31 May 2018 11:39
Aerospace has long been at the forefront of 3D printing innovation. From its origins as a rapid prototyping tool, today additive manufacturing is used within aerospace not only for product design, but also to produce end parts as well as for maintenance operations. With the ability to create complex designs, lightweight parts and reduce production costs, 3D printing offers a range of advantages for the aerospace industry. However, key players, such as GE, Airbus, MOOG, Safran and GKN, are not only leveraging the benefits of the technology — they are also ...
29 May 2018 10:44
With 85% of spare parts suppliers asserting that they will fully integrate 3D printing into their workflows within the next five years, it is clear that investment in 3D printing for spare parts is the key to retaining a competitive advantage for spare parts suppliers. The process of manufacturing, storing and delivering spare parts is a time-consuming and laborious one  for spare parts suppliers. Costly warehouse storage of spare parts in addition to time-intensive production and shipping are just some of the difficulties faced by spare parts suppliers. Luckily, 3D printing ...
22 May 2018 13:02
The education sector is playing an ever-greater role in the development of new additive manufacturing technologies and processes. As universities increasingly establish 3d printing labs to further their research and production efforts, both students and academics alike are exploring the new possibilities afforded by additive manufacturing. So in what ways can the education sector transform AM? As part of our series exploring the impact of additive manufacturing on various industries, today we’re taking a look at the current applications of 3D printing within education, and how the sector is transforming AM. ...
18 May 2018 11:57
The annual Wohlers Report has become the most highly anticipated guide to the additive manufacturing industry since its first publication 23 years ago. With 76 co-authors in 32 countries, the report represents knowledge and expertise from the largest global network of AM professionals. As new players enter the market, from system manufacturers and material producers to software and service providers, Wohlers Report 2018 is undoubtedly the go-to guide for the latest insights and forecasts into the world of 3D printing. This year is no different, with the 2018 edition highlighting ...
15 May 2018 11:06
The medical industry is one of the fastest-growing sectors within additive manufacturing, and is used for a range of applications, from patient-specific implants to realistic functional prototypes and advanced medical tools. And with more than 97 percent of medical AM professionals confident that the use of additive manufacturing will continue to increase (SME’s 2017 Medical AM/3DP Survey), the technology holds huge potential in areas such as bioprinting and other medical applications. As part of our series exploring the impact of additive manufacturing on various industries, today we’re taking a look ...
30 April 2018 10:10
[caption id="attachment_3146" align="alignright" width="234"] Ian Campbell Loughborough University[/caption] Professor Ian Campbell is a Professor at Loughborough University, which is pioneering the field of design for additive manufacturing research. With an extensive background in design engineering, Professor Campbell has published over forty academic journal articles, is the editor of Rapid Prototyping Journal and has been an Associate Consultant for Wohlers Associates since 2014. We were pleased to be able to sit down with Professor Campbell and discuss the importance of design for additive manufacturing, the role of automation in AM and how mass customisation ...
26 April 2018 10:48
Photo credit: Branch Technology How ready is the construction industry for 3D printing? With the development of 3D printed buildings, bridges and other constructions, it seems that the construction industry is the latest to adopt 3D printing as a viable manufacturing technology. However, in spite of the visions of 3D printed houses, 3D printing within the construction industry is still a relatively novel approach, and there are a a number of challenges to be overcome before it can be widely adopted. But with technological advances in construction, including robotics and digital ...
25 April 2018 14:22
In the era of Industry 4.0, manufacturing is increasingly heading towards a world of machine learning and artificial intelligence. A world where data-driven systems can be developed to enhance production processes. And additive manufacturing can leverage the benefits of machine learning to achieve greater efficiency, enhance product quality and optimise AM workflows.   Increasing efficiency with machine learning As additive manufacturing scales up for end use production, advances in machine learning are not just limited to the prospect of self-driving cars. Machine learning can be used within additive manufacturing to drive efficiency in part ...
29 March 2018 8:46
Traceability is one of the key concerns facing additive manufacturing, as AM is increasingly adopted by OEMs and manufacturers alike. With regulations, reporting and quality control requirements coming into play — particularly for industries like aerospace and medical — the current lack of traceability across the AM ecosystem and supply chain must be tackled if AM is to fully come into its own as a viable manufacturing technology. And yet, companies are currently lacking the software infrastructure needed to ensure traceability and transparency across the AM ecosystem, due to non-integrated supply ...
07 March 2018 10:31
Dominic Parsonson is a senior additive manufacturing specialist and expert at Fuji Xerox Australia and works with industrial companies and educational institutions to identify and implement additive manufacturing solutions. Having worked in the additive manufacturing industry for a number of years, we were pleased to be able to speak with Dominic to discuss his thoughts on the future of additive manufacturing and its impact on key industries, including manufacturing, healthcare and education.   How did you originally become interested in additive manufacturing? The first time I came across a 3D printer was in ...