COLLEGE STATION, Texas, March 19, 2019 – Essentium, Inc., a leading provider of 3D printing technology and materials for additive manufacturing, today released the findings of its independent survey, 3D Printing At Scale, conducted by Dimensional Research.
The survey reveals that confidence in, and deployment of industrial scale 3D printing is at a tipping point amongst 3D production manufacturing stakeholders and decision makers. Over half of the respondents report to be preparing for full-scale 3D printing production runs, 21% now use 3D printing for full scale production part runs, and 88% believe the economic advantage to manufacturing industries from production scale 3D printing will be in the billions of dollars.
As well reducing manufacturing costs, the transformational impact on manufacturing from industrial scale 3D printing is expected to be far reaching according to the survey findings. Forty three percent of respondents believe it will make the mass customization of products possible, 39% expect to gain competitive advantage from a dramatic acceleration in the cycle of design to proof of concept to mass production, and 38% expect to bring the manufacturing supply chain closer to the customer as outsourcing production of parts to other geographies for economic purposes becomes redundant.
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