With additive manufacturing, we can practically print any shape that can be thought of. It helps optimize various business processes in related areas of work and creates custom solutions
Fremont, CA: Over the last decade, additive manufacturing has become one of the most trending topics in the manufacturing segment. The technology has been at the forefront of dramatic global industrial changes. Additive manufacturing, or 3D presenting, presents an excellent opportunity to take regular metal, plastic, ceramics, etc. and build any 3D objects you wish out of it. CNC manufacturing and 3D printing have taken over the spotlight, making it hard for all progressive businesses not to notice the advantages. In a short span, the technology has established itself in industries like aerospace and defense manufacturing, car production, healthcare, and energy, among others.
Reports suggest that global investment in 3D printing could reach USD 15.8 billion in 2020. With the number of active users continuously increasing, the growth of the sector is highly unlikely to slow down. This comes as no surprise as technology can help us do wonders. With additive manufacturing, we can practically print any shape that can be thought of. It helps optimize various business processes in related areas of work and creates custom solutions.
Despite these advantages, many manufacturers are still unable to leverage this technology as they struggle to figure out where they can direct such innovative capabilities in their line of business. Here are some of the challenges that entrepreneurs and small businesses need to overcome to adopt additive manufacturing efficiently.
The success of 3D printing is highly dependent on the materials used for printing. While plastic can be easily afforded, sturdier materials like metals can be overwhelming. This can be a significant reason for small businesses with smaller budgets to not invest heavily in technology. Besides, there is also the factor of time taken for production. An up to date 3D printer can only generate 5 - 40 cm of materials per hour. Without a significant reason to adopt such a time-consuming process, businesses are less likely to make the switch to additive manufacturing.
Lack of Expertise
Despite experiencing exponential growth in the last few years, the technology is still in its early stages. There is an apparent lack of expertise in the industry to implement 3D printing in the global market properly. While this problem may be solved with time, entrepreneurs need to see some substantial evidence before making any commitment. The industry needs to first come up with ways to train existing employees for the adoption of the technology and look out for ambitious new talent.