The last two years (2015 and 2016) could be looked upon as the tipping point for direct metal printing (DMP) within the aerospace industry, as the technology increasingly made the jump beyond prototyping to production parts and assemblies ready for flight.
3D Systems announced the immediate bundling of its innovative 3DXpert™ software with all of its direct metal printers to streamline precision metal workflows for customers across applications and industries. The company also announced that 3DXpert is planned to include a new Build Simulation module that allows users to accurately verify and optimize their parts, designs and supports to uncover costly issues before sending parts to print.
3D Systems showcased how advancements in its digital manufacturing technologies can offer viable, enhanced alternatives to traditional manufacturing processes. By providing access to accelerated, cost-efficient means of production, 3D Systems provides its customers a competitive advantage in designing and manufacturing unique and low volume products. At formnext 2016, the company highlighted three key technology innovations driving this shift: Digital Molding, materials innovation and advanced software solutions.