The future trend of 3D printing 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. Stereolithography was invented by Charles Hull in the 1980’s so it might be said the adoption into the main stream has been a relatively lack lustre one.
Adoption of AM technology into business as a reliable tool for engineers only became apparent since 2010 or thereabouts. Described as the ”3D printing boom” with a form of ‘mass adoption’ really took a bit longer than many thought. It only 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. This meant a range of new and exciting products flooded the market. The expiration of Intellectual Property allowed for a continuation of interest and adoption of the technology.
As a 3D printing company that specialises in printing hard-wearing materials we are always interested in industry prediction and forecasts. The future trend of 3D ceramic industry could be worth $4.8 billion by 2030 according to a SmarTech Analysis.
In a way such predictions are rather arbitrary, no one knows the future trend of 3d printing holds for certain. The key indicator we see is that our customers are increasingly looking for hard-wearing materials. Ideally resistant to heat and chemical erosion. Additionally a easy to use technology and one that is safe. The ability to experiment and develop ideas in real materials, is one customers are attracted to.