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New 3D printer could pave the way for next generation

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The Glowforge 3D laser printer throws out the common model of printing with additives and instead cuts away at supplied materials to produce almost anything desired, Digital Trends reports. Because the Glowforge 3D laser printer utilizes a subtractive manufacturing process instead of the traditional additive manufacturing, the list of compatible materials is nearly endless.

Users have the option of using wood, fabric, felt, acrylic, and paper, among many others. After placing the preferred material inside the printer, the Glowforge begins carving and etching the product using a precise laser.

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October 7, 2015 at 7:00 am

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“4D” printing paves way for self-assembling 3D-printed objects

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The advent of cheap 3D printing will soon have us all printing the objects we want at home from base materials rather than going out and purchasing finished products for considerably more money. But while 3D printing is only just starting to push into the consumer space, researchers at Georgia Tech are already focusing on the next big thing: 4D printing.

With 3D printing, the machine will print a solid 3D model, or different parts that you then combine into a larger 3D object manually. The material used is typically some form of plastic, but metal and wood can also be utilized. How 4D printing changes things is by using smart shape memory polymers as the base material. What that allows is for an object to be printed in flat-pack form and then self-assemble when required using some form of stimulus.

For example, you could 4D print a cube, but the initial 3D print creates an unfolded version using smart polymers. When it comes time to form the cube you stimulate the polymers with heat, light, or even moisture. Then stand back as the cube takes shape all on its own using precisely planned and controlled folding.

Because objects don’t immediately have to take on their final forms, they can be more easily packaged and shipped.

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October 6, 2015 at 7:00 am

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Researchers design wood-based computer chip

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A University of Wisconsin-Madison engineering research and development team thinks a computer chip made mostly of wood could be the answer to potentially toxic, non-biodegradable electronics filling up landfills.

“Because we dump so many computers and mobile phones and tablets — you know, everything,” UW-Madison electrical and computer engineering professor Dr. Jack Ma said. “Later we found out, wow, this material has surprising properties that’s suitable, really suitable, for our purposes.”

The UW team said their chip, designed in part with the federal Forest Products Laboratory, eliminates nearly all of what’s harmful, such as a silicone coding, and replaces most of it with an ultra-thin form of a paper support layer.

“The amount of toxic material is actually below the Environmental Protection Agency’s standard,” team member Yei Hwan Jung said. “So we can actually drink water with the amount of toxic material inside the water.”

The study, published in the Nature Communications Journal, says the wooden chips are safe enough that if you throw them in the forest, fungus would degrade the chip, like a fertilizer.

Ma said a startup company is already showing interest in this technology, and his team is working as quickly as possible to commercialize the chip.

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June 19, 2015 at 7:00 am

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Japan’s Rinkak Marketplace offers new wood-like 3D printing material

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Tokyo’s Kabuku Inc. has released a new, wood-like 3D printing material at its Rinkak Marketplace, a 3D creators’ market which applies 3D manufacturing technology to uploaded designs.

This new material features a brown, natural wood color, and a sandy textural feel. It can be printed in build volumes up to 250 × 250 × 200 mm at minimum thicknesses of 3mm and ships in three to four weeks.

It’s made from wood chips and features a warm appearance, but requires that 3D models be built with added thickness compared to prints made with other common materials. The base material begins as a fine powder and a rough texture is left on the surface of the finished object. This new material has a low resistance to water, and is not suitable for products which will be used in wet conditions.

On the other hand, the material can print hollow structures, and Rinkak says that means it can be used to build designs beyond the capabilities of traditional woodworking techniques.

The company says that the material is not as strong as more common materials like ABS and PLA, so it will break if it is dropped or excessive force is applied to the pieces made with it. Rinkak is currently offering discount coupons of 20% off on all the objects and material choices on the site, using the coupon code “WOODLIKE,” through May 31st.

According to Rinkak, 3D creators can begin selling their designs by unloading as little as a single item, and that they hope to “create a bridge between 3D creators and consumers by engaging more advanced production technologies and more unique products.”

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May 7, 2015 at 7:00 am

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MasterBrand adopts software to manage field operations

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StayinFront has been selected by MasterBrand Cabinets, one of the largest cabinet manufacturers in North America, to provide an integrated field force automation and analytics platform.

MasterBrand will adopt and transition its field operations to the fully-featured, mobile SaaS solution, StayinFront TouchCG. The company will initially deploy TouchCG to its North American Home Depot sales team on Android and iOS mobile devices.

StayinFront’s out-of-the-box asset management functionality proved to be a critical factor in the evaluation and selection process. Using StayinFront, MasterBrand will be able to manage all of its assets and displays at U.S. based Home Depot stores, track the status of installs and send out requests for repair and removal of assets. In addition, StayinFront’s streamlined, easy-to-use communication and account management tools provide field reps with a single source for capturing, accessing and sharing store data, contact information and field intelligence.

“StayinFront TouchCG provides us with greater visibility into what’s happening in the stores so we can track and manage our considerable in-field assets more effectively,” said Greg Costello, VP of field sales-Home Depot at MasterBrand. “We’ll be able to validate that the right displays are installed, sufficient stock is available to meet customer demand and that our field reps are providing store consultants with the most current promotion and product information.”

“StayinFront is pleased to be working with MasterBrand and helping them maximize the return on their promotional investment by increasing in store efficiency and accountability,” said Ken Arbadji, Vice President of Sales, North America at StayinFront. “We’re committed to providing innovative tools and technology that provide our customers with a competitive edge by allowing their field representatives to do more, know more and sell more.”

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April 6, 2015 at 7:00 am

ETemplate Systems receives Technology of the Year award

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ETemplate Systems is honored to have received the StonExpo/Marmomacc 2015 Technology of the Year award on January 22 in Las Vegas, NV. This prestigious award, presented by Stone World Magazine, further establishes ETemplate’s ELaser system as the technological leader in digital measuring and templating.

According to Paul Hansen, president of ETemplate Systems, “The industry has been asking for an easy-to-use, forward thinking system that has the tools necessary for accurate and efficient field measuring and templating. Our ELaser system combines the state-of-the-art 3D laser with our comprehensive Measure Manager software that includes specific automated features for the countertop templating and design process. Our mission is to provide the best solution for the industry and this award recognizes and validates our hard work in meeting this goal.”


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February 11, 2015 at 7:00 am

Eumabois covers future trends in woodworking technology

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Future trends in woodworking technology and accessories were recently covered at the annual assembly of Eumabois, the European Federation of Woodworking Machinery Manufacturers, held in Verona, Italy.

The event was hosted by Acimall, the Confindustria member association that gathers the Italian manufacturers of wood processing machinery and accessories. In attendance were 11 countries, represented by their respective national association, and AIMSAD, the Turkish association of woodworking technology, components and semifinished materials, whose companies recently joined.

President Ambrogio Delachi presented an analysis of the current market situation, characterized by uncertainty and instability, as shown by recent political tension in Russia and Brazil. To overcome this period, the president said, we need to “introduce merging and partnership processes both in manufacturing and in sales, so as to empower the organization and be able to face challenges that will inevitably increase.”

One initiative is to restore the Exhibitions Committee, a working group made up of the representatives of major European manufacturers of woodworking technology that aims to identify a shared and rational exhibition calendar.

Delachi reported a decision to create a working group within the Eumabois Board, made up of Vice President Juergen Koppel, the Swiss representative Erich Zeller and Carlo Alberto Strada, who will take the role of Eumabois activity coordinator starting from January 2015. This group will be in charge of the definition of new evaluation criteria for exhibitions supported by the Federation. Their mission will be aimed at increasing the credibility and value of exhibitions within the Eumabois network towards their target audience.

The agenda also included a discussion of technical/standard topics. Eumabois is financing the management of technical committees in charge for the definition of safety standards for woodworking machinery in Europe and worldwide.

Additionally, to promote “made in Europe,” the Federation secretariat will collect advice and suggestions from stakeholders to define a marketing plan by 2015.

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December 16, 2014 at 7:00 am

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