General Electric’s bid to purchase Germany-based SLM Solutions fell through – but GE evidently had a backup plan.
At the International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) 2016, it was clear that 3D printing was no longer a tool for prototyping, but something capable of aiding in the manufacturing process—whether it be the 3D printing of tooling or end products themselves.
A few weeks ago General Electric announced the acquisition of not one, but two metal 3D printing companies. The implications are quite serious.
It’s contagious! Concept Laser has joined several other players in producing a “Smart Factory” based on their 3D printing technology.
Optomec announced three new metal-capable 3D printing devices in a new line of equipment.
Ahead of the International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS), the largest manufacturing trade show in North America, some 3D printing companies are already spreading their feathers.
Among the infinite variety of materials in our world is a very peculiar substance known as Aluminium oxynitride, or as some call it, transparent aluminum.
Today General Electric announced plans to acquire two metal 3D printing companies, Arcam and SLM Solutions.
Optomec announced an improvement in their Aerosol Jet Technology that permits production of very small structures.
It seems that metal producers have noticed this pattern and have been gearing up for more sales.
Fabbaloo reader Lance Pickens asked about two 3D printing startups, so what else could I do but check them out?
I read a report proposing that it might be profitable to invest in metal powder production for 3D printers and concluded this might not be the best plan.
While Russia has its fair share of 3D printing–related businesses and research activities, the country may be farther behind in adoption when compared to the United States, Europe and the rest of Asia.
I recently encountered a couple of fascinating research projects that are both attempting to develop powerful new 3D printing technologies.
In spite of the stream of ridiculous mainstream media posts on the “death of 3D printing”, there are plenty of good news stories, too. Here’s two.
Our team encountered folks from a company called ZRapid, whom we learned much about – and you should too.
Researchers at Rice University and the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory have developed a startlingly hard material, Ti3Au.
Selective laser melting process in action. Credit: Tim Sercombe/University of Western Australia
Researchers have been investigating whether it’s possible to 3D print an object that acts as a superconductor.
A newly invented process could enable large-scale use of nano-printed metal materials.
Metal 3D printing enables the production of new, more efficient and intricate geometries, with the potential to reduce costs and increase the performance of a given product.
While polymer 3D printing has its place in the production of end parts, metal may be where the real value lies for disrupting the manufacturing industry.
Researchers have developed a very unusual support material: dissolvable carbon steel that could be used for metal 3D printing support structures.
Furnaces for 3D printing? Yes, I think so.
Yesterday I described about Höganäs’ incredible Digital Metal 3D printing process, but I believe there are some strong implications here.
Who knew that one of the most amazing metal 3D printing technologies is hidden in Sweden?
True to form, Netherlands-based colorFabb introduced yet another pioneering 3D printer filament, this time based on Steel.
Netherlands-based Formfuture announced a pair of new composite metal 3D printer filaments today, but there’s a surprising twist: they’re almost entirely metal!
Sweden’s Arcam is a company on the move, it seems, as they’ve been making a series of deals to solidify their metal materials providers.
With the huge increase of interest in metal 3D printing, you’d wonder why Stratasys, perhaps the largest 3D printing company in the world, doesn’t yet offer metal 3D printers.
Netherlands-based Additive Industries has delivered its very first MetalFAB1 to none other than Airbus. The results are huge in more ways than one.
This is the final segment of a two-part series comparing EBM and DMLS 3D printing processes. The first part may be found here.
There is no escaping the fact that industrial 3D printing with metal is an increasing application trend for additive manufacturing technologies.
Researchers from the University of Southern California have developed yet another 3D printing process, which they call “Selective Separation Sintering”.
Critical to the adoption of additive manufacturing in the aerospace, automotive and defense industries, metal 3D printing is poised to see significant advances in the near future.
Many people have 3D printers capable of producing plastic objects, but very few have a metal 3D printer. But with your own foundry, it’s almost as if you did.
A designer has been able to recreate a physical lock key with 3D technologies and a handy hardware store.
A research paper by engineers from Netherlands-based Arup suggests that 3D printed building elements could provide significant benefit when designing particular structural styles.
Israel-based XJET announced a huge USD$25M investment to bolster their progress in developing an incredibly innovative metal 3D printer.
Sweden-based Arcam seems to be setting up a German subsidiary.
We’re checking out one of 3D artist Francis Bitonti’s latest ventures: Setae Flatware, and realized there might be a lot more to this.
A press release from ARCAM seeks to hire a number of different roles. What does this mean?
EOS was on hand at Formnext in Frankfurt, Germany, to emphasize its expertise in industrial 3D printing and its ability to make larger, faster, smaller and higher-quality 3D-printed parts.
A new microscopic 3D printing process has been developed by Swiss company Cytosurge, and it can print metal!
A new metal alloy developed by UCLA researchers looks quite promising, particularly for aerospace use, but can it be 3D printed?
Netherlands-based Additive Industries has found a willing tester for their massive metal 3D printing system, the MetalFAB1.
We continue to hear growing interest in metal 3D printing. Is there a reason for this? We think so.
Expect some interesting developments in metal 3D printing after EOS has provided some of their technology to Additive Industries.
Most commercial metal 3D printers use powder-based techniques, but there’s another approach: deposition welding.
Spain-based Ibarmia has partnered with researchers to create a very intriguing hybrid metal manufacturing machine.
The 3DMetalCreator is a unique device: it’s a pen that can print in metal.
China’s State Food and Drug Administration recently approved use of 3D printed artificial hip joints, opening up the possibility of mass production. And some other effects, too.
Popular consumer-oriented 3D print service i.Materialise just added a very interesting new material: Black Steel.
A company uses a combination of 3D printing and electroplating to produce lightweight microwave and millimeter-wave transmission components.
The number of very large plastic-extrusion technology 3D printers is increasing. Today we’re looking at the Cosine AdditiveMachine1, which definitely qualifies for that list.
You may not have heard much of the Skylon spaceplane project, but you soon will hear more, partly due to 3D printing technology.
Sweden’s Arcam has been in the metal additive manufacturing (AM) business since 1997, and has established itself as a leading manufacturer of electron beam melting (EBM) metal AM machines.
Germany’s Concept Laser has been a leader in the field of laser metal melting since the debut of its M3 Linear system in 2004.
3D metal printing is an expensive proposition, and it may be that this expense is holding back adoption by industry. Is there anything that can be done?
3D Systems announced its part in a $1.3 million contract to design, build and test an aircraft heat exchanger that is to be 3D printed.
We’re wondering whether using metal-infused filaments in personal 3D printers is actually a safe thing to do.
Perceptron announced a new style of 3D laser scanner that overcomes several issues.
Fabrisonic, a company based in Columbus Ohio, has a different approach to metal 3-D printing.
Tired of plain plastic 3D prints? A new device can electroplate your prints in metal: The Orbit1.
US space agency NASA has 3D printed a full-scale rocket engine part in copper.
As 3D printing technology continues to improve, more industries and companies are analyzing how they can incorporate it into their existing production processes.
A reader recently asked us how much it would cost to print an item in metal. We said, “Lots”, but there’s more to the story.
We’ve noticed MakerGeeks sells spools of tungsten infused filament. Is this something you could use?
A small project has launched to provide a new kind of metal filament for personal 3D printers that is specially designed for use by artists.
Metal 3D printing materials supplier Nanosteel has developed a method of 3D printing a gradient of metals in a single part.
A team of 3D print researchers has managed to 3D print an entire jet engine.
EOS manufactures high-end industrial 3D printers, some of which can print in metal. But how do they maintain quality control?
Research on aluminum 3D printing has discovered ways to potentially lower operational costs.
MakerBot did not announce any new machines this week, but they did announce some rather unusual filaments.
We took a close look at SLM’s line of metal 3D printers and found several very interesting features.
We noticed several rather unusual 3D printing filaments are now available for you to try out.
One of the key metal 3D printing vendors is Arcam. How have they been doing lately?
Prodways, the company that made a massive high-resolution DLP 3D printer, now has a viscous material printer.
The ingenious chemists at colorFabb have developed yet another metal-infused 3D printing filament: brassFill.
Solidscape claims they hold some 75% of the 3D printing market for jewelers.
We spent some time testing the new uformit generative 3D model service and found some amazing results.
Tired of endless hours of sanding your rough 3D prints? There is a better way to make your 3D prints smooth: XTC-3D.
We’ve reported on NASA’s currently on-orbit 3D printer and also ESA’s project to develop their own. Now we see China has one, too.
3DDC’s “Metalise It” process could provide relatively strong parts for a lot less expense than printing in metal.
Tanaka Holdings has announced that it has succeed in the development and formation of platinum-based metallic glass powder supporting selective laser sintering 3D printers.
NASA has launched an experimental 3D printer into orbit, but what challenges lay ahead? We believe there could be significant challenges to overcome.
Down a central aisle at Euromold we discovered a mysterious box from Additive Industries. We stopped by to find out what’s in it.
When we first attended EuroMold, the 3D printers by and large were plastic. Now that’s changed. Significantly.
Earlier this week we saw a 3D printed branding iron. Could this be the beginning of a new class of 3D prints?
We’re checking out a proposed new 3D printing process that could significantly lower the barriers to metal 3D printing: Selective Inhibition Sintering.
Researchers at the University of Lorraine in France have been working on new methods of creating powdered alloys.
Researchers at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory have demonstrated an additive manufacturing method to control the structure and properties of metal components with precision unmatched by conventional manufacturing processes.
How much filament should you buy for your personal 3D printer? A kilo? Wait, that doesn’t work anymore.
The folks at the University of Washington’s Mechanical Engineering Department have been refining the process of metal casting using 3D printed PLA.
ColorFabb announced a new experimental material: copperFill.
With the announcement this week of a personal 3D metal printer, we thought we’d mention a new option for metal material from NanoSteel.