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 a larger range of materials. In addition, the 3D printing market continues to expand.
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3D Systems Showcases New Digital Printer and Material
In Chicago, 3D Systems showcased the 2012 model of its ProJet™ MP 3000, an affordable CAD/CAM printer for working models and drill guides. Thanks to a new resolution print head, print modes, support process and material, it produces detailed, esthetic models with a stone-like, matte finish. The same material, VisiJet™ MP200, can be run in a "gloss mode" for drill guides. The company also introduced VisiJet Clear, a new water-clear, biomedical-rated material for fabricating drill guides on the ProJet 6000 using SLA technology.
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Overall, laboratory owners' sentiments on the topic of offshoring are still split; 55%, up from 31% in 2005, feel it's un-American and unfair to their employees, and another 30% say it's just part of the globalization of our economy.
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