The industrial landscape is going digital. By 2020, PwC expects as many as 64% of manufacturing factories to use connected sensors, and expects the number of factories using 3D printing to double. And 2020 isn’t all that far off any longer. So where are we today? For Materialise, the emergence of Factories of the Future is not a phenomenon we’re waiting for. It’s a vision we’re realizing today. And last week, we were proud to be awarded the ‘Factory of the Future Label 4.0’ by Agoria and Sirris, after a rigorous selection procedure. But we’re not going the distance alone. Read on to discover why you can’t be a Factory of the Future in a vacuum.
From medicine to cinema, architecture to automotive, 3D printing has made its presence felt in hugely diverse fields. We collected our best 3D printing blog stories of the year so you can say goodbye to 2018 with some inspiration on what additive manufacturing can do for the world.
Quality is the buzzword of the moment in additive manufacturing and companies are investing heavily in digital solutions to improve it. Tom Craeghs, Research Project Manager at Materialise, explains how Materialise and Volume Graphics are working together to ensure quality production of 3D-printed metal parts by applying computed tomography to additive manufacturing.
Stefaan Motte, Vice President and General Manager of the software department at Materialise, looks back at the history of 3D Printing and highlights the three stages that this emerging technology has seen and how Materialise has been in the driver’s seat.
Not everything at Materialise Software is about writing code. A large part of the Software department is devoted to shaping the product and determining which features should be included, based on the feedback from the customers and the market. In this way, our software can keep making the lives of our customers easier, more cost-effective and more efficient. We interviewed two software application engineers to get an in-depth look at what the job is really like. Meet Olga Iatsenko, product application engineer for Materialise 3-matic, and Maarten Brocatus, product application engineer for Materialise e-Stage.
As a Sales Manager at Materialise UK, Luke Ambrose has had a front-row view of the evolution of 3D Printing in the UK over the past decade. In this guest post, Luke reflects on how the technology has changed and how UK companies are adapting their approaches towards it.
As the metal AM industry grows and 3D printed components become increasingly complex, so does the need to integrate automated processes. It takes a lot of time to create support structures that anchor the part sufficiently and prevent warpage, but which are at the same time easy to remove. Especially parts with a complex geometry need to be prepared very thoroughly as each surface that lacks sufficient support may cause defects in the part or even build crashes.
In cases where support structures have to be removed manually, easy support removal and smart support placement technology can significantly reduce finishing time. In this metal blog post, we explain three strategies for easy removal of metal support.
Two years. That’s about the time it takes today to learn how to successfully 3D print metal components. A period characterized by trial and error experiments, build crashes, vaporized money and time, all mixed in with the occasional correct build. To deal with the challenges that Metal 3D Printing poses, a thorough understanding of how the metal Additive Manufacturing process works is essential.