Additive manufacturing (AM) continues to grow at pace and is forecast to grow strongly over the next decade as manufacturers increasingly turn to the technology to help meet their needs in producing faster and more cost-effective components and parts.
The last few months has seen a wave of new AM machines of all build sizes arrive in the marketplace, as big players, mid-size and start-up machine builders alike, launch their latest technology to meet demands of the market, as they look to tap into the growing opportunities available and carve out their own slice of the pie.
Stratasys – represented in the UK by Derbyshire-based SYS Systems – is one of the biggest global AM machine players and has made a major push into developing specific technology for manufacturing with the launch of three different machines – the F770, H350 and Origin One.
The company says the systems collectively are aimed at “accelerating the shift” from traditional to AM for low to mid-volume production applications underserved by traditional manufacturing methods.
“We are accelerating into the Additive Manufacturing 2.0 era, in which we see global manufacturing leaders move beyond prototyping to fully embrace the agility that 3D printing brings to the entire manufacturing value chain,” explains Stratasys CEO Yoav Zeif.
“The disruptions we are seeing today on both the supply and demand side of global supply chains are a clear sign that the status quo isn’t working. Additive manufacturing gives companies the total flexibility to decide when, where, and how to produce parts. That’s why we’re committed to being the complete provider of polymer 3D printing solutions for our world-class customer base.”
Last year, Stratasys says it accrued more than 25% of its revenue from manufacturing-related applications. Going forward, with a comprehensive and integrated portfolio of 3D printing hardware, software, materials and services solutions, the company estimates its manufacturing revenue growth will outpace other segments, growing at an annual rate of over 20% starting in 2022.
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