Yearly Recap: A Look Back at 3D Printing Industry Developments in November 2023

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November’s major events were heavily influenced by the Formnext 3D printing news from Frankfurt. This year’s exhibition introduced a variety of significant 3D printers aimed at polymer, resin, and metal sectors. There were also numerous official announcements about new associations and strategic alliances to help grow and industrialize additive manufacturing.

You can find all of the 3D Printing Industry News from 2023 here.

The month of November also witnessed the arrival of new 3D printing software platforms on the market, as businesses increasingly integrate artificial intelligence (AI) into their products. The month concluded with the resurgence of the 3D Printing Industry Awards, celebrated in London with a black tie gala dinner.

Keep reading for more 3D printing news headlines from Stratasys, Additec, Markforged, DyeMansion, HP, Siemens, Oqton, Materialise, and others.

The entrance to Formnext 2023. Photo by 3D Printing Industry.

New 3D printers at Formnext 2023

3D Printing Industry was in Frankfurt to cover the latest 3D printer announcements from the Formnext 2023 show floor. Stratasys drew a lot of attention for the launch of its latest  FDM 3D printer, the F3300.

With shipments set to commence in 2024, this new 3D printer is advertised as offering fast 3D print speeds, higher yields, and a 25% increase in accuracy and repeatability. Moreover, the 3D printer is said to maximize uptime thanks to machine monitoring, extruder redundancy, and a user-friendly interface for streamlined operations. 

With a build volume of 600 x 600 x 800 mm, the new 3D printer from Stratasys is aimed at applications in the aerospace, automotive, government/military, and service bureaus. The first company to purchase the F3300 wasToyota , a Japanese automotive manufacturer.

Another FDM 3D printer manufacturer that made an impression at Formnext was Markforged. They revealed their latest industrial 3D printer, the FX10. This new 3D printer is equipped with automation features designed to improve both quality assurance and production efficiency. Furthermore, the FX10’s 5th Generation Continuous Fiber Reinforcement (CFR) print system nearly doubles the print speed and size capabilities of its predecessor.

An interesting announcement in the resin realm came from Raise3D, which launched its first resin-based 3D printing offering, the DF2 Solution. Including the DF2 3D printer, DF Wash for automated cleaning, DF Cure for advanced curing, as well as specialized resins and IdeaMaker slicing software, the platform offers a complete 3D printing workflow. The DF2, a DLP 3D printer, offers an XY resolution of 2560 x 1440 and a maximum 3D printing speed of 25 mm/h.

Formnext 2023 also saw the launch of new metal 3D printers. Notably, US-based metal 3D printer manufacturer Additec announced the Hybrid 3, a product that merges liquid metal jetting (LMJ), laser directed energy deposition (LDED), and CNC capabilities into one platform.

Interestingly, this new 3D printer’s launch comes in the wake of Additec’s acquisition of LMJ technology from the global print and digital document corporation Xerox. This was following the acquisition of the company’s additive manufacturing business, Elem Additive Solutions, back in August 2023.

Fostering new alliances for the expansion of AM

Formnext was the platform for numerous businesses to unveil strategic collaborations. The formation of the Additive Manufacturing Industrialization Navigator (AM I Navigator) initiative was celebrated by Siemens, DyeMansion, BASF Forward AM, EOS, and HP.

This shared endeavor aims to incorporate and accelerate additive manufacturing into standard production workflows. For this reason, the AM I Navigator proposes a complete maturity model demonstrating the different phases of industrialization in the additive manufacturing field. In addition, the ‘Maturity Check,’ devised from the Siemens Digital Manufacturing Excellence framework, reveals a firm’s present maturity level and potential growth.

Formnext 2023 also marked a strategic alliance between HP and 3D printing service provider Materialise. With the integration of HP’s Multi Jet Fusion and Metal Jet additive manufacturing techniques into Materialise’s CO-AM software, this collaboration aims to help manufacturers enhance their workflow efficiency and quality, while also increasing the production of end-use parts.

The yearly Rave Til AM opening night party also made a return at Formnext 2023, uniting “One Industry under a Groove.” The event was coordinated and hosted by 3D Printing Industry, in association with EOS, HP, Siemens, BASF Forward AM, AM Ventures, and DyeMansion. Check out the Rave Til AM party photos here.

Read all of our reporting from Formnext 2023 here.

Developments in 3D printing software 

Metal 3D printer developer Meltio introduced Meltio Space software and the Meltio Robot Cell in November. The new toolpath generator software is designed to streamline the adoption of the company’s metal 3D printing technology to meet growing demand. Additionally, Meltio Robot Cell is advertised as a turn-key solution providing a safer and more efficient method for 3D printing metal parts. 

Elsewhere, 3D CAD software provider Dassault Systèmes unveiled the latest version of its 3D design and engineering software. Dubbed SOLIDWORKS 2024, this software is designed to cater to user needs for improved efficiency and collaboration in product creation.

An integral feature of this software is its capacity to hold SOLIDWORKS data in a previous release. This purportedly facilitates smooth collaboration with individuals utilizing older software versions. Additionally, the implementation of the Collinear Dimension Command enables users to maintain collinear chain dimensions, even when working with limited space.

November also marked the introduction of a new software by 3D printing software firm Castor designed to visualize 3D parts from 2D drawings. This new 3D design optimization software is reportedly capable of facilitating a quick, efficient, and accessible transition from 2D drawing to 3D printing. The software reportedly allows for better estimations concerning 3D printability, cost, sustainability, lead times, and supply chain benefits.

AI software enterprise Oqton introduced a new software in November. Named Oqton Build Quality, this software merges 3DXpert Build Simulation, MOS Build Monitoring, and 3DXpert Build Inspection to trace part quality and scrutinize build performance. The platform can purportedly recognize and correct 3D printing anomalies at an early stage, guaranteeing successful builds.

3D printed 3DS bracket being inspected on a monitor using Oqton’s 3DXpert software. Photo via Oqton.

3DPI Awards return with gala dinner

In November, the annual 3D Printing Industry awards returned to an in-person event for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic. This year’s awards saw industry leaders and enterprises recognized for their work in driving advancements in additive manufacturing. The award winners were announced during a black-tie gala dinner held at the historic Lincoln’s Inn Great Hall in central London.

One notable award was that of Enterprise 3D Printer of the Year (polymers), which was awarded to HP for its Jet Fusion 5420W. Francois Minec, Global Head of 3D Polymers, HP Personalization and 3D Printing, commented, “HP remains committed to driving 3D printing adoption and to continue working with our outstanding partners and customers to scale innovative applications across industries.”

Elsewhere, the Community Advocate of the Year award went to Siemens’ Dr. Karsten Heuser, whilst the Company of the Year (Enterprise) was awarded to Materialise.  

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