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
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.
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.
Falling prices and greater choice — proven forces that lay the groundwork for significant market growth — are now playing a hand in helping metal additive manufacturing systems gain traction. Falling prices and greater choice — proven forces that lay the groundwork for significant market growth — are now playing a hand in helping metal additive manufacturing systems gain traction. According to a the Wohlers Report 2018, released recently by the 3D printing market research consultancy Wohlers Associates, an estimated 1,768 metal AM printers were sold in 2017 compared to 983 systems in 2016 — a significant leap of nearly 80%.