Why 2D Printing Companies Need to Evolve
Printing companies have come a long way from the dot matrix printers of the 1970s. Today, homes and businesses everywhere have 2D printers that can quickly and inexpensively print out true color documents, graphics, and photos.
2D printing is on the decline, with tablets, smartphones, and lightweight laptops taking the place of ink and paper. Documents and photos are accessible from these always connected devices, whenever and wherever they are needed.
Just as dot matrix printing companies evolved (or died off), today’s 2D printing companies need to evolve or face extinction if they don’t.
The Decline of 2D Printing
2D printing isn’t going to go away entirely. But its use is definitely waning, especially in home and business markets.
Where astute employees once printed multiple copies of documents to share and review at business meetings, those documents are now pulled up on mobile devices, and even updated in real time (meaning limited extra work capturing the changes after the meeting).
Proud parents and grandparents used to pull out wallet-sized photos to share pictures with people they meet, but now pull out their smartphones to show off the pictures (if they haven’t already shared them on Facebook or Instagram).
Even traditional 2D printing markets – like book and magazine printers – are seeing their sales of physical paper books cannibalized by electronic publishing, as more and more readers move to digital platforms.
The Rise of 3D Printing
While 2D printing is facing challenges and change, 3D printing is on the rise across all markets. Market analysts Gartner expects worldwide shipments of 3D printers will exceed 217,000 units this year, which is just about double 2014 shipments of approximately 108,000. Not only that, Gartner sees 3D printer shipments will more than double every year between 2015 and 2018.
Manufacturers are still at the forefront of the 3D printing movement, with two-thirds of manufacturing businesses using 3D printing for rapid prototyping, production, and custom parts. But Gartner sees other users purchasing 3D printers over the next several years, most notably personal consumers. Lower prices, improved performance, and expanded global availability will drive increased consumer adoption.
Businesses will continue to adopt 3D printing as well as they strive to recognize the benefits of 3D printing for prototyping and manufacturing. Lower printer costs, improved quality, and a wider range of materials also drive this market.
Evolving to 3D
Smart printing companies are starting to recognize that 3D is not a niche market; that it’s the next stepping stone on the printing path.
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