3D Systems Additive Industries Addup AMT Aurélien Mouliets Bertrand Humel van der Lee Daan A.J. Kersten Doug Vaughan EOS Franziska Maschowski Greg Paulsen identify3d IMTS 2018 Insights Mary Li Oscar Meza Peter R. Eelman Scott Sevcik shining 3d Stratasys Technology TRUMPF Inc. xometry

Additive experts give verdict on IMTS and the industrialization of 3D printing

A 3D printing robot by Titan Robotics and Yaskawa at IMTS 2018. Photo by Michael Petch.

IMTS 2018 set all time data for attendance and exhibit area. At this years occasion it was evident that additive manufacturing is more and more discovering software inside the wider manufacturing universe.

Peter R. Eelman, Vice President, VP of organizers AMT describes AM as “one of the most revolutionary technologies ever brought to IMTS” with an “unprecedented degree of collaboration among exhibitors to develop additive manufacturing, automation and connected systems.”

A 3D printing robotic by Titan Robotics and Yaskawa at IMTS 2018. Photograph by Michael Petch.

Guests to final week’s Chicago occasion have been capable of see AM in every of the 4 halls, and a devoted Additive Manufacturing Pavillon the place 51 corporations from the 3D printing business have been exhibiting.

I caught up with some of the main enterprises at IMTS to seek out out extra about the developments at IMTS, how AM matches into the manufacturing world and the place additional work is required.

IMTS 2018 occupied all four building of McCormick Place. Photo by Michael Petch.IMTS 2018 occupied all 4 constructing of McCormick Place. Photograph by Michael Petch.

3D Printing Business: Did you see any specific tendencies at IMTS, what have been these and how do they relate to your organization?

Bertrand Humel van der Lee, Chief Buyer Operations Officer (CCOO) at EOS.

In phrases of additive manufacturing, there was lots of curiosity from attendees round manufacturing degree 3D printing, particularly at the metallic printing degree. There was virtually instant business curiosity in our EOS M 300 system, which we launched at the present. General, there are so much of corporations and our personal clients trying to go to the subsequent degree with their 3D printing capabilities.

The conversations we’re having with present and potential clients at the present are altering as nicely. As manufacturing strikes to extra custom-made, shorter-term product cycles, the producers we’re working with are discovering speedy worth in bringing in additional machines. We’re having discussions with clients on how they will change their complete manufacturing course of with 3D printing.

Aurélien Mouliets, Group Supervisor, AddUp.

IMTS 2018 noticed a shift in producers’ curiosity. Choice-makers start to understand that industrial 3D printing just isn’t “just a fad”. It’s there to remain and to let industrials produce complementary, complicated elements, at a fraction of the ordinary value. It’s nice to see that we aren’t in the early-adoption part anymore, however at the begin of an arms race to determine who will outpace the competitors because of additive manufacturing.

Scott Sevcik, VP of Manufacturing Options at Stratasys.

Clearly the business is maturing.  IMTS had a a lot bigger additive presence this yr, however at the similar time it was far more targeted.  There’s a dozen additive applied sciences, and every have their match. What we noticed at IMTS was rather more focus on the four or 5 additive applied sciences which have an actual capacity to impression manufacturing immediately.  As an alternative of a devoted focus on Speedy Prototyping, which has been the mainstay for 3D printing, what we noticed was RP being introduced as one manufacturing software that reduces improvement time and value and Speedy Tooling and manufacturing purposes being showcased for his or her distinctive additive worth as nicely.

Stratasys demonstrated carbon fiber 3D printing for Team Penske at IMTS 2018. Photo by Michael Petch.Stratasys demonstrated carbon fiber 3D printing for Group Penske at IMTS 2018. Photograph by Michael Petch.

Franziska Maschowski, Business Supervisor for Additive Manufacturing at TRUMPF Inc.

Extra focus on industrialization of the (metallic) AM course of which could be very encouraging since TRUMPF has been driving this for a number of years.

Daan A.J. Kersten, Co-founder and CEO of Additive Industries.

We now have seen a rising quantity of knowledgeable potential clients enquiring for true industrial additive manufacturing options. They zoom in on subjects like productiveness, OEE and different manufacturing software metrics. This aligns properly with our built-in techniques, designed for industrial manufacturing.

Doug Vaughan, Senior Vice President of Advertising at 3D Methods.

From my perspective, the huge development was round the manufacturing unit of the future and the disruptive applied sciences driving the promise of Business four.zero.  Additive manufacturing – together with synthetic intelligence, superior robotics, huge knowledge and different disruptive applied sciences – is driving the digital transformation of manufacturing and you can see that coming to life at IMTS.  Wanting again at IMTS 2016, there was quite a bit of speak round imaginative and prescient and the prospects. This yr, there have been precise related demonstrations of these disruptive applied sciences.

Greg Paulsen, Director of Purposes Engineering at Xometry.

Via our conversations, we noticed a necessity for flexibility on specs, portions, and store capability. Producers should adapt to various demand from one-offs to manufacturing whereas juggling inner capability. The one strategy to obtain that is by means of know-how, together with built-in marketplaces like Xometry’s on-line pricing and associate community options. We offer the work with out heavy lifting, and the companion will get to take on tasks that greatest match their capabilities. We additionally continued to see vital numbers of individuals on the lookout for manufacturing on demand usually. That is at the core of Xometry’s enterprise mannequin – offering quick, high-quality, and value efficient manufacturing on demand.

Mary Li, Supervisor Industrial Product Line at SHINING 3D.

From this yr’s IMTS 2018, we will see that additive manufacturing is regularly turning its focus from prototyping towards direct manufacturing.  Whereas excessive property efficiency, excessive velocity, and productive functionality are the apparent development options for AM, which have been adopted extensively in several software and industries, akin to aerospace, automotive, shoe, medical, molding, and so forth. To make sure a profitable improvement of AM, it requires a better cooperation amongst hardware, supplies and software program corporations.

The 3D printed autonomous vehicle Olli at IMTS 2018. Photo by Michael Petch.The 3D printed autonomous car Olli at IMTS 2018. Photograph by Michael Petch.

3D Printing Business: What’s your perspective on how additive manufacturing featured at IMTS 2018, how has this modified since the earlier present in 2016?

Bertrand Humel van der Lee, Chief Buyer Operations Officer (CCOO) at EOS.

Corporations now perceive that additive manufacturing is crucial for his or her enterprise to stay profitable and aggressive. It isn’t about the know-how normally, however about particular purposes and options.

At IMTS this yr, there was an emphasis on extra sensible purposes of 3D printing somewhat than in years prior the place there was quite a bit of hype. It’s not simply taken extra critically; producers are seeing the have to up their investments in additive manufacturing, each from a know-how and information perspective.

This yr the additive manufacturing space of IMTS attracted extra curiosity than ever. That is testomony to the momentum additive manufacturing know-how is gaining, in addition to a change in mindset from key determination makers. The questions we obtain at the moment are much less about the know-how itself, however quite how greatest to strategy 3D printing for particular purposes.

The EOS portfolio for production. Photo by Michael Petch.The EOS portfolio for manufacturing. Photograph by Michael Petch.

Aurélien Mouliets, Group Supervisor, AddUp

IMTS 2018 and 2016 have been very totally different. Again in 2016, Additive Manufacturing appeared by many like an try to make use of a pastime software to supply elements at an industrial degree. Now guests realise that this isn’t solely potential, however value an funding. Maybe seeing an organization like Michelin producing over one million complicated lamellae and market-decisive moulds because of AddUp’s manufacturing techniques has opened eyes on the usability of this know-how.

Scott Sevcik, VP of Manufacturing Options at Stratasys.  

It’s unimaginable to see how the present has advanced over the previous a number of years. Just a few of exhibits in the past, additive was a blip on the radar. Two years in the past, was a bit of a popping out social gathering. We have been displaying demonstrators, new capabilities, and new instructions for the business.

This yr, Additive had a big presence in a foremost corridor, and I consider the business confirmed a brand new degree of maturity. Whereas there have been a couple of distant, directional bulletins, they have been a lot fewer. As an alternative of speaking about what could possibly be, we have been displaying what’s. This was definitely our focus at Stratasys.

We highlighted actual purposes from actual clients who’re utilizing additive each day to maneuver quicker, be extra versatile, and assault new enterprise fashions.

Daan A.J. Kersten, Co-founder and CEO of Additive Industries

Additive manufacturing has grown and was in addition to the AM pavilion extra distributed throughout the numerous machine device halls.

Additive Industries CEO Daan Kersten. Photo by Michael Petch.Additive Industries CEO Daan Kersten. Photograph by Michael Petch.

Doug Vaughan, Senior Vice President of Advertising at 3D Methods

2018 will go down as the yr Additive Manufacturing discovered a real house at IMTS.  The presence of Additive was night time and day from 2 years in the past – not solely was the Additive space 2-3X bigger than 2016, however the foot visitors and curiosity degree was even greater.  

You additionally started to see Additive applied sciences current in different pavilions and cubicles all through the present.  With that stated, Additive continues to be a comparatively small half of the general present, so I’m wanting ahead to a fair bigger Additive presence at IMTS 2020. It must be thrilling to see.

Greg Paulsen, Director of Purposes Engineering at Xometry

Yearly we see additive manufacturing play extra of a task in custom-made, purpose-built, manufacturing. The facility of prototyping will all the time be a power of 3D printing, however with newer applied sciences popping out there’s a vital seize for conventional manufacturing markets like die-casting and metallic injection mould.

Mary Li, Supervisor Industrial Product Line at SHINING 3D

With an growing quantity of metallic 3D printing producers showing at IMTS 2018, additive manufacturing is aiming to direct the manufacturing with excessive necessities of the elements property.

3D Printing Business: In your opinion, what are the fundamental challenges for AM to beat if the know-how is to turn into a real industrial course of?

Bertrand Humel van der Lee, Chief Buyer Operations Officer (CCOO) at EOS.

The seamless integration of 3D printing into present manufacturing environments, the mixture of industrial 3D printing with typical manufacturing applied sciences, and the steady optimisation of half and knowledge move are additionally elementary necessities.

It’s about the digital interconnectivity of typical and additive applied sciences to additional optimise the high quality and value of the manufactured elements and purposes. With this in thoughts, customers and know-how suppliers of industrial 3D printing options are focusing on subjects like high quality management, scalability, automation, software program integration, safety and, of course, complete value of possession.

However the availability of the proper technical gear, the needed interfaces and the automation half movement usually are not the solely elements of success. The event of know-how and expertise inside an organization is equally necessary as to leverage the full potential of industrial 3D printing.

A 3D printed titanium golf driver head made by EOS for Wilson. Photo by Michael Petch.A 3D printed titanium golf driver head made by EOS for Wilson. Photograph by Michael Petch.

Aurélien Mouliets, Group Supervisor, AddUp

AM is already a real industrial course of for AddUp. The primary problem to beat is the nervousness in shifting from well-known, centuries-long industrial processes to a brand new know-how and gear used for a couple of many years solely. Evangelising the 3D printing know-how as an entire continues to be essential. That’s the reason we’re working on producing instructional content material via AddUp Academy to assist corporations of their transformation. AddUp Academy’s coaching is on the market on-line.

Scott Sevcik, VP of Manufacturing Options at Stratasys.

Confidence in the know-how is vital. For conventional applied sciences, you’ll be able to simply seize a handbook and lookup a design worth. Not with the ability to belief Additive know-how to be extremely repeatable is a key barrier to adoption in manufacturing processes. That’s been our focus with the F900, and it’s paying off.  

All the dialogue of additive metals recently has drawn a ton of curiosity, however clients are shortly realizing that extremely repeatable, certifiable, metals processes are simply rising and there are nonetheless lots of query marks.  

Those self same clients drawn in by speak of metals, at the moment are discovering what we’ve been capable of do with 30 years of maturity with FDM. The extent of repeatability enchancment we completed is so pronounced that we’re been capable of undertake composites-style characterization processes and now have an SAE spec about to launch. That’s key.  

The institution of specs and requirements is a transparent signal of the place we’ve reached maturity and industrialization of Additive.

A Stratasys Robotic Composite radome at IMTS 2018. Photo by Michael Petch.A Stratasys Robotic Composite radome at IMTS 2018. Photograph by Michael Petch.

Franziska Maschowski, Business Supervisor for Additive Manufacturing at TRUMPF Inc.

The business has to push the improvement of requirements for the totally different applied sciences to make AM extra accepted in manufacturing processes.

Necessary to extend the productiveness alongside the whole AM course of chain. The main target shouldn’t be on the machines alone but in addition on pre- and post-processing steps. [The industry needs to ] promote digitization / connectivity of machines and methods

Daan A.J. Kersten, Co-founder and CEO of Additive Industries

We should always comply with a extra structured strategy to design for AM and precise manufacturing and cease improvising by prototyping.

Doug Vaughan, Senior Vice President of Advertising at 3D Methods

Essential challenges are consciousness and coaching. Additive as a know-how is at the early adopter stage and would require improved market consciousness and coaching to extend adoption and deployment as a real industrial course of. The business has made large progress throughout the previous 2 years, however there’s much more work to be finished to speed up the progress and promise all of us see in Additive.  

Making production real with the 3D Systems figure 4. Photo by Michael Petch.Making manufacturing actual with the 3D Methods determine four. Photograph by Michael Petch.

Greg Paulsen, Director of Purposes Engineering at Xometry

Materials availability, floor end, manufacturing scalability, and accuracy are all the time the essential drivers of when to decide on conventional processes over additive. Though some applied sciences do higher at bridging the hole, we nonetheless see a big quantity of subtractive elements in most assemblies which have additive elements. Xometry demonstrated this with showcased fixturing used on the BMW meeting line, the place most conformal end-effectors have been additive, however many of the high-wear elements require machining or casting.

Oscar Meza VP of International Gross sales at SHINING 3D

The shortage of understanding of the manufacturing workflow and course of. Most gamers in the AM business don’t have expertise in precise manufacturing, however somewhat rapid-prototyping and conceptualization. There’s additionally a scarcity of information and understanding of the use of CAD & 3D scanning in driving the additive manufacturing course of in an actual manufacturing surroundings. All AM corporations assume that customers have already got a CAD mannequin they need to print, however don’t supply the risk of producing new CAD fashions, modify or reverse engineer fashions for manufacturing.

Additional insights from IMTS 2018

Tim Rose, VP of Enterprise Improvement and Advertising, Identify3D

There was nice progress overcoming the challenges of value and effectivity of industrial additive machines since IMTS ’16 however I see continued resistance for full adoption of AM know-how stemming from certification, standardization, and cybersecurity. Nevertheless, IMTS ’18 did ship options to deal with the challenges of course of consistency, traceability, and knowledge safety all through the digital provide chain that may allow the continued development and subsequent adoption of AM for full manufacturing manufacturing.

Aurélien Mouliets, Group Supervisor, AddUp

We’re joyful to see that US corporations now include enterprise instances, tasks and complicated questions on additive, in comparison with the 2016 present. Furthermore, US firms are undoubtedly enthusiastic about implementing 3D printing as an actual industrial software, with full strains of manufacturing, as additive manufacturing and subtractive manufacturing complement each other.

The closing phrase goes to AMT’s Peter R. Eelman, “Every building in McCormick Place featured AM technology,” he says. “Four years ago when we produced the Strati vehicle on the show floor, large-scale AM was a novelty. At IMTS 2018, AM technology was part of the manufacturing processes used to produce the entrance hall impact units.”

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A view of Lake Michigan from the East Hall at IMTS 2018. Photo by Michael Petch.A view of Lake Michigan from the East Corridor at IMTS 2018. Photograph by Michael Petch.

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