07 November 2019 9:17
North America and Europe remain the two regions with the largest share in the additive manufacturing (AM) market. A considerable number of companies developing, adopting or investing in AM are headquartered in these regions, making them hotbeds of technology advancements.    At the same time, however, North America and Europe could be at risk of losing their role as leaders in AM to the rapidly growing AM market in Asia.    So how is the 3D printing industry evolving in these regions? And what should North America and Europe do to secure their competitiveness?    [caption ...
21 August 2019 13:54
Without a doubt, 2019 is an exciting time for 3D printing. The industry continues to move towards industrialisation, and the technology is increasingly becoming part of the wider manufacturing ecosystem.   But in such a rapidly evolving industry, it can be difficult to keep up with the key trends that are driving the future of 3D printing.     To help you better understand where 3D printing is headed, we’ve sifted through over 30 of our Expert Interviews conducted over the last 12 months and extracted key insights as to what the future holds for ...
31 July 2019 11:27
[Image credit: Ultimaker]   Earlier this month, desktop 3D printer manufacturer, Ultimaker, announced a new branding strategy, aimed at strengthening its focus as a B2B company.    Ultimaker’s new business trajectory points to a broader trend within the 3D printing market: the shift towards industrial applications of the technology, as businesses begin to recognise the industrial potential of 3D printing. And Ultimaker is not the only company reflecting this trend.   In today’s article, we’ll explore key examples that demonstrate how 3D printing has evolved to become an industrial, business solution.   Making the leap from consumer to ...
11 July 2019 13:55
AMFG has recently released its first State of the 3D Printing Industry Survey Report, which looks at the key trends within the AM service provider market today. We surveyed service bureaus in over a dozen countries to find out, first-hand, how this segment is fairing and the overall outlook for the next 12 months.   The service provider market in 2019 Service bureaus have been a cornerstone of the additive manufacturing industry since its inception, and they continue to play a pivotal role in driving the industry forward. The ability for companies to ...
09 July 2019 13:37
[Image credit: EOS]   3D printing is now being used across many industries for prototyping, product development and production. From automotive to construction, industries can benefit from faster lead times, greater design freedom and toolless manufacturing offered by 3D printing.   However, many companies remain hesitant about embracing 3D printing, often out of a lack of understanding of how the technology is currently being used in their sector, and uncertainty as to whether it is the right time to invest.   [toc] The adoption of 3D printing across industries To help companies better understand how 3D ...
20 June 2019 15:07
In rapidly maturing 3D printing industry, what are the trends shaping the materials market?   Materials are one of the three key pillars underpinning 3D printing, alongside hardware and software. According to the Wohlers Report 2019, the 3D printing material segment experienced record growth in 2018 due to the increasing use of 3D printing for series production.   In 2019, this growth is only set to continue, supported by a number of trends at which we’ll be taking a closer look at below.   1. Composite 3D printing is taking off [caption id="attachment_9672" align="aligncenter" ...
09 January 2019 13:42
2018 was a successful year for additive manufacturing in many ways. From the development of new technologies to innovative software solutions, the year saw the industry begin to deliver on its promises of providing an industrial manufacturing solution.   In spite of these positive trends, there are still important questions for the industry going forwards With that in mind, today we’re taking a look at 4 of the biggest questions facing additive manufacturing in 2019.   #1 Will we finally see high-volume additive manufacturing? Short answer: Yes and no.   The ability to produce 3D-printed ...
04 January 2019 10:46
2018 was the year in which 3D printing quietly solidified its position as a commercially viable, industrial manufacturing technology. With key developments across hardware, materials and software last year, 3D printing, or additive manufacturing, is becoming an increasingly important part of the manufacturing process.   With an impressive year for 3D printing in 2018, what does 2019 hold for the additive manufacturing industry? In this article, we share the top 5 industrial 3D printing trends you can expect to see over the next 12 months.      1. Polymer 3D printing will continue ...
20 December 2018 10:55
2018 has been a year of growth and maturity for the additive manufacturing industry.   The 3D printing hype of previous years, where consumer 3D printing was predicted to lead to 3D printers in every home, famously gave way to a wave of disillusionment when this turned out not to be the case.   Since then, we’ve seen the industry move away from this hype, transitioning to focus on the value of additive manufacturing as an industrial solution.     While still a relatively small percentage of the $12 trillion manufacturing industry, ...
09 October 2018 17:50
So far, 2018 has been a positive year for 3D printing. With technological advancements across the scope of software, hardware and materials, the industry has firmly moved away from the hype of the early 2010s to provide significant breakthroughs for industrial production. With the industry currently valued at over $7 billion (according to the 2018 Wohlers Report), industrial 3D printing has not only cemented its value in product development and rapid prototyping, but is also gaining a stronger foothold in end-part production.    Back in January, we made a few predictions on ...