3D printing and additive manufacturing (AM) have the potential to disrupt parts of the metals supply chain in the coming decades, according to a report commissioned by the Metals Service Center Institute (MSCI). The global 3D-AM industry was worth $4 billion in 2014, according to research, which projects compound annual growth rates ranging from 18% to 34% by 2020.

One 3D equipment manufacturer surveyed 700 product designers, engineers and business executives. Metal was the top item 84% of respondents wanted to see addressed further by AM.

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