FormNext is around the corner and we see more and more news of companies joining up, acquisitions and upcoming product launches.

1. Carpenter acquires LPW Technology.

“LPW’s innovative platforms and enabling technology further solidify Carpenter’s position as a preferred provider of end-to-end next generation additive manufacturing solutions,” said Phil Carroll, LPW’s founder. “I’m extremely proud of the accomplishments we’ve achieved at LPW and I’m excited to be part of Carpenter’s continued growth and leadership in AM.”

2. Sigma Labs is to launch the newest configuration of its PrintRite3D quality control system at the upcoming Formnext show in Frankfurt.

PrintRite3D is an integrated interactive solution designed to enable comprehensive management of additive manufacturing processes. It is made up of SensorPak multi-sensors and hardware and Inspect, Contour and Analytics software modules, of which the SensorPak and Inspection components have seen a series of new and improved features implemented.

“Our latest PrintRite3D suite of products presents a significant value proposition to OEMs and manufacturers, as it is designed to increase production yield of 3D metal manufactured parts and to shorten time to market, removing a major hurdle that has been affecting manufacturers,” said John Rice, CEO of Sigma Labs. “We believe our IPQA technology is transformational and our team looks forward to demonstrating at Formnext how Sigma Labs is bringing the industry from prototype to industrialised manufacturing.”

3. Kodak to launch its first 3D printer and filament range

Global imaging brand, Kodak has signed an agreement with technology solutions provider, Smart International, as it expands into 3D printing with a new professional desktop printer and range of materials.

Set for release in December, the first product will be the KODAK 3D Printing Filament line, designed to deliver industry-leading low moisture content, high melt flow index and precise diameter and roundness for high-quality prints.

4.  Kyocera announces strategic partnership with Leapfrog 3D Printers

Leapfrog 3D Printer’s flagship machine, the Bolt Pro, will be exclusively distributed in Australia and New Zealand after the company announced its partnership with Kyocera Document Solutions Pty Ltd.

“We are excited to partner with Leapfrog and be the exclusive distributor of their industrial grade FDM 3D printer, the Bolt Pro, for the region,” said Mark Vella, Head of Marketing and Strategy at Kyocera Document Solutions. “This strategic partnership aligns with our core strategy and offers mutual benefits to the customer with combining Leapfrog’s technology and our strong business relationships, together we can help our customers to be at the forefront of this evolving market.

“Our companies have already formed a close working relationship and we are looking forward to further collaboration to support the growth plans of both companies to deliver advanced 3D technology to new and existing markets.”