One or two technologies will dominate the additive manufacturing market in a few years, says David Reis, CEO of Objet Geometries of Rehovot, Israel. Determining factors will be similar to those that are important in two-dimensional printing, says Reis. They include: part size, speed, productivity and price. Critical factors in productivity are output in a given period of time, and extent of manual labor involved in the production. Reis made the comments in a press conference at Euromold in Frankfurt, Germany.
These new 3D-printing technologies and printers include some that are truly boundary-breaking: a sophisticated new sub-$10,000, 10-plus materials bioprinter, the first industrial-strength silicone 3D-printing service, and a clever twist on 3D printing and thermoforming for making high-quality realistic models.
Using simulation to guide the drafting process can speed up the design and production of 3D-printed nanostructures, reduce errors, and even make it possible to scale up the structures. Oak Ridge National Laboratory has developed a model that does this.
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