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Printing and Peripherals

IDC: 3D Printing Spending to Reach $35bn in 2020

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IDC: 3D Printing Spending to Reach $35bn in 2020

According to IDC global 3D printing revenues will reach $35.4 billion in 2020-- a sum double the $15.9bn revenues forecast for 2016, and one representing a CAGR of 24.1% over the 2015-2020 period.

Around half of the revenues for the forecast are made by 3D printers and materials, but software and related services should also see "significant" growth. For instance, CAD software revenues are forecast to grow by 300% over the 5-year period, while on-dmeand parts services will nearly match such growth. Driving such results is the rapidly expanding use of 3D printing for design prototyping and products demanding a high degree of customisation in non-traditional environments.

"Customer spending on 3D printing capabilities is following the market away from mass market consumer printers towards holistic solutions that enable higher-end-– and more profitable-– use cases," the analyst says. "As the market for printers, materials and services matures, IDC expects new 3D printing capabilities to enable a next-wave of customer innovation in discrete manufacturing, product design, and life sciences."

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It's All About the (Specialty) Keyboard...

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It's All About the (Specialty) Keyboard...

Logickeyboard launches their Astra series, the next-generation backlit keyboard that let's you see your keyboard in a dark room. The ASTRA keyboard offers five selectable light levels for any lighting environment-- go from a bright room or dim, with just a tap of your finger.

With one wire for the USB hub and a separate one for the keyboard, the ASTRA series is designed for editing systems that use USB KVM extenders, and installations that require data security.

More importantly, The ASTRA series keyboard is compatible with Logickeyboard's Read more...

HP Intros Jet Fusion 3D Printer

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HP Intros Jet Fusion 3D Printer

HP presents what it claims is the first production-ready 3D printing system at RAPID 2016-- the Jet Fusion, a printer the company says is up to 10 times faster than existing machines while promising to cut manufacturing costs by half.

Based on the Multi Jet Fusion technology first released back in 2014, Jet Fusion machines simultaneously operate 10000 nozzles to print objects on the level of individual voxels (3D pixels made of tiny cubes) at 21 micron resolution. The ystem is similar to thermal inkjet arrays, and provides higher levels of granular control over finished products, as well as a seamless finish.

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Epson Intros In-Office Paper Recycler

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Epson Intros In-Office Paper Recycler

Environmentally conscious customers wanting to reduce office paper waste might be interested in the PaperLab-- a machine Epson claims is "the world's first compact office papermaking system."

In a few words, the PaperLab recycles used paper (including office paper, business cards and even coloured or scented paper) into fresh sheets of various sizes, thicknesses and types. Making the machine even more environmentally-friendly is the fact it does not use water. Instead uses special adhesives to bind stripped paper fibres before calibrating sheet whiteness and thickness.

Customers can use different binders to create paper with various properties, such as different colours, fragrance or flame resistance.

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Toshiba Claims Faster 3D Metal Printer

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Toshiba Claims Faster 3D Metal Printer

Toshiba presents a prototype 3D metal printer promising fabrication speeds up to 10x faster than printers using powder bed fusion, the current most common metal sintering technology.

The printer uses laser metal deposition (LMD)-- a technology that deposits powdered metal and fires a laser beam in tandem. A high-speed nozzle based on Toshiba fluid simulation technology reduces the area where metal particles are injected, while the laser focuses very precisely on the tiny powder-covered area.

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