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Gartner, Inc. on Tuesday highlighted the top ten technologies and trends that will be strategic for most organizations in 2014. Analysts presented their findings during Gartner Symposium/ITxpo, being held here through October 10. Gartner defines a strategic technology as one with the potential for significant impact on the enterprise in the next three years. Factors that denote significant impact include a high potential for disruption to IT or the business, the need for a major dollar investment, or the risk of being late to adopt. A strategic technology may be an existing technology that has matured and/or become suitable for a wider range of uses. It may also be an emerging technology that offers an opportunity for strategic business advantage for early adopters or with potential for significant market disruption in the next five years. These technologies impact ... (more)

A Change in Commerce: Open-Source 3D Manufacturing

In Shelly’s awesome post on 3D printing,he hints at a future where spare parts will live on files and not shelves. It completely upsets our notion of manufacturing, where commodities are tangible objects. Physical would become virtual. The question would then become: open-source or closed-source? What’s the Difference? Open-source software and application-development tools are available to anyone for free over the web. Could open-source CAD/CAM files be the same? (There are already plenty of free designs available online at sites like Thingiverse.com.) As a real-world example, let’s take a look at the bicycle manufacturing industry. It’s an industry that uses the latest materials, manufacturing and design principles and techniques. High-end carbon fiber bicycles today are works of engineering art, the same as Formula 1 cars or MotoGP motorcycles or fighter jets, e... (more)

3D Printing in Medical Applications Market to Grow at a CAGR of 15.4

Research and Markets has announced the addition of the "3D Printing In Medical Applications Market - Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends And Forecast, 2013 - 2019" report to their offering. 3D printing has revolutionized the healthcare industry through its advancement in technology. 3D printing industry in medical applications can be segmented as technology, applications and raw materials. The technologies that are used in 3D printing for medical application include electron beam melting (EBM), laser beam melting (LBM), photopolymerization and droplet deposition manufacturing (DDM). Print 3D Expo - International Conference & Expo Twitter: @Print3DExpo These technologies vary in their efficiency and accuracy. These technologies are being used to manufacture various medical structures such as surgical guides, medical implants, surgical instruments an... (more)

Ultra HD, Bendable 4K, Curved LED: CES Wrap Up Part 1

International CES 2014 is in the history books, and it was the most exciting CES in recent memory. 3D Printing, Connected Living, Fitness Tech, Wrist Revolution, 2 in 1 PCs, Intel RealSense™ and Qualcomm’s open source All Joyn™ alliance are just a few of the highlights I’ll cover in this multi-part CES wrap-up. But let’s start with 4K, Ultra HD TV sets. The industry would like you to purchase a new 4K set as soon as possible. The fact that there is very little content to play on it is of little concern. 4K is the new, new thing and every manufacturer has a line of Ultra HD TV sets for you to choose from. If you were at CES this year, you would have seen several curved LED 4K sets and even a “bendable” LED set from Samsung (the 85U9B). Samsung 85U9B Should you buy one? Let’s discuss… What is Ultra HD? HD (or 2K) is commonly specified as 1,920 pixels across and 1,020 ... (more)

Managed Services, Grand Challenges, Innovation Contests and Multiyear Programs Propel NineSigma's Growth

CLEVELAND, Aug. 21, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- NineSigma, the leading innovation partner to organizations worldwide, today forecast strong global growth for 2013-2014, resulting from demand for its managed services, Grand Challenges, Innovation Contests, and multiyear programs. This year, the company expects 20 percent and 75 percent growth in revenues and earnings, respectively, as it continues to advance the way organizations innovate. "Our growth tells us that our unique approach to open innovation delivers business value," said Andy Zynga, CEO of NineSigma. "With thousands of engagements over fourteen years, we continue to create new innovation models to help our clients lead their industries." Founded in 2000, NineSigma helped pioneer the strategy of open innovation (OI), which enables organizations to speed the development of groundbreaking products, outpace their c... (more)

ENGINEERING.com Incorporated Announces First Quarter 2012 Results

TORONTO, ONTARIO -- (Marketwire) -- 05/25/12 -- ENGINEERING.com Incorporated (TSX VENTURE:EGN), developer of the ENGINEERING.com online resource for engineers today announced its unaudited financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2012. ENGINEERING.com revenue was $581,965 for the three month ended March 31, 2012, compared to revenue of $355,559 for the first quarter in 2011. Revenue in the first quarter included a sale of third party software to a single customer for approximately $170,000. Operating income (EBITDA) measured as earnings before interest, taxes, amortization and stock-based compensation, was $2,634 or $0.00 per Common Share for the first quarter of 2012 compared with an operating loss of ($58,398) or $0.00 per Common Share for the three month period ended March 31, 2011. The operating expenses in the latest quarter were $300,924, up fro... (more)

Advertising Age Surprises With 2013 Digital A-List; Again Pegs Sentiment About Facebook

NEW YORK, Feb. 25, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Advertising Age editors threw in a few surprises with the 2013 Digital A-List, out today in print, online and on the AdAge iPhone and iPad apps. The list is the centerpiece of the annual Digital Issue, the most comprehensive resource for the digital industry and a hallmark of AdAge's analytical approach to news. (Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20130225/DE65437 ) "What a difference a year makes," said Abbey Klaassen, editor of Advertising Age. "The digital ability of our industry is finally maturing. A year ago, things felt dark. Breakthroughs that were supposed to be big didn't turn out that way, and business models that were supposed to save the world didn't. Google was the only one making money in digital and our A-List pretty much wrote itself. This year, things have settled. And it's clearer where the real value ... (more)

Freelancer.com reveals the 50 fastest growing online jobs for Q1 2013

SYDNEY, April 30, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The eCommerce revolution shows no signs of slowing; Core web 2.0 technologies HTML5, CSS, PHP, and jQuery continue to grow; Android spreads throughout the developing world, leaving Apple floundering in its wake; 3D design jobs take off as 3D printers like MakerBot start to go mainstream; Twitter grows while Facebook slumps, but both fall flat as marketers fall back to Email Marketing; BPO jobs boom as virtual assistants become mainstream for SMEs and entrepreneurs; SEO rebounds from Q4 2012 as the industry adapts to Google Panda and Penguin algorithms. With over 280,000 jobs to analyze each quarter, the Freelancer.com Fast 50 charts the top 50 fastest growing or crashing job types in the online labor market on a quarter-by-quarter basis, providing a continuous measure of job activity and trends in the online economy. "There is ... (more)

Sigma Labs, Inc. Announces Development of Technology to Support Low Cost 3D Metal Printer

SANTA FE, N.M., Dec. 23, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Sigma Labs, Inc. (OTCBB: SGLB), a developer of advanced, real-time, non-destructive quality inspection systems for 3D metal printing and other advanced manufacturing technologies, today announced the development of technology to support a low-cost, 3D metal printer based on arc welding technology.  As part of this initiative, key strategic alliances have been established, including with respect to a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), entered into as of December 20, 2013, by Sigma Labs and Michigan Technological University (Michigan Tech).  The MOU with Michigan Tech sets forth the parties' intent to collaborate technically in the development of technology for a low-cost, 3D metal printer for near-net shape parts that require only 3- or 5-axis machining to take the parts to final form.  Mark Cola, President and Chief Exe... (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)

MOTA Launches Market's First High-Performance and Affordable Personal 3D Printer on Kickstarter

SUNNYVALE, CA--(Marketwired - July 08, 2014) - MOTA®, a leading manufacturer of wearables, mobile accessories and consumer electronics devices, today announced the MOTA 3D Printer, a high-performance and affordable personal 3D printer, launching a Kickstarter project to raise funds for large-scale production. The MOTA 3D Printer provides plug-and-play high-precision, high-quality 3D printing for individuals and businesses at a market leading price. "Our vision is to make 3D printing ubiquitous, empowering as many people as possible to make real what they imagine," said Kevin Faro, MOTA co-founder. "But that can't happen until the cost of a printer is low enough and the functionality high enough to reach a tipping point. The MOTA 3D Printer represents this, a fully featured high-performance printer that's production-ready. We're utilizing Kickstarter to raise the fun... (more)