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3D-Printed Figurines

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3D scanning and printing tools make it possible to produce color figurines of action figures, pets, our kids, and a lot more. Prior to our daughter’s wedding last July, we decided to produce a custom cake topper of her and her fiancé.

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.

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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.,

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.

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.

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.

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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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.

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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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.

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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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.

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.

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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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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AM in Africa

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Yesterday, I recently returned from my 22nd visit to Africa. Twenty of them have been to South Africa where additive manufacturing activity is the strongest. In fact, I estimate that 99% of AM work on the continent has occurred in the country.

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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.

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AM in the U.S. Military

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I had the great privilege of spending most of last Thursday at the Pentagon, and what I learned was encouraging. The U.S. Department of Defense has advanced its use of additive manufacturing beyond what I had anticipated.

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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Recent AM Material Sales Growth

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Note: The following was excerpted from Wohlers Report 2018. In 2017, an estimated $1.13 billion was spent on materials for all additive manufacturing (AM) systems worldwide, including both industrial systems and desktop 3D printers. This represents an increase of 25.5% over the $903.0

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.

Growth in AM Patent Applications

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Note: The following was co-authored by Ray Huff and Terry Wohlers, both of Wohlers Associates. John Hornick of Finnegan collected and assembled the data for the chart. A key indicator of innovation in any industry is patent applications.

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The Impact of DfAM

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Note: Associate consultant and DfAM expert Olaf Diegel authored the following. Over the past three decades, the bulk of research in additive manufacturing has largely focused on AM processes and materials.

Footwear from Wiivv

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The idea of 3D-printed footwear is appealing. The technology makes it possible to affordably print custom parts that make up the product. Recent history shows that customers are willing to pay a premium for products that have been designed specifically for them.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Small Batch Production at Avid

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Note: Ray Huff, intern at Wohlers Associates, authored the following. Two weeks ago, I visited Avid Product Development , a design, prototyping, and small batch manufacturing firm in Loveland, Colorado.

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.

Growth of 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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AM System Manufacturer Growth

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The additive manufacturing (AM) industry continues to experience dramatic growth in the number of companies that produce industrial (above $5,000) AM systems. In 2016, the total number grew to 97 across four continents. This is up from 62 the year before, and it nearly tripled in three years.

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Metals at formnext

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I attended last week’s formnext , powered by TCT , in Frankfurt, Germany. The four-day event, involving an international exhibition and conference, was outstanding, especially given that it was the second year.

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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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Inside 3D Printing – Seoul

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I attended last week’s fourth annual Inside 3D Printing event near Seoul, South Korea. It has been interesting to watch the even grow over the past four years. An estimated 10,500 people from 28 countries attended.

AM Material Sales Growth

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Note: Much of the following was excerpted from Wohlers Report 2017. The following graph shows the 16-year material sales growth trend in additive manufacturing.

Consumable Strategies

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Note: The following was authored by Tim Caffrey, senior consultant at Wohlers Associates. The classic example of the “closed” consumable model is the Gillette razor.

AM in Aerospace

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The world of additive manufacturing is experiencing an interesting time in the aerospace industry. The technology holds tremendous promise for the production of both polymer and metal parts.

The Future of 3D Printing

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Like many, I’m intrigued by the prospects of the future. For 30 years, I have put thought into the developments and applications of additive manufacturing and 3D printing—terms that are used interchangeably.