People are doing a hell of a lot more than 3D-printing personalized bobble heads and cheap chess pieces. Granted, there is still a lot of “hype” about the technologies… but many of us have already experienced the impacts of 3DP without even realizing it.
We’ve walked in shoes with 3DP soles. We’ve been driven in cars with 3DP components. We’ve flown on planes with 3DP parts. We’ve worn personalized 3DP hearing aids. We’ve had our teeth fixed with 3DP braces. We’ve had 3DP knees, hips, and skull fragments implanted. We’ve been operated on by doctors with 3DP surgical tools. We’ve researched tissues with 3DP “bio-ink”. The list goes on and on… This is just the beginning.
This is the 3rd year for this Hype Cycle. For 2016, the Gartner team added 15 new technology profiles, bringing the total to 37. The new additions include:
- More industry-specific 3DP technologies : Aerospace and defense, automotive and pharmaceutical manufacturing, consumer wearables, and electronic fabrication.
- More technology-driven processes and techniques: 3D printing workflow software, 4D printing, augmented manufacturing for supply chain and nanoscale printing.
- The Seven core printing technologies: Binder jetting, directed-energy deposition, material extrusion, material jetting, powder bed fusion, sheet lamination and stereolithography.