3D Printing The Next 5 Years by Robert Lindsay, MyMiniFactory

3D Printing Industry | 4/7/2017 | Staff
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This is a guest post in our series looking at the future of 3D Printing. To celebrate 5 years of reporting on the 3D printing industry, we’ve invited industry leaders and 3D printing experts to give us their perspective and predictions for the next 5 years and insight into trends in additive manufacturing.

Robert Lindsay is the brand partnership manager and project lead of GoDigical, a platform solution developed by MyMiniFactory that allows brands to harness the disruptive nature of 3D printing.

Printing - Opportunities - Consumers - Brands - Robert

3D printing opportunities for consumers and brands by Robert Lindsay.

Desktop 3D Printing has fallen prey to the talons of media hype time and time again with some commentators depicting dystopian futures of tumbleweed high streets as retail outlets are rendered obsolete by the disruptive power of additive manufacturing.

Know - Eyes - Forecasts - Contrast - Limitations

Those in the know roll their eyes at such dire forecasts, while those that do not are frequently disappointed by the stark contrast and limitations that reality presents.

So where does 3D printing fit into the immediate future of consumer products, and how will it impact the design, production and consumption of goods?

Manufacturing

Will 3D printing replace traditional manufacturing?

This is a common misconception of 3D printing. Whilst there are many benefits to additive manufacturing, mass production is not one of them. Wherever there is a need to mass manufacture identical components, production lines will almost always prove superior in both the end cost, profitability due to economies of scale and array of finishes and exotic material combinations available to choose from.

Makers - Today - Printing - Relation - Consumer

Makers today are using desktop 3D printing in relation to consumer products across 3 primary categories: spares, customizations and real world solutions/applications.

A selection of Parrot Drone related 3D prints from the MyMiniFactory design community.

End - User - Supply - Chain - Product

For the end user, the supply chain can be unpredictable and unsustainable. When a product line is discontinued, price rises are frequently...
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