Digital Printing And Its Impact On The Future Growth Of 3d Printing Essay

2296 Words Oct 19th, 2016 10 Pages
3D printing is expected to grow rapidly in the near future. This technology is beginning to be used in a broad range of applications including rapid prototyping, molds and tooling, digital manufacturing and personal fabrication [1]. As the technology improves and become more affordable, it is expected to penetrate different markets and become a dominant force to be reckoned with. In order to predict the future growth of 3D-printing, we need to investigate into its past and determine what stage of growth 3D-printing is currently located. To begin, we examine the type of innovation 3D-printing is classified as. Figure 1 on the right, is broken down into two dimensions: technology and market. There are four types of innovations shown, and the types of innovation is determined by the placement of a technology in respect to the two dimensions. Referring to figure 1, we can determine that 3D printing is as a disruptive innovation, considering that 3D printing was a new technology that served an existing market that was currently being dominated by topography and photosculpture technologies. At the very beginning, 3D-printing targeted low demanding customer by offering a product that provided lesser quality in terms of the development of 3D-models, however the technology provided an easier to use technology and one at a much cheaper price compared to the topography and photosculpture methods (sustaining innovations). Figure 2 demonstrates how a disruptive innovation enters…

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