Startup claims 3D printers create metal parts faster, more cheaply

A two-year-old startup today unveiled two new 3D metal printing machines, one of which can create prototypes and the other production parts faster and cheaper than existing technology, the vendor says.

Desktop Metal, based in Burlington, Mass., demonstrated the Desktop Metal (DM) Studio System, which it calls an “office-friendly” metal 3D-printing system for rapid prototyping, and the DM Production, a manufacturing-class printer it claims is 100 times faster than today’s laser sintering machines.

The DM Studio System includes both a printer and microwave-enhanced sintering furnace that can produce metal 3D printed parts in an engineer’s office or on a shop floor. The company claims its DM Studio System is 10 times less expensive than existing metal prototyping technology.

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Nginx creates certified third-party module program

Nginx has begun certifying third-party modules for use with its commercially supported, enterprise-level web server and load balancer. The modules add capabilities like security, device detection, and application serving.

Nginx Plus Certified Modules are assured by the company to work with its Nginx Plus server. DeviceAtlas, Forgerock, Phusion, Ping Identity, Stealth Security, and Wallarm have already been certified after passing a test suite.

A dynamic modules capability was released as part of Nginx Plus 11, enabling modules to execute at runtime. (The company has since released version 12 of Nginx plus.) Nginx has had modules that would work with the open source version of Nginx, but there had been no third-party modules with Nginx Plus. Modules are written in C, to provide more performance and flexibility, and Nginx also is offering an Nginx Certified Modules Partner Program, providing test suites and tools to build modules that work on the platform.

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Kubernetes is now generally available on Azure Container Service

Microsoft and Google don’t get along all that often, but they do agree on using Kubernetes for cloud container orchestration.

Kubernetes is generally available for use with Azure Container Service, Microsoft’s managed cloud container hosting offering, as of Tuesday. ACS support for Kubernetes comes along with the service’s existing support for the Apache Mesos-based DC/OS and Docker Swarm.

Containers provide an isolated, portable and consistent runtime for applications that’s particularly well-suited to deployment in a cloud environment. Orchestrators like Kubernetes help manage groups of containers. Many cloud providers like Microsoft offer services that help simplify the management of that whole system even further. ACS is one such service.

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