Professional 3D Printing: The State of the Industry

“Sculpteo, the French 3D printing service, has polled a global slice of professionals using 3D printing, compiling the results into a ‘State of the Industry’ report. Let’s take a look at a few of its more interesting points. 

3D printing company Sculpteo recently surveyed professionals, their use of and plans for 3D printing. Answered by some 1,300 people, the results provide an in-depth overview of the mindset and makeup and intentions toward a fast-moving fabrication process that has seen widespread adoption across numerous industries. Piled into a downloadable ‘State of the Industry’ report, Sculpteo explains the 2019 edition is its biggest yet.

Following the expected trends of speed, cost-cutting, the report finds mass production rubbing shoulders with maturing tools such as generative design. Multi-material and metal also feature, with industry focus towards Bioprinting, medical, and sustainability sectors.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, the cross-sectional 3D printing user is male, between 25 and 35, with an educational background in Engineering and some five years of experience with 3D printing already under their belt. The company is quick to point out that at 13%, the representation of women in 3D printing is at its highest, indicating that it is increasing.”

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