19 Mar 3D printing trends for 2021
Additive manufacturing in 2020 ended in a big way, but in 2021 it is expected to surpass last year thanks to the following 3D printing trends:
What role can AM can play in strengthening weakened supply chains? What is your ability to provide more agility and innovation during the production process?
According to Airbus, in 2035 we will see the first zero-emission, climate-neutral aircraft. Technologies like AM can play an important role in realizing these types of innovative concepts.
Automation and simulated software
Many operations in the pre and post-production stages are reducing the time factor and increasing profitability. Both factors, such as simulation software and industrial automation, are creating suitable mixes and therefore helping to increase production efficiency.
3D printing significantly reduces the cost of customizing products. Each application should require a specific 3D printing process to take full advantage of cost and speed reductions. 2021 could be the start of this movement according to Materialise.
More use of the application-driven approach towards 3D printing
Due to the current growth in the additive manufacturing (AM) sector, machines are getting faster, bigger, and better. In the future, it is estimated that you have a combination of software and machine that will meet customer requirements and thus take advantage of AM technology.
Accelerated adoption of AM
Some companies started the AM adoption process ten years ago. Today, they are well-positioned to make major changes in technology. However, companies new to additive manufacturing face significant entry barriers. The knowledge and cost of technology are factors that often discourage companies from investing in 3D printing. The emergence of service providers has democratized the adoption of 3D printing and encouraged companies to try and take advantage of AM in the short term as well.
Metal 3D printing
Metal 3D printing will enable the prototyping of complex commercial products. It is also rapidly emerging as a fundamental need because it is increasingly being adopted to transform 3D designs into real models at a lower cost. Although metal 3D printing may never completely replace the traditional way of making products, it will continue to grow as a key part of lean innovation.
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