The Rise of 3D Printing

In the article “Why 3D printing is on the rise in industrial manufacturing” (http://www.plantservices.com/articles/2015/why-3d-printing-is-on-the-rise-in-industrial-manufacturing/), the process of 3D printing is explained, and the current status as well as future projections are analyzed. 3D printing is the process of printing “in three dimensions instead of two, by selectively depositing a build material in successive layers and then fusing those layers together.”  Per a survey by PricewaterhouseCoopers, 67% of surveyed manufacturers are currently implementing 3D printing, while 25% more indicate plans to adopt 3D printing in the future. Additionally, Canalys estimated the 3D printing global market to be $3.8 billion in 2014, with a projected rise to $16.2 billion by 2018. In conclusion, the article explains some of the various types of 3D printing such as Stereolithography, PolyJet, Fused Deposition Modeling, as well as several others, and how they are used today. 

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