Cimdata Logo

A CIMdata Dossier: Additive Manufacturing

Additive manufacturing emerged in the 1980s. The original work on stereolithography (STL) was done in Japan in the 1970s, however, the term STL was coined in 1986 by Chuck Hull, who went on to found 3D Systems, a leader in additive manufacturing today. For many years the technology was used for prototyping, creating a physical form for parts that only lived on the drafting board or in the computer. The resins used in these early machines were both expensive and brittle, which helped in part to limit their applications.

The rapid evolution of 3D printing and associated materials has industrial companies and even individual consumers excited about the future of making things.

For more information take a look at CIMdata's Dossier on this topic.

This page is a work in progress. We want this to be a collaborative conversation - please let us know what you think we should add to this page HERE.

Sign up HERE for access to our free PLM resources and to receive updates on this topic.


A CIMdata Dossier: Additive Manufacturing


CIMdata Resources


Recent Publications

3D Printing and PLM
CIMdata blog posting, January 19, 2016
By Stan Przybylinski, Vice President of Research, CIMdata, Inc.

Autodesk University 2015: Future of Making Things (Commentary)

Evolution and Revolution at Autodesk University 2014 (Commentary)


External Resources


GE Announces the Launch of Fuse, a 3D Printing Startup Based on Crowdsourcing
(October 21, 2016. Retrieved from https://3dprint.com)

Dassault Systèmes and Airbus Group Extend Collaboration to Additive Manufacturing
(September 14, 2016. Retrieved from http://www.3ds.com/)

3D printing technologies explained
(September 6, 2016. Retrieved from https://techcrunch.com/)

TGE Plans to Invest $1.4B to Acquire Additive Manufacturing Companies Arcam and SLM; Accelerates Efforts in Important Digital Industrial Space
(September 6, 2016. Retrieved from http://www.genewsroom.com/)

3D printed tool for building aircraft achieves Guinness World Records title
(September 6, 2016. Retrieved from https://www.ornl.gov/)

Senvol Database
(August 15, 2016. Retrieved from http://senvol.com/)

This Time, 3D Printer Makers Think They Found a Sweet Spot
(August 4, 2016. Retrieved from http://www.bloomberg.com/)

Surface-Texture Cilia 3D-Printed to 50-Micron Resolution
(June 27, 2016. Retrieved from http://machinedesign.com)

The Exponential Revolution: Ray Kurzweil Says The Convergence Of 3D Printing, Nanomaterials And Software Will Change The World
(June 19, 2016. Retrieved from http://www.gereports.com/)

CDI PARTNERS WITH BOSCH TO DEPLOY 3D PRINTERS IN K-12 CLASSROOMS
(June 19, 2016. Retrieved from http://www.cdicomputers.com/)

Autodesk and Airbus show the future of aerospace design and manufacture in pioneering generatively designed 3D printed partition
(June 19, 2016. Retrieved from http://inthefold.autodesk.com/)

CFM delivers first production LEAP-1A engines to Airbus
(June 19, 2016. Retrieved from http://www.cfmaeroengines.com/)

CloudDDM -- Factory With 100 (Eventually 1,000) 3D Printers & Just 3 Employees Opens at UPS's Worldwide Hub
(June 15, 2016. Retrieved from https://3dprint.com/)

America Makes, the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute

ASTM AND 3MF SIGN LIAISON AGREEMENT
(June 10, 2016. Retrieved from http://www.3mf.io/)

HP's Multi Jet Fusion 3D Printer Unveiled
(May 17, 2016. Retrieved from http://3dPrint.com/)

The Exponential Revolution: Ray Kurzweil Says The Convergence Of 3D Printing, Nanomaterials And Software Will Change The World
(May 13, 2016. Retrieved from http://www.gereports.com/)

State of 3D Printing
(May 2016. Retrieved from https://www.sculpteo.com) Registration required.

All The 3D Print That’s Fit To Pitt: New Additive Technology Center Opens Near Steel Town
(April 29, 2016. Retrieved from http://www.gereports.com/)

3D Printing comes of age in US industrial manufacturing
(April 2016. Retrieved from http://www.pwc.com)

CDI PARTNERS WITH BOSCH TO DEPLOY 3D PRINTERS IN K-12 CLASSROOMS
(April 29, 2016. Retrieved from http://www.cdicomputers.com/)

What is Additive Manufacturing?
(March 29, 2016. Retrieved from http://www.additivemanufacturing.com/)

Wikipedia on 3D printing
(March 29, 2016. Retrieved from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/3D_printing)

Wohler’s Associates, a long time expert on additive manufacturing
(March 29, 2016. Retrieved from https://www.wohlersassociates.com/)

List of manufacturers/developers of AM systems and materials, other resources
(March 29, 2016. Retrieved from https://www.wohlersassociates.com/)

Why 3D Printing Stocks Could Have a Tremendous Runway for Growth
(March 29, 2016. Retrieved from http://www.fool.com/)

2015 Roundup of 3D Printing Market Forecasts And Estimates
(March 29, 2016. Retrieved from http://www.Forbes.com)

3D Systems Completes Acquisition of Cimatron

  • Strengthens advanced manufacturing leadership and portfolio
  • Extends global sales coverage, multiplexes cross selling opportunities
  • Completes 3DS’ software interoperability for 3D digital fabrication
(March 29, 2016. Retrieved from http://www.3dsystems.com/)

 

Is The Sprout Helping HP Grow?
By Jeff Rowe (February 4, 2016. Retrieved from http://www.mcadcafe.com/)

3D Printing for Innovative Mould Making Combined with Simulation Driven Design Inspiration Push the Limits for High Performance Castings
(March 29, 2016. Retrieved from http://www.altair.com/)

Design for the Freedom of Additive Manufacturing
(March 29, 2016. Retrieved from http://web.solidthinking.com)

Altair Acquires Click2Cast: Adds Streamlined Casting Simulation Technology to the solidThinking Software Portfolio
(March 29, 2016. Retrieved from http://web.solidthinking.com)

Autodesk Ember Printer and Spark Platform Spark Platform
Ember Platform

Autodesk and Microsoft integrating Spark into Windows 10
(March 29, 2016. Retrieved from http://www.youtube.com)

Airbus Gets 1st Production Jet Engines With 3D-Printed Parts From CFM
(April 25, 2016. Retrieved from http://www.gereports.com)

Engine With 3D-Printed Parts Powers 3 Next-Gen Jets
(March 29, 2016. Retrieved from http://www.gereports.com)

The FAA Cleared The First 3D Printed Part To Fly In A Commercial Jet Engine From GE
(March 29, 2016. Retrieved from http://www.gereports.com)

Fit To Print: New Plant Will Assemble World’s First Passenger Jet Engine With 3D Printed Fuel Nozzles, Next-Gen Materials
(March 29, 2016. Retrieved from http://www.gereports.com)

China developing world's largest 3D printer, prints 6m metal parts in one piece
(March 29, 2016. Retrieved from http://www.3ders.corg)

3D-Printed Electronics Charge Ahead
(March 29, 2016. Retrieved from http://www.deskeng.com)

L'Oreal to start 3D-printing skin
(March 29, 2016. Retrieved from http://www.bbc.com)

The printed organs coming to a body near you: From kidneys to hands, 3D printers are churning out made-to-order bones and rudimentary organs
(March 29, 2016. Retrieved from http://www.nature.com)

Siemens launches new Frontier Partner Program for 3D printing startups
(March 29, 2016. Retrieved from http://www.3ders.org)

The program - which is operated by both the Siemens Technology to Business (TTB) and Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) organizations - will provide 3D printing startups with free access to the company’s PLM suite of software tools, technology partner program, and other valuable resources.

Siemens invests EUR 21.4M to open first metal 3D printing facility in Sweden
(March 29, 2016. Retrieved from http://www.3ders.org)

JUST WHEN YOU THOUGHT MAGNETS WEREN’T MAGIC; MAGNETS ARE MECHANISMS
(March 29, 2016. Retrieved from http://www.hackaday.com)

The World's First Smart Magnets
(March 29, 2016. Retrieved from http://www.polymagnet.com)

ipad background image

Featured Cimdata Reports

ipadcontent
PLM Benefits Appraisal Guide

CIMdata’s PLM Benefits Appraisal Guide is designed to help potential PLM users evaluate the applicability and payoffs of PLM in their enterprise, and to help existing users of PLM monitor the impact it is having on their product programs.

ipadcontent
AEC Market Overview Report

New! The CIMdata 2016 AEC Market Overview Report presents CIMdata’s detailed analysis of the Architecture, Engineering, and Construction (AEC) market.

ipadcontent
PLM Market Analysis Reports

2016 Modules now available. The PLM MAR Series provides detailed information and in-depth analysis on the worldwide PLM market. It contains analyses of major trends and issues, leading PLM providers, revenue analyses for geographical regions and industry sectors, and historical and projected data on market growth.

ipadcontent
PLM Market Analysis Country Reports

These reports offer country-specific analyses of the PLM market. Their focus is on PLM investment and use in industrial markets. Reports cover Brazil, Germany, India, Japan, Russia, South Korea, and the United States.

ipadcontent
Simulation & Analysis Market Analysis Report

2016 Edition now available. This report presents CIMdata’s overview of the global simulation and analysis market, one of the fastest growing segments of the overall product lifecycle management market, including profiles of the leading S&A firms.

ipadcontent
CAM Market Analysis Report

2016 Edition now available. This report presents CIMdata’s overview of the worldwide CAM software and services market. It also includes a discussion on the trends in the CAM industry and updates on the top CAM solution providers.