Mimaki USA has signed CAD BLU as the national dealer for the Mimaki 3DUJ-553 full-color industrial 3D printer. With offices in five states, CAD BLU has been leading the 3D printing industry for over 20 years. CAD BLU offers an extensive selection of 3D printer systems, materials, and technologies for customers in a variety of industries.
The Mimaki industrial 3D printer can produce objects with high definition, fine detail and in full color up to 20 inches wide by 20 inches deep and 12 inches high. It is a color-managed device with more than 10 million possible color combinations for photorealistic output. Clear ink is available for creating translucent colors. It uses water-soluble support material that is easy to remove, maintaining fine details.
“The 3DUJ-553 provides unprecedented full-color 3D printing for additive manufacturing and visual prototyping,” said Ken VanHorn, vice president at Mimaki USA. He believes CAD BLU, a leader in 3D printer sales and service, will deliver the 3DUJ-553 printer for use in medical, jewelry, automotive, entertainment, aerospace, and personalization applications.
“This new partnership with CAD BLU will drive exciting growth for both companies and create a competitive advantage for customers across industries,” said VanHorn.
“Our mission is to connect clients with the solutions they need to unlock the 3D printing potential of their business,” said Rich Motto, CEO of CAD BLU. “We are excited about this new partnership with Mimaki because both companies share the same vision. Through the combined efforts and experience of CAD BLU and Mimaki within the 3D printing color industry, we are well positioned to offer our customers a great and innovative product that will add value to their manufacturing process.”
For more information on the Mimaki 3DUJ-553 full-color industrial 3D printer, visit mimakiusa.com/3D.
Visitors to the 2018 ISA Sign Expo can learn about creative applications of the large-format Massivit 1800 3D printer. The Massivit 3D printer uses Massivit’s proprietary Gel Dispensing Printing (GDP) printing technology to quickly produce lightweight, hollow, 3D-printed models up to 6 feet high.
Printing, sign, and display companies can use the Massivit 1800 to create super-sized advertising, promotional, and display projects for retailers, event organizers, architects, and entertainment companies.
Some of the attention-getting 3D printed projects that have been created include retail displays, illuminated signage, and super-sized selfie props. The technology can also be used to create stand-out, lightweight channel lettering or mannequins that can be enhanced with projection video mapping.
The Massivit 1800 3D printer also opens the door to advanced, revenue-enhancing manufacturing methods, including vacuum forming and thermoforming. With the ability to use 3D-printed molds to craft customized and repeat campaigns, sign shops can bring high-endurance, outdoor sign projects to fruition faster and more cost effectively than with traditional methods.
The white printed forms can be painted, wrapped in printed vinyl, or illuminated from within.
On Thursday, March 22, Massivit 3D Product Manager Sharon Rothschild will talk about “3D Printing for the Sign and Display Industry” in the Lounge & Learn area of the ISA Sign Expo. She will share real-life case studies of wide-format print-service businesses that have combined 2D and 3D printing to produce stunning signage and displays.
WhiteClouds is a forward-looking, creative provider of full-color 3D printing services. It was founded in 2013 with a goal of bringing 3D printing to the masses. Since then, the company has quickly evolved into a cloud-based 3D-printing-as-as-service platform for businesses.
In their facility in Ogden, Utah, WhiteClouds uses a fleet of 3D printers and CNC cutters to create architectural models, prototypes, end-use parts, anatomical models, topographical maps, and video-game models for businesses in healthcare, architecture, construction, real estate, and entertainment. WhiteClouds can print monochrome or vibrant, full-color models in over 200 different materials.
“Our goal is to be the hub for companies looking to expand their offerings through 3D printing,” said Braden Ellis, chief revenue officer of WhiteClouds. “Nearly every industry can benefit from this technology and we are here to make that possible in a way that is cost effective and easy to implement.”
Within each vertical market, WhiteClouds is building streamlined pathways for converting 3D designs and imaging data into tangible, 3D objects.
A chart on the WhiteClouds website shows how much 3D online content is expected to surge over the next three years in fields such as CT/MRI scanning, video gaming, augmented and virtual reality, architectural plans, prototypes, parts, TV and movies, and branded intellectual property.
In 2016, WhiteClouds acquired companies or built partnerships with firms that were already active in many of these fields.
For example, the White Clouds’ 3DyourMap service helps users of the DroneDeploy platform for commercial drones convert imagery of topography and terrain into full-scale, colored 3D models. DroneDeploy is the leading cloud software platform for commercial drones and is making the power of aerial data available to everyone, including industries such as agriculture, construction, mining, inspection, and surveying.
According to PwC, the global market for businesses using drones is expected to top $127 billion by 2020. DroneDeploy users have mapped and analyzed over 8 million acres in over 135 countries.
Using the 3DyourMap app from the DroneDeploy App Store, businesses can send some of their drone imagery directly to WhiteClouds’ servers. From there, technical engineers will use different types of materials to produce customized map models.
“Businesses are just beginning to see the benefits of integrating drone-capture imagery into planning and implementing new solutions,” said Nicholas Pilkington, DroneDeplay’s CTO and co-founder.
“Transmitting drone data and creating customized, physical models of data gives companies an edge and bridges the gap between digital and physical,” said WhiteClouds’ Braden Ellis. “It has always been our mission to help our business partners push the limits and achieve more with 3D printing.”
To help provide peace of mind for the 230 million surgeries performed each year, WhiteClouds has launched 3DyourSCAN. Through this service, White Clouds can provide life-size color printed, anatomical models of a patient’s CT/MRI scan.
“3DyourSCAN will help doctors better visualize complex clinical scenarios and improve collaboration among physicians and patients,” said Jerry Ropelato, CEO of WhiteClouds.
The models printed at WhiteClouds’ feature patent-pending “Hinge & Slice” technology that provides the most granular, detailed patient-specific models available to surgeons.
Medically related projects already make up 15 percent of annual 3D printing industry revenue according to a recent UPS / Consumer Technology Association (CTA) study. With the 3D printing industry set to value at $21 billion by 2020 (according to the same study), 3D printed medical services and devices are on target to become a bigger and bigger part of the 3D printing landscape moving forward.
Dr. Jay Bishoff, Director of the Intermountain Urological Institute for Intermountain Health Care, sees the technology making “good surgeons into great surgeons. These visual models revolutionize the way we perform surgery by providing insight that even the trained eye could not have seen before.”
“If you put a 3D model of a patient in the hands of a surgeon, they immediately realize the value. It helps in the education of patient and family, training of residents and fellows, and planning surgical approaches,” said Dr. Edward P Quigley III MD Ph.D. from the University of Utah Radiology, Advanced Visualization and 3D Printing team.
Through the 3DplusMe capture-to-print service, WhiteClouds helps the world’s biggest brands create new products that engage customers. Brands have tapped into the technology to create customized and personalized experiences for top characters, toys, action figures, sports heroes, and more.
3DplusMe has worked with leading brand partners such as Marvel, Hasbro, Major League Baseball (MLB), Major League Soccer (MLS), DreamWorks, and Halo. 3DplusMe also has channel partnerships with Target, Toys ‘R Us, Walmart, and Sam’s Club.
3DyourPLAN brings 2D architectural plans to the next level, enabling building projects of all sizes to be more easily developed and realized. According to WhiteClouds, a relatively small upfront investment in 3D modeling typically leads to real cost savings, and is a more efficient way to generate multiple design options quickly and effectively. The investment in 3D models improves outcomes and maximizes how construction resources are spent.
Partnerships and Acquisitions
TeraRecon: WhiteClouds has partnered with TeraRecon, a leading provider of advanced visualization software. Through this partnership, medical experts at 4,000 installations worldwide can print highly detailed patient models directly from the TeraRecon software.
According to Jeff Sorenson, TeraRecon’s President and CEO, “WhiteClouds’ technology gives our customers instant access to 3D printing resources that would otherwise have high barriers to entry. Clinicians have already proven 3D printing to be a useful tool as the medical industry continues to progress towards personalized healthcare. We are excited to work with WhiteClouds to not only make 3D printing accessible, but to also make prints that set a new standard and are remarkable in terms of their detail and realism.”
Anatomy Warehouse: WhiteClouds’ 3DyourSCAN is offered in 190 categories of anatomical models available on the Anatomy Warehouse website. Medical students, medical professionals, and educational organizations also use Anatomy Warehouse to order anatomical charts and posters.
Sandboxr: WhiteClouds acquired Sandboxr, the foremost 3D printer and software developer of video-game collectibles. Through its patented Digital-to-Doorstep platform, Sandboxr serves some of the world’s largest game and entertainment companies, including LionsGate, Nintendo, Microsoft, Amazon, WarGaming, Cartoon Network, and Disney Interactive.
3DPlusMe: WhiteClouds announced the acquisition of 3DplusMe in January, 2016. 3DplusMe was the first company to offer a technology platform for 3D face scanning for 3D printed personalized merchandise with major brands. They also built a technology platform that makes 3D experiences turnkey, repeatable, scalable, and customizable to the brand.
In a press release summarizing WhiteClouds’ 2016 achievements, CEO Jerry Ropelato say, “Our relentless focus on finding innovative ways to improve fields such as healthcare, architecture, gaming, and more has yielded a year of milestones we can proud of. We’ve only just scratched the surface of what advanced 3D printing can do for businesses and consumers alike.”
The device is capable of printing fully functional circuits, opening the door for high-end electronics prototyping. The NexD1 is fast, precise, and fits on any desktop. It is available starting at $2,499.
The NexD1 uses a technology called DigiJet, which is similar to industrial PolyJet technology. DigiJet prints a wide range of materials at a precision of 10 microns, including special resins with nanoparticles and pigments. It prints fully functional low resistance circuits, by galvanizing a nanoparticle infused resin.
The nozzle and pre-heating system ensure a super precise flow and accurate deposition of the material that gets cured by a high-powered, wide UV laser after each layer. This results in highly conductive layers with a constant and low internal resistance.
“Unlike other 3D printer manufacturers that buy their printhead technology from big companies like Ricoh and Xerox, we have developed our own proprietary printhead,” said Co-Founder Ludwig Faerber. “This allows us to drastically reduce production costs, increase the capabilities of our printer and offer unrivaled value to backers.”
The NexD1 can print six materials at once and combine them for limitless characteristics. The cartridges can be hot swapped and materials can be changed on the go. This includes a large array of photopolymers and third-party materials with characteristics ranging from conductivity, transparency, flexibility, high strength, high temperature resistance, color and support materials.
Printed Electronics: Print 3D, low-resistance circuits Wi-Fi: Connect with any smartphone, print from anywhere Touch Screen: Easy and intuitive access Ultra-High Resolution: 10 micron precision in xyz Multi-Material: Print and combine 6 materials at once Build Volume: 20 x 20 x 20 cm build volume On-board slicer: Slice and print with the touch of your finger Size: A compact 42 x 42 x 42 cm will fit your desktop Smart Refill: Smart and easy swapping of cartridges Support Material: Eco-friendly, non-toxic water-soluble support material Silent: Silent operation for a noise-free environment Eco: Cheap, non-toxic additive manufacturing
“We like to think of the NexD1 as a “start-up starter.” You can create and iterate almost anything. We hope that our tech will become a launching point for new businesses to explore the potential of 3D manufacturing,” said Faerber.
Next Dynamics’ Kickstarter campaign runs through January 12, 2017. For a full rundown of the pledge levels visit their Kickstarter page.
The Massivit 1800 3D printer is a fast, large-format 3D printer for use in making signs, displays, and props for marketing, advertising, and themed environments. It will be displayed for the first time in the U.S. at the SGIA Expo, September 14-16 in Las Vegas.
The Massivit 3D printer can produce 3D objects up to 6 ft. high at build speeds of up to 1 vertical foot per hour. This fast build speed is possible because the Massivit 1800 uses an innovative Gel Dispensing Printing (GDP) technology. The printing gel is a photo-sensitive polymeric material that cures when exposed to UV light.
“The Massivit 1800 enables print providers to produce stunning 3D graphics with the added value of better audience engagement,” said Avner Israeli, CEO, Massivit 3D Printing Technologies, Ltd. “With recent studies suggesting that 3D advertising has five times the stopping power and four times the staying power of 2D advertising, it is clear why this technology is right for sign and display applications.”
Carisma, a large-format graphics provider in Brooklyn, New York, has been using the Massivit 1800 since March. They have produced a number of visually striking 3D models for movies, including The Angry Birds Movie.
“Using the Massivit 1800, we produced spectacular, larger-than-life Angry Birds models that were installed onto a number of double-decker buses in the run up to the release of the movie,” said Moshe Gil, CEO of Carisma Large Format. “Initially we produced one 3D model to demonstrate our new promotional capabilities. Sony was immediately taken with the quality, scale and speed and quickly increased the order.”
“The Massivit 1800 has allowed us to increase our business opportunities and provide our customers with game-changing, engaging, high-quality applications at a competitive price,” says Gil.
The three co-founders of Massivit 3D understand the sign and display market well. Gershon Miller, Moshe Uzan, and Igor Yakubov were all involved with Idanit, the Israel-based start-up that developed the Idanit-162AD, the first, production-speed wide-format inkjet printer for outdoor advertising graphics in 1996. Idanit was purchased by Scitex, rebranded Scitex Vision, and later acquired by HP.
Massivit’s CEO Avner Israeli previously worked for Stratasys LTD, a global leader in 3D printing.
With the steady flood of news items related to 3D printing for consumers, for schools, for healthcare, and for businesses, it can be difficult to gain perspective on what it all means.
Earlier this year, John Hornick of the Finnegan IP (intellectual property) law firm summarized some of his own predictions in a new book entitled “3D Printing Will Rock the World.”
In the book’s 10 chapters, he presents specific examples of how 3D printing might:
make us all makers again
bring jobs back to the U.S.
create jobs we haven’t even thought of
merge science and nature
create new types of crimes
threaten brand ownership of “genuine” products
change the way our kids learn, work, and live
Throughout the book, he cites numerous examples of how industry observers and analysts have different answers to these types of questions:
Will every home have a 3D printer? Or will independent fabrication labs (“fabs”) or large corporations will 3D print most of what we want or need?
Will 3D printers replace mass production? Or will they be just one more machine on a factory floor? Will companies sell designs instead of products? Or will companies make mass-customized products or send designs to their own local factories for printing?
Will 3D printers create jobs or destroy them?
Hornick believes, “It’s entirely possible that all of this will happen and more.”
Before presenting some of his own visions for how 3D printing will change our world, Hornick summarizes existing technologies and potentially disruptive advances, such as HP’s Multi Jet Fusion technology and the Composite-Based Additive Manufacturing process developed by Impossible Objects . He also talks about some of the advanced materials being developed that will make it possible to 3D print items as diverse as human organs, medicines, electronics, buildings, weapons, home goods, and machine parts.
When all this will come to fruition is anyone’s guess. Hornick agrees with an observation Bill Gates made in 2008 that we tend to overestimate what things can happen in two years, and underestimate what things will happen in ten. (Anyone who has followed forecasts for the adoption of digital printing technologies knows how true this statement is.)
This is a thought-provoking book if you are considering how your business might benefit from adding 3D printing as a service. Here are some points to keep in mind:
3D Printing vs. Additive Manufacturing: The term “3D printing” covers many different technologies and processes. While the first adopters of 3D printers still prefer terms such as “rapid prototyping” or “additive manufacturing,” the simpler term “3D printing” makes the concept much easier for everyone to visualize. That will help drive faster adoption.
Product Liability: Because 3D printing blurs the line between manufacturer, designer, and customer, it may not always be clear who is responsible for 3D-printed product safety and who will be liable for 3D printed product injuries.
As 3D printers become common in industry, schools, fab centers, and homes, they will create a worldwide spiderweb of design and manufacturing . The question “Is the product genuine?” will become harder to answer and possibly meaningless. Some faulty 3D-printed products will have been made by consumers or hobbyists, not by manufacturers.
Intellectual Property: The rise of 3D printing will also affect intellectual property laws. According to Hornick, “Current IP laws probably will be inadequate to address the challenges of 3D printing.” Even though IP rights-owners will petition legislators for new laws, anyone with a sophisticated 3D scanner will be able to copy a product and tweak the results. Many 3D printers will be used outside of control of the law.
He believes companies will transition to non-IP-rights based business models that will make printable files easily and cheaply so customers are encouraged to buy the files instead of stealing the designs.
Innovation in Design: 3D printers will allow us to make products and designs that look and feel very different from products used today. Just because a product is made from 20 to 25 materials today doesn’t mean it can’t be printed from 3 or 4 materials tomorrow.
Hornick believes that continuing advances in 3D printing could ultimately be as disruptive as other significant technological developments in human history. When humans first began using fire, the wheel, the steam engine, computers, and the Internet, no one really foresaw their full potential. We’re just beginning to imagine what might be possible with 3D printing.