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3D printing Manufacturing

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  • Who would have thought that modern manufacturing could be done without a factory?
  • Since the Industrial Revolution, manufacturing has been synonymous with factories, machine tools, production lines and economies of scale.
  • So it is startling to think about manufacturing without tooling, assembly lines or supply chains.
  • However, that is what is emerging as the future of 3D printing services takes hold.
  • 3D printing has been around for decades, better known as additive manufacturing (building an object layer by layer)
  • What’s new is that 3D printing has reached consumer-friendly price points and footprints, new materials and techniques are making new things possible.
  • Desktop 3D printing manufacturing technology can be done at home, the office, a hospital or a school, bringing manufacturing to non-manufacturers.
  • At the same time, 3D printing, long used for rapid prototyping, is being applied in a number of industries today, including aerospace and defense.
  • 3D printing services are being used to create such things as topographical models, lighter airplane parts, aerodynamic car bodies and custom prosthetic devices.
  • In the future, it may be possible for the military to print replacement parts right on the battlefield instead of having to rely on limited spares .

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