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Additive Manufacturing and Its Impact on a $12 Trillion Industry

May 14, 2019 / Erik Gjovik

Additive manufacturing is radically changing the way products are made. What is additive manufacturing? It’s a process that creates a physical object from a digital design using 3D printing technology. Additive manufacturing adds material, layer upon layer, to create a finished product-from a pair of sports shoes to NASA rocket parts.
It is prepared to play a huge role in the future of manufacturing. Additive manufacturing goes a giant step beyond traditional manufacturing methods. It’s capable of using more complex designs and delivering dramatically better results via a simplified fabrication process. This gives manufacturers increased flexibility and faster production times, which leads to real innovation. Manufacturers can make products that, until now, remained on the drawing board.
The promise of additive manufacturing has always been tremendous. But the promise has been held back by the inability to scale. The question has always been: how do you use th...