JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #112 - April/May 2017 - 19
The future of 3D printing is taking shape
A skills ecosystem
This type of printing, however, does not consist only of
the work of the machine itself.
The success of each printing
job depends on any number
of upstream and downstream
operations, from the digital
acquisition of the model to
be reproduced, to the various
finishing steps, the polishing,
quality control and compliance check of the part, etc.
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he have to reproduce his prototype to test it in all possible conditions of use? If it is
to serve industrial innovation
to the full, 3D printing must
not impose overly drastic limits in terms of part format.
These printers are still rare on
the market, and their modelling surface is 55 cm x 55 cm
x 55 cm, with the capability to
make either a single large part
or several small ones simultaneously.
There is actually a whole ecosystem of specialized skills to
be applied and, especially, orchestrated to serve a customer
base that will not always consist of huge companies with
the necessary in-house resources. In principle, the industrial challenge is similar
to the one raised a number
of years ago with the development of industrial digital
No112 April - May 2017
When a technology is integrated into a trade process, the
support and service aspect becomes essential to ensure not
only that the equipment remains operational, but that it
is perfectly suited to the company's productivity or profitability goals. This support capability depends on an outlook
that is both operational and
forward looking, market-wise.
As 3D printing becomes more
widespread, the needs of each
business segment will become
more diverse and specialized,
each one demanding dedicated
expertise and an extended network of technical skills, as well
as a practical experience in the
issues and operational challenges associated with the industrial
use of this technology.
/ jec composites magazine