3D Compare 3D Systems 3yourmind Aleksander Ciszek Alex Ziff AM Technologies AM Ventures André Thiemann Arno Held autodesk B9Creations BCN3D Technologies Cyient Dayton Horvath Dean Franks Dr. Kaj Fuehrer Evonik Formlabs Greg Mark Greg Thompson Insights Jabil Jon Bruner Joseph Crabtree Kevin Mcalea markforged Michael Seal Neil Hopkinson Phil Schultz Protolabs Rik Jacobs Romain Kidd Rush LaSelle Shon Anderson Sylvia Monsheimer Technology Vyomesh Joshi Xaar 3D Xavier Martínez Faneca

40 3D printing experts, leaders and CEO’s comment on the key events of 2018

40 3D printing experts, leaders and CEO’s comment on the key events of 2018

The annual 3D Printing Business assessment of the yr has extra insights from additive manufacturing and 3D printing specialists than ever.

We invited the leaders in our industry to inform us about the most essential points, events, and tendencies of 2018. 

Arno Held, Chief Enterprise Officer, AM Ventures

Subsequent to being awarded Investor of the Yr 2018 by 3D Printing Business readers, for AM Ventures, the most essential occasion clearly was FormNext in Frankfurt. Gigantic cubicles, extra huge names getting into the industry, the shifting focus in the direction of giant scale manufacturing of purposes confirmed impressively how our industry has matured. This, of course additionally units excessive expectations for the coming years.

Arno Held AM Ventures Holding GmbH

Vyomesh Joshi, President & CEO, 3D Techniques

For me, it’s superb to look again at greater than a era of manufacturing to see the worth 3D printing delivers to the manufacturing course of. What began as an enabler for prototyping is now discovering its place in manufacturing environments. 3D manufacturing is actually actual. At the moment tens of millions of “invisible” elements are printed: sacrificial instruments that by no means see the mild of day. Tons of of hundreds of dental fashions are produced yearly.

There are numerous wax casting patterns for jewellery, engine elements, and different metallic elements in lots of industries. 3D printed clips, jigs, and fixtures are utilized in factories round the world. We’re seeing additive manufacturing produce elements with wonderful properties from metallic alloys or industrial plastics in quantity. The progress of the previous yr is positioning the 3D printing industry for incremental, intentional digital innovation, based mostly on the 4 pillars of progress: productiveness, sturdiness, repeatability, and complete value of operation.

3D Methods CEO VJ, 3D Printing for Business. Photograph by Michael Petch.

Kevin McAlea, Government Vice President, Basic Supervisor, Metals & Healthcare, 3D Techniques

The numerous developments in direct metallic printing this yr have redefined how producers take into consideration and function their manufacturing environments. We’ve reached some extent the place producers can confidently produce 3D printed elements with wonderful properties from conventional metallic alloys which might be higher or nearly as good as conventionally manufactured elements. New improvements via built-in applied sciences have led to quicker print speeds, optimized workflows supported by unprecedented automation and the capability to create bigger, customized metallic elements that industries like Aerospace require. Moreover, the capability now exists to certify and validate elements and printers in regulated industries. This can be a main breakthrough permitting AM to not solely enter superior manufacturing segments, however to be very profitable.

Alex Ziff, CEO, 3D Examine

2018 has been an incredible yr for 3dcompare.com although we’re nonetheless in the early levels we’ve got seen an awesome improve in our on-demand manufacturing platform. In 2019 we see that on-demand manufacturing will improve because of new applied sciences and improvement on this space. We can’t disclose a lot of our behind the scenes work with our clients and manufactures however we consider 2019 is when the mass public will have the ability to be a part of the on-demand manufacturing period. 

Atha Ur Rahman Khan, Program Supervisor Entrepreneur for Additive Manufacturing, and Dr.Jan Radtke, VP of New Enterprise Accelerator, Cyient

Some of the key challenges in 2018 have been the excessive value of 3D printing machines, lack of requirements for design and qualification and the scarcity of educated expertise however we’ve got seen that there’s progress made on all these three fronts to deal with the challenges.

The fee of 3D printers nonetheless stays excessive which is the largest element of an additively manufactured product. However the dynamics are quickly altering, with new gamers getting into the market and present gamers launching extra aggressive choices, we consider the value of 3D printers will come down.

On the requirements for 3D printing, super progress has already been made in establishing requirements by businesses similar to ASTM and ASME. We hope to have official requirements launched inside the subsequent couple of years.

Lastly, main analysis universities are popping out with programs in additive manufacturing for college kids in addition to professionals. As well as, there are a number of consortia are being established to advertise industry academia partnership. Cyient can also be an element of Carnegie Mellon’s Subsequent Manufacturing Consortium. We hope these joint efforts would assist speed up the adoption of additive manufacturing know-how.

Phil Schultz – Senior Vice President, Basic Supervisor, On Demand & Plastics, 3D Techniques

Throughout the plastic 3D printing industry, we’ve seen an incredible quantity of developments in manufacturing purposes of the know-how. Digital Manufacturing unit options now exist which allow producers to perform the whole product improvement course of – from prototyping to manufacturing – on one platform. And these similar options rival injection molding, with the potential to construct in floor texturing with improved accuracy and repeatability, quicker time-to-part and general decrease complete value of operation.

There have additionally been super developments in the Digital Foundry. Additive manufacturing options at the moment are out there that allow funding casting professionals to supply patterns in a fraction of the time and value in comparison with conventional sample manufacturing. Typical manufacturing time for a 3D printed wax sample is a couple of hours or much less; no time or cash is wasted on an injection molding course of for conventional sample instruments. The potential additionally exists for vital value reductions for preliminary patterns when the value of conventional injection molding tooling is taken under consideration. It’s another instance of the transformative energy of additive manufacturing.

Rik Jacobs, Vice President, Common Supervisor, Dental, 3D Techniques

Over the previous a number of years, dental professionals have been watching and evaluating 3D printing applied sciences, figuring out when the proper time can be to combine them into their workflow. In 2018, we reached that tipping level and have seen how additive manufacturing is redefining digital dentistry. Many early adopters have embraced manufacturing 3D printing options that mix supplies, know-how, software program and providers that provide compelling advantages in phrases of time and value effectivity, higher accuracy over typical strategies, and excessive predictability of outcomes. One such instance is 3D Methods’ NextDent 5100™ that addresses the largest quantity of indications from one platform, with the industry’s broadest materials portfolio and unprecedented ease-of-use. Moreover, we’ve seen partnerships amongst answer suppliers that integrates know-how seamlessly into present dental workflows. These developments are enabling dental labs and clinics to supply dental units quicker and extra economically with decrease complete value of operation.

Rik Jacobs, vice president, general manager of dental solutions, 3D Systems.Rik Jacobs, vice chairman, common supervisor of dental options, 3D Techniques at the 2018 3D Printing Business Awards.

Romain Kidd, CEO, MyMiniFactory

Sub-$1k full color 3D printing (xyz), first yr with 1m+ desktop 3D printers bought, the Google Developments curve for Ender three, over $100okay redistributed to unbiased designers on MyMiniFactory.

Jon Bruner, Director of Digital Manufacturing unit, Formlabs

2018 has been a really lively yr for 3D printing. Whereas the underlying applied sciences have been secure, the area of potential purposes has grown because of innovation in supplies, software program, and surrounding enterprise fashions. We’ve seen a number of utterly new mass customization purposes in medical, dental and shopper packaged items, with huge manufacturers like Gillette creating new product strains pushed by personalization. We’re notably enthusiastic about the continued quickening tempo of materials enhancements that allow end-use 3D printing in addition to all kinds of hybrid processes like funding casting, injection molding, vacuum forming.

Neil Hopkinson, Director of Know-how, Xaar 3D

The festive interval is one during which many take the alternative to mirror and to be grateful for what we’ve and to make sure we don’t take issues as a right.

It’s subsequently somewhat well timed to notice that the most vital development that I observed in 2018 was one which many of us on this group have began to take as a given – specifically the unabated progress of the industry. There are numerous barometers for this progress corresponding to the annual revenues for merchandise and service that when once more grew by over 20% yr on yr or the spectacular quantity of new entrants from start-ups to properly established international firms which have entered the market with critical ranges of dedication.  

Past these measurable features, this yr particularly I sensed a sense of industry progress when attending some of the industry events (AMUG, 3D Printing Business Awards, Formnext as some examples) the place the degree of attendance, deep engagement and “the buzz” have been at a palpably elevated degree in contrast with earlier years.

Xaar's "Little Blue" beta HSS 3D printer. Photograph by Beau JacksonXaar’s “Little Blue” beta HSS 3D printer. Photograph by Beau Jackson

Michael Seal, Enterprise Improvement Supervisor for Superior Manufacturing and 3D printheads, Xaar 3D

What has struck me the most over the course of 2018 is the creativity to fixing Additive Manufacturing issues. The place initially there have been a number of core 3D printing and Additive Manufacturing options and derivatives thereof, quite than comply with the “me too” tendencies so typically generally present in different industries, the sector continues to create novel strategies to deal with the market.

formnext 2018 was one of the most fascinating, partaking and busy exhibits I’ve attended in a really very long time. The extent of enthusiasm on this sector proven by the present guests was infectious.   

André Thiemann, International Head of Purposes, SLM Options Group AG

2018 was the yr of change in the AM industry as we really begin to see developments mature from prototyping into serial manufacturing. Just a few years in the past we have been beginning with choose purposes, however we’re crossing the threshold into scaling to serial manufacturing. This development was obvious at formnext as we introduced extra full options realizing that machine efficiency is just not the solely consideration in the market anymore, fairly the price of integration. The query shifting ahead is how we combine AM into the present course of chain, which requires issues from each the software program and hardware aspect.

Greg Mark, CEO, Markforged

Producers are more and more discovering locations the place 3D printing has a constructive ROI — at present — in elements of their enterprise that matter. Many used Markforged this yr to show out that ROI in creating instruments and fixtures. Different corporations had success in different pockets of worth. It’s not an exploration of rising know-how. Now it’s merely about making use of 3D printing in locations the place it saves producers cash and allows them to maneuver quicker.

Dr. Kaj Fuehrer, CEO, enter2net.com AG

After growing the machine based mostly productiveness and bringing extra and extra supplies for industrial utilization into the machines (like PA12 and Ti64) one development is the integration of additive manufacturing in the firm processes. This consists of the implementation of automatized manufacturing ideas and their integration by new software program options in the general digital course of chain. These software program options want to deal with productiveness, reproducibility and safety.

Joseph Crabtree, CEO, AM Applied sciences

Probably the most import development for the industry was the growing aggressive demand for velocity, value discount, and efficiency of end-use elements.  Much more consideration is lastly being positioned on the unlocking potential that post-processing innovation has on the adoption of 3D printing and its transition to industrial manufacturing.  

For an industry that calls itself disruptive we’re publish processing elements the similar means we did 100 years in the past. At AMT we discover that to be insulting. In 2019, we’re poised to set the industry’s gold normal on sustainable post-processing options and problem different corporations that decision themselves revolutionary to vary their strategies of make.

Dayton Horvath, Principal, NewCap Companions

2018 noticed some tendencies mature and some kick-off regardless of lengthy supply horizons. Excessive efficiency thermoplastics at the moment are a aggressive printable supplies phase in materials extrusion, and notably quicker digital mild projection techniques have been demonstrated. New bulletins have targeted on metallic 3D printers, whether or not it’s continued development in direct power deposition, or the newest printer bulletins from HP and Stratasys. A manufacturing focus was set in 2018. It’s as much as the subsequent three years and the main additive corporations to ship on their guarantees.

Sascha F. Wenzler, Vice President, Mesago Messe Frankfurt GmbH

The intensive days of Formnext are my spotlight in 2018 – what else can I say? 632 exhibitors on greater than 37,000 sq. meters in a full and buzzing Corridor three the place round 27,000 guests from throughout the world and we as organizers skilled unimaginable progress and improvements that additive manufacturing is presently attaining in industrial purposes.

The longer term of manufacturing was actually palpable on the two ranges of the corridor. My private spotlight at Formnext is the rising and interacting group, this particular feeling of immersing your self in the world of AM whenever you enter the corridor and have contributed an element to it.

This sense of togetherness and the want of everybody on this industry to hold on and develop AM as a Life Altering Know-how is just indescribably good and motivating for everybody concerned.

Dean Franks, Head of International Gross sales, Additive Manufacturing, Autodesk

In 2018, we noticed extra focus on software program instruments that allow larger velocity, reliability, effectivity and high quality, in addition to an elevated collaboration between software program and hardware. At Autodesk, our Netfabb software program noticed enhancements to simulation and latticing, cloud storage and new machine workspaces, and 2018 noticed the deepening integration of generative design into the AM Workflow with our in-canvas Fusion 360 Expertise.

Aleksander Ciszek, cofounder and CEO, 3YOURMIND

If there’s one take-away from Formnext 2018, it’s that the complete industry needs to maneuver to serial additive manufacturing. And the first stones have been laid: with the announcement of BMW producing AM-serial medal brackets for the I8 Roadster in 60-70,000 elements, it’s clear that companies will quickly be producing gadgets in the hundreds quite than focusing on prototyping. .

Machine operators are opening up their machines and making their APIs obtainable. There’s an growing focus on high quality as an alternative of amount. EOS’s stand was a superb instance of how manufacturing velocity is just not the solely factor producers are on the lookout for – reliability and repeatability are literally the main checks for profitable AM collection manufacturing.

Having anticipated this shift for a while, our software program infrastructure supplies automated manufacturing scheduling, repeatable order sequences, direct connections for ordering and monitoring with ERP techniques, and direct machine integrations. The market is ripe for a seismic shift, and our software program techniques for collection additive manufacturing are already in place for this new period of manufacturing.

Xavier Martínez Faneca, CEO, BCN3D Applied sciences

In 2018 we’ve seen a transparent standardization of twin extrusion know-how for skilled desktop machines. We’ve been working with twin extrusion since 2015 because of the revolutionary IDEX system and this yr, because of the suggestions acquired by our customers, we’ve taken the know-how to the subsequent degree with the new Sigma & Sigmax R19 fashions.

For the first time, our merchandise permit printing with each heads concurrently, and consequently, double manufacturing capability. We’ve additionally outfitted the new fashions with main elements in the industry, creating an much more dependable product.

Lastly, all this isn’t sufficient with out considering a primary pillar and through which we’ve labored considerably this yr: providing the absolute best technical service. We all know that AM continues to be being established and many purchasers are utilizing 3D printers for the first time, which supposes many doubts and uncertainties in the consumer. Our objective is obvious: be there to assist and advise our clients with human and top-grade technical help.

Dual extruders prepare to print either side of the BCN3D Sigmax at TCT 2017. Photo by Michael Petch for 3D Printing IndustryTwin extruders put together to print both aspect of the BCN3D Sigmax. Photograph by Michael Petch.

Rush LaSelle, Senior Director of Digital Manufacturing, Jabil

In 2018, the value to make manufacturing elements on industrial platforms continued to say no, primarily throughout discrete areas in the worth chain, together with supplies, equipment, and operations. This decline was matched with a spike in the quantity of corporations that embraced additive manufacturing to supply elements and develop 3D printing packages as half of their manufacturing processes.

As higher volumes of supplies for Additive Manufacturing have been consumed, the industry skilled elevated participation from giant supplies corporations to scale the sector, inflicting reductions in powder, filament and resin whereas enhancing assurance of provide. At every of the main industry conferences, upstream corporations, similar to BASF, introduced new ecosystem partnerships to extend the portfolio of out there supplies at lower cost factors. Answer suppliers, like Carbon, additionally introduced vital materials worth reductions, which have pushed volumes and new purposes.

Elevated quantity not solely helps the supplies value-chain, it will increase the availability of platforms from corporations like EOS to proceed driving higher economies of scale in the manufacturing of their techniques.  In flip, it will assist gear suppliers scale back machine prices, lower help value and complete working prices whereas growing crucial mass in the channel.

Lastly, producers have continued to construct competencies round additive to implement the applied sciences in comparable trend to extra conventional manufacturing methods. As we toured factories, we famous nice progress round manufacturing and high quality techniques that let additive to function in manufacturing environments ruled by ISO and extra stringent laws, particularly these imposed by transportation, aerospace and medical. Whereas serving these high-value markets are usually not new, the quantity of new tasks that may be value justified has accelerated adoption.

In 2018, we noticed the industrial additive manufacturing market speed up by fueling the sale of supplies and machines whereas additional driving down cost-curves and enabling extra packages.

Shon Anderson, CEO, B9Creations

In 2018, clients demanded extra from suppliers than printers, resin, or equipment. They started to push purposes past 3D printing and into additive manufacturing. This rising development surfaced in the type of options that have been simpler to make use of and quicker. Merely with the ability to print a form isn’t ok. The know-how must mature in serving as an enabler of clients’ companies.

Sylvia Monsheimer, Head of the Market Phase New 3D Applied sciences, Evonik

We’re seeing a serious shift towards actual manufacturing. Wanting deeper into this, we discover a big advance in publish processing of elements like dyeing, smoothing, automation and professionalization which can allow the 3d printing industry to actually take off by closing the hole in the manufacturing course of chain.

Evonik is nicely ready to provide custom-made excessive efficiency polymer supplies and components to the market. In early 2018, the specialty chemical compounds firm opened one other manufacturing line for specialty polyamide powders of its VESTOSINT® model which have been utilized in powder mattress 3D printing applied sciences for years. In mid-2018, Evonik opened its first analysis hub for useful resource effectivity subjects in Singapore, internationalizing its analysis into the areas of practical surfaces and additive manufacturing.

In the Direct Manufacturing Innovation Area, Creavis—Evonik’s strategic innovation unit—is in search of evolving applied sciences and is creating new materials methods that make 3D printing appropriate for producing industrial elements. Evonik is prepared to help the market progress actively.

Castor beans are the foundation of the Evonik’s biobased polyamide VESTAMID® Terra.

Greg Thompson, International Product Supervisor, 3D Printing, Protolabs

2018 was one other very thrilling yr in 3D Printing.  Engineers’ general consolation of find out how to efficiently incorporate 3D printing into their designs additional superior, displaying how far we’ve include adoption of 3D printing as a producing choice for each prototypes and end-use manufacturing.  Notably in 2018, generative design instruments have now turn into an ordinary function in CAD software program.

That buyer curiosity, in flip, enticed continued momentum for innovation. 2018 proved to be one other yr of large funding in each machine efficiency and materials chemistry, as giant corporations in each spheres are committing substantial assets behind metals and a renewed power in polymers.

Past the printer, 2018 noticed vital exercise in each software program methods and post-processing automation to deal with some of the effectivity and labor challenges all through manufacturing.

All of these tendencies have helped 3D printing develop into much more viable and cost-effective for an ever-growing group of purposes.

Chris Connery, vice chairman of International Evaluation, CONTEXT

2018 was all about the Industrial aspect of Additive Manufacturing. On the metals aspect, the industry noticed shipments of new, decrease priced multi-ASTM course of printer applied sciences like Materials Extrusion options from Markforged and Desktop Metallic.

Curiosity additionally gathered round forthcoming various multi-process metallic applied sciences like the numerous Binder Jetting options from HP (Metallic Jet) and Desktop Metallic and for Stratasys’ LPM. “Green part” was certainly the phrase-du-jour at many a commerce occasion this yr as metallic printer distributors defined the steps by which they envision decrease priced metallic elements being affordably mass produced in the not too distant future.

In the world of Polymer printers, distributors like Carbon and HP continued to see robust shipments and share good points as Vat Photopolymerization and Powder Mattress Fusion applied sciences took middle stage.

To not be outdone by these “new kids on the 3D Printing block”, the as soon as once more market chief 3D Techniques charged forward with a number of new merchandise in 2018 together with first deliveries of its Determine-Four platform.

Simon Fried, President, Nano Dimension USA, Inc

2018 has been an outstanding yr for additive manufacturing with many new gamers, applied sciences and new purposes arriving on the scene.

In phrases of new gamers and applied sciences, polymer 3D printing is witnessing wider adoption of high-performance engineering plastics similar to PEEK, PEK and ULTEM. That is being pushed by end-use elements turning into a extra widespread implementation. At the similar time half sizes and velocity of printing are reaching new heights with bigger techniques from the likes of BigRep and thrilling high-speed methods reminiscent of Nexa3D. The extra skilled desktop FDM techniques corresponding to Ultimaker and MakerBot are additionally making nice strides to print extra dependable and greater decision elements.

At the different finish of the measurement spectrum researchers at MIT and start-ups like Nano Fabrica are taking note of printing very small elements. This may be anticipated to usher in new micromanufacturing capabilities.

Poymer 3D printing is just not resting on its laurels. This has been the yr the place it has grow to be clear that polymers at the moment are a strong half of manufacturing, as bulletins from the likes of Volkswagen and BMW can affirm.

Whereas polymer 3D printing has been stepping up anybody holding abreast of the burgeoning 3D printed metallic area can’t assist however be awed by the feverish exercise. Corporations each giant and small have introduced new metallic techniques and the vary of deposition applied sciences and supplies on supply is astonishing. Bulletins have included very giant techniques in addition to some totally new deposition approaches.

Maybe the most noticeable space of progress has been the arrival of MIM and PIM materials suitable techniques reminiscent of these from HP, DesktopMetal and others corresponding to Sicnova. The bulk of this metallic printing exercise goes past enabling prototyping and tooling, the focus is on additive manufacturing, high-strength and high-throughput manufacturing is the aim.

In Nano Dimension’s area of additive manufacturing of electronics there’s additionally robust progress. We’ve got introduced a number of industry sectors coming to us for novel options to satisfy the wants of electrical engineers. Electrification’s influence shall be felt throughout merchandise, manufacturing techniques and producers of all stripes. With the inexorable progress of digital applied sciences electrical and mechanical design are getting ever extra co-dependent.

An instance of that is the SolidWorks PCB product which mixes electrical and mechanical design. This convergence is resulting in digitization mega-trends powered by AI, ML, autonomous methods and the quickly to be omnipresent, sensing and reporting. The longer term of the electronics sector is wanting very rosy certainly.

3D printing tradeshows in 2018 have been booming. Bigger areas have been crammed and introductions to an ever-growing ecosystem of supplies and software program builders have been made.

Additive manufacturing is way from a scrappy upstart know-how making an attempt to show itself, the confidence is palpable and manufacturing is pushing issues forward. This wouldn’t be occurring with out the rising engagement of very giant corporations comparable to HP, GE, Dassault and Siemens and will little question be additional accelerated as generative design options from AutoDesk, SolidWorks and ParaMatters take the inherent benefits of additive manufacturing to new heights.

The 3D printed radio frequency (RF) circuit board. Photo via Nano Dimension.A 3D printed radio frequency (RF) circuit board. Photograph by way of Nano Dimension.

Janet Kar, COO, Link3D

This yr, Link3D Additive MES has seen a serious development that may shift the industry in the direction of wider adoption of additive manufacturing. Many machine producers are discussing machine connectivity, and how they might help OEMs streamline their manufacturing techniques throughout  additive manufacturing execution techniques. That is the first step in the direction of really connecting the Digital Thread, which can permit organizations understand the true potential of additive manufacturing, serving to them obtain repeatability and traceability of printed elements.

Scott Sevcik, Vice President of Manufacturing Options, Stratasys

We’re lastly seeing the evolution of additive manufacturing past speedy prototyping to serial manufacturing elements for the meeting line. Particularly in automotive and aerospace manufacturing environments, additive is turning into a standard fixture on the manufacturing unit flooring throughout the provide chain – for each customized tooling and last elements.

Gina Scala, Director of International Schooling, Stratasys

STEM isn’t simply an academic buzzword, however core to how we’re educating college students and planning curriculum. Meaning 3D Printing  is a extra integral half of studying environments in CTE excessive faculties, technical environments, and schools/universities. With this know-how driving our future, the store flooring is now a spot of innovation – with additive manufacturing packages educating revolutionary methods to strategy jigs, fixtures, tooling and end-use elements.

Blake Courter, VP of Product, nTopology

An important improvement of 2018 has been mainstream distributors delivering instruments to design and produce useful additive elements. Earlier than, the instruments principally supported prototyping and low quantity manufacturing of CAD elements, and customers needed to take it upon themselves to supply superior designs. For design, most CAD distributors have included topology optimization of their packages. Lattice and TPMS-based design has turn out to be normal for strong, light-weight elements and warmth change purposes.

Desktop Metallic and Markforged each launched metallic filament printers with a sensible software focus on tooling. Stratasys’ new Jigs and Fixtures product set a brand new normal in easy methods to produce practical fashions from CAD geometry.

Most significantly, I feel that design engineers now see additive manufacturing as a design alternative as an alternative of a producing comfort, and now they’re making an attempt to determine how make the most of their hardware.

3D printed titanium strain valve nTopology designed and Betatype constructed on a Renishaw AM250, it’s the type of IP value retaining. Photograph by Michael Petch.

Martin Hermatschweiler, CEO, Nanoscribe

2018 was an important yr for ultra-precise 3D microfabrication. With the new Photonic Skilled GT2 techniques, Nanoscribe launched a 3D printer that bridges the hole between micro- and macroscale fabrication in phrases of construct measurement and precision. These new capabilities open up a mess of unprecedented purposes, e.g., in biomedical engineering or micro-optics.

The extension of the most print volumes towards the macroscale was a terrific want of our clients and challenge companions from industry. With the relaunch of our extraordinarily profitable era of Photonic Skilled units, we now have now succeeded in overcoming earlier bodily limitations and growing the efficiency of the units by an element of as much as 10 in phrases of productiveness and velocity.

Joanot Martínez-Mora, Technical Supervisor, Ineo

I feel the most necessary occasion in the 3DP European world is the Formnext exhibition. It has turn out to be the place the place all of us meet to see what’s new and the place goes to. I’ve seen many professional FDM machines, extra metallic “printers” utilizing totally different applied sciences (some too younger but) and additionally correct small machines. Is obvious the 3DP is rising and taking its place in the manufacturing market. There’s nonetheless an extended solution to run in the metallic “printing” world; we’ll see this in the subsequent years.

Jakub Rozpendowski, Enterprise Government, 3D-Lab.pl

Although there have been lots of fascinating native events focused at totally different market sectors like aviation, healthcare, engineering or automotive, the most essential occasion for us was Formnext 2018 in Frankfurt, Germany. We had a singular probability to current ATO system to the worldwide viewers.

ATO Lab is a breakthrough answer for the fast manufacturing of free flowing spherical metallic powder. I’m proud to say that we, as an organization are the pioneers of utilizing ultrasonic know-how in metallic powder manufacturing. As a consequence of the compact measurement of our system and the know-how utilized in the machine, we managed to current the operating system and produce the metallic powder at the sales space.

We generated so much of buzz and curiosity not solely from the aspect of our anticipated prospects but in addition from totally different markets like metallic injection moulding, scorching isostatic urgent and typical powder metallurgy.

Because of our contribution, from now on, metallic powder manufacturing can also be attainable for smaller laboratories.

Keyvan Karimi, CEO, AMFG

In 2018, we noticed a renewed focus on additive manufacturing for manufacturing, demonstrating the growing maturity of the industry and new developments with the applied sciences. With this focus has come a rising recognition of software program as an important half of managing the AM workflow – a important first step if OEMs are to create a scalable manufacturing course of.

Filemon Schoffer, Co-founder & CMO, 3D Hubs

A key theme for the 3D printing industry was “growing up”, with an industry shift to professionalisation (B2B positioning).

It’s now acknowledged by most companies that the true potential for 3D printing is in the skilled manufacturing realm. That is very typical in phrases of Hype curve. Clearly true for 3D Hubs of course, however printer producers have proven the similar development, with solely pro-machines from Ultimaker, Formlabs and the like. A superb improvement for the industry because it attracts extra capital which permits 3D printing to reside as much as its true potential.

This improvement additionally meant the fall of many of the (typically giant) desktop 3D printer producers. One thing that was anticipated, however actually struck in 2018.

Fascinating examples of the intersection between ‘benchtop’ and industrial are Desktop Metallic Studio System and Markforged Metallic X printers that have been shipped out in 2018. Excessive potential to vary the means companies create metallic prototypes.

Max Friefeld, CEO, Voodoo Manufacturing

Probably the most thrilling development of 2018 is how auto producers (Ford, VW) have began saying they’re going to combine 3d printing into their provide chain. This can be a large step for 3D printed useful elements turning into extra and extra mass market.

We’ve been dissatisfied by the sluggish tempo of roll-out in printers from corporations like HP, Carbon, and Desktop Metallic. Hardware is tough, and it seems that launching a brand new piece of manufacturing hardware can take years to introduce.

3D printing on demand is beginning to take Shopify by storm. Voodoo and Shapeways each launched Shopify apps in September and to date our shops have had a really profitable vacation season.

Dr. Joseph DeSimone, CEO, Carbon

2018 was an enormous yr for the 3DP/AM industry as the subject confirmed indicators of bifurcation to now embrace clear capabilities for digital manufacturing at scale. The highly effective convergence of hardware, software program, and molecular science is enabling manufacturing at a scale the industry hasn’t seen earlier than. At Carbon, we launched the largest digital fabrication instance in historical past with the launch of the adidas Futurecraft 4D franchise. Greater than 100,000 pairs of 4D trainers have been fabricated and we’re on monitor to fabricate into the tens of millions in 2019. Different clients of ours even have examples of manufacturing with our Digital Mild Synthesis™ know-how, which might be introduced in the first half of 2019. These manufacturing examples in the combination have triggered an necessary tipping level for the industry: we now see, for the first time, a cost-down curve with quantity in the digital manufacturing world akin to the value down-curve with quantity that everybody depends on in the injection molding industry. In consequence, Carbon was capable of take the worth of our giant quantity resins from $300/L to $150/L final yr to an unprecedented $50/L right here in 2018.

The competitiveness of our know-how for manufacturing has pushed adoption: we almost doubled our community of international manufacturing companions, which now spans throughout 4 continents, fueled by continued pushes into verticals like dental, automotive and healthcare. Not solely did we see progress in the marketplace for mass manufacturing, however we additionally noticed corporations actually begin to rethink how they design their merchandise and elements, opening up an entire new world of design freedom. One instance of this was Carbon’s work with Vitamix. Along with our manufacturing companion The Know-how Home, Carbon reimagined half design and manufacturing to develop an progressive micro-fluidic nozzle at mass scale that’s 10 occasions extra sturdy, makes use of 30 % much less materials, and is 33 % extra economical, all whereas decreasing the quantity of elements that wanted to be produced from six to at least one. This can be a really exceptional time for Carbon and for the industry.

Christoph Schell, president of 3D printing and digital manufacturing, HP Inc.

Because of breakthrough know-how in 2018 like HP’s Multi Jet Fusion and Metallic Jet platforms, we’re now seeing extra of the world’s main corporations utilizing industrial-grade 3D printing to hurry up their very own innovation cycles from design to manufacturing. The Jet Fusion 300 / 500 collection launched the industry’s solely 3D printed know-how for engineering-grade, practical, full shade elements and HP Metallic Jet is bringing excessive quantity manufacturing of production-grade metallic elements to the industry for the first time.

Industrial 3D manufacturing allows organizations to innovate quicker, extra effectively run operations and handle capital prices, reinvent provide chains, create new markets and produce beforehand inconceivable elements. This previous yr, main automotive producers together with BMW and Volkswagen shared how they’re reaping the advantages of HP’s industrial 3D printing know-how and shared plans for constructing on this early success.

Particular examples value highlighting this yr embrace:

BMW lately reached its one-millionth 3D-printed half milestone. The half at hand was a window information rail for the new BMW i8 Roadster which was produced utilizing HP Multi Jet Fusion know-how. This software displays the elevated velocity 3D printing presents as HP’s know-how allows BMW to supply as much as 100 window information rails inside 24 hours.

The introduction of HP Metallic Jet at IMTS included an industry-first collaboration with GKN Powder Metallurgy to deploy HP Metallic Jet of their factories to supply useful metallic elements for auto and industrial leaders together with Volkswagen and Wilo. GKN produces billions of metallic elements per yr and expects to print hundreds of thousands of production-grade HP Metallic Jet elements for its clients throughout industries in the coming years.  HP Metallic Jet know-how delivers mechanically practical last elements with as much as 50x extra productiveness than different 3D printing strategies and at considerably decrease value in comparison with different binder jetting methods.

Volkswagen is taking benefit of HP’s 3D printing know-how for each metallic and plastics purposes. Volkswagen’s multi-year plan to make use of HP Metallic Jet additionally consists of the manufacturing of larger efficiency practical elements with vital structural necessities, similar to gearshift knobs and mirror mounts. As new platforms akin to electrical automobiles enter mass manufacturing, HP Metallic Jet is predicted to be leveraged for extra purposes resembling the mild weighting of absolutely safety-certified metallic elements.

HP MultiJet Fusion 3D printed parts in PA12. Photo by Michael Petch.HP MultiJet Fusion 3D printed elements in PA12. Photograph by Michael Petch.

Andy Kalambi, President and CEO, RIZE Inc.

Three key tendencies emerged in 2018. Additive manufacturing lastly started to increase out of the lab and develop into extra pervasive. We noticed an growing quantity of customers with little or no 3D printing expertise adopting the know-how at each degree. For instance, our buyer PSMI, a subtractive options supplier, by no means had 3D printers earlier than adopting RIZE. But, that they had the braveness and conviction to type a completely new enterprise based mostly on additive manufacturing. Many of our resellers are additionally first-time entrants into 3D printing, diving in from a variety of industries, together with CAM software program, CAD software program, machine instruments, banking and monetary providers. This can be a very constructive development as a result of it demonstrates that additive manufacturing is evolving from a distinct segment industry right into a mainstream industry, which can drive scale. That is simply the starting.

As 3D printed elements enter the provide chain and ultimately end-use purposes, there have to be a excessive diploma of belief in these elements. 3D printing is a know-how that may replicate simply, so constructing belief into elements might be essential. We noticed the begin of this development in 2018 with RIZE ONE, the place customers can 3D print authentication into elements with safe marking, reminiscent of a QR code – just like the method we will embed digital rights administration (DRM) right into a doc with a watermark. Constructing trusted elements and constructing belief into elements allows customers to scale the use of 3D printed elements all through the enterprise.

There was appreciable dialogue this yr about a number of supplies. Till now, 3D printed elements have been based mostly on present supplies and these supplies had to have the ability to perform in the 3D printer. Hybridization emerged in additive manufacturing, which is the potential to mix totally different supplies in the 3D printer to create new digital supplies. Hybridization allows us to engineer the supplies to go well with a selected objective in additive manufacturing, corresponding to eliminating VOCs. RIZE demonstrated this most just lately by combining practical inks with new supplies in the XRIZE 3D printer to create practical elements in full colour. This was solely beforehand out there in choose printers at a really excessive value and with minimal capabilities.

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