06 May 2020 12:50
Fortune 500 ranking lists the world's largest corporations by revenue, many of which have been pioneering the use of 3D printing in their respective industries.    For these companies, 3D printing is a valuable Industry 4.0 technology that enables faster product development, greater supply chain flexibility and the ability to produce innovative new products.    Below, we explore 9 Fortune 500 companies across different industries and their 3D printing innovations to find out what role the technology plays within their organisations today and how it will evolve in the future.     1. Aerospace: Airbus   Airbus is a ...
09 April 2020 10:57
[Image credit: Prusa Research]   The 3D printing industry is going through extraordinary times, as it provides emergency responses to help deal with the global crisis stemming from the Coronavirus pandemic.    However, this crisis is not only revealing the ways in which 3D printing can help, but also the key things we are learning about the 3D printing industry.    1. 3D printing can be used as a volume manufacturing technology    One of the key things the ongoing crisis has proved about 3D printing is that it can indeed be used in volume manufacturing.    As hospitals and ...
19 December 2019 12:28
3D printing has been predicted to replace traditional manufacturing technologies. However, the real power of the technology may lie not in competing with, but in complementing and augmenting conventional manufacturing methods.    To back up this claim, below we’re exploring 5 key ways of how 3D printing can support traditional manufacturing.    1. 3D printing better-performing injection moulds     Injection moulding involves the process of melting and injecting plastic material into a special mould tool, shaped as the desired object. When plastic hardens, it takes the shape of the mould cavity. Injection moulding is the best ...
14 May 2019 9:17
3D printing has reached its inflection point. Having been an important prototyping tool for decades, the technology is now increasingly becoming a viable solution for manufacturing applications.   That said, there are still a lot of misconceptions about the technology. Today, we’re taking a look at some of the most commonly-held beliefs about 3D printing, and dispelling the myths behind them.   Myth 1: “3D printing is a new technology” [caption id="attachment_9300" align="alignright" width="300"] The first 3D printer, SLA-1, created by Chuck Hull in 1987 [/caption] Adoption of 3D printing is on the rise, ...
28 March 2019 10:31
Industry 4.0, IIoT, and digitisation are currently some of the most-discussed and yet least understood topics within manufacturing today.   With still a lot of confusion surrounding Industry 4.0, today we’ll be exploring the key technologies behind Industry 4.0, as well as real-world applications.   Industry 4.0 in a nutshell Industry 4.0 is signalling a change in the traditional manufacturing landscape. Also known as the Fourth Industrial Revolution, Industry 4.0 encompasses three technological trends driving this transformation: connectivity, intelligence and flexible automation.   Industry 4.0 converges IT (Information Technology) and OT (Operational Technology), ...
23 January 2019 11:54
Additive manufacturing has come a long way since the days of rapid prototyping. Since its emergence in the 1980s, 3D printing technologies have found innovative applications and are helping to reduce production costs and lead times, improve product performance and make mass customisation viable at scale. Nevertheless, AM faces key challenges when it comes to large-scale production. In this article, we outline the 8 challenges the industry faces, and the steps being taken to address them.   1. Identifying a business case Making the business case for additive manufacturing is a challenge ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
04 October 2018 11:01
3D printing and CNC machining are the two most commonly used methods when it comes to prototyping and low-volume production. However, since both offer two very different approaches to manufacturing — one being additive and the other subtractive — identifying the right manufacturing method for your application is crucial for streamlining product development, achieving greater efficiency and, ultimately, higher-quality parts.   In this tutorial, we’ll look at the differences between 3D printing and CNC machining and share a few tips on how to pick the right method.   3D printing vs CNC When looking ...