A combination of market forces is driving the digital transformation of manufacturing. Manufacturers across many industries are challenged with accelerating and streamlining supply chains, redesigning products for faster assembly and lower weight, and reducing costs. To meet these market demands many manufacturers are adopting additive manufacturing (AM), which has transformed prototyping, to achieve similar results in mass production. IDC expects the number of production oriented AM solutions in the field worldwide to grow 25% per year over the next five years.
This executive summary of the state of the metal AM market reviews current market conditions, limitations and challenges with current technology and processes, and explores emerging trends, industry demands and forecasts for the future.
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