While 3D printing is undoubted entering mainstream manufacture – and at rates that are faster than many realise – it is important to note that there continue to be challenges to be overcome. This isn’t a surprise, after all all disruptive technologies do. This article from Apple Rubber discusses some of the key ones.
According to Wohlers Associates, the global 3D printing market is expected to reach $21 billion by 2020 — quadrupling its size in just four years. While 3D printing, also referred to as additive manufacturing, comes with many benefits, such as freedom of design, easy prototyping, customization and streamlined logistics, it also poses many challenges.
In order to fully leverage this transformational technology, we identified five 3D printing challenges that manufacturing leaders must understand.