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For those of you who don’t want to miss a single 3D printing development, here’s another quick roundup of recent stories. There have been plenty of goings-on in the industry, with IDTechEx publishing a report analyzing market trends in metal 3D printing, a handheld 3D bio-printer being nominated for a major award in Australia, and much more besides.
An analysis of market trends that was recently published by IDTechEx suggests that some significant growth is expected to take place in the 3D printed metals market over the next 10 years. By 2028, the market is expected to be worth $12 billion, according to the report which profiled over 30 company including EOS, Concept Laser GmbH and Arcam AB. Direct Metal Laser sintering is currently the pre-eminent metal 3D printing technology, with an 84 percent share of the market. This might not stay the case though, as liquid metal deposition, metal + polymer filament extrusion, and electroplating are all predicted to take significant market share over the longer term.
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According to the report, The expiration of several key powder bed fusion patents in 2016 will probably result in the reduction printer prices, and this, combined with market consolidation in the form of a number of high profile acquisitions, could suggest that this emerging technology is now showing signs of maturity. In 2017, however, 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, cheaper materials, and more. Increasing throughput and streamlining production efficiencies will drive demand growth for printers and materials substantially.
Major chemicals firm BASF SE has announced plans to establish a new Group company, BASF 3D Printing Solutions GmbH, as of September 1, 2017. This wholly-owned subsidiary of BASF New Business GmbH will be headquartered in...
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