Since its invention in 1984, 3D printers have come a long way. The total worth of the Additive Manufacturing industry exceeded $5 Billion in 2015 and by 2021 it is estimated to grow beyond $26 Billion. Continuous advancements are being made in the 3D printing industry for industrial purposes. A number of startups are building technologies and inventive solutions to tackle the prevailing challenges of speed and range. Here, we will talk about a few startups and the ground-breaking innovations they’ve made for the AM industry:
1. Rize One by Rize Inc.
Post-processing has been a nuisance in 3D printing. Not only does it increase the total time taken in the processing twofold, but also increase the costs significantly. The Rize One Technology employs polymer deposition technology which helps to release the parts quickly by abolishing the need of refining. This technology is to be utilized mainly by the product designers and engineers in the manufacturing of jigs and prototyping etc.
2. CLIP by Carbon
This 2013 startup undraped Continuous Liquid Interface Production (CLIP) in 2015. It is a photochemical process that employs continuous printing method. The objects made from CLIP do not have any microscopic holes as in the conventional 3D printed parts. They have surface finishes, resolution and mechanical properties just like the parts made by injection molding.
Innovators at Voxel8 want to transform the world of 3D printed electronics. They have developed functional models that include 3D printed quadcopters, 3d printed digital watch and various 3D printed antenna designs.
This Boston-based startup aspires to create fibre-reinforced polymer parts by combining the flexibility of 3D printing and strength of fiberglass, Kevlar or carbon fibre. These parts will be even stronger than the aluminum parts.
5. Nano Dimension
By combining 3D printing and electronics, Nano Technology’s DragonFly 2020 3D printer lets the engineers print an entire circuit or just a small part so that they can test and evaluate their design before mass production. Nano Technology makes the use of nanoparticle conductive and dielectric inks possible.
Founded in 2005, XJet through its Nano Metal Jetting technology creates special liquid metals to produce 3D printed metal parts more quickly and efficiently with a better surface finish. Rather than using conventional metal powders, this technology uses nanoparticles which get deposited as an ultrafine layer of liquid droplets on the print heads.
7. Desktop Metal
Still in its early stage, the experts at Desktop Metal are developing and putting together a 3D printer which will be much smaller and cost-efficient than the huge printers available in the market.