AM Has Emerged from ‘Trough of Disillusionment’ and into Manufacturing

Published by , October 20, 2017 12:37 pm

(IMECHE) Additive manufacturing technology was over-hyped, but has emerged from the “trough of disillusionment” and is playing an increasingly important role in manufacturing, according to Chris Tuck, a member of the Additive Manufacturing Centre at the University of Nottingham. “It’s gone through the hype curve, it’s moving out of the ‘trough of disillusionment’ from the ridiculous hype that we had almost exactly five years ago,” he said.
Tuck says 3D printing technology had been gradually increasing in use over the last five years and was now at the level of “self-sustainability”. When the technology was first developing, some analysts predicted a world where people would own their own 3D printers and create products at home, but Tuck thinks that idea is far-fetched. “3D printing is a very specific thing that isn’t manufacturing,” he said.

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