Although this technology is more than
30 years old, it is until the last decade that it has gained importance and
recognition in both the technological areas and the public sector. Hence, it is
considered a recent and growing technology, which still has to overcome some hurdles.
Lack of knowledge is a barrier
that the 3D- printing industry is facing. This technology is still new and most
of the schools and universities do not cover this area in their topic, creating
a lack of expertise in additive manufacture. Companies implementing AM would require
many experts on 3D- printing (Mu?ller &
In order to understand the complete potential of AM, designers not to rethink
the was products are design, since 3D- printing offers a superior design of
freedom as traditional manufacturing. (Bromberger &
Running shoes companies are overcoming
this issue by working in collaboration with expert companies in 3D- printing.
Dealing with a technology
that relies on the computer and the internet, the need to reinforce security on
the digital area in imminent, since the threat of pirating is large (Bromberger & Kelly, 2017). As seen for example
in the music business, illegal download of mp3 files, faced a huge gap of
security at the beginning. Now this kind of illegal activity has been control.
Another limitation is the price. The problem
is that many 3D-printing machines only work with their own materials (Mu?ller & Karevska,
For example, CarbonM2 printer
only works with carbon materials, this means that carbon do not have any direct
competitor and therefore the need to minimize their material price do not