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3D Printing Goes Boom
3D printing goes boom, literally. Not only is the additive manufacturing (AM) industry continuing to grow rapidly, in the case of Los Alamos National Labs in New Mexico, scientists are using fused deposition modeling and optically cured technology to 3D print explosives. Just when we thought we've heard it all, right?

The booming industry brought in $5.1 billion in 2015, which was a 25% growth since 2014, according to Wohlers Associates' most recent Wohlers Report. This is Wohlers' 21st annual report on AM and it included data from 80 experts in 33 countries. Wohlers reported growth in metal AM and the desktop 3D printer segments, in which 62 manufacturers sold industrial-grade AM systems (valued at more than $5,000), compared to 49 in 2014, and twice as many than sold industrial systems in 2011.

Impressive, huh? Well, so is the technology that is advancing including printers that 3D print electronics like the Voxel8. Also look at Optomec's Optomec LENS technology for 3D printed metals. Another notable advance is the new Stratasys ULTEM 9085 Aerospace grade filaments for meeting aerospace requirements for low-volume production.

This month's premier 3D printing event, RAPID, showcased all the latest and greatest AM tech. Put on by the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME), featuring more than 250 exhibitors at this year's 26th annual event.

One of the show stoppers at RAPID was the display of HP's Jet Fusion 3D printers, which finally surfaced since plans were announced in 2014. According to HP, these 3D printers were designed for model shops and service bureaus. The company also announced partnerships with Proto Labs, Nike, Shapeways, Materialise and others. The HP Jet Fusion 3D 4200 Printer starts at $155,000 and will be delivered in late 2016. The HP Jet Fusion 3D 3200 Printer is set to ship in 2017 and starts at $130,000. See our article, "Adding Innovation at RAPID 2016's Exhibitor Floor," to see who else caught our attention at RAPID.

ConnectPress would like to thank our sponsors for this Additive Manufacturing Spotlight, Makerbot and Proto Labs.

See examples of how both companies' products are being used in the design community and get updates on Aleph Objects, EnvisionTEC, Essentium, Fabrisonic and more in this month's Spotlight here.
By Eleanor Hutterer, Los Alamos National Labratory
Los Alamos National Labs is using optically cured and FDM additive manufacturing to create next-generation high explosives.

Direct Metal Printing (DMP) Enables CEEE to Manufacture Lean and Green Heat Exchanger
By 3D Systems
Direct metal printing with 3D Systems' Quickparts service brings heat exchanger manufacturing down from months to weeks.

Retooling the Engine: Volvo Construction Equipment Digs up Prototype Savings of 18 Weeks and 92% of Costs
By Stratasys
When faced with developmental cost cuts, VCE turned to 3D printing with Stratasys materials, saving 18 weeks of time and over $9000.

Voxel8 Conducts Itself Beyond Others in the Realm of 3D Printers With the Ability to Print Electronics
By Sam Uliano, ConnectPress Editor
The Voxel8 multi-material 3D printer was designed in SOLIDWORKS, and the company is now offering free 3D printed sample parts.

Opening Thoughts from Siemens PLM Connection/PLM World 2016 and RAPID 2016
By Dan Raker, ConnectPress President
One of the key points mentioned at both conferences was additive processes will outweigh subtractive methods within the next decade.

Adding Innovation at RAPID 2016's Exhibitor Floor
By Sam Uliano, ConnectPress Editor
RAPID 2016 in Orlando, Florida this past week brought out the best and brightest in additive and subtractive manufacturing.

Why Is It that You've Never Heard of the World's Leading 3D Printing Company?
By Dan Raker, ConnectPress Publisher
XYZprinting leads worldwide shipments of 3D printers with an astonishing 31% of the global market, so why haven't you heard of them?

Exploring New Trends in 3D Scan-to-Print
By Mcor Technologies
Mcor Technologies discusses the rapid shift in 3D scan-to-print applications, examples of industry-use and how to choose 3D scanners and 3D printers.

Materials Matter: Selecting the Right Material for 3D Printing
By ProtoLabs
The success of a 3D printing job depends on the materials used. This article by ProtoLabs covers how to select the one most suited to any job.

Webinar: Beyond Prototyping- Profit through Rapid Design and Manufacturing
By Stratasys
Learn how lighting-controller manufacturer Marlin Controls turns fully-manufactured deliverables in 24 hours using Stratasys 3D printing.

Mishimoto Automotive Achieves Speed and Performance with MakerBot
By MakerBot
From cardboard and sheet metal to realistic 3D models, all Mishimoto Automotive needed to take their prototyping to the next level was a MakerBot Z18.

Webinar: An Overview of the MakerBot Replicator Z18
By MakerBot
Car coolant parts, offshore design, and Abe Lincoln's head? This webinar discusses some of the interesting user cases for the Replicator Z18.

MarkForged Is Industrial Strength 3D Printing
By MarkForged
With MarkForged's Mark Two 3D printer, engineers can get parts with carbon fiber, fiberglass, or Kevlar, and have it in their hands the same day.

PolyJet Materials -- A Range of Possibilities
By Stratasys
Stratasys' PolyJet Technology offers over 1000 different material combinations, with 22 base resins and a full spectrum of sharp, vibrant colors.

New Wave of 3D Printers Arrive at CES 2016
By Brian Hartz, ConnectPress Editor
Mcor released it's first full-color desktop and EnvisionTEC showcased the new Micro Plus Hi-Res and Micro Plus Advantage 3D printers. More from...

Design Collaboration Meets Real-Time Prototyping with MakerBot and GrabCAD Webinar
By MakerBot
Watch this webinar on how using GrabCAD's Workbench with any MakerBot 3D printer makes the prototyping process efficient, effective, and productive.

Announcing the LulzBot TAZ 6!
Press Release Issued by Aleph Objects
The newest release from Aleph Objects, the Taz6, was one of our editor picks at RAPID this year.

New FDM 3D Printer Enhancements Make Stratasys Solutions Stronger, Simpler and Faster for Demanding Industrial Applications
Press Release Issued by Stratasys
Stratasys'new ULTEM 9085 filaments are produced for full traceability too meet the strict compliances associated with aerospace requirements.

HP Delivers World's First Production-Ready 3D Printing System
Press Release Issued by HP
HP is taking orders for the HP Jet Fusion 3D 4200, shipping in 2016, and the HP Jet Fusion 3D 3200 printer coming in 2017, which starts at $130,000.

Essentium Materials Unveils Breakthrough Thermal Welding Technology at RAPID 2016
Press Release Issued by Essentium Materials
Essentium Materials presented its new line of 3D filament products and technology targeted for industrial customers and thermal welding.

Optomec Showcases Production Systems for 3D Printed Metals and 3D Printed Electronics at the RAPID Conference
Press Release Issued by Optomec
Rapid 2016 attendees can get a look at Optomec LENS technology that combines 3D printed metals with subtractive milling into a single tool.

Wohlers Report 2016 Published: Additive Manufacturing Industry Surpassed $5.1 Billion
Press Release Issued by Wohlers Associates
Wohlers Report 2016 reveals growth continues in many segments, particularly in metal AM and the desktop 3D printer segments.

Stratasys Launches Bold 3D Printing Software Strategy and Universal Design-to-3D Print Application, GrabCAD Print
Press Release Issued by Stratasys
GrabCAD Print is a design-to-3D print application, built on an open platform, to eliminate the need to translate and repair CAD files for 3D printing.

EnvisionTEC Reveals SLCOM 1 as their Biggest 3D Printing Innovation of 2016 at RAPID
Press Release Issued by EnvisionTEC
The SLCOM 1 can process a wide range of custom made thermoplastic reinforced woven fibers for use in aerospace, automotive, and consumer products.

ULA Atlas V Rocket Lifts off With 3D Printed Parts
Press Release Issued by Stratasys
The ULA Atlas V Rocket included parts printed from a Stratasys Fortus 900mc Production 3D Printed, giving the team flexibility and keeping costs low.