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3D Printing News – Who Is Using Additive Manufacturing at TCT Show?

With one week to go until TCT Show 2018, we have been taking a look at the technologies you can expect to see on the show floor from materials to software, 3D printing hardware and auxiliary technologies.

Of course, alongside a packed show floor with over 250 exhibiting companies, is the TCT Conference and the TCT content team has put together a stellar line-up of speakers including blue-chips, universities, SMEs and more across a three-day, multi-stage programme. Whether you’re keen to find out what’s next in additive manufacturing (AM) research or interested to learn how major organizations are applying 3D technologies to real-life applications, the TCT Conference Stage, Tech Stage and Introducing Stage will have you covered.

Learn what Airbus, BMW and Pepsi are doing with 3D Printing.

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3D Printing Trends – Volkswagen Using 3D Printing For Auto Parts

Volkswagen is moving more and more into 3D Printing. Part of this is the firm’s constant search for greater innovation. Part is due to VW’s constant search for efficiencies. And part is due to the labor laws..the difficulty in simply firming employees as American firms do.

Take a quick peek at this 3D Printing Video

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3D Printing Trade Association Shows 3D Printing Trends Happening Right Now

Trend #1!
The Number of Applications Will Grow

In 2018, more industries will find more ways to use additive manufacturing for more applications. Materials other than plastics, such as metals, will help facilitate these new uses, especially in industries such as the automotive and aerospace sectors. Researchers will also continue to work on printing biocompatible materials for use in the healthcare industry, and we may see some significant advances in this field.

Trend #2!
New and Better Designs Will Surface

3D printing will enable better product design as more companies start to use it during the design and prototyping process, along with Internet of Things technology. The speed and cost reductions that 3D printing provides in the prototyping phase will allow companies to test more versions of their design. It also allows them to easily save and access their designs, test out different ideas and combine aspects of various designs.

Trend #3!
Processes Will Accelerate

The speed of the 3D printing process will continue to increase, making it more competitive with traditional manufacturing methods. Experts expect this trend to be driven largely by software. Current players in the field will continue to improve their products’ speeds while research labs will continue to work on innovative new designs.

Trend #4!
Costs Will Continue to Fall

Another factor that will fuel increased adoption is the continued lowering of costs, while the technology keeps improving. While 3D printing has always been great for short-run production, the technology will start to emerge as a strategy for reducing expenses at a larger scale as printers become more readily scalable.

As technological advances allow manufacturers to print using more material types, companies will be able to save more money by reducing waste.

Learn more about the business of 3d Printing! Get the 3D Printing Online Course.

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The Automotive After Market Of The Future – In 3D Printing

The next time you have a car part that breaks, think of the auto parts store of the future. Instead of heading to the store and having the clerk comb through large boxes of inventory while using antiquated computer programs, there will be new solutions.

Let’s say your ashtray breaks.
We should be able to go online and find the ashtray you need. You then send it to a 3D Printing bureau. (It could even be within an auto parts or hardware store). You click a mouse and one prints for you, for delivery and pickup.

What if you can’t find the design online?

In most cars, you have more of than one ashtray. You will take out a 3D Scanner and scan one of the existing ashtrays. Or glue your broken ashtray together long enough to get a a few photos.

What if you don’t have a 3D Scanner? That is kind of like not having a bar code reader. Your phone’s camera will act as one eventually. In the meantime, there are many plug in scanners you can attach to your phone, ranging in price from thousands of dollars down to $100!

One you get a scan (it only takes a minute) you can send it to a printer. The printer can be on your desktop, at the local store, online at a service bureau or in a foreign country!

Imagine the convenience for the customer. Imagine the lack of inventory the store needs….the store can print on demand. We aren’t far from the auto firms certifying their images so that (e.g.) only “original Honda parts are used.”

In short, the scanner will be connected to your phone. Later, the scanner will BE your phone. The printer can be anywhere and the manufacturers get their cut.

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3D Printed Guns A Reality?

No background check. No age check. No permission. No Screening. Just a 3D Printer, design, and the materials to do it.

In June, a gun-rights group, Defense Distributed, reached a settlement that allows 3-D printable gun plans online. The plan wasn’t supposed to be online until Wednesday but more than 1,000 people had already downloaded plans to print an AR-15 style semiautomatic assault rifle, according to the office of Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro.

The settlement ends a multiyear legal battle that started when Defense Distributed founder Cody Wilson posted designs for a 3-D printed handgun he called “The Liberator” in 2013. The single-shot pistol was made almost entirely out of ABS plastic — the same material Lego bricks are made from — and could be made on a 3-D printer. This no longer requires a lot of specialized materials.

Twenty-one state attorneys general sent a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Attorney General Jeff Sessions Monday, urging the government to withdraw from the settlement.

Read the article and see the video on MSN.com

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3 3D Printing Trends To Keep Watch On

THE NUMBER OF APPLICATIONS WILL GROW
In 2018, more industries will find more ways to use additive manufacturing for more applications. Materials other than plastics, such as metals, will help facilitate these new uses, especially in industries such as the automotive and aerospace sectors.

NEW AND BETTER DESIGNS WILL SURFACE
3D printing will enable better product design as more companies start to use it during the design and prototyping process, along with Internet of Things technology.

PROCESSES WILL ACCELERATE
The speed of the 3D printing process will continue to increase, making it more competitive with traditional manufacturing methods.

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3D Printing News – Hollywood Is Loving 3D Printing Technology

Screenwriters in a jam can hit a new panic button. It’s the switch on the nearest 3D printer. This nifty new technology, which took its first substantial silver screen bow in 2006’s Mission: Impossible III, has surfaced in three recent motion pictures. And in each case not a moment too soon. It’s enough to make you think there’s a contraption somewhere in the Hollywood hills that spits out storytelling solutions.

Think back to early February and the release (more like escape) of The Cloverfield Paradox, a movie that announced itself fully formed on Netflix the night of the Super Bowl. It’s set 10 years in the future, aboard a space station (and in a parallel universe? Or were we the parallel universe?) where things go haywire in a knockoff Alien manner. A Russian engineer loses his mind a bit when he discovers interplanetary parasites under his skin (you blame him?) and when he is “contacted” by his alternate (evil?) self, he renders up a 3D-printed gun and bullets. Read more about Hollywood and 3D Printing here.

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3D Printing And BioPrinting News – Scientists Have New Application For 3D Printing

An interesting development in 3D Printing is the use of the technology to 3D Print Data. Take a look at our bioprinting site and see why Scientists are 3D Printing their data. Click here for Bioprinting.

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3D Printing E-learning Course Celebrates Third Year

In looking at the world of 3D Printing start ups, it is estimated that 90% fail the first year. This correlates perfectly with the Small Business Administration’s findings that cover all start ups.

In the 3D Printing space a business course was developed to teach entrepreneurs about the business of 3D printing. Click here for this inexpensive online 3D Printing Business Course

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Where Can You Submit Information On 3D Printing Trade Shows?

The Association of 3D Printing has set up a free site for 3D Printing trade shows, which can be found at: http://3dprintingtradeshows.com.

No matter whether you are a 3D printing veteran, trying to stay on top of the latest development in the 3D printing space. or whether you just want to check out the 3D printing trend: 3D Printing Conferences and 3D Printing Expos are great occasions to do just that. Below is our listing of 3D Printing Events taking place across the globe.

Members and non members alike can click the “submit” button and place a free listing on the site. Upgraded listings are available as well.

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