David Macfie of Cimquest, a value added reseller of 3D printing systems, displayed 3D printed packaging options at PACK EXPO East in Philadelphia last week.

“By noon today, everyone in this room will have been impacted by 3D printing,” he said.

During a kickoff session prior to the opening of the conference, Macfie noted that packaging companies such as The Dial Corp. and Silgan Plastics have already begun embracing this technology. He also estimated that the economic impact of 3D printing could reach $550 billion a year by 2025. In explaining the 3D printing market’s 20- to 30-percent CAGR, he said:

“Applications drive growth and touch every market except finance.”

Macfie told packaging experts that 3D-printed molds for blow molding, injection molding, and thermoforming could be ideal for their companies and displayed 3D-printed packaging models to demonstrate

“The sweet spot for 3D printing is where the complexity of the object to be printed is high and the volume is low,” he said.



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