What to Expect from Additive Manufacturing in 2020
Two common themes stuck out to me from the expert predictions in the article “80 Additive Manufacturing Experts Predict the 3D printing trends to watch for in 2020”. First, Additive Manufacturing (AM) companies who started years ago, or individuals who are in it today, are in the right place at the right time. 2020 is predicted to be a phenomenal year for AM and will set the tone for the next decade. Second, materials seem to be all anyone can talk about. The machines are proven, and materials seem to be the next step in advancements.
Here are a few of the quotes from the article, I’ve highlighted my favorite statements. One thing I found particularly interesting was Naresh Shanker, Chief Technology Officer at Xerox, mentioning of a closed loop. With the market being over saturated with 3D printer machines, materials, and now 3D scanners, customer are going to be looking for a “closed loop” system to improve quality and reliability.
With additional material options comes new applications and use cases. Nora Toure, Founder of Woman in 3D Printing, sees a shift towards production and adoption in more industries with material options available in 2020. Industries such as oil and gas, mining and constructions amongst many more will start to see the benefits of AM.
One thing is certain – 2020 will be a game changing year. If you would like to learn more about Markforged or need help understanding how AM might impact your business, contact our experts!
About the author
Emilia Parada is a 3D Printer Solution Specialist located in Austin, Texas. Emilia specializes in connecting 3D printing solutions with manufacturing needs, building strong client relationships while working hand in hand with companies, and answering specific needs with thorough exploration of your application. Contact and connect with her on LinkedIn. She may not know all the answers but will do her best to find you one.