8 trends in 3D printing development
The development prospect of 3D printing consumer grade market is overstated, but to the whole 3D printing market, the year of 2016 has extraordinary significance. It has 8 trends.
Consumer grade market collapsed
At CES show of 2016 ,the 3D printing enterprises who specialized in consumer grade market showed a lot .The problem is that the cheap
and inexpensive 3D printers are too many ,and no big difference. It is really difficult for them to occupy a place in the market .The best example is Stratasys and 3D Systems .The former had a bad performance in 2015 and the latter announced to stop producing consumer grade desktop 3D printer recently .It is foreseeable that more and more enterprises will give up consumer grade market, and grow into industry market.
Breaking trough technical limitation
Except GE and Ford, who exposure the 3D printing technical planning progress without restraint,there are many enterprises doing technical R&D quietly ,and get many wonderful achievements. It is said, there is not only one breakthrough technical without publicity and exposure .Among them, some is something to do with 3D printing material and some is something to do with 3D printing equipment. If they are applied in 2016,it will take the reformation in the whole area.
The year of getting profit in outsource 3D printing
At present ,most on-line 3D printing service provider belongs to “production and use integration” mode .There are lots of problem among them. First ,the 3D printer occurred many problems in using, it solved difficultly without specialist. Then ,if the order volume is increased a lot, whether the production or delivery will be a big problem. Obviously, the other proficient experienced suppliers have more advantage ,eg .delivery on time and so on. In the future ,it will be more and more common to outsource to supplier by designer and engineer.
Virtual stock will be in reality
One characteristic of printing is low cost. The key factor is “throw out unnecessary stock”. When all the large manufactures apply 3D printing development ,they can arrange production on-demand in time and cut down the waste at utmost.
In the past 10 years ,Amazonas changed the whole computer world by cloud server, it made enterprises finding the demand in the network. It can be estimated that the manufacturing will go on this road, just the problem of time long or short. In 2016,maybe there is manufacturer announcing to build this kind of system .Let’s wait and see.
To the traditional manufacturing ,if producing a completed production, different parts will be from different countries ,then delivery them to a same place ,and assembly finally. 3D printing can be one-step forming .The machine limit of work environment is broken trough step by step. The manufacturers will choose this kind of technical which is saving time and cost in the future.
The combination of internet of things and 3D printing
“The Internet of things” is a important factor in modern production. More and more consumer goods is installed sensor or other electronic parts. For example ,the 3D printing bike promoted by a Japan enterprise last time. In the future ,using Artificial Intelligence will be a main trend .And at present many parts of this Artificial Intelligence products can only be made by 3D printer.
The true manufacturing appearing
Though the 3d printing development technical and service supplier appeared in a very early time, in the past, most these services belonged to simple prototype manufacturing .In 2016,the enterprises will put the main focus in manufacturing terminal products. They produce the 3D printing consumer goods which can be used genuinely in life .Comparing with the traditional manufacturing technology ,the goodness of 3D printing is producing consistency ,safety ,material trace-ability and so on.
In 2015, there were many boast words in 3d printing development industry .In the new year ,it is believed that this industry will get rid of this vicious circle ,and come out the true practical application .