3D Printing job prospects on a rise
3D printing has been accepted as a technology which has the potential to revolutionize the industry.
According to a Credit Suisse forecast, the 3D printing industry has a potential to grow up to 30%
creating new high-tech jobs and new start-ups. The technology will also reshape job requirements at
industrial conglomerates and will help in transforming the current state of manufacturing. 3D
printing may bring about a rebalancing of the global trade as it will reward high-skill workforces like
that of the U.S. and it will make cheap labour in countries like China less relevant. As of now, 95% of
3D printing is used to manufacture small industrial parts but the technology has the potential to
revamp industries like medical and aerospace through low-volume production.
There is no doubt that 3D printing and additive manufacturing has become the most sought-after
skill for engineering jobs today. The demand for 3D printing and additive manufacturing expertise is
flourishing globally.Specifically India has seen a huge hike in the number of college students enrolling themselves in 3D printing courses and expanding their career horizons. Here is a list of some of the industries that 3D printing technology has impacted
in terms of employment.
1. Research & Development
Companies will have a huge demand for forward thinking research and development professionals
who understand the intersection of technology and consumer products and can utilize 3D printing
for consumer products at the lowest possible cost; be it a line of fashion accessories, jewellery
designs or 3D printed clothes and shoes. The ability to visualize the product through 3D printing
before committing to working with expensive materials reduces the costs in the company’s
2. Biological and Scientific Modelling
There will be a huge demand for designers and modelers to further innovate and produce highly
advanced 3D printed products in the medical, aerospace and military domains thus promoting
medical advancement and creating defence equipment.
Architecture is an industry that relies heavily on prototyping which will boost the need for 3D
modelers which will replace the current 2D construction planning solutions. 3D printers will be able
to create real models to better represent what the structures will actually look like. The need for
construction documentation can be replaced by full scale mock 3D models prior to the process of
3D printing programs are being introduced in the school curriculum in order to fill the skill gaps and
match the skill set that the industry requires. 3D printing technology is also being looked at as a
medium of study for students to help them better understand the nuances of maths and science.
Edu-Tech start-ups like 3Dexter are helping schools inculcate these programs in their curriculum so
that the students have an edge in the industry. They take care of designing the curriculum, educating
the teachers and students, assessment as well as holistic learning through 3D printing.