03 Feb 2016
3D Printing – Exciting Technology for Industries (and Consumers?)
Much has been said about 3D printing.
PrintPack+Sign too attracted several 3D printing exhibitors during its last edition held in Marina Bay Sands Expo & Convention Centre (Singapore) from 29 – 31 July 2015.
Is it as attractive and exciting for the individual consumer as it is for industries?
3D printing is indeed exciting technology. The largest application of this technology is still probably prototyping. Small production runs are possible with 3D printing, which would otherwise not be possible using traditional manufacturing methods.
According to 3dprintingindustry.com, in terms of the industrial vertical markets, these sectors are benefiting greatly:
- Medical and Dental
- Art / Design / Sculpture
For consumers, what is the adoption rate?
IT research and advisory firm, Gartner, suggests a minimum of five to ten years for the consumer level adoption of 3D printing. Currently, companies attempting to capitalise on 3D printing for ordinary consumers offer it as a service, alongside their 3D printed creations.
Will individual consumers ever embrace 3D printing?
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