Another year, another great show!
This year we had the opportunity to interact with the most
influential Additive Manufacturing community. We witnessed
hundreds of exhibitors, who illustrated the current and future
advancements in 3D Printing. We had the chance to watch
interesting key note speeches and attended great networking
events such as the River Ranch Stockyards, Fort Worth.
Texas truly did not disappoint! At a staggering pace, there are
new AM companies, products and services developing.
We found the AM industry is excited about new design and
approaches, however engineers and designers must now
decide what is practical and where their focus is required. It
was evident that the main topics for discussion were pricing,
supply chain and quality.
New Machines - Three large Additive players unveiled some
new machines, specifically made for end-use production. GE
Additive showcased the new metal additive system, Arcam
EBM Spectra H. Ultimaker released their new desktop 3D
printer - Ultimaker S5, known to be the largest desktop 3D
printer in the industry. Whilst Stratasys announced their new
F900 Platform, for the use of prototyping and production.
Direct metal laser sintering (DMLS) – Being an emerging
manufacturing technology this has the potential to change the
way metal parts are manufactured. With the opportunity to
achieve lightweight metal parts, complex
geometries and reduced components, this is one to keep an
Medical – Additive Manufacturing has already been proven to
be a success within the Medical Device market. Point of care,
devices and dental are all leveraging the capabilities of AM to
improve how they manufacture and what they manufacture.
Desktop Metal's Software – This advanced software
determines how to best fabricate complex parts while
providing a real time analysis of each optimisation scenario.
DM cloud software ensures maximum security and protection
HP – A coloured printing platform, taking 3D printing to a new
level, showcasing a great colour range which can now be used
to 3D print in colour.
Key note speech higlight – The USA Olympic Luge team using 3D printing to gain the edge in order to win a medal. The
difference of a 1/1000 of a second means all the difference
and 3D printing has gained the USA a competitive advantage.
As always, Todd Grimm brilliantly summarised the industry during his speech, explaining in detail each company, development and overall showcasing the highlights of the exhibitors.
Overall, it's great to see the industry continue to make the move from prototyping to production. Very excited for next years, and the developments to come - where will 3D printing go from now?