This week: Toshiba get into the metal printing game, the industry got to the 500k printers milestone, 3D Hubs put out their 2016 Printer Guide and Made in Space to start 3D printing large-scale structures in space.
Toshiba is promising a printer ten times faster than most powder bed fusion sintering printers in the market. The new prototype utilizes laser metal deposition technology, can work with a variety of metals including iron, stainless steel and Inconel, using Toshiba’s fluid simulation technology. The corporation developed a nozzle that reduces the area to which the metal particles are deposited, allowing for the laser beam to precisely focus in on the tiny area of deposition.
In a year of ups and downs for some of the biggest industry names, Market Research Company CONTEXT released good news: over half a million 3D printers have been shipped globally between the 1980’s and mid-2015, with the millionth unit on track to ship by 2017. Though both the industrial/professional segment and personal/desktop 3D printing segments were weak in Q3 2015, new entrants from the traditional printing market could signify a major changing of the guard. CONTEXT predicts that the global 3D printing industry is right on track to ship its millionth unit by 2017, with upwards of 1M units being shipped every year from 2019 onwards—not that we ever doubted that would be the case. 3Ders wrote a great review of the report here.
3D Hubs just released their new 3D printer guide, for the first time featuring also industrial printers, from their 3D Hubs HD service. The guide is based on 5,350 reviews and an impressive 714,300 prints made on reviewed printers.
More exciting news: Our friends from Made in Space will be leading the team for a new NASA project called Archinaut, to 3D print large-scale structures and allow spacecrafts to both make and assemble structures which help in mission goals like providing antennas and base station capabilities. Made in Space, like Authentise, is an SU company.
To close our Week in Review, we want to congratulate our Dev Team and Layer0, their blog, on the post on “Why we moved away from Guthub“. The post made it to the front page of Hacker News last Tuesday, sparking a great discussion on development and management tools for technical teams. If you like code, 3D modeling and 3D printing, Layer0 is the place to go. Every Tuesday a new blog post will be waiting for for you.