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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
22 August 2017 14:00
Today on the blog, we sit down with Dr Billy Wu of Imperial College to discuss 3D printing’s applications in research and education, how Imperial’s students are turning their 3D printed prototypes into business opportunities, and his team’s revolutionary new metal printing method.   Was there a specific moment where you decided 3D printing was something you wanted to pursue? I’m a lecturer at the Dyson School of Design Engineering here at Imperial. I’ve actually been here for 12 years, since my undergrad. I’m in design engineering now, but I started out in ...
09 August 2017 11:54
Material science in additive manufacturing is rapidly evolving, largely in order to meet the increasingly sophisticated requirements of AM specialists and their clients. One especially intriguing development is the fulfilment of one of additive manufacturers’ long-held dreams: 3D printing with silicone. While the potential advantages of this approach have been obvious for many years, it is only recently that the available technology has evolved to the point where it could potentially become feasible.   Why silicone? Silicone is already a versatile and well-established material, used across different industries in a wide variety of ...
02 August 2017 16:22
An increasing number of industry leaders around the world are not only exploring how 3D printing can be applied within their workflows, but also showing their commitment to the technology by funding cutting-edge research into new printing methods, materials and process enhancements. This includes both investment in academic institutions’ work, the establishment of new research facilities, and support for 3D printing startups who are developing truly disruptive technologies. This financial commitment is a sign of how seriously manufacturers are taking 3D printing and its place in tomorrow’s smart factories. Let’s look ...
27 July 2017 9:19
Research into additive manufacturing and 3D printing technology is currently enjoying something of a golden age in the UK, with a number of leading institutions benefiting directly from Government funding into AM research and the support of institutions like the EPSRC. This encompasses new materials and printing technologies, but also the processes and systems needed to make effective use of these new developments. This research is helping establish AM in a range of industries around the world, solving the challenges that have previously discouraged manufacturers from exploring 3D printing technology, providing ...
24 July 2017 8:19
Since earning his PhD from the University of Karlsruhe in 2008, Dr Bastian Rapp has risen to become the world’s leading authority on the application of 3D printing for microfluidics and related technologies. As the founder and head of NeptunLab, at the Institute of Microstructure Technology (IMT) of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, his work focuses on the development of microfluidics for biomedical applications and biotechnology. Bastian was kind enough to sit down with us to discuss the role 3D printing has played in his work and what he sees ...
12 July 2017 15:27
3D printing has slowly but surely establishing itself in the medical world for a number of years now. While we’re still a long way from seeing a 3D printer in every hospital, recent successes and innovations suggest that day may in fact be closer than we previously would have expected. Let’s look at some of the most exciting ways doctors and 3D printing specialists are applying this technology to transform patients’ lives...   Prosthetic limbs Prosthetic limbs have always been extremely expensive, particularly the more sophisticated models. 3D printing allows doctors to design ...