Nine Astonishing Facts About 3D Printing

By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 09-11-2014 Email

While it's a relatively emerging technology, 3D printing is already revolutionizing the very concept of how we make things. Also known as "additive manufacturing" and rooted in a process known as stereolithography, 3D printing is expected to explode into a multibillion dollar, global market before the end of this decade. Even better, the pricing for these machines is expected to take a big tumble as the concept goes increasingly mainstream. So if they haven't already, CIOs need to bone up on these and other astonishing facts about 3D printing, as organization leadership is increasingly viewing this technology as a faster, better, cheaper way to make everything from homes to artificial limbs to food to musical instruments to cars to clothes to jet engine parts. Our facts combine the anticipated numbers behind the technology with some of the more compelling—even colorful—examples of its deployment. They were compiled from a number of online resources, including those posted by Nokia and 3D Print Headquarters, a clearinghouse of information about this tech niche. For more about the Nokia posting, click here. For more about the posting from 3D Print Headquarters, click here.

Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.


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