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New HQ and 3D Academy to be opened by Hobs Studio

Published 16 November 2017

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: 3d printing, visualisation, london, here east, hobs

East London’s growing tech hub Here East will be home to the new Hobs 3D printing and visualisation facility

A new 7,200 sq. ft. 3D printing and virtual reality lab is to be opened by Hobs Studio in East London, with plans to initiate a 3D academy that will help build a talent pool of 3D specialists.

As part of the Here East site - home to Plexal, Europe’s largest innovation ecosystem, Loughborough University London, UCL, BT Sport, and with Ford also set to open its European Smart Mobility Office - Hobs’ new base will employ around 30 people and provide a range of visual and 3D printing services.

“We wanted to be part of East London’s thriving creative scene and Here East was the natural choice for our new headquarters as we looked to expand in the years ahead,” said Hobs Studio managing director Michelle Greeff.

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DMG MORI flexes new metals muscle with post acquisition Realizer SLM machines

Published 16 November 2017

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: 3d printing, manufacturing, materials, additive manufacturing, sls, dmg mori

The fruits of DMG MORI’s majority share in Realizer look promising

Since DMG MORI acquired a majority share in German additive manufacturing firm Realizer it has been busy rebranding and re-speccing its range of SLS powder-bed 3D printers to add to a stable already featuring laser deposition welding.

The Lasertec 30 SLM is equipped with a 300 × 300 × 300 mm build area, with layer thicknesses of 20 to 100 µm depending on the surface quality and build-up rate, and application-specific fibre laser sources of 400 Watt to 1kW.

A low argon consumption of only 70 l/h and integrated powder conditioning should ensure optimum powder handling, more so with the exchangeable powder module meaning changeovers take less than two hours.

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GE Additive launches first ATLAS concept 3D printer, a big sign of things to come

Published 16 November 2017

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: 3d printing, manufacturing, materials, additive manufacturing, ge, concept laser, ge additive

GE Additive’s beta concept is the first of its ‘metre-class’ 3D printers, with more to come soon

The first beta machine from GE Additive made its debut at Formnext, demonstrating the company is working well with acquisition Concept Laser on developing the next generation of large format metals 3D printer.

The machine has a focus on scaleability for large parts and components, with GE putting in great efforts to overcome the build envelop restrictions of powder-bed printers - motion control, airflow, powder management - something that GE is still researching with customers around the globe.

GE Additive admitted that one of the biggest questions facing the metals 3D printing is a market still figuring out what it requires, and the beta machine sees them poised with a flexible solution: a 1.1 x 1.1 x 0.3M bid area, with gantry-based architecture firing a new 1kW laser that is coupled to a 3D scanner that translates data to GE’s cloud-based operating system, Predix.

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TechShop closes all US locations, files for bankruptcy

Published 15 November 2017

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: design, jobs, makers, techshop


Community maker space chain TechShop has announced the closure of its 10 US outposts, filling for Chapter 7 bankruptcy, citing profitability as the dooming factor despite efforts to restructure in recent months.

Best known for its gym-style membership plans and partnerships with large automotive firms like Ford and BMW, TechShop offered a place where people could work on projects and learn new skills on the latest technologies.

“The essence of the TechShop vision was to develop a network of makerspaces, members, curriculum, standards, instructors, and learning that would fuel the birth of new technologies, products, jobs, and companies,” said TechShop CEO Dan Woods in a statement.

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