The total amount of financing in one year exceeds 20 billion. Can 3D printing become the "commanding heights of the third technological revolution"? | 2020 inventory

The total amount of financing in one year exceeds 20 billion. Can 3D printing become the “commanding heights of the third technological revolution”? | 2020 inventory

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Article: Shen Xi

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1. Industry overview

In recent years, with the continuous breakthroughs in 3D printing technology, 3D printing has been successfully applied in many fields such as aerospace, medical equipment, manufacturing, and the arts of life, and continuous breakthroughs have been made. Many countries regard it as the “third time” The commanding heights of the technological revolution”. 3D printing has also attracted much attention because of its wide application, versatility and value.

3D printing is based on digital model files, splits the three-dimensional geometry into several two-dimensional planes, and processes the three-dimensional data layer by layer according to the three-dimensional data of the printed object, and uses the forming equipment to pile up layers of materials to form the target three-dimensional model. 3D printing technology types include fused deposition (FDM), layered stacking (GLOM), photosensitive resin solid-liquid formation (SLA), selective powder laser sintering (SLS), laser selective melting (SLM), etc. Different from the traditional subtractive manufacturing process, 3D printing technology uses additive manufacturing, which has theoretical all-round manufacturability, short time, low production cost, and can achieve efficient use of raw materials and save energy. In line with modern manufacturing methods.

At present, the business of 3D printing companies can be roughly divided into: equipment manufacturing, printing consumables production, software development and 3D printing services. Among them, equipment manufacturers often have their own consumable development and software development functions. Statistics in 2019 show that the scale of the 3D printing industry reached 11.956 billion US dollars, of which the equipment industry was 5.297 billion US dollars, accounting for 44.3% of the industry scale. According to the forecast of the Prospective Industry Research Institute, under the demand of market demand and industry development, the global 3D printing market is expected to exceed 22 billion US dollars in 2022.

The development of the 3D printing industry is a breakthrough in the application of traditional industries under the promotion of technology. With the continuous development of technology, domestic and foreign countries are optimistic about the development prospects of the 3D printing industry. The development of the 3D printing industry is rising steadily, which will bring a new round of traditional manufacturing innovation.

2. Industry investment and financing

According to Antarctic Bear statistics, there were 95 domestic and foreign 3D printing investment events in 2020, including 68 foreign cases and 27 domestic cases. The total amount of financing exceeded 20 billion yuan. Although the new crown epidemic has had a great impact on the development of various industries, the number and quota of investment cases in the field of 3D printing at home and abroad still maintain a substantial increase, technology continues to introduce new ones, and the industry gradually matures.

The financing situation of some domestic 3D printing industry related companies in 2020

3. Industry progress

(1) Research institutes

1. China Academy of Space Technology

At 1:58 on May 7, 2020, the space 3D printing system developed by the China Academy of Space Technology 529 Factory fully completed the scheduled task. The image downloaded from the spacecraft showed that the two samples were successfully printed and clearly identifiable. The “composite space 3D printer” and its two prototypes printed on orbit successfully returned to the Dongfeng Landing Site on the 8th with the return cabin of China’s new-generation manned spacecraft test ship, completing China’s first orbital 3D printing test, which is also the world’s first realization Space 3D printing of continuous carbon fiber reinforced composite materials.

2. Institute of Semiconductors, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Institute of Microelectronics, Chinese Academy of Sciences

Digital light field chips are widely used in all aspects of industrial and civil fields, including movies, projectors, printing and printing, light curing 3D printing, PCB circuit board exposure, chip lithography and other fields. The domestically produced 48-megapixel digital light field chip completed in August 2020 is my country’s first industrial digital light field chip, and at the same time the highest resolution of the same type of chip single chip in the world; and has achieved independent design, independent tapeout, independent testing, Independent packaging, independent integration and complete control of 100% intellectual property rights. It is reported that the chip is produced by Beijing Digital Optical Core Technology Co., Ltd., Wuyi University, Institute of Semiconductors, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Institute of Microelectronics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Changchun Institute of Optics, Fine Mechanics and Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Tianjin Zhongke Xinxian Technology Co., Ltd. and Tianjin Binhai New Area Microelectronics Research Institute jointly completed.

3. University of Massachusetts

In August 2020, a researcher at the University of Massachusetts (UMass) Lowell developed a technology called “injection printing” and published it in the academic journal Additive Manufacturing. This technology integrates the elements of injection molding to increase the production speed of 3D printing and at the same time improve the strength and performance of the product. More durable prosthetic devices, stronger aircraft and auto parts are potential application markets.

4. Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg, Germany

A team led by Professor Wolfgang Binder and Harald Rupp of Martin Luther University in Halle-Wittenberg, Germany has developed a new technology that can complete 3D printing of liquid-filled objects in one step. It is reported that this technology utilizes a unique system that contains two 3D printing heads, one by continuously extruding multiple layers of molten polymer to construct objects, and the other (inkjet printing head) for storing tiny droplets. This technology is expected to be used to make self-healing materials and even battery components.

5. Seoul National University

Researchers at Seoul National University developed a new 3D printed sensor in December that enables humans to remotely interact with deformed soft robotic systems. The multifunctional device can be stretched and bent into complex shapes at will, and it also has optical, microfluidic and piezoresistive sensing functions. During the test, the researchers integrated sensors into wearable and excitation-driven actuators, enabling users to remotely control multiple robotic devices.

6. University of Leeds

Researchers from the University of Leeds collaborated with the University of Edinburgh to develop the first 3D printed bionic tongue in November. The material has mechanically relevant and precise characteristics and can be used in new test methods for oral care, food and treatment. The bionic tongue can make the development of long-lasting treatment for dry mouth patients a reality, saving about 10% of ordinary people and 30% of the elderly from suffering.

(2) Domestic companies

1. Blite

Xi’an Bright won the bid of 33 million yuan for high-size laser selective melting forming equipment and 13 million yuan for small and medium-sized laser selective melting forming equipment projects in December. The bidders for both projects are Beijing Power Machinery Research Institute, which is affiliated to the Third Research Institute of China Aerospace Science and Industry Corporation. Bright is an expert in the field of metal 3D printing. In 2020, it launched a variety of metal 3D printers, including BLT-S510, BLT-S600, etc.

2. Point cloud creatures

Xi’an Point Cloud Biotechnology launched FFP bioceramic 3D printer and DLP light-cured ceramic 3D printer in November. Among them, the bioceramic 3D printer adopts wireless printing technology, which can accurately customize biodegradable artificial bone according to the parameters of bone defect size and shape of orthopedic clinical patients. The printer is widely used in materials such as bone tissue regeneration, soft tissue biological structures and drug controlled release, and provides new research tools for researchers in the fields of life sciences, materials science, tissue engineering, and drug development.

3. Luen Thai Technology

Luen Thai Technology officially disclosed the first desktop LCD product-FLX300 at the end of 2020. Compared with Luentech’s strong SLA products, the FLX desktop class is smaller in size, and can be conveniently used in application scenarios such as office, development and innovation, clinical research, small-batch manufacturing, and teaching assistance. It can quickly grasp the inspiration and timely needs of customers. Provide fast response 3D printing service. It adopts three-dimensional light-curing LCD under-projection technology, and uses an array of UV LEDs as the light source (405nm) to ensure the efficiency and quality of the parts. The whole adopts a cabinet-type integrated three-dimensional design, equipped with a 10.1-inch capacitive touch screen and embedded industrial PC , The Z-axis uses high-precision dual-slider modules, the accuracy level reaches P level, and the repeat positioning accuracy is within ±3um.

4. Radium Laser

In December, Leiming Laser launched the multi-laser, large-format, high-size customizable selective laser melting LiM-X400H series equipment. The standard forming size is 450mm X 450mm X 1500mm. LiM-X400H is not only a piece of equipment, but also a complete set of integrated solutions around large-format, high-size, and high-precision part forming provided by Leiming Laser, covering equipment, raw materials, auxiliary equipment and consumables, process parameters to software , Post-processing and quality testing and certification are a series of supporting services.

5. Huashu Hi-Tech

In November 2020, the domestic 3D printer manufacturer Huashu Hi-Tech introduced a new polymer powder management system (PMS) and external cooling (EC) workstation at the Formnext Connect trade show. Huashu Hi-Tech Co., Ltd. cooperated with Future Works to focus on the key needs of customers when designing the post-processing device. In addition, it also announced the cooperation with TIGER Coatings Company to jointly develop a new type of 3D printing material called TIGITAL 3D-Set 371.

6. Anshi Additives

In order to solve the problem of manufacturing complex metal parts, Anshi Additives has launched the metal 3D printing equipment DLM-280, which can directly form almost completely dense metal parts with good mechanical properties. DLM-280 is a metal 3D printing system based on SLM technology. The print size is 280*280*300mm. It is suitable for the rapid manufacturing of complex, precise, high-temperature, corrosion-resistant and other difficult-to-process metal parts. It can be used in general machinery, aerospace , Automotive, mold, medical, shipbuilding, oil and gas, education and other fields are widely used.

7. Qingfeng Technology

On October 28, 2020, Qingfeng Technology announced the establishment of an exclusive partnership with Shanghai Fosun Dental, an advanced player in the global dental industry. Qingfeng Technology is a unicorn in the field of 3D printing. Its LuxaDent printer and supporting LuxDent software can realize stable, accurate, automatic and convenient printing. Qingfeng Technology connects dental design, production, and treatment processes through data streams to achieve digital, customized, and large-scale production of dental products, and provides Fosun Dental with a full-chain digital 3D printing solution to help it in China , Asian and European markets to promote the digital medical process.

8. Creators 3D

In September, Creative 3D launched three new products: light-curing 3D printer LD-002H, K8 advertising 3D printer and 3D printing pen at one time, which further improved its product series. The molding size of LD-002H is 130*82*160mm. Compared with the previous generation of light-curing 3D printers, this type of printing size is increased, which can complete larger and more print jobs, meeting commercial, household and part of industrial production needs. From the perspective of users, Chuangxiang 3D continuously promotes technological innovation, and develops and designs a 3D printing pen that meets the needs of children and individual enthusiasts. The K8 luminous characters 3D printer has a forming size of 800*800*100mm, which basically meets the needs of various types of advertising characters. It adopts metal dual-drive dual-extrusion gears and Teflon tube assisted feeding. No manual material change is required to meet the needs of users.

9. Yongnian Laser

Yongnian Laser was unveiled at the China International Industry Fair in September and exhibited its latest products, including ultra-large SLM equipment. This equipment focuses on the major needs of high-end manufacturing fields such as aero engines, and meets the needs of forming and manufacturing complex functional structural parts such as aero engines, rocket engines, medical equipment, and fuel cells. It is the first domestic production-type additive manufacturing SLM process with a large scanning area. The equipment is of great significance and leading role in the domestic additive manufacturing field.

10. Xikong Intelligent Manufacturing

In July 2020, Xi’an Kongtian Electromechanical Intelligent Manufacturing Co., Ltd. (Xikong Intelligent Manufacturing for short) officially launched a domestically-made laser additive process monitoring system. The system can ensure the traceability, process repeatability and performance consistency of the additive manufacturing process of high value-added products, and fills up the gap in the relevant domestic directions. It is reported that the system mainly includes two parts: the powder bed online monitoring module and the molten pool online monitoring module. It mainly monitors the two key process nodes of the laser powder bed melting process, namely the powder laying process and the molten pool.

(3) Foreign companies

1. Copper 3D

In April 2020, the Chilean Copper 3D company used its advantages in the 3D professional field to design a mask based on the sterilization properties of copper ions. It is reported that the copper mask is composed of polymer and 1% nano-copper and is made by a 3D printer. It has the advantages of seamless and waterproof, reusable, washable, recyclable, and low cost.

2. Urwahn

German bicycle manufacturer Urwahn Bikes announced a 3D printed electric bicycle called Platzhirsch in April. In order to make bicycles electric, Urwahn Bikes collaborated with MAHLE ebikemotion, an electronic component integration expert at the auto parts manufacturer MAHLE, and the electronic components including the LED lighting system are almost invisible hidden in the 3D printed steel frame. The rear hub motor is integrated in the down tube and is powered by a battery, which can provide a driving distance of up to 80 km at a power of 250 Wh. Platzwirsch has three riding modes and can be digitally navigated through the MAHLE app.

3. ExOne

At the end of April 2020, ExOne, a manufacturer of metal adhesive jet 3D printers, and the University of Pittsburgh jointly developed a reusable metal filter that can be put into a plastic gas mask box. ExOne’s binder jet 3D printing process can be used to produce metal parts with a specific porosity that can effectively filter out contaminants while maintaining air. Researchers are conducting preliminary tests on airflow and filtration efficiency, and optimizing the filter to meet the N95 respirator standard.

4. BMW Group

In June 2020, the BMW Group Additive Manufacturing Park, which cost more than 15 million euros (approximately 110 million yuan), opened. It integrates research, prototyping and batch 3D printing parts in one factory, bringing together the expertise of the BMW Group. Covers almost all cutting-edge 3D printing equipment and a wide range of technologies in the market today. This move will further enhance BMW’s position in the use of additive manufacturing in the automotive industry and promote its development in the field of automotive additive manufacturing.

5. PERI Group

German construction company PERI Group announced in November that it will build a three-story printed commercial apartment building on site in Wallenhausen, Germany. The company will build the world’s first on-site 3D printed apartment building, which will be printed using Danish manufacturing company COBOD’s 3D printing technology. After completion, it will include five rentable apartments. PERI started the construction process with COBOD’s fast BOD2 system, which moves at a speed of 1 m/s and can print a double wall of 1 square meter in just five minutes.

6. Blackstone Resources AG

The Swiss holding company Blackstone Resources AG announced in September that its use of proprietary 3D printing technology to manufacture lithium-ion solid-state batteries has reached the point of application. It is reported that this technology can produce reliable lithium-ion batteries with higher energy density levels on a large scale and at a low cost, at a cost of less than 80 euros per kilowatt hour, which will represent a breakthrough in storage technology. Compared with the traditional manufacturing method, the battery manufactured by this 3D printing process has the advantages of more charging times, low cost, and high energy density.

7. Porsche

German car manufacturer Porsche announced its latest innovation in March-3D printed human-shaped bucket seats. Porsche focuses on high-performance sports cars, SUVs and cars, and has turned to 3D printing many times to manufacture components for electric drive powertrains and turbo intake pipes. The Stuttgart-based manufacturer treats the seat as a concept study. The central part of the seat is 3D printed. The person who orders the seat will be able to choose between soft, medium and hard hardness levels to provide any choice. Comfort.


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