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3D Printing News Briefs: March 9 2018

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We’re starting with a little business news in today’s 3D Printing News Briefs – while the funding has fallen through for the Idea-2-Product 3D printing center in Colorado, efforts are underway to find alternative methods of keeping the project going. Y Soft’s SafeQ workflow solutions platform was listed in a global study  on the future of the print industry, and we’ve learned a little more about DediBot’s flying 3D printer. Morf3D has acquired two EOS metal 3D printers, with intentions of purchasing even more, while FabRx used Sintratec technology for its latest 3D printing medicine work. To end on a happy note (it is Friday, after all),  Nanoscribe and the  Karlsruhe Institute of Technology have won the Technology Transfer Prize from the German Physics Association, and the 3Doodler is celebrating its 5th birthday.

Funding Dropped for Colorado State University’s Idea-2-Product New Home

A 3D printer works on a project in the Idea-2-Product Lab in 2016. [Image: Austin Humphreys, The Coloradoan]

The Idea-2-Product (I2P) 3D Printing Laboratory has been a mainstay at Colorado State University since at least 2014, and Dr. David Prawel, I2P founder and a professor with the university’s mechanical engineering research faculty, turned to the city of Fort Collins last year for financial support to move the lab out of the CSU Engineering Building’s basement and into an innovative community center with 3D printing and scanning services. Contingent on Dr. Prawel raising $3 million to get things going, the City Council  appropriated $150,000 to support the center.  Dr. Prawel was working to attain a $1.5 million grant from Colorado’s  Office of Economic Development and International Trade, but his fundraising efforts were not enough, and as the city’s fund had to be used by the end of 2017 per an agreement, Fort Collins had to revert its original I2P pledge to its General Fund. But, all is not lost yet.

Dr. Prawel said, “The vision has not changed.  The difference is where we get the money and having more of a focus on manufacturing.”

He’s working now to get the help of private investors in creating a for-profit center, which would also have a nonprofit segment and focus more on manufacturing R&D, though education will still be part of its mission. The university is a potential partner for this new venture.

YSoft SafeQ Listed in Quocirca Global Print 2025 Study

Intelligent enterprise office solutions provider  Y Soft has been validated as a digital transformation leader in the  Quocirca  Global Print 2025 report, which offers readers a look at the future digital workplace of 2025. The report listed that the Czech company’s YSoft SafeQ  enterprise workflow solutions platform is the provider best positioned to help with enterprises’ digital initiatives. Customers identified seven main Digital Transformation trends in the study that they are interested in, including mobile printing, predictive analysis, and security, all of which have been anticipated by Y Soft. The company, which is offering  a free executive summary that contains the findings from the Global Print 2025 report, says that YSoft SafeQ will be able to “meet customer's digital transformation lifecycle needs today and onward.”

“The Global Print 2025 study reveals that the industry faces challenges ahead in addressing inevitable digital disruption,” said  Louella Fernandes, Principle Analyst, Quocirca. “Y Soft demonstrates the agility and vision to be at the forefront of this changing industry landscape through its innovative products/solutions that support secure, digital workflows in the mobile, cloud enabled future workplace.”

DediBot’s Flying 3D Printer at TCT Asia 2018

Animation of the Open-ended 3D print (OAM) product.

Last week,  Chinese 3D printer manufacturer Hangzhou DediBot Intelligent Technology Co., LTD., better known as  DediBot, introduced its conceptual  flying 3D printer  prototype, dubbed  the Fly Elephant,  at  TCT Asia 2018  as part of the new product release conference. DediBot’s founder, Ying Hua, introduced the company’s three new 3D printers, and discussed 3D printing solutions across the industry’s industrial landscape. The flying 3D printer is an example of the company’s  Open-ended Additive Manufacturing (OAM) technology – a UAV carries the print head, which is decked out with a continuous feeding system for the purposes of printing large buildings, space equipment, and undersea structures.

According to a DediBot news release, “The core concept of the Open-ended 3D printing (OAM) displayed at the conference is to make the volume of printing system unrestricted by the prototypes' volume and the execution unit '“ printing head '“ have unconstrained moving rooms, while still maintaining

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