May 9, 2017
3-D printing, also called additive manufacturing, is expanding from its common use as an efficient prototype generator to that of a producer of finished, market-ready goods. Manufacturers are beginning to consider how 3-D printing will fundamentally alter the factory floor as the new technology replaces or complements traditional manufacturing tools, such as injection molding, casting, machining, and other systems. While investment in 3-D printing in general is not as robust as it is with technologies like AI, in heavy industry it is increasing significantly.
Who is investing the most? Automotive companies, aerospace and defense, and industrial manufacturing are top investors today; in three years, pharmaceutical companies also will also make the cut.
What are 3-D printing investors focusing on? Product, service, and business-model innovation; emerging technology exploration in three years.
What value do 3-D printing investors expect? Revenue growth and product innovation are goals for today and the next three years.