Integrating AM into digital production workflow could bring level of automation to new heights

Integrating AM into digital production workflow could bring level of automation to new heights

SmarTech Publishing just released my latest AM market report, this time on AM workflow automation, that is automation of the AM production line. In this report, I tried to assess what the overall business volume could around the establishment, within tomorrow’s automated factories, of the fully digital production line which use AM as the core production process in an end-to-end production cycle.

For this report, I only considered automation of the mechanical processes involved. In other words that part of digital manufacturing that takes the product from a digital file ready to be 3D printed (so after it underwent CAD, CAE and CAM software processes) and before the distribution and retail phase (which is managed by CRM and ERP software). Continue reading “Integrating AM into digital production workflow could bring level of automation to new heights”

Growing Lattice in CAD: AM Prompts Designers to Look Beyond Solids and Surfaces

Lilian van Daal wants to bring Nature’s engineering methods into people’s living rooms. The 2010 graduate of HAN University (Netherlands) created a series of 3D-printed soft seats. The softness comes from her clever use of Nature-inspired lattice structure to create flexibility out of stiff materials. Continue reading “Growing Lattice in CAD: AM Prompts Designers to Look Beyond Solids and Surfaces”

Can We Really 3D Print Cars and Car Parts?

Imagine a day when the intrepid tinkerer can download, print, and build a car in his or her own garage. It may sound like science fiction, but it’s coming sooner than you think. Additive manufacturing, better known as 3-D printing, is already a $4.1 billion global industry, and analysts project that advancements in technology will cause it to quadruple in growth over the next five years. Continue reading “Can We Really 3D Print Cars and Car Parts?”

Microsoft To Reveal More Information About New 3D Printing File Format

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The 3D printing world is abuzz about a big reveal coming tomorrow at Build 2015, about Microsoft’s supposedly new type of 3D printing file format. According to Microsoft, the .STL file is out of date and is limiting the output of today’s machines. Microsoft added capability to handle .STL files back in 2013 for Windows 8.1. Continue reading “Microsoft To Reveal More Information About New 3D Printing File Format”