THE IMPACT OF THE EPIDEMIC ON 3D PRINTING

The outbreak of cowid-19 in 2020 has affected all aspects of people’s lives. And what is the impact of the epidemic on 3D printing?

It is hard to imagine that 3D printing, which has only been widely recognized in recent years, was born as early as 1983.

In 2012, the British “The Economist” magazine published an article that regarded 3D printing technology as one of the major signs of the “third industrial revolution”. That is no doubt that it attracted widespread attention worldwide. However, after seeing the omnipotent 3D printing that can create the world and disrupt the industry, it has once again followed a helpless technology maturity curve. In recent years, it hyped 3D printing again and again. Similarly it has also tested people’s patience time and time again.

In fact, the world is full of promising technologies that have never been promoted. Those technologies that are successfully popularized often benefit from external events.

Unfortunately, for 3D printing, the COVID-19 epidemic is an external event. The outbreak of cowid-19 in 2020 had a great impact on 3D printing.

This is indeed the case.

According to data from the domestic B2C cross-border e-commerce platform AliExpress, the sales of 3D printers on this platform have doubled since the epidemic compared with last year. Although this year overseas warehouses have stocked for 3D printers significantly. However, they emptied  these stocks under the epidemic. Among them, China’s 3D printing equipment output in April increased by 344.7% year-on-year.

Therefore, the impact of the epidemic on 3D printing can not be ignored.