Prototype to Production: Emerging 3D Fabrication Application Opportunities & Hurdles

V. Cahill
VCE Solutions, US

Keywords: 3D printing, ink jet

Summary:

Industry forecasters project that digital 3D fabrication technologies will grow significantly over the next decade as a means for manufacturing 3D products, printed electronics, thin film photovoltaic solar cells, and other industrial applications. Vince Cahill of VCE Solutions will present his group’s evaluation of digital 3D fabrication methods including stereo-lithography, selective laser sintering and melting, fused deposition modeling, electron beam melting and inkjet deposition systems. He will indicate which technologies will be capable of satisfying the typical performance requirements for current and projected growth applications. He will examine the strengths and limitations of available methods, pointing out the hurdles that the technology providers will have to overcome to move digital fabrication from prototype fabrication toward providing full-scale digital production solutions. He will provide insights into emerging applications and likely market trends.