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SPECIAL SECTION Additive Manufacturing

repliform coated this model
of the eiffel tower. it was
built on a carbon 3d machine
by msoe.

turing world than it is today, but
with the number of manufacturers
employing 3-D printers in the industry today, RePliForm is starting
to see demand for higher-volume
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"looking
forward,
we need to see how
well-established production plating technology can be combined with structural
electroplating technology and the needs
of 3-d printed parts."

production ramp up. Exacerbating
that demand is the proliferation of
high-speed printers, and Wise says
there are faster machines than ever
coming down the pike in the next

several years. In this new environment, he adds, RePliForm is challenged with helping to create parts
that are just as strong and consistent as its smaller runs but in the
higher volumes customers demand.
"Looking forward, we need to see
how well-established production
plating technology can be combined with structural electroplating
technology and the special needs of
3-D printed parts to make a cost-effective system for plating additive
manufactured plastic parts in high
volume," Wise adds.
Although Wise says RePliForm
wants to continue to support its
current low-volume business, its focus for the future is to try to adapt
its work to the high-speed printing
that is to come and integrate those
services into its current model. Although technology continues to advance, he adds, there remains a significant gap between printed plastic
and printed metal parts that makes
printed metal cost-prohibitive for
many manufacturers.
As long as customers continue to
look for the speed and cost advantages of 3-D printed plastic parts
combined with the strength and reliability afforded by metal plating,
Wise says, RePliForm expects to
continue to serve the 3-D printing
segment of the marketplace. mt


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