Big gains for 3D printing in manufacturing, ASME and carbon survey results



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REDWOOD CITY, California, September 16, 2021 / PRNewswire / – Carbon, a leading company in the field of 3D printing technology, and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) today announced the results of a survey that showed the 3D printing process has become a technology of increasingly integrated in the development of plastic parts and products for production.

The ASME survey of practicing engineers involved in the design or development of plastic parts found that 88% of respondents are now using 3D printing / additive manufacturing in some way. And the technology, previously best known for its use in creating prototypes, is increasingly being used for the production of finished parts. 40% of those surveyed said they now use additive manufacturing to manufacture products.

The report,Adoption of additive manufacturing / 3D printing from prototype to production,“understands the findings that the technology has taken hold in all industries and that its growing adoption is based on three categories of attributes: speed, flexibility in schedule and design, and cost-effectiveness. In various ways, digitally driven product development forays into industries and manufacturing processes long dominated by two older methods that are less flexible and tend to be more capital intensive: milling and injection molding.

“Additive manufacturing is widely implemented in many diverse industries and has an incredible impact on supply chain and manufacturing across the world,” said Phil DeSimone, co-founder and Chief Product & Business Development Officer at Carbon. “We’ve seen OEMs embrace 3D printing as a strategic advantage to develop better products and get them to market in less time. Advances in materials, software and hardware allow these companies to design products, validate their suitability for the market, and move into production. faster and with better results. ”

Other key findings from the report include:

  • For the development of polymer products, 3D printing is more often used than injection molding or milling.
  • 3D printing remains the most used process for prototyping.
  • Engineers in the life sciences and industrial machinery industries reported the highest levels of familiarity with 3D printing.
  • Usage and familiarity with 3D printing is strongly influenced by the age and size of the company – the younger the engineer and the larger the company, the greater the adoption of 3D.

“Additive manufacturing, especially in the field of polymers, has seen incredible growth over the past two years,” said Lauralyn McDaniel, responsible for industrial strategy and engagement with Metrix, an ASME company. “Seeing the strong use of 3D printing in polymer production is proof that additive manufacturing is becoming mainstream, especially in areas such as sports equipment where the unique lattice design capabilities 3D printing has been used to increase performance and safety, as well as in healthcare and aerospace, which have been leaders in the production use of additive manufacturing. ”

For the full report, which was commissioned by Carbon, and a more in-depth review of the status of the additives 3D manufacturing and printing please visit:

About carbon

Carbon is a 3D printing technology company that helps companies develop better products and get them to market in less time. The Carbon DLS â„¢ process combines versatile printers, advanced software, and best-in-class materials to deliver functional parts with end-use performance and aesthetics, helping engineers and designers create products that exceed expectations. From prototyping and low-volume production to large-scale production, global organizations including adidas, Ford Motor Company and Becton, Dickinson and Company, use the Carbon process to create a wide range of functional end-use parts. and reliably print them where and when they need them thanks to Carbon’s production network partners. Carbon is a venture capital funded company headquartered in Redwood City, California. To find out more, follow Carbon on Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook.

About ASME

ASME helps the global engineering community develop solutions to real-world challenges. Founded in 1880 as the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, ASME is a professional, non-profit organization that enables collaboration, knowledge sharing and skill development across all engineering disciplines, while promoting the vital role of the engineer in society. ASME codes and standards, publications, conferences, continuing education and professional development programs provide a foundation for the advancement of technical knowledge and a safer world. In 2020, ASME formed the International Society of Interdisciplinary Engineers (ISIE) LLC, a new for-profit affiliate to house business ventures that will bring new and innovative products, services and technologies to the engineering community, and then formed the holding company, Global Knowledge Solutions LLC. In 2021, ASME launched a second for-profit subsidiary, Metrix Connect LLC, an industry events and content platform to accelerate digital transformation in the engineering community and the exclusive agent for the Mechanical Engineering® brand of media products. For more information visit

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