Successful Business Models for 3D printing
- Onno Ponfoort in cooporation with: Wieke Ambrosius, Laurens Barten, Gijs Duivenvoorde, Linda van den Hurk, Amir Sabirovic & Erik Teunissen.
- Utrecht, Berenschot, 2014
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Successful Business Models for 3D Printing is the first comprehensive overview of the business impact of 3D printing. It describes the many advantages and the business impact of 3D printing. With more than 20 in-depth cases it gives a wealth of practical and real life examples. It is also based on the vast experience of Berenschot in the 3D printing arena.
3D printing is a game changing technology that will help to realise breakthroughs. Faster market introduction of new products is possible, as short term and inexpensive prototyping is within reach. By building products layer upon layer only the required amount of material is used, resulting in less waste. In the near future products can be manufactured close to the user's location, which allows for less transportation and less pollution. Finally, 3D printing can also achieve better performance, as products can be adjusted to specific needs or individual circumstances.
Today, 3D printing is used in sectors like aerospace, automotive, medical and dental. In retail and consumer markets we see an increased use of the technology. We cannot realise all applications yet, but a number of companies in this book show what can be 3D printed already. Very large investments in technology and material development are being made. We see new applications coming up every day.
Research on business and earning models has until now been minimal. Successful Business Models for 3D Printing fills this gap. Less distribution and warehousing costs, customer driven product design and a development towards the circular can be results of the implementation of this game changing technology. The introduction of the Berenschot Business Model Cube® offers a helping hand to successfully implement 3D printing. This makes Successful Business Models for 3D Printing a valuable source of information for those who want to start with 3D printing and for those with experience who want to focus for success.