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10 Predictions on the Future of 3D Printing [Expert Roundup]

21 August 2019 13:54

Without a doubt, 2019 is an exciting time for 3D printing. The industry continues to move towards industrialisation, and the technology is increasingly becoming part of the wider manufacturing ecosystem.   But in such a rapidly evolving industry, it can be difficult to keep up with the key trends that are driving the future of …

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Expert Interview: John Barnes, Founder of The Barnes Group Advisors, on the Future of Additive Manufacturing

20 August 2019 13:18

  The need for specialised skills and expertise is within additive manufacturing is crucial for the technology’s adoption. However, mastering the principles of additive is no mean feat, as it involves a steep learning curve and considerable time investment. One company looking to alleviate this problem is The Barnes Group Advisors, a US-based additive manufacturing …

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Application Spotlight: 3D Printing for Medical Implants

15 August 2019 11:50

[Image credit: Health Canada]   Creating better-fitting, longer-lasting and higher-performing bone implants is an ongoing quest for orthopaedists and surgeons alike. 3D printing is contributing enormously to the advancements in this area.    The technology is enabling  implant manufacturers to create implants with enhanced functionality and more personalised to specific patient needs. Furthermore, 3D printing …

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Expert Interview: Aconity3D Managing Director Yves Hagedorn on Helping Companies Innovate with Additive Manufacturing

14 August 2019 8:45

Adopting metal 3D printing can be challenging due to the need to develop applications, qualify materials and processes. To overcome these challenges, German company, Aconity3D, provides flexible laboratory metal 3D printing systems that enable its customers to experiment with process parameters and research new applications for the technology.    In this week’s Expert Interview, Yves …

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Application Spotlight: 3D Printing for Digital Dentistry & Clear Aligner Manufacturing

08 August 2019 9:39

Digital dentistry — the introduction of digital technologies into the dental practice — is transforming the dental industry. One of the key technologies driving this transformation is 3D printing.     3D printing has many applications in the dental industry, including bridge models, surgical guides and dentures. However, clear aligner manufacturing is one of the most …

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Expert Interview: Exploring Photocentric’s Daylight Polymer Printing Technology with Managing Director Paul Holt

06 August 2019 9:24

Photocentric is a UK-based manufacturer of 3D printers and materials. The company, founded in 2002, is known for its unique and innovative approach to 3D printing, which it calls Daylight Polymer Printing.   In contrast to similar resin-based technologies like Stereolithography (SLA) or Digital Light Processing (DLP), Photocentric’s Daylight Polymer Printing technology does not use …

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Application Spotlight: 3D Printing for Bike Manufacturing

01 August 2019 13:20

3D printing is adding a new dimension to the bike manufacturing sector, helping to create lightweight bikes whilst enabling the faster production of bespoke bike components.   This week, we continue our 3D Printing Application Spotlight series by looking at the use of 3D printing in bike production, as well as its benefits and current …

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What Ultimaker’s Rebranding Says About the Industrialisation of 3D Printing

31 July 2019 11:27

[Image credit: Ultimaker]   Earlier this month, desktop 3D printer manufacturer, Ultimaker, announced a new branding strategy, aimed at strengthening its focus as a B2B company.    Ultimaker’s new business trajectory points to a broader trend within the 3D printing market: the shift towards industrial applications of the technology, as businesses begin to recognise the …

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Expert Interview: Fortify CEO Josh Martin on its Digital Composite Manufacturing Technology

30 July 2019 14:03

[Image credit: Fortify]   Fortify is a Boston-based startup that has developed a new approach to composite 3D printing. This approach combines magnet alignment of composites with Digital Light Processing (DLP) technology, enabling users to produce high-quality composite parts that would be otherwise impossible to manufacture.   The technology, called Fluxprint™, powers Fortify’s Digital Composite …

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Application Spotlight: 3D Printing For Bearings

25 July 2019 13:51

[Image credit: Bowman Additive Production]    This is the second part of our 3D Printing  Application Spotlight series, where we highlight key applications of 3D printing. You can read last week’s edition, 3D printing for heat exchangers, here.    This week, we continue our Application Spotlight series by looking at bearings, critical components that are …

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