The dawn of additive manufacturing is here and it is no longer being used simply for prototyping. Companies such as Boeing are using it for full production runs. 3D is resulting in both supply chain compression and product innovation. To prepare for this disruptive technology, learn what is likely to happen in the future and what you can and should be doing about it today.
So far this year, Local Motors and its eye-popping 3D “printed” car have dazzled President Obama and Vice President Biden, sparked questions at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas and captured journalists’ imagination at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Now the question is: How quickly will the company’s planned new paradigm for customized manufacturing influence not only auto building but all sorts of other fabrication?
Are you ready for the additive manufacturing revolution?
Remember when it was cool to make a 3D printed keychain? Well, those days are gone. 3D manufacturing has achieved a major shift in its lifecycle: it is now scalable.This means that companies large and small are going beyond simple prototyping and are now using 3D for complete production runs.