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 this year's MD&M West show, lots of material suppliers are talking about new formulations for wearables and things that stick to the skin, whether it's adhesives, wound dressings, skin patches and other drug delivery devices, or medical electronics.
Researchers at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory have published two physics-based models for the selective laser melting (SLM) metals additive manufacturing process, so engineers can understand how it works at the powder and scales, and develop better parts with less trial and error.
Materials and assembly methods on exhibit at next week's MD&M West and other co-located shows will include some materials you should see, as well as several new and improved processes. Here's a sampling of what you can expect.
The Food & Drug Administration has approved a 3D-printed, titanium, cranial/craniofacial patient-specific plate implant for use in the US. The implant is 3D printed using Arcam's electron beam melting (EBM) process.
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