Imagine being able to quickly and efficiently create any product from a bolt to a jet wing or even a pair of shoes. Now imagine being able to design said jet wing on a computer, press “Print”, and pull the completed wing out of a machine. Sounds like the future, doesn’t it? Well, it might not be too far off, according to Forbes.
Printing in 3D can accommodate countless applications with a multitude of materials that can even be reused. The printing process can be adjusted for resolution, layering by even as small as a few microns at a time. One of the most exciting capabilities is in the medical field. Engadget reported an entire jaw replacement for an 83-year old woman using a titanium jaw printed by a 3D printer. They said that the woman returned to almost “normal speaking and swallowing the day after the operation.”
The technology is only just now hitting its stride, and has an incredible amount of future potential in an endless amount of industries. 3D Systems (DDD) develops and sells a 3D printer that average consumers can purchase, as well as industrial level printers for large manufacturers of consumer electronic devices. Another company in the 3D printing market is Stratasys Inc. (SSYS).
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With such a high potential market, what are some of the drawbacks?
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(Written by Danny Guttridge)