensure success in the new digital economy. As part of its global 2014 Innovation Tour, OpenText is outlining a step-by-step roadmap for C-suite leaders that includes best practices in navigating today's rapidly evolving business landscape. Launched at its Innovation Tour, OpenText vision for the 2020 Agenda addresses critical issues surrounding the Digital Enterprise, including: Digital Experience – Transforming customer experience from marketing and sales to customer service through enterprise information-driven omni-channel communications. Digital Workplace – Addressing the changes in the workforce – many of which will consist of digital native... (more)

Award Winning 3D Printing Company Tinkerine Announces Formation of Advisory Board

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA -- (Marketwired) -- 04/24/14 -- Tinkerine Studios Ltd. (TSX VENTURE: TTD) ("Tinkerine" or the "Company") today announces the establishment of an advisory board comprised of well-known 3D printing expert Nancy Liang (Shapeways), serial tech entrepreneur Ben Yan (HP, GT Telecom), current Member of Parliament Russel Hiebert, award winning Silicon Valley PR strategist Mark Addison, and tech entrepreneur Russ Krywolt as initial members. Tinkerine CEO, Eugene Suyu, commented, "We are excited to have such a deep and rich team of experienced tech entrepreneurs and policy makers, who will support our push into the consumer and education markets." The following are biographies of the advisory board members: Nancy Liang New York based Nancy Liang is currently the Co-Founder of Mixee Labs, a platform for 3D designers to create customizable consumer pr... (more)

Stratasys Adds Flexible Color Digital Materials for Unparalleled 3D Printed Product Realism

Stratasys Ltd. (Nasdaq:SSYS), a leading global provider of 3D printing and additive manufacturing solutions, today released a previously announced extension to its range of flexible and rigid material options for the Objet500 Connex3 Color Multi-material 3D Printer. One of three new Stratasys flexible 72-color palettes composed of rubber-like (TangoPlus) and rigid (Vero) color materials. Photo by Stratasys Hundreds of new rubber-like color materials and many rigid ones combined with existing options, allow virtually unlimited combinations of flexible, rigid, and translucent-to-opaque colors in a single print run. The new color options are ideal for creating medical, automotive and consumer product components in popular gray along with vibrant color components that offer true-to-life aesthetics. This allows the production of complete products without manual assembly.... (more)

Gartner Hype Cycle 2012 – Emerging Technologies

Here is a summary of the Gartner Hype Cycle for “Emerging Technologies” for 2012 – what is stated explicitly, what can be inferred. This Hype Cycle is suppose provide insight into emerging technologies that have broad, cross-industry relevance, and are transformational and high impact in potential. Most crowded hype cycle on emerging technologies in last 10 years 48 technologies are listed in this year’s hype cycle which is the highest in last ten years. Last year they had 42 – year 2008 was the lowest (27) – year 2005 was the previous highest (44). What does this imply? May be Gartner is right when it says: We are at an interesting moment — a time when the scenarios we’ve been talking about for a long time are almost becoming reality. Which macro trends are stated explicitly in the report? Any Channel, Any Device, Anywhere — Bring Your Own Everything Smarter Thing... (more)