As countries worldwide face the challenge of managing the COVID-19 pandemic, Ultimaker is making its global network of 3D printing hubs, experts, and designers directly available to hospitals in need of tools and applications that are short in supply and can be quickly produced with 3D printing. Through Ultimaker.com, hospitals can now learn the location of available 3D printing hubs nearby. And direct contact is offered with Ultimaker and local 3D printing experts and designers to advise and support on creating and obtaining the parts they need most.

Ultimaker, the global leader in desktop 3D printing, today launched a web-based Ultimaker Marketplace and additional features with the release of Ultimaker Cura 4.5. Introduced in 2012, the open-source slicing software that prepares 3D models for printing currently has more than 600.000 active users per month, preparing 2.000.000 print jobs per week at the end of 2019 – twice as much compared to 2018.

Ultimaker, the global leader in desktop 3D printing, recently strengthened its leadership team with four new talents to drive its worldwide growth even further.

2019 was a big year for the 3D printing industry as it made its way towards reaching its projected value of almost $50bn by 2025. Throughout the year, many companies made strides with 3D printing and soon realised the benefits, but what’s next for 3D printing in 2020? Which new business opportunities will be unlocked and what is needed to overcome the final barriers? From increased adoption of 3D printing in classrooms and the growth of distributed manufacturing, to the rising importance of the 3D printing ecosystem, Jos Burger, CEO of Ultimaker, gives five key predictions for 3D printing in 2020.

The manufacturing sector is used to the term additive manufacturing, or 3D printing - it’s not a new concept. What is new, is that 3D printing is no longer only a niche technology limited to the role of rapid prototyping; today, it has evolved into a practical tool that can be fully integrated into the broader production process to deliver a wider range of efficiency and efficacy benefits to assist the production lines of numerous manufacturing enterprises.

Ultimaker, the global leader in desktop 3D printing, today released its first annual 3D Printing Sentiment Index. Independent research conducted by Savanta, an international research firm, details a comprehensive view of the current and future potential for 3D printing in 12 countries worldwide, while covering the widest range of verticals and professions, including education. The quantified index reveals the USA, UK, and Germany have the highest overall index score and therefore the greatest expectations for implementing additive manufacturing and capitalising on its opportunities.

The CREATE Education Project helps to bring cutting edge technologies, used in many industries throughout the world into education. To do this, CREATE Education provides 3D printing technology, hardware, software, training and consumables in combination with free resources and open-source platforms to empower teachers and in turn, enables students to develop a skill set which will form part of many 21st Century careers.

3D printing is no longer the manufacture of the future; it is the manufacture of now. But with so many technology innovations – from Artificial Intelligence to Augmented Reality – competing for investment, how do you make the business case for 3D?

Ultimaker, the global leader in desktop 3D printing, today announced the relocation of its global headquarters to Utrecht, in the heart of The Netherlands, and revealed new branding as the company grows to meet the demand for professional 3D printing solutions around the world. In the last several years, the company has significantly expanded its overall business and team to service new and existing customers across every region on the planet.

The speed of 3D print development over the past few years has frustrated and excited in equal measure. No one would deny the compelling vision presented by a technology that offers the chance to essentially manufacture on demand or the prototyping opportunities enabled by low cost desktop 3D printers.

Year on year, 3D printing is becoming more capable. With the ability to meet the needs of applications more reliably and to create in-house end-use parts, this technology now has the opportunity to simplify the supply chain.

Critics of 3D printing, or additive manufacturing, have long cited the technology’s reliance on plastic filament as the primary print material, and it would seem that - with the global focus on reducing plastic wastage – they have a point.

Leading 3D printer manufacturer Ultimaker today announced the availability of Cura Connect within Ultimaker Cura, the seamless print management software solution that helps to prepare files for digital fabrication. New functionality within Ultimaker Cura enables users to manage an array of Ultimaker 3D printers, creating an accessible solution for prototyping, tooling and small-scale production. Cura Connect is now available for free through a firmware update and allows users to immediately take advantage of optimising output from Ultimaker 3 printers, saving time and maximising efficiency.

Leading 3D printer manufacturer Ultimaker today released Ultimaker Cura 3.0, a new version of its slicing software which enhances the performance and accessibility of Ultimaker’s hardware, software, materials and services. Ultimaker Cura 3.0 is open for third-party plugins providing a seamless workflow integration between industry-standard CAD applications.

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