Are you Ready for the Age of 3D Printing?
3D printing was once a mere far-off vision of the tech industry, but now it is everywhere. The age of 3D printing is upon us, and its long term consequences or how it could impact everything from the manufacturing industry to our life expectancy is yet to be confirmed. It seems everything is being trialled by 3D printers – from plastic limbs for animals to most recently, a 2,000 year old monument which is almost destroyed.
A new technology such as 3D printing is bound to make a huge impact on global business. It has lots of benefits but many industries also worry it brings its own dangers, too. Read on for some of the major changes which could affect production, consumer relationships and business models, and see if your business is ready for the age of 3D printing.
When it comes to how businesses use 3D printing today, some industries are lightyears ahead of others. Some sectors have embraced the innovation with open arms, while others don’t see the need in the ability to produce three dimensional shapes. However it’s important not to get left behind – companies who rejected digitisation and delayed the take up of the internet of things are now suffering the consequences. Take the initiative to learn more about 3D printing and how its development will affect your industry. What can your business do to prepare for the changes?
One of the main things people are worried about when it comes to 3D printing is copyright violation. As 3D printing becomes more widely available, more people will have access to a printer and can reproduce virtually anything they like. There is a worry that instead of buying products from manufacturers and businesses, people will be able to make their own. Companies may choose to review copyright policies and terms of sale, to prevent this from happening.
Improve client relationships
3D printing isn’t all about products and manufacturing – service companies can benefit too. Even if you are a B2B business, you could utilise 3D printing to take computer generated images to the next level. A realistic 3D model of a design, a house or a project could be the next sales tool.
The age of 3D printing is coming if you’re ready or not – so make sure your business is prepared.
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