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Can You Print Me A Spaceship? The Magic And Science Of 3D-Printing

Can You Print Me A Spaceship? The Magic And Science Of 3D-Printing

Written by David

April 11, 2019

Additive manufacturing, also known as 3D printing, has come of age: we can 3D-print medical implants, critical components of jet engines and cars, furniture and even food . What makes 3D printing so powerful and disruptive? Versatility and speed. First, because it works by adding (hence “additive manufacturing”) layers of material onto each other, it allows us to explore geometric structures impossible to achieve with traditional production methods. New geometries reduce complexity and weight while increasing strength, flexibility and other desirable physical properties. When you combine 3D printing with AI-enabled material science and generative design, you get a multifold expansion in the universe of possible new products —and we’ve just begun to explore it. This also allows total customization: like spinal implants customized for individual patients . Second, with additive manufacturing we can print a prototype for a new product or part, test it, then revise the software blueprint […]


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