PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) has released a new survey report which addresses the growing adoption of 3D printing (3DP) across various industries.
As per the report, it’s clear that the technology, also known as additive manufacturing, is crossing from a period of hype and experimentation into one of rapid maturation.
3D-printed parts and products are quickly making their way into end products—from a printed car to athletic shoes to a printed NASA rocket engine. Industrial 3D printers, once almost exclusively used for prototyping, are now, on some of America’s factory floors, being rolled out on production lines.
Manufacturers of all stripes are building 3DP programs and are likely to continue to expand those programs as advancements in 3D printers, software and printing materials (or inks) make adoption easier and more cost-effective.
The new survey explores the interesting shifts in how 3D printing is being used by manufacturers, thereby ushering the technology to higher maturity levels.
Further details of the survey can be found here.
Excerpts and image courtesy of PwC