Advanced technologies are rapidly changing machine tool production today. Machine tool manufacturers still struggle to adopt the technologies that are suitable for their specific practices, often due to high investment cost, both in equipment and in terms of skills. Specific evidence for all types of 3D printing uptake in machine tool production is needed to foster the uptake beyond its use in prototyping and towards serial production.
The report specifically zooms in on the use of 3D printing in the machine tool industry, providing an overview of the value chain and relevant stakeholders. The objective is to map the key players in the 3D printing technology for machine tool value chain, as well as to identify their strengths and weaknesses, also in comparison with international players. Analyses are based on desk-research, interviews as well as on the internal expertise of IDEA Consult on the subject.