- Metals currently represent one of the fastest growing segments in 3D printing globally. Shipments of metal 3D printing machines grew by 51% globally in 2015, compared to the same period in 2014, and they continued to climb in 2016. Various research firms project additive manufacturing will be a $20B industry by 2020. (Source: Wohler’s Report 2016)
- The advent of metal 3D printing, also known as additive manufacturing, has promised to dramatically change the way products are manufactured. Yet, today’s metal 3D printing options have failed to deliver on that promise. Current technology is too industrial and expensive for prototyping, and it’s not fast enough or cheap enough for mass production. To bring products to market, technology needs to address both design and manufacturing.