Of all consumer products, which are most likely to get recycled? Most people name soft drink bottles, but their recycle rate is only 45 percent. With paper, it’s only 34 percent. Only 67 percent of major appliances get recycled. With cars however, the recycle rate is a hearty 95 percent.
An in-depth survey of 700 current and future users of 3D printing holds few surprises, but results emphasize some major trends already in progress. Two standouts are the big growth in end-use parts and metal additive manufacturing (AM) most respondents expect.
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