Additive Manufacturing: Solid Print

Additive Manufacturing: Solid Print
May 1, 2012 Economist.com
Additive Manufacturing

The original idea behind the birth of 3D printing was being able to create one-off prototypes. However, as the technology improves, more items are being printed as final products (a process known as additive manufacturing). As there are extremely few economies of scale in this technology is ideally suited to low-volume production. Now, freed of the constraints of traditional factories, additive manufactures are able to design and produce things that were previously considered far too complex to produce in a cost effective manner otherwise. Many companies are now wondering about the effect that additive manufacturing will have on their business…

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