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Top 10 Strategic Technology Trends for 2016

  • Top 10 Strategic Technology Trends for 2016-

    3D Printing Materials

    Advances in 3D printing have already enabled 3D printing to use a wide range of materials, including advanced nickel alloys, carbon fiber, glass, conductive ink, electronics, pharmaceuticals and biological materials. These innovations are driving user demand, as the practical applications for 3D printers expand to more sectors, including aerospace, medical, automotive, energy and the military. The growing range of 3D-printable materials will drive a compound annual growth rate of 64.1 percent for enterprise 3D-printer shipments through 2019. These advances will necessitate a rethinking of assembly line and supply chain processes to exploit 3D printing.

    "3D printing will see a steady expansion over the next 20 years of the materials that can be printed, improvement in the speed with which items can be printed and emergence of new models to print and assemble composite parts," said Mr. Cearley.

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Top 10 Strategic Technology Trends for 2016

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    3D Printing Materials

    Advances in 3D printing have already enabled 3D printing to use a wide range of materials, including advanced nickel alloys, carbon fiber, glass, conductive ink, electronics, pharmaceuticals and biological materials. These innovations are driving user demand, as the practical applications for 3D printers expand to more sectors, including aerospace, medical, automotive, energy and the military. The growing range of 3D-printable materials will drive a compound annual growth rate of 64.1 percent for enterprise 3D-printer shipments through 2019. These advances will necessitate a rethinking of assembly line and supply chain processes to exploit 3D printing.

    "3D printing will see a steady expansion over the next 20 years of the materials that can be printed, improvement in the speed with which items can be printed and emergence of new models to print and assemble composite parts," said Mr. Cearley.

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Technology is constantly evolving and maturing. It moves from a nascent, undefined entity to one that is widely accepted and becomes so commonplace that we wonder how we ever functioned without it. Mobile and cloud are two prominent examples of such a journey. From businesses to individual consumers, everyone is connected to everyone, everywhere, all the time.

Newer technologies such as smart devices, IoT, software-defined everything and 3D printing are also making headway in their mainstream adoption. So much so that recently, two students from a British Columbia school used a classroom 3D printer to create a mini wheelchair for a formerly feral kitten who lost it legs shortly after birth. The possibilities for where these technologies will take us and how they can impact our lives are endless.

Gartner recently released its list of the top 10 strategic technology trends for 2016. Gartner defines these trends as those with the potential for having a significant impact on the organization. Factors that denote significant impact include a high potential for disruption to the business, end users or IT; the need for a major investment; or the risk of being late to adopt.

"Gartner's top 10 strategic technology trends will shape digital business opportunities through 2020," said David Cearley, vice president and Gartner Fellow.

Here are the top 10 strategic technology trends for 2016.