3D printing has been around for decades but it is just now coming to life for the general population. We have been using these for the thing that people need for a while. Now, they’re becoming more popular and more people are using them for the things that they need themselves. In the year 2020 there will more of these produced as they become more normalized. What was once a sophisticated piece of a equipment is now mature enough to be used in everyday life.
- At first, 3D printing was just used to make prototypes and experimenting with parts.
- Even when it became easier to use it was still too expensive to use on a large scale.
- Now technology has progressed enough and is inexpensive enough that 3D printing can be used to make end product parts.
“Over the next year and into the coming decade, I’m expecting to see growth from this sub-segment of jigs and fixtures and early use cases to mass production, spare parts and functional end-use applications for components that were traditionally made with other manufacturing techniques.”