December 8, 2012

Manufacturing The Future: 10 Trends To Come In 3D Printing

Once considered science fiction, the ability to do 3D printing – to produce objects on demand at relatively low cost – has become a reality. And the trend is going to pick up steam in 2013. Forbes reports.

quotemarksright.jpgHere’s a look at 10 trends to watch in 3D printing next year and beyond.

1. 3D printing becomes industrial strength. Once reserved for prototypes and toys, 3D printing will become industrial strength. ...

2. 3D printing starts saving lives. 3D-printed medical implants will improve the quality of life of someone close to you. ...

3. Customization becomes the norm. You will buy a product, customized to your exact specifications, which is 3D-printed and delivered to your doorstep. ...

4. Product innovation is faster. Everything from new car models to better home appliances will be designed more rapidly, bringing innovation to you faster. ...

5. New companies develop innovative business models built on 3D printing. You will invest in a 3D printing company’s IPO. ...

6. 3D print shops open at the mall. 3D print shops will begin to appear, at first servicing local markets with high-quality 3D printing services. ...

7. Heated debates on who owns the rights emerge. The ability to easily copy, share, modify and print 3D objects will ignite a new wave of intellectual property issues. ...

8. New products with magical properties will tantalize us. Combining new materials, nano scale and printed electronics will seem magical compared to today’s manufactured products. ...

9. New machines grace the factory floor. Expect to see 3D printing machines appearing in factories. ...

10. “Look what I made!” Your children will bring home 3D printed projects from school. ...quotesmarksleft.jpg

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