In November, the word on everyone’s lips was formnext. A number
of companies leaked information about upcoming releases/demos,
3D Printing Industry reporters were out in force at
Frankfurt’s largest 3D printing fair to date, with 4 of the
team spending the week at the show.
Sascha F. Wenzler, Vice president of formnext at Mesago
Messe, gave us a preview of what to expect from 2017’s
3D Printing Industry Editor-in-chief Michael Petch gave his
review of the exhibition on day one, and Dayton
Horvath followed up with a detailed analysis
of the trends across the additive manufacturing
A product of its partnership with Concept Laser, GE Additive
beta launched the ATLAS 3D printer, with the largest metal
build volume to date (1.1 x 1.1 x 0.3m).
EOS unveiled its latest polymer system, the P500, as
previewed in my visit to the Krailling HQ earlier in the year.
ADIRA presented the latest stage of its forthcoming
additive manufacturing system. And we also got to take
a close up look at the quad-laser RenAM 500Q.
In November month we also
visited 3D Systems in Denver to cover the launch of
new products including the FabPro 1000 3D printer.
And, moving from 2D printing into 3D printing,
Kodak soft-launched its first ever professional desktop 3D
printer, the Portrait, for an RRP of $2,799.
Competition within the 3D printing industry continued to heat
up throughout November in a number of lucrative deals. Notably,
in a Series C funding round,
Markforged raised $30 million of investment including
money from Microsoft, Porsche and Siemens.
Scalmalloy material earned a new developer in TOYAL, a
producer of aluminum pigments and coatings for the automotive
Eindhoven’s Additive Industries, as visited by us earlier in
the year, announced
a partnership with construction engineering company SMS
Group to help expand market reach for metal additive in
Andy Kalambi became
the new CEO of Rize Inc.
And, adding to a trend within 3D printing, the Fraunhofer
Institute for Laser Technology (ILT) announced
the Future Additive Manufacturing (futureAM) project
uniting 5 of the society’s laser research bodies to reduce the
cost of metal 3D printing. ILT also preceded this announcement
with information of its
free-floating TwoCure SLA process.
Outstanding research efforts
3D printing powered research continued to thrive, and
TU Delft’s self-folding tulip became one of the most
talked-about articles of the moment.
We covered the German Federal Institute for Materials Research
and Testing (BAM) and TU Clausthal’s
zero-gravity PBF project.
In another busy month our Editor-in-chief visited
Singapore’s National Additive
Manufacturing Innovation Cluster (NAMIC) summit
saw first-hand how the technology is contributing to the
“rapidly evolving landscape of digital industrialisation.” This
includes support of
a strategy by Sembcorp Marine to revolutionize
offshore & marine applications.
Featured image shows a graphical
representation of TU Delft’s self folding, 4D printed, tulip.
Image via TU Delft