3D Printing Industry take a look at the news from day two of CES 2017. Before the final weekend of CES 2017 in Las Vegas, 3D Printing Industry are here to give you a quick round up of the latest news about 3D printing, scanning, other relevant announcements made at this year’s show. Included is a preview of Polaroid’s first 3D printer, Fusion3, ALGIX3D, Airwolf 3D and ESUN 3D+.
We also take a look at some of the booths at the show and asked 3D printing industry experts for there forecasts for 2017
An instant hit from Polaroid
Polaroid enter the 3D printing market with 2 desktop FFF 3D printers and a 3D pen. The manufacturing of the printers is done with collaboration US 3D printing partner, CoreTech. In Europe the company uses Environmental Business Product for manufacturing. The larger ModelSmart 250S 3D Printer model is the first of a series to be rolled out until 2020.
North Carolina’s Fusion3 makes CES debut
2017 is Fusion3’s first year at CES, although the North Carolina based company have been around since 2013. Speaking to 3DPI Chip Royce Co-Founder & VP said, “we are very pleased with the quality of potential customers’ showing a ‘strong interest in commercial 3D printing applications and from quality companies”.
Royce went on to hint that Fusion3’s future strategy could be heavily angled towards filament development and how the 3D printing industry might advance in 2017,
The one theme we’re finding is that growth in the commercial side of FFM/FDM will be primarily driven by the release of materials/filament. Specifically, many companies have been on the side-lines for sub-$6,000 printing solutions, waiting for either a well-known industrial material to be released as a 3D printing filament […] or for custom formulations […] that will provide the justification for further investment in printers.
ALGIX3D demo advanced and sustainable materials
ALGIX3D are a filament and resin manufacturer from Mississippi who pride themselves on the environmentally friendliness of their polymers. Their range has everything from resin pellets, to plastic recycled from algae (ALGA). Their booth at CES 2017 is decked out with their chameleon mascot, appropriately called Fil.
Water soluble supports 3D print the impossible
Airwolf 3D launched the Hydrofill filament providing an easier solution to post processing 3D printed objects and designs that are beyond standard PLA/ABS 3D printing.
According to a description from the company, Hydrofill is:
Designed for use with any brand of compatible FFF 3D printer, the new filament withstands high temperatures, strongly bonds with ABS and PLA plastics and rinses away with water.
Just like magic.
ESUN 3D+ scanning clothes, faces and objects on the desktop
The scanning branch of Shenzhen ESUN Display Co. (also affiliated with the eMorph range of filaments) is present at CES 2017, exhibiting laser hardware to create personalised face avatars, and capture objects for personal, educational and industrial use.
Joey Cheng, manager of Overseas Sales Department at ESUN shares market predictions,
The 3D printing and scanning world as a whole is going to continue to become more mainstream for consumer use. We’ve already started to see this transition with HP’s debut of the Sprout Pro G2 at the show, a computer that houses a 2D and 3D scanner. Eventually, we feel it will be a similar development to how children are learning to code at a young age. As the technology becomes more familiar, it will become more integrated into schooling and consumer use.
Day two at CES also saw the announcement of the Markforged Metal X, a 3D metal printing system for the desktop. You can see our initial coverage here, we’ll be bringing you more news on this story soon.
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Featured image is a panoramic photo of the crowd at CES 2017. Photo by: Mark Pesce on flickr