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Ashley furniture using 3D printers

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ARCADIA, Wis. Ashley Furniture Inds. is using 3D printers in its manufacturing facilities.
According to Vaughn Pieters, senior director of case good operations, “We’re doing 10% more business out of our Arcadia facility alone with probably almost 15% less labor. Automation has really allowed us to remove some of that heavy physicality. We don’t have employees doing that heavy bulk work all day long anymore. We let the machine do that, so the employees can use their minds and try to better the process”.
According to Ashley,” It’s using printers from Boston-based 3D printing unicorn Formlabs in several of its manufacturing facilities, printing about 700 3D parts, so the machines are able to work right alongside the industrial robots from assembly to fabrication”.

 

https://www.ashleyfurniture.com/

https://www.furnituretoday.com/technology/ashley-furniture-uses-3d-printing-on-factory-floor/

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3D Printing News Alert(3D print metamaterials with novel optical properties)

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3D print metamaterials with novel optical properties. The geometry of a moth’s eye provides inspiration for a 3D printed antenna that absorbs specific microwave frequencies from any direction.
According to Sameer Sonkusale, professor of electrical and computer engineering and Aydin Sadeqi, a graduate student in Sankusale’s lab at Tufts University’s School of Engineering who heads the Nano Lab at Tufts and is the corresponding author of the study, “The ability to consolidate functions using metamaterials could be incredibly useful. It’s possible that we could use these materials to reduce the size of spectrometers and other optical measuring devices so they can be designed for portable field study.
The full potential of 3D printing for MEGOs has not yet been realized. There is much more we can do with the current technology, and vast potential as 3D printing inevitably evolves”.

https://now.tufts.edu

3D Printing News Alert(The IDTechEx Research report 3D Printing 2019-2029)

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According to the IDTechEx Research report,” 3D Printing 2019-2029: Technology and Market Analysis provides a comprehensive overview of established and new 3D printing technologies. The pressure from customers on printer manufacturers to develop printers that are capable of high volume output, finer resolution, and larger build volumes is unrelenting as more and more use cases become apparent. Key polymer and metal printing technologies are detailed and their specifications compared; thermoplastic extrusion, vat photopolymerization, SLS, DMLS, EBM, directed energy deposition (DED), and material and binder jetting — not to mention newly commercialized technologies from startups such as Desktop Metal and Markforged — are included”.

https://www.idtechex.com/research/

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/idtechex-research-offer-insights-3d-183500662.html

Gillette’s 3D Printed razors

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According to Donato Diez Gillette and Razor Maker™ co-founder and global brand manager, “Our partnership with Formlabs, and the power of their 3D printers enable consumers to have a say on how their razors should look. We are excited to work with our Boston neighbors to pilot this breakthrough concept of customization”.

https://formlabs.com/

https://gillette.com/en-us

https://formlabs.com/blog/gillette-uses-3d-printing-to-unlock-consumer-personalization/

First Running Shoes with 3D Printed Midsoles from New Balance

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First Running Shoes with 3D Printed Midsoles from New Balance

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New Balance announced launch of the first high performance running shoes with 3D printed midsoles.  The shoes will be first launched in Boston in April 2016.  Subsequently they will be launched in select locations worldwide.  New Balance is collaborating with 3D Systems for this product.  The midsoles are 3D printed using selective laser sintering (SLS) process that uses a powder called DuraForm® Flex TPU.

 

New Balance started using 3D printing technology for shoes in 2013.  With this announcement, they are bringing 3D printing technology to commercially available shoes.  According to Robert DeMartini, President and CEO of New Balance, “With 3D printing we are able to pursue performance customization at a whole new level. The New Balance Innovation Team is showcasing the latest in performance running and these advancements signify an important step forward to becoming one of the world’s top athletic brands.”

http://www.newbalance.com/article?id=4041

http://www.newbalance.com/press-releases/id/press_2013_New_Balance_Pushes_Limits_of_Innovation_with_3D_Printing.html

 

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