About 3D printing:
3D printing is a method of making 3D solid objects from a digital file. 3D printed object is obtained via additive process. In this process, the object is formed by placing down sequential films of material until the object is formed completely.
How Does it work?
The steps of 3D Printing begins from:
- The creation of a 3D model on a computer or by using the 3D scanner to create a point cloud.
- After the model creation, an STL file is exported, which is processed using the 3D printing software, which cuts the computer model into various layers and returns G-Code for the printer.
- The next step is to fit in the build plate into a 3D metal printer.
- The print starts with the deposition of powder onto the build plate through the powder feed tube.
- The sweeper in the printer helps in leveling the powder with thickness around 50-100µm.
- Then a laser passes the G-Code pattern on powder bed which melts the particles together.
- The build bed is then dropped, allowing for the next layer of powder that would be laid ahead.
- This process keeps on repeating for each slice of the model.
Application of 3D printing
3D printing is used in the following:
- Manufacturing applications
- Medical Applications
- Industrial Applications
- Sociocultural Applications
3D Printing Outlook:
As per the Statistics, in 2014 the global 3D printing market was valued at $4,164.2 million. It is expected, that the value of the global 3D printing market would reach $44,393.1 million in 2025. Also, in 2014, North America was the main contributor to the global market and is expected that by 2015, it will reach $16,838.3 million.
Aurora Labs Limited
About the company:
Aurora Labs Limited (ASX: A3D) is a company from the industrial sector which specializes in the development of 3-dimension metal printers, powders, digital parts along with their related intellectual property. The company was formed so that 3D metal printing is made available to the developers, researchers as well as creators. Other than this, the company was established to move 3D printing into high volume manufacturing.
Recently on 1 May 2019, Aurora Labs Limited announced that it had attained an important milestone in its commercialization process, completing the build and first live test of its pre-production RMP1 Beta Printer.
The commissioning, testing, as well as parameter development, of RMP1 has already started. As soon as the machine goes through the process of calibration as well as parameter testing, A3D would have multiple options such as the sale of the machine to an industry partner. As per the announcement on 1 May 2019, the company was under discussion regarding the probable sale of the RMP1 Beta Printer to one of its industry partners. The announcement also highlighted that the company had started working actively for seeking pre-order assurances from interested partners belonging to the industry and others as well.
About RMP1 Beta Printer:
The RMP1 Beta Printer of the company is a more polished version compared to its earlier printers. Its print bed has a measurement of 450 mm x 400 mm and is capable of printing parts ten times more than the volume of its previous test machine (Alpha2 printer). Other than this, the processing capacity of RMP1 Beta Printer is three times more than the Alpha2 printer.
The opening price of the A3D stock on 12 June 2019 was A$0.330. The shares of A3D closed flat at a price of A$0.340 (as on 12 June 2019). A3D holds a market cap of A$30.14 million outstanding shares and approximately 88.64 million outstanding shares.
About the company
Titomic Limited (ASX: TTT) was founded in 2014, and the company is engaged in research and development of a new solid-state additive manufacturing process applying Cold Spray to produce bulk 3D forms as well as coatings from metallic and non-metallic powder feed stock.
Titomic Kinetic Fusion™, the new metal additive manufacturing process, focuses on producing large size metal parts along with high-volume complex designed parts.
How Titomic’s technology differs from 3D Printing?
Speed to Market: The machines of the company have build rates which are much quicker than traditional 3-dimension printers. These machines can reduce the production lead time from days to hours. It creates as well as test prototypes, which allows a faster response to any changes in the market, cuts design cycle as well as benefit from first-mover advantages.
The 3D printing, which consists of titanium, must be completed in an inert gas atmosphere in order to lessen oxidation, which happens due to the melting of titanium. The Titomic Kinetic Fusion process is the first additive manufacturing procedure to overcome oxidation problems. The Titomic Kinetic Fusion process does not have melting process since the titanium units impact to mechanically fuse.
Customize and produce volumes: The Titomic Kinetic Fusion process helps in product customization sans size limitations. It enables personalized automated production lines to simplify the supply chain. This process does not need tooling, welding, bending or folding. Hence, there are fewer design repetitions.
On 11 June 2019, the company announced the creation of its world-class Technical Advisory Committee (TAC). Professor Richard Fox, the Non-Executive Director of the company and Mr Jeffrey Lang, the Managing Director of the company would be joining the Titomic TAC, that sees the joining of the notable subject matter experts from the most productive material, structural engineering, aerospace and high-performance metals research institutes in Australia. TAC would be providing next generation Additive Manufacturing technologies as a national priority. It would be applying the academic research as well as expertise to real industrial commercial application. The committee would be ensuring the company’s advocacy of Australian sovereign capabilities, as well as resources for a manufacturing capability of the future.
Another important announcement from the company on 31 May 2019, was the appointment of Mr Nathanael Miller as Chief Technology Officer (CTO). Mr Nathanael Miller has 13 years of experience in NASA aerospace. As a CTO of TTT, he would be applying his vast global experience along with network for developing commercial opportunities available in the sector, Governments, academia as well as research institutions for the company. Mr Miller said that it was a thrilling time to be part of TTT and head the development work related to the digital manufacturing platforms.
In Q3 FY2019, the company used A$1.675 million in its operating activities and A$0.689 million in investing activities. By the end of Q3 FY2019, the company had net cash and cash equivalent worth A$4.364 million. The estimated net cash movement in Q4 FY2019 would be A$0.916 million.
Since the company got listed on ASX, the shares of TTT have generated an outstanding return of 335.56%. By the end of the trading session, on 12 June 2019, the price of the shares of TTT was at A$1.880, down by 4.082% from its previous close. TTT holds a market cap of A$241.27 million outstanding shares and approximately 123.1 million outstanding shares.
About the company:
Altium Limited (ASX: ALU) started its journey in 1985 and is one of the first providers of PCB design tools. With the passage of time, the company has developed itself as one of the market leaders.
Altium has a solid track record of engineering development as well as engineering brilliance. The company focuses on margin expansion. The revenue of the company consists of 48 percent coming from Americas, 32 percent from Europe, 14 percent from emerging markets and 7 percent from APAC region. Also, 53 percent of the revenue of the company is based on subscription. The company has more than 31,000 subscribers worldwide.
The company’s flagship product “Altium Designer” is known for its brilliance in native 3D Printed Circuit Board (PCB) Computer Aided Design. Over a period of 30 years, Altium Designer which has started from the level of grassroots solution has now reached to the most extensively used PCB design tool in the marketplace. Engineers are replacing the outdated approaches, afflicting the design procedure with the better design method, rooted in the product Altium Designer.
The company on 13 May 2019, released an announcement that it would hold its 2019 AGM on December 6, 2019. The company has been granted an extension for the above, in which the company must hold its 2019 AGM to facilitate this.
The motive for an appeal of extra time was to allow the company to manage the timing of its 2019 Technology Day with its AGM. Moreover, the extension in the schedule will provide the senior executives and Board members from the US, with enough time to travel to Australia for attending the Technology Day as well as annual general meeting.
The shares of ALU have generated a decent YTD return of 49.24%. By the end of the trading session, on 12 June 2019, the price of the shares of ALU was at A$32.760. ALU holds a market cap of A$4.21 billion with ~ 130.51 million outstanding shares and a PE ratio of 64.72x.
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