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Modular Fairphone 2 Launches with Wooden 3D Printed Accessories

Modularity is the future of smartphones.  Google is working on it with Project Ara and Circular Devices Oy is working on it with the PuzzlePhone. As sustainability-minded as purchasing individual hardware module upgrades instead of complete phones may be, even more important is ensuring that the entire smartphone manufacturing process is ethical overall.  In both regards, Dutch startup Fairphone is ahead of the game, having released the first commercial-ready modular smartphone onto the market this week.  Not only does the Fairphone 2 have an open, modular design, but across the supply chain – from conflict-free minerals to fair factory wages...
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Sweden’s Arcam Expands into U.S. 3D Metal Printing Market

Magnus René, Arcam’s CEO, will relocate to the new Arcam Group office in Woburn, Mass., to temporarily operate and lead Arcam’s new market expansion into the U.S. market, where demand is growing for metal 3D printing in the aerospace and medical industries. Arcam is taking advantage of Woburn’s ideal location. It is conveniently positioned between AP&C in Montreal and DiSanto in Shelton, Conn., as well as to various investors located on the East Coast. Sweden-based Arcam is most known for its cost-efficient metal additive manufacturing solutions and specifically its Electron Beam Melting technology, a process whereby metal powders are melted by...
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Rinkak Focuses on the Finish of the Olympus Air Smartphone Camera Lens

If you happen to classify yourself as one of the world’s many iPhone photographers or Instagrammers, you should probably (if you’re not already) be made aware of the Olympus Air, an open sourced and interchangeable digital camera lens that is specifically compatible with smartphone technology. A platform originally started by OPC Hack & Make Project, the lens-based camera attachment allows users and developers to customize the Olympus camera lens through the official 3D design data and software development kit. 3D printing services providers Rinkak have decided to implement 3D printed parts into the design of the Olympus project, collaborating with...
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France’s Thales Establishing 3D Metal Printing Competence Center in Morocco

French company Thales is establishing an industrial competence center for 3D metal printing in Morocco. Thales said that 3D printing will reduce the time required to develop and manufacture high-value parts in complex metal alloys for aerospace and space applications. The construction at the center is scheduled to begin by next year and will be fully functional by 2018. Morocco has launched its 2014-2020 Industrial Acceleration Plan to develop a modern and new ecosystem with the help of Thales and other local bodies. Thales Morocco country director Pierre Prigent said: “This competence center will give us access to a highly...
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New Balance and Nervous System Collaborate to Make Great Running

The popular footwear company New Balance is going full force into the realm of 3D print and design, having already announced that they are equipping their new running shoe line with 3D printed midsoles, following suit with their competitor Adidas and their own 3D printed Futurecraft insoles. Furthering their material investment in 3D printing, New Balance has announced a partnership with Massachusetts-based 3D design studio Nervous System to craft the design of the midsoles. “New Balance came to us with a problem,” said Nervous System. “They wanted to improve the design and creation of their 3D-printed midsoles to better adapt...
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Stratasys Introduces Soluble Support Material That Benefits Productivity and Intricacy in Design

Stratasys recently introduced SUP706 soluble support material for PolyJet parts. It is available for Objet 260/350/500 Connex 1,2,3 and requires a software upgrade. Stratasys has explained that SUP706 soluble support expands design freedom and fulfills a market requirement based on these two benefits: 1) productivity 2) it enables printing of much more delicate and complicated designs. Applications such as architecture, electronic product prototypes, fashion, and design all need intricacy in design. Products with internal cavities, such as perfume bottles, and batches of many small parts, need intricate designs. Before Stratasys’ soluble support, the small parts would have to be cleaned one...
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Colorilab Develops High Quality Colorful Filaments for 3D Printers

When it comes to FFF 3D printers, filament variety is certainly limited. While it’s easy enough to find basic colors, it can be incredibly difficult to find a variety of shades of a particular color. Finding that right red, for example, has always been difficult and I’ve often had to settle for a color that was not quite what I wanted. Colorilab is looking to completely change the way we look at and purchase filament by offering a wide variety of high-quality filament for use with FFF 3D Printers. Colorilab is on the verge of launching a crowdfunding campaign to...
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New Balance’s Running Shoe With 3D-Printed Insole to Be Available in April for Boston Marathon

New Balance has announced a new running shoe model that incorporates a 3D-printed midsole. The shoe will be available in April in Boston as a limited edition collection, with the release timed to coincide with the Boston Marathon. New Balance will sell “a couple hundred” of them in 2016 and intends to expand its retail operations to more global metropolitan locations thereafter. The design is an update to New Balance’s Fresh Foam Zante model. However, instead of gluing a traditional foam midsole into the shoe, the new shoe will incorporate a 3D-printed midsole. Shoe brands are competing to achieve a...