Additive manufacturing and 3D printing can be counted among the most disruptive technologies of our age and are predicted to be at the forefront of the fourth industrial revolution. As opposed to traditional manufacturing technologies, additive manufacturing builds 3D objects layer by layer, using computer-aided design (CAD) and a wide range of materials, such as metal, plastic, concrete, or paper. While the terms “additive manufacturing” and “3D printing” are sometimes used interchangeably, additive manufacturing is a broader term including several technologies. 3D printing is one of these technologies and is more likely to refer to non-industrial applications.
Although, in the beginning, the idea to 3D manufacture turbines or cylinder blocks sounded like science fiction to the ears of most people, 3D manufacturing has outgrown its initial use of being a mere tool for the manufacture of prototypes. Over the past decade, additive manufacturing has become more popular, making its way into new industries. This trend is expected to last: the global additive manufacturing market is projected to grow by almost 24 percent between 2023 and 2025, and the market for 3D printing is expected to almost triple in size between 2020 and 2026.
The additive manufacturing industry attracts established players from the manufacturing and electronics industry as well as specialized additive manufacturing companies. Multinational conglomerates such as General Electric and Hewlett-Packard were the leading additive manufacturing patent owners in 2019, each offering a range of industrial additive manufacturing machines and 3D printers, among other products. 3D Systems, Stratasys, and ExOne all solely focus on the design and production of additive manufacturing machines and 3D printers and are counted among the major players in this field.
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