HP: 3D Printing Also Drives Sustainable Manufacturing

Independent research shows that Italian companies also use additive manufacturing to improve the functionality of products and their components

3D printing is helping companies evolve towards the digitalization of manufacturing, and a new study by HP, conducted in collaboration with 3dbpm Research, has highlighted that additive manufacturing plays a central role in making this transition possible.

According to the research, conducted between March and June this year to analyse key trends related to digital manufacturing among the leading manufacturers of industrial components in Europe, 96% of respondents said that additive manufacturing supports them in accelerating the introduction of new products to the market.

In addition, 100% recognize the importance of increasing the digitalization of their production processes and the ability to make parts on demand is the main driver of this approach. Inthenext 12 months, 63% of the companies that participated in the survey will make investments in digitization for an estimated value between 100, 000 and over one million euros recognizing the effectiveness of an agile production ecosystem combined with cutting-edge technological features.

HP’s AM Trends in EMEA report analyses investment motivations and strategies in key European markets: France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Benelux and the UK.

Conducted by 3dpbm, the study examines how companies that have already implemented digital and additive manufacturing processes for the realization of industrial parts perceive the benefits of adopting such a strategy, and to what extent they expect the continued acceleration of this macrotrend in the short and medium term.

The report shows thatadditive manufacturing represents a key opportunity in the digitalization of industrial production processes and 96% of respondents consider digitalization a necessity for almost all production processes. The analysis of country-specific trends characterizes the second part of the report, providing a snapshot of the different approaches adopted in the main European markets. For the Italian industrial parts manufacturers surveyed, the main advantage of additive manufacturing (60%) was the increased efficiency of 3D parts.

In addition, 75% of them consider sustainability important for the digitalization of production processes, always 75% expect, in the next 12 months, to invest in digitization processes an estimated value between 100, 000 euros and over one million euros.

“In the manufacturing sector a profound digital transformation is underway”, underlines Davide Ferrulli, Regional Manager HP 3D Printing France, Italy, Nordics. “The leading companies of the future will be those that use the power of software, data, AI and digital manufacturing to reinvent and personalize their customers’ products and experiences. Great progress has been made in recent years, with our HP Multi Jet Fusion technology, which has supplied more than 60 million 3D printed parts since its introduction. The demand for this technology has increased exponentially over the past 15 months.” The report also indicated that sustainability influenced the decision to digitize production processes, with 61% of respondents considering it a determining driver for digitization.

In addition, 91% of them note that the ability to produce parts on demand is an important advantage and a further 79% consider additive manufacturing to support production challenges, such as the ability to adapt to fluctuating demand. “The advanced capabilities of 3D printing are generating completely new opportunities for disruption across all industries and with a decidedly environmentally sustainable approach, a determining factor for today’s manufacturers, ” concludes Ferrulli.

“3D printing and its inherently flexible nature promote a more circular economy.”

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