3D printing has long made a showing at the annual CES in Las Vegas, with announcements ahead of the show serving to get visitors and watchers-from-afar eager to learn more about what will come to the most crowded show floor of the consumer-oriented tech year. While much 3D printing technology itself has been straying farther from the realm of the consumer with more firm footholds in the industrial sector, additive manufacturing is used frequently in the conception and creation of consumer goods, and maintains a strong showing at CES.
In part one of our from-the-ground experience at CES 2018, we shared looks into the booths of HP, Formlabs, LulzBot, CRP Group, and XYZprinting; in part two, we’re back to look into more booths that were packed with announcements, demonstrations, and visitors.
Markforged Shows Strength, Breaking Good
Markforged introduced its Metal X 3D printer at CES 2017, adding to its high-strength portfolio with its first metal offering. In the year since, the company has been keeping a strong focus on metal while also adding to its product line, moving into a new Watertown facility, and seeing increases in investment and employees. At CES 2018, Markforged is showcasing the strength of metal additive manufacturing with daily demonstrations — unmissable for those in the area of the 3D Printing Marketplace in the LVCC, the company is breaking 3D printing steel beams on an Instron machine, as seen in this time-lapse provided by Markforged:
Vice President of Product Jon Reilly and Chief Revenue Officer Jason Eubanks pointed out the ceramic release layer in the supports for metal 3D printed parts that allow for easy sintering off of supports. To demonstrate how easily the supports are removed, they showed parts that hadn’t been post-processed; the break lines were quite clean where the supports had been removed. Tight tolerances from the Metal X can also be seen with 3D printed threaded parts — down to an M3 thread — without post-processing. Also on show are parts and machines from across the portfolio, with plenty of high-strength parts showcasing tooling and other applications. The company had plenty to share, and we’ll be sharing an interview soon.
Markforged is in the North Hall at booth #8100.
Dassault SystÃ¨mes Houses Startups, Featuring Rize, Syos
During the first day of CES, Dassault SystÃ¨mes announced its new Global Entrepreneur Progam, set to accelerate innovation with the large company’s expertise put to use for startups, entrepreneurs, and makers. In addition to a ‘Genius Bar’ type setup to offer advice and field inquiries from potential future participants, Dassault SystÃ¨mes hosted some of the organizations it is already working with, including Rize and Syos.
Rize’s recently-appointed CEO, Andy Kalambi, is on-hand at CES to showcase the strength possible with the Rize One 3D printer. The Woburn-based company, located relatively near the North American headquarters of Dassault SystÃ¨mes, is focusing on an inclusive approach to innovation, with sustainability at its heart. Rize’s 3D printer offers builds with impressive strength and minimal post-processing. Kalambi is an enthusiastic addition to the team, and as we talked he noted that he has, since joining Rize,