Just like the survey we covered back in March from Essentium, the industry has been slow at adopting 3D printing for mass-production – scale remains the limiting factor. While 3D printing was almost exclusively used for rapid prototyping a few years ago, it is clear that it is now more focused on final production. Sculpteo reveals that 3D printing remains highly prized for product development, especially for limited series and custom parts, as well as for rapid prototyping – although the trend is being revised downwards. This is not surprising when you consider the pace at which technologies and materials have developed recently.
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