3D Printing Market Overview automatic translate
In the first quarter of 2013, the sector of 3D printing and rapid prototyping is gaining in popularity. Designers of many large brands are actively using new technologies. Nike recently introduced its first football boots, consisting partly of printed on the 3d printer elements - the sole was made using laser powder sintering technology.
Dress from a 3D printer
Another important project, to which in the past six months, the attention of the community of 3D modelers, Formlabs, has been riveted. He raised a record $ 3 million on the site of funding new slavers KickStarter. This team of specialists in the field of 3d printing has developed a unique 3D printer, with high resolution. Its cost is about $ 3,200, the dimensions of the working field of the printer are 125х125х165mm, the minimum layer thickness is 25 microns. The company has received a huge number of pre-orders and has not yet coped with this volume. Employees do not have time to assemble the components and carry out quality control of 3d Form 1 printers, but they plan to ship the first shipments in April.
Another company, a leader in 3D printing and bioengineering Materialize, on March 15 announced a new material with high performance called TPU 92A-1. The material can be used by designers in 3D printers, it is durable and flexible, has high abrasion resistance, operating temperature range from -20 to +80 degrees Celsius. In January, the dress, created from TPU 92A-1 by the Dutch clothing designer Iris Van Harpen, debuted on one of the models at the fashion week in Paris.
The great demand for 3d printers makes their developers use the latest trends in the development of electronics and consumables. According to experts, in the coming years the most active market for 3d devices for printing will expand in the field of architecture, engineering and medicine.
There is no doubt that 3D printing is the technology of the future, this confirmation - hundreds and thousands of developments of both large companies and private researchers. The situation can be compared with the period of the 1990s, when laser printers began to develop. The only question is which manufacturers endure high competition, and whose products will go into oblivion.
Closely related to the printers are 3d scanners, with which you can copy objects. But the devices that are now on the market have many shortcomings and for inexperienced users are essentially useless gadgets. The user must know and be able to work in CAD-environments to correct the 3d models obtained. While a system of the type «scanned - got a 3d model - printed on a 3d printer» is a utopian dream, although some manufacturers are taking steps in this direction. The company MakerBot introduced a prototype 3d scanner Desktop 3D Scanner. Of course, the product is still raw enough and far from its mass production, but the step can be called successful, and in the future, let’s hope, to make 3d printing even simpler.
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