The highly disruptive and rapidly growing additive manufacturing technology (AMT) promises a revolutionary change, not only in the large manufacturing industries, but also through average consumers. In addition to an economical alternative to traditional manufacturing, the 3D printing industry also provides the benefits of incorporating high levels of customization and complexity of design, as well as much lower lead times. This phenomenon of 3D printing, which until recently was mainly used for rapid prototyping, is now also increasingly being used in the production of end-parts and finished components in a wide range of applications, such as the automotive, aerospace, machine tools, electronics, medical, pharmaceuticals, and food industries.
3D printing has given rise to a rapidly growing multi-billion-dollar global market, offering highly profitable opportunities to companies along its supply chain. Continue reading