In a move I believe is a long-time coming, Canon has now announced its first solo entry into the 3D-printing market. On the Htet Tayza blog I explore Canon’s revolutionary step.
The emergence of 3D-printing technology is set to change mass production methodology around the world. This technology uses a three-dimensional digital model to make a physical object, typically by laying down successful layers of thin material such as plastic.
This technology has enormous potential. It can be used to make anything from everyday household objects such as plates, cutlery and cups, to guns; a prospect that’s prompted backlash around the world. Statistics quoted by Forbes indicate that the value of the 3D-printing market is set to expand from $3.07 billion in 2014, to $12.8 billion in 2018, to more than $21 billion by 2020.
Entering the market
Despite enormous potential, 3D-printing companies have been slow to enter the market. HP was the first high-profile brand to embrace the technology, when earlier this year they announced the creation of the ‘Multi Jet Fusion’ 3D-printer. Meanwhile Canon previously signed a deal with ED Systems to market, sell and support its advanced manufacturing systems.
According to TCT Magazine, Canon has now announced its initial solo-entry into the 3D-printing sector. They revealed at the Canon EXPO in Paris that they’ll release a resin-based lamination system to compete with current 3D-printing technologies. Canon noted that the device is “not only suitable for rapid prototyping but rapid manufacturing as well.”
About the technology
The printing firm released a video to launch the new technology. It said the resin-based lamination system was developed to supply diversity of materials and durability, simplification of post processing, and faster build times for advancing demands of 3D-printing applications. The Canon technology reduces the costs of 3D-priting and accelerates speeds, giving users the chance to work with a wide array of general purpose resins, as well as deliver a competitively smooth surface finish.
Meanwhile the Canon technology also gives users the ability to handle multiple formats of 3D data with ease, and link 3D technologies seamlessly through its 3D integrated software. During the announcement Canon stated: “With the highest level of precision in the industry we’ve reduced the need for time-consuming post-processing. Plus, higher modelling speeds and faster setting times mean you’ll spend more time innovating and less time waiting.”
With their resin-based 3D-printing technology, Canon are set to revolutionise the market. It could potentially make it easier and cheaper to utilise 3D-printing than ever before, allowing businesses and consumers to capitalise on the technology to produce everyday items en masse.