Tag Archives: Japan

Top 3D Printing Headlines Last Week: HP and Stratasys, Olympics, Toys

HP CEO Meg Whitman

A roundup of the top news On 3D Printing brought you from July 30 to August 5.

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HP CEO Meg Whitman photo by TechShowNetwork used under Creative Commons license.

Creepy 3D Printing: Get a Replica of Your Unborn Fetus

3D Printed Fetus

And now for something extremely creepy.

Japanese firm Fasotec is offering expectant parents “Shape of an Angel,” a miniature 3D print of their unborn fetus.

The fetus is first photographed using MRI and the resulting image data processed using special 3D software. A 3D printer is then used to construct the model, using clear resin for the mother’s body and white resin for the fetus. The position, posture and appearance of the baby appear exactly as it does in the mother’s uterus.

Parents looking to have their own “Shape of an Angel” taken will need to visit the Parkside Hiroo Ladies Clinic and should be prepared to pay the 100,000 yen (US $1,230) price is costs for a single 90x60x40mm model.

Via RocketNews.

Top 3D Printing Headlines Last Week: Leaders, Records Broken, Burritos

3D Printing Executive Leaders

A roundup of the top news On 3D Printing brought you from June 18 to June 24.

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Objet Launches Versatile Objet30 Pro Desktop 3D Printer in Japan

Objet30 Pro Desktop 3D Printer

We covered the announcement of the Objet30 Desktop 3D Printer back in May. It was touted as the most versatile desktop 3D printer and Objet released a catchy promo video to showcase its capabilities.

Today, Objet announced the launch of the Objet30 Pro in Japan.

The new desktop 3D printer offers 7 different materials, including, for the first time on a desktop system, clear transparent material and high temperature resistant material. Objet30 Pro is positioned as the ultimate rapid prototyping solution for designers and engineers, ranging from industries including consumer goods and consumer electronics to medical devices and design consultancies. Objet30 Pro will be showcased at DMS from Jun 20 – 22, 2012 at Tokyo Big Sight.

Objet30 Pro is the top-of-the-line addition to Objet’s existing desktop 3D printer line which starts at JPY1,980,000*, offering professional 28 micron print quality and wide ranging material versatility, opening the doors to limitless possibilities.

Mr. Eric Goguy, President & CEO of Objet Japan Co. Ltd commented, “Demand for 3D printers has been growing steadily over the years on a global level. At the same time, 3D printing applications are becoming more diverse due to the increasingly complex requirements as a result of the ever-changing market conditions. The need to shorten time-to-market has become a critical competitive advantage; thus rapid prototyping is indeed a cost-effective solution for many manufacturers. We believe that such trend will in turn heighten the demand for 3D printers such as the Objet30 Pro, one that is versatile, compact and most importantly, without compromising quality.

Objet30 Pro Desktop 3D Printer


Read the full press release for more details.

Objet Launches 3D Printing Joint Venture in Japan

3D Printing in Japan

Objet announced the establishment of Objet Japan KK, a new joint venture formed together with the 3D Printer division of Fasotec Co. Ltd, Objet’s longstanding distributor in the region.

From the press release:

The new entity is established in line with Objet’s global strategy to offer local support in key strategic markets, meeting the increasingly intricate requirements due to complexity of product portfolio and adapting to suit unique local conditions. Objet holds majority of ownership share of the new entity.

Objet has been providing the Japanese market cutting-edge 3D printing technology since 2003. Demand for the latest technology and advanced applications have been growing steadily over the years, and are expected to continue. Driven by the advanced requests, the new entity is established to be closer to the market for better understanding of specifications and to keep with the pace of the fast-changing Japanese market. Combining the experience of market knowledge and industry best-practices, Objet Japan is committed to satisfy both partners and customers on both products and services.

We profiled the merger between Stratasys and Objet in April, and showcased Objet’s 3D printed Fenway Park in May.


Via MarketWatch.

Akihabara photo by Danny Choo used under Creative Commons license.