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Additive Manufacturing/3D printing dossiers

Through each dossier, we provide an in-depth analysis of topics that shake the Additive Manufacturing industry. To do so, we collaborate with industry insiders to produce a content that aims to demystify the complexities surrounding AM technologies and address the challenges faced by vertical industries adopting AM technologies.

The use of aluminum in Additive Manufacturing: challenges and opportunities

Metal Additive Manufacturing applications are filled with examples that involve the use of titanium, Inconel and recently, pure copper. As we are exploring the next phase of growth of this segment, we need to...

The quest to avoid or minimize support structures in Additive Manufacturing

There are two types of people working with 3D printed parts: those who know how to deal with support structures and those who don’t. Last year at Formnext, while walking across the aisles, I...

Can Additive Manufacturing (AM) deliver “faulty” implications for its “green” credentials? (Part 3)

I remember the very first interviews I conducted in the AM industry. As a newcomer, I didn't have enough distance to analyze things. Therefore, I found myself repetitively writing the same sentences, spoken by...

Key areas of focus in the application of ESG by AM companies (Part 2)

The first part of this dossier shed light on the importance of implementing an ESG strategy taking into account the legislation that applies to your specific situation. While each company’s sustainability journey is unique...

AM Companies must get started on their ESG journey. Here is how. (Part 1)

For a long time, sustainability in our industry has been focusing on environmental concerns only. As time goes by, conversations with investors and VC companies have urged Additive Manufacturing (AM) companies to make profit...

Is there a serious future for wood 3D printing?

It’s been a decade that wood 3D printing has been around. Yet, it takes the launch of Forust™, Desktop Metal’s subsidiary dedicated to end-use wood parts, to question the future of this material in...

Key considerations to take into account for depowdering of plastic 3D printed parts.

Among the post-processing tasks that have often been considered modest priorities by OEMs, there is depowdering. The thing is, a lot of consideration has always been given to depowdering of metal 3D printed parts,...

DOSSIER | Qualification of 3D printed parts: What? Why? When? And most importantly how?

Once per year, we sit down to assess some of the key insights we collected from our conversations with OEMs using AM and from (potential) users of the technology at trade shows we visited....

12 3D printing ventures that turned stealth mode off in 2023

Every year a range of new companies venture into the Additive Manufacturing industry. In the list of 2023’s newcomers, one notices that the growing trend around companies that focus on AM-dedicated applications continues. While...

Identifying defects in metal 3D printed parts can lead to up to 70% savings in production costs. Materialise explains how and why.

As part of the additive production of a critical medical component, a defect identified after the post-processing phase made the team lose one HIP cycle, one day of post-processing and quality inspections, not to...

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