To resolve this 3D printing challenge, one must devise a long-term implementation strategy based on the manufacturing-as-a-service model in order to share the costs of equipment, software, maintenance, and repairs.

Fremont, CA: According to a recent report, the additive manufacturing market is predicted to expand to $35 billion in the following four years. The market is forecast to double in size every three years, with annual additive manufacturing growth of roughly 23.5 percent.

Indeed, the advantages of additive manufacturing give up new possibilities for the construction of virtually any 3D design. However, not every organization is able to swiftly and affordably integrate this type of activity into its business processes. Here are the most common reasons that are impeding additive manufacturing's bright future.

High Costs

The average cost of AM equipment is between $300,000 and 1.5 million USD. Consumables for industrial needs range in price from $100 to $150 USD per item. The modeling process also has significant time costs: it often takes more than an hour to print 40 cm of material.

To meet this 3D printing challenge, one must devise a long-term implementation strategy based on the manufacturing-as-a-service model in order to share the costs of equipment, software, maintenance, and repairs. This type of on-demand production allows one to save manufacturing expenses while also speeding up product development.

Furthermore, low-cost printers that use affordable welding wire have recently debuted on the 3D printing market. They are priced at $1,200 and may be the best option for one's needs.

Not Enough Experienced Professionals

Unfortunately, there is a clear shortage of professionals who understand how to use 3D printers in the context of manufacturing and how to automate new labor procedures. The challenges are real: the population of seasoned manufacturing personnel is aging and hesitant to adapt to new design paradigms, the younger workforce is uninterested in manufacturing, and there are skills gaps related to using AM technology.

Because of a scarcity of skilled specialists, 71 percent of businesses admit to preferring traditional methods over 3D printing for certain projects.

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