Last week Sculpteo The eighth edition of The State of 3D Printing Report was published. It is an annual global survey that aims to provide additive manufacturing insights necessary for improving business strategies.
Sculpteo states that it is part of its mission of environment responsibility to use 3D printing to replace traditional production resources whenever and wherever possible.
Sculpteo collects data each year from the additive manufacturing sector, which it analyzes to identify trends. The report for 2022 has an international scope. Most of the respondents are located in Europe (63%) or the USA (23%). This year’s survey revealed that 39% of users had between one and five years of experience in additive manufacturing, with 27% of respondents using the technology daily.
It was also shown that 3D printing is the most popular use for consumer goods (14%), followed in order by industrial goods (13%), and education (11%).
Sculpteo reports that 40% of power users now use 3D printing to produce short-run production runs and as much as 18% for mass production. 3D printing is used by 47% of respondents to make mechanical parts and 28% for consumer goods.
Sculpteo claims that this level of growth in 3D printing is “clear evidence” of the progress now being made in terms of technologies, materials and post-processing solutions.
Of the companies surveyed, Sculpteo says that 40% are in search of more sustainable methods and materials to use in the manufacturing of products, while 41% said that 3D printing is helping them to achieve their sustainability goals. The report also stated that 59% of users have a desire to use more sustainable materials, which Sculpteo says is driven by the increasing number of bio-based materials in recent years.
According to Sculpteo the majority of manufacturers believe 3D printing is a great way to implement sustainability policies. It eliminates the need to keep inventory on-site.
Alexandre d’Orsetti, CEO of Sculpteo, said: “This year, we decided to highlight a major concern to all sectors of the industry, and something we see as a major challenge ourselves: sustainability. I’m delighted to say that this technology has a very bright future, and proud to be able to make my own contribution to the future of 3D printing.”
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According to Sculpteo’s survey, three key aspects of 3D printer reliability and sustainability need improvement include the availability of more options for recycling printed objects and the development of more sustainable material. Sculpteo also recommends that more powder-reuse technologies, such as selective laser sintering, be developed.
A majority (84%) of respondents stated that they believe the AM industry will continue to grow in the future. 58% of respondents were positive that additive manufacturing will play a major role in their personal, business and manufacturing lives. Only 26% of respondents felt that it would have an impact on manufacturing and business.
61% of survey respondents believed that 3D printing provides a reliable, sustainable benefit through on-demand manufacturing. Just under half (47%) said that 3D printing reduces the need to use multiple resources, because some designs are “impossible” to achieve using traditional techniques.
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