There was a time when 3D printing was an industry that had the entire business world buzzing in excitement. Everyone knew that 3D printing had so much to offer various industries and applications, but no one was sure how that impact would translate into the real world.
Now the 3D printing market is at a point where the spending is ramping up in a big way. In 2015, roughly $11 billion was spent on the technology. That figure will rise to approximately $27 billion in 2019, and the amounts are only expected to increase from there. But what does that mean? Where does 3D printing stand right now, and what does the future hold
Consumer Adoption is a Ways Away
One of the major issues associated with 3D printing is its consumer impact. While the spending on 3D printing [...]
3D Printing and Aerospace Technology: Going the Distance
The impact of 3D printing on the aerospace industry is hard to overstate. While the average consumer may not be very interested in buying a 3D printer for their home, major manufacturers and industries are taking a different route. These companies see 3D printing as a way to reduce the cost of production, improve existing technologies, and make new advancements. There is a real belief that an improvement and evolution in 3D printing technology will have a massive impact on the future of the aerospace industry.
3D printing is now responsible for the manufacturing of complex engine parts, cabin interior parts, and much more. The aerospace industry can use 3D printing to create parts that perform better, cost less and require less time to put together, and [...]
3D technology is being used around the world in nearly every industry you can imagine.
From the aerospace industry including unmanned aerial systems, the automotive industry, to the medical field including end-use devices, construction, and much more.
The United States Military is no different.
The US armed forces are currently utilizing current 3D technology to expand existing systems, parts, and end-use materials, all while testing emerging technologies in order to push boundaries and to take 3D printing capabilities to a whole new level.
3D Printing and End-Use Production
When 3D printing technologies first came into use, the technology was universally known as additive manufacturing. The base technology is to take digital files, and turn them into physical objects.
This concept has led the technology into unforeseen spaces throughout virtually every market and industry.
3D printing has come a long way in a relatively short amount of time. We have seen the onset of automotive breakthroughs, breakthroughs in home construction, automation and in aerospace. The medical engineering space is no different.
However, now we are seeing yet another giant leap forward in the 3D printing world: Medical economics.
Through various means, 3D printing is now saving money for payers, patients, and providers across the board.
It does this through several processes.
The first of these process is streamlined development.
3D Printing and Accelerated Development
One of the most intriguing aspects of 3D printing, is its ability to develop fully functioning prototypes, as well as end-use products.
While 3D printing is not known for fast production when it comes to overly complex or large production models. However, when it comes to components and [...]
When people think about innovation in the design and manufacturing of cars, we are always thinking about futuristic possibilities. We begin to imagine cars that can fly, or drive themselves. But sometimes the innovation that we are seeing in auto manufacturing is not so obvious to the average customer.
Did you know that close to 50 percent of the steel that is used in modern vehicles did not even exist 15 years ago?
And now with the increasing popularity of 3D printing in auto manufacturing, we are reaching new heights when it comes to having stronger and lighter vehicles.
The year 2014 marked the first time a 3D printed car was created. Local Motors is responsible for that feat. The company 3D-printed a car using ABS carbon-filter blends, and called it Strati. There are three models of such vehicles now produced by the company, which shows how important 3D printing in auto manufacturing has become. [...]
While there are so many industries where 3D printing is making an impact, those impacts pale in comparison to how it could revolutionize the medical applications and healthcare industries.
There are a few different types of medical applications for 3D printing, and those include tissue and organ fabrication, customizable prosthetic creation, implants and anatomical models. Not all these methods are fool proof, but the progress that has been made over the past few years is very encouraging.
The future of 3D printing actually began about 30 years ago. It began with the expectations of a truly innovative production method.
Today, 3D printing technology continues to innovate.
Some of the biggest brands on earth have come together to invest in advanced research and development campaigns in order to push the envelope when it comes to complex 3D printed prototypes and even end-use components.
With the end goal in sight, to bring 3D printing fully to the forefront of mainstream manufacturing and end-use production, many are of the opinion that the true potential of industrial 3D printing relies on modern machine learning.
3D printing has evolved over the years. We have gone from imagining the possibilities to undertaking some of the biggest construction projects on the planet.
Currently, there are large-scale efforts underway to push the capabilities of 3D printing for full-fledged commercial and industrial end-use products. A steel bridge designed [...]
When most people hear about 3D printing, we think of smaller items that you can use around the house. But the concept of 3D printing is not limited to knick-knacks or products that you can use around the house. There are very real commercial and military uses for 3D printing – and the aviation industry is a great place to look for those answers. It is incredible how aero engineers are using 3D printing as a means for obtaining better product design and quicker manufacturing for military aircraft and accessories.
3D Printing and the Aviation Industry
It was in 2016 when we saw the first aircraft that was made using 3D printing. At the time, we did not realize the connection between 3D printing and military aircraft, but it was obvious. Airbus introduced us to an aircraft that was made exclusively with 3D printing. The entire structure weighed 21kg and was about four meters in [...]
3D printing. Not long ago, this term, especially this concept, was the talk of the town. The thought of every home having its very own 3D printer was on the lips and minds of every entrepreneur and tech mag online.
However, while consumers haven’t made home 3D printing as commonplace as microwaves or TVs as of yet, it doesn’t mean the concept is any less exciting. It also does not mean that 3D printing isn’t widespread among techies.
In fact, in the industrial complex, 3D printing is a burgeoning technology full of future potential and present-day successes.
The Biggest Manufacturers are Committed to 3D Printing
While common in-home use may not be a thing yet, big-name manufacturers are making a splash in the 3D printing theater.
This may be, at least in part, due to the fact that the 3D printing industry is due to become a 27-billion-dollar industry by 2019. While it’s not [...]
Cars of yesteryear were heavier, slower, and took longer to build. This was partly due to technological limits of the era. However, materials also played a heavy-handed role.
Today, the steel used in auto manufacturing did not even exist 15 to 20 years ago, according to Dave Paratore, president and CEO of NanoSteel.
Along with newly manufactured high-density steel, composites, and adhesives, cars are being made faster, stronger, and lighter. As innovation carries auto manufacturing far into the future, 3D printing is now at the forefront of this endeavor.
The Age of 3D Printed Vehicles
Local Motors, an innovative automotive manufacturer with locations spanning Berlin, Knoxville, National Harbor, and Tempe, were at the forefront of the automotive revolution in respects to 3D printing.
In 2014, LM used an ABS carbon-fiber blend (about 80/20) to print the world’s first 3D printed car. The car is called [...]