3D Printer Production Taking Off in China

(Global Sources) Suppliers in China have started manufacturing and exporting 3D printers, growing at 30 percent annual rate. The industry is expected to be worth $6 billion by 2020, with China accounting for 15 to 20 percent of supply.

China now has four major research centers, including Xi’a Jiaotong University, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, and Tsinghua University, working to bring 3D printing into the mainstream.

Chinese companies are also pursuing R&D, combining in-house endeavors with partnerships with 3D printing leaders abroad, including Germany’s EOS, and ALM, 3D systems and Harvest Technology in the US. Partnerships revolve around supply chain and technology enhancements, and manufacturing processes.