According to a new report from PriceWaterhouseCoopers (PwC), 3D printing adoption (3DP) is on the rise in the manufacturing industry. The “3D Printing and the New Shape of Industrial Manufacturing” report shows 67% of manufacturers surveyed are currently implementing 3DP either by experimenting with the technology or by using it for prototypes or final products. One in four respondents said they plan to adopt 3DP in some way in the future.
A PwC press release notes that 3DP can “accelerate new product development cycles, which ultimately could translate into getting new products to market more quickly and frequently, especially when prototyping complex products.” Twenty-five percent of manufacturers are currently implementing 3DP for prototyping, the research shows.
“Applying 3DP for rapid prototyping is nothing new for many manufacturers as it enables them and their suppliers to sidestep the often laborious and costly traditional processes,” reports Bob McCutcheon, U.S. industrial products leader for PwC, in the press release. “However, we’re starting to see signs that the technology is on the cusp of becoming mainstream…there are core questions all manufacturers ought to be asking themselves if they’re looking to implement a 3DP strategy that could potentially expand their business and makes them more competitive in the marketplace.”
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