3D Printing & Additive Manufacturing

The attractiveness of investors

The 3D applications develop and hit more and more professional and industrial companies, even the consumer sector.
3D software has been more and more democratized, 3D file libraries have developed, and 3D scanning technologies have improved. These three phenomena accelerate the growth of the 3D Printing and Additive Manufacturing sectors.
The most recognized analysts, such as Wholers, Gartner and IDTechEx, predict a 22% growth by 2025, before growing even more in the 2025-2050 era thanks to the multiplication of material offerings (composites and bio especially).

What is 3D Printing ?

Also known as Three-dimensional printing, it is a process that transforms a 3D file into a physical object by successively adding layers of material. This material can be plastic, metal, and many other materials. Terminology mainly used by the general public due to the large media coverage on personal 3D printers, it increasingly designates applications for rapid prototyping or for building parts for personal or hobby use.
Some examples of applications: real estate models, heritage conservation, models for orthodontics, molds, trophies, prototypes, decorative objects, etc …


What is Additive Manufacturing ?

The process is similar to that of 3D printing, but it indicates more and more the industrial applications of production of final parts which will be used on an apparatus, a car, an airplane, etc … This technique thus opposes the others traditional manufacturing techniques like the subtraction of material, mold or forming. It allows to integrate functionalities inside the part, to innovate on structural problems (of weight, cost, design, etc.), to reduce the stages of manufacture, etc.
Some examples of applications: parts for engines (aircraft, cars, trucks), tools, surgery tools and medical systems, consumer goods, etc…