Additive manufacturing (AM) is one of the most exciting technologies around. 3D printers are used in almost every major industry, including aerospace, medical and automotive. As AM continues to move into the mainstream, professionals of all stripes are bound to be interested in learning more about what it can offer for their businesses.
RAPID 2013 offers information on the many different ways in which AM is leveraged and still being developed for future innovation. If you are interested in discovering what RAPID 2013 has to offer, Desktop Engineering and Rapid Ready Tech are pleased to announce a contest that will award a pair of free guest passes to 15 lucky winners. Continue reading
In the course of my diligent efforts to keep you good people up to date on the state of additive manufacturing (AM), I come across many interesting news items. I’ll gather them up every so often and present them in a Rapid Ready Roundup (like this one). You can find the last Roundup here.
Another CES has come and gone, with Rapid Ready watching the festivities to bring you AM news. We have one final note from the conference to begin this Roundup. 3D Systems’ (company profile) CubeX has won CNET’s Best of CES Award for Hottest Emerging Tech. Continue reading
It seems like just yesterday I was pulling into ExOne’s parking lot to take a tour of the facility. You can find some details of the conversation I had with the good folks of ExOne here. Observant readers might have noticed talk about the M-FLEX in that article and been curious about the lack of availability of the system.
The wait is over. ExOne is debuting the M-FLEX at IMTS 2012. The company’s newest offering has been designed to work primarily with metal, but is also capable of building objects in glass, ceramics and other materials used for casting. According to the company, the M-FLEX offers seven times the volume output of other additive manufacturing (AM) systems.
Much of the United States’ manufacturing might has been outsourced to other countries, but, increasingly, high-tech manufacturing jobs are becoming the backbone of a reshoring initiative. These jobs aren’t going to bring a return of mass factory employment to the U.S., but as the high-tech market grows it should bring about more economic growth.
In April, President Obama announced a plan for a National Network for Manufacturing Innovation (Rapid Ready coverage). A call for proposals went out in May with a June 14 deadline. Perhaps unwilling to continue to wrangle with congress over funding, the President has launched the “We Can’t Wait” initiative through executive action.
If information could be weighed, the Internet might break the planet. So many details about additive manufacturing (AM) can be found online that it can be easy to become swamped. I know when I first looked into the technology, it was a daunting task to take in all the information that was available.
Nothing beats being able to talk face-to-face with AM experts and industry professionals to learn more about the subject. Enter the conference. If you weren’t able to attend RAPID 2012, you can still attend other conferences that touch upon the field (and you can have a look at our coverage).