The Future

Our industry began with Chuck Hull’s invention of Stereolithography in 1986. Twenty-two years later, we are still in our infancy. Here are four things to look forward to in 2009 and beyond:

1. 3-D Printing: Since “Consumer Reports” does not cover 3-D printing, we appreciated this trend piece by Joe Ogando of Design News magazine that talks about the wide range of offerings involving 3-D printers.

2. High-Speed Sintering: The new sPro SLS Center amazed the crowd at EuroMold. We are looking forward to a new age of sintering in 2009.

3. Materials Development: In this interview with RapidToday.com, our CEO Abe Reichental gives a glimpse into the future of Additive Fabrication materials.
4. Dream It. Design It. V-Flash It.: We told you in October that we have phased rollout plans through the first quarter for this revolutionary desktop modeler. With a base price below $10,000, this compact, fast and convenient 3-D printer is ideal for Additive Fabrication in offices, schools and homes.

Tell us what you’re looking forward to seeing from Additive Fabrication in 2009. E-mail the blog editor.