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Manufacturing Leaders’ Summit: 3D Printing – the slow revolution

Manufacturing Leaders’ Summit: 3D Printing – the slow revolution

Written by David

November 24, 2018

3D printing has been around for decades, yet it’s impact to date has been nowhere near as widespread or as world-changing as that of the internet. So, can we still describe it as revolutionary? Absolutely, says Wilfried Vancraen, CEO of Materialise. The pace at which 3D printing is affecting the world around us may be slow, but its capabilities and applications certainly fall under the banner of revolutionary. “It may be slow, but it’s helping to save the lives of newborn babies. It may be slow, but it’s helping to improve the lives of millions of people,” said Vancraen. “3D printing, or additive manufacturing, allows us to not only create different things, but better. It offers design freedom, shorter time-to-market and opportunities to strip weight out of components or end-products.” At the same time, Vancraen acknowledged that 3D printing was expensive, difficult to use, complicated and hugely over-hyped – […]

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