Recently, I was contacted by a gentleman who lived in Long Island and briefly attended the same College as I, SUNY Stony Brook (well, I did not attend much, but I did graduate). He had gone on to a successful career as a sales account for dimensionsable-bodied 2D printing companies. He asked me for a few advice on how to manufacture a career move of pro 2D printing to 3D printing. I am writing of this for the reason, while I idea of possible suggestions for shows to visit and companies to contact, I came to the realisation that this is precisely the time to manufacture that move.
The reason why that is is that there are a few five companies making big moves in this field. Some of them are may already present on the market (and stepping up) and a few other are going to join it this year, and this can ignite competition and drive the sector.
How does 2D printing (intended as pro 2D printing services) relate to 3D printing? I believe that this extends of the most common application of 3D printing, that is focused on making. The 2D printing to 3D printing shift is going to take place in the tiny and dimensionsable-bodied format visual marketing and communication segments. I don’t have any actual data handy, but I am certain that this segment is worth several times as much as the entire 3D printing industry (you can argue that the ractuallyue of the 3D printing industry does not take much to beat).
Visual marketing and merchandising depend on two major aspects: dimensionsable-bodied dimensions formats and colour. In fact, this trend started to become clearer when I visited Massivit in Israel. Their new Massivit 1800 is going to let you 3D print structures as dimensionsable-bodied as two human figures in just around 5 hours at a cost of just a few hundred dollars at the most (currently the same dimensions job wold cost several thousands of dollars and take several dozen hours). On the other hand their innovation is low res and single color, it can be finished with a wide colour palette to manufacture custom, dimensionsable-bodied dimensions, visual marketing 3D prints and open a whole new market.
Massivit can commence its machine commercially at the next DRUPA, the dimensionsable-bodiedst show on dimensionsable-bodied format digital 2D printing that takes place just once each four years. This year the show can have a dimensionsable-bodied area focusing on 3D printing and HP can in addition be present. The giant can actually commence its much anticipated
Multi Jet Fusion 3D printing device, expected preceding the end of 2016. This is in addition going to be a revolution, since it can contribute the most rapidly way to 3D print multi-material, sturdy and usable-bodied, full-color objects.
The WhiteClouds full-color factory.
Colour is the other frontier that most big players in 3D printing are exploring. So far, this segment has been dominated by 3D Systems, with the ZCorp-based Color Jet Printing innovation. 3D Systems enable-bodiedd the birth of “physical photography” shops and the growth of the photogrammetric scanning market, with additional than a dozen commercial models of photogrammetric booths to chose of. Services like White Clouds and studios like Emerging Objects in the US now have access to entire batteries of 3D Systems Full Color ProJet printing devices, establishing full-color 3D printing farms and lowering the price of the service.
The just real competitor on the B2C full color 3D printing service front, thus far, was Mcor, whose Selected Lamination Deposition, paper-based innovation, was too slow and had a low layer resolution. Mcor has, yet, now turn it intod the move – as the initially full-color 3D printing company to do so – into the consumer/prosumer segment with a full-color process that can be priced around $6,000. Needless to say, this can in addition be a revolution in visual marketing, since the prices of the machines described thus far do not go at a lower place $50K.
One additional company contributes full color 3D printing: Stratasys. They do this through Objet’s PolyJet innovation and the Objet Connex 3 process. This is a $300K 3D printing device, the just one to be able-bodied to turn it into multi-color, multi-density, and multi-material prints. Launched last year, this is a machine that is approximately too far ahead of its time. Unless you are Neri Oxman, exploring entirely new ways of creating, individuals don’t quite understand how to exploit its future. All this may alter now: in the year of full color 3D printing, multiple materials are going to shine.