Difficult to believe it's been 10 years since I wrote the article"3D Printing in 2012 and beyond". It would not be feasible to come close to covering everything that has changed within the industry let a lone the world at large.
Arguably the most important topic for business ignored in the aforementioned article is Bitcoin and its questionable sidekick cryptocurrency. In fairness Bitcoin was only 3 years old in 2012, and worth around $5 to $10 a coin.
Unfortunately there has yet to be a meaningful impact on 3D printing and manufacturing in general. This of course is expected to change.
There are quite a few tokens that have the potential to in some way cross paths with 3D Printing (for better or for worse). In the last two years there has been a notable uptick in the amount of articles available with bothPrintingandBlockchainin them.
Today XYZ announced that PAx Natural, Nylon Copolymer would be available for use on the MfgPro236 SLS going forward. PAx has similar properties to injection molding as well as high impact resistance and high elongation at break in any direction, including Z. Engineered for easy recyclability and high processing, DuraForm PAx Natural is ideal for functional prototypes and end-use parts with stability.
MultiJet Fusion tech limits the recyclability of powder media. Once the limit is reach and the powder reaches end-of-life it can no longer be used. This results in discarding large amounts of powder. This end-of-life powder can be recycled for high quality part printing on the XYZ SLS printers.