Trends 2024

ChatGPT’s 3D printing technology trends for 2023

We had a "chat" with ChatGPT on what the AM industry should expect next year

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We recently tried our hand at using OpenAI’s ChatGPT to predict the 3D printing trends for 2023. Although it is very impressive, and certainly is a game-changer that will contribute to a multitude of different industries, it still has a long way to go in terms of being an accurate go-to source for information. We have little doubt that it will get there sooner than we anticipate.

ChatGPT began its analysis by stating that it is not able to accurately predict the future and it can only base its analysis and forecast on past or ongoing trends that seem to be accelerating. This is exactly what any market analyst can and should do.

“It is not possible for me to accurately predict the trends in 3D printing technology for 2023 as I do not have access to current information and my knowledge is limited to what was available up until 2021. However, I can provide a general overview of some of the trends that have been observed in the field of 3D printing in recent years.”

ChatGPT goes on to highlight the increase in metal AM as a key trend, something 3dpbm Research can confirm with data collected for our Metal AM market study. This is an accurate forecast as the debut of several new technologies making metal AM much more accessible, faster, reliable, and affordable can be expected to be a key trend continuing in 2023.

“A sustainable 3D printer from the future” – generated on OpenAI’s DALL-E platform.

“One trend that has gained significant attention in recent years is the increasing use of metal 3D printing. Metal 3D printing involves using a 3D printer to create objects from metal powders or metal-based inks. This technology has the potential to revolutionize the manufacturing industry by allowing for the production of complex metal parts with minimal waste and low cost.”

Interestingly, ChatGPT highlights multi-material 3D printing as a key trend that is gaining traction. This is not something immediately visible to someone who views the AM industry from the outside. Although multi-material 3D printing remains challenging and will continue to remain a niche for the foreseeable future, it is accurate to say that it could be gaining traction and will continue to do so in 2023.

“Another trend that has been gaining traction is the development of multi-material 3D printing, which allows for the production of objects with multiple materials and properties. This technology has the potential to greatly expand the range of applications for 3D printing, including the production of functional prototypes, customized medical devices, and even consumer products.”

More so than even multi-material 3D printing, 4D and 5D printing are fascinating trends – mostly at a media and research level. Nonetheless, it is definitely something that should be highlighted. 5D printing in particular is a term we have never used on this website but is not entirely inaccurate and is a very interesting long-term trend.

“There has also been a trend towards the development of more advanced 3D printing technologies, such as 4D printing and 5D printing. 4D printing involves the use of materials that are capable of changing shape or properties over time in response to external stimuli, such as heat or moisture. 5D printing, on the other hand, involves the use of multiple 3D printing techniques to create objects with complex structures and functions. These technologies have the potential to significantly expand the capabilities of 3D printing and could lead to the development of new and innovative products.”

ChatGPT is quite complete in its overview of key adoption segments. Although very generic, the following paragraph is the single most accurate statement that the ChatGPT has made in its forecast:

“A 3D printed rocket ship” – generated on OpenAI’s DALL-E platform.

“In addition to the technological developments, there has also been a trend towards the increased adoption of 3D printing in a variety of industries. Companies in the aerospace, automotive, and healthcare sectors have been exploring the use of 3D printing to produce lightweight parts, custom prosthetics, and even entire aircraft. There has also been a trend towards the use of 3D printing in the production of personalized products, such as customized jewelry and clothing.”

ChatGPT also accurately highlights the increased use of sustainable materials.

“Another trend that has emerged in recent years is the increasing use of sustainable materials in 3D printing. There has been a push to develop biodegradable and recycled materials for use in 3D printing, as well as to reduce the environmental impact of the 3D printing process itself.”

To conclude:

“Overall, it is difficult to predict the specific trends that will emerge in the field of 3D printing in the coming years. However, it is likely that we will continue to see advances in 3D printing technology, as well as increasing adoption of 3D printing in a variety of industries.”

Although ChatGPT’s response is pretty surface level, and not completely up-to-date as it has only been trained on information from 2021 – it did generate the information within a matter of seconds, and certainly gives us an idea of the direction of humanity in terms of learning and communicating.

As we can tell from the images generated by DALL-E, OpenAI’s image-generating software, AI does not (yet) fully understand 3D printing.

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Edward Wakefield

Edward is a freelance writer and additive manufacturing enthusiast looking to make AM more accessible and understandable.

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