Terry Wohlers Focused on the Future of AM in Keynote at the Inside 3D Printing Conference in New York City

Terry Wohlers, Principal Consultant and President of Wohlers Associates, Inc., braved the snowstorm and arrived to present the keynote at the Inside3D Printing Conference at the Javits Center in New York City last week. Wohlers focus was on the future of additive manufacturing. As Megatrends author John Naisbitt once said, “The most reliable way to forecast the future is to understand the present” and that’s where Wohlers Associates spends most of its effort.

Wohlers explained his efforts place a lot of value in extending trend lines. One trend he reported is a dramatic increase in the number of third-party materials available for AM machines. Another is the number of manufacturers of AM equipment, the competition that has been created, and the increased range of choices that customers now have. These trends extend beyond the West and into much of Asia, South Africa, and even South America. Large corporations, such as Airbus and GE, are examples of tremendous investment and adoption of AM technology, especially for metal parts. Wohlers explained in a statement to Inside3DPrinting.com, “What we are seeing among these examples and countless other companies is nothing short of extraordinary.”

Source: Inside 3D Printing

8/6/2015 +1000K Video Update

Here is a quick video from the Shop of the +1000K finishing the 105th layer of a steel vase. This 0.75 kg E70 Steel part took 50 minutes to print, and required only 1 kWh of electricity! We are progressing toward our efficiency goals quite nicely! Stay tuned for more updates!

 

+1000K Update – 6/8/2015

Wow! Do you know how hard it is to deposit a flat metal plate without using a substrate? Our gearheads are sorting out how it can be done as we perfect the +1000K’s Arc Metal Deposition technology.  See the below photo of a 1 kg steel part deposited in about an hour.  Sorry, but we would make you drool if we told you how little it cost us to make this part.

Large Plate 6.4.15

Our goal is to make a metal part using less than half the energy required for sand casting while letting you use less material to achieve the same strength. Lofty goal, yes – but the +1000K just might be the machine to do it!  Check out this picture of a tensile test sample made in about 5 minutes.
Tensile Sample 6.4.15
For the techies out there, this part took about 1.1Kwatts/kg of electrical energy, and is close to full tensile strength as it has no porosity. (For comparison casting requires 1.6KW/Kg of energy to make a part – see the Paper Attached from the July 2014 International Journal of Precision Engineering and Manufacturing-Green Technology)… so we are almost there! Yoon Paper on Specific Energy Usage

 

3D Printer Industry talks about +1000k 3D Printer

“Imagine”, this is the word that adorned the face of the +1000K machine when it premiered at Automate 2015 in Chicago last week. The +1000K is a new type of large format metal 3D printer, built to produce massive ideas but in a less expensive, faster, cleaner, safer, and environmentally friendly way. Large-scale metal additive manufacturing is a huge area for growth within the industrial manufacturing world and so many industries stand to benefit from an easier-to-use and more efficient metal 3D printer.

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