Protolabs BUYS 3D Hubs, Tesla 3D Prints Batteries, Make your own McLar – Vision Miner

 

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3D Hubs has been acquired by Protolabs for $280 million, with a possible $50 million to follow later. The $280 million is made up of $130 million in cash and $150 million in stock. Protolabs also states that 3D Hubs has made over 6 million parts and their 2020 revenue is estimated to be $25 million, with a compound annual growth rate of over 200% since 2017.”

The Israeli large-format 3D printing firm is set to go public on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange (TASE) imminently, sources “close to the matter” have told Globes. Market sources believe that Massivit3D aims to raise $50 million in funding, in a deal valuing the company at $200 million. Founded in 2013 and based in the Israeli city of Lod, Massivit3D manufactures and markets large-format 3D printers, in addition to an accompanying array of materials and software. 

Even before the onset of the COVID-19 crisis in 2020, reshoring was becoming more attractive to U.S. manufacturers because of the trade war with China, tax incentives, and a lack of transparency in supply chains. A white paper we recently published, Reshoring Prototyping & Production, offers a practical guide to mitigating risk and avoiding disruptions.

Dora Goodman is a Budapest-based company specializing in open-source 3D printed cameras. Goodman started redesigning cameras using wood as a hobby. The idea behind the company was to create personal, accessible solutions for analogue photography as an alternative to generic and mass-produced products available from other manufacturers.

Nanoe Zetamix H13 is a high-temperature resistant steel: It can resist extreme temperatures without losing its high strength. This steel alloy is commonly used for hot or cold work tooling applications, enabling the production of a wide variety of tools such as extrusion dies or injection molds. Moreover, this material has a high level of ductility, thermal and electrical conductivity and resistance to corrosion.

Swiss firm Blackstone Resources has achieved a series of important milestones for its proprietary 3D printing technology to print lithium-ion solid-state batteries. Blackstone's process offers major advantages over conventional battery cell designs using liquid electrolytes. 

The company plans to provide directly printed tooling molds for the McLaren 720S and other supercars as well in the near future, with the goal to manufacture products directly as 3D printed parts. Initially conceived as an exploration of how to make an array of world-class automotive parts more efficiently, the 1016 Industries 3D McLaren 720S prototype is an exercise in fully utilizing state-of-the-art 3D printing to understand the limits of what the technology can achieve.

Students from Dade County Middle School in Trenton, Georgia have used their school’s FDM 3D printer to produce flight-ready components for the International Space Station. NASA’s HUNCH program seeks to empower STEM students through project-based learning activities, exposing them to modern manufacturing technologies like 3D printing. These particular ISS components were printed using high-performance ULTEM filament, a material characterized by its high strength, flame resistance, and excellent dielectric stability. 

 

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