3D Printing Trends for 2018
What’s Next in 3D Printing?
After several years of hype, 3D printing remains effective for prototyping. But this printing type has failed with end-use manufacturing. And the high cost of many materials has stunted its growth. Therefore, there has been a lack of funding.
Still, 72% of companies already using 3D printing say their additional spending will increase in 2018 — and that’s a good thing. Strong tech developments could mean growth in the manufacturing sector. Did you know that large businesses like HP are already investing in 3D printing? Time will tell if other companies will follow along. As far as current trends, there are a few areas we can’t ignore. For everything else, call us and we’ll answer any questions you have.
Let’s review the main areas and trends we should see in 3D printing in 2018.
As 3D printing tech continues to advance, streamlining methods will advance as well. While many 3D production tools come ready-for-use, there are also many end-parts that need finishing processes. As a result, without automation processes, finishing can be labor-intensive and costly. Because 3D printing technology is maturing, however, we should expect to see streamlining methods emerging for faster and smarter 3D print automation practices come 2018.
In recent years, 3D printing is steady within supply chains. For example, 3D print solutions have faster lead times and work well for applications that are typically resource-intensive. We predict that 3D printing will increase its manufacturing supply chains value by allowing digital supply chains, becoming integrated into current supply chains.
Collaboration, collaboration, collaboration — it is vital to the expansion of 3D printing for manufacturing industries. Maximizing teamwork between existing and future players like software, hardware, etc. will lead to well-integrated product offerings.