|31 January 2016|

Western European spending on 3D Printing will reach a staggering $7.2 billion in 2019, according to the new Semiannual 3D Printing Spending Guide from International Data Corporation (IDC).

“3D printers have the potential to expand the manufacturing industry, shift distribution locally, and implement on-demand production, reducing unnecessary inventories and shipping costs”, said Julio Vial, research manager of IDC’s Imaging, Printing and Document Solutions research. “This technology will permit mass customisation and print different products while reducing cost and recycling the excess of materials. Product weight can be reduced, and fewer tools will be needed because 3D printers could replace some of them” added Vial.