3D Printing: The technological marvel with the potential to revolutionize manufacturing
3D printing, or additive manufacturing, is a new technology, which threatens to completely change the way that products are manufactured. 3D printers come in a wide range of shapes and sizes designed to fulfill different goals. Still in its infancy stage however, the industry faces many challenges before it can claim to be a genuine game changer in the way we manufacture and design products.
Features and benefits
Descriptions of the differences between additive and subtractive manufacturing and what this means for development of new manufacturing processes.
Analysis of the key players and what their roles in the 3D printing market as a whole is.
Descriptions of the development of underground projects and open source elements.
Analysis of the future of the market and how likely it is to fulfill the massive expectations placed on it.
The 3D printing market has been steadily developing since the late 1980’s and some established and strong market players are operating. Different models of trading are developing with licensed and open source formats in operation and different companies are using the technology to achieve different things in the market place.
3D printing is throwing up a number of exciting possibilities for the future of manufacturing and production. Some of these future possibilities seem on first glance to be wildly ambitious but they are being developed by Kick Starter funding schemes, universities and R&D departments.
The industry is still in a developmental stage, but some key market players are emerging that are beginning to shape the way the industry operates. These include companies such as 3D Systems, Stratasys and Makerbot. Each has different ways of generating revenue within the market.
Your key questions answered
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