One of 3D printing's biggest selling points has always been the ability to create objects that would otherwise be difficult or impossible to built with more traditional methods. A new collaboration between Google and industrial 3D printer manufacturer Stratasys, however, finds the companies working to re-create the familiar.
Desktop Metal, maker of 3D printers, is valued at more than $1 billion and recently brought on Ford Motor as a strategic investor. The Burlington, Massachusetts-based startup is developing 3D technology to print products in steel, aluminum and other metals that could transform manufacturing. Bloomberg's Anne Mostue reports
General Motors is now streamlining its design process by using a combination of 3D printing and algorithms. The automotive giant has announced that it is taking advantage of generative design software from Bay Area-based company Autodesk in order to manufacture lightweight parts for its future products. GM plans to incorporate the technology into its development of more efficient models including zero emissions vehicles.
Ten years ago, design software users lamented that some of their designs might never see the light of day because the complex surfaces, structures and beams they could depict in pixels via their CAD software, could not be machined, molded or manufactured in the real world. Now, the tables have turned. Some delicate features and structures that could be produced with 3D printers may prove impossible to model in a standard CAD software package.