Gartner has recently published a report about the future of 3D printing. In this article, we will provide a brief summary so that you can stay up to date with the latest trends regarding this technology.
Robotic 3D Printers
Several well-known companies are developing automated 3D printing systems that are programmable, able to adapt to different scenarios and self-correct. In the future, this will eliminate the need to continuously supervise the 3D printing process and maybe replace older robotic manufacturing methods.
Medical Devices and Implants
Given that every human being is unique, medical devices have to adapt to the patient’s particular anatomy and other characteristics. That is why 3D printing has a considerable potential in the healthcare industry. In fact, according to the Transparency Market Research report, global 3D printing market for medical applications is expected to reach $965.5 million by 2019, which supposes a CAGR of 15.4% from 2013 to 2019.
If you want to know more: How Can 3D Printing Help Doctors?
More Efficient Production Processes
3D printing offers important advantages in the production process in the sense that it can speed up the prototyping of new products from weeks to days or hours, increase the company flexibility in meeting the continuously changing consumer trends and demand, give the possible to offer customizable products and reduce costs.
If you want to know more: Is 3D Printing the Next Revolution in Industrial Manufacturing?
3D printing can be a useful tool in supporting traditional manufacturing techniques, especially in the production of low-volume replacement parts and tools. Some well-known companies such as BMW and Opel have already introduced this technology into their assembly lines to produce tools and fixtures in a more effective way.
If you want to know more about 3D printing from a business point of view: Trends and Challenges of the 3D Printing Industry