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3D printing at CES 2019, XYZprinting, Shining 3D, Nexa3D and Polaroid

For years the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) has been a landmark platform for companies launching their latest technologies, including 3D printers and scanners.

In 2017, Boston 3D printer provider Markforged used the show as a launchpad for its Metal X 3D printer, and Shanghai’s INTAMSYS brought PEEK 3D printing to the desktop in its Funmat HT system. Last year, 3D Printing Industry attended the event and attained exclusive insights from exhibitors.

This year, though there have been relatively few industry-specific new announcements, the show has attracted at least eighty 3D printing related exhibitors to the Las Vegas Convention Center. Here, we catch up with a handful of the attendees to find out what’s new in these very early stages of 2019.

Shining 3D and the EinScan Pro 2X

Chinese 3D printer and 3D scanner manufacturer Shining 3D has brought its EinScan Pro 2X and EinScan Pro 2X Plus devices to the show.

First released in November 2018, these handheld 3D scanners are a higher resolution, and higher speed upgrade on the company’s legacy EinScan-Pro series.

The EinScan Pro 2X Plus. Image via EinScan
The EinScan Pro 2X Plus. Image via EinScan

Nexa3D’s high speed large format SLA

For the first time in North America Nexa3D, an XponentialWorks company, is presenting its NXE400 3D printer.

The NXE400 us a large format SLA system which, according to the company, “is capable of continuously printing up to 16 liters of parts volume, at speeds of up to 1Z centimeter per minute.”

As at Formnext 2018, Nexa3D is co-exhibiting at CES 2019 with automotive injection molding company Techniplas.

Avi Reichental, Nexa3D Co-founder and Executive Chairman who is also vice chairman of the board at Techniplas, comments, “We are thrilled to introduce to the North American market at CES this groundbreaking technology that has broken the speed, size and cost barriers that have constrained our industry’s growth for decades,”

“This is the printer that end-users, strategic partners, resellers and investors alike have been waiting for years.”

The Nexa3D NXE400. Image via Nexa3D
The Nexa3D NXE400. Image via Nexa3D

New materials from XYZ

Adding to its ongoing showcase of the da Vinci Color mini desktop system. XYZprinting has released three new filaments, and a hardened steel nozzle upgrade at the CES 2019.

Carbon Fiber PLA and Metallic PLA have been launched to give desktop users access to higher performance materials. And Antibacterial PLA promises bacterial growth inhibition by at least 99%.

The hardened steel nozzle upgrade is compatible with the da Vinci mini series and the da Vinci Jr. Pro series at varying RRP.

Sample 3D print made from XYZ's Metallic PLA. Photo via XYZPrinting 
Sample 3D print made from XYZ’s Metallic PLA. Photo via XYZPrinting

Availability of Polaroid PlaySmart 3D printer 

Following its four 3D printer launch at CES 2018, instant photography company Polaroid has confirmed European availability of its new PlaySmart 3D printer.

The wi-fi controlled desktop system will be available to customers in the UK and Europe from 1st March 2019. It also includes some smart features, including a failure detection algorithm that automatically stops a print if something is going wrong.

The PlaySmart 3D printer. Image via Polaroid
The PlaySmart 3D printer. Image via Polaroid

Other 3D printing exhibitors at CES 2019 include Autodesk, Kwambio, re:3D, Monoprice and Formlabs, which released new SLA resins at the show earlier this week.

Outside of the industry, there has been a number of other great and strange additions to the tech world this week, from awe-inspiring OLED screens to intelligent toilets, shatterproof lightsabers, and almost anything you can imagine with the word “smart” in front of it (including smart wood).

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Featured image shows inside CES 2019. Photo via CES