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3D Printing: The Hype Is Unwarranted, But The Hype Is Completely Warranted

3D Printing: The Hype Is Unwarranted, But The Hype Is Completely Warranted

Written by David

December 19, 2018

3D printer printing prototypes Getty Three-dimensional (3D) printing has been in and out of the news for years now. Is the hype warranted? The answer is both yes and no. On the no side, you won’t be buying a 3D printer for your house to print anything your heart desires, including replacement body parts so you can live forever. Manufacturers aren’t ready to install thousands of 3D printers to custom-print goods tailored specifically to your individual needs, supplanting mass production with mass customization. In reality, there’s relatively little actual manufacturing being performed with 3D printing today. Serious technology hurdles remain. The hype stirred up by an oft-cited article in The Economist from over seven years ago was therefore not warranted. But on the yes side, there’s been tremendous growth in product prototyping done with 3D printing. The technology’s ability to turn a computer design into a solid rendering quickly […]

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