3D printing is riding the current fertile ground of cheap computer controls, motors and software, combined with advanced and forming technologies. We’ve haven’t seen anything yet. This is only the beginning.
A Disruptive Technology
3D printing is disruptive in several ways. First, it will compete with and partially replace several different industrial processes. Next, it will allow the creation of completely new products — and completely new tools for creating new products. But mostly, 3-D printing (additive manufacturing) is disruptive because it is a wide-open field.
At this point in time, it is limited only by what the human mind can envision and put into practise — like the aircraft industry just before WWI, rock and roll music in the late 1950s to early 1960s, the computer industry in the mid 1970s, or the internet in the early 1990s. It is on the cusp of revolution.
One of the more exciting and rapidly growing areas of 3D printing is the printing of metal objects and machine parts. Several different approaches to metal 3D printing have been devised — and we haven’t…
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