Inkjet Forum India announces joint venture collaboration with leading Mumbai based publisher Colour Publications.
Based in Mumbai, Inkjet Forum India has established a series of successful seminars, conferences and exhibitions in India on diverse subjects such as Digital Textile Printing, Industrial Inkjet Printing, Additive manufacturing and other applications. They also provide Be-spoke consulting and market research services to the various stakeholders of the inkjet industry. Inkjet Forum India announces joint venture collaboration with Colour Publications to form CNT (Catalysing New Technologies) Expositions and Services LLP.
“We are very pleased to announce this collaboration with Colour Publications Pvt. Ltd. to form CNT” adds Aditya Chandavarkar, Founder – Inkjet Forum India, “This collaboration will help us to leverage our market leading domain expertise and industry experience on a larger platform. It will also benefit us to draw into more than 6 decades of media and technical expertise at Colour Publications to reach out to the relevant mainstream industries in a comprehensive manner. This would in-turn also allow us to bring to the market more innovative conferences and technical seminars to develop and support the inkjet printing and additive manufacturing technology in India. We felt the need to infuse some new thoughts and minds into the same, and also take the inorganic growth path where needed to achieve our goals.” Under the new arrangement, Inkjet Forum India now stands acquired by CNT, and will conduct its activities under the auspices of CNT, guided by CNT’s vision and principles.
Dilip Raghavan, MD of Colour Publications Pvt. Ltd, adds “Aditya Chandavarkar brings with him about 8 years of experience in business analysis, printing expertise and his expertise of creating Inkjet Forum India, which is the only platform in India for inkjet printing technology. It also gives us an immediate footprint and a quick market access in this specific area of Inkjet Printing. It gives us 5 years of assimilated experience, industry contacts and domain knowledge. Our core identity and expertise at Colour Publications gives us the downstream industry penetration where we could help the industry and technology grow in a sustainable and healthy manner”
The new engagement begins without any further ado and is already on track. CNT will develop and organise two diverse events – Inside 3D Printing Mumbai (I3DP) 2016 and Inkjet India 2016 focussed on additive manufacturing and digital textile printing respectively.
Inkjet India 2016 – Digital Textile Conference is to be held in Mumbai on 7th December 2016, during the INDIA-ITME Event to allow delegates from across the country and also overseas to be a part of the same. This would be a one-day conference with theme displays and technology showcases from across the digital textile printing supply chain. We already have leading technology players signed up for the same.
I3DP Mumbai Expo and Conference moving into its second year after a successful launch last year will be held on 1st and 2nd December 2016 at the Nehru Centre. I3DP Mumbai will feature two days of conference sessions led by top industry experts, and two days of exhibitions presenting the latest 3D printers and services. Session topics will explore the ways to apply additive manufacturing to meet industrial and commercial needs in various industries including rapid prototyping, product development, medicine, automotive, technology, software, and more.
We remain optimistic that this combination of Inkjet Forum India and Colour Publications Pvt. Ltd. will help us move to the next level in terms of our service to the industry and genuinely do something to shore up these sectors and enhance the knowledge imparted to the industry therein. We seek the active involvement of the industry and also your feedback on areas where we could serve you better. We are firmly here to stay!
For further information, please contact:
Founder & CEO
Inkjet Forum India
Colour Publications Pvt. Ltd.
Following three successful show and conference days, the second InPrint event closed its doors on Thursday, 12 November 2015. A total of 3,400 visitors from 68 countries came to the Munich Trade Fair Centre to learn about cutting-edge technology, components and services for speciality, screen, digital, inkjet and 3D. Three fields of application; functional, decorative and packaging printing were at the centre of interest throughout the show.
In line with the exhibition’s target, the programme of over 60 conference sessions, that took place on two stages directly on the show floor, also gathered crowds of visitors.
The Italian company Kuei won the Great Innovations Award 2015 for their invention “Haptink”, which is a specially formulated haptic ink that creates a 3D printed effect for wood decoration.
In addition to 3,400 InPrint visitors, a further 1,324 visitors of the co-located productronica show made use of the offer to visit both shows with one combined ticket. During InPrint 2015, 150 companies from 16 countries showcased their products and services on 5,500 net square metres in hall A6. Compared to the InPrint premiere show in 2014, the number of exhibitors and visitors, as well as the total net exhibition space have grown by one third.
The conference offered a varied programme that was structured in line with the three focal points of the show. The sessions comprised speeches giving an overview on industry developments and panel discussions as well as precise investigations of certain topics and Tech Talks.
Frazer Chesterman, InPrint founder and co-organiser summed up: “What we have seen from the 2014 show to 2015 is a rapid development and evolution of the market. Larger exhibition stands, refined messaging, more machines, different inks & coatings and amazing technological innovation across a diverse range of applications. Clearly, the InPrint show continues to reflect this market evolution. When I spoke to exhibitors, I heard the same comments over and over again, that this event delivers a unique audience of visitors looking for customised system and technology solutions from both manufacturing and print sectors.”
Gary Barnes, Marketing Manager for Industrial Inkjet at Fujifilm was very pleased with the outcome of the talks he and his colleagues had on-site: “We have seen a significant increase in lead numbers since the previous show. A diverse range of companies and a large variety of industry sectors have come through, and the quality of the visitors at our stand was high. At InPrint, we see potential customers that we see nowhere else. For us it is the only show where we put thetotal capability of Fuji’s inkjet range on display together, and all our three sectors have been doing well. We’ve already signed up for the next year, so see you in Milan.”
Roberto Zinser, Channel Manager Wide Format Direct Sales at Canon Germany had also perceived a strong progress: “At InPrint 2015 in Munich, we noticed a considerable increase in the number of high-level talks and new business contacts compared to the year before. It is fantastic to see how digital in packaging, decorative and functional printing is really picking up speed. The InPrint show has become a valuable platform with respect to an exchange of experiences and know-how between visitors and exhibitors. This show allows us not only to communicate our practical experiences and application results, but also to get new inspiration and ideas from visitors at the same time. We will certainly miss InPrint round here next year, but are happy for our Italian colleagues and clients and are looking forward to welcoming InPrint back to Germany in 2017.”
Friedrich Goldner, Director New Business Development at Marabu added: “At InPrint 2015, we saw a continuation at a higher level of InPrint 2014, which showed diversified leads coming across many industries. This is what makes InPrint so special. The people visiting us came with specific production challenges and improvements in mind. And there were all kinds of directions – there were people from the screen world who had not thought of using digital in combination. And there were people from the screen side who didn’t know that there is a UV ink that would give them performance advantages. We also had a good number of leads for glass for interior and for packaging as well as many requests for industrial inkjet applications. The show was of a higher quality and more complete with new people looking at new industrial solutions from the manufacturing world, suggesting to us at Marabu that the target of the show was being achieved.”
International community: Decision makers from the manufacturing and printing industries
Fifty-six per cent of the visitors came from within Germany. At the same time, the majority of the companies who exhibited at the show, 54%, are located abroad. Individually, Germany, Great Britain, Italy and Switzerland were represented best among the exhibiting countries at the show. Looking at the nationalities of the visitors, Germany, Italy, Austria, Great Britain, Switzerland, France, The Netherlands, Poland, the USA and Japan are leading the list of 65 countries.
Once more, there were a considerable proportion of decision makers among the visitors who came from various manufacturing industries, from the industrial printing sector and from traditional printing companies. The majority came from Executive Management or from Research & Development. Other job functions were Sales/Marketing/Public Relations; Operations; Purchasing/Procurement/Contract Buyers as well as Education & Training. Of those visitors working in manufacturing industries, most came from mechanical engineering, followed by plastics, electronics, automotive as well as additive manufacturing and 3D. The visitors from the printing sector work mainly in the segments digital print, inkjet and screen.
Sixty-five per cent of the visitors named functional print as their main area of interest at InPrint. More than half of all visitors were additionally interested in decorative printing and more than one third in packaging printing as well as in additive manufacturing and 3D. Taking a closer look, most visitors chose to visit InPrint in order to find out about printing machines and systems. Other main areas of interest were ink, fluids and chemicals, materials and substrates, print heads, screens and other special parts as well as integrated and customised parts.
Marcus Timson, InPrint co-founder and organiser continued: “InPrint is now firmly established as a show that is playing a role in assisting the development of industrial printing. Exhibitors reported visitors of a very high calibre, the show networking areas were full and the two conference theatres well attended suggesting that advanced technical knowledge exchange is essential. Functional printing was of the highest interest for visitors, and as we shift our attention towards Milan, we expect to see an increase in interest for decorative printing. For InPrint 2015, the international attendance continued to grow and we expect this to continue into the future as InPrint becomes a truly European event.”
InPrint Milan in 2016, next show in Germany to follow in 2017
Next year – from 15 to 17 November 2016 – the InPrint show will take place in Milan, Italy – at the MiCo (Milano Congressi), located closely to Milan city centre. The choice of location came in direct response to demand from the market for a dedicated forum for industrial print technology in Italy. Lombardy itself is a major centre for innovation in industrial technology, chemistry and manufacturing and the Milan region has a distinguished reputation for leadership in design and engineering.
InPrint 2017 will make a return to Germany.
This year marks 25 years at the forefront of global inkjet technology for Xaar, the world-leader in industrial inkjet printheads.
Xaar began life in 1990 as four people in a small office on Cambridge Science Park. Their goal was to develop and commercialise the digital inkjet print technology arising out of work done by Cambridge Consultants. Today the company employs over 600 people worldwide, based at three buildings on the Science Park, at state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities in Huntingdon and Järfälla, Sweden, and in offices in Hong Kong, India and the US.
Over the last 25 years Xaar has proved itself to be an inkjet innovator many times. The company’s Xaar 128 printhead transformed the wide-format printing industry 20 years ago; even today Xaar technology still drives approximately 75% of the wide-format printers in use. In 2007, Xaar launched its revolutionary Xaar 1001 that has since transformed the ceramic tile decoration industry, bringing many benefits to tile manufacturers all over the world, including reduced costs and a vastly expanded range of creative tile design effects. More recently, Xaar expanded its focus into other significant marketing sectors, including direct-to-shape packaging printing and the hi-tech world of Additive Manufacturing, 3D printing and nanoimprint lithography, a process used to manufacture silicon wafers.
To mark its 25th anniversary Xaar is organising a programme of events during the summer and autumn. In line with the company’s record of supporting local and national charities, it includes a number of company-wide charity challenges, starting with a 26-strong Xaar team undertaking a 60-mile London to Cambridge Bike Ride to raise over £2,000 for Breast Cancer Now, Other challenges planned are the Chariots of Fire relay race in September (for East Anglia Children’s Hospice) and October’s the Byte Night sleep-out in aid of Action for Children. Richard Barham, Xaar’s Chief Customer Officer, believes building the celebrations around charity events says a lot about Xaar as a company. “We’re immensely proud of what we’ve achieved over the last 25 years, but we know we couldn’t have done it without the advantages that come with being in Cambridge — not only our people but also the superb high-technology support infrastructure that’s in place. By linking our anniversary celebration with support for these charities we are giving something back while also showing that we remain an energetic company with a strong drive to succeed.”
For more information about the charities supported through Xaar’s 25th anniversary celebrations see their websites:
Breast Cancer Now: http://breastcancernow.org/
East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices: http://www.each.org.uk/
Action for Children: https://www.actionforchildren.org.uk/
Xaar, the world’s leading inkjet technology specialist, is pleased to announce the launch of the Xaar 1002 GS12U printhead, its first larger drop printhead for UV applications.
This new versatile and productive printhead extends the Xaar 1002 family of printheads, and gives the UV inkjet printing market a choice of printheads to suit specific applications. The greyscale Xaar 1002 GS12 jets drop volumes from 12-84pL, enabling a range of drop sizes to be printed with a single printhead. The large-drop capability of this flexible printhead, combined with Xaar’s patented TF Technology™ ink recirculation, makes it ideal for printing high-build spot varnishes and extra-opaque whites onto labels and direct-to-shape packaging (in both horizontal and vertical printing modes). In fact, no other printhead on the market today can match the high level of opacity and production reliability achieved by the Xaar 1002 GS12 in a single pass without resorting to multiple print bars.
The Xaar 1002 GS12 complements the Xaar 1002 GS6 (6-42pL) variant for UV applications, launched last year, which is designed for applications where high-resolution text and images with smooth tones are important. Like the GS6, the GS12 delivers exceptional print quality and reliability to manufacturers of UV printers worldwide. It is a highly versatile printhead and enables a choice of speed depending on the application without compromising on quality e.g. high ink volume at high speed or lower ink volume at super-fast production speeds.
“We have worked closely with our OEM partners to develop the Xaar 1002 GS12 to meet growing market demands for a flexible printhead that can deliver high build varnish and the ultimate in opaque whites quickly and consistently,” says Richard Barham, Sales and Marketing Director, Xaar. “Although new to the UV market, this printhead is based on our highly-successful Xaar 1002 GS12 ceramics printhead which is well proven and now used by the majority of the ceramic tile digital decoration industry today.”
Systems featuring the new Xaar 1002 GS12 printhead for UV applications are available now from a number of Original Equipment Manufacturers including Autobond (digital spot varnish applications) and Till (high opacity white for direct-to-shape applications).
Durst, the specialist for industrial inkjet applications is continuing its internationalization efforts with a joint venture in India.
The new enterprise VetroCER Ltd. is based in Greater Noida (New Delhi) and was set up together with the local sales partner CERADECOR. Durst and CERADECOR can look back on three successful years of cooperation on the Indian market. Together they have installed in excess of 40 Durst Gamma Ceramic Printers and provide a service structure with 18 employees. With VetroCER Ltd., this partnership is now taken to a new level and will include an additional Durst segment: The Durst Industrial Inkjet Application segment offers industrial inkjet printer systems for the decoration of glass to expand the potential range of applications of glass as an element for architecture, the automotive industry, design studios and interior designers. Durst first presented the new Rho Vectrocer Glass Printer at the international trade fair Glasstec 2014 in Düsseldorf, Germany. With this new printer, the print is processed with inorganic inks, produced by VetroCER Ltd. The ink formulation and quality control will be carried out by the ink lab of the Durst Research and Development Center in Lienz, Austria.
´We are very pleased to intensify our successful partnership with CERADECOR and the entrepreneurial family Verma,` says Christoph Gamper, CEO of Durst Phototechnik AG. ´This joint venture demonstrates our mutual confidence to achieve our common business objectives together. CERADECOR supplies the required know-how for the ink production and has been working together with our research department for some time now. The combination of our competences for glass printing will once again result in a successful implementation of Durst’s feature single source concept.
Rho Vetrocer – Innovative Glass Printer with Inorganic Inks
In 2013, Durst founded the subsidiary Durst Industrial Inkjet Application GmbH for the adaptation of inkjet technologies for other industry sectors. With the launch of the Rho Vectrocer Glass Printer at the Glasstec 2014, the adaptation to glass media was complete. The foundation of the glass printer combines technological innovations from the other segments, which were subsequently further, developed and refined.
The Continuous Flow Technology from the Gamma Ceramics Printer Series for example, is a system that provides continuous ink circulation in the print heads to prevent sedimentation of inorganic pigment inks. For the new printer this was equipped with QSR print heads and optimized with an innovative Fluid Technology. The Rho Vetrocer ink consists of inorganic pigments, glass drip, dispersing- and carrier fluids. It was developed by the Durst research facilities in Lienz, Austria especially for printing on a glass medium. The ink is printed directly onto the glass without a base coat, where it will fuse permanently with the glass during the stoving process in the external furnace.
With the Rho Vectrocer and the inorganic inks, Durst enables a cost-effective and rapid print on glass facades, glass doors, furniture, room partitions, kitchen back drops, back drops for elevators or appliances without long set-up times.
Durst Phototechnik presents the 5th Inkjet India 2015 which will be held at the Indian Habitat Centre, New Delhi. The conference will present a powerful panel of industry experts including designers, technology providers, and representatives of textile companies, manufacturers of home textile & furnishing products. The conference will be accompanied with an awards night brought to you by Blue Jade with an objective to acknowledge excellence in digital textile printing. An esteemed line-up of judges who cover all of the major disciplines will make this the highest accolade for Digital Textile Print in India. The awards will be presented during the gala dinner on 26th February 2015.
While Sensient Imaging Technologies partners as a Premium Partner, Konica Minolta will partner as Technology Partner. This time, the company will feature a Design Textile Inspiration Zone that will inspire delegates to identify futuristic trends & design dynamics will also be featured at the conference. Attending the Inspiration zone will give the visitors the advantage of an exclusive inspiration report preview, design presentations & inspiration zone.
A series of hands-on Color Matching workshops will succeed the Conference & Awards. They will be held in Delhi, Surat & Mumbai respectively. This will comprise of precise color management for digital textile printing. The workshops will be one-on-one 1-day workshops on color management & profiling in multiple locations.
Inkjet Forum India will offer umpteen networking opportunities for delegates to network with experts, technology providers & digital printing houses. It will be a great opportunity for brands, designers & buying houses to network with the leading digital printing houses in Indian subcontinent. Delegates attending Inkjet India 2015 will get an opportunity to attend sessions like – Innovation in Digital Textile Printing, Digital Printing for Home Textiles, Industry Forum, Supplier Displays and Networking Sessions.
About Inkjet Forum India
Inkjet Forum India strives to lead the global printing industry towards innovation in Inkjet. Our online portal is focused on keeping the printing industry updated with the latest technological developments, innovative applications & market trends in the areas of digital textile printing, industrial printing, packaging, labeling and 3D printing.
Inkjet Forum India helps small, medium and large business houses from the worldwide inkjet industry to capture and increase their market share by providing cost effective and innovative brand promotion solutions for reaching to a focused target audience in the shortest time. We also organize the most comprehensive and informative conferences, seminars and courses for the inkjet industry which allures the key stakeholders of the industry.
Companies offer seamless integration of best-of-class systems to build an exceptional packaging workflow
December 8th, 2014 — matchmycolor and PACKZ today announce that the companies have signed a partnership agreement to offer a seamless way to specify and manage brand colors within PACKZ packaging tools for their customers.
Both companies are technology leaders in the markets they serve, committed to delivering value-added solutions for their customers. They are healthy, successful companies with a range of small, medium and multi-national customers. Their expert R&D teams all listen to customer recommendations and market trends to provide innovative, best of class solutions in their areas of expertise:
PACKZ: Productivity tools for making designs print ready
PACKZ offers productivity tools to make designs print ready. PACKZ Software offers high performance editing and workflow tools based on native PDF to increase efficiency and communication in prepress for labels and packaging. Their customers are primarily brand service companies (PMAs), trade shops and printers.
matchmycolor: Color specification, monitoring and development of color recipes
matchmycolor provides state-of-the-art software tools to the color supply chain from design to supply of finished product. The company’s tools enable the specification and management of brand color standards; the feasibility, development and accurate dispensing of color recipes; and color monitoring and reporting on the quality of goods produced. Matchmycolor tools are suitable for a wide range of applications from graphic arts, packaging, inks, cosmetics, paints, plastics, fibers and ceramics. matchmycolor has also developed plugins for high-end color management software solutions—for example, for GMG OpenColor—for packaging proofing and color separations, allowing seamless communication of color data.
The companies are working very closely to combine the color specification and management software into one, interconnected packaging solution. The objective is to offer a way to connect and integrate the packaging supply chain to provide secure and scalable productivity from the design desk to the final product. Beyond seamlessly working between each other, the companies will be providing the tools to integrate to other systems, such as, order entry, ERP, and MIS.
The solution offered by the companies will offer an open and flexible system where users can choose the components that best fit their requirements. Customers can invest in the software tools and functionality that is best suited for them. The companies offer what customers most require: improved productivity with faster time to market,
The companies will offer cohesive, interactive support, with an easy way to contact each other immediately. If there is a problem, there will be a proactive service program in place, offering an overlap of technical competence—and the ability to provide a direct contact for either of the two companies.
matchmycolor and PACKZ are currently building the technical connectivity and support processes. Further product announcements from the partnership are expected in the near future.
PACKZ offers productivity tools to make designs print ready. PACKZ Software contains a complete set of prepress-, editing- and quality assurance-functions, such as trapping, separation handling, barcode creation and recognition, dynamic creation of info panels, object based screening and many more. With its modern 64-bit architecture, running under OS-X and Windows, the native PDF-Editor ensures maximum performance and usability. For more information, please visit www.packz.com.
Ph. +49 761 70 776 710
Developed for the graphic arts, cosmetics, paints, plastics, fibers and ceramic industries, matchmycolor Colibri® software has been built up over more than 40 years, backed by the combined experience of scientists, mathematicians, industry experts, colorimetry specialists and highly skilled software engineers. These key partners help to ensure that matchmycolor processes and workflows fit industry requirements. To further enhance precision and efficiency in global color management, matchmycolor partnerships with market leaders now connect all participants in the color supply chain, including brand owners, designers, printers and converters.
matchmycolor state-of-the-art software is a one-platform solution for cloud, enterprise environments and single-client installations. Colibri® features advanced multi-flux color calculation models and can easily be connected to a wide range of measurement devices, dosing equipment, third-party software as well as mobile applications. The system is designed to ensure consistently accurate and efficient color matching and communication no matter what the application.
matchmycolor was founded in 2009 following a management buyout of the Colibri® color management business from Ciba Specialty Chemicals, now part of BASF. It brings together a unique offering of IT services and color know-how, resulting in new, advanced software solutions for a wide range of industries.
For more information, please visit www.matchmycolor.com
Judy van de Langkruis
Ph. +41 61 524 00 20
Full-semester courses help prepare students worldwide
for careers being transformed by 3D printing
Minneapolis & Rehovot, Israel – Dec. 3, 2014 – Stratasys Ltd. (Nasdaq:SSYS), a leading global provider of 3D printing and additive manufacturing solutions, has introduced a new 3D printing curriculum for educators. The full-semester, 14-week course is aimed to help prepare secondary and post-secondary students worldwide for careers being transformed by 3D printing.
Learning materials are free to educators and include a curriculum guide, supporting presentations, 3D models (STL files) and grading tools. Focused on academia community engagement, the content may be continuously refreshed with the help of participating educators.
“We notice a strong demand coming from the industry for a curriculum focusing on 3D printing,” says Shelly Linor, director of global education for Stratasys. “Educators around the world now have an opportunity to make a big impact by using and contributing to our curriculum. They will also be able to better prepare their students for future careers as 3D printing is becoming an intrinsic part of the design and manufacturing processes in leading companies,” Linor says.
The beginner course, Introduction to 3D Printing: From Design to Fabrication, explores 3D printing in terms of its history, established applications, forward-looking trends, and potential social and economic impacts. Through project-based learning, students will experience 3D printing’s impact on the design process firsthand. Centered on the course’s theme Make Something That Moves Something, a variety of projects guide students through the process of designing and 3D printing a fully functional moving part in a single build.
Students will become familiar with the advantages of various 3D printing technologies in terms of precision, resolution and material capabilities. While Stratasys recommends FDM andPolyJet 3D printing technologies for this course, any technology platform and any CAD software with STL support may be used.
Completion of the beginning course should enable graduates to:
- Demonstrate knowledge of key historical factors that have shaped manufacturing over the centuries.
- Explain current and emerging 3D printing applications in a variety of industries.
- Describe the advantages and limitations of the main 3D printing technologies.
- Evaluate real-life scenarios, and recommend the appropriate use of 3D printing technology.
- Identify opportunities to apply 3D printing technology for time and cost reduction.
- Discuss the economic implications of 3D printing, including its impact on startup businesses and supply chains.
- Design and print objects containing moving parts without assembly.
Stratasys plans to add two sequential advanced courses under the theme “Something That Moves Something.” These courses will cover material memory, multi-material use and 3D printing for robotics applications.
Schools in Singapore and the U.S. have led the process of implementing Stratasys’ 3D printing curriculum. “The introductory material on 3D printing that Stratasys offers, from the slide presentations to the videos, were impressive,” says Ms. Chee Feng Ping, a lecturer with the Temasek Polytechnic in Singapore. “The students enjoy the hands-on activities especially the design process with 3D printing.”
Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston also uses Stratasys’ 3D printing curriculum. “There are going to be many instructors out there who would love to teach a course in 3D printing but who simply do not have enough time to do the detailed research and to prepare professional level presentations,” says Assistant Professor Steve Chomyszak. “Stratasys has now made it much easier for any instructor to offer a college level course on the subject.”
Learn more about the courses, specific details or to download free materials, by visiting the Stratasys Educational Curriculum page.
Stratasys Ltd. (Nasdaq:SSYS), headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota and Rehovot, Israel, is a leading global provider of 3D printing and additive and additive manufacturing solutions. The company’s patented FDM®, PolyJet™ and WDM™ 3D Printing technologies produce prototypes and manufactured goods directly from 3D CAD files or other 3D content. Systems include 3D printers for idea development, prototyping and direct digital manufacturing. Stratasys subsidiaries include MakerBot and Solidscape, and the company operates a digital-manufacturing service comprising RedEye, Harvest Technologies and Solid Concepts. Stratasys has more than 2,800 employees, holds over 600 granted or pending additive manufacturing patents globally, and has received more than 25 awards for its technology and leadership. Online at: www.stratasys.com or http://blog.stratasys.com