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Just like the Industrial Revolution and the arrival of the Internet, 3D printing is certain to be a game changer. With the lower cost of the equipment and an increase in printer speed, this technology...See more is now being used for customized, on-demand manufacturing. In the same way that 3D printing is revolutionizing how laboratories fabricate waxups and metal restorations, this technology also has the potential to transform the way we make almost everything. "Someday, perhaps, printers will revolutionize the world of medicine, churning out hearts, livers and other organs to ease transplantation shortages," writes Henry Fountain in his article, At the Printer, Living Tissue in the ScienceTimes, The New York Times, August 20, 2013. The ability to print organs is decades away so "for now, researchers have set their sights lower. Organovo, for instance, a San Diego company that has developed a bioprinter, is making strips of liver tissue, about 20 cells thick, that it says could be used to test drugs under development," explains Fountain. Here are five other industries deriving the benefits of 3D printing: Architecture and construction: 3D-printed models of complex architectural drawings have eliminated the expensive and time-consuming process of handcrafting models out of cardboard. And experimental, massive 3D printers are printing concrete structures and may someday create entire buildings! Clothing: Consumers now have access to printed, personalized clothing. For instance, Continuum, a San Francisco-based clothing company, lets online users design their own apparel from scratch and manufactures the personalized garments for them using its 3D printers. The website also gives a buyer the ability to manipulate existing images of clothing, adapt the virtual blueprints to his or her body and purchase them as tangible objects. Shoe manufacturing: The Financial Times reports that Nike and Adidas are using 3D printing to speed up the prototype process, "using the technology to make multiple prototype versions at a previously impossible speed." Adidas says it used to take 12 technicians to create one prototype, but thanks to 3D printing, it now takes no more than two. The company also said that 3D printers have reduced the time needed to evaluate a new prototype from six weeks down to just one or two days! Automotive: 3D printing machines, which can cost car makers between $500,000 and $1 million per unit, are being used to make molds for plastic trim, brackets, air intake hoses and various under-hood components--commonly referred to as "black plastics." In addition, when automakers are designing prototypes for various pieces, such as a new air dam, the entire process, which usually takes a week to complete, can now be created with 3D printing in just one or two days. And, according to Dave Bolognino, Director of GM Design Fabrication Operations, "Manufacturers will likely shift production of printed parts into a higher gear once 3D Printers become better at combining two or more materials to make a finished product." Archeology: Archeologists can 3D-scan priceless and delicate artifacts, easily print copies, and then distribute them to other research facilities or museums. The technology has even been used to help repair Rodin's famous sculpture, The Thinker. In the future, experts predict that nearly every household will own a 3D printer and use them to print everything from to toys to curtain rings to cutlery. The items, just like any other document, would be sent straight to a 3D printer and recreated right in front of your eyes! What are your overall thoughts on 3D printing? How has this technology impacted your business specifically? Leave your comments below--our readers would love to hear from you!
This year, the hour hand of the clock seemed to move like the minute hand and suddenly we were at LAB DAY West. It’s the show that marks the end of show season and the show that used to be regional...See more but this year drew attendees from 24 states and nine countries! Though each of our shows has its own compelling personality, we love that our last one has that unmistakable, laid-back California vibe. The exhibit hall was flooded from early morning on; attendees came early, stayed all day and visited a lot giving us a chance to catch up with the very many friends we’ve made over the last several decades. In California, like Chicago and New York, conversations buzzed about the upswing in caseloads that seems to have begun in January, digital technology, 3D printing (and all its implications) and the new zirconia-reinforced fabrication materials. But there was another hot topic, this one about my “support staff”: the dogs in the photo on this page! It seems they’re a big hit; so many pet parents enjoy talking about that incredible bond we have with our pets and were eager to share photos of their own cuddly creatures. And I was more than glad to enjoy them. (In fact, some of our readers have made their pets a hobby; see Time Off is for the Dogs on page 58.) Pets and pet photos connect us and this is the kind of sharing that makes our community all the more enjoyable! Clearly, we take pleasure in sharing other passions—beyond what we do—with those with whom we already feel a connection. With industry friends—and truly, there are many friendships among us—it isn’t about business all the time (even though we are also pretty much dental technology nerds, never tiring of talking about our field)! In keeping with the fun of sharing, we expanded The BRIDGE at www.LMTmag.com to include some personal space. We created the Pet Partners forum for you to post photos of your pets. (I know this can be popular: dozens of Bridge sters have already posted a profile photo of their pet instead of one of themselves!) Besides, we already got the ball rolling: You may already know that we bring our dogs to work. Now we’ve included them in our About Us page on the website. If you haven’t yet seen all of our furry friends, I invite you to visit www.LMTmag.com/about/petpartners to see the dogs—and a few of the cats—of LMT. We also created Lab Rats, a forum on The BRIDGE for you to post photos of yourself as youngsters or your children growing up in the family lab. There are so many family-built laboratories whose current owners literally grew up in the lab. We want to celebrate this. Yes, The BRIDGE is primarily a business network where lots of great ideas are shared, but it’s also important to recognize that taking a break from the technical realm to share more about one another as individuals helps alleviate stress and strengthens our bonds. Some of you are already aware of this value. In addition to the “eye candy”—the many photos of beautiful restorations that reside on the site—there are landscape photos from Michael Menner and Dan O’Rourke who live in gorgeous country environments; one in Germany, the other in New Hampshire. We have music from Aaron Hoffman, Flemming Behrend and Frank Munzenmeyer who share a love for playing an instrument. I invite you to share with us— on The BRIDGE, of course—your own stress-reduction strategies, your special interests or talents, or photos of your favorite cases. Our Bridge ster family has grown to well over 12,500 in these last two years. Now it’s time to build upon the ties that bind. Meet me on The BRIDGE, join in and enjoy the joy of connection within our wonderful laboratory community.
The proliferation of digital technologies continued to flourish at the IDS, with more and more digital manufacturing solutions that enable users to address a greater number of applications and work with...See more a larger range of materials. In addition, the 3D printing market continues to expand.
Stratasys Ltd. (NASDAQ: SSYS) announced record financial results for the second quarter of 2013. Q2 Financial Results Summary: • Non-GAAP revenue of $106.7 million for the second quarter of...See more 2013 represents a 20% organic increase over the $88.7 million pro forma revenue recorded for the same period last year after giving effect to the Stratasys-Objet merger as though it closed on January 1, 2011. • GAAP revenue for the second quarter was $106.5 million. • Non-GAAP net income of $18.6 million for the second quarter, or $0.45 per diluted share, represents a 32% increase over pro forma non-GAAP net income of $14.1 million, or $0.35 per diluted share, reported for the same period last year. • GAAP net income for the second quarter was a loss of $2.8 million, or ($0.07) per share, versus a pro forma loss of $6.9 million, or ($0.19) per share, for the same period last year. • Non-GAAP gross margins improved to 59.2% for the second quarter from pro forma non-GAAP gross margins of 57.5% in the same period last year. • GAAP gross margins improved to 47.3% for the second quarter from pro forma gross margins of 45.3% in the same period last year. • The company invested a net amount of $10.3 million in R&D during the second quarter, representing 9.7% of sales. • On a combined basis, the company has shipped a cumulative 32,245 systems worldwide as of June 30, 2013. "We sustained positive momentum in the second quarter as global demand for our products and services remained strong," said David Reis, chief executive officer of Stratasys. "Our growth in the second quarter accelerated compared to the first quarter, as the benefits of our recent channel integration and cross-selling initiatives have begun to materialize. This occurred while we continued to invest significantly in other merger integration initiatives. In addition, our margins were favorably impacted by the operating synergies produced by the Stratasys-Objet merger, and the strong sales of our higher-margin products and services. We are very pleased with our record second quarter results. Q2 Business Highlights: • Announced the signing of a merger agreement with MakerBot, a leading manufacturer of systems and ecosystem developer within the rapidly growing desktop 3D printing segment. • Completed the critical sales, marketing and service team integration initiatives that resulted from the merger of Stratasys and Objet. • Observed significant cross-selling opportunities develop within the company's recently-combined channel, with opportunities expected to build over the coming quarters. • Received a multi-million-dollar order that will be shipped in the second half of 2013 from a leading Fortune 500 company for the purchase of multiple Fortus 3D production systems to be used for functional prototyping, and the manufacture of tools and end-use products. "With our critical Stratasys-Objet merger-integration activities nearly complete, we can now focus more intently on leveraging our combined sales and marketing organization to drive faster growth," continued Reis. "Manufacturing applications remain one of the critical drivers of this growth, which was highlighted by the sizable order we received from a leading manufacturer for Fortus systems during the quarter. In addition, we are excited about our announced plan to merge with MakerBot, which we believe will accelerate our growth within the rapidly expanding segment for desktop 3D printers." Financial Guidance As previously communicated, the merger with MakerBot is expected to accelerate Stratasys' growth rate and be slightly dilutive to Non-GAAP earnings per share in 2013 and accretive to Stratasys Non-GAAP earnings per share by the end of 2014. Stratasys updated its following financial guidance for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2013 to take into consideration the pending merger with MakerBot, with the assumption this merger is completed by mid-August: • Revenue guidance of $455 million to $480 million; versus previous guidance of $430 million to $445 million. • Non-GAAP earnings guidance of $1.75 to $1.90 per diluted share; versus previous guidance of $1.80 to $1.95 per diluted share. • GAAP earnings guidance of a ($0.76) to ($0.49) per share loss; versus previous guidance of a ($0.41) to ($0.16) per share loss. Non-GAAP earnings guidance excludes $65.2 million of projected amortization of intangible assets; $21.0 million to $23.6 million of share-based compensation expense; and $16.3 million to $18.9 million in merger-related expenses. Organic revenue growth is expected to be relatively stronger toward the end of this year as the company progresses with its Stratasys-Objet integration plan and realizes revenue synergies from selling the combined product portfolio. Appropriate reconciliations between GAAP and non-GAAP financial measures are provided in a table at the end of this press release. The table provides itemized detail of the non-GAAP financial measures. "We begin the third quarter with positive sales momentum and a strong pipeline of opportunities within the channel. The benefits from our recent integration initiatives are tangible, and we are very excited about our plan to merge with Makerbot, which we expect to close in the middle of this month. Although we are pleased with our near-term performance and continue to project strong growth for the year, we also remain focused on developing the many opportunities that can drive long-term growth for our shareholders," Reis concluded. Stratasys Ltd. Q2-2013 Conference Call Details Stratasys held a conference call to discuss its second quarter financial results on Thursday, August 8, 2013. The webcast will be available for 90 days on the "Investors" page of the Stratasys Web site or by accessing the provided web address.
STRATASYS provides state-of-the-art 3D printing solutions that help labs reap the maximum benefits from digital dentistry. 3D printing helps you better plan and execute your digital dental workflow so...See more your clients immediately notice the difference in quality and turnaround. Objet 3D Printers from Stratasys are leading the digital dental revolution and can be found in many of the worldâs leading dental labs, including Glidewell, Alebensi, ClearCorrect and ClearStep. Contact Stratasys to find out why now is the right time to move to digital dental production with Objet 3D Printers.
DIGITAL DENTAL LAB's scanning, 3D printing and milling systems are designed for the production-minded laboratory. Its signature product, the Dental Mill, is manufactured in the U.S. and built to high standards...See more of accuracy and reliability. Offering high-speed productivity, the Dental Mill is available in wet or dry configurations and machines a broad spectrum of materials. Objet 3D printers are the newest component in the Digital Dental Lab family of high-production machines. The Objet Eden 260V offers the latest model printing technology and a host of new-generation solutions for the laboratory. Objet's dental-specific material, Verodent, is an economical printer and SLA material.