The truth behind the 3D printing supply chain

  • 3D printing/additive manufacturing* supply chain as focus
  • “enormous hurdles must be overcome”
  • Expert speakers from 8 countries at #Euromold

“The Truth Behind the Additive Manufacturing Supply Chain” is the title of this year’s 16th Annual International Wohlers Conference that will take place on November 27, 2014 at #EuroMold 2014. Past conferences have focused on the most important developments and trends in rapid product development, additive manufacturing (AM), and 3D printing.

Over the past 24 months, AM has gripped the attention of the media, national governments, investors, and corporations around the world. Some of the biggest companies and brands are investigating AM. Adobe, Amazon, Airbus, Autodesk, Boeing, Dell, GE, Google, Hewlett-Packard, Microsoft, Staples, and UPS are among the companies that have made some level of commitment to the technology. Many others are evaluating it.

The conference will concentrate on the supply of AM machines, materials, and services worldwide. Speakers at the conference will discuss the many opportunities and challenges associated with the present and future AM supply chain. “It is not as evolved as it may seem,” said Terry Wohlers, principal consultant and president of Wohlers Associates. “Investment is at an all-time high, and it will certainly help, but enormous hurdles must be overcome,” Wohlers explained.

The conference includes expert speakers from Australia, Belgium, China, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, and the USA.

* 3D printing and additive manufacturing (AM) are interchangeable terms

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