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Pandemic Inspires Businesses To Create Alternative Solutions With 3D Printing According to Ultimaker's 3DPSI Research
UTRECHT, Netherlands, April 1, 2021 /PRNewswire-AsiaNet/ --

Annual 3D Printing Sentiment Index Illustrates An Increase In 3D Printing 
Implementation And Maturity 

The latest research from a global study shows the implementation of 3D printing 
and sophistication of its use cases increased during 2020. The pandemic 
inspired innovative engineers around the globe to apply game-changing, 
unexpected, and inspirational uses for 3D printing to ensure business 
continuity. The 2021 3D Printing Sentiment Index 
[ ] was announced today by 
Ultimaker [ ], the global leader in professional 3D 
printing. The research, conducted by the independent research firm Savanta 
[], provides a comprehensive view of the current and future 
potential for 3D printing in twelve key markets worldwide, while covering the 
widest range of verticals and professions, including education. The survey was 
conducted in the United States of America, Mexico, United Kingdom, Germany, 
France, Switzerland, Italy, the Netherlands, China, Japan, South Korea and 

A necessary investment 
The new research shows that awareness of 3D printing increased globally to 71%. 
Awareness in China was the highest (84%), followed by Switzerland (83%), 
Netherlands (76%) and USA (76%). Overall sentiment was also positive towards 3D 
printing: 65% of respondents aware of 3D printing believe it will be a 
widespread technology in their industry in the next five years (7% increase). 
This corresponds with the increased perceived priority: more than a quarter 
(27%) of respondents claimed 3D printing is an investment priority (7% increase 
compared to the previous Index) and almost half (49%) believe it will become a 
business-critical function.

Currently, implementation of 3D printing is highest in the U.S., U.K., Germany 
and France. Mexico is also experiencing growth; likely attributed to many 
outsourcing opportunities coming from its North American neighbours. Among its 
millions of users, plastics and polymers are the most commonly used materials, 
with PETG (polyethylene terephthalate glycol), PET (polyethylene 
terephthalate), and PETT (Polyethylene coTrimethylene Terephthalate) gaining 
ground 31% (4% increase). 

Overall, the index reveals the U.S.A, U.K., and Germany have the highest 
expectations for implementing additive manufacturing and capitalising on its 
opportunities. All other countries rank as follows:
1. United States of America			
2. United Kingdom			
3. Germany
4. France
5. China	
6. Mexico
7. Japan
8. South Korea
9. Switzerland	
10. Netherlands
11. Italy
12. Australia 
More country-level details can be found here 

Adversity fosters creativity 
While 1-in-3 businesses surveyed are currently using 3D printing, it is only 
fully embedded in less than 1-in-10 businesses. This provides great 
opportunities for even more growth in awareness, knowledge and usage. The 
COVID-19 pandemic likely drove adoption as 3D printing proved to be a reliable 
alternative for fast innovation and local manufacturing. The adoption maturity 
therefore increased in 2020 with companies advancing from a small team using 
the technology (Champion Stage) to a well-implemented application, sometimes 
even across the business, showing measurable ROI (Competence Centre Stage 
increased 3% and Fully Embedded Stage increased 2%). 

Furthermore, the use cases of 3D printing have become more advanced as 
companies sought to continue their business operations amidst ongoing 
challenges. These use cases helped engineers globally to support disrupted 
supply chains in innovative ways. As a result, 55% of businesses using 3D 
printing produce end-use parts and almost three quarters use it to produce 
tools, optimize workshop organization and streamline logistics. Prototyping was 
down 8%, but remains the most common use of 3D printing. 

"Manufacturers across the globe had to quickly adjust when the pandemic shifted 
their supply chains. From prototyping innovations to printing their own tools 
to keep machines going, those with an open mind adapted most effectively. It 
really shows the great way in which innovators globally work hard to ensure 
continuation of business, production and everyday life, despite or even because 
of external challenges. The possibilities of 3D printing are truly endless so 
it is exciting to see the amazing solutions designers and engineers come up 
with. We're very proud that Ultimaker helps businesses ensure continuation, 
despite adversities, by embracing 3D printing," said Jürgen von Hollen, CEO at 

Despite 3D printing driving positive outcomes during the pandemic, there remain 
obstacles that are slowing widespread implementation. Although these barriers 
were slightly lower in the 2020 survey, operational capabilities (67%), 
employee knowledge (65%), and building a sound business case (40%) still limit 
companies in unlocking opportunities. The operational capabilities that are the 
biggest cause of concern for companies are faster printing, integration with 
existing tools and software (ecosystem) and reliability/accuracy of the print.
About the research
The study was conducted online by Savanta in December 2020. The sample covered 
2.525 professionals of which 1,692 professionals were aware of the technology 
from twelve countries: United States, Mexico, United Kingdom, Germany, France, 
Switzerland, Italy, the Netherlands, China, Japan, South Korea and Australia 
and completed the survey. Professionals came from all levels of business, as 
well as a wide variety of industries, including but not limited to healthcare, 
manufacturing, architecture and automotive.

Established in 2011, Ultimaker offers an open and easy-to-use solution of 3D 
printers, software, and materials that enable professional designers and 
engineers to transform the way they manufacture. It allows them to innovate at 
any place and anytime while remaining flexible to respond to market demand. 
Over 400 employees work together to accelerate the world's transition to 
digital manufacturing.

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Source : Ultimaker