RAPID prototyping, TECHNOLOGICAL innovations, SHIPMENT of goods, THREE-dimensional printing, and 3-D printers
The article reports on the fast evolution of three-dimensional (3D) printing technologies making them the frontliners in the additive manufacturing revolution. The 3D printing market is expected to growth through 2021 and recent developments in speed, quality, and the variety of materials it can print made 3D printing surpass its traditional role as a rapid prototyping tool. Global unit shipments of 3D printers in 2016 is 455,772 and is forecast to increase to 6,700,000 by 2020.
PROTOTYPES, THREE-dimensional printing, and 3-D printers
The article focuses on the project of designing, prototyping and manufacturing the 14-foot tall three dimensional (3D) printed creature called "Bodock," by 3D printing equipment manufacturer Stratasys, Stan Winston School of Character Arts, and Condé Nast Entertainment. Topics include the use of an array of 3D printers for the project, the filming of the entire process by a crew from the Stan Winston School, and debut of the creature at Comic-Con International convention in 2014.
PROTOTYPES, BUSINESS planning, THREE-dimensional printing, 3-D printers, SMALL scale system, and PRINTING machinery & supplies
The article discusses the significance of three-dimensional (3D) printing as the golden nugget for prototyping and small-scale manufacturing. It highlights the Brooklyn, New York-based MakerBot Industries LLC as the premier in designing and manufacturing 3D printing equipments. It notes that the company has started designing open-source 3D printer and adjusted its business plans as 3D printing increases its popularity in the market, according to its chief executive officer (CEO) Bre Pettis.