We continue our studies with the organic design software while concluding our hands-on lost wax casting classes this past Wednesday. At the same time we continue our development of production model designs and have two ongoing portfolio collections under the headers of Aztec and Steampunk. I intend to post associated designs for those galleries in a few weeks while we are acquiring the equipment to produce them. The images will then be replaced with the 3D prints, or as cast in brass, bronze, silver or gold.
On another front, according to the latest data, worldwide shipments of 3D printers will reach 496,475 units in 2016, up 103 percent from the predicted 244,533 units in 2015, according to Gartner , Inc.’s latest forecast. 3D printer shipments are forecast to more than double every year between 2016 and 2019, by which time worldwide shipments are expected to reach more than 5.6 million.
It’s important to note that mass production of 3D printers for small business isn’t in true assembly-line manufacturing mode yet, with most being manually assembled products of startup companies. 3D printers that do use mass assembly methods are typically directed to large corporations that can afford a base price of $100,000 or more per unit.
Quote of the week:
“3D printing has digitized the entire manufacturing process”.