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Business First - - TECHNOLOGY -

Re­search by Gart­ner shows world­wide ship­ments of dig­i­tal print­ers will rise by an in­cred­i­ble 98 per cent this year, with ship­ments ex­pected to dou­ble in 2016. at means this tech­nol­ogy is very quickly be­com­ing com­modi­tised and, there­fore, ex­tremely a ord­able. 3D print­ers are about to be­come a stan­dard busi­ness tool in the same way lap­tops are. As a man­ager, you have to ques­tion whether your busi­ness is re­ally ready for this in­cred­i­ble in­no­va­tion. If it’s not, now is the time to put steps in place so you can take ad­van­tage of the 3D print­ing op­por­tu­nity.

is year, ex­pect to see an ex­plo­sion of ap­pli­ca­tions for 3D print­ers across the in­dus­trial, bio­med­i­cal and con­sumer spa­ces. Dig­i­tal in­dus­tries will be trans­formed as a re­sult, es­pe­cially those that rely on de­sign as a crit­i­cal busi­ness func­tion. 3D print­ers are mak­ing it far eas­ier to cre­ate pro­to­types and en­able short-run man­u­fac­tur­ing. is is go­ing to trans­late into a far su­pe­rior sup­ply chain, al­low­ing busi­nesses to bring prod­ucts to mar­ket faster and cheaper, en­hanc­ing the over­all cus­tomer ex­pe­ri­ence. Un­doubt­edly, 3D print­ing will trans­form the man­u­fac­tur­ing in­dus­try, with engi­neer-to-or­der busi­ness struc­tures more and more per­va­sive among the sec­tor.

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