Futures of Metal AM report released by Oerlikon and Profore

October 18, 2022

Supported by Oerlikon Group, Pfäffikon, Schwyz, Switzerland, and Profore, Leipzig, Germany, futurologist Kai Gondlach has released a trend study for AMTC 2022. The paper is intended to alloy those in the industry to develop a customised plan to benefit from anticipated shifts in the metal Additive Manufacturing marketplace.

‘The Futures of Metal Additive Manufacturing 2030’ posits that Additive Manufacturing will benefit from the shift towards sustainability and related trends, while the increased speed of digitalised communications in parallel to globalisation should mean that the speed from product idea to production could significantly lessen. The paper finds that manufacturing times of metal Additive Manufacturing could decrease up to one-hundredfold by 2025.

As well as introductory and conclusive texts, the paper features the following contents:

  • Big Picture
  • Trend Area 1: Global Threats = AM Opportunities
  • Trend Area 2: Industries’ & Regions’ Maturity
  • Trend Area 3: Acceleration of Everything

“With this trend study, we are deliberately breaking new ground. The focus here is not on everyday questions, but on looking beyond the horizon,” stated Dr Michael Süss, Oerlikon executive chairman. “It is not the classic market outlook – which, in relation to AM markets, rarely proves tenable anyway – that is to be reproduced here. Rather, this study is an attempt to discover future AM markets and their potential based on the observation of long-term trends, some of which are only just emerging. It seems only logical to foresee the market development of a technology whose unique selling point is to make previously seemingly impossible products possible, with an equally unconventional, visionary outlook on the future.”

The study is available here, in full.



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