3D printing is already being used at scale in the ecommerce world, but in the long term it stands to have a disruptive effect on in-house manufacturing, allowing for greater flexibility, lower costs, and (ultimately) stronger products. We have a guest blog from e-commerce Patrick Foster who looks at the opportunities and threats posed by 3d to traditional manufacturing.
Earlier this week, I visited the opening of the new 3D Printing centre in Nottingham headed up by Dr Neil Hopkinson. A more detailed story related to the journey of this innovative technology will follow soon, but the story is an inspiring one. The centre is designed to bring to life the inkjet based high speed sintering technology that has been a key part of the strategy for growth for Xaar into new markets.
In recent years, 3D Printing has charted a course up Gartner's 'peak of inflated expectations', down the 'trough of disillusionment' and perhaps now it is reaching the 'escarpment of enlightenment'. This simply means that the hype surrounding 3D printing could be finally abating to reveal companies that have developed practical and clever solutions for the technology with real life, high value applications. In this blog we talk to Guido Groet who is Chief Commercial Officer at Luxexcel who explains about their technology which is about 3D printing of of ophthalmic lenses, using inkjet.
A new exhibitor for InPrint 2016 is Ceradrop. We talked to Deputy Managing Director Nicolas Bernardin about the development of the company, their focus on technology for printed electronics and 3d printing and discovered a company with a smart and functional future with inkjet.
Professor Neil Hopkinson has been appointed to Xaar in the new role of Director of 3D Printing. Professor Hopkinson, who joins in March 2016, is the original inventor of the transformational High Speed Sintering (HSS) technology. He brings with him 19 years’ experience in additive manufacturing technology gained at the University of Sheffield, Loughborough University, De Montfort University, 3D Systems and the University of Nottingham.