Want to know what’s happening in the Additive Manufacturing and 3D printing industry? Here’s All3DP’s weekly report for professionals, presented by industry expert Sarah Goehrke.
This week, the 3D printing industry has seen significant focus in manufacturing as the biennial International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) has been taking place in Chicago. Of course, that has not been the only source of announcements as the industry continues to see new product introductions and partnerships.
The extensive show filled the four buildings of McCormick Place for the first time ever, with more than 2,500 exhibitors and 125,000 registered visitors. For three days I was among these many visitors, logging miles each day around the Additive Manufacturing Pavilion, additional exhibition halls, and meeting and conference rooms. (Disclosure: I attended IMTS as a guest of HP Inc.)
Strength was the theme in 3D printing, with a significant showing in metals and reinforced polymers. Among the many introductions at IMTS were:
Many other introductions and offerings could be seen among the strong showing from 3D printing at IMTS — such as Carbon’s demo of an automated production line; GE Additive’s swarmed booth showing its extensive portfolio; Markforged’s expanded line of materials for its Metal X system; Roboze’s high-strength polymer offerings; desktop showings from Ultimaker and LulzBot; large-scale 3D printing from BigRep, Stacker, and Titan; and so many more.
The Additive Manufacturing Pavilion at IMTS 2018 was significantly larger than that in 2016, highlighting the strength of this fast-expanding industry.
Aside from IMTS, business continued as normal for the rest of the industry.
This week, Formfutura announced a partnership with DSM. The partnership sets Formfutura up as “an official distribution partner for DSM’s high-performance industrial graded filaments.” Formfutura will also “cooperate in new test methods that will make it easy to compare mechanical properties of 3D printed objects across our combined filament ranges.”
Large-scale metal 3D printing capabilities are coming to Michigan-based FAMAero (Future Additive Manufacturing in Aerospace), a metal 3D printed parts bureau, through a new agreement with Sciaky. An EBAM installation will enable the service provider to offer parts and prototypes for large-scale metal needs in primarily the aerospace, defense, oil & gas, and sea exploration industries.
GoEngineer and Studio FATHOM have announced a strategic agreement through which GoEngineer is purchasing the 3D printing equipment reseller business from FATHOM. Both companies are set to scale operations, with the former company managing machine sales and the latter committed to prototyping and manufacturing services.
With so much happening in 3D printing, it takes a lot for a company to differentiate today. Four companies have just been noted in a new IDC report as standing out. Carbon, Formlabs, Rize, and Ultimaker have been named IDC Innovators for their “compelling and differentiated plastic-based 3D printing solutions.”
License: The text of "3D Printing Industry Report – Week 37 / 2018" by All3DP is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
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