Thirty years have passed since 3-D printers first appeared, but only recently have they hinted at a new era of manufacturing.
The first working 3-D printer was created in 1984 by Chuck Hull of 3D Systems Corp., Morrisville, N.C. This early device, based on stereolithography, gave way to the first truly practical 3-D printing, or “3DP”, technology patented by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1993. Since the start of the 21st century, there has been a large growth in sales of these machines as their prices dropped substantially. Today, 3-D printers have become more of a staple in the current manufacturing space, while still piquing hobbyist interest. The 3-D printing process usually works by selectively binding powder particles together, layer-by-layer, using a high-resolution inkjet printhead. A thin layer of powder is spread across the build area specified by CAD software, creating layers.
Propelled by the promise of inexpensive, highly customizable manufacturing, the 3-D printer manufacturing industry has surged over the past five years, driven by rapid technological developments, falling costs and new applications for 3-D printing technology. The 3-D printing industry has grown at a faster pace than expected, reaching about $2.2 billion worldwide in 2012, according to market research from Wohlers Associates. In the U.S., IBISWorld reported the 3-D printer market in 2014 at $1 billion with a CAGR of 22.8% over the period of 2009 to 2014. While still a small industry—as far as standalone 3-D printer manufacturers with 6,933 employees and 50 businesses—3-D printing is increasingly used in medical device and aircraft manufacturing, and is becoming a staple in some manufacturing processes.
The editors of R&D Magazine surveyed their readers to see what trends are important in the 3-D printing industry.
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- Michigan teen smashes 3D print of his cancer tumoron January 25, 2020 at 12:38 am
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- The dead speak: 3D printing brings Egyptian mummy's voice back to life after 3,000 yearson January 24, 2020 at 10:29 pm
Nesyamun’s vocal tract was so well preserved that it showed up well enough on a CT scan to give the researchers an image clear enough to 3D-print what they call the Vocal Tract Organ. This device has ...
- Hear the voice of an ancient Egyptian mummy, thanks to British scientists and 3D printingon January 24, 2020 at 3:05 pm
About 3,000 years after his death, scientists have given voice to an Egyptian mummy, The New York Times reported. Researchers used a CT scanner and 3D printer to recreate the vocal tract of an ancient ...
- 21 states file lawsuit against selling blueprints online to print 3D gunson January 24, 2020 at 1:05 pm
A coalition of 21 states and the District of Columbia filed a lawsuit against the Trump administration Thursday challenging a regulation that could permit the blueprints for 3D-printed guns to be ...
- $10M 3D Printing Center Opens At Lawrence Livermore National Labon January 24, 2020 at 9:36 am
The 14,000-square-foot Advanced Manufacturing Lab features different kinds of 3D printing technology, ABC7 reported.
- 3D Printing Helps Recreate Voice of 3,000-Year-Old Mummyon January 24, 2020 at 8:33 am
Researchers lucked out when they discovered the 3,000-year-old mummified body of Egyptian priest Nesyamun had a perfectly intact larynx.
- A 3,000-year-old mummy speaks thanks to scientists and a 3D printeron January 23, 2020 at 10:16 pm
In life, Nesyamun was an Egyptian priest who sang and chanted words of worship at the Karnak temple in Thebes. In death, he was ritually mummified and sealed in a coffin with the inscription “Nesyamun ...
- Global 3D Printing Gases Market revenue to hit USD 46.50 Million by 2021on January 23, 2020 at 9:50 pm
The overall Global 3D printing gases market is likely to demonstrate a lucrative growth, owing to tough competition witnessed among the major industry participants across the market, claims a research ...
- Wirecutter's best deals: Save $150 on a Tiertime Up Mini 2 3D printeron January 23, 2020 at 12:01 pm
Read Wirecutter's continuously updated list of deals here. Street price: $500; deal price: $350 Down to a new low at $350, this is a great chance to save big on a printer we like for 3D printing ...
- 3-D Printing Gives Voice to a 3,000-Year-Old Mummyon January 23, 2020 at 10:34 am
The scans also allowed them to reproduce the vocal tract in a computer model, which they could then 3-D print. Before printing their replica vocal tract, the team added some details to the digital ...
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