The CEO of 3D software company SolidWorks has said that additive manufacturing is in the rise in China, but it would not replace traditional manufacturing any time soon.
Bertrand Sicot, in a media briefing with China’s Global Times, said that the technology’s potential should not be overblown.
"The 3D printing is a new way of manufacturing products, and the industry is growing fast with cheaper facilities," he said.
"In today's manufacturing industry, there is always a balance between cost, speed and machinery shapes."
China has been investing heavily in the technology, for example the head of the Asian Manufacturing Association (a Chinese group), Luo Jun, announcing in June plans for a network of 10 3D printing innovation centres across the country, budgeted at slightly over $US 3 million each.