The future of 3d printing (AM) has been depicted as the saviour of the human race!, or the next phase of human development akin to an industrial revolution! – well, maybe both are a marketeers exaggeration, but it is a technology that many had marked as the next big thing. Baring in mind Stereolithography technique (SLA) was created by Charles W. Hull in the mid-1980s, the adoption into the main stream has been a relatively lack lustre one.
Adoption of AM technology into business, and as a reliable tool for engineers only became apparent in the ”3D printing boom” with something along the lines of ‘mass adoption’ since 2010 or thereabouts. This occurred when a number of factors aligned; firstly, engineers considered what the technology could do for product development in their businesses. Secondly, a wider array of 3D Original Equipment Manufacturers bringing new and exciting products to market; following the expiration of Intellectual Property, has seen a continuation of interest and adoption in the technology.
As a 3D printing company that specialises in the technology of hard wearing materials we are always interested in industry prediction and forecasts. For example, according to a report from SmarTech Analysis released in 2020 estimating the 3D ceramic industry will be worth approximately $4.8 billion by 2030.
In a way such predictions are rather arbitrary, no one knows the future of 3d printing holds for certain. The key indicator we see is that our customers are increasingly looking for heard wearing materials; resistant to heat and chemical erosion, technology that is easy to use, one that is safe, with the ability to experiment and develop ideas in real materials, is one they are attracted to.
If you have a project in need of hard wearing metal and/or ceramic materials make contact so that we can offer some advise.