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3Diligent State of the Industry Report Now Available

Friday, April 28, 2017
3Diligent’s “State of Professional and Industrial 3D Printing Report” is now available on the company’s website, The report is based on the firm’s analysis of pricing, process and material choices made by its customers in requests for quote and related bids submitted by supply partners. The report covers the 3D-printing hype cycle, metal as a mainstream competitor, where ABS and its variants stand, what’s new with plastics and resins, pricing variability, popular machine choices and the state of software and services.

Premium Aerotec, EOS and Daimler Partner for NextGenAM Project

Thursday, April 27, 2017
Aerostructures supplier Premium Aerotec has launched a joint project with EOS, a supplier of industrial 3D-printing technology, and automotive manufacturer Daimler to develop next-generation industrial additive-manufacturing (AM) processes. The objective of the joint NextGenAM project will be to progress the automation of the entire industrial 3D-printing process. In order to do so, the project team will evaluate the entire AM process to see where automation can add significant cost advantages and build an important foundation for the technology’s use in large-scale serial manufacturing. The project also will strive for qualification of aluminum for use in industrial 3D printing.

GoEngineer and Concept Laser Enter Partnership

Wednesday, April 26, 2017
GoEngineer and Concept Laser have entered into a strategic partnership in order to expand their respective footprints in metal additive manufacturing (AM). GoEngineer will act as a marketing channel for Concept Laser’s portfolio of machine solutions, while Concept Laser will offer its expertise in powder-bed laser metal AM systems. Through their partnership, the companies hope to serve a broader range of customers with their 3D metal-printing machine solutions.

Concept Laser Metal-AM Machine Lands at Air Force Institute of Technology

Monday, April 17, 2017
The Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT) has invested nearly $1 million to purchase its first 3D metal printer, a Concept Laser model. Installed at the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, OH, the machine will be used by student researchers in the Graduate School of Engineering and Management as they seek to learn how to manufacture aerospace parts using 3D metal printing. They'll focus on three primary aerospace materials--Inconel, titanium and aluminum alloys.

Norsk Titanium to Deliver 3D-Printed Structural Titanium Components to Boeing

Monday, April 17, 2017
Norsk Titanium AS has received a production purchase order for 3D-printed structural titanium components from Boeing--the 787 Dreamliner soon will become the first commercial airplane to fly with certified additive-manufactured titanium parts in structural applications. The parts will be produced using Norsk's proprietary wire-based Rapid Plasma Deposition process. To certify the structural components, Boeing and Norsk Titanium undertook a rigorous testing program, with FAA-certification deliverables completed in February 2017.