3D printing: changing the shape of design and manufacturing

Learn how, over the course of just three decades, 3D printing has evolved from being the stuff of science fiction to a valuable driver of real-life product design and manufacturing.

Andy Middleton, President Stratasys EMEA


Widely known as additive manufacturing by those in the industry, 3D printing has come a very long way in its relatively short existence.

Today, the technology is helping companies throughout the product development process across a wide range of industries including automotive, healthcare, consumer electronics, aerospace, education and countless others.

Designers and engineers have the ability to turn their design ideas into physical models that they can touch and feel – whether it be an early concept model or the actual production part – while saving significant time and money in the process.

“Siemens Mobility, which run and maintain all of the rail and trams throughout Germany, are now manufacturing the front bumper of trams with our additive technology as opposed to previously metal parts. By doing that they can now actually 3D print those spare parts on demand and drive down the massive inventory of parts that they’ve had in the past.” - Andy Middleton, President Stratasys EMEA

What’s more, the diversity of affordable 3D printing solutions now available in the marketplace makes 3D printing more accessible than ever for businesses of all shapes and sizes.

"Whilst some of the big players and big industries have been pioneering additive and 3D printing, many of our customers globally are small and medium-sized enterprises." - Andy Middleton, President Stratasys EMEA.


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