16 September 2020 12:40
In the new reality, created out of complexity and opportunities, industrial 3D printing continues to evolve to help companies stay resilient and agile.    However, the outbreak of the pandemic brought a lot of uncertainty into the 3D printing industry itself, as some companies experienced a decline, while others managed to stay afloat.    To discover how the pandemic has impacted the industry, we take a look at the state of 3D printing today and explore what lies ahead for the technology as the world recovers.     On the brink of going mainstream   The 3D printing industry ...
17 August 2020 11:49
With ever-changing consumer demands, supply chain instability and increasing costs, the food and beverage industry is undergoing a spate of changes.    Both small suppliers, looking to lower production costs, and major producers, targeting even higher production volumes, are in search of solutions that can help them overcome the looming challenges.    3D printing is one of the technologies food and beverage companies integrate into their product development departments and production lines to optimise processes and decrease costs.    To help you better understand the state of 3D printing in the food and beverage industry, we ...
01 July 2020 12:35
HP is moving full speed ahead with its 3D printing strategy. Since its first foray into Additive Manufacturing (AM) in 2016, the company has launched multiple polymer 3D printing systems and, more recently, introduced Metal Jet technology.    To keep up with the advancements in HP 3D printing, below we explore the evolution of its technology and what it means for the future of the 3D printing industry.   Dipping its toe in 3D printing    3D printing has a lot of barriers to entry, from economical, technological and workforce standpoints.    For example, many industrial 3D printers ...
18 May 2020 13:32
In April, AMFG brought together 3D printing professionals and experts in our first Additive Manufacturing Landscape Digital Conference 2020, where we shared perspectives and insights into the current state of the industry.    This is Part 2 of the article exploring key learnings from the AM Landscape conference. You can read Part 1 here.    7. The combination of AM and digitisation will encourage industries to rethink their approach to supply chains    ‘Traditional supply chains have failed, and it’s made battling the pandemic much harder,’ said Lee-Bath Nelson, Co-Founder and VP Business at LEO Lane in ...
14 May 2020 11:15
In April, AMFG brought together 3D printing professionals and experts in our first Additive Manufacturing Landscape Digital Conference 2020, where we shared perspectives and insights into the current state of the industry.    The conference’s common themes revolved around the ongoing efforts in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic, the role of 3D printing in supply chains, and the continued maturation of additive manufacturing (AM) technology, materials and software.    For those who couldn’t attend the conference, we’ve put together this article exploring key learnings from the AM Landscape conference. You can also check out our ...
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 ...
10 March 2020 10:27
3D printing is heralded as one of the technologies that will enable smart, sustainable manufacturing. While 3D printing is considered as a less wasteful process, the questions remain open: where does 3D printing stand on the green scale? Is it indeed environmentally friendly?    Today’s article will seek the answers while exploring misconceptions and facts surrounding the environmental aspect of the technology.     3D printing as a sustainable manufacturing technology    As we strive for a sustainable future, businesses are looking for ways to optimise their manufacturing processes to reduce energy consumption and waste - an ...
14 August 2019 8:45
Adopting metal 3D printing can be challenging due to the need to develop applications, qualify materials and processes. To overcome these challenges, German company, Aconity3D, provides flexible laboratory metal 3D printing systems that enable its customers to experiment with process parameters and research new applications for the technology.    In this week’s Expert Interview, Yves Hagedorn, Managing Director at Aconity3D, discusses the benefits of hardware systems with open architecture and why design software is one of the key challenges in metal 3D printing.    Could you tell me about Aconity3D? [caption id="attachment_10527" align="aligncenter" width="700"] ...
31 July 2019 11:27
[Image credit: Ultimaker]   Earlier this month, desktop 3D printer manufacturer, Ultimaker, announced a new branding strategy, aimed at strengthening its focus as a B2B company.    Ultimaker’s new business trajectory points to a broader trend within the 3D printing market: the shift towards industrial applications of the technology, as businesses begin to recognise the industrial potential of 3D printing. And Ultimaker is not the only company reflecting this trend.   In today’s article, we’ll explore key examples that demonstrate how 3D printing has evolved to become an industrial, business solution.   Making the leap from consumer to ...
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 ...