3D printing community responds to COVID-19
“In this COVID-19 crisis, the 3D printing industry has demonstrated its on-demand production potential. However, the crisis also highlighted the rigorous nature of state-of-the-art manufacturing requirements in the medical industry, device specific regulations and also the lack of 3D printing contract manufacturers which are able to fulfil regulatory requirements. To address this, TÜV SÜD has published 3D printing checklists, supporting manufacturers to navigate the regulatory landscape.”
Mr. Gregor Reischle
Head of Additive Manufacturing, Global Industrial AM Team, TÜV SÜD
Thursday, 17 September 2020
Albert Einstein once said, “In the midst of every crisis, lies great opportunity." At a time when the world is combating the novel coronavirus, Additive Manufacturing (AM), a transformative technique of layering that creates strong yet light products, commonly known as 3D printing, has emerged as an essential technology to augment the supply of essential medical supplies.
Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, analysts have reported that the direct market for additive manufacturing will grow at least $20 billion in value by 2020. The overall economic impact created by the sector could be higher, reaching $100 billion to $250 billion by 2025 if adoption rates persist at current rates.
This robust growth is driven by various applications of additive manufacturing including the production of vehicular parts in the aerospace and automotive sectors. In the energy sector, 3D printing techniques have increased the efficiency of repairing burner heads attached to gas turbines – reducing duration of repairs by up to 11 times1. In the medical field, additive manufacturing is expected to grow exponentially as well. For instance, in the dentistry sector, 3D printing is expected to grow by US$9.7 billion by 2027, an impressive 35 per cent growth year-on-year.
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