15 Mar '17, 10am

From sneakers to hips to planes, how 3-D printing is transforming industries:

From sneakers to hips to planes, how 3-D printing is transforming industries:

In the few short years that 3D printing has become an increasingly popular tool worldwide, most manufacturers have used the technology to build prototypes. Today, however, companies are moving well beyond prototyping, using 3D printing to build working parts, save costs, and reduce down time. What’s more, the technology is creating new business models and partners for companies that choose to foster innovation and new thinking. These revolutionary changes are affecting operations, responsiveness, and the way work is done by reducing inventory, accelerating parts delivery, enabling cost-effective short production runs, and printing necessary small volume parts on demand. Sneakers to hips to planes Companies are starting to move beyond using 3D printing solely for prototypes. Manufacturers now use the tools to make sneakers, medical replacement parts, and even airplane compo...

Full article: http://www.digitalistmag.com/cio-knowledge/2017/02/22/3d-...

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