The Production Manager’s Complete Guide to:

Implementing Leading 3D Printing Technologies

Report # SMP-EU-3DPT-0816
Published August 14, 2016

The integration of 3DP into established production workflows can be challenging to say the least. There are dozens of elements to factor in, even before beginning to look at the most appropriate 3D printing technology and materials to adopt for a particular circumstance.  Bearing all this in mind SmarTech Publishing has developed this “Complete Guide,” which is intended to ease the path to 3DP implementation:

  • Rather than being just another basic guide to 3DP, this report is an extensive assessment of the key factors that must be considered when implementing 3DP
  • It is based on SmarTech Publishing’s insider perspective of 3DP use today and our years of analyzing where 3DP is headed in the future.  The opinions included in the report are therefore grounded in real world user experience and draw on our extensive interviews of existing 3DP users both large and small.  And in order to provide further clarity, this report contains numerous examples and case studies covering how 3DP is being used effectively today
  • This report appraises all the major 3DP processes, explains their pros and cons and shows which applications they are best suited to.  Included in this report are in depth analyses of the practical considerations related to photopolymer based processes (stereolithography, digital light processing stereolithography and material jetting), thermopolymer based processes (fused deposition modelling and selective laser sintering), a binder based process for both mineral and plastic powders (binder jetting) and the most common metal AM process, known generally as powder bed fusion (PBF) and directed energy deposition (DED)
  • Other notable technologies that we will address in this report include paper lamination technology and EBM direct energy deposition. We also discuss new technologies in 2016, such as HP’s multijet fusion, Carbon3D’s CLIP and XJet’s metal nanoparticle jetting.  an new method for 3D printing metal parts which partially derives from material jetting technologies.
  • This report also provides guidance on how 3DP usage practices vary from material to material and how materials are best selected and matched with the tasks at hand.  The aspect of the report includes broad coverage of 3DP materials including photopolymers, thermopolymers, steels, other major metals and precious metals, as well as peaks at the exotic materials, such as ceramics, that are just beginning to be 3D printed.
  • The report concludes with an Appendix that summarized SmarTech Publishing’s views on the future of 3D printing a wide variety of specific industries.  In this roadmap we profile current applications, future applications and the most widely used 3D printing technologies in each industry

The implementation of 3D printing involves integrating new and more efficient practices to reduce time to market, streamline product development and optimize production.  The level of understanding that production managers bring to this process can determine the success or failure of a 3D printing deployment strategy.

This Guide is an accessible entry point for production managers into the world of additive manufacturing and is focused specifically on the requirements and practical aspects of implementing 3DP including providing direction on equipment choice, process integration and materials selection.

Chapter One: Introduction 
1.1 Why are We Writing this Guide?
1.2 A Timeline of Additive Manufacturing Technologies
1.3 Future Perspectives for AM
1.3.1 Serial Manufacturing
1.3.2 Large Objects
1.3.3 Embedded Electronics
1.3.4 Multi-material End-use Parts
Chapter Two: Thermoplastic-based Technologies 
2.1 Available Technologies and Materials
2.1.1 Thermoplastic Filaments
2.1.2 Thermoplastic Powders
2.1.3 FDM and Open FFF
2.1.4 SLS and MJF
2.2 Applications and Case Studies
2.2.1 Non-functional Prototyping
2.2.2 Functional Prototyping
2.2.3 Tooling for Injection Molding
2.2.4 Single End-use Part Production
2.2.5 Dental and Medical Applications
2.2.6 Consumer and Educational Applications
2.2.7 Full Scale Industrial Production
2.3 System Manufacturers
2.3.1 Stratasys
2.3.2 3D Systems
2.3.3 EOS
2.3.4 Prodways (Farsoon)
2.3.5 Ricoh
2.3.6 HP
2.4 Four Takeaways from this Chapter
Chapter Three: Polymer-based Technologies 
3.1 Available Technologies
3.1.1 Stereolithography
3.1.2 Material Jetting
3.2 Available Materials and Applications
3.2.1 Castable Materials
3.2.2 Flexible Materials
3.2.3 Transparent Materials
3.2.4 Colored Materials
3.2.5 Biocompatible Materials
3.2.6 High Performance Materials
3.2.7 Materials with Exotic Properties
3.3 System and materials manufacturers
3.3.1 3D Systems
3.3.2 Stratasys
3.3.3 EnvisionTEC
3.3.4 Prodways (DeltaMed)
3.3.5 DWS
3.3.6 Carbon3D
3.3.7 Formlabs
3.3.8 Royal DSM
3.4 Four Takeaways from this Chapter
Chapter Four: Binder-based Technologies 
4.1 Available technologies
4.1.1 Z Printing
4.1.2 VX technology
4.1.3 Digital Part Materialization
4.1.4 D-Shape Technology?
4.2 Available Materials
4.2.1 Sand and Minerals
4.2.2 Plastics
4.2.3 Exotic Materials
4.3 Applications and Success Cases
4.3.1 Non-Functional and Functional Prototyping
4.3.2 Industrial Molds
4.3.3 Architectural and Artistic Models
4.3.4 Entertainment and Education
4.4 System Manufacturers
4.4.1 3D Systems
4.4.2 ExOne
4.4.3 voxeljet
Chapter Five: Metal Technologies 
5.1 Available Technologies
5.1.1 Powder-bed
5.1.2 Directed Energy Deposition
5.1.3 Metal Binder Jetting
5.1.4 Metal Nano Particle Jetting
5.2 Available Materials
5.2.1 Steels and Steel Alloys
5.2.2 Cobalt Chrome Alloys
5.2.3 Titanium and Titanium Alloys
5.2.4 Nickel Alloys
5.2.5 Aluminum and Aluminum Alloys
5.2.6 Precious Metals
5.3 Applications
5.3.1 Prototyping with metals
5.3.2 3D Printed Metal Molds
5.3.3 Short Series Production in Metal: the Additive Factory
5.3.4 Additive Manufacturing for Large Metal Components and Parts
5.3.5 Aerospace
5.3.6 Dentistry
5.3.7 Medical
5.3.8 Automotive
5.4 System Manufacturers
5.4.1 3D Systems (Phenix)
5.4.2 Additive Industries
5.4.3 Arcam Metals
5.4.4 Concept Laser
5.4.5 DMG Mori
5.4.6 EOS
5.4.7 ExOne
5.4.8 Matsuura
5.4.9 Optomec
5.4.10 ReaLizer
5.4.11 Renishaw
5.4.12 Sciacky
5.4.13 Sisma
5.4.14 SLM Solutions
5.4.15 Trumpf
Appendix A
Considerations on Vertical Industrial Applications of 3D Printing Technologies.
About SmarTech Publishing
About the Analyst
Acronyms and Abbreviations Used In this Report 

List of Exhibits
Exhibit 1-1: AM Technologies Timeline
Exhibit 2-1 Applications for Thermoplastic Based 3D Printing Technologies
Exhibit 2-2: Popular Available Thermoplastic Based Systems for Production by Leading Manufacturers
Exhibit 3-1: Popular Available Photopolymer Based Systems for Production by Leading Manufacturers
Exhibit 3-2: Applications for Photopolymer Based 3D Printing Technologies
Exhibit 4-1: Popular Available Binder Based Systems for Production by Leading Manufacturers
Exhibit 4-2: Applications for Binder Based 3D Printing Technologies
Exhibit 5-1: Which Technologies to Use for Prototyping
Exhibit 5-2: Which Technologies to Use for Short Series Production
Exhibit 5-3: Popular Available Metal Based Systems for Production by Leading Manufacturers
Exhibit A-1: Summary of Vertical Markets and Applications for Polymer 3D Printing
Exhibit A-2: Summary of Vertical Markets and Applications for Metal 3D Printing


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