3D Printing Will Subvert Manufacturing In The Next 5 To 10 Years

- Jul 23, 2018-

Since the birth of 3D printing technology for more than 30 years, many changes have taken place in its application. First, print models and prototypes. Later, with the advancement of technology and the increase of materials, some functional products were gradually printed. Now with the emergence of emerging technologies, 3D printing is moving into a new phase of mass production and will directly participate in traditional manufacturing.

Alex Lalumiere, head of Asia Pacific and Japan for HP's 3D printing division, told the First Financial Reporter: "HP parts and products for 3D printing are not limited to prototypes, and half of them have entered the actual small and medium-sized mass production stage to help the manufacturing industry. Development. In the past few years, customers have not understood what 3D printing can do, but HP offers industrial-grade manufacturing solutions that help customers solve real-world production problems, which is a potential growth driver for the future 3D printing market. The main factor."

In the second quarter of this year, HP's printing business revenue reached $5.2 billion, including commercial printing business revenue, including 3D printer sales, which grew 27% year-on-year. Hewlett-Packard did not disclose the proportion of 3D printing revenue. Lalumiere told the First Financial Reporter: "HP's 3D printing market is just getting started, and in the future, this sector will show exponential growth in view of the growing demand for manufacturing."

Last year, HP bought Samsung's printer business for $1.1 billion, expanding its product line to make it more diversified in the market.


Last month, HP and the domestic 3D printing technology supplier Guangdong Lanwan Smart's first industrial-grade 3D printing customization center landed in Dali, Guangdong. Unlike 3D printing personalization, the center is mainly for the production of 3D printing batches. The first 10 HP 3D printing systems can meet the needs of mass production of automotive parts. In addition, the center can provide more than 20,000 small and medium-sized manufacturing enterprises with supporting services from design to application, from application to product, and accelerate the process from traditional research and development to design to creation.

Luo Jun, executive director of China's 3D printing technology industry alliance and chairman of Guangdong Lanwan Intelligent Technology, said in an interview with the media: "With the improvement of 3D printing speed, accuracy and strength, 3D printing has begun to be customized. Mass customization changes, this is a new trend in the development of the 3D printing industry."

According to data provided by IDC, the global 3D printing market is expected to grow by 20% this year to $12 billion, including printers, printed materials, software and services. 3D printing will be the first to achieve industrial-scale mass production in the automotive, medical equipment, education and other fields.