A mature market for Additive Manufacturing

Technishow Magazine December 2018 – an interview at Formnext 2018 with program manager Wijnand Germs about getting towards a mature market for Additive Manufacturing (article is in Dutch).


White paper PwC – Beyond prototyping: accelerating the business case for 3D printing

As part of the broader Smart Industry, 3D printing is developing into a highly useful 
alternative for product development and is also a
relevant factor in existing manufacturing industry. Organizations need to take action now and 3D printing needs to be top-of-mind at management level in order to ensure that the added value of this technology is clear throughout the organization. 

Wolter Kersbergen and Roger Quaedvlieg from PwC have held talks with than 20 companies in the wider manufacturing industry on how they are using 3D printing. This was coordinated from the ‘Multi-material 3D printingfield lab’ – part of the nationwide Smart Industry initiative – to which they are affiliated. Wolter and Roger spoke to these companies about the challenges they face and the growing awareness of the potential and value of 3D printing. The aim of the research is to accelerate the adoption of 3D-printing by the industry. Wolter and Roger Hope that their White Paper ‘Beyond prototyping: accelerating the business case for 3D printing’ will contribute to achieving this.

Wolter Kersbergen Source: PwC

A recent study conducted by Strategy& (part of PwC) reveals that the market for 3D printing products and technologies is set to grow to €22.6 billion by 2030. Currently, 18% of manufacturing companies are using 3D printing, and this figure is set to exceed 30% by 2023. These statistics show that companies will need to think hard about how they intend to successfully integrate 3D printing into their business models.

Most companies are aware of the advantages of 3D printing. These include design freedom, the fact that it is now technically possible to produce complex designs within a reasonable budget, a minimum batch size of one unit and a high level of flexibility within production until just before the point of use. However, many companies are postponing the move towards actually applying 3D printing as a production technology. In many cases, only part of the organization is aware of the possibilities. As a result, the added benefit for the entire value chain is often ignored and the true potential of this technology remains hidden.

Roger Quaedvlieg Source: PwC

The talks produced interesting insights into issues faced by companies in the process of making optimum use of the full potential of 3D printing. As is the case with many new digital technologies, 3D printing is about more than technology alone. This makes it the perfect subject for discussion at management and administrative level. How disruptive will 3D printing be and how will it transform the business model? To help companies with this, the White Paper includes a number of questions to assess where they are now and where any issues may lie. These questions, combined with the step-by-step plan, can help companies to unleash the potential of 3D printing.

The link to white paper Beyond prototyping: accelerating the business case for 3D printing

 

 

 


How 3D printing is combined with printed electronics technologies


Visit European Commission at Fieldlab Multi-Material3D

On 25th October 2018 the European Commission has visited Eindhoven University of Technology, including AMSYSTEMS Center.

As AMSYSTEMS Center is partner in the Smart Industry Fieldlab Multi-Material 3D and the Fieldlab is subsidized by OPZuid we showed what we have achieved so far within Fieldllab Multi-M3D.

Next to the demo of the Lepus NextGen printer, we also showcased the full-colour dental elements and printed electronics.

The European Commission reacted very positive on our presentation and has received a good impression of the importance of subsidies (from OPZuid).

More about Fieldlab Multi-Material 3D.


Multi-M3D Fieldlab – a place to meet and greet, network and innovate

Anton Aulbers is Senior Project Manager for Additive Manufacturing Equipment at the AMSYSTEMS Center that nestles at the fringe of the Eindhoven University of Technology campus where he is in the process of handing over the lead of the MultiM-3D Fieldlab to his colleague, Frits Feenstra. Both were in from the start, with Aulbers co-writing the proposal to establish the Multi-M3D as an umbrella for people to meet and connect and to facilitate a number of technology projects.

Anton Aulbers and Frits Feenstra
Trying out the technology

Feenstra, who is coordinating the ceramics activities, one of the three tracks currently providing the focus for the fieldlab’s technology development, explains how the fieldlab is set up. “We have different levels of membership within our umbrella. But they are all invited to attend the events and conferences we organize to promote the progress being made in the current tracks – dental applications, large-area ceramics, integrated electronics – as well as discuss the visions of where industry is heading and share ideas with each other. In essence, to explore the opportunities together.” This is one of the greatest values of a fieldlab, according to Aulbers. It’s a place where you can get hands-on with the very latest developments in technology to try out what these could mean in terms of products and services for the future. “In the arena of multi-material 3D printing, we provide a unique opportunity in the Netherlands for high-tech additive equipment manufacturers to experiment with techniques and materials, and push the technology forward.”

Expanding ecosystem

Funding is, of course, key to the continuity and continuation of the Multi-M3D fieldlab, and the competition for funding is intense. The main sources of funding for the Multi-M3D fieldlab are OPZuid, the European Regional fund for the South of the Netherlands and the Province of Noord Brabant. Other sources include European framework projects and the occasional project co-funding from industrial partners, although this is often expressed in kind rather in cash. “Having started in the Brabant area with its very strong high-tech sector, we are looking at how we can take this largely regional ecosystem we have developed into a more national arena and beyond to other countries where our contact base is growing. Interest in what we are doing is increasing.

“we provide a unique opportunity in the Netherlands for high-tech additive equipment manufacturers to experiment with techniques and materials, and push the technology forward.”

Frits Feenstra

We now have more than 55 partners and their interests vary from software to design and legislation. It’s a truly multidisciplinary initiative and where our umbrella is unable to cater for the interests of our partners, we connect them to other forums and platforms,” Feenstra says. “I see our umbrella as a place to meet and greet, to network and to cross-fertilize. As one of its kind, it is a precious resource that has added value to both established and emerging additive equipment manufacturers. We are seeing growing attendance at our events, and that is, to a large extent, down to the success of the networking aspect. People tell others about the fieldlab and so they become inquisitive, asking themselves what is happening and what it could mean to their business.”


Industry-fed research

“Since the fieldlab is a place in which the worlds of fundamental and applied research mix with industry, it is important,” Feenstra stresses, “that we listen well to the demands from industry and that industry feeds the research with specific ingredients. In that way not only can we respond to real requirements but also give rein to invention and innovation. Smart industry is rapidly becoming part and parcel of our daily lives, and here we can put our responses to demand for personalization to the test, from 3D printed dentures to printed pasta shapes.”
“Yes, the Barilla pasta printer,” explains Aulbers, “is not actually a product facilitated by the fieldlab but it was a forerunner. It started as a kind of Friday afternoon activity where we toyed with the idea of printing pasta after the company sowed the germ of the idea. But in view of the publicity it got, and the fact that it demonstrated how additive manufacturing could successfully transform an idea to a product, it did serve to attract interest in and partners to the fieldlab.”

 

‘Natural’ prosthetics

A very tangible result of where the Multi-M3D fieldlab did help to catalyze the transformation of a concept to product can be seen in the development of a denture whose appearance is ‘natural’. Océ-Technologies is working with TNO and NextDent to 3D print artificial colored teeth for dentures and crowns that will not only provide better-looking results but also significantly reduce the labor-intensive process involved in making dental prostheses. Feenstra explains. “To print natural-looking dentures, every voxel – that’s the 3D equivalent of a pixel – must be different in terms of color and transparency. It will soon be possible to print a complete tooth in less than 30 minutes and this is just the beginning. In the future, the biomedical applications of the technology could extend to printing skin or prostheses.” So far, the focus has been on developing the materials, hardware and software, but the first 3D dental objects are expected to be market ready by mid-2019.

“the fieldlab has access to the kind of knowledge and expertise that can help get the solutions to market more quickly. And for society to benefit faster.”

Anton Aulbers

Accelerating exploitation

“We are making progress in the field of multi-material 3D printing but there is still some way to go,” Aulbers adds. “We’re getting there but the market also has to get there. Is it ready to take on board the technological breakthroughs and innovations that we are helping to facilitate? And what I mean by that is not the willingness of companies to adopt new technologies but the logjam of legislation and regulations that can hinder the exploitation of the solutions. So in that sense, the fieldlab could alleviate this burden through sharing knowledge and experience. After all, we have accumulated a vast wealth of experience over the past decade or so and having the university quite literally on our doorstep, the fieldlab has access to the kind of knowledge and expertise that can help get the solutions to market more quickly. And for society to benefit faster.”


Precision talent: MSD PDEng trainee Tim Verdonschot at AMSYSTEMS Center

In the last edition of Mikroniek with theme Precision Talent our Tim Verdonschot explains how it is to follow Mechatronic Systems Design (MSD) PDEng traineeship at AMSYSTEMS Center. Read more…

“What we want to do is to add sensors to measure the process so that when the layers are added, the resin hardens in the right way and the whole process is controlled and optimised. ”

MSD PDEng trainee, Tim Verdonschot


Are you ready for the future?

New Pharma video from AMSYSTEMS Center


AMable calls for AM proposals

Are you from SMEs and your focus is innovations in the field of AM? 
Then the AMable call is interesting for you. 

The AMable call, funded by European Union Horizon 2020, aims to enable SMEs to take up AM with the help of financial support and AMable Services. These services target at support and upskilling of employees in the areas of design for AM, technology development, skills and education and to support their business development. The funding rate is 70% of eligible cost.  The first round closes at 1st of October 2018.

Two types of projects are available:

  • Feasibility Studies (5k – 20k): short-term experiments (3-6 months) which are focused to analyse and demonstrate the feasibility of developing new products or businesses related to the Digital Design for AM challenge in a decentralised and distributed digital environment.
  • Best Practice Experiments (10k – 40k): Widespread application experiments (4-12 months) which are conceived for benchmarking, testing, validation and improvement of new AM products, services and standards.

For details of the open call, please click: https://www.amable.eu/

You can also pitch your idea (or another idea) on 26th September at the Fieldlab MM3D network meeting. The meeting starts at 15.35 PM and is part of the  Kunstsoffenbeurs 2018. If you have or one of your relations has an idea, please let send us an email to Henk.Buining@tno.nl.


TU/e and TNO collaborate in AMSYSTEMS Center to do research in industrialisation of 3D-printers

De kraamkamer voor nieuwe generaties 3D-printers  (In Dutch) 

3D-printen lijkt de toekomst te hebben, maar veel bedrijven aarzelen nog om er daadwerkelijk mee aan de slag te gaan. De Technische Universiteit Eindhoven (TU/e) en TNO hebben daarom de handen ineengeslagen en doen in het AMSYSTEMS Center onderzoek naar de industrialisatie van 3D-printen. PwC’s Wolter Kersbergen in gesprek met Katja Pahnke (TU/e) en Pieter Debrauwer (TNO). Read more.


Source: PwC NL


FIRST RESULTS OF THE DENTAL PROJECT IN THE FIELDLAB MULTI-MATERIAL 3D

This Summer Fieldlab Multi-Material 3D partners NextDent, Océ- a Canon Company, Brightlands Materials Center and AMSYSTEMS Center have developed a 3D printer, the Multi Material 3D Test Printer (MM3DTP).

The resins for this process are developed by NextDent, a 3D Systems company, and Brightlands Materials Center. The controlling of the MM3DTP printer is done by Van Mierlo Ingenieursbureau. With this printer the partners aim to develop an integrated 3D Workflow and print strategy to create full colour products . To show the abilities of this 3D printer Océ has printed the first samples this set-up (see the pictures below).

What’s next
The next step is to combine Océ’s inkjet technology with the Lepus Next Gen Printer of AMSYSTEMS Center. This integration is required to show the feasibility of printing full colour dental elements. The resins for this process are developed by NextDent, a 3D Systems company, and Brightlands Materials Center. The partners strive to achieve this by next year, July 2019. Due to the good results the partners are looking forward to the follow up.