3Diligent Adds 3D Printed Silicone to its Capabilities, Meeting Demands of Design Innovators

3Diligent Expands Broadest Range of 3D Printing Materials and Processes  

Los Angeles, Calif. – November 1, 20173Diligent announced today it has added silicone 3D Printing to its capabilities and is now accepting requests for quote (RFQs) and is processing orders in the material.

“Being able to 3D print silicone is an exciting innovation. At 3Diligent we strive to meet the 3D Printing needs of all designers and are pleased to expand our range of elastomeric materials with silicone,” said 3Diligent CEO Cullen Hilkene.

Silicone 3D Printing is enabling innovative product development in many industries. One industry especially interested in silicone printing is medical. From realistic silicone models for surgical training to 3D printed bandages applied directly to human skin to exploration of artificial hearts, silicone 3D Printing has the potential for many life altering and lifesaving applications in medicine.

This announcement expands 3Diligent’s ability to deliver the market’s broadest range of additive materials and processes, which includes metal, plastics, composites and now silicone. 3Diligent offers 3D PrintingCNC Machining, and Molding and Casting across hundreds of machines and materials.

When submitting an RFQ on the 3Diligent website for silicone 3D Printing, designers will use the same streamlined process as for other materials and processes. Customers can log onto the secure 3Diligent.com portal, upload their CAD design files, and type silicone as their desired material. Using its proprietary software, 3Diligent will identify the optimal silicone fabrication solution, issue a quote, and fulfill the order upon acceptance.

For more information on 3Diligent and its capabilities, visit http://www.3diligent.com/.

 

You can see the original shape of this silicone printed part, in the shape of a human liver
You can see the original shape of this silicone printed part, a model of a human liver in miniature
Printed silicone has oustanding elastomeric properties
Printed silicone has oustanding elastomeric properties

 

About 3Diligent

3Diligent is an innovative rapid manufacturing services provider offering CAD/CAM-based fabrication services such as 3D Printing, CNC machining, and Casting. 3Diligent uses data science to analyze customer requests for quote (RFQs) and identify optimal rapid manufacturing solutions across its network of qualified partners to fabricate better parts faster. 3Diligent’s next-generation approach to rapid manufacturing allows customers to simplify their procurement and rationalize its service provider list. 3Diligent counts companies from Fortune 500 enterprises to startups among its customers. For more information, visit http://www.3Diligent.com/.

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3D Printing and Rapid Manufacturing Expert Joins 3Diligent as New Director of Sales

Top Sales Executive Joins 3Diligent Team with More Than Two Decades of Excellence in Providing Digital Manufacturing Solutions

Los Angeles, Calif. – September 29, 20173Diligent announced today that Anna Villano has joined the company as its new Director of Sales. In this role, Villano will provide account management, customer relations, project management, and business development expertise.

“We’re extremely excited to have Anna join our team.  As a veteran of the industry with more than two decades of rapid manufacturing experience, she developed a tremendous understanding of rapid manufacturing solutions and how to deliver customer satisfaction to engineers with exacting needs.  We are very excited to welcome her to our team,” said Cullen Hilkene, 3Diligent CEO.

Prior to joining 3Diligent, Villano served in various administrative and sales roles for Stratasys Direct Manufacturing, formerly Solid Concepts, over 24 years. Throughout her time with Stratasys, Anna facilitated prototype and production rapid manufacturing jobs across 3D Printing, CNC Machining, Urethane Casting, and Injection Molding.  Her clients spanned a variety of industries including aerospace, medical, scientific instrumentation, life sciences and automotive.  As Director of Sales, Villano will be a main contact for key accounts and provide counsel on project requirements while also serving as liaison between the customer and the 3Diligent operations team.

AnnaLinkedIn“Digital Manufacturing is fundamentally changing the way companies think about fabrication and their supply chains.  3Diligent is leading the way in making digital manufacturing technologies such as 3D Printing easily accessible to businesses everywhere,” said Villano. “My experience has given me a broad view and an understanding of how to support design and manufacturing and I look forward to sharing that knowledge with 3Diligent customers.”

The 3Diligent service offers customers access to a wide variety of rapid manufacturing services, including 3D Printing, CNC machining, molding and casting. Through its secure portal, customers submit a request for quote (RFQ) and using its proprietary software, 3Diligent identifies optimal manufacturing solutions, issues quotes, and fulfills prototype projects and production programs.

For more information on 3Diligent, visit http://www.3diligent.com/.

About 3Diligent

3Diligent is an innovative rapid manufacturing services provider offering CAD/CAM-based fabrication services such as 3D Printing, CNC machining, and casting.  3Diligent launched in 2014 to provide businesses deterred by the cost and obsolescence risk of 3D printer ownership a single source for faster, more convenient, and more affordable additive manufacturing services.  3Diligent uses data science to analyze customer requests for quote (RFQs) and identify optimal solutions across its network of qualified providers.  3Diligent’s next-generation approach to rapid manufacturing allows customers to simplify their procurement and service providers to get more out of their capital investments. 3Diligent counts companies from Fortune 500 enterprises to startups among its customers.  For more information, visit http://www.3Diligent.com/.

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3Diligent Makes Major Updates to Resources and Capabilities section

3Diligent has rolled out significant updates to the Services and Resources pages of 3Diligent.com. The updates make it easier to keep in front of the remarkable breadth of rapid manufacturing technologies and materials offered by the company and trends shaping 3D Printing and digital manufacturing more broadly.

The Services section provides a deep dive into each of the technology families offered by 3Diligent.  3D Printing, CNC Machining, and Molding and Casting all have dedicated sections.  Within the dedicated sections, particular details are offered about each of the technology families offered.  For instance, in the 3D Printing section, check out deep dives on Sheet Lamination, Binder Jetting, Material Jetting, Vat Photopolymerization, Extrusion, Powder Bed Fusion, and Directed Energy Deposition.  Each page offers useful context on the defining characteristics, tradeoffs, machines, and materials offered by each process.

Our Resources section is stocked with useful insights, such as:

  • White Papers for perspective from our leadership on where the industry is now and where it’s headed
  • Case Studies detailing how customers have utilized 3Diligent’s rapid manufacturing services
  • Press Coverage which presents some of the news and thought leadership that has been published in the media
  • Material Library detailing materials offered by 3Diligent with hyperlinks to OEM material technical data sheets

We hope you find the new content informative!

 

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3Diligent Releases Complete Guide to Metal 3D Printing

CEO to Speak in Chicago on Metal Printing Processes at 3D Metal Printing Experience and Tech Tour 

Los Angeles, Calif. – August 9, 20173Diligent announced today it has released its Complete Guide to Metal 3D Printing: An Overview of Industry Advancement and Technologies, which provides a comprehensive source of information on current trends in metal 3D Printing and existing and emerging metal printing processes for the reader that is considering a metal printing project.

The 13-page report explores headlines on metal 3D Printing by GE and Boeing, research by 3Diligent from its own State of Professional and Industrial 3D Printing analysis and a summary of the processes, applications, pros and cons of each of the following established and emerging metal 3D Printing technologies:

  • Powder Bed Fusion – Laser Melting
  • Powder Bed Fusion – Electron Beam Melting
  • Infiltrated Binder Jetting
  • Directed Energy Deposition
  • Wax Print-to-Cast
  • Sand Print-to-Cast
  • Print-to-Plating
  • Full Sinter Binder Jetting
  • Sheet Lamination
  • Nano Particle Jetting
  • Extrusion Metal

3Diligent CEO Cullen Hilkene will speak next week at 3D Metal Printing Magazine’s 3D Metal Printing Experience and Tech Tour. Hilkene will speak on Thursday, August 17 at 9:00 am CT on “Metal Printing Processes: Tradeoffs, Applications and Emerging Technologies.” The presentation will cover the different metal-printing technologies in the market, relevant tradeoffs, and common applications. Additionally, the presentation will speak to emerging technologies and how they might complement or compete with existing technologies.

The 3D Metal Printing Experience and Tech Tour will take place at the Hyatt Regency Schaumburg Chicago, August 16-17, 2017, where attendees will be able to interact directly with industry experts, learn about the latest technology developments for 3D metal printing and hear case-study applications for 3D metal printing.

“It’s clear that metal 3D Printing is becoming a foundational technology for the next generation of aerospace, medical and other industrial parts.  However, staying on top of the latest developments to ensure you’re utilizing the best technologies in market and making informed investments can be a major challenge.” said Hilkene. “It is my hope that this report can provide a useful perspective on the current landscape.”

For more information on 3Diligent, its capabilities, and to download the Complete Guide to Metal 3D Printing, visit http://www.3diligent.com/complete-guide-to-metal-3d-printing/.

About 3Diligent

3Diligent is an innovative rapid manufacturing services provider offering CAD/CAM-based fabrication services such as 3D Printing, CNC machining, and casting.  3Diligent launched in 2014 to provide businesses deterred by the cost and obsolescence risk of 3D printer ownership a single source for faster, more convenient, and more affordable additive manufacturing services.  3Diligent uses data science to analyze customer requests for quote (RFQs) and identify optimal solutions across its network of qualified providers.  3Diligent’s next-generation approach to rapid manufacturing allows customers to simplify their procurement and service providers to get more out of their capital investments. 3Diligent counts companies from Fortune 500 enterprises to startups among its customers.  For more information, visit http://www.3Diligent.com/.

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3Diligent Direct – Q&A

When 3Diligent started out, the idea was to provide customers seeking additive manufacturing services with a single platform to access a marketplace of qualified suppliers.  That worked out pretty nicely, but we came to find that many of the engineers and procurement agents we work with really valued our expertise in identifying solutions as much or more than simply having access to those solutions.

That’s how 3Diligent Direct was born, and today it is our primary service offering, complementing our Marketplace service.

With that in mind, we wanted to share a quick Q&A about 3Diligent Direct.  Whether you’re considering 3Diligent as a service provider or you’re already one of our customers weighing out whether your project is a better fit for 3Diligent Direct or 3Diligent Marketplace, here’s a bit more info.

What’s the quick and dirty explanation of 3Diligent Direct?

In a nutshell, 3Diligent Direct is our full service solution for professional and industrial grade rapid manufacturing.  When you click CREATE RFQ (request for quote), the first question we ask is whether you want to use our 3Diligent Direct or 3Diligent Marketplace service.  If you pick 3Diligent Direct, it opens up a number of options that aren’t available with 3Diligent Marketplace.

Okay, take it a step further.  When you say options, what are they?

Available machines, materials, finish requirements, specs and tolerances, confidentiality provisions, and project management support.

That’s quite a few differences.  Let’s start with machines and materials – which can I access through 3Diligent Direct?

With 3Diligent Direct, you have access to our full range of materials and machinery. This is a pretty big contrast to our 3Diligent Marketplace, which is just for basic prototyping using desktop extrusion 3D Printers in PLA or ABS plastic.

Submit a 3Diligent Direct RFQ and you have access to hundreds of machining, molding, and industrial 3D Printing technologies.  Part and parcel with that is access to hundreds of materials spanning the gamut of metal, plastic, resin, gypsum, ceramics and more.  Assume any machine you access through 3Diligent Direct would cost tens of thousands, hundreds of thousands, or millions of dollars to buy – the sorts of equipment that are going to give you a fundamentally better output than you can buy for a few hundred or thousand dollars.

What about finishes and achievable specs and tolerances?

When you submit an RFQ through 3Diligent Direct, you can specify surface finish, critical tolerances, and request additional assurances, like inclusion of an inspection report or material certifications.  You can also upload drawings in the Specs and Tolerances section of the RFQ, which isn’t an option in 3Diligent Marketplace.

How about confidentiality?  I don’t want my design files shared with the world.

That is actually one of the main reasons we created 3Diligent Direct.  While even in 3Diligent Marketplace files are transferred on our secure, encrypted site, and we limit the number of suppliers to the best handful of matching options, it became clear to us that certain customers and projects called for additional measures.

With 3Diligent Direct, you can check a box during the RFQ process to mark your project as confidential, which triggers a number of additional confidentiality protections baked into our 3Diligent Direct Customer Agreement (Section 2.1.2).  The confidentiality provisions are extremely strict, which allows us to enter into NDAs with our customers and still be able to legally leverage our supply partners on a “need to know” basis.  Additionally, we’ll work with you to identify the optimal way to engage our supply base when it comes to protecting sensitive IP.  That could mean talking through project considerations and ballpark estimates prior to sharing the project details with our supply partners.  For that matter, you can request that we work with one supply partner at a time when firming up fabrication arrangements to minimize the number of eyes who ever see your design.

How about project management?  

With 3Diligent Direct, we are actively involved in project management through the entire process of analyzing your RFQ, submitting a bid, overseeing production, performing QA, and ensuring timely delivery. Give us a ring at any time and we’re happy to discuss your project.

What is the turnaround time?

With 3Diligent Direct, we’ll typically have a bid back to you in approximately 24 hours – that allows us the time to engage with our supply base and assess how we can get you the best possible solution at the best price.  As our recent State of 3D Printing study proved out, pricing for rapid manufacturing services, especially 3D Printing, can vary significantly depending on many factors, so giving us a bit of time to gather a few options from our qualified supply network is well worth it.  With respect to the time for fabrication and shipment, that depends largely on the process and material selected.  With that being said, our network is so diverse and deep that we almost always have a machine available to run your project at a moment’s notice.

Sounds great – let’s talk about cost.

Signing up for an account with us is free.  Furthermore, it’s free to submit an RFQ – we’ll analyze your RFQ and identify optimal machine and cost matches in our supply network.  We’ll typically present a single bid to you that we believe is the best solution – although sometimes we’ll message across alternatives.  What you see is what you get when it comes to cost though.  We also break out the cost of shipping (we default to next day shipping) and taxes, which are adjustable based on customer circumstances (e.g., slower timeline for ground shipping, resale).

What if I’ve got questions you didn’t answer?

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us.  Give us a ring at 855-302-3339 x1 or shoot us an email at customersupport@3diligent.com. We’re more than happy to clarify anything about 3Diligent Direct or anything else that’s on your mind when it comes to rapid manufacturing!

A 3Diligent Case Study: How One Mechanical Engineer Uses 3Diligent to Cost Effectively Bring Biocompatible Metal 3D Printing to Orthopedic Surgeons

3D Printing is becoming an important tool in nearly every industry today, but one area where 3D Printing is really making an impact is in the medical field.

Doctors and surgeons can use 3D Printed organ or bone models to explain to patients or students the details of a surgery or to practice the surgery itself. Other surgeons are actually designing their own prototypes of new surgical tools or bone replacement options.

The challenge, historically, is that 3D Printing can be expensive and difficult to complete.

We’re pleased to share with you this case study of a 3Diligent customer, Industrial Creations, who works with orthopedic surgeons to create prototype designs to help develop surgical products that the surgeons can then try to bring to market.

3Diligent has allowed Industrial Creations to not only save time and money in the design phase, but to also keep the orthopedic surgeons’ ideas secure and to deliver a high-quality prototype promptly.

You can download and read the full case study here.

For more information on how 3Diligent can help you, visit http://www.3diligent.com/3diligent-rapid-manufacturing-services/.

3Diligent Continues Commitment to Delivering Cutting-Edge 3D Printer Technology with HP Multi Jet Fusion and Markforged Metal X 3D Printers

Los Angeles, Calif. – May 10, 20173Diligent announced today that it is now accepting orders for parts made using the HP Jet Fusion 3D 4200 printer.  The company will also provide access to metal printed parts on the Markforged Metal X printer as it becomes available on the market. The announcement expands 3Diligent’s ability to print in the market’s broadest range of additive materials and technologies.

Multi Jet Fusion technology is promoted by HP as the industry’s first production 3D Printing system.  The system offers 10 times faster printing speed relative to existing technologies on certain build runs.  Parts are currently offered by 3Diligent in black Nylon 12.

“HP’s entry into the 3D Printing ecosystem has been hailed by many as the moment the industry officially ‘arrived.’  We are extremely excited to be offering this technology to our customers,” said Cullen Hilkene, 3Diligent CEO. “Alongside the traditional thermoplastic options of Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM), Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF), and Selective Laser Sintering (SLS),  it provides a new, powerful tool to create custom parts, and to do so rapidly in larger quantities.”

The Markforged Metal X is an extrusion-based system, which deposits layers of metal-infused filament like a traditional extrusion (FDM, FFF) printer.  During a post-processing step in a furnace, the polymer jacket melts away and the metal remains, sintered together as a solid part.  Markforged promises a wide range of materials.

“The Markforged Metal X printer is another compelling addition to the 3D Printing landscape,” said Hilkene. “It promises to offer a cost effective path to printing certain metal parts, and we are excited to add its capabilities to our range of metal printing options when it is in market.”

“We are committed to providing our customers a single service solution that allows them to access the optimal technology on the market for any given application,” said Hilkene. “The addition of these two technologies to our options – Multi Jet Fusion now and the Metal X in the coming months – are part of that commitment.”

About 3Diligent

3Diligent is an innovative rapid manufacturing services provider offering CAD/CAM-based fabrication services such as 3D Printing, CNC Machining, and Casting.  3Diligent launched in 2014 to provide businesses deterred by the cost and obsolescence risk of 3D printer ownership a single source for faster, more convenient, and more affordable additive manufacturing services to businesses.  3Diligent uses data science to analyze customer Requests for Quote (RFQs) and identify optimal solutions across its network of qualified providers.  3Diligent’s next generation approach to rapid manufacturing allows customers to simplify their procurement and service providers to get more out of their capital investments. 3Diligent counts companies from Fortune 500 enterprises to startups among its customers.  For more information, visit http://www.3Diligent.com/.

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Contact:

Amber Rubin
Senior Account Executive
The David James Agency
805-494-9508
amber@davidjamesagency.com

3Diligent to Present Next Week on Metal Printing and Economics of 3D Printing at ID&E Show in Cleveland and and Exhibit at TCT-RAPID in Pittsburgh

Company Will Also Showcase its Available Technologies and Materials

Los Angeles, Calif. – May 4, 20173Diligent announced today that it will be participating in two major industrial design and manufacturing shows in the Midwest next week.

3Diligent’s CEO, Cullen Hilkene, will first present at the Industrial Design and Engineering Show (ID&E) co-located at the IndustryWeek Manufacturing & Technology Conference & Expo, taking place May 8-10 at the Huntington Convention Center of Cleveland.  ID&E brings together design engineers, plant managers and the top companies and engineering firms to learn and exchange application methods for the latest emerging technologies.

On Tuesday May 9, from 2:00pm – 4:00pm, Hilkene will present “Making the Most of Metal Printing.” The session will speak to different metal printing processes and relevant tradeoffs between them.  The session will also take time to explore non-metal processes, the economic considerations surrounding purchasing machines vs. sourcing parts from contract manufacturers, and findings from 3Diligent’s State of Professional and Industrial 3D Printing Special Report.  Audience participants will leave the presentation with a clearer sense of the state of the 3D printing market and equipped with the know-how to save time and money by utilizing the right 3D printing technology and sourcing approach for their project needs.

“There are so many emerging 3D Printing solutions that it can be difficult to understand tradeoffs and make informed investments,” said Hilkene. “We look forward to sharing perspective from our experience supporting a wide variety of customer projects and our recent market study.”

During the same week, 3Diligent will showcase its web interface and capabilities at the RAPID + TCT 2017 Conference, happening May 8-11 at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh. RAPID + TCT is North America’s preeminent event for discovery, innovation, and networking in 3D manufacturing. 3Diligent will be located in booth 949.  In the booth, 3Diligent team members will be displaying parts from a number of its rapid manufacturing technologies – including HP’s recently released Jet Fusion printer – and fielding questions.

For more information on 3Diligent and its rapid manufacturing and 3D printing services, visit http://www.3diligent.com/.

About 3Diligent

3Diligent is an innovative rapid manufacturing services provider offering CAD/CAM-based fabrication services such as 3D Printing, CNC Machining, and Casting.  3Diligent launched in 2014 as a way to provide businesses deterred by the cost and obsolescence risk of 3D printer ownership a single source for faster, more convenient, and more affordable additive manufacturing services to businesses.  3Diligent uses data science to analyze customer Requests for Quote (RFQs) and identify optimal solutions across its network of qualified providers.  3Diligent’s next generation approach to rapid manufacturing allows customers to simplify their procurement and service providers to get more out of their capital investments. 3Diligent counts companies from Fortune 500 enterprises to startups among its customers.  For more information, visit http://www.3Diligent.com/.

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Contact:

Amber Rubin
Senior Account Executive
The David James Agency
805-494-9508
amber@davidjamesagency.com

Insights in a Minute – Price Variability by Material Request

Today is our final video based on our “State of Professional and Industrial 3D Printing Report.”

In a recent video blog, our CEO, Cullen Hilkene, talked about the wide variability in pricing 3Diligent sees on 3D Printing projects. Today, Cullen digs deeper into potential explanations, breaking down bid behavior on plastics and metals.

We hope you’ve enjoyed these quick videos highlighting key findings from the report and if you haven’t done so, download the full report here – it’s free and gives great perspective on what’s happening in 3D Printing.

 Stay tuned for more great insights from 3Diligent!

Insights in a Minute – Price Variability

In the previous video our CEO, Cullen Hilkene, talked about metal 3D Printing. Today Cullen offers an analysis of the bids 3Diligent received for various additive manufacturing projects – an average spread of 273% between low and high bid!

The video is based on findings from our “State of Professional and Industrial 3D Printing Report,” which is available for download. The report is compiled of data analyzed from a sampling of 1000 bids and 100 orders over the period of 2015-2016.

We have one last video for you based on the report, but hope you’ll download the full report here.