A team from California’s $6 billion lab, The Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), has announced research on a major issue “plaguing a common metal 3D printing technique.” The new discovery will be published in the August volume of peer-reviewed journal Acta Materialia and could lead to a faster adoption of 3D printing than previously anticipated. Continue reading “Metal 3D Printing: Stronger Components, Faster Development”
Metal powders are proving to be the fastest-growing segment within the 3D printing materials market, and sales of metal 3D printers have been skyrocketing faster than, well, a 3D printed skyrocket component, however metal powders themselves still require significant improvements before they can be adopted as a mainstream manufacturing material in high-demand industries such as aerospace, medical, auto making and more. Continue reading “Canadian company develops proprietary atomization reactor that produces more consistent, ultra-high-performance spherical metal powders”
Most everyone in the 3D printing industry is well aware that the future for high quality components seems to be in metal 3D printing. With that in mind, researchers have been steadily refining the process, and now a team at Northwestern University has come up with a process that even allows the use of inexpensive rust powder, which is more lightweight, offers greater stability, and is safer and more affordable in comparison to other iron powders. Continue reading “The future for high quality components seems to be in metal 3D printing”
The most common 3D printers we currently read or hear about print with plastic in some form. Due to its less-durable reputation, compared to metal, the perception exists that the outcome, the printed part, is cheap or useless for anything other than a trinket, keepsake, or prototype model. While that perception is untrue, or inaccurate, many people believe 3D printing will not achieve real market penetration until a metal printer becomes affordable like the popular thermoplastic printers today. Continue reading “Stratasys invests in a seed-stage startup that is working on a metal inkjet 3D printer”
The advantages of additive manufacturing as a viable process for the production of low number series of complex metal parts are becoming clearer to the advanced manufacturing industry. Thus, more and more companies are introducing next generation products to cater to growing metal powder demand. This is the case for Nanosteel, a company operating in the field of nano-structured steel materials design. Continue reading “Nanosteel Launches Performance Powders for Binder Jetting 3D Printing Process (Video)”
According to the new Market Research Report “3D Printing Powder Market, By Type (Metal, Plastic, Ceramics), By End User (Aerospace & Defense, Automotive, Medical & Dental) – Global Forecast to 2020”, The value of the global 3D printing powder market is estimated to be $213.3 million in 2015 and is projected to grow at a CAGR of 24.4% from 2015 to 2020. Continue reading “Global 3D Printing Powder Market Projected to Reach $500 Million by 2020”
Continuing the global success of the “French Tech”, the start-up Z3DLAB created in January 2014, a specialist in metal additive manufacturing, is pinning its strategy in the development of new materials.
The company has validated a patent for the development of a new composite Titanium / Zirconia: ZTi-Powder®.
It combines the Zirconia’s hardness with Titanium’s malleability. It is 100% inert and 50% stronger than Titanium and withstands over 1000°C and at the same time is extremely light.
ZTi-Powder® combined with the SLM technology will create a huge range of unexplored opportunities Continue reading “Z3Dlab Introduces New Additive Manufacturing Titanium Ceramic Material for Selective Lazer Melting”
Materialise NV (NASDAQ:MTLS), a leading provider of additive manufacturing (AM) software and sophisticated 3D printing services, today announced the start of metal printing activities in their German office in Bremen, the location of Materialise’s Metal Competence Centre for software. Starting in late October, this new production line will begin serving industrial customers looking to manufacture parts in titanium, a material with applications in industries such as aerospace, manufacturing, automotive and more. During a press conference at Euromold in Dusseldorf, Materialise founder and CEO Fried Vancraen stated that this new production line would mark Materialise’s next step in becoming the most complete factory for 3D Printing. Continue reading “Materialise Opens Metal 3D Printing Factory in Germany”
The market for 3D printing is poised for an explosive growth. Today, a plethora of 3D printing techniques can shape objects from an ever growing list of materials – photo-polymeric resins, extruded filament, powders of plastics, pure metals and alloys, etc. Continue reading “A Look into Metal Powders for 3D Printing (Video)”
A new 3D printer that can create with gold promises to reshape the jewelry industry and transform how fine jewelry is made.
Already, jewelry designers have embraced 3D printing to create elaborate molds. However, because of the cost of fine metals, printing directly with gold was avoided. Continue reading “3D-Printed Gold Collection Aims to Transform the Jewellery Industry (Video)”