Xometry and Forbes publish a report on current trends in the production and integration of artificial intelligence

Xometry has released the results of a survey conducted in partnership with Forbes to gather information on current trends in the manufacturing industry. The survey was conducted among 150 leading managers from the largest manufacturing companies, who commented on the introduction of advanced production techniques and the integration of tools based on artificial intelligence (AI).

Key findings from the survey indicate that 71% of respondents believe that “there is enough manufacturing capacity in the US to meet global supply chain challenges,” which likely includes elements of 3D printing technology. Additionally, 59% of survey participants indicated that they are investing in digital flows, which may lead to the use of 3D printing technology due to its digital nature.

The survey suggests that most companies are investing more in AI tools than in robotics or 3D printing technology. Virtually all respondents believe that AI will “play a big role in their future business.” Those who have invested in AI have seen significant returns on their investments, making the likelihood of others imitating their actions high.

Xometry highlights the main areas of investing in AI, such as:

  • 84% of companies using AI use this technology in supply chain management/operations;
  • 76% in production purchases;
  • 58% in digital purchases;
  • 57% in quality control;
  • 40% in task management/automation.

It is worth noting that none of the listed areas directly relate to 3D printing technology, which may be a problem. AI is used in various sectors, but its significant use in 3D printing technology remains limited, apart from minor applications in generating print parameters and monitoring work.

People involved in the research and development of products based on 3D printing technology should look for further ways in which AI can drive progress in this area. Potential applications for AI include material development, automatic machine calibrations, advanced output setup generation, and more.

Another conclusion from the survey is that 3D printing technology is no longer considered a strategy that needs explicit mention, perhaps because its use is now seen as a natural part of the production process? Such a solution would be beneficial from the point of view of the industry.

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