A Run Through: What’s New In 3D Printing At RAPID + TCT?

By on May 24th, 2019 in Event

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 What’s new? [Image: Fabbaloo]
What’s new? [Image: Fabbaloo]

Industry expert Todd Grimm set the stage for RAPID + TCT 2019 with a speedy rundown of what’s new in 3D printing.

The session, a mainstay kickoff, has proven popular as the fast-talking Grimm does actually run through the presentation. He has to: this industry is fast moving, so fast talking is the only way to hope to capture a snapshot.

RAPID + TCT, as ever, was home to a good number of introductions. For those without the media inbox influx of press releases pointing to every booth’s attractions, Grimm’s discussion during the opening keynote is a remarkably helpful guide to where to go if you want to see what’s new.

We’ll be digging into the meat of many of these soon, as we spoke to many of the companies listed here; as we begin our own RAPID recap, this snapshot of what’s new is a helpful guide for us too to kick off coverage.

Introductions are segmented into 3D printing hardware, 3D printing software, and 3D scanning, with specific product releases named by company. Helpful for event attendees, Grimm also listed each company’s booth number on the exhibit floor.


The look ahead began with hardware: new 3D printers and accessories.


Material Extrusion

Vat Polymerization

Powder Bed Fusion


Binder Jetting

  • ExOne — X1 25PRO

Directed Energy Deposition

Powder Bed Fusion

  • Aurora Labs — RMP1 / MCP

  • Additive Industries — DMLA

  • SLM Solutions — SLM 290 Production Series

Material Extrusion

  • Rapidia — Rapidia System

  • Digital Alloys** — Joule Printing

    • **Please note that per Digital Alloys, Joule Printing is not actually an extrusion-based process; they clarify: The process is not extrusion based, as we are feeding a solid wire through the print tip. It only becomes molten once it touches the part and is heated by resistance heating (aka Joule Heating) by electricity flowing through it. There’s a more detailed explanation, with some video, here.

Sheet Laminator

  • Fabrisonic — SonicLayer 1200


Software for 3D printing is broken up into a few categories, based on where in the end-to-end additive manufacturing process each introduction comes into play.


  • ParaMatters — CogniCAD 2.1

  • Link3D — Shape Nesting

  • Dyndrite — Additive Toolkit

  • Teton Simulation Software — Intelligent Slicing Automation

  • CGTech — Vericut Additive

  • Velo3D — Flow

  • AlphaSTAR — GENOA 3DP

  • Siemens PLM — AM Process Simulation


  • 3DQUE — QPoD / QSuite

  • 3Degrees — TRACE

  • Valuechain — DNAam

  • Sigma Labs — PrintRite 5.0

  • 3YOURMIND — Agile MES / Part Identifier

  • Bluestreak — Bright AMES


  • PostProcess Technologies — FORTI

  • AMT — PostProMini / PostPro Color

3D Scanning

 New 3D scanning introductions [Image: Fabbaloo]
New 3D scanning introductions [Image: Fabbaloo]

With time running short, Grimm also pointed to advances and new introductions in 3D scanning, which is of course tied into the 3D workflow.

  • Creaform —HandySCAN BLACK

  • Artec — Leo / Micro

  • InnovMetric — PolyWorks Collaborative Suite

We’ve linked to some of these introductions we’ve covered, and interviewed a good many of these companies during RAPID + TCT — so there’s plenty more to come on these and other technologies soon!

Via T.A. Grimm & Associates

By Sarah Goehrke

Sarah Goehrke is a Special Correspondent for Fabbaloo, via a partnership with Additive Integrity LLC. Focused on the 3D printing industry since 2014, she strives to bring grounded and on-the-ground insights to the 3D printing industry. Sarah served as Fabbaloo's Managing Editor from 2018-2021 and remains active in the industry through Women in 3D Printing and other work.