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3D Printing Basics
Wikipedia defines 3D Printing as: a process of making a three-dimensional solid object of virtually any shape from a digital model. 3D printing is achieved using an additive process, where successive layers of material are laid down in different shapes. 3D printing is considered distinct from traditional machining techniques, which mostly rely on the removal of material by methods such as cutting or drilling (subtractive processes).A materials printer usually performs 3D printing processes using digital technology. Since the start of the twenty-first century there has been a large growth in the sales of these machines, and their price has dropped substantially. The technology is used for both prototyping and dristributed manufacturing in jewelry, footwear, industrial design, architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC), automotive, aerospace, dental and medical industries, education, geographic information systems, civil engineering, and many other fields.
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Christopher Barnatt's 3D Printing Directory Christopher Barnatt is a British futurist who wrote "3D Printing: The Next Industrial Revolution". His web site is a treasure trove of great information and links on the 3D Printing space.
3D Printing Stocks (click on symbol for key statistics)
AMAVF Arcam AB provides additive manufacturing solutions for the production of metal components. The company offers Arcam Q10, an electron beam melting (EBM) machine for the industrial production of orthopedic implants; and Arcam A2, a solution for additive manufacturing of metal parts from a range of different materials in the aerospace industry. It also provides a suite of powder handling auxiliary equipment, including explosion-protected vacuum cleaners, powder handling trolleys, and powder recovery systems; and software, metal powders, service and application support, and training services. The company serves customers primarily in implant and aerospace industries in Sweden and internationally. Arcam AB was founded in 1997 and is headquartered in Gothenburg, Sweden.
ADSK Autodesk, Inc. operates as a design software and services company worldwide. Its Platform Solutions and Emerging Business segment offers AutoCAD software, a computer-aided design (CAD) application for professional design, drafting, detailing, and visualization in construction, manufacturing, civil engineering, and process plant design fields; and AutoCAD LT, a professional drafting and detailing software. The company's Architecture, Engineering and Construction segment offers Autodesk Revit products, which provide model-based design and documentation systems; AutoCAD Civil 3D products that offer a surveying, design, analysis, and documentation solution; and AutoCAD Map 3D software, which provides direct access to data needed for infrastructure planning, design, and management. Its Manufacturing segment provides AutoCAD Mechanical software to accelerate the mechanical design process; Autodesk Inventor, which offers a set of tools for 3D mechanical design, simulation, analysis, tooling, visualization, and documentation; and Autodesk Moldflow that facilitates manufacturers to design plastic parts and injection molds, and study the injection molding process. The company's Media and Entertainment segment offers animation products that provide tools for digital sculpting, modeling, animation, effects, rendering, and compositing; and creative finishing products, which offer editing, finishing, and visual effects design and color grading solutions. Autodesk, Inc. also sells consumer products for digital art, personal design and creativity, and home design in various digital storefronts and over the Internet; and offers design and creation suites. The company licenses or sells its products to customers in the architecture, engineering, and construction; manufacturing; and digital media, consumer, and entertainment industries directly, as well as through a network of resellers and distributors. Autodesk, Inc. was founded in 1982 and is headquartered in San Rafael, California.
ANSS ANSYS, Inc. develops and markets engineering simulation software and services used by engineers, designers, researchers, and students in the aerospace, automotive, manufacturing, electronics, biomedical, energy, and defense industries, as well as academia worldwide. Its products include ANSYS Workbench, a framework upon which the company's engineering simulation technologies are built; Multiphysics that creates virtual prototypes of designs; Structural Mechanics, which offers simulation tools for product design and optimization; Fluid Dynamics that provides modeling of fluid flow and other related physical phenomena; and Explicit Dynamics, which simulates physical events. The company also offers Electromagnetics, which provides field simulation software for designing electronic and electromechanical products; System Simulation, a collaborative environment that leverages multiphysics, multibody dynamics, circuit, and embedded software simulation capabilities; and ANSYS Engineering Knowledge Manager, a solution for simulation-based process and data management. In addition, it provides academic product suite with a portfolio of academic products based on associate, research, and teaching; and high-performance computing (HPC) product suite delivering cross-physics parallel processing capability for the company's simulation software by supporting structural, fluids, thermal, and electromagnetic simulations. Further, the company offers SCADE for developing critical systems and automatic generation of embedded software; geometry handling solutions for engineering simulation; meshing technology that transforms a physical model into a mathematical model; and a suite of Apache software, which delivers power analysis and optimization platforms along with integrated methodologies for managing the power budget, power delivery integrity, and power-induced noise in an electronic design. ANSYS, Inc. was founded in 1970 and is headquartered in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania.
CIMT Cimatron Ltd. designs, develops, manufactures, markets, and supports computer-aided design/computer aided manufacturing (CAD/CAM) software products. It offers CimatronE, a CAD/CAM solution that provides tools, applications, and process-automation solutions for the tooling and manufacturing industries. The CimatronE product family includes various basic modules, such as Designer Solution, NC Solution, Master Solution, Electrode Solution, Electrode Pro Solution, Student Package, and View Only System; and other vertical applications that comprise Mold Design, Die Design, Quick Electrode, ECO Manager, 5 Axes Production, and Micro-Milling, as well as Die Quote Generator, a stand-alone database-driven application. The company also provides GibbsCAM, a CAD/CAM solution for discrete part production manufacturing. The GibbsCAM product family consists of various module options, including Mill, Lathe, Solid Import, 2.5D Solids, SolidSurfacer, Advanced CS, Polar and Cylindrical Milling, Radial Milling , 5-Axis Milling, Tombstone Management System, Multi-Task Machining, Wire-EDM, Machine Simulation, Data Exchange Options, CutDATA, VoluMill wireframes and solids, and Post Processors. It serves customers in the automotive, aerospace, medical, consumer plastics, electronics, and other industries. The company distributes its products directly, as well as through a network of independent resellers in Europe, Israel, the Far East, and North America. Cimatron Ltd. was founded in 1982 and is headquartered in Givat Shmuel, Israel.
DASTY Dassault Systemes SA provides three dimensions (3D) design software, and product lifecycle management solutions worldwide. The company offers SolidWorks, a software solution for design, simulation, technical documentation, and data management; CATIA, an engineering and design software for product 3D computer-aided designing; SIMULIA, which provides simulation applications for finite element analysis, multiphysics solutions, optimization analysis, and simulation lifecycle management; DELMIA, a digital manufacturing and production software that allows manufacturers to define, plan, create, monitor, and control production processes; ENOVIA, which delivers 3D digital collaboration solutions; 3DSwYm, an online solution to create on-the-cloud social communities; Exalead for search and search-based applications; and NETVIBES to create personalized dashboards. It also offers 3DVIA solutions, which include 3DVIA Composer that enables users to visually communicate assembly procedures, technical illustrations, and marketing materials; 3DVIA Store that allows retailers to visually communicate merchandising strategy and enables brand managers to test consumer response to packaging and promotions; 3DVIA Studio Pro, a social development platform that leverages interactive gaming technology; and 3DVIA.com, a community Website for 3D enthusiasts and digital content creators. In addition, the company provides consulting services in the areas of design, deployment, support, training, and engineering. It serves aerospace and defense; transportation and mobility; marine and offshore; industrial equipment; high-tech; architecture, engineering, and construction; consumer goods; consumer packaged goods and retail; life sciences; energy, process, and utilities; natural resources; and financial and business services sectors through direct sales, value-added resellers, and distributors. The company was founded in 1981 and is headquartered in Ve´lizy-Villacoublay, France.
DDD 3D Systems Corporation, through its subsidiaries, develops, manufactures and markets 3D printers, print materials, on-demand custom parts services, and 3D authoring solutions for professionals and consumers. The company’s primary print engines comprise stereolithography, selective laser sintering, multi-jet modeling, film transfer imaging, selective laser melting, and plastic jet printers, as well as ZPrinters. Its 3D printers convert data input from computer aided design (CAD) software or 3D scanning and sculpting devices to produce physical objects from engineered plastic, metal, and composite print materials. The company also provides its customers with 3D authoring tools for digital imaging and design; blends, markets, sells, and distributes various consumables, engineered plastics, nylon and metal materials, and composites; and offers various software tools, as well as pre-sale and post-sale services, including applications development, installation, warranty, and maintenance. In addition, it provides custom parts services, such as precision plastic and metal parts capabilities, as wells X-ray digitizing scanners for medical and mechanical applications. The company markets its stereolithography materials under the Accura and RenShape; laser sintering materials under the DuraForm, CastForm, and LaserForm; materials for professional printers under the VisiJet and ZPrint; and X-ray digitizing scanners under the Vidar brands. It primarily serves manufacturers of automotive, aerospace, computer, electronic, defense, education, consumer, energy and healthcare products, as well as original equipment manufacturers, government agencies, universities, and independent service bureaus. The company sells its products and services through its direct sales organization, sales agents, resellers, and distributors primarily in the United States, Europe, and the Asia-Pacific region. 3D Systems Corporation was founded in 1986 and is headquartered in Rock Hill, South Carolina.
EXA Exa Corporation develops, sells, and supports simulation software and services for vehicle manufacturers. It offers PowerFLOW and a suite of related software products for simulating complex fluid flow problems, including aerodynamics, thermal management, aeroacoustics, or wind noise. The company's software suite includes PowerDELTA, which streamlines and accelerates simulation model preparation process; PowerCASE that creates, edits, and compiles a complete PowerFLOW simulation case, which controls the construction of the simulation grid; PowerCLAY that performs direct modification or morphing of digital model surfaces; PowerTHERM to predict surface temperatures and heat fluxes generated by thermal radiation and conduction; and PowerCOOL to calculate the heat transfer between a heat exchanger and the cooling airflow. Its software suite also comprises PowerINSIGHT, a graphical user interface that offers a library of user configurable templates and generates comparative results; PowerVIZ, a visualization and analysis application that is used for processing simulation results from PowerFLOW and spectral analysis results from PowerACOUSTICS; and PowerACOUSTICS, which enable pressure fluctuation prediction, noise source identification, wind noise transmission to interior, and sound package parameter study capabilities. The company also provides technical consulting and training services. Its products are used in various applications, including aerodynamics, thermal management, aeroacoustics, climate control, and powertrain. The company sells its products and project services primarily through direct sales force in the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Korea, and China, as well as through a distributor in India and through a sales agent in Brazil. Exa Corporation was founded in 1991 and is headquartered in Burlington, Massachusetts.
FARO FARO Technologies, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, designs, develops, manufactures, markets, and supports software-based three-dimensional measurement and imaging systems for manufacturing, industrial, building construction, and forensic applications. The company’s articulated electromechanical measuring devices include FaroArm, a combination of six or seven-axis, articulated measurement arm, a computer, and computer-aided measurement (CAM2) software programs; and FARO Laser ScanArm, a FaroArm equipped with a combination of a hard probe and non-contact line laser probe to measure products without touching them and offers a seven-axis contact/non-contact measurement device with an integrated laser scanner. It provides FARO Gage, an articulated arm device with a computer and software; FARO Laser Tracker Vantage that combines a laser measurement tool, a computer, and CAM2 software programs; FARO Focus3D to measure and collect data points; and FARO 3D Imager AMP, a non-contact 3D Imager capable of collecting millions of points to generate infinitely-focused fringe patterns. The company also offers FARO Software, a proprietary CAD-based measurement and laser scanner software; CAM2 Measure 10 to measure jobs; FARO CAM2 Gage Software for measuring geometry and building dimensions; and FARO SCENE, a software to deliver scan processing solutions. In addition, it provides extended warranties, as well as support, training, and technology consulting services. The company sells its products through direct sales and distributors. It serves automobile, aerospace, and heavy equipment markets, as well as law enforcement agencies in the Americas, Europe, Africa, and the Asia Pacific. FARO Technologies, Inc. was founded in 1981 and is headquartered in Lake Mary, Florida.
IRBT *** iRobot Corporation designs, develops, and markets robots for the consumer, government, and industrial markets worldwide. It offers consumer products, including floor vacuuming and washing robots, floor sweeping robots, and pool and gutter cleaning robots. The company also provides defense and security products, such as ground robots comprising 510 PackBot line of small unmanned ground robots; the 310 small unmanned ground vehicle (SUGV) and XM1216 SUGV multi-purpose ground robots; the 110 FirstLook small, light, and throwable robot; and the 710 Warrior multi-purpose robot for carrying heavy payloads. It sells its robots to consumers through chain stores and other national retailers, as well as through its on-line store; and to the U.S. military, and other government agencies. The company was founded in 1990 and is headquartered in Bedford, Massachusetts.
NOTE: *** IRBT applied for several patents in the 3D Printing sector (in January 2013) and is awaiting approval.
ONVO Organovo Holdings, Inc. develops three-dimensional (3D) bioprinting technology for creating functional human tissues on demand for research and medical applications. The company's 3D NovoGen bioprinting technology works across various tissue and cell types, and allows for the placement of cells in desired pattern. It offers NovoGen MMX Bioprinter, a commercial hardware and software bioprinter platform to create tissues for bioprinting research and development. The company was founded in 2007 and is based in San Diego, California.
PMTC PTC Inc. develops, markets, and supports software solutions that facilitate companies to design products, manage product information, and enhance their product development processes worldwide. Its enterprise solutions include PTC Windchill, an Internet-based content and process management solutions for managing data and relationships, processes, and publications; PTC Arbortext enterprise solutions to manage information assets that enhance customer support and service center information delivery processes; PTC Creo View, which enables enterprise-wide visualization, verification, annotation, and automated comparison of various product development data formats; and PTC Integrity that coordinates and manages various activities and artifacts associated with developing software-intensive products. The company's desktop solutions comprise PTC Creo Parametric, a suite of three-dimensional product design solutions that enables changes made during the design process to be associatively updated throughout the design; PTC Creo Elements/Direct, a suite of computer aided design and collaboration software used for customers to meet short design cycles; PTC Mathcad, an engineering calculation software solution, which combines a computational engine, accessed through conventional math notation and with word processor and graphing tools; and PTC Arbortext to facilitate customers improve documentation accuracy, speed time to market, reduce translation requirements, and lower publishing costs. It also offers consultation, implementation, training, and maintenance services. PTC Inc. sells its products and services through direct sales force, as well as through third-party resellers and other strategic partners. The company was formerly known as Parametric Technology Corporation and changed its name to PTC Inc. in January 2013. PTC Inc. was founded in 1985 and is headquartered in Needham, Massachusetts.
PRLB Proto Labs, Inc. produces CNC machined and injection molded plastic parts. It offers products that are made of various engineering-grade resins, such as ABS, polycarbonate, nylon, acetal, polypropylene, acrylic, PBT, HDPE, LDPE, TPE, and TPU, as well as LCP, including glass or fiber filled grades. The company was founded in 1999 and is headquartered in Maple Plain, Minnesota. It has locations in the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, Japan, Italy, France, and Spain.
SGLB Sigma Labs is focused on bringing novel and advanced materials and manufacturing technologies out of the Nation's top National Labs and into the marketplace to serve the aerospace, defense, biomedical, power generation, and general industrial sectors. These technologies include their revolutionary PrintRite3D technology which will allow metals parts to be made by 3D printing or additive manufacturing with fewer flaws and better properties. Another groundbreaking technology is a rapid healing biomedical implant technology that has already been proven for dental applications and is being investigated for orthopedics. Yet another critical technology is in the area of reactive munitions which provide 50% greater energy with less weight and lower collateral damage for current and future conflicts. The Sigma Labs approach will be to commercialize these technologies through partnerships, joint development and licensing with other firms up to and including Fortune 50 companies.
SSYS Stratasys Ltd. provides additive manufacturing (AM) solutions for the creation of parts used in the processes of designing and manufacturing products and for the direct manufacture of end parts. Its AM systems utilize its patented fused deposition modeling (FDM) and inkjet-based PolyJet technologies to enable the production of prototypes, tools used for production and manufactured goods directly from three-dimensional (3D) CAD files or other 3D content. The company offers desktop 3D printers for idea and design development, a range of systems for rapid prototyping, and production systems for direct digital manufacturing under the uPrint, Mojo, Objet, Dimension, Fortus, and Solidscape brands. It also provides a range of approximately 130 3D printing materials, including approximately 120 proprietary inkjet-based PolyJet photopolymer materials and 10 proprietary FDM-based thermoplastic materials. In addition, the company leases or rents 3D printers and 3D production systems; and produces prototypes and end-use parts for customers from a customer-provided CAD file, as well as provides support services and warranty. Its solutions are used in the aerospace, apparel, architecture, automotive, business machines products, consumer, defense, dental, electronics, educational institutions, heavy equipment, jewelry, medical, and toys industries. The company sells its products through a network of resellers and independent sales agents worldwide. Stratasys Ltd. was founded in 1989 and is headquartered in Eden Prairie, Minnesota.
XONE The ExOne Company engages in the development, manufacture, and sale of three dimensional printing machines and printing products in the Americas, Europe, and Asia. The company provides Max, Print, Flex, and Lab machines that enable designers and engineers to design and produce industrial prototypes and production parts; and ExMicro Orion machine, a laser micromachining product for conventional and exotic materials. It also offers associated products comprising consumables and replacement parts; and other services, such as training and technical support services. The company markets its products to industrial customers in the aerospace, automotive, heavy equipment, energy/oil/gas, and other industries under the ExOne brand name. The ExOne Company is headquartered in North Huntingdon, Pennsylvania.