Examining the Major Challenges Faced by the 3D Printing Industry


by Oliver Johnson

12 December 2023


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“The biggest challenge in 3D printing that isn’t talked about enough would be understanding the performance benefits of a 3D printed part, I think it’s a really appealing idea to take something that exists and 3D print it, but unless you really understand why 3D printing can provide an advantage, it can be a little bit of a challenge.”

“Scaling up production without needing loads of people.”

“It takes a lot of validation to go into production, and this is something that is costly and takes a lot of time.”

“Change is always a level of resistance that we need to fight. In order to fight it, you need to create exponential value for the end user, to make sure that negative differentiator of change, is offset by the value they are getting out of your solutions. Of course, change means cost, a change of process or a change of material, for engineering environments that leads to cost and risk, and no engineer in their sane mind will do that, unless you can prove that there is exponentially more value in the solution you are proposing. So doing a better job in really crystallising what is the value that your solution can bring into that specific application.”

“I believe the most significant hindrance in 3D printing is indeed showcasing to the world that we’re genuinely conducting a beneficial and wholesome business, nonetheless, it’s usually unfathomable due to the NDAs.”

Meanwhile, achieving production qualities or properties, crafting a part with an ambiguous structural property poses a problem for production.”

“Post-processing remains a prevailing challenge as well.”

“Undoubtedly, the greatest obstacle is the fact that we’re propelling customers to undergo a material change.”

“The biggest challenge within 3D printing, I think right now, is just popularisation of the technology within fields that are traditional that aren’t using additive. I think what’s going on now is we’ve got 3D printing to a place at least on the industrial side that qualified, good parts can be made for the automotive and the airline industry, and the ability for 3D printing to make more of that is just to change the general mindset around additive and to show people that it is a mature technology now that can create qualified good parts.”

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by Oliver Johnson

12 December 2023


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