Stratasys has launched a 3D printer dubbed the J750 that allows enterprises to mix and match colors and materials to create prototypes that come close to production products faster. The launch may leave rivals scrambling. More importantly, Stratasys has cut two steps from the 3D printing workflow in additive manufacturing prototypes. Add it up and Stratasys' J750 has the mojo to spur a buying cycle for manufacturers and companies looking to create parts and prototypes faster. In a nutshell, Stratasys has eliminated steps such as painting and assembly from traditional 3D printing workflows.
Printer shipments have seen a 22.8 percent decline in Brazil, with 2.5 million devices sold in 2015 - 800,000 less than in 2014, says analyst firm IDC. Sales totaled 676m in Brazil in 2015, a decline of 14.7 percent in relation to the prior year. Inkjet printers saw a drop in sales of 21.1 percent and laser devices sold 27.4 percent less than in 2014. When you look at the industries that 3D printing is destined to disrupt in the future, the list is long and distinguished. Here is our take on the state of 3D printing, the ways companies are using it today, and how it's going to revolutionize the future of business.