Rapid Prototyping

3D Systems buys Ohio's Village Plastics

December 13, 2013 11:27 am ET

3D Systems Corp., a manufacturer of three-dimensional printers and custom-designed parts, has acquired an Ohio company that makes plastic filaments used in rapid prototyping machines.

Materialise joins Chinese 3D printing alliance

December 3, 2013 12:34 pm ET

Materialise NV, the Leuven, Belgium-based additive manufacturing group, has formalized its partnerships in China by becoming a member of the China 3D Printing Technology Industry Alliance.

3-D printing seeing major growth beyond rapid prototyping

November 19, 2013 3:50 pm ET

The use of 3-D printing to make final commercial products continues its decade-long growth trajectory, according to a new report from Wohlers Associates.


In Hong Kong's plastics industry, interest in 3D printing runs high

November 5, 2013 3:58 pm ET

HONG KONG — 3D printing gets a lot of attention as a potential equalizer in global manufacturing. The typical story is that the technology can help companies in developed economies like the United States or Japan be more nimble and make...


PCI opens third factory to house Engineering Resource Center

October 31, 2013 5:31 pm ET

Custom injection molder Plastic Components Inc. has invested $1.4 million to open its third factory at an industrial park in Germantown, Wis. — a 15,000-square foot building to make rapid prototype, single-cavity molds.

Ametek buys Creaform for $120 million

October 29, 2013 4:48 pm ET

Ametek Inc. has purchased Creaform Inc., a maker of 3D measurement systems and portable scanners.

SPI announces 3D printing conference, set for NPE 2015

September 23, 2013 1:09 pm ET

Three-dimensional printing is getting plenty of attention in the mainstream media — and now the Society of Plastics Industry Inc. is organizing a new conference for the technology, called NPE3D.


NASA to take first 3-D printer into outer space

August 23, 2013 2:52 pm ET

After almost three years of trial and error, NASA is planning to launch the world's first zero-gravity-capable 3-D printer into space as early as June 2014.

Microsoft brings 3D printing to Main Street

August 9, 2013 12:27 pm ET

Microsoft Corp. will sell MakerBot desktop 3D printers in 18 of its U.S. stores. The move follows news that the software company had added support for 3D printers to its much-maligned Windows 8 operating system.

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