What are the Processes and Materials Used in 3D Printing ?

WineGlass Printed using 3D PrinterIn our earlier Article, we discussed how 3D printing has the potential to rewrite the rules of global manufacturing, with an impact that could be as significant to the industrial sector as the now pervasive adoption of the principles of the Toyota Production Systems and Lean Manufacturing. We’d like to enlighten on the actual Process and the Material used in the 3D printing Job.

The different print processes are typically tied to specific materials and produce varying material properties such as strength and surface finish that can better suited for certain applications. The print consumables address nearly the entire spectrum of materials currently being used in the manufacturing process with plastics, glass, paper, ceramics and even metals.

Fused deposition modeling (FDM) / Material extrusion
The process involves plastic filament being forced through a (more…)

Big Role of 3D Printers in Industrial Manufacturing, Human Lives

3D-Printer Big Role in Manufacturing3D printing / additive manufacturing market is about to experience much broader adoption across more upstream production applications and the consumer end market and as such our baseline assumptions project a slightly steeper trajectory than industry estimates. In the past 3D printers were seen as too slow to manufacture true production parts or end-use products and the machines / materials too expensive and technical expertise threshold too high for the average consumer. However, things are changing fast and 3D printers will play a Big Role in the next league of Industrial Manufacturing and shaping Human Lives.

Currently, 3D Printing accounts for less than 10-15% of $2B+ in revenue generated in the prototyping and pre-production mold industry, but we expect it to contribute more meaningfully over the next 3-10 years as global manufacturers incorporate the technology in an effort to gain any edge to differentiate (more…)