23D Printing Is No Fad
The Inside 3D Printing Conference and Expo is a Javits Center-sized reminder that the market is growing fast. Research firm Canalys, calling the market “still in its infancy” in a March 31 report, projected that the market will grow from 2013’s $2.5 billion to $16.2 billion by 2018. (That figure includes 3D printer sales and associated materials and services.)
33D Systems’ Jazz Display
4No Vertical Untouched
5Giving Form to Animation
63D Systems’ Lineup
The 3D Systems’ portfolio includes home desktop models (starting at $1,299), professional models (ideal for prototyping and more), and production models capable of creating master patterns and real end-use parts. Its Cube 3 (pictured here and in detail, printing a large chess piece) is coming this quarter, can print directly from a mobile device and prints at speeds up to “two times faster than other printers,” according to the company.
Brooklyn-based MakerBot has popularized the desktop category, and it now has plenty of competition. Afinia makes a $1,599, 11-pound desktop printer that it markets as the simplest to use out of the box. On its site, it welcomes comparisons to MakerBot (Afinia’s one-year warranty vs. MakerBot’s for 14 days) and Cubify (which has a 90-day warranty and no extended warranty option).
9Keeping It Simple
10For the DIY Set
11It’s in the Details
Form Labs printed out a magnifying glass holder to show off the detailing its Form 1 printer is capable of. (It can achieve a thickness of just 25 microns.) The roughly 3- by 2-inch plastic holder took 2 hours and 45 minutes to print. While many desktop printers use a plastic filament, which gets heated, the Form 1 uses liquid resin, which hardens. The Form 1 will begin shipping in June, priced at $3,299.
12Printing as a Service
Sculpteo says it helps people and businesses to “buy, sell and 3D print ideas as solid objects.” This little guy is made of a “fine mineral powder” that’s as hard and as brittle as porcelain but has a sandy, grainy surface—ideal for ornaments, according to the company. It also prints in wax, sterling silver, aluminum dust and plastic.
13Supporting the Arts
14Have Printer, Will Work
15WhiteClouds Displays Its Offerings
16Cimquest Sells Services, Printers
17PP3DP Lower-Price 3D Printers
PP3DP, from the Beijing TierTime Technology Co., makes inexpensive printers (starting below $900) for prototyping. Its goal, it said, is to “build a factory for anyone, anywhere, any time.”