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3D Printing a Prosthetic Hand & World-Changing Innovations at #CES2016

Las Vegas: Consumer Electronics Show (CES) held earlier this month with massive potential in the business market.

CES 2016 wrapped as the most expansive one yet, breaking records across the board and providing unparalleled opportunities for companies big and small to launch innovation into the world market.

More than 3,800 exhibitors unveiled their latest technologies across more than 2.47 million net square feet of exhibit space. CES 2016 touched every major global industry and showcased the latest wave of products and technologies that are connecting the world, enhancing lives and solving global challenges. More than 170,000 industry professionals, including 50,000 from outside the U.S., were drawn to this high-level business event driving the ever-changing global technology industry

My notable experiences were in the 3D Printing Workplace where over 70 cutting-edge 3D Printing vendors were exhibiting their new products and solutions.

Best Innovation of #CES2016

Irish-based company Mcor (pictured above) announced the first full RGB color desktop 3D Printer — also the only 3D Printer that uses paper! The Coke can and shoe pictured below are two amazing examples of their prints. This printer is targeted towards professional designers and the education industry, in particular. 


Priced around $9000, it comes with the Mcor mobile app that allows you to find and share designs, then run and monitor your Mcor ARKe printer from your iOS or Android smartphone.

Free Mcor Orange software for Mac and Windows-based PCs gives you complete control over your 3D printing projects including loading, managing, customising and monitoring your prints.

The printer is also IoT-ready and offers full connectivity with options to connect via WiFi, Ethernet and USB.

With all these features and abilities, you can see why the Mcor ARKe was awarded the best of innovation award at CES 2016.

19-Year-Old Founder of AIO

Another company called AIO Robotics is co-founded by a 19-year-old and has developed ROBOTLAB; a curriculum designed within an application for 3D Printers.

The curriculum teaches students the fundamentals of robotics by providing CAD files for simple and complex robots that students can print, assemble and program. Geared towards the education market, this curriculum essentially helps design projects that students can follow to complete a build. It’s all included right within the printer, which is a major differentiator in this increasingly growing market.

We first discussed AIO back in September when their printer, Zeus, was on display at the 3D Printshow in California.

“Demonstrating noticeable business solutions, ZEUS by AIO Robotics is an all-in-one Wi-Fi enabled 3D printer. You can scan an object, edit it and 3D print it all from one machine. And since it is Wi-Fi enabled the printer allows for seamless feature updates.

They state that “less than 1% of [the] global population has ever touched or used 3D printers. Our mission is to bring 3D Printers into small businesses, schools, and households by making 3D printing as easy as 2D printing.” A bold mission for this company, with a bold product to match.”

     Full story: 3D Printshow Comes to Life in California     

Printing a Prosthetic Hand With Titan Robotics

The largest format, custom, industrial 3D printers at CES this year came from Titan Robotics Ltd.

The Atlas is one of their largest industrial 3D printers with a build space of 36″ x 36″ x 48″ (915mm x 915mm x 1220mm).

We talked to the founder, Clay Guillory, who is a mechanical engineer and has received attention for something pretty amazing. During the day, Clay designs and engineers new 3 and 5-axis CNC routers for DMS and Freedom Machine Tool. But at night, he’s become known as a maker of 3D-printed prosthetic hands. 

Using Light-Based Tech to Print Faster

We also spoke to the Australian founder of another technology company to watch, Gizmo 3D Printers. Kobus du Toit developed a Digital Light Processing (DLP) 3D printer that prints at speeds of 3mm per minute. DLP is considered to be 3D printing technology because of its continuous additive process. Watch out for them in March when they launch their crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo.

Check out this super-speed print of one of Gizmo’s creations coming to life.

We noticed a theme from the more developed 3D printing companies this year, as they are focusing more on specific industries like education, manufacturing or healthcare. Aside from the consumer markets, this change shows the evolution of 3D printing and how it is beginning to fit more clearly into everyday business workflows to solve real-world problems.

Did you attend CES2016 or follow it online? Let us know your favourite innovations from the show in the comment section below.

Marney Stapley

Marney is the Vice President, North Forge Technology Exchange. The North Forge Technology Exchange provides access to advanced digital fabrication and prototyping equipment with support from entrepreneurial and innovation communities. In her spare time, she helps to shape one of the world's most respected blogs dedicated entirely to Additive Manufacturing / 3D printing. She is also a volunteer for TEDx Winnipeg as a team member who selects and works with engaging speakers.

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