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3D Printing In Europe? Bet on The European 3D Printing Market

January 21, 2015 - Comment

Protectionism? We need to keep jobs? What would Europeans buy more 3D Printers from this site than Americans? What happens when a local Englishman can simply “print” a part for his car? No stores, import duties, quotas or government revenue. We can bet that 3-D printers will be taxed on purchase and for their use.

Protectionism? We need to keep jobs? What would Europeans buy more 3D Printers from this site than Americans?

What happens when a local Englishman can simply “print” a part for his car? No stores, import duties, quotas or government revenue. We can bet that 3-D printers will be taxed on purchase and for their use. Much like today, with television taxes in Europe, where citizens pay a government tax to have a TV set in their houses. Owners of 3-D printers might pay one as well.

  • Companies that rely on expensive labor will embrace the technology.

In much of Europe, the labor laws make it difficult to fire people, painful to cut wages in hard economic times, impossible to eliminate health insurance, and unacceptable to slash or deny benefits. The social cost of doing business in Western Europe already keeps many manufacturers out of the labor pool. Strong government subsidies often are necessary to lure firms to Europe.

With 3-D printing, an employer can have a machine do a person’s job. The machine doesn’t get sick. The machine doesn’t require five weeks’ vacation. The machine can run 24 hours per day and can be moved to another region or country without disrupting an employee’s family.

And Europe will embrace the technology at a faster rate than the USA

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