Wohlers Associates just blogged their list of the top news stories for 2013 in 3D Printing. It is worth a read to look beyond the hype we have seen this year and focus on the stories that will be having an impact in the future:
As a Stratasys distributor and provider of additive manufacturing services, PADT can attest to the importance of the stories listed. The first one, the GE Fuel Nozzle, had an especially significant impact on the world of commercial additive manufacturing, especially with the Aerospace customers we work with. In many ways, GE’s move was the tipping point for metal additive manufacturing and for companies to really look at AM as an end part manufacturing solution.
2014 is already shaping up to be a big year. We expect to see consolidation and a weeding out in the consumer and prosumer 3D printer market, better material options across all of the technologies, and more adoption of the technology in new industries and applications.
Wholers Associates has been consulting in additive manufacturing for over 27 years and is PADT’s go-to resource for what is really going on in the AM world.