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With additive manufacturing (AM) as an established part of many companies’ product development and manufacturing processes, there has been a greater understanding of the technology’s technical and business advantages. With that, more users are benefiting from lighter and more durable parts, increased design freedom and on-demand part production.
But that’s just scratching the surface of AM’s potential.
Here are five signs companies aren’t fully leveraging AM—and tips on how they can change that.
This week in Nottingham, great minds in additive manufacturing are converging at the International Conference on Additive Manufacturing & 3D Printing. The event, now in its twelfth year, is always highly anticipated as the speaker lineup promises a look into the depths of the 3D printing business — without the hype. Among the well-regarded lineup this year are experts in academia and industry.
The main conference will take place Wednesday and Thursday, with a special pre-conference event held Tuesday presenting a look at the Industrial Realities of Additive Manufacturing. Over the course of eight hours, seventeen speakers held the attention of 194 attendees, discussing topics ranging from metrology to government funding to education and training to IP protection — a fairly high-level agenda geared toward those ready to dive into the business ins and outs of additive manufacturing.
Plastic widget prototypes aren’t the only things 3D printers can produce anymore. From titanium to chocolate, the uses and printers have expanded to affect every industrial sector.
Additive manufacturing was once widely considered just a gimmicky way to create some complicate-yet-flimsy little plastic part. It had no place in an industrial setting where machinists carved into giant steel hunks to sculpt smooth, shiny works of functional art.
After all, you need giant, powerful machining tools on the factory floor, not some oversized Easy Bake Oven. As companies need to do more with less, the substrative way of manufacturing seems a bit wasteful.
Here’s a look at how current 3D printing methods are building their case for the widespread adoption in very industry
Latest advances in additive manufacturing technology are transforming 3D printing from a Star Trek fantasy to a practical manufacturing tool.
The additive manufacturing industry has come a long way. From its 20th-century origins in tiny prototypes, the 3D printing industry has seen rapid advancement in this century boosting build speeds, resolution, and material capabilities.
The result is a new generation of printers that could be finally ready to join the traditional manufacturing tools and machines on the factory floor.
Take a look at the latest printers hitting NED, covering the leading breakthroughs across the full gamut of additive tech.
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3D printing has promised much and delivered quite a bit. For example, 3D printers are readily available and relatively inexpensive—at least for creating small plastic objects. The MakerBot Replicator+ (Fig. 1) is just one example. It only costs $2,499.
“Makerbot is known for its quality 3D printers, and the Replicator+ is a testament to that reputation, considering it has been around forever,” noted Cabe Atwell on our sister site, MachineDesign.com. “Surprisingly, this 3D printer meets only two of the desirable qualities wanted for great prints: A powder-coated metal frame with an ABS case, but there’s no heated print bed! Instead, the Replicator+ features the company’s bendable Flexible Build Plate with kung-fu grip, which keeps prints from moving and popping off when done.”
Of course, not all developers are enamored by 3D printers. Cabe also highlights the flip side of 3D printers: “But like the movie montage where the kids clean up the house before theirparents get home, they are glossing over the details. What isn’t shown is the effort, the sweat, the tinkering, the trial and error, and the screaming to the gods themselves to please, please let it work this time.”
German industrial group ThyssenKrupp plans to open its own 3D printing centre this year to manufacture products for its customers, a company executive said on Tuesday.
As well as producing steel, submarines and elevators, ThyssenKrupp supplies thousands of tonnes of metal and plastic products and provides supply-chain management services to a quarter of a million customers worldwide.
Some industrial components such as airline or wind-turbine parts can now be made by 3D printing, or additive manufacturing, in which objects are printed in layers directly from a computer design instead of being cut out of blocks of material.
While not agreeing with the relevance of the opening point on consumer 3D printing, this is a timely overview of the state of industrial 3D printing from Vicki Holt at Proto Labs.
It wasn’t long ago that 3D printing was one of the buzziest technologies around.
We watched as a 3D printer recreated a bust of Stephen Colbert on TV. We heard from industry analysts who were bullish on adoption of the technology. We imagined a future with a 3D printer in every home when major retailers began selling them online and in stores.
Fast forward to today. The potential of 3D printing remains enormous. Global spend on the technology is expected to climb from $11 billion in 2015 to nearly $27 billion in 2019. But with all of the early excitement now behind us, where does 3D printing stand today? And where will it go in the future?