The Economist reports on the extent to which 3D printing may help entrench the world’s engineering giants in the
21st Century. But these engineering companies are picky about terminology in this regard, for reasons encompassing the fact that the technology itself has now moved beyond the development labs. Indeed, 3D printing is now being used on the factory floor to make complex metal parts, and thus engineers prefer to talk about “additive manufacturing” rather than “3D printing”. This article takes a closer look at the reality of heavy metal additive manufacturing which allows designers far more imaginary creativity than would otherwise have been impossible through older techniques.
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