2015 - Day 1

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18 | 2015 INTERNATIONAL CES DAILY | JANUARY 6-9, 2015 3D PRINTING CESWEB.ORG #CES2015 FIND THEM HERE 3D Systems BOOTH 72225 Autodesk BOOTH 72027 BQ BOOTH 71621 Formlabs BOOTH 72021 MakerBot BOOTH 72711 Matter and Form BOOTH 72234 WobbleWorks BOOTH 72729 BY JEFF BERMAN I nternational CES attendees interested in the 3D printing category will find significantly more products and dedicated conference sessions at the show this week than they could a year ago, thanks to the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) signif cantly boosting the category's presence in reaction to growing interest. CEA created a 3D Printing Marketplace section at CES for last year's show, and it boasted 20 exhibitors and 7,200 square feet of exhibit space devoted to the category then. That has grown to 54 exhibitors and 18,450 square feet at this year's show, an increase in square footage of about 156 percent, said Karen Ch- upka, CEA events and conferences senior VP. Returning exhibitors this year include the mar- ket share leaders MakerBot (a New York compa- ny whose parent is Stratasys) and South Carolina company 3D Systems, along with Boston's Wob- bleWorks , maker of the 3Doodler 3D printing pen; Somerville, Mass.-based 3D printer maker Form- labs ; and Toronto-based Matter and Form. The initial 3Doodler shipped in February 2013, and more than 125,000 units of it were sold globally as of last month, making it the best-selling 3D printing device in the world, said WobbleWorks. Matter and Form exhibited at last year's CES un- der the name Matterform, and was started by de- signers and programmers who said they needed a high-resolution 3D scanner but couldn't afford one, so they decided to make their own. Its f rst product, the Matter and Form 3D Scanner, started shipping in the fall and has sold "thousands" of units globally so far, Matter and Form said last month. Newcomers to the 3D Printing Marketplace this week include San Rafael, Calif.-based software com- pany Autodesk and BQ, a Spanish consumer elec- tronics company that designs, manufactures and distributes e-readers, tablets and smartphones, in addition to 3D printers and robotics kits. BQ en- tered the 3D printing segment in 2013 with the Wit- box 3D printer. The company is selling its printers in more than 36 countries, it said last month. There were only one or two 3D printing compa- Expanded Presence For 3D Printing nies that exhibited at CES in 2013, said Chupka. "We felt that it was an important enough category that we wanted to create a specif c area for it" for the 2014 show, she said. Another difference with this year's 3D Printing Mar- ketplace is its location, which has shifted from the South Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center to the new CES Tech West area at the Sands/Venetian, said Chupka. "What we did this year is a lot of the new and emerging technology areas for the show we've grouped together and put them in one location over at the Sands, so it's easier for people to f nd them all," she said. In addition to the 3D Printing Marketplace, the CES Tech West area at the Sands/Venetian also fea- tures start-ups that make up the Eureka Park desti- nation, health and f tness technologies, robotics, and smart home, she said. The CEA also signif cantly expanded the num- ber of 3D-printing conference sessions. There was a half-day conference program on 3D printing at CES last year. Those sessions did "incredibly well for us," and were "almost standing room only," she said. This year, CEA has expanded it to a full-day confer- ence program, on Wednesday, Jan. 7. The top three categories to be discussed during Wednesday's 3D printing conference sessions, all scheduled to be held on Level 1 of the Venetian con- ference center in Marco Polo room 702, will be how 3D printing is disrupting business models, how to gain access to 3D printing without actually owning a 3D printer, and how 3D printing will change the way consumers shop, said CEA. "We felt that [3D printing] was an important enough category that we wanted to create a specif c area for it." — KAREN CHUPKA, CEA 3Doodler Gets An Upgrade BY JEFF BERMAN BOOTH 72729 WobbleWorks is introducing 3Doodler 2.0, the second-generation version of its 3D drawing pen. The new device features a slimmer, lighter design said to be less than a quarter the size of the original model. The company, which previously raised $2.3 million on the crowdfunding platform Kickstarter, is looking to raise funds for the new version of the pen on Kickstarter in a special short campaign that it said is targeted at early adopters and will last only 20 days. It is looking to raise $30,000. Early-bird pledges start at $50, with the f rst 100 units expected to ship within a month of the project launch, the company said. The remaining reward levels will be shipped to backers by April, it said. There will also be a special Educational Bundle available as part of the campaign, including a pen for the pledger, along with 12 pens for a nominated school or library, accompanied by lesson plans, accessories and bulk plastics, it said. A special edition gold-colored pen is also being f elded. The 3Doodler was "completely redesigned" for the second-generation model after more than two years of research and development, said the company. In addition to the size and weight improvements, the new model is "more eff cient" and quieter than the original 3Doodler, it said. The enhanced airf ow, using a patented fan system, cools the plastic more eff ciently and quietly, it said. The new model's aluminum casing gives the pen a "more premium feel," while the new internal design includes a re-engineered drive system and new nozzle, it said. The 3Doodler pen can create 3D designs such as this bus.

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