Worldwide shipments of 3D printers will reach 455,772 units in 2016, more than doubling the 219,168 units shipped in 2015, according to Gartner’s latest forecast. Despite slowing growth rates after the market’s initial growth spurt, the increase in 3D printer shipments over the next four years will see the number of units shipped in 2020 total more than 6.7 million.
It is already old news that 3D printing is going to be the next “game changer” in manufacturing; it is only a matter of when. In the last few years, there has been a surge in demand for 3D printed parts, typically plastic and metal ones – not surprising since the CAD/CAM scene has been vastly improving in recent years.
GE has come a step closer to realising its plans to acquire SLM Solutions and Arcam for $US 1.4 billion, with SLM Solutions’ board advising shareholders to accept the offer.
Perth-based 3D printing company Aurora Labs has announced that it has lodged another patent application, this time for a method of producing metal powders.
Sigma Labs, Inc., a provider of quality assurance software under the PrintRite3D brand, today announced that it has received a contract from Honeywell Aerospace under the previously-announced “America Makes” additive manufacturing research project with GE Aviation.
Following several developments this year focussed on 3D printing for industrial users, 3D Systems has announced additions to its management team and said it had “no interest” in courting the consumer market.
ASX-listed mineral explorer Falcon Minerals has announced it will acquire all of US-based consumer 3D printer manufacturer Robo 3D.
GE has announced its intention to buy SLM Solutions of Germany and Arcam of Sweden, both makers of industrial metal additive manufacturing machines, in what it is calling the next step on its way to becoming a digital industrial business.
Stratasys has previewed two new fused deposition modeling-based additive manufacturing technologies, co-developed with partners Boeing, Ford and Siemens.
Flexco has released the PTEZ Belt Trainer tracking idler for its line of belt trainers. Designed with the company’s “Pivot and Tilt” feature, it can be used in any application that requires tracking to prevent damage to the belt or conveyor structure, including single-direction and reversing belts. The Pivot and Tilt feature ensures that the … Continue reading Flexco launches belt trainer for conveyor tracking
According to a report in today’s Australian newspaper, former Orica executives, Andrew Larke and Patrick Largier, are being courted by the administrators of Arrium to become directors of its $1.5 billion subsidiary Moly-Cop. Moly-Cop makes steel grinding balls used in mining and is touted as one of the most lucrative part of Arrium’s ailing operations. … Continue reading Arrium administrators find Orica execs as the solution for Moly-Cop
In recent years, the use of modern adhesive technologies has become increasingly prominent in the industry. There is a good reason for this, as high-performance adhesives deliver numerous advantages for constructors and processors alike. In particular, the property of bonding all kinds of materials quickly and securely is one of the reasons why adhesives are … Continue reading Modern adhesives – a key manufacturing technology of the future
Following the progress of MakerBot, it is easy to be despondent about the whole desktop 3D printing industry. For a short time back in 2010, MakerBot was 3D printing. Anyone who wanted a desktop 3D printer could buy a MakerBot kit or build a RepRap.
A new guide 3D Printing Rights & Responsibilities: consumer perceptions and realities has been launched to explain what consumers need to know before printing in 3D, including the potential risks in creating and sharing 3D printable files, and what kinds of safeguards are in place.
North Dakota, USA 3D printing business 3DomFuel grown its product mix to be three-tenths made up of novel filaments, including those made out of beer, coffee and hemp.
Unlike our previous election, in fact unlike our past three federal elections, in the US, both candidates for president are vowing to revitalise and resurrect the U.S. manufacturing industry. In fact, Donald Trump says he will “reclaim millions of American jobs” while Hillary Clinton is pushing a “make it in America” strategy. “While too many … Continue reading OPINION: Unlike in Australia, US elections are all about manufacturing
Rare earth elements and their compounds are a crucial part of our everyday technologies. But our demand for these precious elements are growing, and the world’s supply is not evenly distributed. Below is an infographic outlining these major elements, how they are used, and where they are found. 7 Rare Earth Elements that Run our … Continue reading INFOGRAPHIC: Rare earth metals supply and where it is found
Servicing, Maintenance and Welding (SMW) Group provides field servicing, maintenance and emergency repair and rebuild services to customers in Central Queensland. The company also provides complete plant and equipment management, supported by a range of mine site compliance activities. In response to SMW’s desire to make its large welding workshop more efficient, BOC and its … Continue reading New gen robots cutting weld time by up to 90 per cent
While hiring intentions among Australian employers remain positive, their employees feel let down on the training front and many are actively looking to switch jobs, the latest Hudson Report has revealed. The report tracked the hiring intentions of more than 2,000 employers, as well as the attitudes of 1,330 employees in April this year. It … Continue reading Report finds employers eager to hire but staff also eager to leave
When I first saw the results of IFS’s Digital Transformation Survey of nearly 500 senior decision makers in 20+ countries, I was surprised that only 50 per cent of respondents in Australia said they had a clear strategy for digital transformation. The reason wasn’t that 50 per cent seemed like a low figure based on … Continue reading OPINION: Are Australian companies doing enough to transform themselves?