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3D Printing Technology Watch

This section brings together all the latest IDTechEx analyses, insights, and intelligence on topics related to 3D printing including bio printing.
Additive manufacturing enables fast modification of molds

Additive manufacturing enables fast modification of molds

Sep 2, 2016 Germany
Direct metal deposition can be up to 250-330% faster than manual laser cladding. New Additive Manufacturing 2.0 -capable laser welding systems can now be equipped with a recently developed powder nozzle that permits fully automatic layerwise buildup.
It's a 3D printer, but not as we know it

It's a 3D printer, but not as we know it

Jan 20, 2016 United Kingdom
A team of engineers has developed a new type of 3D printing that can print composite materials, which are used in many high performance products such as tennis rackets, golf clubs and aeroplanes.
A layered fabric 3D printer for soft interactive objects

A layered fabric 3D printer for soft interactive objects

Apr 20, 2015 United States
A team from Disney Research and Carnegie Mellon University have devised a 3-D printer that layers together laser-cut sheets of fabric to form soft, squeezable objects such as bunnies, doll clothing and phone cases.
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Activity timeline for all 3D printing equipment and material suppliers

Activity timeline for all 3D printing equipment and material suppliers

May 13, 2014 Worldwide
The history of 3D printing has been a mixture of great success stories combined with failures. Here in this premium article IDTechEx develops a detailed global activity timeline for (a) 3D printing equipment suppliers covering EBM, FDM, inkjet and laser-based printer makers, (b) 3D printing material suppliers including metal powders, thermoplastics, thermoplastic powders, photopolymers and others, and (c) 3D bio printing companies. The activity…
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3D Printing- Application Assessment

3D Printing- Application Assessment

Apr 29, 2014 Worldwide
Historically, 3D printing applications have been focused on prototyping in major industries such as aerospace and automotive since the 1990s. The main value chain was simple with the printer manufacturer acquiring parts and chemicals to build a turn-key solution including both the printer and all consumables for industrial users. This article highlights findings from the latest IDTechEx report on 3D Printing Applications
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3D Bioprinting 2014-2024: Applications and Markets

3D Bioprinting 2014-2024: Applications and Markets

Apr 23, 2014 Worldwide
3D bioprinting is an emerging set of technologies which sit at the interface between engineering and the biological and medical sciences. Each of the different approaches to 3D bioprinting share the common aim of generating 3-dimensional models of functional living tissue which can more accurately mimic that existing inside a living human (in vivo) than the current 2-dimensional tissue models commonly employed in a number of areas. The possible…
3D printing landscape and opportunities

3D printing landscape and opportunities

Mar 19, 2014 3 Worldwide
According to research by IDTechEx in the report "3D Printing 2014-2025: Technologies, Markets, Players", the market for 3D printing equipment, materials and software will grow from about $1.5 billion this year to $4 billion in 2025.
3D Printing LIVE! Brings the world of 3D printing to a new audience

3D Printing LIVE! Brings the world of 3D printing to a new audience

Mar 12, 2014 Europe
On the 1st - 2nd April 2014 leading innovators in 3D printing will come together in Berlin at one of Europe's leading conferences on emerging printing technologies.
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The market for 3D printing materials

The market for 3D printing materials

Feb 25, 2014 Worldwide
This article summarizes the main trends that will be shaping the market for 3D printing materials in the next decade, a market that has been highly visible in recent years and which is expected to see stable growth for the sets of materials that are best positioned to support it.
3D Printing: A look ahead through 2014

3D Printing: A look ahead through 2014

Feb 5, 2014 Worldwide
2013 was an outstanding year for 3D printing, with share prices of the listed companies doubling or more, conferences on the subject proliferating, and media attention exploding. So what does the year ahead hold for the industry?
Consumer 3D printing: the beginning of the end?

Consumer 3D printing: the beginning of the end?

Jan 8, 2014 Worldwide
Late in 2013, as its acquisition of consumer 3D printer company Makerbot was complete, 3D printer giant Stratasys Ltd filed a patent infringement lawsuit against desktop 3D printer company Afina, or more precisely, its parent company Microboards Technology Inc.