Tag: 3d printing

Just Print It: 5 Applications of 3D Printing Shaping the Future of Healthcare

With 3D printing, design your own personalized eyewear and made-to-fit running gear, and benefit from a host of customized prosthetics, implants, and other therapeutic devices 3D printing is expected to revolutionize healthcare fields, not unlike the way that the printing press transformed publishing. What makes the technology so significant in the medical arena is the ability to mass customize, to create personalized items that fit each individual’s body shape without tooling— such that every 3D-printed part is unique. The technology is particularly powerful because 3D printing does not require a mold, so nonstandard parts can be produced without increasing the costs of production. A growing number of pioneering companies are exploring the benefits of made-to-fit products, using 3D printing to develop cutting-edge solutions to a wide range of health problems. 1. No More Aching Feet—Customized Shoes, Orthotics Nike was recently granted a key patent for technology for 3D printing, and New Balance, Adidas and Under Armour are also planning to start using 3D printing technologies to produce midsoles this year. The advantages of the new, 3D-printed midsole are, according...

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3D Printing: 8 Israeli Tech Trends, 8 Crazy Nights 2015 (1/8)

It’s that time of year! Join us for the next eight days for what’s become an OurCrowd tradition: highlighting during Hanukkah — the festival of lights – the top eight Israeli tech trends that spark the interest of our investment team and what they see on the ground. Trend #1: 3D Printing Behind the trend: From food to home décor, 3D printing has moved from the conceptual futuristic novelty to real and readily-available to the masses. Whereas two years ago, many of us were laughing at the $300,000 price tag attached to a 3D-printed hamburger, now anyone sitting at a laptop in their own kitchen can print items as varied as flower vases, jewelry, cellphone cases, and even clothing! 3Dshook is one company making that possible with a massive collection of designs for print at home with consumer grade FDM printers. The designs are available to subscribers of their Print on Demand service. Then, there’s Israeli firm Massavit that’s kicking the technology up a notch or two with the development of an advanced, super-sized printer which will offer solutions in...

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A startup investor’s guide to the 3D printing industry

Last week, my neighbor told me about his new business idea. He was planning on buying a 3D printer and renting it out to people who were interested in using the product – sort of like a FedEx Office (‘Kinkos’) for 3D printing. Although he had some hesitations about the traction of that business in Beit Shemesh (a Jerusalem suburb), he still thought that it would take off in the near future. Size of 3D printer market Kenneth Wong, an analyst at Citigroup could not agree more. He predicts that the market for 3D printing will triple to $6Bn by 2018. A big player in the field of CAD/CAM, Stratasys, predicts it can increase revenues 25% by the end of the fiscal year. 3D Systems, another giant in the arena, had an increase of 53% in revenues from 2011 to 2012. Analysts accredit this to the fact that 3D printing companies want to break through the prototyping stage and start addressing the general consumer end of the market. What is 3D printing? What exactly is 3D printing? 3D printing...

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