For quite some time now, the projections for 3D printing, or additive manufacturing, have been optimistic, yet the technology has yet to become a viable option for volume production. This article looks at recent innovations, market trends, and industry attitudes that are driving the 3D printing market, as well as the challenges companies face to evolve 3D printing from a useful prototyping solution into a truly transformational replacement for the old-school subtractive manufacturing model.
What You Will Learn
- How technologies such as artificial intelligence, blockchain, generative design, and digital twins are expanding the potential applications and markets for 3D printing.
- Attitudes and plans regarding investment in 3D printing by both business and supply chain leaders, and the market sectors that are leading the way.
- The top challenges supply chain professionals face that temper the adoption of 3D printing and threaten existing supply chain investments.
Meet the Author
Bruce Rayner is a contributor to SourceToday. For the past 30 years, he has been a keen observer of global business and technology trends with a focus on the electronics supply base and supply chain management. His experience includes staff editor at Harvard Business Review, Editorial Director of Electronics Business magazine and EBN, Director of Thought Leadership at IHS, and Vice President of Consulting and Market Research at Technology Forecasters.