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 ...
11 June 2019 14:00
The 3D printing industry is developing at an astonishing rate. Over the last 12 months, a number of companies have announced new technologies and launched new machines, indicating an exciting future for the industry.   To help you keep up with the latest in 3D printing, here’s our list of 10 of the most exciting technologies that have recently been announced. Metal 3D Printing   1. Aurora Labs' Multilevel Concurrent Printing [caption id="attachment_9568" align="aligncenter" width="700"] MCP technology from Aurora Labs is desined to make metal 3D printing faster [Image credit: Aurora Labs][/caption]   While the ...
27 February 2019 11:26
Update 26/05/2020: We've now published our Additive Manufacturing Landscape 2020 report and infographic, featuring 231 organisations that are helping to drive digital manufacturing. Check out the full article here.    Additive manufacturing has gone through somewhat of a revolution over the last five to ten years. At one time thought to be a consumer-oriented technology, AM has now evolved into a viable industrial manufacturing solution.   As of 2019, the additive manufacturing industry is estimated to be worth over $9 billion dollars. While this is still a fraction of the wider $12 trillion ...
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 ...
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 ...
19 October 2018 13:27
The road to standardisation for emerging industries and technologies can be long and arduous. But for an industry to develop a strong market, the need for standardised processes becomes increasingly important.   3D printing has reached this watershed moment: 46 % of companies surveyed by EY expect to apply the technology for end-part production by 2022. Clearly, as the technology continues to shift towards production, the need for standardisation is more acute than ever.   The benefits of standardisation for 3D printing   Standardisation refers to the best practices, regulations and benchmarks that guide ...
31 May 2018 11:39
Aerospace has long been at the forefront of 3D printing innovation, with the first use of the technology being back in 1989. Now, three decades later, aerospace represents a 16.8 per cent share of the $10.4 billion additive manufacturing (AM) market and contributes heavily to ongoing research efforts within the industry.   With the ability to create complex designs, lightweight parts and reduce production costs, 3D printing offers many advantages for the aerospace industry. However, key players, such as GE, Airbus, MOOG, Safran and GKN, are not only leveraging the benefits of ...
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 ...
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 ...