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Navigating the Evolution of Additive Manufacturing: Insights from the 2024 RAPID+TCT Executive Panel

Thursday, June 27th, 2024

As the 2024 RAPID+TCT event unfolded, industry leaders gathered to discuss the current landscape and future prospects of additive manufacturing (AM). The panel, comprising Avi Reichental (Nexa3D), Fried Vancraen (Materialise), Savi Baveja (HP), Nils Niemeyer (DMG MORI), and moderated by Laura Griffiths (The TCT Group), offered a candid look at the challenges and opportunities facing this dynamic sector.

The Promise and Reality of Additive Manufacturing

The session opened with a shared sense of optimism tempered by realism. The panelists agreed that while AM has made significant strides, it remains a technology marked by both remarkable achievements and ongoing hurdles.

Avi Reichental highlighted the transformative potential of AM, especially in fields like healthcare and aerospace. He cited examples such as the deployment of additive manufacturing systems in conflict zones, showcasing the technology’s ability to provide on-demand solutions in critical situations. However, Reichental also emphasized the need for the industry to shift from selling capabilities to delivering scalable solutions.

Fried Vancraen echoed these sentiments, pointing out that while AM has revolutionized certain sectors, it has not been an overnight success. Vancraen’s experience with Materialise, a company founded in 1990, underscores the slow and steady progress required to integrate AM into mainstream manufacturing. He noted that the industry must focus on creating real value and moving beyond the initial hype.


Innovations and Partnerships Fuel Progress: Weekly Roundup in MCAD and 3D Printing Industries

Friday, April 5th, 2024

This week in the MCAD and 3D printing industries, we’ve seen groundbreaking collaborations, strategic investments, and innovative advancements across various sectors, signaling a vibrant period of growth and technological evolution. From SIGGRAPH 2024’s return to Colorado, highlighting IT industry growth and advancements in computer graphics, to strategic partnerships like ESI Group and FAW-Volkswagen, and significant financial achievements reported by PyroGenesis, the landscape is rapidly evolving. Moreover, OpenBOM’s operational enhancements at TTM Technologies, RAPID + TCT 2024’s upcoming event in Los Angeles, and NUBURU’s secured investment for blue laser technology development exemplify the dynamic progress and potential within these fields.

The Exploration Company is revolutionizing sustainable space exploration with Ansys simulation solutions to develop Nyx, a modular and reusable space vehicle. Focused on a methane-based propulsion system, Nyx aims for missions around Earth and to the Moon, showcasing a leap in eco-friendly space travel. Ansys tools like Fluent and Mechanical are pivotal in optimizing Nyx’s engine designs for performance and durability, highlighting Ansys’s role in bridging the gap between visionary concepts and real-world space applications.

RAPID + TCT 2024, North America’s premier additive manufacturing event, is returning to the West Coast with a range of new features and experiences. Set in Los Angeles, the event will showcase the latest advancements from over 400 solution providers in the additive manufacturing industry. Attendees can expect a curated program of talks, presentations, and workshops, highlighting the event’s commitment to fostering innovation in 3D printing.

SIGGRAPH 2024 is set to return to Denver, Colorado, marking a nod to the state’s burgeoning IT industry. The conference, known for pushing the boundaries of computer graphics and interactive techniques, will feature programs across arts, design, and technology. The choice of Colorado reflects its significant role in IT and the event’s origins, inviting professionals to explore the latest innovations in the field.

ESI Group and FAW-Volkswagen have entered a strategic partnership aimed at advancing automotive simulation technology. This collaboration will focus on meeting China’s automotive safety regulations and fostering industry innovation. A new joint laboratory for material testing and intelligent simulation signifies a major step in automotive research and development, potentially leading to cleaner, safer, and more productive future automotive technologies.

PyroGenesis Canada Inc. announces its financial results for 2023’s fourth quarter and the fiscal year, highlighting its role in reducing greenhouse gases through advanced plasma processes. Despite facing economic challenges, the company has positioned itself as a leader in decarbonization solutions for heavy industries, with a robust sales pipeline and a focus on technological commercialization. This strategy underpins its optimistic outlook for future growth.


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