3D printing offers manufacturers an innovative means of creating high-volume, low-cost personalised products, writes Mike Scott
With the global 3D printing market forecast to reach $16.2 billion by 2018, the status of 3D printing as a disruptive technology, and its potential to transform the production line, is clear. This report takes a look at the impact of additive manufacturing on product personalisation, prototyping, supply chains, the creative industries and the consumer market, as well as intellectual property rights.
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Sales of consumer 3D devices are low and there are challenges ahead. But the consumer sector may just have sorted out its problems, as Charles Orton-Jones reports
Continued governmental support, coupled with the UK’s existing engineering capabilities, should see 3D printing become a central manufacturing technology, as Jim Woodcock reports
3D printing is transforming the way the creative industries work by presenting fashion designers, interior designers and architects with new opportunities, writes Simon Brooke