The future of 3D printing. In the 3D printing industry, opinions are often expressed about development prospects. So, 11 global experts in 3D printing, service and materials have suggested how additive manufacturing will develop this year.
Roland DG Corporation
Michel van Vliet, Roland Product Manager, says: “Roland DG is expanding its product line in industrial printing not only in 3D but also in 2D.
Intriguingly, van Vliet says: “At the moment I cannot reveal exactly what plans we have but I can say that this is a very exciting time for us.”
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Van Vliet added:
“3D printing is the right technology for industrial applications, adopted both by customers in the market and globally. However, today most decisions in this area are rated at the top level. We’ve received tremendous attention and feedback from end users for our ceramic 3D printer concept.”
Radoslaw Schneider from Poland’s Rapid Prototyping Center Solveere said: “Every year, technological breakthroughs occur in 3D printing. Even the simplest FDM printers and the quality of the parts are getting better every year. We anticipate the possibility of printing with other materials, so the use of additive technologies will increase.
Along with the FDM, Polyjet, SLP and SLS technologies, the company also has “the largest vacuum casting chamber in Europe (300x300x100 cm), so that we can offer fast serial production from a few units to several dozen units.”
Kentstrapper is a 3D printer manufacturer in Italy. Reflecting on the company’s future plans, Kentstrapper’s Lorenzo Cantini says: “We are working to develop new FDM 3D printers with a larger area, more suitable for both professional use and rapid prototyping.”
The Italian company is also exploring some markets where we don’t often hear about 3D printing. Cantini says Kentstrapper recently attended the Carp & Specialist Show in Ferrara, where they demonstrated “how 3D printing can be useful for the fishing industry.”
The German company Mcubus is working on a plastic recycling project and we look forward to hearing from them soon.
Moritz Cobell of Mcubus says:
“I believe the next big step in the industry, especially FDM, will be a much broader range of different materials for specialty and consumer use. In particular, we look forward to seeing people using plastic extruders like ours to experiment and prototype more accurate ones. ”
Company founder and CEO Clement More says:
“I hope 2017 will be the year of materials and software in our industry.”
More gave some more insight into 3D printing materials, adding:
“Materials that are bridging the gap between prototyping and manufacturing and increasing the number of applications for this technology. Software, because I am a software engineer and I know that well-designed hardware cannot be successful without excellent software. There are huge improvements to the outsourcing of both materials and software. We work on both! ”
Ateam Ventures is a Korea-based company that is still undergoing expansion. Daniel Cho says that in 2017:
“We will expand our online 3D exchange platform Shapengine to a larger size. Cho describes Shapengine as “a platform that connects not only 3D printers, but other digital devices such as CNC and laser cutting machines.” Ateam Venture also developed a “Wi-Fi camera module for various 3D printers without this feature.”
Lisette van Gent says that for 2017 3Devo will bring “more software applications to our Extruder. And in March we are launching our new product that will end the life cycle of plastic.”
We expect to hear more interesting news from the company later this year.
As van Gent says of the company’s journey this year: “To be continued …”
Berlin-based BigRep has unveiled two new 3D printers and CEO René Gurka talks about the company’s ambitious plans for 2017.
“We are focused on releasing more and more end-to-use parts in the well-known field of ‘BigRep affordable large-scale printing.”
We are delighted that the project has resumed and are waiting to report on the progress over the year.
Atum3D is a manufacturer of 3D printers including DLP Station 4. Tristram Budel at Atum3D says in 2017: “We will take our 3D manufacturing to a new level never seen before.”
Xioneer Systems manufactures 3D printers for small and medium businesses. Boris Stanimirovich says about 2017: “We plan to expand our portfolio of materials and offer shorter delivery times for our professional Xioneer X1 3D printers.”
Esun is a 3D printer filament maker. Joe Cheng says: “The world of 3D printing and scanning in general will continue to become more prevalent for consumer use. We believe it will be similar to how children are taught to program from a young age. As the technology becomes more familiar , it will become more integrated in the school and used by the consumer.
From an industry perspective, we believe (and hope) that developers will continue to strive to create and use high quality, environmentally friendly materials. “