Industry Analysis & Industry Trends
3D printing and rapid prototyping has evolved since its introduction in the late 1980s, especially in more recent years as technology advances and companies demand more of these services. Despite some hard times during the recession, the industry has largely recovered and seen positive average growth since 2007. As prices decline and a greater variety of materials is used, demand will likely expand. Profit margins are expected to expand, even in the face of increasing competition in this growing industry.... purchase to read more
Industry Report - Industry Products Chapter
The 3D Print and Rapid Prototyping Services industry provides a wide variety of additive manufacturing technology services to cater to their broad range of consumer markets.
Selective laser sintering
Selective laser sintering (SLS) techniques use high power lasers to combine small particles of plastic, metal, ceramic or glass and form them into a three-dimensional shape. Before the lasers begin forming the desired product, a computer-aided design (CAD) file or scan data displays a three-dimensional digital portrayal of the part. The laser device scans the cross-section of the CAD file on the surface of a power bed, where material is heated below its melting point, and then begins layering material... purchase to read more