What Are the Future Trends of Additive Manufacturing in Europe? – 3Dnatives

In recent years, the additive manufacturing market has clearly shown its potential as trends begin to emerge. And since a technology like additive manufacturing never stands still, we can also always look forward to new trends, developments and opportunities. This year, CECIMO, the European Association of Machine Tool Industries and Related Manufacturing Technologies, conducted the survey, the particular European Ingredient Manufacturing Survey, about the most important trends on AM within Europe. Specifically, it is a six-month survey whose primary purpose is to help industries identify styles for potential major business areas. This will be carried out by assessing companies working within the additive industry. In order to obtain because much data as possible, CECIMO has even entered into cooperation with the VDMA, the particular German Engineering Federation, which also represents AM companies in Germany.

This report on developments in Europe is divided into two parts: firstly, it shows the results of the information from the CECIMO study combined with the VDMA survey. For information, the particular former asks about expectations; the latter, concerning the actual development of the sector. The second part only displays data from those countries that use the CECIMO survey themselves. Thus, both parts address topics such as tendencies as a whole, but also show the data collected information such since investments, statistics on materials and machinery, exports or even customers from different industries such as automotive or even aerospace.

Expectations of growth within the particular domestic marketplace have increased when compared to the previous survey of spring 2022 (Image: CECIMO)

Exciting Trends are Emerging in European countries in the particular AM Sector

CECIMO distinguishes between the domestic and the foreign market in terms associated with trends. If we look at the respective home market, according to the survey carried out, it is noticeable that a slight increase within the market development of the domestic market will be expected by around 50% from the respondents, whereas just 6% of respondents expect a decline – this has also decreased compared to the last study carried out there. Therefore , views to the growth of the local market have become more optimistic. Similarly, if we consider the international market according to the survey, this particular year’s results show that will especially in contrast towards the last survey conducted, respondents have a more positive outlook on the development from the FEEL market.   47% think that exports and orders originating through abroad will increase within the next six months. 47% think that the number of foreign purchases will remain the same and the remaining 6% anticipate a decrease in the particular foreign market. In summary, CECIMO states that this is an ever-increasing optimism within ingredient manufacturing businesses and an indication associated with stronger foreign demand in the European marketplace.

When asked how the respondents assess the order situation in their own market in the particular next six months – specially in comparison with the previous 6 months – optimism is evident, indicated by the fact that will the percentage expectations inside all WAS categories (products/manufacturing parts, machines, materials plus services) are higher than before. According to the CECIMO survey, the ARE products and manufacturing parts category will experience the strongest growth. A full 52% expect growth, with just 1% expecting the decline. This one percent is particularly encouraging because, in the particular Spring 2022 survey this figure was 16%. The particular remaining 36% expect the outcomes to stay exactly the same. It may sound unsurprising to some, but the second-best category is that of AM equipment. After a slight decline in the springtime of 2022, this offers now risen again significantly. It also shows positively that here, too, only 1% of participants expect a decline in incoming orders. This means that manufacturers of AM machines within particular will certainly benefit.

For the respondents of the survey, the particular AM machine category is extremely promising (Photo credit: CECIMO)

FEEL Industry Expects Increase In Investments

In case we compare this year’s survey on additive production trends in Europe, a lot more companies stated that they expect a good increase inside future investments (36%), but additionally more companies think that will a decrease will happen (9%). However , CECIMO is also optimistic and describes that, especially in view of the strong component market and its previous growth, this particular positive investment development will most likely continue. The survey furthermore addresses opinions on future exports. Overall, it can be summarized that more foreign/export orders are expected. This is a similar tendency in order to the forecasts for the particular domestic marketplace: the portion of respondents who are negative about this is lower, while more respondents are usually forecasting an increase. AM service providers are expected to show the highest growth within orders, with a positive balance of 59%.

As far as trends in Europe with regard to materials are concerned, respondents were asked in order to give their opinion upon overall purchase numbers. Inside direct comparison with the survey carried out in spring 2022, all of us still see strong growth, but with various trends. The particular trade along with composite components experiences the slight decline in terms of order predictions, metals are in second place with 60%, whereas only 1% associated with the participants expect a negative decline in orders for the next six months. As far as ceramics as a material for AM is usually concerned, the particular consensus in terms of trends within Europe can also be that there will continue to be a good increase here. Specifically, 39% of respondents give this forecast, compared to only 12% in the previous study.

Graph showing popularity prediction of additive manufacturing metals

In the particular metals as materials sector, just 1% expect the decline (Image: CECIMO)

The purchase intake simply by customer segment is also discussed in CECIMO’s report on trends in AM within Europe. Within summary, it can be said that the percent balance in the aerospace, mechanical engineering and chemicals & pharmaceuticals sectors provides improved strongly and the respondents anticipate better company in this area. Particularly strong mention should be made of the particular aerospace field, whose positive percentage rose from 7% to 37% and thus represents the highest measured value since the survey began. The respondents are not quite while confident within the automotive sector, whose positive development balance has been minimized from 41% to 28%. Even though order anticipation in this particular sector are still high, the subjects do not really feel nearly as good about this industry as before. As a reason for this trend in Europe, CECIMO states that there are increasing challenges and problems on the particular supply side. After the final survey upon AM purchases from the chemical and pharmaceutical sector, this particular sector could finally show a positive expectation value again. Nevertheless , this encouraging result is overshadowed from the fact that this particular expectation with regard to additive manufacturing orders is still below 2020 and 2021 levels.

In conclusion, this statement and the attitudes of individual participants to FEEL trends within Europe may still be seen as positive, especially when looking at direct comparisons in order to previously performed surveys. When you want to learn more about AM trends, please click HERE .

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