3D printing technology, which is the effective combination of the Internet and manufacturing industry, has brought disruptive innovation to the traditional manufacturing technology, and has become an irresistible trend. In 2017, it is estimated that 57% of manufacturing enterprises have increased investment in 3D printing. Compared to last year, 47% of enterprises enjoy an increasing ROI of 3D printing and more than 95% of enterprises regard 3D printing technology applications as their major competitiveness in the market.
Among global well-known enterprises, part of Boeing aircraft has been using 3D printing technology. Michelin Co is applying 3D printing technology to their tire production. A US company has successfully perform 3D printing in the space environment. A New Zealand company has launched the "Electronic" which is the world's first rocket powered by 3D-print batteries. It is reported that the main components of the rocket engine are almost 3D printed and the rocket with low manufacturing cost and short launch cycle has been regarded as a great progress in the history of human rocket technology.
Johnson and HP have decided to cooperate on the clinical use of 3D printing medical spinal dilator. Jo Sandra, VP of engineering at Johnson, said that the combination of 3D printing and data mining technology will be able to bring significant changes in customized products and large-scale production, with cost-effective services for patients.
The U.S. military has also launched a mobile 3D printing equipment to manufacture parts, or to be used for overseas military equipment maintenance. "The impact of global digital transformation in manufacturing industry, will affect the global companies and consumers, while 3D printing will play an important role, completely changing the way we know the manufacturing industry." DDT Global CEO Pu Ren-jie said, with full of confidence in the future of 3D printing.