While the technology is still in the very early stages, 3D printing have the potential to consistently and significantly changing many industries in a few years.
In a survey conducted by Bitkom, an association of German high-tech firms among 320 companies in the ICT sector four out of five companies expect that 3D printers will affect large sectors of the economy.
Bitkom said 81% of respondents expect that 3D printers will strongly change individual industrial sectors. 3% of them believe the devices would revolutionize the whole economy. Only 8 percent of ICT companies believe 3D printers would not have any significant effect and 6 percent think the devices are of particular interest to private consumers.
The possibilities are endless. "Three-dimensional printers have the potential to significantly and sustainedly change many industries." said Bitkom Managing Director Bernhard Rohleder.
Not only can daily use products, design items and toys be made at home with 3D printers, but spare parts for cars or even dental fillings, in a longer term, can also be produced with special 3D printers.
Rohleder said that many industry will face enormous challenges. "Value-creation chains will change significantly, and product and brand protection will have to be completely reassessed."
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