Additive manufacturing is taking center stage for production parts as well as prototyping with awareness being led by the Netherlands, Switzerland, and the US, according to an Ultimaker survey.
Ultimaker surveyed more than 2,500 3D printing pros to gauge adoption and use cases by industry. Key findings include:
Here's the roundup from Formnext:
Stratasys launched a parts and digital inventory system for the rail industry. The Stratasys Rail Industry Solution is designed to keep passenger trains, including long-haul and urban metros, to utilize 3D printed parts and bolster uptime. The system includes the Stratasys Fortus 3D printers and materials such as its ULTEM 9085 resin and Antero 800NA material.
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According to the company, materials in the Rail Industry Solution have passed the European Union's Rail Standard, EN 45545-2.
The company said it has a series of customers and partners using Rail Industry Solution including Angel Trains, Bombardier Transportation, Chiltern Railways, DB ESG, and Siemens Mobility. With the systems rail operators can produce parts within a day or two regardless of the age or uniqueness of the train.
3D Systems outlined a series of production systems for healthcare, aerospace and automotive use cases. CEO Vyomesh Joshi said the 3D systems will hit the 200 million parts mark on its system. 3D Systems highlighted the following:
An automotive production system designed to manufacture parts such as an in-door bracket and washer fitting to speed up development. the automotive stack includes Geomagic Design X, 3D Sprint, ProJet MJP 2500, ProX SLS 6100 and 3D Connect among others.
Markforged, which makes metal and carbon fiber 3D printers, said its X7 3D printer is getting Turbo Print, a feature that doubles print speed without sacrificing quality. Turbo Print will be released Dec. 16 and is compatible with second-generation X7 3D printers, which have been shipping since June.
3D metal printing was a big theme at Formnext. Here's the breakdown: