The state of industrial 3D metal printing for 3D Printing Creative

Moreno Soppelsa guides the 3D Printing Creative reader through what is the current state of additive manufacturing with metal powders. A choral article in which plant and service producers are called to tell the market and experiences.

Andrea Pasquali intervistato da 3D Printing Creative

The number of 3D Printing Creative published at the end of the year just passed dedicates a long article about the interpretation that the protagonists of 3D printing of metals can offer about the sector.Plant and service producers, each with their own point of view, lent themselves to answering precise questions so as to highlight the current criticalities of the production systems but also the enormous potential of what, from research centers and companies, is considered the most innovative of today's industrial technologies.

Zare, through RP Manager Andrea Pasquali, was asked as an an Italian factory dedicated to additive production.

Below is the full article.

Metal, present and future of 3D printing

Polymers have made the history of rapid prototyping and continue to do it, but now it's up to the metal. When one wants to talk about industrial additive manufacturing, in fact, the metal and the related 3D printing technologies must come into play.

According to analysts, the 3D printing segment with metal is the fastest growing segment in all additive manufacturing, with a global turnover that will be several billion dollars from now to ten years.

In addition, the thrusts to which the entire additive sector is subjected lead to the great riverbed of Industry 4.0, a movement in which Italian companies must find the way to participate at all costs, as explained in an exclusive interview Managing Director of GE Italia, Sandro De Poli.

Putting together all these ingredients is a composite scenario, dynamic, sometimes not well defined, that number 15 of 3D Printing Creative we wanted to deepen with the major interpreters of the moment. It emerged a picture that depicts 3D printing with metal as a goal that many people like but many seem unattainable, because of the costs.

Manufacturers and, above all, service, have explained the state of the art of the sector, pointing out the paths to obtain results in a congruent way with their investment possibilities.

And always the service tells us a beautiful Italian story. They are the ones that print in 3D for companies and professionals using polymers and resins. They participated in a large number of our special year-end inquiry, telling us about their 2016 and anticipating the 2017 activities. Also in this case a vivid, dynamic picture emerges of small and medium entrepreneurs who have undertaken with satisfaction and optimism the way of digital production; which is the same path that companies that intend to be part of the Industry 4.0 movement have to travel.

With the help of academics we explain to these realities the figures and contents of the plan launched by the Government, and which will be on the launch pad at the beginning of 2017. For them it will be to hook the digital transformation train making investments in infrastructure, devices , but also in research and development, an activity that must never be lacking also in terms of materials, as Filoalfa teaches us and those that are developing silicones and conductive inks.

With this number the introductory course to Rhinoceros ends. The practical section includes the tests of two professional printers, discovered in the East by as many national companies: they are the Tiertime Up Box, proposed on our market by WL3D, and the Rokit 3dison AEP, brought to Italy by Bilcotech.

Dario Colombo