Nano Dimension Additive Manufacturing Survey Uncovers Latest Trends

Study polled engineers and other decision-makers; findings show concerns of IP theft and long lead times to receive prototypes.

Nano Dimension Ltd. announces the results of the Electrifying Additive Manufacturing Survey, which found nearly 91% of respondents expect 3D printed electronics will be a strategic direction. More than three quarters (76%) are already exploring the technology for design validation (31%), prototyping (40%) and low-volume custom manufacturing (29%).

Image courtesy of Nano Dimension.

Image courtesy of Nano Dimension.

The global survey to help understand 3D printed electronics and its future applications, surveyed 159 respondents including engineers, designers and businesses decision makers across multiple industry sectors. The findings show that 3D printed electronics technology is important for their agility and their ability to accelerate product development, realize greater design innovation and build more complex geometries.

With more than 75% of respondents saying they rely on short-run, low-volume external printed circuit board prototyping services, and 73% of respondents saying they go through at least two and often more than three iterations before reaching the final prototyping and testing phase, it’s not surprising there is much interest in in-house 3D printing for printed electronics. Levels of confidence about being vulnerable to IP theft were high. Almost 70% of respondents said they worry about their intellectual property when they send their designs to third-party prototyping facilities.

Companies also face concerns over issues such as prototyping lead times. Survey respondents noted the lead times for receiving their prototypes when they use outside prototyping facilities range from 1 to 2 weeks (37%), while 33% cited times of 2 to 4 weeks, and 11 percent said it can take longer than 4 weeks.

Sources: Press materials received from the company.

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