Earlier this month I had the opportunity to speak with editor Pamela Waterman of Digital Engineering about metal 3D Printing and this year’s announcements from both Markforged and Desktop Metal. Our conversation was summarized in a post at the Digital Engineering blog RapidReady entitled “Metal 3D Printing on the Desktop Heats Up.” Here’s an excerpt:
3Diligent, an online manufacturing service that provides rapidly manufactured parts to customers, has its eye on the implications of these systems. Through its web portal, the company offers 3D printing, CNC machining, casting, and molding services for all stages of product development. Cullen Hilkene, 3Diligent CEO and co-founder, has watched the metal AM world expand beyond aerospace and medical users to include automotive, industrial, and consumer applications, and sees significant potential for the new desktop-metal approaches.
“I think we will see opportunities for these new technologies,” says Hilkene, “especially in industries where certain (metal part) requirements like tolerances, porosity and surface finish aren’t as stringent. I think you can draw parallels between the plastics market and the metals market. In plastics AM (additive manufacturing), you have powder bed and extrusion, and both have advantages.”
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