11 July 2019 13:55
AMFG has recently released its first State of the 3D Printing Industry Survey Report, which looks at the key trends within the AM service provider market today. We surveyed service bureaus in over a dozen countries to find out, first-hand, how this segment is fairing and the overall outlook for the next 12 months.   The service provider market in 2019 Service bureaus have been a cornerstone of the additive manufacturing industry since its inception, and they continue to play a pivotal role in driving the industry forward. The ability for companies to ...
09 April 2019 11:15
Investment in industrial 3D printing is booming. Over the past 12 months, hundreds of millions of dollars have been poured into the industry — with newer companies benefiting from the influx of funding. In the first quarter of 2019 alone, major funding announcements included Desktop Metal ($160 million), Markforged ($82 million) and 3D Hubs ($18 million). With the additive manufacturing industry attracting ever more attention from investors, what does this mean for the future of 3D printing?   Investing in 3D printing: the early hype The early 2010s was marked by much ...
07 February 2019 16:31
Is your company thinking about adopting additive manufacturing? We share 5 tips to help you get started.   Additive manufacturing has become a key manufacturing method for production. According to a recent survey by Jabil, over 60% of manufacturers are using 3D printing technologies to produce at least 10% of their functional or end-use parts – a significant increase from the previous year’s 36%.   With the vast majority (79%) of those surveyed looking to double their AM production in the next three to five years, it’s becoming increasingly important for companies to ...
15 November 2018 14:07
Metal casting may be one of the oldest manufacturing methods used to create metal parts, but it is also yet another sector that can benefit from 3D printing. With the high costs involved in producing tooling aids like moulds, cores and patterns, 3D printing is already proving to be a worthwhile alternative to the conventional production of tooling for metal casting processes. Foundries are therefore increasingly adopting 3D printing into their workflows as a means of remaining competitive.    Overcoming existing limitations Foundries rely on several metal casting processes, with die casting, sand ...
31 October 2018 14:00
When thinking of 3D printing, the technology's potential for the toy industry may not be the first thing that springs to mind. However, in today's consumer-driven landscape, where maintaining a competitive advantage is a key concern for toy companies, 3D printing offers several benefits, including faster time to market, greater design customisation and the potential to create new business models.    #1 Prototyping Before launching a new product into the market, a number of steps are required to transform a concept or idea into the final, physical product. Prototyping is a vital stage ...
24 October 2018 18:12
What are the secrets to a successful additive manufacturing operation?   This is a question posed by many indusry stakeholders, as additive manufacturing increasingly moves towards end-part production. While 3D printing has come a long way, particularly over the last 10 years, there remain core challenges that need to be addressed.   The 3 pillars of 3D printing success The keys to a successful AM operation lie in 3 crucial areas:   1. Hardware 2. Materials 3. Software   These elements make up what we've termed the 3 pillars of industrial 3D printing, as the technology's move into end-part ...
09 October 2018 17:50
So far, 2018 has been a positive year for 3D printing. With technological advancements across the scope of software, hardware and materials, the industry has firmly moved away from the hype of the early 2010s to provide significant breakthroughs for industrial production. With the industry currently valued at over $7 billion (according to the 2018 Wohlers Report), industrial 3D printing has not only cemented its value in product development and rapid prototyping, but is also gaining a stronger foothold in end-part production.    Back in January, we made a few predictions on ...
03 October 2018 14:58
One of the biggest areas of untapped potential for additive manufacturing is the oil and gas industry. Comparatively slow to adopt additive technologies, the oil and gas sector lags behind industries like automotive and aerospace in finding applicable use cases for AM.   However, with the industry facing serious challenges from oil price volatility to shifts towards alternative energy sources, the need to reduce operational costs is becoming increasingly pertinent for stakeholders within the sector. Additive manufacturing could be one of the solutions to achieving this reduction in operational costs ...
25 September 2018 17:48
Developments in 3D printing have shown that the technology is becoming faster, processes more automated and production volumes increasing. 3D printing has now evolved to a point where it offers significant production value to companies. One aspect of this value is the ability to significantly reduce manufacturing costs in all areas of manufacturing, from design to product development and production. With 3D printing showing its value across all stages of manufacturing, we’ll be sharing the 6 ways the technology can help companies reduce their manufacturing costs.   1. Product Development   Product development ...
20 September 2018 14:34
As we've previously seen, 3D printing is rapidly expanding beyond prototyping into production. However, this transition is not without its challenges, with process repeatability and quality assurance being two issues cited by many manufacturers. It’s therefore unsurprising that manufacturers are looking for ways to optimise AM processes in the pursuit of greater repeatability and reliability.   Simulation software could be one way to achieve this. By enabling consistency and higher-quality parts, simulation is one tool that can further improve AM processes. We've therefore put together a list of 10 software companies offering innovative ...