Featured image of 3D Printing Industry Report – Week 37 / 2018
AM Insider

3D Printing Industry Report – Week 37 / 2018

Picture of Sarah Goehrke
by Sarah Goehrke
Sep 14, 2018

3D Printing Industry Report – Week 37 / 2018

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.

3D Printing Industry Report – Week 37 / 2018

3D Printing Industry Report IMTS

Image of 3D Printing Industry Report: IMTS
The calm before the storm: IMTS’ preview of the North Building concourse

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:

  • HP Metal Jet 3D printing, launched with major partnerships between HP Inc., Volkswagen, and GKN Powder Metallurgy and oriented toward mass production at a price point of under $399,000
  • Optomec’s new LENS 860 Hybrid Controlled Atmosphere (CA) system, announced ahead of the show, with several demos each day
  • The EOS M 300-4, expanding EOS’ metal portfolio with a four-laser system that “offers a high degree of flexibility and enables DMLS quality at up to 10x higher productivity”; significantly, each of the (up to) four lasers covers the entire build area
  • Desktop Metal’s Production System, while not a new announcement itself, was shown for the first time at IMTS as a complete system; it appeared alongside the indeed-new Studio System+ and Studio Fleet offerings as well as the just-announced Fab Flow software designed for clarity and control
  • Velo3D, recently out of stealth, brought its new Sapphire System to the North Building, well away from the Additive Manufacturing Pavilion but well worth the trek; the new system offers closed-loop melt pool control and clever reductions in the need for supports
  • Stratasysnew carbon fiber offerings and expanded partnership with Team Penske were front and center in their booth, though off to the side visitors could also see new parts from their still-super-secret-but-now-openly-named-Layered-Powder-Metallurgy forthcoming metal 3D printing technology
  • 3D Systems and GF announced a strong partnership and a new hybrid metal system, the DMP Factory 500 offering a modular, scalable additive/subtractive solution designed to “bring automation to the manufacturing of metals” as announced at the IMTS press conference
  • On the desktop side, MakerGear debuted its new industrial Ultra One 3D printer, featuring a stronger frame, enclosed structure, independent dual extruders, touch probe, and high-temperature material capabilities

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.

3D Printing Industry Report Partnerships, M&A, Recognition

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.

Subscribe to updates from All3DP

You are subscribed to updates from All3DP

You can’t subscribe to updates from All3DP. Learn more…Subscribe

You can’t subscribe to updates from All3DP. Learn more…

Recommended for you