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3D printing trends Q1 2019

Written by Alkaios Bournias Varotsis, PhD



The new Hubs 3D Printing Trends Q1 2019 have been released. This special edition of the Trends Report marks its re-launch and re-design. The spotlight is given to professional & industrial 3D printing with a special on the Automotive industry. To produce this report data from multiple sources were considered to draw a holistic picture of the current state of 3D printing.

The most significant change in 2018 was the evolution of our perception of the technology. Here are some of the key findings of the report:

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The Global Distribution of the Online 3D Printing Demand

In the Hubs 3D Printing Trends Q1 2019, we take a look back at 2018 to help you understand what lies ahead.

To produce this report, we drew information from five different sources:

By following this approach, a holistic picture of the current state of 3D printing was created.

Timeline of the Key Event in the 3D Printing Industry in 2018

So what should we expect to see in the months ahead? Brian Garret, co-founder & CPO of Hubs, mentions standardization as the key to greater industrial adoption.

“Engineers want to receive the same result every time they press print. Ensuring repeatable results has been the holy grail of industrial 3D printing for many years now. However, it takes time for international organizations like ASTM and ISO to publish their technical standards. So many early innovators, like BMW and Hubs, are coming up with their in-house processes to ensure quality. This will expedite the wider industrial adoption of 3D printing.“

Read the full report and keep up-to-date with the latest industry developments in the 3D Printing Trends Q1 2019 or download the 2020 edition here.