• UK SMEs are biggest online 3D printing users in EU

    Hello Everyone,

    Happy Friday! As many of you know I'm fascinated by 3D printing, someone I work with was showing me an item that their child had printed on a school trip to a printing lab! It's such a great technology with infinite potential.

    So I wanted to share this news story with you all, a new report by 3D Hubs has found that UK businesses account for nearly half (42%) of all online 3D printing in Europe. The report highlights how with smaller, technologically-centric firms the most likely to utilize the resource.

    The report found that most firms that use online 3D printing in Europe (75%) have less than 100 employees, with over 60% of the 3D printing demand across Europe coming from engineers working in the development of industrial, electrical, and medical goods.

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    The sectors that seem to be leading the way with 3D printing are aerospace and automotive.

    The 3D printing market is set to double in size every three years with the annual growth forecasted by analysts varying between 18.2% and 27.2%.

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    So I want to know if any of you have started using 3D printing within your business? It seems like a fantastic technology to print difficult or unusual parts quickly?

    Please share with the community below

    Amy
    Community Manager
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  • Hello Everyone,

    Happy Friday! As many of you know I'm fascinated by 3D printing, someone I work with was showing me an item that their child had printed on a school trip to a printing lab! It's such a great technology with infinite potential.

    So I wanted to share this news story with you all, a new report by 3D Hubs has found that UK businesses account for nearly half (42%) of all online 3D printing in Europe. The report highlights how with smaller, technologically-centric firms the most likely to utilize the resource.

    The report found that most firms that use online 3D printing in Europe (75%) have less than 100 employees, with over 60% of the 3D printing demand across Europe coming from engineers working in the development of industrial, electrical, and medical goods.

    Name:  3d print demand.JPG
Views: 34
Size:  37.4 KB


    The sectors that seem to be leading the way with 3D printing are aerospace and automotive.

    The 3D printing market is set to double in size every three years with the annual growth forecasted by analysts varying between 18.2% and 27.2%.

    Name:  3d printing growth.JPG
Views: 26
Size:  60.8 KB


    So I want to know if any of you have started using 3D printing within your business? It seems like a fantastic technology to print difficult or unusual parts quickly?

    Please share with the community below

    Amy
    Community Manager
    Need help? Ask me your questions about the community here
  • Great article, Amy – thanks for sharing!
    David Holloway, Director | BML – Brand design for industry
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  • Great article, Amy – thanks for sharing!
    David Holloway, Director | BML – Brand design for industry
  • We've seen our customers create some amazing parts with 3D Printing services. As you rightly say 3D Printing is great for creating complex geometries that you otherwise couldn't with some more traditional methods.

    Novax used our Direct Metal Laser Sintering(DMLS)to print a custom cranial implant for a patient: https://www.protolabs.co.uk/resource...ies/novax-dma/
    We've also seen customers using 3DP to move from testing to production as it helps reduce waiting times. Our customer Hemosonics used all three services when developing their blood analysis machine https://www.protolabs.co.uk/resource...es/hemosonics/

    I find these examples of using additive manufacturing so impressive. Great to see real world applications beyond just the manufacturing too.
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  • We've seen our customers create some amazing parts with 3D Printing services. As you rightly say 3D Printing is great for creating complex geometries that you otherwise couldn't with some more traditional methods.

    Novax used our Direct Metal Laser Sintering(DMLS)to print a custom cranial implant for a patient: https://www.protolabs.co.uk/resource...ies/novax-dma/
    We've also seen customers using 3DP to move from testing to production as it helps reduce waiting times. Our customer Hemosonics used all three services when developing their blood analysis machine https://www.protolabs.co.uk/resource...es/hemosonics/

    I find these examples of using additive manufacturing so impressive. Great to see real world applications beyond just the manufacturing too.
  • @Kimmy Forshaw - Thanks for sharing those great real-world examples of companies using 3D printing! Really helps others understand how they could use the technology.

    Fantastic to see Proto Labs is being recognised for its great work in the Queen's Award for Enterprise as a winner in the International Trade category.

    Amy
    Community Manager
    Need help? Ask me your questions about the community here
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  • @Kimmy Forshaw - Thanks for sharing those great real-world examples of companies using 3D printing! Really helps others understand how they could use the technology.

    Fantastic to see Proto Labs is being recognised for its great work in the Queen's Award for Enterprise as a winner in the International Trade category.

    Amy
    Community Manager
    Need help? Ask me your questions about the community here