New research by consultants A. T. Kearney, commissioned by printer manufacturer HP Inc, says Germany is the only European country with a more positive environment for the technology to transform manufacturing. But as Nick Peters reports, all is not plain sailing.
The predominant understanding manufacturers have regarding 3D printers is that they are basically a prototyping tool. This pre-conception in some cases may hold back wider adoption and the chance to leverage the transformative capabilities the technology offers.
The Annual Manufacturing Report 2018, published by Hennik Research, says UK manufacturers are poised to take on the world, but are failing to pull the trigger on a bright future because of uncertainties surrounding the outcome of Brexit negotiations and the threatened shortage of skilled workers in the coming decade.
After a tour of its recently opened Technology Centre in Birmingham, Jonny Williamson took part in a media roundtable with Autodesk's CEO Andrew Anagnost to discuss the future of design and manufacture, and where Autodesk fits into the new emerging ecosystem.
Engineers at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, have invented a ‘4D printing’ method for a smart gel that could lead to the development of living’ structures in human organs and tissues, soft robots and targeted drug delivery.