The additive manufacturing industry made great strides in 2017, with new technologies coming to market, new applications being discovered and new 3D printing materials being developed. However, in a space that has always been tied to elevated levels of hype, there are still key questions facing the technology, its applications and potential growth. Let’s take a look at the three biggest questions facing additive manufacturing that we hope to find answers to in 2018.
1. Will metal 3D printing have a breakout year?
In 2017, we saw that while there was increased interest in metal 3D printing, there was a lack of design-for-manufacturing knowledge, which delayed adoption of this technology. In response, there has been a push among manufacturers to help educate their customers on best design practices.
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