The race to the bottom is over. Or is it?
I’ve been thinking about Bambu Lab’s latest 3D printer announcement, and there are several important implications.
Could desktop resin 3D printers be banned in the near future?
Consolidation, innovation and the drive toward production-ready additive manufacturing could bring another order-of-magnitude change in the industry over the next decade.
The race to the bottom is over, and there will be considerable movement in the 3D printer market in coming years.
Last week I forecasted what a typical desktop FFF 3D printer of 2026 might look like. This week let’s go further ahead.
After yesterday’s story about how desktop 3D printer buying strategies are shifting, I thought about what kind of machines might be offered in the near future.
Velo3D published a video that exemplifies the ways 3D printing is changing the world.
AI is upon us, but what might it affect in the 3D printing universe?
A Reddit contributor described an astonishing 3D print workflow that just might become a normal approach in the future.
I’ve been wondering how UltiMaker will tie together their software environments, which could be quite interesting.
After Prusa Research’s announcement of a Printables monetization feature earlier this week, I had some thoughts about the future of 3D model repositories.
I’ve realized there is yet another way to leverage AI for 3D printing that might be easy to do.
It seems the 3D print world is rapidly shifting to high-speed devices, and this change will significantly impact many aspects of the industry.
We’ve all wondered about food 3D printing and why we don’t really have it in our kitchens, but there’s more to the story.
Get ready for an avalanche of high speed desktop 3D printers.
Could desktop 3D printers become less upgradeable in the future?
A new research paper predicts widespread use of 3D printers in kitchens to prepare food.
Could the Bedslinger 3D printer design disappear?
Small steps forward are taking us to an additively manufactured future.
AI will shake up the 3D printing industry in more ways than you might realize.
A very controversial video has emerged directing strong criticism at Prusa Research.
How about we actually do all the necessary calibration for 3D printing automatically?
A research paper on a future zero-emission steel future has implications for additive manufacturing.
There could be a massive problem for desktop resin 3D Printing in the future.
This week Luma AI announced a new 3D model generation technology, that while crude today, will ultimately dominate in the future.
After looking at several AI tools recently, I’ve realized there is another fundamentally important way AI will affect the 3D printing world.
We just completed the epic Formnext exhibition and have some thoughts.
There’s often said to be a “race to the bottom” with desktop 3D printers. What happens when we get there?
This week GE Additive announced a very different 3D printer that could dramatically change manufacturing.
Could we see problems in the supply of 3D print materials in the near future?
Construction 3D printing should eventually be a massive business, but when, exactly, will this occur?
I’ve been doing some thinking about what might unfold in the next year or so.
This week’s selection is “The AI Cookbook: A taste of the future” by Paolo Rosson.
Recent events in the plastics industry suggest that we could see drops in pricing for 3D printer materials — or not.
Here we present ten 3D print companies that just might be of interest by other, larger companies.
Today we talk a lot about 3D printing or additive manufacturing, but perhaps that will eventually fade away.
I caught a glimpse of a potential future for 3D modeling tools, and it’s breathtaking.
This week’s selection is “Soonish: Ten Emerging Technologies That’ll Improve and/or Ruin Everything” by Kelly Weinersmith and Zach Weinersmith.
Charles R. Goulding reviews The Exponential Age, which places 3D printing at the forefront of transformation.
Charles R. Goulding and Preeti Sulibhavi look at how capital expenditures will increase after the pandemic and how they could benefit 3D printing.
What are the remaining barriers to mass use of additive manufacturing?
What will a meltpool look like? That’s what researchers can now predict with some accuracy.
This week’s selection is “Things Fall Together” by Skylar Tibbits.
This week’s selection is “The Future Is Faster Than You Think” by Peter Diamandis and Steven Kotler.
3D Hubs released their periodic Trends Report, and this edition packs a lot of very interesting data.
A new report from The Economist describes the state of 3D print crime.
If you’ve ever wondered why some keep trying to 3D print objects in space, I have a video for you.
An interview with Ultimaker’s new CEO reveals some of their future directions.
The US Department of Defense has released a detailed strategy for their use of additive manufacturing technology in coming years.
It’s likely we will see increasingly larger 3D printers in the future.
Charles R. Goulding and Preeti Sulibhavi look ahead to a new year in 3D printing with nine predictions of what’s to come in 2021.
It’s the start of a new year, and time for predictions. But this time I’m going for broke and predicting not what might happen in 2021, but instead in 2030!
Alessio Lorusso, Founder and CEO of Italy-based ROBOZE, shares a look at 2020 and a look ahead to 3D printing strategies for 2021.
RIZE’s CEO offers some insights into 3D printing safety and a look ahead for 2021.
Amazon announced a new product they call “Made For You”, and it could lead to astounding changes in the 3D print industry and consumer market.
I caught up with Gregory Elfering, President of Ultimaker Americas, for a discussion of Ultimaker’s 2020 reflections and 2021 trends and predictions.
I’m reading a piece on Shapeways’ blog entitled “Will Additive Manufacturing Replace Conventional Manufacturing?” and have some thoughts.
There’s a reason why Creality’s CR-30 belt 3D printer needs attention.
This week’s selection is “Made in the USA: The Rise and Retreat of American Manufacturing ” by Vaclav Smil.
An interesting talk at the third episode of the ongoing 3DEXPERIENCE: A Virtual Journey revealed some hints about what may happen in additive manufacturing’s future.
Having written a couple of stories focusing on belt 3D printers recently, I have some thoughts about their future.
I’ve been doing some thinking about a potential Prusa MK4 3D printer and have some ideas about what we might see.
No, there have been no announcements regarding a new “Prusa MK4” 3D printer. But what might be included in a MK4?
With the arrival of the new Superstrata 3D printed bikes, I’m wondering whether we’re now at the moment when mass customization begins to grow in the minds of consumers.
Researchers have developed a new method of cutting tiny 2D materials, but could this be the foundation of a new type of 3D printer?
Desktop 3D printing has come a long way over the years; we catch up with BCN3D for a look at various perspectives of the business.
Charles R. Goulding considers the path forward for 3D printing in the time of big tech.
I’m reading the lengthy PhD thesis from Ivanna Baturynska, who has extensively investigated the possibility of using advanced AI techniques to optimize 3D print jobs.
After seeing 3D printer companies make fundamental transformations in their business models, I’m wondering if this is a trend.
After seeing the flurry of activity in the 3D printing community to address the COVID-19 crisis, I had some thoughts about how things may change in the industry.
It’s now much harder to get a handle on the current state of 3D printing merely by looking at stock prices. There’s a lot more to the story.
General predictions of the future are easy, mere extensions of existing trends. Here we provide some very specific — and unlikely — predictions for 2020.
Singularity Hub’s Peter Diamandis makes some predictions about how the retail market may be affected by 3D printing in the future. We have some counter-points.
British Airways unexpectedly published a list of possible 3D printing applications for their future. We took a look at what it means.
In a recent conversation with Daniel Huamani, Chief Technology Officer at 3D CRIAR, R&D Tax Savers got an interesting view of how additive manufacturing is fostering innovation in Brazil.
A publication predicts a major turnaround for 3D Systems in 2020, but we have some thoughts about their reasoning.
Charles Goulding and Greer Veon examine the possibility of 3D printed steaks.
Prusa Research issued some news about their new Original Prusa MINI desktop 3D printer, and it leads to some interesting speculation.
Is 3D printing technology helping us sneak through the 21st century without much notice? Will we be surprised when we suddenly find ourselves in flying cars?
This week’s selection is “The Inevitable” by futurist Kevin Kelly.
Traditional manufacturing is a well understood major global industry. But will it be replaced by additive manufacturing? We do some analysis.
Can you reuse thermoset plastics? It turns out there is a way, just discovered by researchers. This could enable future use of recyclable 3D printer resins.
Here at engineering.com, we love to write about new tools and technologies in the world of CAD.
Another company announced they’ve achieved ISO 9001:2015 certification, and they won’t be the last.
I’m reading a piece on Singularity Hub describing “The Next 5 Printing Breakthroughs”, and have my own five thoughts.
There have been a few developments recently that have brought me to the view that STL file format will slide away quietly.
There’s something very intriguing about Dassault Systèmes’ surprise participation in a US15M investment in Rize.
A report suggests that upcoming Apple iPhone designs may include powerful 3D scanning capabilities.
3D printing has come a long way from its origins in the 1980s, with a brief entry into the consumer space galvanizing its growth in the earlier part of the decade.
We caught up with Pete Basiliere, Research Vice President, Additive Manufacturing at Gartner for a look at predictions in 3D printing and 4D printing in 2019.
With the new year, new thoughts of 3D printing come to mind.
It’s occurred to me that there is an upcoming issue that the 3D printing industry has yet to solve: print tracking.
New research from MIT hints at future possible approaches to 3D printing.
Though young, 3D printing has already imposed itself as one of the most disruptive technologies in recent decades.