As part of the Smart Industry outlook series, this is Digital Manufacturing's biggest technology trends in 2019

The maturing Digital Manufacturing market – which technologies will boom in 2019?

Sabrina Anthoney, Recruiter at FMC Global Talent
Sabrina Anthoney, Recruiter at FMC Global Talent

Digital Manufacturing software and technology has been steadily maturing over the past decade, particularly within design, simulation and PLM where software adoption and integration is now widely accessible across the industry.

Other solutions are also growing out of their infancy as part of the digital revolution. As Digital Manufacturing becomes more sophisticated, organisations are being forced to integrate technology and software into their workflow to maintain pace with early adopters.

Having spoken with industry professionals and leaders within the Digital Manufacturing sector, we asked which solutions will throw off the shackles and make the biggest impact in 2019? Here are the results…

Additive Manufacturing

Having established itself in the prototype market, additive manufacturing will continue to push into the manufacturing sector and provide faster, cheaper and stronger solutions across a variety of sub-sectors.

Mass produced additive manufacturing solutions are becoming an increasingly popular alternative to traditionally manufactured parts within the likes of healthcare, automotive and aerospace.

Whilst material selection, costs and production times have proved a sticking point over recent years, could 2019 be a turning point?


Automation is also on the rise and “could create up to 133 million new jobs in place of 75 million that will be displaced” until 2022, so no need to fear the robot revolution!

2019 is also poised to experience development in driverless technology, after autonomous vehicles burst onto the scenes early in 2018. Leaders predict that a driverless car will complete its first “fully autonomous cross-country trip” over the next 12 months.

Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning

Artificial intelligence consistently stole the headlines in 2018 and will strengthen its grip on the advanced robotics market over the next 12 months. Robots will soon perform physical work in addition to “planning, strategizing and making decisions”.

Alongside machine learning, Artificial Intelligence will also broaden design possibilities and create more efficient and safer manufacturing techniques according to Autodesk.

Digital Manufacturing Report 2019

We spent large parts of 2018 speaking with sales managers and leaders in the Digital Manufacturing market to uncover competitor employment offerings, bonuses and candidate motivations.

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