What are the Next Trends in 3D Printing?

Just as seen before, 3D printing is still very much valued and used within the aerospace, automotive, but also medical sectors. Those trends will remain, but what are the next trends in the 3D printing industry? 3D Printing Industry has asked over 40 CEOs, experts and leaders in the industry to provide their thoughts on the next big 2022 trends for the 3D printing industry. Here you can read a couple of them:

  • Dr. Jeffrey Graves (president and CEO of 3D Systems) thinks that additive manufacturing will get a bigger role in the 3D printing sector. There are more organisations that carefully explore additive manufacturing for their very specific applications. Moreover, they are aiming at working with a partner who not only can integrate the entire solution and make it work on a high level in their already present production workflow. Those organisations also want to collaborate on developing a custom solution for their specific needs.
  • Andreas Langfeld (President EMEA of Stratasys) expects a bigger shift towards the certified additive production, thus, replacing or complementing traditional production processes. The materials and technologies selected will be certified according to Andreas Langfeld and built parts will be (much more) accurate, thus meeting the industry-specific requirements. This has already been experienced with aerospace-certified FDM printed parts in aircraft.
  • Joseph Crabtree (CEO and Founder of AMT) sees also a shift, but then from low volume prototyping to high volume manufacturing. One of the greatest reasons for that is COVID-19 and all the supply chain problems initiated by this pandemic.
  • Gil Lavi (Founder and CEO of 3D Alliances) envisions more synergies between 3D printers, materials for 3D printing, 3D software and post-processing.
    3D Insider, another news and information provider, has also listed the trends for 3D printing in 2022.
  • Already in 2021 there was a lot of request regarding the large-format 3D printing. An example of this, is the 12-meter-long bridge out of stainless steel, which was developed by an Amsterdam based Dutch robotics company. At the moment, there are quite some industrial large scale printers being developed, which means that the large-format 3D printing trend will continue to exist in 2022.
  • Better interoperability will be a trend in 2022 as well. Different file formats for 3D models? Consider this problem to be solved with Omniverse launched by NVIDIA. Omniverse is a 3D design software that can bridge between different 3D design platforms.
  • One of the greatest pros when it comes to 3D printing is sustainability. In the world of 3D printing, there is even more attention being paid to sustainability by having filaments from sustainable sources on the market, such as plant matter. As sustainability is a hot topic for every aspect in our lives now, 3D printing industry is expected to respond to it.
  • 3D printing is still a less attractive option for the mass-scale production, but the 3D printing industry is very much busy to find the software solutions, which could solve this problem and streamline the manufacturing process better. The natural next step of 3D printing software evolution seems to be the workflow management. This will ensure the process to be more adaptable to large-scale industrial manufacturing.