Survey Highlights Potential of New Printing Technologies

Emerging printing technologies are helping to reshape industries and open up new opportunities for businesses across all sectors, according to a new survey. The research was conducted by Ricoh Ireland and consisted of a survey of 3,100 decision makers from across Europe, including Ireland.

In healthcare, two-thirds (66 per cent) of professionals believe 3D printing has the capacity to fundamentally transform the health sector. However, without investment in these technologies, 41 per cent believe they will struggle to meet the needs of patients in the next five years. 79 per cent of healthcare professionals also revealed that they are using new printing technologies to improve accurate diagnostic rates and lower mortality rates.

In the retail sector, 60 per cent said that they are currently investing in 3D printing technologies and 58 per cent are investing in on-demand printing. Retailers claim that they are turning to more innovative ways of printing to drive competitive advantage, highlighting advantages such as reduced delivery times (83 per cent), more delivery options (74 per cent) and the ability to personalise products (72 per cent).

The research also found that 39 per cent of businesses across all sectors have adopted new printing technologies to enable AI and automation.

Gary Hopwood, Managing Director, Ricoh Ireland, commented on the findings: “The refrain ‘print is dead’ is utterly misguided. New printing technologies are helping businesses to transform their operations. In healthcare, pharmaceutical companies are manufacturing 3D printed prosthetic limbs tailored to specific patients. In retail, vendors are manufacturing shoes and printing unique designs on demand, reducing stock wastage. In education, students can buy personalised textbooks, reducing costs and improving learning.”

Pictured above: Gary Hopwood, General Manager, Ricoh Ireland.