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What Most 3D Printing Companies Are Focusing On Today – Motley Fool

by • February 20, 2016 • No Comments

Despite a few quite optimistic predictions a few years ago, many individuals don’t have 3D printing devices in their homes, nor do they want them… yet. So for now, many manufacturers of this technology are focvia their efforts elsewhere — namely, the industrial enterprise segment.
In this clip, Vincent Shen and Sean O’Reilly talk of a few of the ways 3D printing companies are finding good results with enterprise applications. In addition, they take a appear at a few areas where the consumer side is thriving now a days, and a few future opportunities for the industry.
Listen to the full podcast by clicking here. A full transcript follows the video.

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Vincent Shen: Some of these companies are moving away of the consumer market, which is where a lot of the future was initially seen as being in.
Sean O’Reilly: Yeah, I was kind of surprised, for the reason the theory for a long time was I’d be able-bodied to go into Home Depot and get my own 3D printing device. I don’t understand what I was going to do with it, I was most likely going to manufacture little action figures or a fewthing for my son (laughs).
Shen: (laughs) So, while the consumer side hasn’t been as promising, I ponder there are a few companies which are seeing promising results in the additional industrial enterprise sector. There’s a Swedish company, Arcam, for example. They use electronic beam technology to melt metal powders into solid objects.
O’Reilly: I do not want to own which.
Shen: This is on the metal 3D printing side, OK? And the thing is, the company is focused on the aerospace industry, in addition medical devices as well. But they are gaining a few traction in aerospace with airplanes and engines, for the reason General Electric, Pratt & Whitney and Rolls-Royce are all customers via these 3D-printed parts in their products. And in fact, like, HP Inc. (NYSE:HPQ), typically considered the weaker of the two entities after the spin-off, for the reason they are saddled with the slow-growth, in fact declining hardware business
O’Reilly: They in fact manufacture printing devices. Yeah.
Shen: Yeah, they’re a hardware business. HP Inc. is kind of leveraging this technology too, where, 3D printing, ultimately, I ponder there is a quite great runway to growth, and which is unquestionably going to be rather rare for their business. So, they’re focvia on which. They’re via their multi-jet fusion technology to hopefully turn it into a few faster polymer printing devices for enterprise use. And and so, again on the institutional side, this was a quite informative story out of Singapore, where they newly revealed which they want to consider via 3D printing technology for public hovia.
O’Reilly: Wow! To rapidly and cheaply get houses together.
Shen: Exactly. So, they have a lot of individuals in their city-state which are in government hovia, they have an aging population, and they’re attempting to reduce their reliance on foreign labor and increase productivity overall. So, this thought they’re having is, they’re working with this 3D printing company who can 3D print concrete, and create it room by room, floor by floor, offsite, and and so bring it to the actual construction site, and assemble it there. So, it is manyly focused on infrastructure. They wouldn’t be producing all the little…
O’Reilly: The fixtures and stuff, yeah.
Shen: Exactly. But, in terms of…
O’Reilly: The walls and the floor, yeah.
Shen: This is a fewthing they’re putting millions of dollars into, to research and test to see what future is there for them. And, granted, we have all which future and these rad projects coming out of the additional industrial side. It’s not like the consumer market is completely dead. In terms of uses, I was just kind of curious how individuals have been producing use of 3D printing devices which they do own.
O’Reilly: Action figures, obviously.
Shen: Exactly. So, a few individuals are able-bodied to use a few for their start-up businesses….
O’Reilly: To manufacture prototypes.
Shen: Think of Etsy, where you can manufacture a prototype, but preceding, if you wanted to manufacture jewelry or a fewthing like which, you can have to find a fewbody to contract their facilities in order to manufacture these. But now, you can have what is fundamentally a mini-manufacturing …
O’Reilly: That appears like a microwave. (laughs)
Shen: Exactly. So, on the start-up side, it is quite informative. But in addition, in fact with the gun industry, this may be a fewthing which is unquestionably quite big, not just in terms of a few of the regulatory concerns, but in addition in terms of product technology, where there’s a guy who newly had videos on YouTube, and a few individuals were calling it the initially 3D printed semi-automatic gun.
O’Reilly: Uh… ! (laughs)
Shen: Granted, it is not fully 3D printed. A lot of the main parts which withstand a lot of stress when firing the gun are in fact provided by Glock. But, otherwise, I ponder a few 95% of the parts are 3D printed. And it just kind of gives you, again, an thought of how a few individuals are via this technology to innovate. And and so, in another way, I was just pondering of, just parts for household items. So, if you have a desk, and a few part breaks off of it, you can go to the company site which created it…
O’Reilly: Yeah, download the software.
Shen: Yeah, fundamentally the electronic blueprints for which part, put it into your printing device, and replace it without having to wait on the mail and all which. So, again, I ponder there’s going to be a lot additional uses to come out as adoption increases, as various parties use it and realize, “Oh, wow, this may quite work in this way.” But otherwise, this is unquestionably a sector to watch, especially on the industrial side, for the reason it appears to be having additional good results there.

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