Have you read this market prediction for 3D printing? Eutectix is interested to learn your requirements for metal powder additive materials.
Metalworkingworldmagazine.com reports Global 3D Printing Market Will Reach $8.6 Billion by 2020. “The global 3D printing market is expected to reach $8.6 billion by 2020, registering a CAGR of 20.6% from 2014 to 2020, according Allied Market Research. Metal and alloy is projected to be the fastest growing material segment and is projected to grow at a CAGR of 40.5% during 2014-2020.”
Dr. Alex King director of the Critical Materials Institute at Ames Lab presents the view that having one unreliable source of rare earth materials leaves manufacturers and society vulnerable to shortages and price instability. He presents economic data and historical pricing for rare earths as well as other materials.
Looking at the cell phone of 40 years ago and the modern smart phone he makes the case that the smartphone is composed of 60 chemical elements, and a shortage of any one could disrupt production. He compares the modern availability of rare earth materials with the stone age, copper age, bronze age, and iron age. He offers a parallel between those times and present. Watch the 18 minute TEDx Des video, The Dawn of the Age of Critical Materials. Or watch below.
Eutectix presents prizes to the winners of its “guess the composition” contest at the MRS 2014 Show in San Francisco. CaNi5 was the right answer, a hexagonal crystal structure. The material was made at the Troy Michigan facility along with other custom alloys. CaNi5 has a CuNi5 structure. The material is used for hydrogen storage.
Thanks for coming to meet us at the MRS meeting in San Francisco. We had a wonderful time making new friends and we’d love to keep in touch. Follow us on Twitter, Facebook, Google Plus, YouTube, and LinkedIn. Let us know about your work. The composition was CaNi5.
David Miles of University of Bath came
closest and won top prize, 10 US silver eagles, guessing hexagonal 50% nickel.