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3D Printing Industry's Evolution Affecting Consumers In 2020

Dec 17, 2019

3D printing is a growing industry and is expected to reach $ 50 billion by 2025. Much of the rapid growth of 3D printing can be attributed to the popularity of the average consumer. As 3D printing becomes more practical for family enthusiasts, not just focusing on creative professionals, we want to see the rapid growth of 3D printing, which eclipses the market saturation enjoyed by 2D printing. In order to achieve this goal, some advanced technologies of 3D printing need to be put on the market. We may see the following evolutions from the end of 2019 to 2020.

1 more user-friendly workflow

3D printing is the medium for presenting the learning curve. First, there is a process of learning how to use the machine itself. Installing filaments, setting up, maintaining printers, and other necessary tasks can quickly alienate users who do n’t know technology. After learning this, we will also learn how to use 3D modeling software to send print jobs to a 3D printer.


These tedious aspects that must be skipped to realize their printing vision, and now we see printers with simpler proprietary software that comes down to creating and uploading print jobs as a necessity.


The evolution of this 3D printing technology will make printing easier for a wider range of entry-level users.


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2 consumer-priced printers

A good 3D printer is often very expensive, and a professional printer costs tens of thousands or even millions of yuan.


As 3D printing becomes more widely adopted, manufacturers will be more willing to invest in research and development to create more cost-effective equipment, and the cost-effectiveness of manufacturing can be passed on to consumers. We expect that in the near future, a thousand-yuan printer will be able to produce semi-professional works. Other 3D printing equipment (such as 3D scanners and pens) will reduce prices and improve quality.

3Print-on-demand websites surge

Not everyone is interested in owning a 3D printed object, they all want a printer. For these people, their most exciting 3D printing technology is probably the presence of on-demand printing (POD) websites online.


The POD website allows users to upload 3D models to a website database, then print and ship them back to users. This is probably the most cost-effective way to get the job done for casual 3D printing enthusiasts who only have one or two printing needs per year.


4 wave of open source models

Don't worry if you don't design 3D models. We will see a large number of open source models pouring into today's market.


Open source models cover everything from 3D wrenches to trees. Designers of the models created and released to the public for free to improve the 3D printing community and the world.

5 Artificial natural materials

One of the major drawbacks of 3D printing is that the material feels like cheap plastic in appearance. Today, we are seeing materials created by several silk producers similar to materials such as marble and copper.


With the increasing credibility of these man-made materials, the use of 3D printing in homes and businesses will proliferate.


6 3D drawing

If you are accustomed to designing on paper with a pen, rather than through a computer, then the advances in 3D printing will provide you with a tool you will love, the tool is a 3D pen.


The 3D pen allows users to draw basic models in 3D space using fast-drying filaments that harden as soon as they leave the nib. Of course, the filaments used in 3D pens are not as strong as in printers.

For simple work and graffiti, 3D pens are a great tool.



7 pollution solutions

As 3D printing becomes more popular, the world becomes more and more polluted. This is because the most commonly used material in filaments is ABS plastic.


On the plus side, ABS plastics degrade in the sun. Unfortunately, this degradation takes years and there is no guarantee that discarded plastic will come into contact with UV light. To solve this problem, 3D printing technology is moving towards the development and use of ecologically responsible materials. As the pace of progress accelerates, we will no longer need to choose between environmental protection and 3D printing.


8 piracy

The negative development of 3D printing is the prevalence of piracy. Imagine being able to 3D print proprietary automotive parts without paying for the work of the original designer. This is happening at an increasing speed, which has led to uncertainty in the physical commodity market. Expect strong action by intellectual property protectors to crack down on publishers of copyrighted designs online.


The advanced accessibility of 3D printing involves physical and creative realization, and we can't wait to see a world driven by 3D printing technology!