3D Printing Trends to Kick Off 2016


2016 3D Printing Trends

It’s the most wonderful time of the year … and no; we’re not talking about the holidays (although we love those too). In December, all the biggest tech blogs and thought leaders weigh in on what was hot in 2015 and what’s on the horizon for 2016. Our team here at Redbrick has enjoyed an exciting year exploring new technology with you and blazing forward in the 3D industry. As we look to 2016, these are our bets for the biggest trends to come: 

  1. Supersized Projects: Earlier this fall, we saw one of the first large-scale 3D printing humanitarian projects go live. As relief organizations teamed up with WASP technology to print locally sustainable homes for disaster victims, 3D printing became a viable option to solve global and community needs. In 2016, we look for more innovation in this space to address complex issues such as homelessness, hunger, and terror.
  1. Desktop Printing: You know technology is becoming scalable when the DIY crowd gets involved. HP will release its first desktop 3D printer geared toward the average consumer in 2016. This release will bring a new wave of 3D innovation as a result of increased affordability and accessibility at home and in classrooms.
  1. New Adoption Through 3D Printing Services: In that vein, we look for a huge uptick in new 3D printing adoption in the manufacturing industry. As companies begin to see the pay off of large-scale projects, small and medium sized businesses will begin to test the waters in 2016 using 3D printing services like our in-house offerings to gauge the efficiency and cost-benefit structure. Our bet? The rest will be history.
  1. Composite Filament Fabrication (CFF): Although Composite Filament Fabrication (CFF) isn’t a new form of 3D printing; we believe 2016 will be the year of reinforced parts. As it becomes cheaper to print ultra-strong machine parts that will last longer than traditional aluminum pieces and reduce dependencies on global partners, using CFF technology will become a critical piece of the manufacturing supply chain.
  1. Green 3D Printing Technology: The biggest name in town for green 3D printing is the MCOR Iris. This remarkable printer uses skeins of computer paper to produce functional, full-color items. Not only is the printing material 100% recyclable, but the system also does not require post-production curing with harsh chemicals. From architectural models, to consumer goods, and educational tools – the future is green and lean.

We have loved watching 2015’s trends unfold and look forward to sharing the future of 3D printing with you next year!

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