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3D Printing News from CES 2018

The 3D printing market just continues to grow.  This year, nowhere was this more apparent than at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

Before we dive in to the additive manufacturing-related announcements, however – let’s take a look at how the 3D printing market is being forecasted to develop within the next few years.

Itweb recently caught wind of IDC’s Worldwide Semiannual 3D Printing Spending Guide from International.  According to this report, IDC forecasts “global spending on 3D printing (including hardware, materials, software, and services) will be nearly $12 billion in 2018, an increase of 19.9% over 2017.”

“The research firm says by 2021, worldwide spending will be nearly $20 billion with a five-year compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 20.5%.  Together, 3D printers and materials will account for roughly two thirds of the worldwide spending total throughout the forecast, reaching $6.9 billion and $6.7 billion, respectively, in 2021.”  Services spending will account for $5.5 billion by then.

“IDTechEx forecasts the global market for 3D printing metals will reach a value of $12 billion by the year 2028…in 2017, several companies launched new printer technologies with the promise of overcoming some of the existing barriers to adoption, such as lower printer prices, faster build speeds, and cheaper materials.”

IDC “says the US will be the region with the largest spending total in 2018 ($4.1 billion) followed by Western Europe ($3.5 billion)…China will be the third largest region with more than $1.5 billion in spending this year, followed by Central and Eastern Europe, the Middle East & Africa, the rest of Asia/Pacific (excluding Japan)…the regions which will see the fastest growth over the 2017-2021 forecast period are Latin America (27.2% CAGR) and CEE (26% CAGR).

IDC’s Research Manager of Customer Insights and Analysis Marianne D’Aquila had this to say: “3D printing solutions have moved well beyond prototyping, to become prevalent within and across multiple industries.  Parts for new products, aftermarket parts, dental objects, and medical support objects will continue to see significant growth opportunities over the next five years as 3D printing becomes more mainstream.”

As for what’s happening in the immediate future in the world of 3D printing – we turn our attention, now, to the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, which took place last month.  New 3D printers (and related technologies) were being announced left and right:

The 3D printer manufacturer XYZprinting announced the launch of three new 3D printing products aimed at the Consumer 3D Printing Market.  Perhaps these products aren’t the Desktop 3D printers we’ve all been dreaming about, but are intended for other contexts and other applications.

As Forbes Magazine explains, XYZprinting’s new products are “aimed at schools, consumers, and small businesses.”  The first of these products is the da Vinci Color AiO, “a full color desktop 3D printer incorporating 3D scanning within the machine.”  As XYZprinting elaborates: “this machine combines inject and 3D printing together to allow for creating ‘true depth of color’ and industrial-grade performance.”  “This product is aimed at small businesses and schools – prototyping for the former, and education for the latter.”  The da Vinci Color AiO is priced at $3800.

Additionally, according to Tech Crunch, the da Vinci Color AiO features voice control.  “The service is limited at launch but eventually it will allow users to prep their print job, pause, calibrate, receive status updates, and conduct printer maintenance.”

As XYZprinting’s Associate Manager-U.S. Frank Peng explains: “the 3D printing industry is working together to utilize additive manufacturing’s advantages to better our lives and benefit the consumer’s product usage cycle.  So, ideally, what this means for voice recognition is a car company, such as Ford, would have the ability to keep a digital inventory of their parts and users would give a command of ‘search a 1999 Ford radio tuner for my car,’ and the part would be easily located and printed.”

XYZprinting is also launching the da Vinci Nano, “a compact 3D printer aimed at the home and school market.  With that in mind, the printer has a number of safety features as well as a plant-based filament, which doesn’t pose a safety risk.”  XYZprinting has also developed a K-12 curriculum for the printer, which it is offering to schools.

XYZprinting has also announced the da Vinci 3D Pen Cool, “a standalone 3D printing pen, which can be used to introduce the concept of 3D printing to kids and interested hobbyists for less than $50.”

Peng explains the company’s goals: “we do think the consumer market will take time to develop.  To help with that we also target the education market and work with schools to develop the next generation’s interest in 3D printing…We see a lot of potential in the consumer market.”

XYZprinting’s CEO Simon Shen concludes: “[our goal is to] provide casual users and small business owners the tools and confidence to try their hand at this technology and incorporate it into their everyday lives.”

Elsewhere, TCT Magazine reports on Airwolf 3D’s launch of its innovative desktop 3D printer, the EVO Additive Manufacturing Center.  “The EVO AMC marks Airwolf 3D’s fifth generation 3D printing system.  Its name derives from its apparent superior technology, design, and construction to rival desktop machines on the market: a company press release [boasts] how EVO is not ‘merely an industrial 3D printer, but a fully-fledged Additive Manufacturing Center.’”

The EVO AMC comes with your standard Airwolf features “such as auto-levelling, large build size, high temperature multi-material printing, and compatibility with water-soluble Hydrofill support material.  But it also delivers…PartSave [which] is a feature enabling the printer to carry on with the print it is working on after a power outage or the machine getting unplugged.  Once power is restored, manufacturing resumes.  Another [feature of EVO AMC] is FailSafe.  This comes into action when a jam occurs, or the user runs out of filament.  By placing the print head at the height it was at prior to the interruption, FailSafe will get the printer back to work and finishing the job.”

Erik Wolf, Airwolf 3D’s Co-Founder and CEO, concludes: “the EVO AMC is completely new and it’s unlike anything out there.  We took the technology we perfected with our prosumer line of 3D printer and leveraged it to develop a machine light years beyond anything else on the market.  The EVO AMC is faster, stronger, and more accurate than any other desktop 3D printer – it delivers a premium 3D manufacturing experience at less than half the cost of machines offering equivalent performances.  Plus, it’s packed with new technology dramatically changing the way we manufacture, including the ability to work in metals.  The EVO AMC far surpasses the capabilities of a traditional desktop 3D printer.  It’s a true desktop Additive Manufacturing Center.”

The EVO AMC is shipping this month.  Pricing starts at $6,995.

3Ders was on hand to witness yet another announcement at CES 2018:

Avi Reichental, former CEO of 3D Systems, is back with a new venture: Nexa3D.  This 3D printing company recently “partnered with BEGO and XYZprinting to jointly develop and commercialize 3D printing technology for the dental industry.  Under the agreement, BEGO will exclusively market and sell, under its own label, a special purpose high-speed Nexa3D dental printer, which will be manufactured by XYZprinting.”

Now, however, Nexa3D has just announced the launch of their brand new NXV SLA Printer at CES 2018.  “Priced at $19,950 per system, the NXV SLA 3D printer is capable of printing 30-micron XY resolutions.”  Additionally, the NXV 3D printer “is configured to run using both on-board and cloud controls for in-situ and remote operations – of either a single printer, or a full factory of printers.  Putting multiple NXVs together enables the mass production of customized parts.”

“The NXV is powered by [Nexa3D’s] proprietary Lubricant Sublayer Photo-curing (LSPc) technology and patented structured light matrix, which is capable of reaching top speeds of 1 cm per minute.  This phenomenal speed cuts the time needed for the 3D printing of precision functional parts from hours to minutes, making 3D printing a viable challenger to injection molding.”

As Reichental concludes: “3D printing is an unstoppable force of change in every industry.  High-speed 3D printing is the next frontier in additive manufacturing and one that is highly valued by end-users, strategic partners, resellers, and investors alike.  After several years of bootstrapping through the early stages of proving and nailing our game-changing technology we are” proud to launch the NXV SLA 3D printer.

Finally, Polaroid also made a few announcements at CES 2018 as well.

TCT Magazine was on hand at CES 2018 in Las Vegas when Polaroid announced the launch of four new desktop 3D printers.  Polaroid showcased “the Nano Duo, Nano Mini, Nano Glide, and Nano+…Polaroid is aiming to make the latest 3D printing technology accessible for consumers looking to implement [this kind of] machine in their home, classroom, or office.”

It was only two years ago when Polaroid first dipped their toe into the 3D printing arena with the launch of the ModelSmart250S 3D printer.  Apparently, Polaroid wishes to dive even further in.  As for their new 3D printing suite, the Polaroid Nano Duo “features dual-head printing, allowing the user to print two colors simultaneously, and with a built-in camera, which enables live monitoring of the build.  It supports a wide range of filament types, including ABS, wood, TPU, metal, and PLA, and has a build volume of 11.8 x 8.8 x 12.6 inches.”  The Duo will launch in April 2018 for $1849.  “Polaroid’s Nano Mini platform is described as a ‘plug and play’ option, with no prior 3D printing experience required to run the machine…It will be available for $349 in April 2018.”

“The Polaroid Nano Glide is a slightly larger platform with a sliding print bed measuring 4.7 x 4.7 x 4.7 inches” while the “Polaroid Nano+ is said to deliver fast, accurate, stable prints.”  The Nano Glide will be available in April 2018 for $479, while the Nano+ will launch in March 2018 for $549.

President and CEO of Polaroid, Scott W. Hardy, is very excited for these launches: “we’re proud to offer the latest in 3D printing technology to give users a new way to express themselves at a price point which puts the technology within reach for use in any home, school, or business.”

As CES 2018 demonstrated, the future looks bright for 3D printing technology.

Image Courtesy of TCT Magazine

Quotes Courtesy of Itweb, Forbes Magazine, Tech Crunch, XYZprinting, TCT Magazine, and 3Ders

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