The COVID-19 pandemic has rocked manufacturing and supply chains across the world, disrupting the continuous path of growth that the additive manufacturing industry has been on for years. 3D printing certainly received a lot of press during the beginning stages of the pandemic as the need for personal protective equipment (PPE) and other medical supplies skyrocketed. But did this surface-level excitement over 3D printing translate into any pandemic resilience for the 3D printing industry?
Beyond the pandemic, this year saw much movement within the 3D printing industry. Numerous high-profile companies like Markforged, Fast Radius, and Shapeways have become publicly traded companies. The Desktop Metal and ExOne merger points to another trend of market leaders consolidating their position within the industry through mergers and acquisitions. In addition, newer AM specialties like composite 3D printing and ceramic 3D printing continue to grow their footprint as printing technologies improve and mature.
In this webinar, Sona Dadhania, Technology Analyst at IDTechEx, will answer the following questions:
- How has COVID-19 affected the 3D printing industry?
- Is the industry already on the path to recovery, or is the pandemic a major setback to AM's progress?
- What do the IPOs, mergers, acquisitions, and SPAC-offerings mean for the future of 3D printing?
- What is the status of emerging technologies like ceramic 3D printing and composite 3D printing?