A higher profile for industrial-grade 3D printing over the past decade has led to notable technology developments and potential new applications. The buzz over 3D printing, or additive manufacturing, has also created a lot of speculation in the trade press about whether this technology, which has been around for more than 30 years, is poised to make a giant leap forward in capabilities.
“We are just now starting to see the fruits of these developments,” said Rob Connelly, vice president of additive manufacturing for Proto Labs, referring to a spate of recent announcements about advancements in new machines, materials, and software.
We recently interviewed three leaders from the 3D printing industry for insight into the current and future state of 3D printing:
- Rob Connelly, Vice President, Additive Manufacturing, Proto Labs
- Patrick Dunne, Vice President, Advanced Application Development, 3D Systems, which manufactures and sells 3D printers
- John Murray, President and CEO, U.S., Concept Laser, a global provider of 3D metal printing systems