Formnext showed us how the AM industry is maturing (Authentise Weekly News-In-Review – Week 98)

The Authentise team has been exhibiting at Formnext in Frankfurt this past week. We had a blast exchanging views on the AM world and better understanding the industry as a whole. In the times between meetings and booth chats, we had the chance to roam the halls and take a peek at what’s on the horizon. What’s been consistently shown is a maturity and wide-ranging offering of products and services. The AM industry is cementing its stance, partly thanks to proven applications and no lack of R&D investment. As we saw it, Formnext was a chance for progress, not groundbreaking. This is not to say that there wasn’t innovation to be found within its halls, on the contrary. But the players are now pushing for market permeation more than ever.

EOS TO PREMIERE MILLION-LASER POLYMER 3D PRINTING AT FORMNEXT 2018

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Leading 3D printer manufacturer and service provider EOS, is to debut a new polymer 3D printing technology at Formnext 2018 in Frankfurt next week. This technology, which is reportedly capable of replacing “injection molding in many contexts,” will be presented alongside a demo of Richard Browning’s 3D printed jetpack, and the company’s new quad laser EOS M 300-4 metal system as a production cell. The new developments from the company are made to increase 3D printer outputs to an industrially-competitive scale, a key theme throughout the industry as we saw at last year’s Formnext, and a chief preoccupation for EOS and its partners.

Read the full article here.

FIT AG presents ‘Spare Parts on Demand’ additive manufacturing solution at Formnext

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FIT AG has presented its ‘Spare Parts on Demand’ (SPOD) solution at Formnext which employs additive manufacturing to produce industrial replacement components. As most parts that need replacing have been made with traditional methods, they have often passed through an approval process, meaning it isn’t possible to create a 3D printed copy. Deutsche Bahn, a German railway company, encountered this problem when attempting to replace the left sandbox housing in a brake system. The component had been manufactured in cast grey iron, and so the part had to be redesigned and then printed in titanium using EBM. The printed part has so far passed on all tests performed. At Formnext, FIT AG has showcased SPOD as a way for this success to be achieved with more regularity.

Read more here.

Nanoscribe awarded €40K prize, showcases microscale printing at Formnext
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Nanoscribe, a specialist in microscale additive manufacturing, was recently selected as the first place winner of the Baden-Württemberg State Prize for Young Companies. The award, worth €40,000, is bestowed upon companies that demonstrate economic success and make a sustainable contribution to society in some way. This week, Nanoscribe has been showcasing its technology at Formnext in Frankfurt. There, the company is exhibiting the fabrication of structures with micrometer precision in millimeter dimensions for the first time.

Read the full article here.

 

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Why AM Certifications are so difficult (Authentise Weekly News-In-Review – Week 97)

For AM to take a greater hold on the industries it’s poised to impact, there are certain angles to smooth out and one of those is certifications. Early adopters of additive production such as aerospace and medical are rightly picky about its certifications and the AM community is making sure to have its own record straight. Safety certifications are the highest priority in this regard and Lockheed Martin’s facility in Sunnyvale, California now holds the first UL certified in the world. Govt. bodies are also moving to help a wider audience to stay within standards, like Health Canada’s newest draft guidance on AM medical devices. However, the main reason why certifications are difficult is that AM is still not an exact science. With fast and multi-spectrum monitoring technologies, we are starting to see what happens during the process. However, certain aspects of the physics behind it are full of variables we don’t understand.

Lockheed Martin extends additive manufacturing to key spacecraft components

Lockheed Martin’s Additive Design and Manufacturing Center in Sunnyvale, California, where the company produces military, commercial and civil space technology, attained a comprehensive safety certification.

“We are the first UL certified additive manufacturing facility in the world,” Servando Cuellar, Lockheed Martin Space Systems engineering senior manager, told SpaceNews.

Read more here.

Health Canada Drafts Policies on 3D-Printed Implantable Devices

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Health Canada released draft guidance Thursday to aid manufacturers in preparing license applications for implantable medical devices produced by additive manufacturing or 3D-printing. The guidance “represents the first phase of 3D-printing policy in Canada” because Health Canada intends to continuously adapt its policies to emerging issues on the topic “due to the fast-changing technological environment,” the regulator said.

Read the full article here.

High-Speed Cameras Used to Monitor 3D Printing Process

3D printing, particularly laser-powder bed fusion or L-PBF, requires a great deal of monitoring to avoid defects and flaws in the final parts. In a thesis entitled “Process Monitoring for Temporal-Spatial Modeling of Laser Powder Bed Fusion,” a student named Animek Shaurya studies the use of high-speed video cameras for in-situ monitoring of the 3D printing process of nickel alloy 625 to detect meltpool, splatter, and over melting regions to improve the quality of the print.

Read more here.

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Authentise Teams Up with Autodesk To Enable Seamless Additive Workflow

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Autodesk and Authentise collaborate to deliver integrated workflow for Additive Manufacturing for companies such as Danfoss.

Philadelphia, 6 November 2018 – Authentise (www.authentise.com), the leader in data-driven workflow tools for additive manufacturing, today announced it is collaborating with Autodesk (www.autodesk.com) to release an integration that makes seamless use of Autodesk’s Netfabb software with Authentise’s additive workflow management tools possible.

As part of the integration, users of Authentise products can now load geometries directly into Netfabb with a single press of a button, using Autodesk’s cloud-based Forge developer platform. Saving files edited in Netfabb back into Authentise is equally simple, so that a seamless additive workflow from quoting to CAD editing, version control, scheduling, and real-time, data-driven monitoring is now possible. The integration is available to those customers, such as Danfoss, who subscribe to both Authentise’s Additive Accelerator and any version of Autodesk Netfabb.

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“We are pleased to hear that Authentise and Autodesk are collaborating to create a seamless, integrated additive workflow,” says Werner Stapela, Global Head of Additive Design & Manufacturing at Danfoss. “To date, additive manufacturing workflows have included dozens of steps with many unconnected tools. That is not scalable. To address this, we prefer integrating a variety of solutions as it enables choice and competition.”

“We are delighted to work with Authentise to connect the additive production workflow from start to finish,” says Robert Yancey, Director for Manufacturing and Production Industry Strategy at Autodesk. “Together, we will not only ensure cohesive user experiences but work to connect production feedback directly with the design, and vice versa. We also expect to work with Authentise to automate the additive process even further by embedding our features at key points of the production journey. With these integrations, we are taking yet another step towards industrializing additive manufacturing and making the most of its natural data advantage.”

“Our experience with Danfoss and other customers has highlighted the fragmented process for additive as a real concern,” says Andre Wegner, CEO of Authentise. “At the same time, engineers worry that if their tools all come from the same company, they won’t get access to the best possible solutions. With this integration we have proven you can have your cake and eat it too – use the best tools for the job in a completely seamless workflow. While we have proven our open approach with third-party algorithm integrations in the past, this is the first time we are working to craft a joint customer journey. We are proud to be doing so with Autodesk.”

 

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Autodesk and Authentise will be demonstrating their integration at Formnext, Nov 13-16, 2018, in Frankfurt. To meet us there, please select a time here: https://calendly.com/authentise

Authentise delivers data-driven process automation software for the additive industry. It’s two products include the Additive Accelerator, a workflow management engine connected to additive machine data, and 3Diax, a platform of additive manufacturing related software modules. These tools now help some of the most exciting companies involved in additive R&D, prototyping and production to reduce effort and cost, improve traceability and transparency and deliver quality. Authentise was founded 2012 at Singularity University in California.

Danfoss engineers advanced technologies that enable us to build a better, smarter and more efficient tomorrow. In the world’s growing cities, we ensure the supply of fresh food and optimal comfort in our homes and offices, while meeting the need for energy-efficient infrastructure, connected systems and integrated renewable energy. Our solutions are used in areas such as refrigeration, air conditioning, heating, motor control and mobile machinery. Our innovative engineering dates back to 1933 and today Danfoss holds market-leading positions, employing 27,000 and serving customers in more than 100 countries. We are privately held by the founding family. Read more about us at www.danfoss.com.

How pioneer projects have laid the foundation for the true AM revolution (Authentise Weekly News-In-Review – Week 96)

In the beginning of the AM craze, everyone thought that the future of manufacturing was right around the corner. Once the storm had subsided and everyone was back to reality, most of the projects that had sparked at that moment were gone, but some endured. What was the difference between those which never made it past the news and those that are now solid industrial realities? For Nike, it was a matter of testing the market’s appetite and iterate on a product (and a production line) that worked. Its new line of 3D printed shoes is the heir of a project that’s year in the making and is eyeing mass production only after making sure that the path was true. Others saw in AM an opportunity to disrupt the established manufacturing infrastructure, and gradually implemented a new system, tried and tested to now enable to approach things differently. GE is one such case, one of the first to adopt AM and now it boasts one of the most extensive portfolios of applications in the field. However, sometimes a project needs the right fertile ground of established research to start growing. As NASA and Lockheed Martin constantly bring new aerospace parts to the testing grounds, proving the liability of AM in such a high-stake industry, new companies like Relativity Space hope to push the endeavor even further, by printing entire rockets. We are very grateful to those entrepreneurs who had the courage to jump into uncertainty, some to success some to failure, and make the world of AM what it is today.

Nike’s 3D Printed Elite Shoe Preparing For A Wider Release

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Nike’s 3D printed shoe Zoom VaporFly Elite Flyprint 3D will soon get a wider release. The Flyprint 3D is the updated version of the famous 3D printed Nike Zoom Vaporfly 4%, designed with the help of Eliud Kipchoge, winner Berlin marathon 2018. The Beaverton-based footwear giant has worked to perfect the Vaporfly 4% since last year. For this purpose, the company once again recruited the help of Kipchoge. The Zoom Vaporfly is called “4%” because an independent research found that Vaporfly wearing runners can gain 4% of the lead time on their competitors.

Read the full article here.

GE Transportation To Introduce 250 3D Printed Locomotive Parts By 2025

According to reports in UK rail industry authority the Railway Gazette GE is looking to apply additive manufacturing to components for its locomotives. If all goes according to plan, this could mean that in the next seven years GE Transportation will have an inventory of up to 250 3D printed train components. A pilot initiative for 3D printing at GE Transport is underway as part of its Brilliant Factory model, combined with analytics and lean manufacturing in a Digital Thread.

Read more here.

Relativity Space’s Quest To 3D Print Entire Rockets

Even NASA has been dipping their proverbial toe in the additive manufacturing waters, testing printed parts for the Space Launch System’s RS-25 engine. It would be safe to say that from this point forward, most of our exploits off of the planet’s surface will involve additive manufacturing in some capacity. But one of the latest players to enter the commercial spaceflight industry, Relativity Space, thinks we can take the concept even farther. Not content to just 3D print rocket components, founders Tim Ellis and Jordan Noone believe the entire rocket can be printed. Minus electrical components and a few parts which operate in extremely high stress environments such as inside the pump turbines, Relativity Space claims up to 95% of their rocket could eventually be produced with additive manufacturing.

Read the full article here.

 

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How being open helps you and the AM community (Authentise Weekly News-In-Review – Week 95)

For some people, “Open” has plainly negative connectations. What open really means is for everyone to weave and participate in an environment that enables learning, interoperability and ultimately makes very much business sense – as we saw in Red Hat’s $33bn acquisition. The maker revolution started as a way to put 3D printing and other technologies in the hands of everyone, democratizing manufacturing and bring about a new wave of STEM pupils. FDM printers were the first but now all sorts of printing platforms are going open. In fact, being open enables businesses to embrace third party opportunities more readily and easily and ultimately brings greater value to the customer. We recently announced the support for the quoting capabilities of Prosper3D within our own platform, something that our customers can keep in mind when creating the best platform for their case. We need to share more of the cool work we do, otherwise most will never see the light of day. We have just closed a crowd-sourcing experiment with Fabbaloo inviting anyone to submit their best 3D printing application, and the most voted got featured in our playing cards deck! The community has so much to give.

The Oasis 3DP Brings Open Source Binder Jetting to Makers

The 2018 Hackaday Prize will soon be wrapping up, and as always, the contest has yielded some wonderfully innovative and promising ideas. One entry, submitted by Yvo de Haas, aims to make binder jetting accessible to everyone. Binder jetting, in which a liquid binding agent is deposited to bind powder particles together, is an effective method of 3D printing whose benefits include not requiring supports. It’s not a technology, however, that is typically accessible to the average maker.

Read more about it here.

A New Milestone for Open Additive Manufacturing Platforms

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Authentise, the leader in data-driven workflow tools for additive manufacturing, today announced a new partnership with Prosper3D, the provider of accurate quoting solutions for AM service bureaus, to give Authentise customers an even greater choice in tools to manage their workflow. As part of the agreement, Authentise customers will be able to access the Prosper3D quoting engines seamlessly through the Authentise Additive Accelerator interface.

Read the full press release here.

Highlighting The Best 3D Printing Applications

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Karen Linder shared with us this wonderful application of 3D printed designs that work in combination with engineered material properties. By restoring natural oyster habitats the environment will benefit from biological filtration systems, wave barriers and natural nurseries for fish and other marine life. Presently, 85% of the world’s oyster reefs are functionally extinct. The material employed is plastic-free and is optimized for better larval settlement, survival and growth. Karen’s entry has been voted as the best application on the round and will be included as a new card in the latest update to our playing cards deck.

Read more about it here.

 

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Monitoring 3D prints – more than just a business boost (Authentise Weekly News-In-Review – Week 94)

We at Authentise are champions of the idea that 3D printing data must be exploited anywhere it is to be found. This often times comes from the printers themselves, offering KPIs on successful print rates and more. Yet even more information can come from external monitoring systems, which that can provide you with data from within the process itself. The benefits of running a monitoring system are numerous, from helping you identify, and potentially correct, issues from within the process, to giving an unprecedented look at still little-known physical phenomenons. Metal printing, for example, is still grounds of research, as we try to understand the dynamics of precise powder melting and the behavior of very hot particles. Another example would be to track 3D printed objects, based on the unique printing “signature” of each printer (like vibrational micro-defects), and thus being able to tell which printer produced it.

High-Speed Cameras Used to Monitor 3D Printing Process

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In a thesis entitled “Process Monitoring for Temporal-Spatial Modeling of Laser Powder Bed Fusion,” a student named Animek Shaurya studies the use of high-speed video cameras for in-situ monitoring of the 3D printing process of nickel alloy 625 to detect meltpool, splatter, and over melting regions to improve the quality of the print.

Read more at 3DPrint.com

New NIST method measures 3D polymer processing precisely

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Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have demonstrated a novel light-based atomic force microscopy (AFM) technique–sample-coupled-resonance photorheology (SCRPR)–that measures how and where a material’s properties change in real time at the smallest scales during the curing process. […] Surprising the researchers, interest in the NIST technique has extended well beyond the initial 3D printing applications. Companies in the coatings, optics and additive manufacturing fields have reached out, and some are pursuing formal collaborations, NIST researchers say.

Read the rest here.

This is how researchers can now track 3D printed guns, weapons

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According to academics from the University of Buffalo, there is a way to use the ‘fingerprint’ of 3D printers to accurately trace items printed through the machinery, which may include counterfeit goods, guns, and other weaponry.  No in-fill patterns are the same, and this is the key to tracking down a specific printer.

“3D printers are built to be the same. But there are slight variations in their hardware created during the manufacturing process that leads to unique, inevitable and unchangeable patterns in every object they print,” says Wenyao Xu, Ph.D., associate professor of computer science and engineering in UB’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and lead author of the study.

Read the full article here.

 

Senvol Developing Machine Learning for US Navy for Additive Manufacturing

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Senvol has publicly announced that it is developing data-driven machine learning AM software for the U.S. Navy’s Office of Naval Research (ONR). Senvol’s software analyzes the relationships between AM process parameters and material performance. ONR’s goal is to use Senvol’s software to assist in developing statistically substantiated material properties in hopes of reducing conventional material characterization and testing that is needed to develop design allowables.

Read more here.

 

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Metal AM becomes feasible and affordable, and will change manufacturing (Authentise Weekly News-In-Review – Week 93)

Metal AM has been around for many years but we have since bumped into many problems that make it hard for the tech to scale up. The techniques required to deal with metal materials are still finicky and expensive. All this is gradually changing, as advances in material sciences and better industry know-how lead to machines that are cheaper yet performant enough to appeal to the Small Medium Business (SMB) market. We recently heard there are 160 metal 3D printing startups! Wohaa! New research into bulk metallic glasses are making it easier to work with metals, lowering the barrier to entry by aiming at less pricey technologies. At the same time, companies like HP and Desktop Metal are offering metal 3D printers at very enticing prices, sub $400K, which is a big deal. New entries in the printer market are geared towards production instead of simple prototyping, signalling that the shift is close to a scaled metal printing industry.

Use of Metallic Glass Simplifies 3D Printing of Metals

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Researchers at Yale, MIT, and Desktop Metal have teamed up to simplify metal 3D printing, expanding its potential for use in industrial applications and the range of objects that can be printed using the process. The research, led by Jan Schroers, Yale professor of mechanical engineering and materials science, has taken a new approach to 3D-print objects from metallic glass—a relatively new material stronger than even some of the strongest metals, but with the pliability of plastic.

Read more here.

HP’s Metal Jet 3D printer may build your next car’s innards

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[…] printing giant HP announced it’s entered the market with the ambition to dramatically lower prices, courtesy of a $400,000 product called the Metal Jet.

“We’re really going to enable mass production for mainstream metals, in particular steels,” said Tim Weber, head of 3D metal printing for HP.

Read more at CNET.

Metal 3D printing startup Velo3D launches its first product

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[Velo3D] is finally ready to discuss what it’s been working on, just as it announces the availability of its first product. The Sapphire system utilizes a technology the company calls Intelligent Fusion. The system is capable of 3D printing complex metal objects by sintering a bed of powder with a laser, in a process similar to standard resin-based 3D printing systems. One of the more compelling aspects of the technology is its ability to create geometrically complicated objects without the need for the support structure most require.

Read the rest at Techcruch.

 

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The Confluence of AI and AM (Authentise Weekly News-In-Review – Week 92)

We’ve witnessed how the digital age is transforming the manufacturing industry and nowhere it is more apparent than in the contributions that AI is giving to the field. Advanced computing capabilities are being coupled with full-spectrum sensors and autonomous “thinking”. These systems are being developed in AM for a variety of benefits. First, they can help with in-process fault detection, constantly monitoring the printer for defects where the human eye can’t see and even adjust it to fix the problem on the spot. Bringing a trustworthy AI system in the fray opens up possibilities for decentralized manufacturing, where human skill isn’t needed to produce good quality, reliable parts. Such manufacturing units can be located anywhere, operate autonomously and even cooperate with one another to reach a certain goal. Authentise is presently using AI technologies to drive process estimates, providing an accurate, reliable window into your operations.

 

US Navy and Lockheed Martin Are Building AI-Driven 3D Printing Robots

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A new generation of smart 3D printers is under development which will use artificial intelligence to oversee and optimize 3D printed parts. The US Navy’s Office of Naval Research (ONR), which is funding the ambitious project, has recently announced a two-year $5.8 million contract. There are four partners working on this project, led by Lockheed Martin’s Advanced Technology Centre. The collective aim is to be able to create robots that can make independent decisions on how to optimize the production of complicated 3D printed parts.

Read the rest here.

 

Mobile Robots Cooperate to 3D Print Large Structures

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Roboticists at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore have, for the first time (as far as they know), performed “the actual printing of a single-piece concrete structure by two mobile robots operating concurrently.” The big advantage of this system is that you can use it to build structures that are more or less arbitrary in size without having to change the system all that much, since the robots themselves can define their own build volume by moving around.

Read more at IEEE Spectrum.

 

Kansas State University Researchers Develop AI System For 3D Printing Process Monitoring

Researchers from Kansas State University’s Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering (IMSE) have developed a new quality monitoring system for the 3D printing process. With integrated supervised machine learning, a camera, and image processing software, the researchers created a production quality monitoring system for assessing 3D printed parts in real-time.

Read the full article here.

 

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Key Reasons AM is Headed to Manufacturing: Price, Tools & Pilots (Authentise Weekly News-In-Review – Week 91)

AM has moved from a technology limited to prototyping to a full-fledged game changer in manufacturing. This change didn’t happen overnight and we can trace its recent success on a few key advances that enabled it to become more approachable and employable. First, metal AM machines are coming down in price drastically, making the technology more affordable to businesses at a sub $500K price tag. Hybrid manufacturing equipment is incorporating AM to leverage its potential while compensating its shortcoming with traditional tools to finish the job, making the jump into AM less restrictive. Ultimately, but not less important, companies are finally coming out of their pilot projects with positive results and are keen to delve deeper into their investments and scale their operations.

HP’s Metal Jet 3D printer may build your next car’s innards

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A number of companies offer metal 3D printing, which creates products and components layer by layer with a computer-controlled system tracing its lineage to ordinary inkjet printers. But on Monday, printing giant HP announced it’s entered the market with the ambition to dramatically lower prices, courtesy of a $400,000 product called the Metal Jet.

“We’re really going to enable mass production for mainstream metals, in particular steels,” said Tim Weber, head of 3D metal printing for HP.

Read more at CNET.

Hybrid Manufacturing & The Future of 3D Printing for Production

[…] much like 3D printing, the potential benefits of hybrid manufacturing have made some early adopters very optimistic about the technology’s future prospects. Michael Sealy, assistant professor of mechanical and materials engineering at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln is one of them.

“Additive really opens up the doors in terms of being able to print your own mechanical properties layer-by-layer or zone-by-zone,” he said. “That’s one of the big advantages, so I see hybrid AM exploding in the next few years just because of all that potential.”

Read more here.

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According to reports in UK rail industry authority the Railway Gazette GE is looking to apply additive manufacturing to components for its locomotives. If all goes according to plan, this could mean that in the next seven years GE Transportation will have an inventory of up to 250 3D printed train components.

A pilot initiative for 3D printing at GE Transport is underway as part of its Brilliant Factory model, combined with analytics and lean manufacturing in a Digital Thread.

 

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How Small/Medium Businesses Will Drive the AM Wave (Authentise Weekly News-In-Review – Week 90)

Small and medium businesses (SMBs) have advantages that big corporations don’t have. One of them is agility, to make business decisions and to move into new markets. This agility is being augmented by technologies like additive manufacturing, laying the groundwork for them to become the next giants of the manufacturing industry. For starters, the barriers to entry in the industry have drastically lowered as startups no longer need to invest on expensive, specialized machinery. However, data shows that SMBs are already readily investing in AM, which puts them in the optimal position of focusing on new, maybe niche markets and grow unaffected by big, established companies. Furthermore, AM gives them the ability to nimbly change their production planning and strategy based on the whims of the market, better gearing their products and services to what is selling the most.

How 3D Printing Is Empowering SMBs in Manufacturing’s Digital Transformation

Traditional manufacturing requires companies to invest in expensive molds before a single product can be produced. And once the mold is developed, large order commitments are required to achieve enough scale for products to be priced competitively in the market. This poses a challenge for any company; but for startups and small companies it’s often completely cost-prohibitive. 3D printing eliminates such costly barriers to entry by not requiring physical prerequisites like molds for production. In fact, products can be custom-produced directly from digital files, with 3D printing software able to identify potential design flaws or inconsistencies before the manufacturing process even starts. And the ability of service bureaus to print products on-demand eliminates the need for large manufacturing runs or the potential for excess inventory.

Keep reading here.

3D printing to be utilised by three quarters of Europe’s SMB’s by 2020

Following new research by Ricoh Europe, it has been revealed that almost three quarters of Europe’s small and medium sized businesses (SMB) believe that 3D printing technology is vital to reduce costs and improve agility. The research found that 44% of the 2,370 SMB leaders surveyed from 23 different countries have already invested in 3D printing with a further 30% planning to invest within the next two years. From the businesses that were surveyed, it was revealed that 70% of businesses are aiming to utilise 3D printing to introduce new manufacturing strategies and techniques.

Read the full article here.

How “Speed Factories” Help Companies Adapt to Capricious Consumers

Speed factories are a growing trend among consumer-goods businesses, and one Jan Van Mieghem, professor of managerial economics and operations at Kellogg, has been researching. “More companies are focused on localization now, with custom-made products for very small local markets,” Van Mieghem says. Speed factories offer fast turnaround to meet demand in such markets, but they often have higher production costs.

Read the full article here.

 

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