3D Printing Industry Review of the year August 2017

It was earnings season in the 3D printing industry and we
covered the financials of
ExOne
,
SLM Solutions
,
Stratasys
,
Nano Dimension
and
Sigma Labs
. It will be interesting to see how the
projections made halfway through 2017 weigh up to end of year
reports due for release in January.

Small steps, big impact

Perhaps the most popular article in this period was a study
from University of California San Diego and Rady Children’s
Hospital discovering that, on average,
3D printing can help save up to $2,700 per operation.

A co-operative project from the University of Oxford and
University of Bristol developed a new and well-needed
high resolution 3D bioprinting method
operating at
a scale below 200 microns.

In another microscopic 3D printing project, Brigham Young
University (BYU) researchers made
a first-of-its-kind microfluidic chip
with features as
small as 18 μm × 20 μm.

PhD student Hua Gong holds the BYU 3D printed microfluidic device. Photo by Jaren Wilkey/BYU © BYU PHOTO 2017PhD student Hua
Gong holds the BYU 3D printed microfluidic device. Photo by Jaren
Wilkey/BYU
© BYU PHOTO 2017

Music to our ears: More lasers

In
an important step for metal additive manufacturing
,
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) published a
comprehensive study of the spatter effect occurring in metal
particles of powder bed fusion (PBF) 3D printers.

GE Global Research, Senior Additive Technology Platform
Leader Waseem Faidi advocated a strategy for development of

faster metal 3D printers.

And to overcome the challenges of 3D printing copper, the
Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology (ILT) launched
the
“SLM in Green” project,
replacing typically red SLM lasers
with a viridescent equivalent.

Preview of Fraunhofer's SLM in Green copper printing project. Photo by Fraunhofer ILT, Aachen, Germany.Preview of
Fraunhofer’s SLM in Green copper printing project. Photo by
Fraunhofer ILT, Aachen, Germany.


Nominate the best of 2017 now in the 2018 3D Printing
Industry Awards.

Don’t miss out on another story – subscribe to the 3D
Printing Industry newsletter
follow us
on Twitter
, and like us
on Facebook.

Featured image shows dvanced imaging of melt pool metrology
in metal powder bed fusion has been captured at
LLNL. Photo via Lawrence Livermore National
Laboratory.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *