Uber Meets Amazon for Industrial 3D Printing

 

Cullen, our CEO, talks to TCT at RAPID about how 3Diligent has created a network of industrial grade 3D printing service providers to solve the supply and demand challenges of the current market. By bringing together industrial service providers across North America, customers can take advantage of submitting a single RFQ’s to a network of vendors across the region and experience the fastest turnaround possible for that given part and process.

“We’re kind of an Uber meets Amazon for industrial grade 3D printing. Much like Uber has networked a whole bunch of drivers and Amazon has networked a bunch of retailers – we have networked industrial service providers with heavy-duty resin, plastic, and metal equipment. What that allows you to do as one of our 3Diligent customers is submit a single RFQ using an algorithm that analyzes the RFQ and routes it dynamically to those vendors who are capable of doing the job. You get real time bids and, as a result, faster turn arounds and fantastic prices for guaranteed quality work – as we back every part with our money-back guarantee.

Additionally, 3Diligent will help you identify who has the availability at any given moment to meet very fast turn arounds. Sometimes that will be a local provider, but sometimes that local provider may have a back log of weeks on a particular production run. [With 3Diligent], you won’t be held down by just what is in your neighborhood but rather be able to access some vendor across the country that can get something to you next day or two days out that you would have never come across otherwise.”

Key 3D Printing Takeaways from CES 2016

3Diligent Goes to Vegas

A couple weeks ago, members of the 3Diligent team paid a visit to Sin City to take in the sights and sounds of the International Consumer Electronics Show.  Since we’re all about industrial grade 3D Printing, we don’t go looking for the next generation of personal printers on display there.  We go to connect with our customers displaying at the show and to take in the 3D Printing discussion track, where some of our industry’s heavyweights offer perspective on how they are positioning themselves to support the next wave of consumer products – whether it be toys, electronics, or household durable goods.  The sessions didn’t disappoint.  And whereas last year “generative design” ruled the day, this year it was “bespoke materials.”

So without further ado, here are five key 3D Printing takeaways from CES 2016:

  1. The Lewis Lab – and presumably Voxel8 with it – have some cool materials in the pipeline.

    Jennifer Lewis has become somewhat of a brand name in the 3D Printing industry for the advanced 3D Printing work she’s done in her lab at Harvard.  At a biomedical conference we attended in 2015, the buzz was about work the lab was doing to print vascular systems.  At CES, she led a discussion about material science.  The most publicized breakthrough they’ve made is in the silver-based conductive ink used in the Voxel8 printer.  But they plan to release a number of different “inks” that take 3D Printing “beyond form, and start to integrate function” in the near future.  Conductive, epoxy, flexible, and battery inks are all in the pipeline and have been tested with compelling results in their lab.

  2. Carbon3D’s angle isn’t just speed, it’s materials too.

    Carbon3D’s Joe DeSimone used the CES platform to make some notable announcements about their offering, although we haven’t seen much of it made in the press just yet.  The big announcement – that they are rolling out 4 resin-based materials – is significant for a few reasons.  First is that they’ve developed custom polyurethanes that their data suggests are comparable to a number of thermoplastic counterparts.  These include rigid, semi-rigid, high heat, and elastomer, providing a decent range of options for varying applications.  Second is that if those resins are truly industrial strength and the Carbon3D speed is what it’s cracked up to be, then Carbon has offered a meaningful step in transitioning 3D Printing from being a primarily prototyping to production technology.

  3. The ISS is open for business, via Made In Space.

    Made in Space is a super cool company, solving a major supply chain problem…getting things to space is really expensive.  Not only do you need to buck up for a rocket that can get you there, but you also have to massively over-engineer anything making the trip to space strictly for the few minutes it’s taking on big G forces to get out of our atmosphere.  With Made In Space’s “space-grade” 3D Printer, astronauts on the International Space Station can simply have files beamed to them and then printed by the crew.  That’s cool by itself, but perhaps not the basis of big business.  Now MIS is taking things a step further now, by opening up the ISS 3D Printer for business.  Made In Space has designs on having companies beam designs for cube sats (small, high powered cube satellites) and other high value assets for printing in space that would otherwise have to hitch a ride on a rocket.

  4. HP’s MJF is on its way later this year.

    HP offered some perspective on its 3D Printing endeavor, Multi Jet Fusion.  Scott Schiller of HP provided some detail on the process, which sounds like existing multijet/colorjet printing on steroids, with a lot more nozzles and thermoplastic (nylon, in particular) instead of gypsum powder.  He described the process as building upon the technology in HP’s large form 2D Printers, which are differentiated by a staggering number of nozzles per square inch.  It appears that with so many nozzles in such a small space, curing of the powder can happen much faster and possibly at a higher level of detail/crispness than previously possible.  It did make us wonder though, if you’re going to saturate the powder with all of these nozzles, what does this do to material properties?  Existing MJP/CJP technologies don’t tend to produce especially durable parts, but we’ve seen pictures of HP test parts doing heavy duty applications.  As we approach HP’s launch target of Q4, we look forward to seeing additional testing data.

  5. The 3D Printing market is up to $4.5B globally.

    Joe Kempton from Canalys offered up that consultancy’s current estimate of the global 3D Printing market is $4.5 Billion.  That figure reflects the combination of total annual revenues across printers, materials, and services.  45% of that amount was in the Americas, 34% in Europe/Middle East/Africa, and 21% in the Asia Pacific region.  We look forward to the estimate in the forthcoming Wohler’s Report as another reference point on the industry’s continued growth.

Did you make it to CES and have other big takeaways?  Do any of these developments speak to you?  Let us know in the comments!

Best,

Cullen and the 3Diligent Team

 

Cullen Hilkene is CEO of 3Diligent, the Sourcing Solution for Industrial Grade Rapid Manufacturing. He is an alumnus of Princeton University, the UCLA Anderson School of Management, and Deloitte Strategy and Operations Consulting. For more information about 3D Printing and to access 3Diligent’s marketplace of 3D Printing vendors, visit www.3Diligent.com

Meet 3Diligent at MD&M Philadelphia!

3Diligent Experts in Booth 1012

Next week on Wendesday, October 7th and Thursday, October 8th, 3Diligent will be at MD&M Philadelphia, the East Coast’s premier manufacturing event!  We’ll be there along with hundreds of other industry experts showing off some of the latest innovations from the manufacturing industry.

Come pay us a visit in Booth 1012!  If you’re looking for landmarks on the floor plan, we’re just south of the main stage and in the Design & Manufacturing Section. If you or your friends in the Philly area don’t have a ticket, just let us know ASAP and we can arrange a free pass for you.  You can email us at customersupport@3Diligent.com.

We’ll be there to answer any questions you might have about 3D Printing, Rapid Manufacturing, and Sourcing Smarter through the 3Diligent platform.  If you have specific questions about a particular project you’re undertaking, we’re happy to weigh in and offer our perspective.

We’ll hope to see you there in the City of Brotherly Love!

The Details

Who: Your friends at 3Diligent

What: MD&M Philadelphia, the largest Med-Tech event in the Four-State Region

When: Wednesday October 7th – Thursday October 8th (10am – 4pm)

Where: Philadelphia Convention Center

Where1101 Arch St, Philadelphia, PA

Why: You’re interested in 3Diligent, 3D Printing, Rapid Manufacturing, and/or would enjoy taking a stroll amidst some of the most cutting edge manufacturing equipment in the world.

MD&M Philadelphia, 3Diligent Trade Show

3Diligent in Booth 1012 at the heart of the Design & Manufacturing Philly show

Video Overview of The 3Diligent Platform

For those of you who couldn’t join us at RAPID last week, check out this quick video overview of 3Diligent, the online sourcing solution for production grade rapid manufacturing. If you’re looking for high quality 3D Printed or CNC Machined parts, we’re your solution.


Let us help your business Source Smarter. Sign up for free at www.3Diligent.com to learn more about us and start taking advantage of our platform. Any questions? Drop us a note in the comment section. 

3D Printing is revolutionizing the way we manufacture things.  And it’s growth is only expected to accelerate.  New innovations are introduced to the market seemingly every day.  This is great news for manufacturing and innovation.  More competition makes for better printers.  But it does make it difficult to pick a printer to service your needs.  Especially when industrial grade machines can cost six or seven figures.  And come with serious obsolescence risks, learning curves, and holding costs.  Plus, no printer can do it all, so buying just one probably doesn’t service your need anyhow.

That’s where 3Diligent comes in.  3Diligent has networked independent service providers who have invested in this industrial grade machinery.  On the 3Diligent platform, you can submit a Request For Quote (RFQ), and our algorithm selects the right vendors to bid on your job.  So you get access to many vendors capabilities in one place and competition for the job.  Plus, 3Diligent backs every agreement made on the platform with a money back guarantee.

Customers get better prices and faster turnaround.  Vendors get more out of their machines.  And both get insights from 3Diligent about their use of the platform.

3Diligent collects fees for facilitating the transaction, but we let our customers and vendors keep most of the value our service provides.  So pay us a visit at www.3Diligent.com, sign up for a free account, and let us help you Source Smarter.

 

3Diligent @ RAPID 3D Event 2015

3Diligent’s big debut party took place at the RAPID convention in Long Beach, California, May 19-21!

There, we talked with dozens of customers, vendors, and folks simply intrigued by the platform we’ve created.  Some great takes on the platform:

“Alibaba for 3D Printing”

“Hotwire meets Uber meets 3D Printing”

“AirBNB for the Rapid Manufacturing World”

“eBay for Industrial 3D Printing.”

We were flattered by the comparisons and while we’ve got a ways to go before they’re truly justified!  But we do agree with the important common thread they emphasize: 3Diligent uses the internet to efficiently connect buyers and sellers, giving an opportunity for excess capacity in the market to be utilized to the benefit of both parties.

We are thankful for all of the kind words and tremendous interest we received from folks at the show!  We look forward to working with you all soon and to getting the word out about www.3Diligent.com, your next generation sourcing solution for rapid manufacturing.

Last but not least, kudos to our friends from RAPID (@RAPID_Event) who put on a great show!


 Let us help your business source smarter. Sign up for free at www.3Diligent.com/signup to learn more about us and start taking advantage of our platform. Any questions? Drop us a note in the comment section.