A new study released by Ipsos MORI shows that 71% of Britons surveyed know “very little or nothing” about 3D printers. Engineering reports.
Even more startling is the survey’s finding that only 6% of respondents said they have interest in owning a 3D printer.
Among the 994 participants:
-- 35% said that 3D printing is a positive development
-- 32% were concerned that 3D printers would allow people to make weapons at home
-- 66%, say that they’d rather have professionals do their design work
The demographic that was most interested in 3D printing was the younger set, with 9% responding that they’re interested in the technology. In comparison, among those 65 years or older, only 1% were keen to bring a 3D printer home.
... For a country that’s trying to jumpstart a homegrown 3D printing industry this study has to be a troubling revelation.
emily | 4:53 PM | permalink
The United States' dominance of 3D printing may be on the wane, according to one reading of the recent Wohlers Report on the market for the technology, reports FEN.
The Wohlers study, released on May 23 and published annually, found that there are currently five companies in the US making professional-quality additive manufacturing machines. This number for Europe is 16, China seven, and Japan two. However, ten years ago, the number of companies in the US was 10, seven in Japan and Europe, and three in China.
The article does not take into account factors like consolidation, most recently seen in Stratasys's acquisition of MakerBot this month.
The total global revenue for 3D printing for 2012 was $US 2.204 bn. The US's dominance is still obvious, for example the Wohlers Report 2013 found that 38 per cent of all 3D printing installations worldwide were in that country, followed by Japan (9.7 per cent), Germany (9.4 per cent) and China (8.7 per cent).
emily | 10:10 PM | permalink
Great infographic by Sculpteo on 3D printing and the future of manufacturing.
emily | 9:41 AM | permalink
Bloomberg reports that sales of 3-D printers for personal use have exploded since 2007, mimicking the personal-computing revolution of the 1990s, as the market expands from industrial- grade systems costing as much as $1 million.
emily | 4:22 PM | permalink