20 December 2019 13:08
2019 was another year of important innovations and milestones for the additive manufacturing industry, as AM continues its path towards industrialisation.    2019 was also a milestone year for AMFG, as our company made huge strides in bringing more of our MES solutions to market.    With 12 months of exciting growth almost behind us, here are just some of our highlights from 2019.    January - Developing machine learning solutions for additive manufacturing  We kickstarted the year by announcing our funding from Innovate UK to develop AI and machine learning solutions for our MES software.    With the ...
07 September 2018 14:03
Whether it’s from the world of startups or well-established OEMs, companies are pushing the boundaries of what is possible with 3d printing. From design complexity to shorter lead times industrial 3D printing provides innovative soolutions to real-world applications - which partly explains why many companies are looking for ways to integrate 3D printing into their production processes. With this in mind, we’ve put together a list of some of the companies that are truly expanding the possibilities of 3D printing technology.   1. Osseus Fusion Systems The medical industry has long benefited from ...
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 ...
06 February 2018 14:28
Image: Carbon's M2 3D Printer [Source: Carbon]   [caption id="attachment_2516" align="alignright" width="300"] Paragon and Carbon announced their partnership last month[/caption] Paragon Rapid Technologies, 3D printing specialist and  a customer of AMFG, has announced its partnership with 3D printing manufacturer Carbon, to bring the company’s proprietary Digital Light Synthesis (DLS) technology to the UK market.  The partnership makes Paragon Carbon's first UK production partner, and will enhance Paragon’s capacity to manufacture end-use parts through additive manufacturing. It is also the latest in a series of partnerships for Carbon, which sees the US-based company further expanding the ...
23 November 2017 15:53
Emirates has recently announced that it will be using Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) technology to produce video monitor shrouds for its aircraft cabins. The move marks another milestone in the company's use of 3D printing technology - in October, it began onboard trialling of its 3D-printed cabin air vent grills, developed by the European Aviation Safety Agency (UUDS). Aerospace: Leading the Way The aerospace industry has been a front runner in adopting 3D printing technologies for end-use production parts. In April, Boeing was reported to have used 3D-printed titanium parts for its 787 ...
21 November 2017 17:31
Last week, formnext was back - and the Frankfurt-based trade fair was bigger and better than ever. Over the course of four days, we saw more than 20,000 visitors walk through the formnext doors to witness the latest developments and technologies from the world of additive manufacturing. And with 470 exhibitors from industries ranging from aerospace to medical and automotive, there was sure to be something for everyone. Find out what the RP Platform team got up to at formnext - and stay tuned for our in-depth interviews featuring some of ...
14 November 2017 16:14
Formnext has officially begun! Over the next few days, the biggest names in additive manufacturing will be showcasing their latest products and developments at Europe’s largest trade fair and conference - including the RP Platform team. As formnext gets underway, many leading 3D printer manufacturers have announced plans to unveil their new 3D printing systems at this year’s trade fair. At RP Platform, we’ve compiled a list of some of the new 3D printing systems we’re looking forward to seeing at formnext this week.   A Game-Changer: ACEO’s new multi-material ...
29 August 2017 12:42
Regular readers of this blog will remember that we recently interviewed Dr Billy Wu of Imperial College London, to talk about some of the cutting-edge 3D printing research taking place there. Particularly notable was the new breed of metal printer that Dr Wu and his colleagues have developed. While additive manufacturing professionals and hobbyists alike have long dreamt of a workable desktop metal printer, but for the most part, such technology remains a long way off. Imperial’s new metal printer not only makes desktop printing with metal materials a viable ...
24 August 2017 13:05
We recently took a look at 3D printing’s applications in the world of sports, where the technology is being used to generate professional-quality equipment, shoes and clothing. However, that’s not the only sector in which a rapid manufacturing approach is being utilised to deliver quality wearables -- the fashion world has its own innovators, who are diving head-first into 3D printing technology. We’ve seen 3D printed clothes on the catwalk as far back as 2013, when Dita Von Teese donned a gown created by Shapeways. [embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=63Xozzh_uHM[/embed] Since then, we’ve seen numerous other forward-thinking ...
21 August 2017 12:33
In our recent blog post on the development of additive manufacturing for space exploration, we touched on Made in Space’s announcement of a new technology that would allow for 3D printing plastic in space. While the International Space Station has already been making use of an onboard SLS printer, this new approach will actually allow astronauts to print parts in the vacuum of space. This will provide an extra level of flexibility when it comes to conducting repairs on the exterior of the space station. This was something existing technologies ...