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MakerBot brings 3D Printing Method to the office space

Published 11 December 2018

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: design, 3d printing, stratasys, product design, makerbot

MakerBot has returned after more than two years of developing a new desktop FDM 3D printer – the MakerBot Method - this time focused on the professional product designer

Targeting the offices of design studios, the MakerBot Method 3D printer rekindles the brand’s product line for a space much more developed than the one it helped spawn with the original Replicator in 2012.

The new offering is much more polished, including a heat circulating sealed build chamber, dual extruders, PVA water soluble support material, and dry-sealed material bays.

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AMFG and LEO Lane partner for secure end-to-end AM workflow

Published 11 December 2018

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: 3d printing, manufacturing, additive manufacturing, malcolm nicholls ltd, amfg, leo lane

AMFG, a provider of workflow automation software for Additive Manufacturing (AM), has announced a strategic partnership with LEO Lane to offer file security and IP protection solutions for the AM industry.

The move will see both companies integrate their software solutions to offer customers a secure solution for end-to-end AM workflow management, including virtual inventories and on-demand production.

“Security and IP protection are two of the main considerations for additive manufacturing today,” said Felix Doerr, AMFG’s head of business development. “Customers want to be sure that all files and data are secure as they go about managing their AM operations.

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Online quote service for 3D Printed parts allows UK bureau to cut its prices

Published 11 December 2018

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: prototype, 3d printing, malcolm nicholls ltd

Malcolm Nicholls Limited has launched its own online quote engine for faster processing and hands-on control for the experienced customer wanting parts fast.

The benefits of the online quoting system, powered by AMFG’s technology, means that components ordered through the online tool can be offered at 15 per cent lower than prices quoted through the company’s office-based human quotation service.

“The service, which is aimed at regular 3D printing users who simply want to upload and print parts, is a fantastic addition to our company. It compliments the consultative approach to providing prototypes matches to exacting requirements provided by the office-based staff,” said Ross Nicholls, technical director at Malcolm Nicholls Limited.

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2020 colour trends shifting towards green and cool

Published 11 December 2018

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: colour, trends

The 14th edition of ColorForward annual colour forecasting guide for the plastics industry has noted that its trend watchers have seen a shift to cooler blues and greens in the palette they developed for 2020.

Of the 20 colours in the latest edition of ColorForward, five of them are different shades of green; some are genuine and natural looking, while others seem more artificial or ‘digital’.

There are a range of reds, yellows and even a couple of oranges, all which tend to be bright and, in many cases translucent or tuned up with special effect pigments.

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