There’s no disputing the fact the realm of 3D printing technology is making a steady headway at a pace that other industries wouldn’t be able to match. Though certain sections in the field are not pressing forward as rapidly as the hypes surrounding these would make you believe, there’s a lot worthwhile happening in this front that’ll have an irreversible impact on all other segments of the economy. At the cost of hazarding a guess, 2 years from now, the 3D print industry as we know it per se will get so revolutionized that you’ll be hard put to keep up with the segment if you don’t keep track of the developments. Following are some of the state-of-the-art innovations trending in the 3D arena of printing that’ll take center stage in 2017.
Multi Jet Fusion Technology Pioneered by HP
In the ensuing one and a half to two years, this industry will receive a shot in the arm, thanks to HP dabbling in 3D printing technology. HP was slated to release their version of the Multi Jet Fusion machine sometime towards the close of 2016. It’ll be for the first time that HP will be coming up with such machines that are slated to be a step forward from the conventional ones.
The real or actual benefits of the MJF technology that everybody is eagerly waiting to tap may become a reality towards the late summer of 2017. HP’s breakthrough with MJF has spurred 3D Systems and Stratasys that are specialists in this domain, into focusing on R&D so that they could offer their own machines.
Now Showing: High-Speed Sintering 3D Printing Technology
Neil Hopkinson, Professor of Manufacturing Engineering at University of Sheffield is the pioneer of High-Speed Sintering-a novel fast-track manufacturing technique. This exclusive 3D printing technology facilitates swift production of the composite parts by exploiting a sintering procedure that is markedly distinct from the technique which entails using lasers. As per the HSS approach, the use of an inkjet printer is integrated with power bed blending procedure.
The powder atop the printing bed is coated with carbon black before an infrared lamp goes over it. Once the lamp has passed over, the powder becomes sintered which ultimately lets whole layers or surfaces of different objects to be sintered in the blink of an eye. If Hopkinson is to be believed, his innovation will lead to attaining print rates that will be 100 times faster compared to what is trending nowadays.
Printers Powered by CLIP Technology To Be Available in Mid-2017
A firm called Carbon 3D which was a non-entity in the world of 3D print shot to limelight in a short span of time when they showed short clippings of CLIP (continuous liquid interface production technology). CLIP technology harnesses oxygen and light to facilitate as well as hold back the restoration of a light-sensitive resin eventually helping in three-dimensional objects printing at speeds which are multiple times faster than the conventional 3D printers.
The key players experimenting with 3D printing technology are either trying to ameliorate older techniques or innovating to come up with new ones.
Source: https://3dprint.com/71029/3d-printing- 2017/