Last year, 3D printing has quietly solidified as an industrial and commercially viable manufacturing technology. With all the development across materials, hardware, and software in 2018, 3D printing Sydney or also known as additive manufacturing has been an integral part of the manufacturing process. Given such an impressive year, what can we expect from 3D printing this year 2019?
Polymer printing will expand
In 2018, a great deal of attention has been given on metal 3D printing. The focus on such type of printing in the last few months meant that the expansion of polymer segments is often overlooked. But, the key developments last year indicated that polymer three-dimensional printing will be emerging as an important segment in the industry.
Given the right polymer expertise and a wide existing client base, more companies are expected to have an expansion of polymer segment of 3D printing Sydney materials this year.
Software will be a must for 3D printing operations
Together with hardware and materials, software will be an integral element in the development of industrial additive manufacturing operation. Last year, the importance of software for different aspects of the AM process has been seen already from design or simulation to workflow management, and in security.
Post- Processing will be more automated
At present, post-processing is still considered to be one of the least optimized stages of additive workflow. This means that steps should be taken in order to change this. 2019 is set to bring in more automated post-processing solutions for 3D printing.
Today, most of the post-processing operations are manual process which needs skilled operators. Using manual process to manage the post-processing stage could greatly increase production cost and lead time. If 3D printing is to move forward towards serial production, there would be a pressing need to automate the post-processing operations. Considering the latest developments, it would seem that 2019 will be paving the way for such.
Standardization will be helpful in the advancement of 3D printing
The development of standards for additive manufacturing would be a key driver for 3D printing, especially that the industry is becoming more mature. Unlike with traditional manufacturing which tool centuries to develop standardized processes, methods and materials for production, additive manufacturing remains to be in the early stages of the journey.
This year 2019, we can expect to see governments to play a significant role in shaping the standardization, as well as the regulatory landscape for additive manufacturing.
3D printing will be smarter and become more connected
As this industrial world moves towards becoming more autonomous, agile and connected manufacturing, three-dimensional printing industry is set to follow suit. This year, we can expect to see more companies to take the risk and unveil new solutions that are aimed at taking 3D printing a step further towards connected and digital factories.