The future of the 3D printing market.

*By Mônica Carpenter

3D printing solutions have shown fast growth, which makes us conclude that this technology will be present in all areas of our daily lives very soon.

Brazil is not separated from these developments. We have in the country big technology centers involved with this kind of product in association with the private sector.

Created about 30 years ago, 3D printing depended upon big machinery, of high cost and patented, which restricted the market. Now, with the expiration of some patents, the sector is open to new investors and developers, which resulted in advancements both in the physical part of 3D printers and used software. In 10 years the 3D printer has reduced its cost from around 20,000 to 500 USD, and became much faster.

Beyond the question of patents, the sector's tendency for growth is because of new demands for this kind of technology in different areas - in health, architecture, construction, the automotive, aerospacial and manufacturing industries, toys, agriculture, fashion, food and many others.

It is estimated that today 95% of the products manufactured using this technology are connected to the industrial market, but demands for precision products are increasing, which creates new business opportunities. Every day new models of 3D printers appear, in different sizes and various degrees of printing precision, depending on the application. Up to 2017, 10% of everything that is produced in the world will have been printed in 3D.

Intending to discuss and expand knowledge of this business about global trends, Brazil is going to host, in June, Inside 3D Printing - Conference & Expo, an international event that comes to São Paulo for the fourth time to showcase the newest products in be business.

The intention is to gather businessmen, investors, researchers, engineers, architects, project planners, professionals and manufacturers to spread technical and market information, and to show the business oportunities that are accessible to entrepreneurs of small medium and large companies.

It is a market with an undisputable growth potential in Brazil. 3D printers will soon be a powerful tool for making production costs cheaper, raising the people's reach to products previously unaccessible in financial terms, besides being a great ally in the creation of jobs and wealth. Who wins with this is the brazilian economy.

Mônica Carpenter is the director of Aranda Eventos, company that organizes Inside 3D Printing in Brasil.