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3-D printing is an unstoppable force. Not too long ago, the printing speed and limited output of 3-D printers made them suitable only for rapid prototyping. But in the coming years, 3-D printers will be at the heart of full-scale production capabilities in several industries, from aerospace to automotive to health care to fashion. Manufacturing as we know it will never be the same.
The stage for this change wasn’t set overnight. Decades of innovation have led us to the precipice of the 3-D printing industrial revolution. But recent advancements in speed, printing technology and material capabilities are now aligned, and together they will push the entire industry forward.
Along with growing competition and investment in the 3-D printing industry, these new capabilities will reshape custom manufacturing. The 3-D printing industry is on the verge of another tipping point, and here are the reasons why.