Jan 19, 2018 | By David

Here’s another round-up of recent news from the 3D printing world, in case you missed anything. Stories this time include a new 3D bio-printing collaboration, Dassault Systemes launching a new entrepreneur scheme, and more besides.

1. Samantha Snabes, Founder of 3D printer manufacturer re.3D wins award

The top prize in the first annual WeWork Creator Awards has gone to Samantha Snabes, the founder of 3D printer manufacturer re.3D. Her company is known for the Gigabot 3D printer, one of the larger machines on the market. She received prize money of $1 million from the WeWork organization, which launched these awards in the spring of 2017.

The awards also gave funding to more than 150 companies and nonprofit organizations, at regional events held in seven cities worldwide. Snabes was one of eight regional winners selected to compete in the final event in New York City.

The latest re.3D project is a 3D printer made from recycled materials, and support for the company has come primarily from WeWork and other awards as well as a crowdfunding campaign. According to Snabes, “We couldn’t be more honored to have WeWork as a partner. There have been very few people since the beginning that have really bet on this concept we had in 2012: to make a toilet-sized 3D printer powered by trash. To know now that this is going to become a commercial reality in 12 to 18 months, it’s just mind-blowing.”

Other winners included Naveed R. Parvez of London-based company Andiamo, which uses 3D scanning and printing to create medical braces for patients. He received $500, 000 to go towards developing Andiamo's operations further. According to WeWork, winning organizations ''were selected for their impact on communities, how they plan to scale their business and their sustainability in-market.''


2. regenHU to partner with Wako Automation for 3D bio-printing development

A major new collaboration has been announced that should further the cause of 3D bio-printing technology. Bio-technology expert regenHU has announced that it will be partnering with Wako Automation, a major provider of automated solutions that helps companies optimize their operations. The San Diego-based company will now be regenHU’s official systems integrator for the USA.

Wako Automation is an experienced lab automation solution provider, and also a leading distributor of Yokogawa’s CV8000 confocal high content screening system. The CV8000 is known for its high speed and flexibility, and it will be a real asset that should enable regenHU to advance to a higher level of operations.

Recent advances by regenHU in 3D-bioprinting have provided valuable tools in the fabrication of biomimetic tissue constructs, which can be applied at various stages of drug discovery research and development. The company is also at the forefront of tissue growth technologies. Its 3DDiscovery Evolution bio-printer is one of the most advanced in the industry, bringing a high level of flexibility and modularity to bio-fabrication processes, offering unprecedented freedom to experiment as well as efficiency in carrying out research.


3. 3D printing giant Dassault Systemes launches entrepreneur program

French 3D software company Dassault Systemes, one of the major technological players in the industrial additive manufacturing sector, has announced the launch of a new initiative intended to help out entrepreneurs and start-ups. It will give companies, as well as individual businesspeople and makers, access to and training with its range of products, including Solidworks and the powerful cloud-based 3DExperience design platform. It also offers a large global support network of professionals to help with successful business and product development.

The initiative was launched as a response to feedback from the 1,000 or more digital start-ups that have already worked with Dassault Systemes at various stages. “Entrepreneurs have told us that they value the social community of an incubator above all else, and we listened,” said Frédéric Vacher, Director, Corporate Strategy Innovation, Dassault Systèmes.  “Dassault Systèmes loves startups, and our Global Entrepreneur Program supports their innovation processes by providing cloud applications and online communities and services, whatever their industry, product, needs or maturity level.’’

Announced at this year’s CES event in Las Vegas, the Global Entrepreneur Program will enable businesses to use virtual worlds, collaboration, collective intelligence and communities to facilitate innovation, creativity, and to bring ideas to fruition.


4. Panerai launches new version of 3D printed watch

Luxury Italian watchmaker Panerai has announced an update to one of its most innovative recent products, the Lo Scienziato Luminor 1950 Tourbillon GMT Titanio. This watch was one of the first to be made using 3D printing techniques, and now it is to be updated with extra aesthetic touches.

Launched back in 2016, the Lo Scienziato Luminor 1950 Tourbillon GMT Titanio came with a 47mm titanium case, which was 3D printed using the technique of Direct Metal Laser Sintering. The case is skeletonized, which means that the tourbillion movement mechanism making the watch tick is visible. This lattice design also makes the timepiece extra-lightweight.

The advanced and robust P.2005 caliber's balance wheel rotates perpendicular to the axis on which it vibrates, and does so in half the time it takes a standard one-minute tourbillon. The main difference between the new Lo Scienziato Luminor 1950 Tourbillon GMT Titanio and the 2016 version is the addition of extra blue stitching on the strap and a blue flange. This matches the blue of the watch hands and improves the overall aesthetic appeal of this unique timepiece.

A luxury watch such as this comes with a luxury price tag. From February, around 80 of these limited edition 3D printed timepieces will be available, at a price of around €139,000.



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