Essentium Research Reveals Manufacturers Want Open Additive Ecosystems

This is the second in a series of findings from independent global research on the current and future use of industrial 3D printing.

This is the second in a series of findings from independent global research on the current and future use of industrial 3D printing.

Essentium, Inc. announces the second in a series of findings from independent global research on the current and future use of industrial 3D printing. The study reveals that virtually all (99%) manufacturing executives surveyed believe an open ecosystem is important to advance 3D printing at scale. While 85% of manufacturers reported that industrial-scale AM has the potential to increase revenue for their business; 22% said their 3D printing efforts have resulted in vendor lock-in that limits flexibility.

The number of manufacturers using 3D printing for full-scale production has doubled compared to last year (40% in 2019; 21% in 2018). Manufacturers are now demanding open ecosystems to overcome system inflexibility and use the materials of their choice—50% of companies said they need high quality and affordable materials to meet the growing demand for industrial 3D printed parts.

An open additive ecosystem will see more partnerships focused on giving customers greater control of their innovation, more choice in materials and industrial-scale production. 

“At Essentium, we strongly believe that an open ecosystem will be key to the evolution of Additive Manufacturing,” says Blake Teipel, CEO and co-founder, Essentium. “Being locked into proprietary solutions that limit flexibility and choice is no longer an option if 3D printing is to become a serious contender as an industrial process for end-use products.

“An open market focused on developing new materials and better and faster machines is the only way for manufacturers to unlock new applications and new business opportunities. With this approach, the future belongs to the customer, not to the OEM.”

Survey Methodology

A total of 162 managers and executives from large manufacturing companies across the world completed the survey on their current experiences, challenges and trends with 3D printing for production manufacturing. Participants included a mix of roles and were from companies across industries including aerospace, automotive, consumer goods and contract manufacturing.

Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company’s website.

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