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Sustainable Filament
3D printing brands are releasing filaments focusing on sustainability
Trend - Brands in the 3D printing space are releasing materials that prioritize sustainability without compromising on function. The sustainability ranges from including renewable resources, such as wood or plant-based fibres, to using energy-efficient, low-emission production systems.

Insight - 3D printing is continually increasing in popularity not only in industrial applications, but also with hobbyist consumers. However, as the industry continues to expand, it continues to attract more attention from environmental regulators and consumers due to the unrenewable nature of most plastic-based filaments. Brands are recognizing the public and private desires for sustainable materials, and in response are investing in renewable materials and energies.
Workshop Question - How could your brand improve its sustainability through investing in renewable energies and materials?
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Hobbyist Printing
Free public and online 3D printing courses reduce barrier-to-entry for hobbyists
Trend - Low-cost or free 3D printing courses are being hosted by libraries, universities, and independent websites. These courses lower the barriers of cost and education for 3D printer use to draw more adults to the field, whether as a creative outlet or for CAD (Computer-Assisted Design)-related jobs.

Insight - While many individuals find a balance between work and personal lives, such as hobbies and social connections, others find themselves unfulfilled, either in the workplace or in keeping occupied. This leads to these groups searching for new avenues for enjoyment, such as new employment or a new hobby. As a result of these combined desires, hobbies with the potential to generate income are preferred. Fields that reduce the barriers via free and public services can draw in these individuals.
Workshop Question - What could your brand or industry do to lower consumer barriers related to cost or education?
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Fanless Computer
Brands are launching computers and towers with passive cooling to reduce noise
Trend - Brands are launching laptops, mini computers, and full-size computer cases without fans to reduce noise. These computers uses passive cooling through various heatsink technologies to lower the active temperature of the components without needing to power fans. The benefit of this technology is silent operation and reduced power consumption at a slightly increased cost.

Insight - Consumers who build DIY computers do so for a variety of reasons. While some customers desire the most performance for the lowest cost, others are willing to pay a premium for unique designs, specific technologies, or quieter operation. On the other hand, workplaces that require each worker to have a computer focus on different metrics, such as cost-effectiveness and operation volume, as running many loud computers would be detrimental to productivity. As such, one common consumer pressure from the business and individual side is volume, placing pressure on PC brands to create solutions for low-noise PCs through various means.
Workshop Question - How can your industry offer premium alternatives that meet the needs of both industrial and individual use cases?
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DIY Cheese
Consumers are creating their own cheese-inspired recipes with personalizations
Trend - Users on various social media pages are sharing simplistic, personalizable pasta recipes with cheese as a base. These recipes are accessible enough for any user to join the trend and versatile enough for each content creator to add their own touch to the viral dishes.

Insight - One of the main attractions to food and home cooking is that it brings people together. One evergreen desire for modern consumers is interpersonal connection. People enjoy cooking with their families, friends, and even strangers. When people find breakthroughs or believe strongly in a dish, they take to the internet to share it with others worldwide. These recipes become viral due to a consumer desire for connection and interaction with content creators and other users.
Workshop Question - How can your brand incorporate a sense of community and personalization into its products or services to create a connection with consumers and increase social sharing?
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Upgradeable Tech
Brands are launching tech products designed to be upgraded and repaired by users
Trend - Brands are launching technology products designed to be upgraded by the end-user. This includes laptops, smartphones, and gaming devices. This reduces manufacturing costs and consumer costs by allowing brands to sell single components at lower prices, instead of completely new devices to users who want upgrades.

Insight - Consumers are increasingly familiar with technology due to the pandemic and the younger generations growing up surrounded by devices. These consumers often repair and upgrade their own products rather than seek help from repair businesses as a cost-saving measure. As a direct result of this, these consumers are drawn to products designed to be opened and repaired. This creates a demand for businesses to sell individual components and products designed to be opened and modified, with a focus on products not as commonly designed to be repairable and upgradable, such as phones or laptops.
Workshop Question - How can your brand reduce costs by creating product for the younger tech-familiar generations that can be easily upgraded and modified?
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Printed Glass
3D-printing brands are releasing printable glass materials for consumers
Trend - Brands in the 3D-printing space are launching printers and materials that can create complex, durable glass structures. This offers more value to consumers in the space, as many regular printers can now create designer glass structures for jewelry or otherwise without specialty equipment.

Insight - Consumers in the 3D-printing space are drawn to tools and services that enable creativity and streamline the creation process. This includes printers that create higher-quality prints faster, as well as software that enables more precise designing of printed works. This desire extends beyond software and hardware to material works as well, as consumer pressures previously moved the industry toward wood filament printing for sustainability, showing a demand for more printable materials.
Workshop Question - How does your brand support future-facing consumers with evolving desires?
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Tailored Computer
Tech companies are using open-source operating systems for curation
Trend - Computer manufacturers are using open-source operating systems (OS) to create more curated experiences for consumers while simultaneously diversifying the OS market. These open-source systems offer benefits that range from streamlined processes and user interfaces to personalization.

Insight - Many consumers that use computers for either entertainment or professional purposes feel that traditional operating systems are difficult to navigate and are cumbersome. Companies are adapting to this pressure by equipping computers with operating systems that are tailored to the desired use case. This leads to developer-focused laptops with coding-focused home pages or gaming computers that launch directly into gaming platforms.
Workshop Question - How could your brand better curate its services or experiences for each consumer group?
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Wood Printer
3D printing companies are looking to wood filament for sustainability
Trend - 3D printer manufacturers and materials suppliers have begun using upcycled wood from excess materials gathered at sawmills and other processing plants. The companies use filament printing and binding to transform this byproduct into durable designs that resemble whole cuts of wood.

Insight - As 3D printing becomes more accessible for general consumers and small businesses, there is a rising demand for products that offer more material options and are more sustainable. Not every customer is satisfied printing designs in hard metal, plastic, or other polycarbonate compounds, leading to businesses introducing wood to the equation. This not only offers more options but also allows 3D printing companies to partner with sawmills to upcycle wood waste into usable products.
Workshop Question - How could your industry reduce waste production through upcycling?
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SSD Coolers
Brands are creating dedicated cooling solutions for SSDs as temperatures increase
Trend - Brands in the PC components industry are now releasing both dedicated standalone SSD coolers and those bundled with SSDs. The fifth generation of SSD technology has been released with speeds of up to 13,000mb/s, which comes at the cost of raising temperatures and requiring dedicated cooling.

Insight - Consumers using PC computers for professional workspaces or recreational hobbies continually seek more powerful components to get the job done faster. Companies have responded by continually releasing more powerful components that push compute speeds and temperatures to the limit. As a result, PC enthusiasts have begun seeking new ways to reduce their computers' operating temperatures to prolong the components' life cycles and ensure reliability.
Workshop Question - How is your brand's industry adapting to new and emerging technologies?
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DIY Entertainment
Brands are launching platforms that allow consumers to build movies and games
Trend - Developers are debuting creative experiences that allow consumers to build their own movies, stop-motion animations, games, and more. In doing so, brands are able to better engage individuals through tech-powered activities that are novel and interesting.

Insight - As digital technology becomes more readily available to a larger demographic and DIY culture resurfaces as a form of entertainment, consumers become interested in testing out tech as a means to design their own products. Individuals feel empowered in exploring new avenues of creativity as technology becomes more accessible, lending itself as a tool to those who do not necessarily have formal education. Compelled by novelty and a desire to be technologically literate in an increasingly digital world, individuals opt-in for hands-on projects that test and expand their knowledge.
Workshop Question - How might you harness DIY projects to help consumers attain knowledge and build skills?
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