Why 3D printing is on the rise in industrial manufacturing

3D printing technologies are challenging plant teams to rethink conventional approaches to design, tooling, and inventory.

Thomas Wilk, Editor in Chief

The Plant Services 2015 Disruptive Technology series is a quarterly look at technology innovations that are generating rapid changes in how plant managers and engineers approach their jobs. The series launches with a look at the intersection of 3D printing and industrial manufacturing. For a technology that was developed in the 1980s, 3D printing took its time to arrive in the general marketplace. Advances in the wider worlds of scanning and additive manufacturing have recently propelled 3D printing beyond hobbyist awareness, and are leaving lasting marks in the worlds of aerospace, automotive, and medicine.These technologies are now gaining a firm toehold in…

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