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3D Printing News Briefs: February 23 2018

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We’ve got plenty of business and 3D printer news for you in today’s 3D Printing News Briefs, followed by a research project involving additive manufacturing technology and a 3D printed presidential bobblehead. Nano Dimension has named its latest US reseller a day after closing its public ADS offering, and SD3D has completed its acquisition of 3D Matter. Hitch3DPrint helps users ‘hitch’ a metal 3D print job, while the newly released Velox 3D printer will be integrated into the glidewell.io In-Office Solution. Protolabs Europe has added HP’s Multi Jet Fusion technology to its list of offerings, and Casio is using a 2.5D printer to rapidly produce leather interiors. ESI and the CEU Cardenal Herrera University have launched a joint research project, and a large 3D printed bobblehead of President Trump is for sale on eBay.

Nano Dimension Closes Public Offering, Names New US Reseller

Additive electronics provider Nano Dimension announced that its newest US reseller is  engineering solutions provider TriMech Solutions, already a premier reseller of SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD software and 3D printers from Desktop Metal and Stratasys. As part of the reseller agreement between the two, TriMech will purchase the award-winning DragonFly 2020 Pro  PCB 3D printer. This purchase shows TriMech’s commitment to AM, and the company, which has a large knowledge base of the PCB market, will make Nano Dimension’s technology available all the way from Maine down to Florida and over to Arkansas through its technical support team and over 25 office locations and 3D printing labs.

“TriMech is a welcome addition to our growing network of worldwide resellers. The team has deep knowledge and experience in additive manufacturing, and an extensive track record of marketing premium 3D printing solutions.  This is an important collaboration, allowing us to broaden access to our technology and further our mission to redefine and shape how connected products are developed and produced more efficiently,” said  Simon Fried, President of Nano Dimension USA Inc.

This news comes right after Nano Dimension  closed the underwritten public offering of 6 million of its American Depositary Shares, at $2 per ADS, which was just announced last week.  The gross proceeds came out to be approximately  $12 million excluding the exercise of the over-allotment option and underwriting discounts, and will be used for general corporate purposes.

SD3D Acquires 3D Matter

3D printing automation leader SD3D  has completed the acquisition, for an undisclosed amount, of New York-based 3D materials research and software company 3D Matter, which launched its 3D materials visualization platform back in 2015. SD3D, which acquired Printelize last year, was initially a client of 3D Matter, and realized the value of the company’s web-based  OptiMatter material optimization software platform while using the product to enhance the quality of its 3D design and print production services. The acquisition will include both OptiMatter and the 3D Matter brand, and SD3D will continue the OptiMatter service, even announcing that it will make the software more accessible by providing, free of charge, full access to its web interface for individual end-users.

“OptiMatter is a very important tool for the 3D printing industry that 3D Matter created to help users understand the properties of their printed parts,” said  Founder and former CEO of 3D Matter, Arthur Sebert. “I am very happy that OptiMatter is going to be integrated into SD3D’s robust offering of automation tools because OptiMatter’s data can now be connected to the rest of the 3D printing process. That’s what was missing for OptiMatter users so far.”

Hitch a Metal 3D Print Job with Hitch3DPrint

If  you have been afraid to dip your toe into the very expensive pool of metal 3D printing,  Hitch3DPrint  is making it as easy to book a job as it is to hitch a car ride on the highway…and much safer. The company developed its easy service program last year to accelerate the adoption of metal 3D printing, by making it accessible and affordable for everyone. The process works like this – there is usually spare capacity for most metal 3D print jobs, and the Hitch3DPrint program allows users to hitch onto a print job through one of its  global metal 3D printing partners  at an attractive price, since there are no extra set-up costs.

Just upload  the file for your metal 3D print job to receive an instant hitch quotation. Then, choose your preferred material and technology, and sit back and wait for your completed job – with free delivery to boot. Requests through Hitch3DPrint are typically hitched within three days.

Glidewell Integrates Velox 3D Printer into In-Office Solution

Earlier this week,  Structo  introduced the Velox, a  desk

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