Looking back over the last decade, it is clear from the vantage point of 2017 that additive manufacturing (AM) has caused significant disruption in the medical sector. Indeed, in no other sector has AM had such a profound and dramatic effect on the human condition in terms of improving lives — whether directly at the point of need within clinical environments or communities or indirectly as a manufacturing method for greatly improved medical devices. Currently, despite the direct approach dominating many ‘3D Printing’ headlines as surgeons and clinicians increasingly embrace the AM systems at the point of need for patient-specific applications, it is the latter, indirect approach, that has seen significant results for higher volume, serial production with AM by medical device manufacturers.Continue Reading
The transcript from the SmarTech Q&A session on polymer materials with Scott Dunham is now available for download on the SmarTech website.Continue Reading
The recent Materialise World Summit held in Brussels showed how the Belgian company is looking to work with all its partners to further accelerate and complete this transition, starting from major adopting segments such as aerospace, automotive and medical applications. SmarTech Publishing Senior Analyst, Davide Sher recently attended the Materialise World Summit in Brussels recently. His notes from the event.Continue Reading
SmarTech Publishing, a leader in vertical markets research focused on adoption of 3D printing technologies has published the new report titled, Bioprinting Markets: Materials, Equipment and Applications – 2017 to 2027: An Opportunity Analysis and Ten-Year Forecast, the first ever in depth analysis of business segments and financial forecast for the rapidly evolving field of 3D bioprinting. One major trend identified in the report is the appearance in the market of highly cost-efficient “basic” systems, which are ideal for educational applications and offer performances high enough for some professional research applications. As the market for cost-effective bioprinters is in its infancy, growth is fast and it is beginning to drive demand for compatible bioinks.
Low cost systems are priced between $10,000 and $20,000, compared to an average high end professional system’s price of $170,000. The appearance of these systems on the market follows similar trends to more traditional 3D printing sectors. In 3D printing for industrial manufacturing, low-cost 3D printing emerged leveraging on the expiring original Stratasys patent for FDM (thermal extrusion). Low-cost bioprinters also use extrusion technology, and specifically various types of pneumatic extrusion.
SmarTech Publishing, a leader in vertical markets research focused on adoption of 3D printing technologies has published a new report titled, Bioprinting Markets: Materials, Equipment and Applications – 2017 to 2027: An Opportunity Analysis and Ten-Year Forecast, the first ever in depth analysis of business segments and financial forecast for the rapidly evolving field of 3D bioprinting. In analyzing the different market drivers for bioprinting hardware and materials, the report highlights how current applications for in-vitro bioprinted tissues in drug discovery and cosmetics testing are expected to become a major business opportunity with over half a billion dollars in yearly revenues by 2027.Continue Reading
During the 2016 edition of the formnext show, which took place from November 15th to the 18th in the newest Hall 3.1 of the Frankfurt Messe facility, a number of major trends emerged that show great promise for upcoming, continued and sustainable growth in the AM industry.
One is represented by the show itself. Organized directly by Frankfurt Messe, through its Mesago branch, formnext – like many other major 3D printing shows today – is co-organized with TCT, the UK-based AM industry magazine which has become the reference for many industry professionals. Leveraging on industry knowledge and a modern venue, formnext emerged as the best show this year, one of the best ever for industrial 3D printing announcements and news.
It collected the heritage left from Euromold, which had been the reference for the advanced manufacturing technology but was simply unable to cope with the rapid evolution and expansion of 3D printing as a manufacturing process. AM companies needed their own show and, while formnext is still a very small show, 3D printing evolves so fast that it was very difficult to visit every stand and find out about all the products being showcased.
The major announcements can be grouped under a few different market trends and they all seem to indicated that industrial 3D printing – both metal and plastic based - is now fast approaching the long awaited shift to high volume serial production.Continue Reading
The just-completed TCT show in Birmingham offered some clear indications of the major trends that the 3DP/AM industry is going to be following in the near-to-medium term future, especially with respect to polymer-based applications.
In fact, TCT in Birmingham is shaping up to become a leading global event for industrial AM polymer applications whereas formnext, also organized in collaboration with TCT, is aiming to become the reference European and global event for metal AM. Although it covers several different market segments, including low cost and open materials, large companies – such as Ricoh and HP -- are also actively present with their top managers.Continue Reading
SmarTech Publishing’s The Production Manager’s Guide to 3D Printing with Metals, analyzes several key aspects to consider when implementing metal AM in a company’s workflow. One particularly interesting development that production managers will need to consider is the rise of the Additive Factory. We think that this would bring significant benefits in several industrial areas, especially for round-the-clock manufacturing of parts and components for the automotive and aerospace.Continue Reading
In SmarTech Publishing’s latest ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING WITH METAL POWDERS 2016: AN OPPORTUNITY ANALYSIS AND TEN-YEAR FORECAST report, we predict that the use of nickel alloys will grow at a faster pace than titanium, cobalt chrome, and stainless steel for the next five years. This is primarily due to to a wealth of recent applications stemming from use in aerospace, energy, and even medical applications using the popular super alloys Inconel, which are currently available for additive manufacturing in 718, 625, and 939 formulations.
New Nickel Alloy Applications in AM
SmarTech Publishing has identified several factors that suggest increased nickel alloys adoption across a variety of manufacturing segments.
According to SmarTech Publishing’s latest report on additive manufacturing with titanium – Titanium Opportunities in Additive Manufacturing -- 3D-printed titanium will have a critical strategic role in producing low-weight, highly efficient cars.
Within the automotive industry, the motorsports sector will be the primary users of 3D-printed titanium parts. At present the value of the titanium consumed is tiny. However, by 2019, the value of titanium consumed by the automotive sector will exceed $10 million and by 2024 it will be close to $50 million. Throughout the period we expect to see titanium demand within the automotive sector come mostly from continued use for high-performance parts in racing vehicles. By 2024, the automotive is expected to utilize 103 metric tons in annual demand of titanium and titanium alloys powders.Continue Reading
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