Some 90% of manufacturing executives believed in the potential of industrial-scale 3D printing to save billions in manufacturing costs.
Some 90% of manufacturing executives believed in the potential of industrial-scale 3D printing to save billions in manufacturing costs.

A new survey suggests that manufacturing companies feel an increasing need for more education, skills, and training in 3D printing.

According to additive manufacturing (AM) company Essentium, who commissioned the survey, some 28% of manufacturers reported that their personnel ‘lacked AM skills’.

The survey also highlighted that 90% of manufacturing executives believed in the potential of industrial-scale 3D printing to save billions in manufacturing costs, while 84% believed that it would drive competitive advantage and 85% economic advantage.

Almost a third of respondents (29%) said they wanted their finance teams to develop a deeper understanding of AM’s cost and value implications, while 26% said it was important to re-educate procurement teams on buying materials for 3D printing rather than focusing on the assets of components.

This story uses material from Essentium, with editorial changes made by Materials Today. The views expressed in this article do not necessarily represent those of Elsevier.