Listen to Greg Paulsen of Xometry speak about his view of the future of 3D Printing! What is in store for us 3D Printing enthusiasts?
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Listen to this quick 3D Printing Podcast and learn about whether or not 3D Printing will replace the assembly line.
Here are 3 Such trends:
3D printing becomes industrial strength.
Once reserved for prototypes and toys, 3D printing will become industrial strength. There are aircrafts that already contain some 3D-printed components. The technology will also start to be adopted for the direct manufacture of specialist components in industries like defense and automotive. Overall, the number of 3D printed parts in planes, cars and even appliances will increase without you knowing.
3D printing starts saving lives.
3D-printed medical implants will improve the quality of life of someone close to you. Because 3D printing allows products to be custom-matched to an exact body shape, it is being used today for making better titanium bone implants, prosthetic limbs and orthodontic devices. 3D Printing could reduce if not eliminate the organ donor shortage.
Customization becomes the norm.
3D Printing grows, and customers get more and more demanding!
World demand for 3D printers and related materials and software is projected to rise 21 percent per year to $5.0 billion in 2017. While professional uses such as prototyping will continue to account for the majority of demand, the more rapid growth will be seen in production and consumer applications. 3D printers will increasingly be used to manufacture direct production parts and finished goods in a wide variety of applications. Freedonia analyst Pauline Tung expects “greater adoption of additive manufacturing technologies as 3D printing speeds and material quality improves.”
Robust growth will be seen in demand for printing materials, as the rapidly expanding installed base of 3D printers fuels related materials consumption. Plastics will continue to account for the majority of materials demand, but faster growth is projected for metals, based on their greater strength and resistance, as well as rapid gains in markets such as aerospace. Demand for software and other 3D printing products such as 3D scanners will grow in line with the overall average, supported by the ongoing need for technological updates and upgrades. Learn more about 3D Printing