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The rise of 3D printing technology opens up new fields, product lines, and market opportunities

2023-12-14 11:29

International research and consulting firm Gartner stated that 3D printing technology is disrupting its design, prototype development, and manufacturing processes in various industries. Enterprises should start experimenting with the use of 3D printing technology to improve traditional product design and prototype development operations, and take this opportunity to develop new product lines and markets. In addition, 3D printing technology will also be provided to general consumers through electronic convenience stations (kiosks) or printing output services, creating new business opportunities for the retail and other industries.


Gartner Research Director Pete Basiliere stated that 3D printing is a technology that is accelerating its entry into the mainstream market and receiving high attention from the mass media. It often appears in science exhibitions, novelty product websites, and other fields. From novel applications in healthcare, manufacturing, and other industries to imaginative future ideas, such as using 3D printers to make parts for spacecraft and lunar bases on asteroids and the moon, this trend has made many people think that this technology is still far away, but in fact, it is already readily available, and the vast majority of enterprises can afford it.

Although the process of 3D printing and the materials involved in material science are still advancing, affordable 3D printers have gradually reduced the entry costs of the manufacturing industry, just as e-commerce has lowered the entry barriers for product sales and services. Therefore, the 3D printer market will gradually shift from a niche market to a mass market, driven by lower 3D printer prices, potential cost and time savings, more powerful features, and enhanced efficiency that can create benefits and enhance the market.

3D printing has been widely used in various industries, from automotive manufacturing, consumer products to the military, as well as the medical and pharmaceutical industries. Enterprises can use 3D printing to design personalized products, parts, prototypes in development, building models, etc., and promote their brands and products through new and interactive ways. Indeed, in some new forms of product opportunities, consumers are buying products made from 3D printers.

The price of 3D printers has dropped to a level that can be invested by enterprises of all sizes, and they have also begun to try to find ways to profit from it. By 2016, the price of enterprise level 3D printers will drop below $2000. Early adopters only need to bear minimal asset and time risks to try the application of 3D printers, and have the opportunity to gain more advantages than competitors in product design and launch schedule, as well as grasp the actual material cost and time of component production.

Moreover, with the improvement of 3D scanner functionality and the advancement of design tools, coupled with commercial and open-source design software, 3D printing has become more practical, making its application in enterprises more widespread; Gartner believes that the business market for 3D printing applications will further penetrate into applications such as architecture, engineering, geospatial, medical, and short-term manufacturing.

Large multinational retailers have the opportunity to bring this technology to general consumers and generate revenue, including selling printers and consumables, as well as selling personalized 3D printed products. One prospect is that retailers can not only sell printers, but also set up service stations to print customized items or personalized versions of products displayed on shelves, which is an important consumer trend.

Another possibility is to use action display vehicles to tour various retail locations; Customers can watch their items (or personalized 3D products) take shape step by step through the two to three printers provided by the fully functional display cars in front of these stores. Alternatively, consumers can order customized or personalized products while shopping and wait for them to be picked up after shopping or the next day.