What's Next? 3D Printing in 2020

Manufacturers are becoming nothing but more reliant on additive manufacturing and making big moves to expand any 3D printing efforts in the upcoming year. So, here’s to 3D Printing in 2020.

“As we close another year of progress in 3D printing, it’s an ideal time to take a moment to predict what innovations will unfold in the year ahead.

The widely followed 2019 Wohlers Report predicts worldwide spending for all 3D printing products and services will hit $15.8 billion in 2020 and continue to accelerate, reaching $23.9 billion in 2022 and $35.6 billion” by 2024.

This market expansion is largely the result of improvements in 3D printer technology, including higher parts quality, manufacturing-grade accuracy and repeatability, as well as an expansion of available materials. In addition, 3D printing solution providers are using machine learning (ML) for heightened process control. All of this has resulted in significantly better Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) and larger addressable markets

Manufacturers across industries are now imagining new ways to apply this technology, first and foremost with an eye toward personalization. Think, electric cars and buses in automotive; prosthetics, orthotics, dental care and organ modeling in life sciences; custom shoes, belts, jewelry and eye-wear — you name it — in consumer goods, all personalized and all improved by the lightweight durability of 3D printed parts. Beyond light-weighting, 3D printing can also improve parts and product performance through better fluid management and energy absorption.

Bold manufacturers are beginning to “think in 3D” from the outset. Consider these recent examples of major industries using the technology in real ways.”

The automotive, dental and medical industries have not only become serious 3D printing players but are massively setting an example in the world of manufacturing.

“According to Data Bridge Market Research, the dental 3D printing market is expected to grow at a rate of 21.6 percent between 2020 and 2027, by which time it’s predicted to be an $8.7 billion industry.”

Either buckle up and join the 3D printing ride of sacrifice strides in innovation.

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