Survey German firms predict stark impact from 3D printers

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Three-dimensional printers will assert themselves in the German marketplace and affect large sectors of the economy, said a poll of 320 companies conducted for Bitkom, an association of German high-tech firms.

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Generative technologies are expected to spark major changes in a number of sectors in Europe’s largest economy.
Generative technologies are expected to spark major changes in a number of sectors in Europe’s largest economy.
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Bitkom said 81% of respondents expect 3D printers to strongly change individual industrial sectors. In addition, 3% said the devices would “revolutionise” the economy. Only 8% of the companies polled predicted 3D printer technology would not gain any significant importance.

Bitkom Managing Director Bernhard Rohleder said he expected the devices to leave their mark on much of the business world. “Three-dimensional printers have the potential to significantly and sustainedly alter many areas of the economy.”

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He noted that companies will soon be facing drastic shifts in their markets. “Value-creation chains will change dramatically, and product and brand protection will have to be completely reassessed.”

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