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3D Printing: From Prototype To Production

3D printing technology is rapidly changing. As more 3D printing materials are developed, consumers will expect the opportunity to print with metal and other materials using consumer grade printers.

3D printers are becoming more affordable and user-friendly which will accelerate their adoption within STEAM-based educational programs as well as with kids and families at home.

Reasonably priced full color 3D printing will arrive soon, making 3D printing more appealing to consumers and businesses. Inexpensive full color 3D printing is the last barrier to moving the technology beyond early adopters.

We see the market moving away from generalized 3D printers towards application specific 3D printers for everything from medical research to toys.

Consumers will fall in love with 3D printers all over; entrepreneurs will benefit from falling cost of rapid prototyping; students will learn 3D printing as their core STEAM curriculum.

The number of use cases for 3D printing technology is skyrocketing. We’ll see an expansion of use cases in 3D-printed foods, automotive parts and even 3D printing 3D printer parts.

3D printing is finally ready for the mass markets, the cost and quality of materials are ready for mainstream. Consumers should expect personalized products to be a major offering this holiday season.

3D printer manufacturers will be investing in software technologies that will allow people without engineering experience to use their products. Upon release, we will see this exciting new technology blossom!

F500 initiatives to develop 3D printing applications will mature and help move the technology from prototyping to production scale. This will drive further automation, material and control innovations.

3D printing will become more reliable with smarter extruder heads and you’ll have the ability to print a broad range of materials. Imagine, edible treats you can make yourself.

3D printing is on the rebound to recovery and industry leaders are taking actions to focus on tangible solutions. We’re witnessing a positive maturation process that will help accelerate growth.

3D printing is getting a larger range of materials that are biocompatible. Soon we will print dental fillings that are anti-bacterial, strong and look great in just a few minutes.

Soon we’ll be able to print food and technology. NASA is already trialling this. Applications for this include after a disaster, being in a remote area or space travel.

3D printing allows ideas to develop faster than ever. Thus, it is making a huge impact in the medical industry which will lead to producing fully functioning organs in the near future.

The personal factory will come more and more a reality but it needs big improvements in 3D modelling software. Also full color 3D printing will become important.

3D printing of prototypes and end-use parts will continue to rise. Rather than invest in equipment, companies leverage 3D printing providers for high-quality 3D-printed parts due to their technology know-how.