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Remarkable Struggles

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Our nation’s healthcare providers are doing extraordinary work. They are risking their lives to help many of us. We cannot provide too much support to them. I’m hopeful that they receive the personal protection equipment (PPE) they deserve.

Formnext 2019

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Last week’s Formnext in Frankfurt, Germany was outstanding. Nearly 35,000 people attended, up more than 28% from last year. Four large exhibition halls were nearly filled with 852 exhibitors, an increase of 35% over 2018.

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Extraordinary Times

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Countless organizations have shut down indefinitely. The economy is tanking with the stock market declining to unthinkable levels. United Airlines has cut 95% of its international flights, with most business travel halted. Meeting with others, even close friend and relatives, is discouraged.

Selecting Parts for AM

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Note: Ray Huff, associate engineer at Wohlers Associates, authored the following. Adopting additive manufacturing (AM) for serial production is one of the biggest and most interesting recent trends in industry. Many companies want to know the secret of how to choose parts that are a good fit.

3D Medical Applications

Held in Baltimore, Maryland, this event will bring together thought leaders, experts, engineers, doctors, researchers, and regulators in the many medical methods for 3D technology.The 3D Medical Applications conference is the most comprehensive, game-changing, meeting of minds for the future of 3D in healthcare.

Recycling with AM

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Note: Ray Huff, associate engineer at Wohlers Associates, authored the following. No one is surprised to hear that people produce copious amounts of waste every day. According to a 2017 study , if was found that over 300 million tons of plastic waste is produced annually.

U.S. Comeback in AM

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Is the U.S. making a comeback in additive manufacturing? Some might question whether the U.S. had fallen back in its position. In the 2000s, the U.S. definitely lost ground in a number of areas to the likes of China and Germany.

Beatlemania Bass Guitar

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Associate consultant Olaf Diegel has designed and manufactured an impressive range of guitars. The main body of each is the most interesting part because it is designed for 3D printing. The character and complexity of these guitars make them, in my opinion, remarkable.

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Additive Manufacturing in 2019

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The additive manufacturing and 3D printing industry has been anything but dull, with stirring news nearly every week. Last week, for example, footwear product company Dr. Scholl’s announced a partnership with Wiivv to produce custom insoles by AM.

BrewSpoon

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When traveling, I like to wake up to a cup of rich coffee. Most hotel rooms in the U.S. include a coffee maker with decent coffee. When traveling outside the U.S., coffee makers in hotel rooms are not common, although many include a hot water kettle.

Investment

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We have tracked investment totaling nearly $1.5 billion in additive manufacturing (AM) products and services worldwide. These dollars are critical to the future of AM and its developing ecosystem. Without it, countess producers of machines, materials, and software, as well as service providers, would not survive. Investment dollars do not ensure success, but it gives companies a fighting chance.

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Revving the Engine with AM

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Note: Ray Huff, associate engineer at Wohlers Associates, authored the following. The automotive industry has been a major player in the use of AM over the past 30 years, beginning with rapid product development and prototyping.

AM Investors

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Investors of additive manufacturing (AM) come in many forms. Among them are institutional, private equity, venture capital, angel, and individuals. Increasingly, investors are in pursuit of AM-related companies with a promising future.

Design Rules for AM

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Little by little, companies are learning that it can be very different to design for additive manufacturing (DfAM). To make AM economical for production quantities, DfAM is usually necessary.

AM Adoption in Aerospace

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At an impressive pace, companies in the aerospace industry are building in-house capacity and expanding the number of certified suppliers in additive manufacturing.

AM in India

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For years, additive manufacturing and 3D printing have been put to work in India for concept modeling, design validation, prototyping, and some tooling. Organizations in the U.S.,

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Wohlers Report 2018

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Wohlers Associates, Inc. announced today the release of Wohlers Report 2018 , the industry-leading global report on the state of the additive manufacturing (AM) and 3D printing industry, terms used interchangeably.

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Elastic and Rigid Behavior in Single-Material Parts

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Note: Ray Huff, associate engineer at Wohlers Associates, authored the following. The elastic behavior of polymers, coupled with the design freedom of AM, allows designers to produce some very interesting products. A single-material part can have rigid and springy features, all driven by design.

3D-Printed Food

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The idea of 3D-printed food came in or around 2011 when Hod Lipson and his team at Cornell University produced some crude but intriguing examples.

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AM in Formula One

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Note: Research associate Ray Huff authored the following. Two weeks ago, I attended the Circuit of the Americas Formula One race near Austin, Texas. I was a guest of Additive Industries, along with the Sauber Alfa Romeo team, for practice day at the track.

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Publication of Wohlers Report 2019

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Note: Ray Huff of Wohlers Associates co-authored the following. The first months of the year are always an exciting time of discovery at our company. Gathering so much detailed information and data from around the world is laborious but rewarding.

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World Economic Forum

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I attended a first-ever 3D printing and additive manufacturing event organized and hosted by the World Economic Forum’s Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution in San Francisco.

New Website

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I am happy to announce the launch of our updated website. It has been some time since we launched the last one, so we are excited to roll it out. We hope you like the organization and presentation of the content, as well as the overall user experience.

DfAM in Germany

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Design for additive manufacturing (DfAM) is not easy. That’s why we have been offering DfAM courses since 2015. Our first two were for NASA Marshal Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama. We have since conducted courses in other parts of the U.S.,

DfAM

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Design for additive manufacturing (DfAM) is not easy. That’s why we have been offering DfAM courses since 2015. Our first two were for NASA Marshal Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama. We have since conducted courses in other locations in the U.S.,

Bangalore

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I visited Bangalore for the first time last week and the experience could not have been better. The people were extremely friendly. In fact, several approached and talked to me as if we had met before, although we hadn’t. I was lucky enough to spend time at very interesting and successful companies, including 3D Product Development , Intech DMLS , and Supercraft3D. All three are vibrant and focused on additive manufacturing products and services and are in the forefront of AM in India.

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Factors Contributing to AM Growth

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The additive manufacturing (AM) industry came within about $200 million from producing $10 billion in products and services last year. This is based on research for Wohlers Report 2019. What’s more, it grew by nearly 62% over the past two years. What’s driving this impressive growth?

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Jobs from 3D Printing

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Government officials have been asking how 3D printing will create jobs in their part of the world. The subject came up again last week in Melbourne, Australia when meeting with people at the state government of Victoria.

3D-Printed Buildings

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Earlier this year, 3DPrint.com reported on Shanghai-based WinSun and its 3D printing of buildings. Stories of the Chinese printing entire homes and other structures have been reported in the past, although most have been met with uncertainty.

22nd Annual Wohlers Report

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I’m happy to announce this week’s publication of Wohlers Report 2017. I’d like to think that after so many years, it would become easier. It does not, mostly due to all of the changes and new developments in additive manufacturing and 3D printing.

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RAPDASA and Formnext

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I attended last week’s 19th annual conference and exhibition of the Rapid Product Development Association of South Africa (RAPDASA) in Johannesburg. About 230 people attended from several countries.

Not for Everyone

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Contrary to what some would like you to believe, owning and operating a 3D printer is not for most consumers. It may be easy to buy one, but it’s definitely not easy to create the 3D model data needed to produce a unique design.

3D-Printed Guns

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With the “green light” looming for the 3D printing of guns on July 31, I was contacted by CNN, ABC7 News (San Francisco), and others. In two days, I conducted six interviews, including four television, one radio, and one print. Four of them are here: CNN Live with Brooke Baldwin.

Major Brands Adopt 3D Printing

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Commercial 3D printing has been around since 1988, but change over the past two years is unlike anything we’ve seen in the industry’s first 25 years. Major corporations are making commitments to 3D printing.

AM Service Providers

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Note: The following was excerpted from Wohlers Report 2018. Independent service providers worldwide generated an estimated $2.955 billion from the sale of parts produced by additive manufacturing systems in 2017. This is up 36% from the $2.173 billion reported for 2016.

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Last Week’s Euromold 2015

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The 22nd annual Euromold was held last week in Düsseldorf, Germany. Other than a few companies missing from the exhibition floor, it could not have gone better. More than 450 exhibitors from 33 countries showed their latest products and services.

Adoption of AM in Aerospace

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Companies in the aerospace industry are building in-house capacity and the number of suppliers in additive manufacturing at an impressive pace. The Federal Aviation Administration and others have indicated to me that a half dozen or more metal AM parts are now certified for flight.

Most Popular AM Application

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Note: Much of the following was excerpted from Wohlers Report 2017. The following chart shows how organizations are using industrial additive manufacturing systems for a range of applications.

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HP’s Stephen Nigro

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Stephen Nigro is senior vice president of PPS Imaging and Printing at HP. He has worldwide responsibility for the company’s printing business, which includes HP InkJet, HP LaserJet, and HP Graphics. This business is roughly $20 billion per year and involves tens of thousands of employees.

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Cheap 3D Printers

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Low-cost, desktop 3D printers are becoming amazingly inexpensive and they continue to decline in price. Some people say that it’s a race to the bottom. At least three models are priced at under $400, with one—the QB-3D OneUp—selling for $199. The other two are the da Vinci Jr.

CSU’s Idea2Product Lab

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Note: The following was authored by Ray Huff, manager of the I2P lab at Colorado State University. He is an intern at Wohlers Associates. At universities worldwide, 3D printing is unlocking doors previously unavailable to students, staff, and others.

Design for AM in Montreal

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Design for additive manufacturing (DfAM) is a key to unlocking the power of AM. Neglecting to understand its importance may present a problem for companies hoping to tap into the technology’s potential.

20 Years Later

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Wohlers Report 2015 , our 20th anniversary edition, was published this week. The 314-page publication was developed with the help of many people.

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