AM offers a unique solution for next-generation thermal management with unmatched design freedom for nonlinear geometries and increased performance.

Designers and engineers in aerospace make flight-worthy components with our advanced manufacturing. Rely on our industry expertise to deliver solutions for airborne environments.

New Possibilities for the Production Floor

3D printed jigs and fixtures enhances manufacturing-floor productivity. 3D printing supports manufacturing aids requirements, while drastically reducing cost and lead time.

Take on your next project with confidence due to the customization and faster lead times possible with advanced manufacturing. Move from prototyping to production in streamlined steps with the support of our manufacturing experts.

Your application and market needs are unique, and our solutions are tailored to address each exact requirement you bring to the table. We utilize our expansive experience in a range of industries to identify the right method, material and quality controls to ensure perfect parts delivered in your defined timeline.

With some of the toughest industry performance standards and the need to produce lightweight, complex parts, aerospace companies have taken advantage of 3D printing for cost savings, fast production and innovative design.

Medical manufacturers are using advanced manufacturing services to bring breakthrough solutions to doctors, patients and research institutions. We offer a wide range of technologies and medical-specific materials to maximize efficiency and customization like never before.

The energy industry is beginning to make big advancements with additive manufacturing through more efficient, on-demand, lightweight components and specially formulated materials, answering to diverse requirements and field functions.

The transportation industry involves some the harshest and most extreme testing environments to ensure safe, high-quality parts. With our array of rugged materials and technologies, transportation companies can produce consolidated, lightweight parts to create more efficient vehicles.

For designers, graphic artists, and marketing teams, successfully taking a new idea to market often depends on speed. Simulating the look and feel of a final product early in the product development lifecycle can go a long way to proving your idea to key stakeholders.

Build durable, low-volume production parts with an array of engineering-grade thermoplastics. Our manufacturing solutions help you get your product into the hands of customers more efficiently.

Rapid prototyping with 3D printing takes the guesswork out of new product design. A precise and quickly produced prototype communicates in a way that a CAD drawing never can.

You rely on jigs, fixtures, templates and gauges to maintain high quality production and efficiency. Put more complex and custom manufacturing aids on your production floor with 3D printing.

What is the difference between 3D 4D and 5D Printing? – Quora

There is no difference, the deposition of materials is done in 3D dimensions, and therefore they are printed in the same way using layered manufacturing techniques.

A recent publication suggests that the dimensionally of the universe is tied to the laws of thermodynamics:

The difference is that various research organizations are looking for ways to market their findings to a larger audience, encouraging you to believe that they have invented something incredibly new, and from a marketing perspective its easier to construct a new buzzword instead of using terms like self-assembly to describe the final process. Self-assembly can happen without layered manufacturing methods being employed.

Currently4D Printingis being used to describe 3D printed structures which then change their orientation or structural shape after the printing process has completed. I believe it was first used by MIT researchers, and you can find info on the webpage of the MIT Self-Assembly Lab:

5D Printinghas been used to describe the use of magnetic fields during the process of orienting particles in the deposited medium (inside the material being deposited) in a layered manufacturing (3D printing process). It has been described as:

multimaterial magnetically assisted 3D printing system (MM-3D printing)

Heres a link to news coverage of 5D printing:

ETH Zrich researchers achieve 3D printing of complex structures within 5D space

Heres the peer-reviewed research article describing the process in detail:

Multimaterial magnetically assisted 3D printing of composite materials

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3D printing is a name for a group of technologies that layer by layer build up and manufacture objects. The correct name for these technologies is actually Additive Manufacturing. 3D printing is actually the name for one single Additive Manufacturing technology. The 3D printing process works with a powder being bound by binder deposited by a printing head. Zcorp, ExOne and Voxeljet use this technology and their technologies are all based on the MIT 3D printing patent.

Patent US5204055 – Three-dimensional printing techniques

However the media adopted the term 3D printing and used it for all Additive Manufacturing technologies and machines.

4D printing is a term used for self assembling materials. Self assembly means that a smart material can after it is manufactured change shape. So a thing is 3D printed and later once it is exposed to heat for example the strand of material will become a sphere for example.

Ive never heard of 5D printing. Maybe its the equivalent of Web 5.0. I cant really see how one would print a thing that would self assemble and then somehow do something in a parallel universe.10.2kViewsView UpvotersAnonymousAnswered137w agoI read it on this site which explains everything about them

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The Disruptive Evolution Of 3D Printing

The era of disruption in the technology industry is upon us. While 2015 saw turbulent times in the 3D marketplace, the degree of adoption and eventually disruption will become much more significant as the market matures and moves toward 2020. One of the more interesting emerging disruptive technologies that is working its way through the typical S curve of evolution is 3D printing. Although the 3D printing S curve shows the strong projected growth, there will also be headwinds in general adoption. This has led many to look at this technology as a niche market play. Still others see 3D printing from a whole different perspective. In fact, some believe 3D printing technologies will be highly disruptive and that disruption will continue through 2025.

Recent analysis suggests that between now and 2020, 3D printing will experience a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 14.37 percent. Some industry segments have an even more robust forecast. For example, the Automotive Manufacturing 3D Printing Market segment is projected to grow at 27 percent CAGR over the next few years.

All in all, the overall 3D printing market will grow to nearly $17.2 billion by 2020, according to management consultants atA.T. Kearney. Below is the analysis of 3D printing application/markets CAGR by industry segment in order of significance.

Many believe that 3D printing technologies will create far more disruption than it is being credited with. Just consider the disruption created by limited production runs. Conventional manufacturing processes and techniques have a substantial cost (time and money) for tooling and set-up. But 3D printing eliminates that cost by moving from the CAD systems directly to the point of production the 3D printer. Innovative thinkers are hard at work looking at all the interesting aspects of this exciting technology.

Davos 2016, in part, focused on the potential of 3D printing. One survey found that nearly 85 percent of those asked believe that the first printed car will be in full production by 2025. Another related figure that came out of Davos 2016 was that by 2020 nearly 22 percent of the worlds cars (290 million vehicles) will be connected to the Internet. Along similar lines, over 80 percent of those asked believe that 5 percent of consumer products will be produced by 3D printers by 2025. All of that adds up to one thing digital disruption.

With this technology, businesses are moving from mass production to mass personalization with the ability to customize their base products. Now, the DIY-ers and researchers alike are rushing to purchase a 3D printer for rapid prototyping capabilities.

Another interesting development is virtual inventory. The decrease in necessary on-hand inventory since 3D printing allows for quick on-the-spot production for common replacement parts as well as emergency spares can reduce the on-hand inventory value substantially.

Most people dont think of the United States Postal Service and United Parcel Service as innovative or even as a manufacturer, but they are. Soon, they will implement their strategic approach to 3D printing. UPS announced they plan to begin installing 3D printers in some of their UPS Stores. Shortly after that announcement, word spread that the USPS had developed a 3D printing strategy that will install 3D printers in some of their delivery trucks. This would allow product manufacturers/suppliers to send their product designs to the delivery vehicles that were assigned to the area where the product was to be delivered.

The question that frequently arises when talking about emerging technologies is whats next? In this case 3D printing will continue to rapidly advance as the technology continues to integrate into the existing manufacturing sectors. In addition, 3D technologies will generate new types of manufacturing sectors.

Within the next several years, 4D printing will move from the research and development labs into actual production roles inside of organizations that are aggressive in their use of emerging technologies. If you arent familiar with 4D printing, its the printing of objects that are capable of self-assembly when exposed to air, water or heat due to a chemical reaction.

Technologies such as 3D and 4D printing, along with the Internet of Things, nano materials, wearable computing and others, are combining to create an era of technology disruption that will far exceed anything we have seen in the past. Although current 3D printing capabilities arent appropriate for every component or product, it does serve as an alternative to existing manufacturing processes and methods. 3D and 4D printing advancement must be on the radar for every manufacturer. While the markets and sales are very volatile at this point which is not uncommon for emerging technology they will continue to advance and get adopted.

These technologies are just two of the many technologies combining in this era of rapid technology advancement, which in turn leads to digital disruption. These emerging technologies are poised to create the most dramatic period of change in history. Stay tuned, it is about to get much more interesting.

About The Author: Kevin Coleman has been a trusted advisor, author and speaker to some of the worlds most progressive organizations including multiple Fortune 500 organizations as well as the United Nations, the United States Congress, the U.S. Strategic Command and more. With more than 20 years of success in the development and implementation of cutting-edge technology strategies and his tenure at Netscape as a chief strategist, he is able to provide insight on strategy, innovation, creativity and the high velocity technology era that is just around the corner.

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Though industrial 3D printing has remained challenged in its transition to production over the last two years, the future has become significantly brighter thanks to efforts from leading software providers who are now seeking to develop processes to support advanced manufacturing with a significant focus on additive technologies like powder bed fusion. The total software process chain for 3D printing, historically a bottleneck for efficient production and a disjointed experience with comparatively little intelligence and automation, is now being significantly advanced through integration.

Print preparation software suites like Materialise Magics, Autodesk Netfabb, and 3D Systems 3DXPert continue to evolve to bring in value-added features into the build environment to create legitimate computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) solutions for 3D printing. But perhaps the biggest future indicator of an evolved software chain has come in the efforts of small and large software developers alike to bring forth the technologies of design of for additive manufacturing and simulation-driven product development to users of 3D printing.

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The convergence of additive technologies is being well met by the broader CADCAM and PLM software community, where digital technologies like generative design can finally be fully leveraged through AMs ability to produce organic and optimized geometric structures. The next challenge currently being tackled by todays developers includes creating additively intelligent design environments where generative design packages incorporate key process parameters and rules for specific 3D printing technologies, matching software to hardware

The development of additive-specific process simulation technologies continues to advance, but much opportunity remains to continue to improve algorithms and solvers to better predict process-specific physical and thermal behaviors during processes like powder bed fusion. Process simulation for additive technologies could ultimately provide a means of digital certification of parts, and when partnered with in-situ process monitoring and post-printing 3D inspection, yield the ultimate in quality assurance from design to manufactured part

Major players in CADCAM continue to shift their strategy to accommodate the growing demand for additive-specific solutions from user communities in aerospace, automotive, energy, and orthopedics, but find themselves relying on the expertise of small specialty development groups. These large CADCAM platforms provide a means of commercialization and industrialization for specialty software developers focusing on additives biggest challenges

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Material jetting technology, works a lot like an inkjet printer. This technology is often called by a variety of brand names, including ProJet and Objet. Theres a large print head, that sweeps over the build area, depositing small particles acrylic resin in thin layers. The resin is then instantly cured with the UV light. The print head can print in both plastic as well as a separate support material. This print was created on a ProJet printer with a clear polymer. You can see the support material still left on the print. Its melted away using heat later. Other brands use a pressure washer to remove the support material. Newer printers use a wide variety of plastics. Transparent, opaque, rigid, flexible, tough heat-resistant, and more. And one of the strengths of this technology, is that in addition to using more than one material, you can actually mix them during the printing process. Allowing for endless varieties in color, properties, and surface finish. There are also a variety

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3D printing allows to build complex objects from almost any kind of material, mostly plastics. This additive manufacturing process, adding layer on top of layer of 3D printing material, has yet a major drawback: it is slow.

Thats why many companies are working on new 3D printers and 3D printing technologies.

3D printing the 50 mm diameter object on the left with regular techniques, such asFilament Fused Fusion (FFF)orStereolithography (SLA), takes between three to eleven hours. Bigger objects can take several days to print, even with a 3D printer working day and night.

Thus, fast 3D printers have a huge competitive advantage.Several companies introduced new technologies for speeding up the 3D printing process.Those innovations work with plastic based materials and rely on continuous printing technologies.

50 mm diameter hollow sphere 3D printed by Carbon3D at super speed with CLIP technology. Image credit: Carbon3D.

Fast 3D printing technologiesContinuous Liquid Interface Production (CLIP) by Carbon3D

As explained onCarbon3D website,CLIPis a chemical process that balances light and oxygen to selectively photo cure liquid resin.

It works by projecting light through an oxygen-permeable window into a reservoir of UV curable resin. The build platform lifts continuously as the object is grown without requiring more time-consuming steps. By controlling the oxygen flux, CLIP creates a thin layer of uncured resin between the window and the object. This thin layer is called by Carbon3D the Dead-Zone.

This makes it possible to grow the object without stopping. A continuous sequence of UV images is projected and the object is drawn from the resin tank without interruption.

An additional advantage of the CLIP technology is the resistance of the 3D printed objects, with no weaknesses between layers.

CLIP 3D printing speed comparison chart. Image credit: Carbon3D.

Continuous Liquid Interface Production (CLIP) technology diagram. Image credit: Carbon3D.

Animated printing at super speed by Gizmo 3D

Gizmo3Dis an Australian based company directed by Kobus du Toit. Their products use a top-downDigital Light Processing (DLP)3D printing.

In their line of 3D printers, the projector curing the resin is located above the resin tank. This position avoids the suction issues, usually happening with other 3D printers using a bottom-up 3D printing process.

The build plate of the printer continuously moves downward during the printing process, with no interruption. Gizmo3D patented their secret technology and will offer it as an option after beta testing.The 3D printing process animated printing is twice fastest with this secret technology than without.

The computer and printer giant Hewlett-Packard revealed in 2014 their first 3D printer. This machine uses their patentedMulti Jet Fusion (MJF)technology to open new possibilities.

The 3D printed objects are resistant, detailed and fast to print. The company claims a dramatic decrease of the production time. MJF is 10 times faster than Selective Laser Sintering (SLS).

The Multi Jet Fusion technology by HP is up to 25 times faster than other 3D printing technologies, such as extrusion.

HP Multi Jet Fusion speed performance comparison. Image credit: Hewlett-Packard.

Carima-Continuous Additive 3D Printing Technology by Carima

Carimais a South-Korea based 3D printing manufacturer.Their3D printersuse an innovativeDigital Light Processing (DLP)3D printing.

TheC-CAT (Carima-Continuous Additive 3D Printing Technology) is a super fast 3D printing technology. Like Carbon3Ds CLIP process, C-CAT is a continuous DLP technology that can produce objects at an amazing speed. According to Carima, C-CAT technology can print 60cm3 per hour with a layer thickness of only 0.001 mm. C-CAT offers incredibly fast 3D printing compared to existing speeds of DLP 3D printing (which are around 2-3cm3 per hour @ a layer thicknesses of 0.1 mm).

The 3D printing process C-CAT is up to 400 times faster than regular DLP 3D printers.

NewPro3Dis a company based in Vancouver, Canada. They introduced in late 2015 their super fast 3D printing technology. TheILI Technology stands for Intelligent Liquid Interface.

NewPro3D explains that their innovation relies on a transparent wettable membrane between the photo-curing resin and the light source that allows to grow an object continuously at an amazing rate. They claim they can achieve 3D printing speed up to 150 times faster than SLA (Stereolithography) and 40 times faster than PolyJet 3D printing technologies.

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The Technology of printing physical3D objectsfrom digital data using vertical axis manufacturing process is called additive manufacturing.

The amount of material, the rotation of the platform and the design of the object is administered in a computer controlled environment.

This technology allows for complex shape, size and dimensions which are not easily or economically available using traditional manufacturing tooling methods.3D printing servicesallows low cost production of highly specific, low volume products or mass markets quicker.

Remove unwanted restrictions to your designs, produce prototypes as one unit or pre-built unit assembly to aid in mass manufacturing.

Convenience:Design and production can be completed in house. At any time constraints.

Design Freedom:Design restrictions on traditional machining can be eliminated with ease.

Cost effectiveness:Because moulds are not required design changes can be made without additional expense.

Green Tech:3D printing creates very little or no waste. So the impact on the environment is minimal.

Production Quality:All object are created in a single build, so the products are sturdy with no joints.

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Total 3D printing market forecast to reach $40bn by 2027.

3D printing has received much attention in the press over recent years. Hyped as the technology to bring about a 3rd industrial revolution, 3D printing technologies were in fact invented in the early 80s. They remained a niche technology until the expiration of a key patent in 2009 allowed many start-ups to emerge offering cheap consumer-level 3D printers. A media frenzy in 2012 thrust 3D printing into the limelight and 2016 has seen Hewlett Packard and General Electric enter the 3D printing space. Even after the media hype some market sectors are still reporting huge growth rates.

3D printing encompasses a variety of different printing processes. The processes are all primarily additive in nature, as materials are deposited only where needed, and thus results in significantly less materials wastage than traditional manufacturing techniques. Each of the technologies is suitable for use with a different range of materials, which in turn defines the suitable applications of the printer.

Originally used for the rapid production of prototypes for form and fit testing, applications are transitioning towards also functional testing of prototypes under working conditions, and further, the manufacture of final products.

With 3D printing designs are not constrained by manufacturing limitations and design complexity no longer adds cost. This opens up design avenues and enables the economic production of lighter components, critical to the aerospace and automotive industries. Applications are also emerging in the medical and dental fields, where the opportunity afforded by cheap mass customisation is allowing surgeons to replicate a patients body based on MRI and CT scans in order to practice difficult invasive procedures, and medical and dental implants which are fully customised to a particular individual can be generated.

This report discusses all of the commercially-significant existing technologies and promising emerging technologies in depth, and analyses both the current and future markets for 3D printing. The market structure is also detailed, and we present profiles of the major players together with insights gained from in-depth interviews with a range of companies involved in 3D printing. We also present detailed forecasts for the future of the 3D printing market.

The following technologies are covered in detail including lists of all major vendors for each technology type and SWOT analyses with quantitative data and references to vendors:

Selective Laser Sintering of plastics

Binder jetted into metal powder (by ExOne)

Smooth Curvature Printing (by Solidscape)

Selective Deposition Lamination (by Mcor Technologies)

This report gives forecasts to 2027 in the following forms:

Market forecast by industry (bioprinting, automotive, aerospace, consumer products, medical, oil & gas, hobbyist, dental, education and jewelry)

Market forecast by revenue stream (printer, materials, services)

Market forecast for printers and materials by price.

Market forecast for printers and materials by technology type.

Mapping the 3DP landscape by size, precision, speed and price.

The aerospace industry, an established end user of 3D printing, has the highest growth rate of any end user industry. The trillion dollar oil and gas industry is an emerging user of 3D printing with the second highest forecast growth. When significant penetration has occurred into the above markets, 3D printing in these big industries will lock into the capital expenditure cycles associated with them, and, as is the case for other CNC machines, periodic fluctuations in sales will occur — growth will not be steady and monotonic.

Over 90 3D printing companies are profiled, and the report is also informed by interviews with companies and institutions throughout the value chain.

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1.1. Executive summary: geographic breakdown

1.2. Executive summary: market forecast

2.2. Advantages of 3D printing: rapid prototyping

2.3. Advantages of 3D printing: price

2.4. Advantages of 3D printing: design freedom

2.5. Advantages of 3D printing: more…

2.6. A brief history of 3D printing

2.7. Emergence of consumer-level 3D printing

2.9. Value chains: free market materials

2.10. Value chain determines material prices


4.1. The main process-material relationships

4.11. Selective laser melting: key players

4.12. Selective laser melting: SWOT analysis

4.14. Electron beam melting: key players

4.15. Electron beam melting: SWOT analysis

4.23. Selective laser sintering: key players

4.24. Selective laser sintering: equipment cost

4.27. Thermoplastic extrusion: Key Players

4.28. Thermoplastic extrusion: Machine prices

4.29. Thermoplastic extrusion: Build volume

4.30. Thermoplastic extrusion: Build speed

4.33. Digital Light Processing (DLP)

4.35. Vat Photopolymerisation: equipment cost

4.36. Vat Photopolymerisation (SLA/DLP)

4.38. Material Jetting: key players

4.41. Smooth curvature printing: key players

4.42. Smooth curvature printing: SWOT analysis

4.43. Selective Deposition Lamination (SDL)

4.44. Selective Deposition Lamination: key players

4.45. Selective Deposition Lamination: equipment cost

4.46. Selective Deposition Lamination: SWOT analysis

5.2. Market breakdown by technology

6.1. Machine prices by printing process

6.2. Build volumes by printing process

7.1. Aerospace: Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC)

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7.6. Jewelry: prototype and production

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8.1. Market forecasts: background information

8.2. Market forecast: market value by industry

8.3. Market forecast: market share by industry

8.4. Market forecast: growth by industry

8.5. Market forecast: value by technology

8.6. Market forecast: value by revenue stream

8.7. Market forecast: by printer price

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Introducing the DragonFly™ 2020 Pro 3D Printer

Nano Dimensions technologies use advanced nanoparticle inks to enable in-house rapid prototyping of professional, multilayer printed circuit boards (PCBs) and 3D circuitry.

By combining advanced inkjet printing, precise 3D printing and nano ink technology, the companys innovative DragonFly 2020 Pro 3D Printer prints high resolution multilayer PCB prototypes in a matter of hours, reducing design and test cycles, from months or weeks to days. The DragonFly 2020 sets new standards for accuracy, complexity and speed in the fields of 3D printing and electronics prototyping. Learn morehere.

Nano Dimension also supplies conductive and dielectric inks to other fields in the printed electronics market.

The most important development of having a DragonFlyis a dramatic reduction in product development cycle time Boho Huber, CTO of PHYTEC

The DragonFly 2020 Pro 3D Printer enables companies involved in electronics to take control of their development cycles by 3D printing electronics.

From proofs of concept, to design validation, to multilayer PCB prototypes in-house additive manufacturing shortens design and test cycles, from months or weeks to days. Development teams can now introduce more agile development processes at every prototyping stage in order to reduce time-to-market and increase innovation.

You will receive the DragonFly early and at a significant discount.

EIPCLyon, France1st- 2nd February, 2018

AeroDef ManufacturingLong Beach,CA26th -29th March, 2018

Rapid+ tctFort Worth, TX23rd- 26th April, 2018

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3D printing and the new shape of industrial manufacturing

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3D printing and the new shape of industrial manufacturing

3D printing (3DP) is beginning to disrupt manufacturing – from design and development to production.

From the printing of jet engine parts to soccer cleats, the technology is being hailed as a revolution in how more and more products will be developed, producedand even sold.

According to a PwC survey of US manufacturers, two of three companies are already adopting 3DP in some wayfrom experimenting with the technology to making final products.

Manufacturers are crossing the threshold from printed prototype to producing end-products. Along the way, theyre finding how they can leverage the technology as a transformative tool.

According to a PwC survey, about half of US manufacturers believe that it is likely or very likely that 3DP printing will be used for low-volume, highly specialized products over the next 3-5 years–and about one in five predict the technology will be used for after-market parts production.

Early adopters are finding that the technology reduces wasted material and enables production of parts that are often too difficult and complex to make through traditional manufacturing processes.

Looking forward, 3DPs potential seems poised to expand as new materials are developed as inks and printers advance to enable the printing of intelligent systems embedded with enhancements such as sensors, transistors, and microprocessors.

Consider a homeowner who needs a spare part for a dishwasher: he orders the part online from the manufacturer, then receives a bar code he uses to get the part printed at a local 3DP center, perhaps at a big-box retailer. This and other scenarios could alter supply chains as we know them.

According to PwCs survey, about 30% of manufacturers believe that, potentially, the greatest disruption to emerge from widespread adoption of 3DP will be the restructuring of supply chains.

3DP also holds the potential for companies to rethink their approach to keeping inventory, especially low-volume, obsolete parts, that still need to be made available to customers. Printed parts that are currently warehoused could potentially save manufacturersespecially those with globally diverse distribution systemslogistics costs and get products to customers faster.

Acquiring an industrial 3D printer is only a part of a 3DP strategy. Finding the right talent to use the technology in ways that fit a companys strategy could be the bigger part.

Manufacturers are on track to re-train its existing workforce or are drawing in new talent with the skills to create digital designs as well as oversee the printing production. Clearly, as there is no one 3DP production strategy, theres also no one 3DP talent strategy.

Nearly half of respondents in a PwC survey cited lack of expertise and acquiring the right talent as barriers to exploiting the technology.

As manufacturers gear up to acquire the technicaland creativeskills required to wholly exploit the potential of 3DP, they may well need to seek out talent from entirely new pools of candidates from disciplines traditionally not linked to manufacturing careers.

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