From 3D Print to 3D production

From 3D Print to 3D production

The global 3D printing market is expected to reach US $4.9 billion by the end of 2016 and is expected to grow at a 43.5% compound annual growth rate until 2020, reaching US $22.4 billion.

In our previous blog on 3D printing, we have already discussed various applications of 3D printing in real life, including Voxel8, a startup company focused on applying 3D printing to the electronic industry.

With the technology development, we have recently seen some exciting changes in 3D printing that might change the future of the industry. Last week, HP unveiled its first 3D printer, saying that it is 10 times faster and half the cost of the competitors. HP’s Multi Jet Fusion Technology breaks 3D printing into its building blocks—called voxel, which represents a regular grid on a three-dimension space. By controlling different aspects of a voxel through different agents, the printer can change color, surface properties, translucency, elasticity and strength, electronic conductivity and even advanced material for each individual voxel. This technology will allow the printer to produce products with different textures, properties, shape, and color. The ability to control electronic conductivity will make it possible for the products to support embedded electronic components. This approach gives HP’s 3D printer flexibility in production and expands the application base.

Another area where 3D printing is taking over (or at least is trying) is in jet engines. At Monash center for Additive Manufacturing in Monash University, scientists are developing the world’s first 3D printed jet engine using 3D metal printing technology. The 3D printed components are stronger, lighter and have a better performance than regular manufactured components.

Moreover, this technology allows engineers to focus on designing the best performed components instead of being limited by manufacturing capability. With the freedom, we might be able to see jet engines in a completely different format.

The flexibility 3D print technology brought to the manufacturing industry opens many doors that were unimaginable before. With more objects being manufactured by 3D printing technology, we will probably see a new field of 3D Production in the near future.

Here at Advanced MP Technology, we keep a close look at what is happening in the technology field. By doing so, we are confident that our understanding of the industry will help us to provide our customers with the latest and best service.