If you headed to the Additive Manufacturing hall at Euromold you would have seen clearly that 3D printing is becoming big business, both for rapid prototyping services and manufacturing. What would also have become clear though is that though 3D printing is the future exactly what will be the standard for 3D printing is still unclear but then maybe its success will come from the variety of ways it can be used and the fact that with the range of different 3D printing additive manufacturing machines you can make almost everything.
There were 300 or more additive manufacturing exhibitors at Euromold and most of them had a USP for their 3D printers. Some had prototypes, which will be able to do incredible things such as print circuit boards or items made of multiple materials once development is complete.
Other equipment on show creates items from powdered metal so it is possible to print items in metal such as titanium and with the strength of metal items made through other manufacturing processes.