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Additive manufacturing (3D printing) - impact on design, faster production and use of new materials

Additive manufacturing (3D printing) - impact on design, faster production and use of new materials
16/02/2017

Author: Peter Bayles, European director of engineering

10th Jan 2017

3D printing technology looks likely to revolutionise manufacturing and move industries into a new age of efficiency. A significant reduction in prices for 3D printers and materials has opened up the technology to many smaller businesses, when once only large corporations could afford the technology. Wohlers Report in 2014 predicted a rise from $3.07 billion in revenue from 2013 to $12.8 billion in 2018 (and according to their 2016 report hit over $5 billion in 2015).

A cost saving initiative Initially touted for prototyping and design projects, advancements in technology are now allowing structurally secure items to be created by additive manufacturing -permitting companies to rely on 3D printing for much more than design and with the advantage of dramatic cost savings.

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