More and more companies are turning to 3D printing to give their businesses a "significant" competitive advantage. According to a survey published in the 2019 edition of "The State of 3D Printing," additive manufacturing has taken on a bigger role in their business strategies, and nearly half of those polled say it has given them a distinct competitive advantage. Another 55% indicate that 3D printing is one of their strengths, and because they have adopted the technology, they are staying ahead of the competition.
There’s a growing push among manufacturers towards integrating metal 3D printing into product development. Here’s why:
Metal-based additive manufacturing (AM) is growing at a remarkable rate. With metal printing unit sales increasing at over 50% annually since 2014, it’s clear that this particular type of 3D printing is finding its niche. Traditionally that niche has been in product development, but metal 3D printing is becoming increasingly advantageous for production as well.