The metalworking machine, dubbed internally as the M400, weighs 51 tons (103,000 pounds) and is mounted on a special isolated, double steel reinforced concrete pad.
Much of this growth is attributed to the success of its new large scale additive manufacturing systems.
This option allows parts to be printed that are as long as the machine table itself.
A 3D printable wood has been announced by the Materialise. The Belgium-based 3D technology and software company, withoffices in Plymouth, MI, has released the product for beta test, which it is doing through a design competition.
Oakland-based Emerging Objects has developed wood-based material for 3D object printing, replacing plastic with recycled hardwood and softwood fiber sources.