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.
At the JEC Europe 2015 composites show in Paris last month, makers of composite materials, software, and process equipment showed off their latest innovations. This year's show saw some announcements related to automotive applications, but many of the improvements came in the world of aerospace.
The DuPont-sponsored Plastics Industry Trends survey shows engineers want improved performance in a broad range of plastics and better recycling technology. These concerns top even processing enhancements that improve productivity.
Plastics leader SABIC recently announced a global initiative to help its customers take advantage of additive manufacturing (AM) and also advance 3D printing (3DP) technologies in several application areas. The company's plans go way beyond materials, and also include design, processing, and part performance.
A theme that was reflected in several ways at NPE 2015 was the use of 3D printing to assist in, or improve on, injection molding, as well as improvements in 3D printing materials and processes that are making better functional prototypes and end-use parts.
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