As expected, 3D printing continued to grow in popularity during 2020 with an increase of new machines, techniques, materials and resources. Here’s a look at what we saw this year.
First off, some information: MakerBot released a 3D Printing Trends Report featuring statistics gleaned from “over 1,200 responses from professionals across multiple industries, including Aerospace, Industrial Goods, Military & Defense, Medical, and Automotive.” As one example, we learned that most designers prize reliability over accuracy when it comes to choosing a machine. And there were plenty of machines to choose from.
In March Stratasys rolled out their J826 model , a new, mid-range, lower-cost version of their high-end J8 series of 3D printers.
Just a few months later, Stratsys released the J55 , an “office-friendly 3D printer for designers” that’s about 1/3rd the price of the big-boy PolyJet machines.
The same month, MakerBot launched their Method Carbon Fiber Edition. The upgraded machine can handle carbon-fiber-reinforced nylon, making it suitable for printing parts that can replace metal ones.
In August, Formlabs announced their gigantic 3L large-format 3D printer. The build area is an absurd 11.8″ high, 13.2″ wide and 7.9″ deep. In November, Creality Kickstarted their Infinite-Z 3D […]
Above: PepsiCo food, snack, and beverage product line-up/Source: PepsiCo PepsiCo turned to tooling with 3D printing...