One in three companies is already using 3D printing
Additive manufacturing processes promise not only benefits in terms of efficiency and cost savings in production, they are also making a contribution to climate protection. Larger companies, in particular, are increasingly making use of the technology.3 Jul 2019 Kai Tubbesing
German industrial companies are increasingly integrating additive manufacturing processes into their production: according to a representative Bitkom survey, 32% of companies with over 100 employees are currently using them; in 2018 that figure was 28%, in 2016 only 20%. What is still a new technology also looks set to spread further in the future: 78% of those surveyed regard it as disruptive for the transformation of business models and value creation chains.
The largest area of application, at 42%, is the production of cast molds, templates and tools, followed by model manufacturing (30%). The companies cite the opportunity to print customized products (61%) and more flexibility in production (55%) as the key advantages. Only 16% of those surveyed are currently concerned about cost savings. But that could be about to change: the continuous development of new technologies and materials is making 3D printing an increasingly cost-effective alternative in series production, too.
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