What is the status of 3D-printing?

According to the information of the investment portal InVenture, on 16 September 2016, in Kiev at the NSC “Olimpiyskiy” was held the third exhibition-conference of advanced technologies of 3D-printing and scanning.

This year’ specialized event has broken all records compared to the previous: during a day the event was attended more than 1800 people and 27 corporate-exhibitors.

The organizers of the conference Smile Expo brought together leaders of 3D-printing sector, analysts, businessmen, investors and visitors, who are interested in future modification of living conditions in connection with the implementation and development of 3D-printing technology. Every year 3D-printing is becoming a competitive and attractive area for investment.

$ 16 billion, such investment volume is expected to be on the market for 3D-printers in 2016. If in 2015 there were 300 thousand devices, so we can imagine, that by 2017 the world market will reach the target of 920 000. Objectively speaking, today 3D-printing is the obvious leader of the speed of development and innovation.

According to IDC, the global market trends of 3D-printers are as follows:

  • The market of CEE will soon reach $ 1 billion;
  • China will give the dust to United States in deliveries of 3D devices;
  • HP Inc. and Ricoh will take a place in the market of 3D-printing.
  • More than 1/3 of 3D-printing capacity for commercial purposes will be implemented at the service bureaus, where will be provided the comprehensive services.

The industries where 3D-printers will “make money” become the sphere of prototyping, the production of finished products, medicine, dentistry, the fashion industry and education. Now all 3D-printers can be divided into 3 groups: personal, professional and industrial. The printer’ price has steadily decreased; it has fallen from $50 thousand to $10 thousand.

It should be highlighted Brennan’s Purtzer comment, one of the spokesperson of 3D print Conference in Kiev.

“For many years I have been considering the issue of 3Dprinting, how it used around the world and what problems it can solve in isolated places of the world. With precision, I can say almost everything. It is freedom from the manufacturer, because we have already known about the opportunity of the production 3D printers. That is just the beginning.”

Another promising direction is the mixing of materials and its combinations. If last year we used about 20 combinations of materials for 3D-printing, now its number has already increased to 100.

For your attention there are some interesting comments of participants:

Yevhen Kozhuhovskyi, CEO Smart Print LLC, the speaker 3D Print Conference Kiev: “Today, 3D-printing passes from the area of prototypes production in the area of real production parts, in fact, they are stronger than originals. But the real future is behind the 3D printing of natural tissues.”

Maxim Gerbut, the leader and creator of the Ukrainian technological startup “PassivDom”, the speaker 3D Print Conference Kiev: “We are the first who made the warmest house in the world in three years, and it doesn’t need to be warmed at all. We have created the world’s first passive house while it is mobile. We use 3D-printing to create house in the future. The technology of this construction is unique – 20cm wall which was created by us is the equivalent of 7, 33 m brick wall. We have patented this technology on 16 August 2016, and already have 1000 orders.”

Danila Prikhodko, “IMATEK-EXPO”, the head of 3D-technology, the speaker: “3D- print will bring the fourth industrial revolution. The main obstacle remains the absence of patents which significantly reduce the rate of development. 3D-printing makes it possible to create the detail for 2-3 hours it is 11 times faster than the traditional method. I think 2020 will reach the maximum integration of 3D-printing in the industry. The most prospective field is the introduction of 3D printing in the aircraft industry where weight reduction   even per1gram shows a profit in 1-1,5 $. ”

Artemy Drobyazko, project manager in Klona. “The main problem of the failure of most startups in this area is the lack of compete business plan. Generally, there is an idea, it is attractively represented and has the fragments of statistical information that allows a person to launch something new, to assume that his product will be in demand. But if you look deeper, the basic mistakes of  the failed startups are expressed in the following paragraphs: the faulty judgment of the product, market and competitors, the law-quality staff recruitment or contractor; the lack of understanding of the fullness of the emergence of the product on the market. 3D print solves these tasks in the best way as prototyping; it’s a perfect way to check out what you have done.”