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Growth of 3D Printing Industry Positive for China’s 3D Software Sector

(ECSN.cn) China’s manufacturing sector requires more 3D computer-aided design, or CAD, software products as it moves up the value chain and competition intensifies, said Zi Yingkun, general manager of the 3D division of ZWCAD Software Co Ltd, a major domestic CAD software developer. At the same time, Zi pointed out the Chinese 3D printing industry is growing significantly and he sees that as positive development for the 3D software sector. He added, however, that he believes some aspects of the 3D printing industry have been exaggerated.

All the 3D printing design software products available now are based on traditional ways of manufacturing, instead of 3D printing techniques, said Yang Yongqiang, a professor at the School of Mechanical and Automotive Engineering of the South China University of Technology. Yang said that 3D printing has a long way to go, which should include a change in mindsets, software, machinery and processing techniques.
As costs of 3D printers go down, the application of 3D printing technology will become more sophisticated every step of the way according to these experts.