RAPID prototyping, TECHNOLOGICAL innovations, MANUFACTURING processes, THREE-dimensional printing, 3-D printers, and DIGITAL printing
The article focuses on the evolution and improvements on 3D printer, one of the most important tools for product development as it helps prototypers build parts in a matter of hours, when machining or molding can take days or weeks. Information on some of the innovations include high-performance filaments, multi-material printing, and metal printing.
TECHNOLOGICAL innovations, RAPID prototyping, and 3-D printers
The article offers information on the ProMaker PI000 X SLS 3D printer developed by France-based Prodways Technologies, and notes that it is equipped to fabricate manufacturing jigs, brackets, and end-use components.
The article focuses on three dimensional (3D) printing in 2014 and discusses how it will impact manufacturing and design. Topics include how 3D printing has revolutionized the manufacturing of customizable components, increased accessibility to 3D printing by consumers, and how 3D printing will lessen industrial waste.
Bulletin of the Association for Information Science & Technology. Oct/Nov2015, Vol. 42 Issue 1, p12-15. 4p.
RAPID prototyping, LIBRARIES, TECHNOLOGICAL innovations, COMMUNITY development, and 3-D printers
EDITOR'S SUMMARY Makerspaces are environments where crafters and techies can come together to create, share and learn. Many libraries support the maker movement by providing access to a variety of technologies from sewing machines and looms to recording equipment and production tools, an expansion of services that is in line with promoting literacy, community and lifelong learning. About one third of makerspaces charged a fee or required membership in 2013, though some, including libraries and museums, are supported by major funding agencies. Digital fabrication technology or 3D printers are increasingly available through library-based makerspaces and extend opportunities for STEM education, but libraries face challenges from high initial and ongoing costs, user training and even encouraging users in 3D thinking and design. 3D printers can be a powerful stimulus for creativity, learning and sharing, even promoting jobs and community development. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]
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.
PRODUCTION planning, TECHNOLOGICAL innovations, MARKET timing, EXPERIMENTAL design, THREE-dimensional display systems, 3-D printers, THREE-dimensional printing, and PREDICTION models
Purpose: The implementation of additive manufacturing (AM) or 3D-printer manufacturing for technical prototyping, preproduction series and short production series can bring benefits in terms of reducing cost and time to market in product development. These technologies are beginning to be applied in different industrial sectors and have a great possibility of development. As these technologies are still in development, there is a need to define the capacity of the 3D machines to establish minimum standards for producing high-quality parts. In order to understand the behaviour of the different parameters of the 3Dmanufacturing process and define the numerical prediction models to produce high-quality parts, the University of Mondragón has carried out the study presented in this article on a new 3D printer recently purchased for the research laboratories. Methodology/Approach: The proposed methodology is based on a design of experiments (DOE) approach, which serves as a guide for engineers when it comes to executing any experimental study. Findings: The study has improved understanding in two areas of action: the behaviour of 3D technologies and the application of improvement methods based on the DOE methodology. We identified key factors for optimising the new technology, including an impression in 3D. Originality/Value of paper: This study uses a methodological approach to demonstrate how the 3D printing technology can be enriched with statistical testing techniques (DOE). It defines numerical prediction models to obtain highquality parts with a new AM technology, using a planning process with a minimum amount of experimentation. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]
The article provides information related to mechanical engineering. It highlights the effort of Canadian startup Voltera to speed up and simplify the three-dimensional printing of prototype electronic circuit boards by introducing its V-One, a desktop rapid-prototyping technology. Other information such as innovations and machine-to-machine technology is presented.
Harvard Business Review. May2015, Vol. 93 Issue 5, p40-48. 9p. 2 Color Photographs, 1 Graph.
MANUFACTURING processes, STRATEGIC planning, TECHNOLOGICAL innovations, PRODUCT design, SUPPLY chains, BUSINESS ecosystems, BUSINESS process management, COST control, THREE-dimensional printing, 3-D printers, and MATERIALS
The use of 3-D printing, also known as additive manufacturing, has moved well beyond prototyping, rapid tooling, trinkets, and toys. Companies such as GE, Lockheed Martin, and BMW are switching to it for industrial production at scale. More companies will follow as the range of printable materials continues to expand. Already available are basic plastics, photosensitive resins, ceramics, cement, glass, numerous metals, thermoplastic composites (some infused with carbon nanotubes and fibers), and even stem cells. In this article the author makes the case that additive manufacturing will gain ground quickly, given advantages such as greater flexibility, fewer assembly steps and other cost savings, and enhanced product-design possibilities. Managers, D’Aveni writes, should now be engaging with strategic questions on three levels: Sellers of tangible products should ask how their offerings could be improved, whether by themselves or by competitors. Industrial enterprises should revisit their operations to determine what network of supply chain assets and what mix of old and new processes will be optimal. And leaders must consider the strategic implications as whole commercial ecosystems begin to form around the new realities of 3-D printing. Many of the biggest players already in the business of additive manufacturing are vying to develop the platforms on which other companies will build and connect. Platform owners will be powerful because production itself is likely to become commoditized over time. Those facilitating connections in the digital ecosystem will sit in the middle of a tremendous volume of industrial transactions, collecting and selling valuable information. INSETS: The Tipping Point in Patents;Three Ways to Wade into 3-D. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]
Modern Machine Shop. Apr2015, Vol. 87 Issue 11, p34-36. 2p.
TECHNOLOGICAL innovations, MANUFACTURES, UNITED States, THREE-dimensional display systems, and 3-D printers
The article reports technological developments in the manufacturing industry in the U.S. as of April 2015, particularly the growing adoption of three-dimensional (3D) printers by industry players. It cites as example the move by Kenworthy Machine to buy a MakerBot Replicator 2 desktop three-dimensional (3D) printer for prototyping applications. The comment by Kenworthy Machine's Mark Kenworthy on their operation is also cited.