Busy week with the formnext show, held in Frankfurt this week from 17-20. The conference showcased some of today’s most powerful manufacturing technology and 3D printers.
Concept Laser unveiled their AM Factory of Tomorrow concept, splitting up build job preparation/build job follow-up processing and additive manufacturing in a number of combinable modules to reduce the ‘downtime’ of previous stand-alone machines.
Renishaw showcased a new build preparation software package and two new metal 3D printing systems, MetalFab1 unveiled a new metal system, and EOS also brought their new metal 3D printer, the EOS M100, as well as their new material, EOS StainlessSteel CX, and a new quality control platform. The EOS M100 is basically a more compact and cost-effective form of the EOS M 290 DMLS.
Also very nice use cases popping up in the media: Materialise supplying Airbus with 3D Printed Parts for A350 XWB planes, Audi looking into 3D printed metal end parts into their autos, and Blade, the world’s first 3D printed supercar.
Something else that grabbed our attention this week was the Hexa Research projections for 3D printing into 2020, saying that lack of skill sets may impede industry progression. What are your thoughts on it? Do you agree with Hexa? What do you think can be done to prevent this from happening? Tweet to us!
To finish our Week in Review on a lighter note, here’s a great tip for your friends & family: Free 3D Crash Course in video. Developed with Pinshape, 3D Hubs and The WTFFF Podcast, the ‘crash course’ offers concise information for beginners, and it’s very entertaining, in whiteboard animation style.
See you next week!