On 7th November 2017 we went to Emerging Applications Summit in Singapore. The event gathered over 300 delegates from all over the world to discuss the role of 3D printing in emerging applications. 

MALINKO Design spotted a number of interesting developments in 3D printing and additive manufacturing:

  • New materials are actively added to the list of large scale 3D printers making new design ideas easier and less costly to implement
  • Sustainability remains at core of 3D printing, as new materials and new ways of producing 3D printed items are brought to the market
  • Consumerism continues to drive the world, while there are signs that consumers start to shift to more unique manufacturing techniques and bespoke designer products to get a product that none else has.

The industry still sees key issues blocking broader implementation of 3D printing due to the following reasons:

  • Broader utilisation of design thinking is still a challenge for 3D printing as the speed of the technology uptake by industrial, interior and fashion designers and architects has not reached full potential
  • Powerful design implementaton and shift in consumer preference for more 3D printed articles is on the increase, but still requires some time before it is fully embraced

At MALINKO Design we continue to believe that 3D printing is not only the future, but is the present. However, while being unique, this manufacturing technique alone can be quite limiting. That is why we think that only by merging 3D printing with conventional manufacturing techniques and design thinking we will ensure creation of superior products.