Fabbaloo: Big Changes Coming – Essentium Survey Reveals Significant Issues With Closed Material 3D Printing

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A survey undertaken by Essentium reveals an overwhelming desire for open materials in 3D printing.

The release from Essentium says:

“The study reveals that virtually all (99%) manufacturing executives surveyed believe an open ecosystem is important to advance 3D printing at scale. While 85% of manufacturers reported that industrial-scale AM has the potential to increase revenue for their business; 22% said their 3D printing efforts have resulted in vendor lock-in that limits flexibility.”

This is one hand obvious, because open materials are typically less expensive for 3D printer operators, but there’s far deeper implications here.

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