TCT2012 show report and Industry growing pains.

RichRap

Leapfrog - It''s big, slow printing and looks like a BFB printer with a metal overcoat. Very friendly and animated about their machines and low-cost process. 3D printing 3Dsystems Cube Fabbster Leapfrog Makerbot Mcor Miicraft open source Replicator2 show TCTlive TCTshow Ultimaker

David vs. Goliath in 3D Printing

Fabbaloo

The two companies essentially invented the industry almost 30 years ago when the plastic extrusion FDM and laser-fused resin SLA processes were developed. These processes were protected by patents for decades, but in the past five years they have begun to expire.

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3D Printers for Sale

3D Printing Hub

Some 3D parts need water-soluble support materials during the printing process. Leapfrog Creatr XL. They do this by keeping the extruded plastic at a warm temperature, which prevents warping. The plastic/alloy construction of this printer makes it nice and sturdy too.

How a Startup Built a Groundbreaking 3D Printer

Design 2 Part News

Formlabs’ inverted stereolithography process builds the part “upside down” using a shallow vat of resin Image courtesy of Formlabs. And that’s been something that we’ve built into our process right at the ground level.”. A Process that Builds Parts Upside Down.