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3D printing can be a real source for optimism

A Stanford computer scientist, Roy Amara, noted in the 1960s that “we tend to overestimate the effect of a technology in the short run and underestimate the effect in the long run”. When it comes to 3D printing, it could certainly be argued that he was right.

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A promise that could be fulfilled 3D printing, sometimes referred to as additive manufacturing, is a technology that is evolving fast and has not yet reached its full potential when it comes to decentralising production. It could very well offer the answer to the addiction the world has to the supply chain – simply by removing it from the equation.

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Now, 3D printing is only used for toy models and prototyping and it has not reached far beyond that. External factors make for big change Of course, the world will remember plenty of technologies from years gone by that promised so much […]

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