3DPrint.com June 17, 2024
Michael Molitch-Hou

Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has updated the world on the state of Apple’s adoption of additive manufacturing (AM) technology. In a recent blog post discussing Series 10 form factor upgrades (larger screen sizes and thinner design), the analyst noted that, beginning in the second half of 2024, the Apple Watch will include 3D printed parts.

In 2023, it was rumored that the electronics giant was relying on laser powder bed fusion (LPBF) for titanium parts within the smart watch and binder jet aluminum for the case. According to Ming-Chi Kuo, Chinese LPBF leader Bright Laser Technologies (BLT) was involved in the testing of 3D printed parts in 2023 as a machine supplier. 3D printing the elements was said to improve...

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