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BLOG: What can we expect from 3D printing in 2016? – TCT Magazine (blog)

by • January 24, 2016 • No Comments

Chris Elsworthy, CEO at CELChris Elsworthy, CEO at CEL
At this time of year it’s always fun to gaze into the metaphorical crystal ball and speculate what 2016 can hold for us in the 3D printing business.
What is going to be fresh and awe-inspiring? What rad new products are going to be released? What is not going to be as big as we initially thought?
On the other hand building predictions is always a risky business, here are a trio of 3D printing trends which the team at CEL are waiting for over the following 12 months:
1) Hardware
Hardware demands can increase as individuals come to assume additional of their 3D printing devices. As we see additional and additional awe-inspiring 3D versions being created and shared online, and as additional informative materials hit the market, individuals can assume 3D printing devices to do additional. The many 3D printing devices can find a way to adapt to these new demands so which they can join in with the following frontier in 3D create and materials without having to entirely replace their existing hardware. Meanwhile, others can release entirely new printing device versions for 2016 to tempt these early adopters back to their eco-systems.
On the other hand, the number of new products coming to market can fall for the initially time – 2015 was a boom in new printing devices, but 2016 should see additional consolidation around a few of the additional successful and built printing devices on the market.

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2) Software
Software can take a big step up this year. At the begin of 2015, many 3D printing software packages were yet in their infancy, but as we hit 2016 I assume software to become much additional powerful. This can allow printing devices may already in individuals’s homes and workshops to become faster, additional accurate, and additional useful. At the back end, additional efficient slicing engines can speed up the printing system, while for the user experience, software can soon be able-bodied to manufacture recommendations by only looking at a version. Should your version have assist material? Should it sit on a raft? How high should you set your fill density, and how can your decision affect your end print? As software develops and becomes smarter, users can be spared a few of the additional frustrating aspects of 3D printing in 2015.
3) Materials


More materials can hit the market and multi-material printing can begin to emerge properly for the initially time. Printing solid plastic objects in one colour can soon be the equivalent of via a Motorola Razr – excellent at the time, but only not which awe-inspiring anyadditional. With so many informative new materials and filaments now on the market-bodied, 3D createers can begin creating awe-inspiring creates which manufacture the many of their properties, whether it be flexibility, conductivity or the faculty to glow in the dark. Materials can be combined via multi-material printing devices building 3D designs additional awe-inspiring and useful than at any time before.
Read additional of Chris here as he gives his thoughts on the future for 3D printing in the education sector.


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