Digital Engineering 247: Production-Scale AM Spikes During COVID

| The Essentium Team


Want confirmation that additive manufacturing (AM) is fast evolving from an effective way of creating prototypes to a serious alternative for full-scale production? Essentium claims to have goods, touting the results of a recent independent study that shows use of large-scale AM more than doubling over the last year for 70 percent of participating companies.

Highlights of the companies’ third annual study also found that the number of companies shifting to AM for full-scale production runs for hundreds, even thousands, of parts has doubled from 7% last year to 14% in 2020. The COVID-19 pandemic contributed to the rise in AM use—companies surveyed said they were using AM processes to make quantities of supplies at scale or at least to create the molds used to make the products so assembly lines could keep moving.

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