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by Dr Jonathan Harrop

08 Feb 2021

Balls of Steel - or Silicone: 3D Printing Medical Advances Analyzed

3D printing offers an efficient method to improve current manufacturing limits across economic sectors such as transport, construction, and medical and dental industries allowing rapid prototyping and on-site production and repairs.
18 Dec 2020

Materials Will Be Most Significant Part of the 3D Printing Industry

According to research by leading business intelligence firm IDTechEx, published as "3D Printed Materials Market 2020-2030 - COVID Edition", the market for 3D printing materials has been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, but plenty of market drivers point to a strong future.
15 Dec 2020

3D Printing 2020: A Challenging Year But Fascinating Times Ahead

Although the COVID-19 pandemic has interrupted the 3D printing sector and its end users (such as printing bureaus), new directions of travel have nonetheless emerged. Some opportunities have even been directly prompted by the pandemic.
29 Oct 2020

After COVID-19, What Does the Future Hold for 3D Printing?

Without doubt, the impact of COVID-19 is being felt at a pivotal point in the evolution of 3D printing.
13 Jun 2016

Microcontrollers and single-board computers 2016-2026

The unique new IDTechEx Research report, Microcontrollers and Single-board Computers 2016-2026, is the first to reveal the big picture developing from the close relationship between these devices. It provides newly researched forecasts leading to figures such as $300bn in 2026 for SBC alone.
12 Jan 2016

The $100bn robotics opportunity

The first industrial robot, Unimate, went into operation at a General Motors plant in 1961. Over the next few decades the use of industrial robot arms in the automotive industry matured.
11 Dec 2015

Mass produced 3D printed electronics

Ten short years ago 3D printing was almost the exclusive remit of rapid prototyping. Nobody was putting 3D printing into mass production back then.
22 Sep 2015

Visualizing the 3D printing landscape

The 3D printing industry is still going from strength to strength. According to the IDTechEx report 3D Printing 2015-2025: Technologies, Markets, Players this industry is set to grow from $1bn in 2012 to $20bn in 2025.
10 Aug 2015

PCB prototyping evolves with a new wave of electronics printers

A new wave of printers targeting printed circuit boards are enabling rapid, local prototyping while protecting company IP, finds IDTechEx Research.
22 Jul 2015

From 2D to 3D Printed Electronics 2015-2025

In 2012 a tsunami of media hype began around consumer 3D printing that turned a lacklustre 30-year-old technology into a household name and created massive growth in the industry even among large established players.
21 Jul 2015

Are 3D printers robots?

The 3D printing industry continues to go from strength to strength. So much so that, depending upon your definition of "robot", half of the market value for industrial robotics will be robots working as 3D printers by 2026.
24 Apr 2015

The diversification of 3D printing

Since the commercialization of the first 3D printer in the 1980s, the breadth of end users taking advantage of this technology has continued to grow.