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3D Printing- The Possibilities are Endless
The 3D printing market is explosive, growing at a rapid pace predicted by Wohlers Associates to reach $21 billion by 2020.

While 3D printing giants like Stratasys and 3D Systems continue to buyout the market, an infinite amount of startups keep emerging in the industry. But it's not just 3D printing companies they are buying. Most recently Stratasys announced plans to acquire GrabCAD, makers of cloud-based collaboration and PDM software. Another good move for them was the acquisition of 3D printer company MakerBot last year.

3D Systems, on the other hand, has been strengthening their portfolio with 3D scanning companies like Geomagic and Rapidform. They've had around 20 acquisitions and still counting in the last few years.

In other big news this year, Autodesk announced their 3D printing platform Spark, along with plans to develop a 3D printer. Recently Local Motors announced they were using Spark in the design of their 3D printed car.

Aside from the business deals, what is most astonishing are the capabilities of 3D printing technology. The possibilities are endless- from 3D printed chocolate, artificial muscles, clothing, building structures and guns- the list goes on.

In this month's Industry Spotlight we’ve included some examples of how the CAD industry is using 3D printing in the automotive, medical, consumer products and fashion industries, plus all the latest news.

In addition we've brought back our Vendor Directory, which has some of the hottest newcomers to hit the scene.

September 2014
3D Printing's Explosive Growth Demonstrated at Rapid 2014
By Jill Jerabek, ConnectPress Editor
ConnectPress gets the scoop on this year's premier 3D printing event Rapid 2014, and SME's views on this explosive technology

EGR Gets Parts Made Quickly by Quickparts
By 3D Systems
EGR talks about how they prepped four vehicles for the auto event SEMA and the role Quickparts played in having their 3D printed parts ready fast.

Bianchi Bikes Case Study
By Stratasys Inc.
The company produces prototype parts using a Dimension 3D Printer, including bicycle frames, forks, components for testing and model validation.

Adobe Joins the 3D Printing Revolution with Latest Version of Photoshop Creative Cloud
By John Myers, ConnectPress Editor
Photoshop Creative Cloud now allows users to send their designs to a 3D printer within a single click. Adobe gives ConnectPress the details in this interview.

3D Printed Parts for the Medical Industry: Can FDM Materials be Used when Sterilization is Required?
By Gary Polio, CAPINC
Can Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) materials be used when sterilization is required? CAPINC and Stratasys investigate...

Autodesk Enters the 3D Printing Market
Compiled by ConnectPress
Announcing its intention to enter the 3D printing marketplace, Autodesk answers more questions on the upcoming 3D printing platform and 3D printer.

Mcor 3D Printing Opens Vast New Possibilities for Paper-loving Artist
By Mcor Technologies
Artist Clare Goddard has recently embraced 3D printing and uses the Mcor Matrix 300+ to create her sculptural paper designs.

How Paper-based 3D Printing Works: The Technology and Advantages
By Mcor Technologies
Mcor Technologies offers 3D printers that use paper. Learn about the technology and advantages being used by both MCAD and AEC markets.

3D Proven Systems Brings 3D Printing to New Mexico
By John Myers, ConnectPress Editor
3D Proven Systems is one of the first 3D Systems resellers to come to the Albuquerque area. Is Albuquerque ready?

The Convergence of Drones and 3D Printing
By Robert Harwood, ANSYS
The next thing we know, when you see a drone it might not just deliver something, it might make something right in front of you.

3D Printing Disrupts and Inspires the Fashion World
By Jill Jerabek, ConnectPress Editor
Having made revolutionary changes to fields like architecture and medicine, 3D printing is now making itself felt in the fashion world.

A New Mindset in Product Design: 3D Printing Can Help Bring Better Products to Market Faster
By Stratasys Inc.
This white paper looks at how 3D Printing can bring better products to market.

Industrial 3D Printing Takes a Turn on the Catwalk
Chicago-based artist Joshua Harker makes his fashion-world debut with a headdress that was laser sintered on an EOSINT P 760 system.

World's First 3D-Printed Car Takes Inaugural Drive
Press Release Issued by Local Motors
Local Motors showcased Strati, their 3D printed car, at the International Manufacturing Technology Show earlier this September.

Optomec Receives Order from FAPS Institute to Enable Printing of Artificial Muscles
Press Release Issued by Optomec
Factory Automation and Production Systems (FAPS) Institute has purchased Optemec's Aerosol Jet Quad Print Engine to manufacture the muscles.

MakerBot Announces the Launch of MakerBot Europe
Press Release Issued by MakerBot
MakerBot's current resellers will transition into working with MakerBot Europe, and the new organization will be led by Alexander Hafner.

Formlabs Announces the Form 1+
Press Release Issued by Formlabs
The redesigned stereolithographic 3D printer offers superior prints at higher speeds.

Ion Core Announces Zinter Home
Press Release Issued by Ion Core
Ion Core's Zinter Home edition has the same large print area inside and is overall a 30% smaller unit than its predecessor.

Advanced Solutions Life Sciences Unveils BioAssemblyBot and TSIM Lab Quest Workstation
Press Release Issued by Advanced Solutions
Advanced Solutions Life Sciences division launched the BioAssemblyBot and TSIMLab Quest tabletop workstation for 3D printing.

DYNAMO 3D Brings 3D Printing Speed to a New Level with D3D ONE-EVO
Press Release Issued by DYNAMO 3D
DYNAMO 3D has launched the new D3D ONE EVO high speed 3D printer, featuring remote diagnostic control and high volume work plans.

MatterFab’s Industrial 3D Metal Printer Changes the Game for Metal Printing
Press Release Issued by MatterFab
MatterFab has announced its low cost industrial 3D metal printer is available now for the injection molding, medical, and aerospace industries.

Wohlers Report 2014 Uncovers Annual Growth of 34.9% for 3D Printing and Additive Manufacturing Industry
Press Release Issued by Wohlers Associates
Wohlers Associates announced the publication of Wohlers Report 2014. The report marks the 19th consecutive year of its availability.

EOS and Airbus Group Innovations Team on Aerospace Sustainability Study for Industrial 3D Printing
Press Release Issued by EOS
The companies conducted an environmental lifecycle comparison of rapid investment casting and Direct Metal Laser Sintering (DMLS).

Dell Adds MakerBot 3D Printing to Enable End-to -End 3D Digital Prototyping Solution for Small and Medium-Sized Businesses
Press Release Issued by Dell
By adding MakerBot products engineers can design and test new product concepts quickly and architects can create 3D prototypes during the design phase.

RAPID 2014 on Pace for Largest in Conference's 24-Year History
Press Release Issued by Society of Manufacturing Engineers
The 3D printing conference has already confirmed more than 12,000 square feet in exhibitor space and is on pace to pass RAPID 2007's record of 17,000.

First 2014 Creative Cloud Release Also Includes Amazing Perspective Warp Capability in Photoshop CC
Press Release Issued by Adobe
Designs can be printed to a locally connected 3D printer like Makerbot or online 3D print services from Shapeways.

3D Systems Mainstreams Consumer 3D Printing With a Dozen New Products at CES 2014
Press Release Issued By 3D Systems
3D Systems showcased over a dozen 3D printers targeted for the consumer at the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show (CES).

CES Sets the Stage for MakerBot Launch of Expanded MakerBot 3D Printing Platform and Ecosystem with a Whole New Generation of 3D Printers and 3D Content
Press Release Issued by CES
Announced at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), MakerBot debuted its fifth generation of new 3D printers.

Stratasys to Acquire GrabCAD, a Leading 3D CAD Collaboration Platform
Press Release Issued by Stratasys
GrabCAD will operate as a unit within Stratasys Global Products and GrabCAD CEO Hardi Meybaum will continue to lead GrabCAD within the group.

Autodesk and Local Motors Collaborate on First Spark 3D Platform Implementation
Press Release Issued by Autodesk
Autodesk is collaborating with Local Motors, who is using the company's Spark platform to develop the Strati, the world's first 3D printed car.

3D Printing and Additive Manufacturing Industry Expected to Quadruple in Size in Four Years
Press Release Issued by Wohlers Associates
Wohlers Associates, Inc. expects worldwide revenues from the additive manufacturing and 3D printing industry to reach $12.8 billion by 2018.

3D Systems and SME Announce Formation of Advisory Board for Its M.Lab21 Education Initiative
Press Release Issued by 3D Systems
This new initiative supports 3D printing labs and advanced manufacturing curriculum in High Schools, and includes members from Intel and more.

Mark One: World's First Carbon Fiber 3D Printer Now Available for Order
Press Release Issued by MarkForged 3D
Announced in February, MarkForged released the Mark One 3D Printer. They'll be shipping the second half of this year. Put in your presale order today.

Sculpteos 3D Printing Now Supported by Adobe Photoshop CC
Press Release Issued by Sculpteo
The support of Sculpteo allows Adobe Photoshop users to access their machine profiles and 3D printing technology.

Swedish Company Launches the First Fume Free Desktop 3D Printer
Press Release Issued by Magicfirm
The ZYYX desktop 3D printer, the first designed in Sweden, has innovative solutions to the major issues facing current users of 3D printers.

World's First Auto-Follow Sports Drone Set for Take-Off With Stratasys 3D Printing
Press Release Issued by Stratasys
Helico has introduced AirDog, an automated drone designed to track and video outdoor sports and activities, using Stratasys 3D printing.

3D Systems' Personalized Surgery Tools Enable Surgeons to Operate on the Smallest Patients
Press Release Issued by 3D Systems
Medical Modeling Virtual Surgical Planning (VSP) technology enables to conduct complex surgical procedures on newborn and infant patients.

Graphics Systems Offers On Demand 3D Printed Parts New Online Tool Provides Instant 3D Printed Part Quotes
Press Release Issued by Graphics Systems
By using Stratasys 3D printers with FDM and Polyjet technologies, Graphics Systems provides a 3 to 5 day turnaround on parts.

3D Printing Market to Grow to US$16.2 Billion in 2018
Press Release Issued by Canalys
The 3D printing market reached US$2.5 billion globally in 2013. Canalys predicts that this will rise to US$3.8 billion in 2014 and continue to grow.

Stratasys Redefines Product Design And Manufacturing With World's First Color Multi-material 3d Printer
Press Release Issued by Stratasys
The Objet500 Connex3 Color Multi-material 3D Printer combines colors with multi-material 3D printing.

CES Sets the Stage for MakerBot Launch of Expanded MakerBot 3D Printing Platform and Ecosystem with a Whole New Generation of 3D Printers and 3D Content
Press Release Issued by CES
Announced at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), MakerBot debuted its fifth generation of new 3D printers.