3D Manufacturing promised to provide people the ability to produce products without need for or access to factories or expensive facilities. For us at the A3DMA the goal was affordable manufacturing capability to Australia’s SMEs delivering a level playing field for smaller enterprises.
Until recently 3d printers were spilt into two categories, desktop/hobbyist type machines and industrial fabricators. There was a big difference in price, and suitability for commercial operations, between these two categories.
However, commercially applicable machines have already appeared that are less expensive and this more readily provides suitability for the manufacture of production parts. This next stage will provide greater opportunity and incentives for businesses to adopt 3D manufacturing.
This next phase of 3d printing will hasten the shift toward distributed manufacturing.
It will allow businesses to easily fabricate hard to source parts and components. Many items are only available as replacement assemblies and this increases the cost of repair. 3D Manufacturing provides the functionality to fabricate just the broken component.
Australian companies are at the forefront of 3d printing 2.0. Aurora Labs has a multi-mode metal parts producing 3d printer on sale at under $50,000 USD. A significant drop in price for metal fabrication. AONIQ has an industrial FFF 3d printer that produces production parts in PVC for under $12,000 USD.
A3DMA is undertaking an awareness campaign around 3d printing 2.0 and what it means. As manufacturing is democratised there will be many opportunities and much disruption. Please join us in this journey. We need members across the Nation to host events and spread the word. Contact us if you would like to organise a presentation for your community, group or workplace.
We have started a subreddit – https://www.reddit.com/r/3dprintingstage2/
This will allow us to share and discuss 3d printing 2.0.