Additive Manufacturing 2018 is the title of a free webinar organised by www.bt2i.eu on November 14, 2017 from 10:00 – 11.00 CET
Additive Manufacturing, known popularly as 3D printing, is an alternative to the traditional product manufacturing process. It is not really a new technology, considering that all this story come from stereolithography which has been invented by Charles Hull in 1986 and Rapid Prototyping is used since more than a decade. What is new, is the impressive acceleration of AM uses in a large number of industries. We can say that all the industrial sectors are impacted today giving a real industrial revolution. Stakes are now on functional parts, made of stronger plastics or metallic materials, on machines capable of rotating 24 hours a day, maintaining a uniform level of quality.
AM is currently impacting the aerospace, turbine and medtech sectors as a mature and reliable technology, with OEMs and specialized suppliers already offering series production capacities. Market studies shows how aerospace and industry, the two sectors that had the most weight today in the 3D printing market, could grow by 20 % by 2020. Health, which ranked third in terms of market share in 2014, could increase by 25 % over the next five years (less of 5% of hearing aids are now produced without AM). Jewellery is expected to increase by 25 % and energy sector, perhaps one of the least impacted until today, could experience the largest growth (35 %). Under the concept of Industry 4.0, even more sectors will come to rely on Additive Manufacturing.
In this very innovative, changing and opened environment, SMEs, Large Groups and Labs need a comprehensive understanding of the current and next generation solutions of machines, products and services and related costs to take the right investment decision at the right moment.
To bring them this technology and strategic intelligence, BT2i offers now a dedicated multi-client TWatch programme starting in January 2018.