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metal1While 3D printing is sexy, headline grabbing, and ever changing, we must not forget about its 2-dimensional counterpart. Yes, I’m talking about old-school 2D printing, the kind of printing which was invented by Johannes Gutenberg back in the 1400s, and has continued to be one of the most effective ways of communication ever since. While the internet has, for a large part, digitalized much of the printed newspapers and magazines which we read today, it certainly hasn’t made these resources any less effective or even close to becoming obsolete.  Magazines remain one of the post popular resources for gaining information on various topics, whether it be digital or in print.

metalprinting1Today, comes an announcement from MecklerMedia (OTCQX: MECK), the producers of the Inside 3D Printing Conference and Expo, that they have partnered with the Precision Metalforming Association (PMA) to launch a new magazine, entitled “3D Metal Printing”.

“The pace of change in this industry is unbelievably rapid,” says Andrew Flando, publisher of 3D Metal Printing and vice president of publishing and expositions at PMA. “Manufacturers continue to find ways to use 3D metal printing to create complex parts in a way that increases efficiency and allows them to quickly deliver new products to market.”

The magazine, which will see its first issue published in the spring of 2016, will be targeted toward executives, engineers, designers, and other individuals who work in the automotive, tooling, aerospace and medical industries, where the use of metal 3D printing is most prominent.

“The use of additive-manufacturing services grew by 40 percent in 2014,” said Alan Meckler, chairman and CEO of MecklerMedia. “We know that the use of 3D metal printing to manufacture end-use parts will increase dramatically during the next three years. That’s why we’re excited to partner with PMA to launch this new publication.”

Recently a market survey was released by 3D printing company, Stratasys which found that by 2018 it is likely that 3D printing of end-use parts will increase by a whopping 38 percent. If that isn’t reason enough to get you serious about a magazine covering the ins and outs of the metal additive manufacturing space, than perhaps some of the amazing stories and case studies that continue to pop up will be.

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“Metals are the fastest-growing segment of 3D printing, with printer sales growing by 48 percent and material sales growing by 32 percent in 2014,” explained Flando. “And, the adoption of 3D metal printing is expected to nearly double by 2018. This new publication will be a critical resource to help designers, engineers and others working in manufacturing stay up to date on the latest 3D metal-printing technology.”

Without a doubt the 3D printing space will continue to expand. As prices for hardware and raw materials come down, 3D metal printing will become even more commonplace within small to large businesses. It should be interesting to see how popular this new magazine becomes. Do you take an interest in 3D metal printing? Discuss in the ‘3D Metal Printing’ Magazine forum thread on 3DPB.com.

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