Assessing the future potential of AM for Belgian industry

3D printing in the industry is an expertise that is becoming increasingly important. This is shown by a recent study in which Sirris collaborated and also by our own experience. After all, Sirris has almost 30 years of experience and expertise in the field, based on which it can offer companies the necessary support.

A study by Sirris, Agoria, and PwC shows that half of the companies that use additive manufacturing (AM) expect turnover to grow by more than 10 per cent over the next five years and that the number of jobs in this sector will increase considerably over the same period, double even: from 1,500 to 3,000 by 2024.

Download the results of the research here.

Future and challenges

3D printing on an industrial scale will become a pioneering technology in the coming years. Companies around the world increasingly believe and invest in AM. It is generally assumed that this technology will reform the manufacturing industry over the next decade. For example, it will have a positive impact on various activities in different sectors: better customisation, better functionality by designing components for specific purposes, reduction in the number of components and benefits for the supply chain thanks to a digital inventory instead of a physical one. In health care, for example, AM is responsible for the production of custom-made prostheses and hearing aids. In the aerospace industry we see improved designs for weight reduction.

Belgium is a pioneer in the field of AM research and the industrial application of AM can be a great added value for our country. But not if there is no clear framework in which this technology can further evolve. Obstacles are currently encountered in the areas of certification, qualification, funding and education. If these obstacles are not overcome, we may be missing out on the huge benefits that AM technology has to offer. In addition, there is a need to shift resources going to AM research towards AM industrialisation. And these are also themes heavily which Sirris invests in heavily and for which experts are called in to help the industry to move forward.

Support by extensive services

Sirris is already contributing by offering the necessary support, based on the almost 30 years of experience and expertise that we have built up in assisting companies.

The themes and challenges we can help you with:

  • Engineering with AM
  • Powder quality and treatment
  • Print process optimisation
  • Quality assurance and certification
  • Post-processing
  • Integration on the shop floor

Our services in this area include:

  • Selection of AM technology and materials
  • Feasibility study and proof-of-concept
  • Process validation and implementation
  • Techwatch and masterclasses

Read more about our expertise and services around AM here.