If Johnny does not want to join Japan 3D revolution he should join French Revolution- can you imagine full size Eiffel Tower printed on their printer?
Raphael Gorge, chief executive officer of French engineering company Groupe Gorge (GOE), says he knew almost nothing about 3-D printing a few months back. Now he’s ready to go up against market leaders 3D Systems Corp. (DDD) and Stratasys Ltd. (SSYS)
Gorge bought 88 percent of Phidias Technologies, a maker of printers that create three-dimensional objects, for 4.8 million euros ($6.5 million) in May. Phidias, now renamed Prodways, had 1 million euros in sales in 2012 and an earnings margin of 15 percent. It also had one employee: its founder Andre-Luc Allanic, a former principal scientist of 3D Systems.
“In three to five years, our goal is to make several tens of millions of euros in revenue from machine and resin sales,” Gorge, 42, said in an interview at the company’s headquarters in Paris. “We want a significant share of the market of printers using resins.” Gorge, who claims his company’s machines are “faster and more accurate,” estimates the market for such printers at about $400 million.
3-D printers build an object by churning out thin layers of materials such as plastic powder, metal or liquid resin one on top of the other, following instructions from a computer-drawn blueprint. As the technology becomes popular with companies such as General Electric Co. (GE) and Formula 1 racing team Lotus Renault GP, sales of 3-D printers and related services rose 29 percent to $2.2 billion last year and may approach $6 billion annually by 2017, consultancy Wohlers Associates estimates.
Now company doubles to two guys- can you imagine 4 guys working there? That what I call exponential growth!
Greg Morris: GE is indeed working on a number of additive related technology initiatives. Many relate to moving the technology into the production arena, and one of the areas GE is actively working is in Process Quality Assurance. The ability to monitor every pixel of what we are building will lead to high confidence in the quality of the parts we make, and is essential in demonstrating that we can build robust parts every time.
AMazing®: It is understood that post-build inspection procedures may account for as much as 25% of the time required to produce an additively manufactured engine component. By conducting those inspection procedures while the component is being built, the production rates will expedite. Would you please provide a brief overview to our readers about the inspection process?
Todd Rockstroh: We currently use 100 percent volumetric computed tomography (CT) / digital x-ray inspection on every part produced. We anticipate going from a volumetric to a gage section CT as we build the statistical confidence in inspecting only certain features on each part. We are also working with the OEMs and others on in-process monitoring. The challenge will be data management – reduction to useful quality control information.
"We are also working with the OEMs and others" - others being SGLB?!
Poor Johnny- they left him behind
(see Yahoo Finance for a full article)
Have any left after Turkey Teriyaki?
Do not drink too much Sake- you become violent- he-he
Tuesday, December 3, 2013
10 AM EST (New York) / 4 PM CEST (Frankfurt)
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This industry was a dream 30 years ago- now it is a speeding freight train, just hitch for the "free" ride and smile all the way to your closest Swiss Bank (careful- they are snitches too!)
major players such as 3D Systems Corporation (U.S.), 3T RPD (U.K.), Arcam AB (Sweden), Biomedical Modeling, Inc. (U.S.), Envisiontec GmbH (Germany), EOS GmbH Electro Optical Systems (Germany), Fcubic AB (Sweden), GPI Prototype and Manufacturing Services, Inc. (U.S.), Greatbatch, Inc. (U.S.), Layerwise NV (Belgium), Limacorporate SPA (Italy), Materialise NV (Belgium), Medical Modeling, Inc. (U.S.), Morris Technologies (U.S.), Objet (Israel), Renishaw Plc. (U.K.), Sirona Dental Systems (U.S.), SLM Solutions GmbH (Germany), Stratasys, Inc. (U.S.), Surgival-Grupo Cosias (Spain), and Xillioc Medical B.V. (The Netherlands).
Additive manufacturing can be used successfully in dental technology, too. With the help of additive manufacturing, 450 crowns can be produced per machine per day, while a dental technician can only make around 40 crowns a day. "The benefit of 3D scans is that they allow precisely tailored products to be made," Langefeld says. "Using this process, new geometric shapes, features and integrated functions can be made into metal components – things that would not be possible with conventional machines – at a cost independent of the geometrical complexity or batch size of the component. Prospects like these will help this innovative technology achieve a breakthrough," Langefeld concludes.
More possible applications at lower cost
The expect upturn will be largely driven by a significant drop in the price of the technology. Currently, metal 3D printing costs are over ten times higher than conventional manufacturing methods but the material costs of the technology will fall by 50% over the next 5 years. In the 5 years after that, they are set to drop by another 30%. "More and more companies from different industry sectors will therefore discover and use this technology," Eisenhut predicts.
Despite the costs still being high, the benefits of additive manufacturing are already appreciated in many industrial sectors. The technology is already competitive if product lifecycle costs, especially fuel consumption, can be saved due to process-specific design solutions. Thanks to this technology, aircraft manufacturers can substantially reduce the weight of seatbelt buckles, for example. This has a positive effect: over the total useful life of an aircraft, this saves over 3 million liters of kerosene or EUR 2 million. With any type of geometry possible, optimized injection nozzles for aircraft engines with more efficient combustion can be manufactured in the future.
Munich, November 29, 2013
Global market for 3D printing of metal structures (additive manufacturing) was worth EUR 1.7 billion in 2012
In the next 10 years, the experts at Roland Berger expect the market to more than quadruple
Additive manufacturing will be used even more in the aviation, medical technology and car industry
Technological improvements and a reduction of up to 50% in process costs over the next 5 years will significantly boost demand
Manufacturing metal three-dimensional objects using 3D printers (additive manufacturing) could soon be ready for use in series production. As early as the 1980s, companies recognized the time, cost and design benefits of this technology for making prototypes and small series. In 2012, the global market for additive manufacturing was worth EUR 1.7 billion. The manufacture of metal structures accounts for around 10% of this figure.
The experts at Roland Berger even expect sales of this technology to more than quadruple in the next 10 years as the associated costs fall sharply. Additive manufacturing will thus be much more appealing for many applications. These are the main findings of "Additive Manufacturing – A Game Changer for the Manufacturing Industry?", a study by Roland Berger Strategy Consultants.
"Using 3D printers to make metal products already offers major potential for special components such as injection nozzles, prostheses and tool inserts. Developers and manufacturers that enter this market early on and offer suitable solutions can benefit greatly from the growing demand over the next few years," predicts Martin Eisenhut, Partner at Roland Berger Strategy Consultants.
Following your logic your Dentist should not put in your mouth quick healing dentures that SGLB has World Patent on because you are Japanese. They will sell their technology to anybody who needs it,
including Airbus- and they all need it.
Sigma Labs, Inc. (SGLB) Rating: BUY 10 Day Short Term Target Price: 0.44 Cents
Johnny's prediction: ???
Let's see who will lick what- should be a nice next Kabuki Play!
Are you wearing your paper cone hat with big letter D?
It should keep hold your brain in one place.