3D Printing Trends to Kick Off 2016 0
It’s the most wonderful time of the year … and no; we’re not talking about the holidays (although we love those too). In December, all the biggest tech blogs and thought leaders weigh in on what was hot in 2015 and what’s on the horizon for 2016. Our team here at Redbrick has enjoyed an exciting year exploring new technology with you and blazing forward in the 3D industry. As we look to 2016, these are our bets for the biggest trends to come:
- Supersized Projects: Earlier this fall, we saw one of the first large-scale 3D printing humanitarian projects go live. As relief organizations teamed up with WASP technology to print locally sustainable homes for disaster victims, 3D printing became a viable option to solve global and community needs. In 2016, we look for more innovation in this space to address complex issues such as homelessness, hunger, and terror.
- Desktop Printing: You know technology is becoming scalable when the DIY crowd gets involved. HP will release its first desktop 3D printer geared toward the average consumer in 2016. This release will bring a new wave of 3D innovation as a result of increased affordability and accessibility at home and in classrooms.
- New Adoption Through 3D Printing Services: In that vein, we look for a huge uptick in new 3D printing adoption in the manufacturing industry. As companies begin to see the pay off of large-scale projects, small and medium sized businesses will begin to test the waters in 2016 using 3D printing services like our in-house offerings to gauge the efficiency and cost-benefit structure. Our bet? The rest will be history.
- Composite Filament Fabrication (CFF): Although Composite Filament Fabrication (CFF) isn’t a new form of 3D printing; we believe 2016 will be the year of reinforced parts. As it becomes cheaper to print ultra-strong machine parts that will last longer than traditional aluminum pieces and reduce dependencies on global partners, using CFF technology will become a critical piece of the manufacturing supply chain.
- Green 3D Printing Technology: The biggest name in town for green 3D printing is the MCOR Iris. This remarkable printer uses skeins of computer paper to produce functional, full-color items. Not only is the printing material 100% recyclable, but the system also does not require post-production curing with harsh chemicals. From architectural models, to consumer goods, and educational tools – the future is green and lean.
We have loved watching 2015’s trends unfold and look forward to sharing the future of 3D printing with you next year!
Leapfrog Jumps Ahead at LabelExpo Europe 2015 0
Some of the largest potential for 3D printing lies in the production and manufacturing industry. Specifically, the technology’s ability to produce goods onshore, reduce shipping costs, and bring labor and creation in-house. These ripples throughout the supply chain have long excited 3D printing early adopters, but have only just started to emerge in marketable results. At the celebrated production conference, LabelExpo Europe 2015, Leapfrog jumped ahead of the competition, exhibiting its two newest units and their unique real-world applications.
3D Printing’s Top 5 Weirdest, Wildest, and Coolest Creations: 0
Go ahead. Admit it. You’re kind of a nerd. And technology is pretty cool. You don’t need to convince us! Here at Redbrick 3D, we are constantly amazed at what today’s tastemakers and artistic engineers are dreaming up. 3D printing has transformed our ability to create and we’d like to celebrate some of the most unique creations this technology has brought to life. Without further ado, here are our top five favorite weird, intriguing, and fun places 3D printing has popped up:
Business Buzz: The ROI Behind 3D Printing 0
3D printing’s full potential has yet to be realized, but printing enthusiasts herald the technology as one of the biggest industrial disruptions of our lifetime. With the power to change how we work, 3D printing has already yielded fascinating breakthroughs in the medical and manufacturing industries. But what is the actual bottom line on 3D printing, and is it worth investing now or later? We’ve highlighted some of the business implications for big corporations and entrepreneurs – you be the judge.
FIU Opens CARTA Design Lab with 3D Printing Technology 0
With bleeding edge technology, being the first isn’t always best. Technology that requires education before adoption or which can be cost inhibitive due to expensive or complicated hardware, usually takes time to become scalable for the average consumer. For the past few years, 3D printing has been teetering on the fine line between science fiction and the mass market, but on September 29th, the Florida International University (FIU) will revolutionize – and possibility eliminate – that line.