If you are interested in 3D Printing and you don’t follow Terry Wohlers, you should. He has been following this industry since it started and he is one of the best at separating hype from reality.
Here is a link to a blog post on 3dprinter.net on his predictions at this year’s Inside 3D Printing Conference & Expo.
He brings up some very good points on where the technology is being used today and where growth may occur. Also some thoughts on the global growth of additive manufacturing, and the obstacles and challenges the industry faces.
My favorite take-away from the posting is Terry’s that “more and more effort is needed to not just take a traditional design and 3D Print it, but rather to re-think the entire part design to take into account the capabilities and limitations of AM.”