How 3D-Printing is Affecting the Workplace

The 3D-printing technology is one of the disruptive technologies in our world today. It’s changing the way things are being made, in the materials used for making things, as well as introducing new jobs to replace old ones, or to ease out existing ones.

For example, in the automotive industry where 3D-printing is now starting to be utilized, and at a time when autonomous cars are also on the rise, customization is one area where 3D-printing may or may not make an impact in the years to come, according to this article by IEEE. But in terms of materials used, these are another aspect of car design and production that 3D printing will change.[...]“The last year or two there has been a major focus on new materials and the process cars can be printed with. Everyone is realizing that a lot of the materials today can be optimized and perform much better,” said Adam Clark, another consultant specializing in additive manufacturing and engineering design services. - Read more here:

Stratasys Asia Pacific, subsidiary of Stratasys Ltd. (SSYS) today (as of last month Sept 21) announced the new MakerBot 3D printing solutions that address the wider needs of professionals and educators. New products and solutions, including the MakerBot Replicator+ and Replicator Mini+, MakerBot Print and Mobile applications, Gray Tough PLA Filament Bundle, and Thingiverse Education for educators, allow professionals to easily integrate MakerBot into their workflow and help educators introduce their students to 3D printing. - Read more at:

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This prepares the young for future jobs making use of 3D-printing. As noted in an article on IndustryWeek.com, it is important for manufacturers to “embrace STEM.” …we have entered a new manufacturing skills era with two major trends running on parallel tracks. First, we are seeing aggressive pushes to upskill traditional line workers through a variety of ways with a greater emphasis on embracing digital manufacturing as automation relentlessly takes on human tasks that are repetitive, onerous and even dangerous. At the same time, manufacturers are in hot pursuit of highly trained professionals (computer coders, app developers, data scientists, 3D printing specialists) to bring digital manufacturing from its current incipient stage to more mature levels over the next decade. - Read more at:

Prof Hari Mann of Ashridge Executive Education predicts the 3D printing market will revolutionise manufacturing as a whole, enabling the creation of affordable, bespoke products produced locally. The sector is estimated to be worth more than $30bn by 2022. “I think we will see much faster delivery of items, including bespoke items, as they will be printed locally,” Mann says. “Businesses need to start thinking about how they can adapt and interact with these technologies when they become more affordable. They need to start to plan for how they will use 3D printing in the future.” - Read more at:

However, as mentioned earlier, with new technologies jobs are likely to be affected. That’s the downside, which has affected HP, Inc., as an example.

HP Inc. says it will cut 3,000 to 4,000 jobs over the next three years as it faces continued challenges in the markets for personal computers and printers. […] HP Inc. has been grappling with shrinking demand for PCs and printers as more people use smartphones and store documents and photos online. CEO Dion Weisler hopes to build the business by selling more high-end PCs, office printers and 3D printing systems.- Read more at:

 

 

 

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