It is already producing commercial aircraft parts, houses and even human skin for burns victims, but 3D manufacturing is about to boom. 3D printing technology has been around for more than three decades but it is now starting to take off as patents and copyrights expire.
As costs come down and the technology improves, it will have an impact on virtually every industry. ”What you will see in the next year is an absolute explosion in technology; it will be like a mini-industrial revolution,” Mike de Souza, chief executive of the Australian 3D Manufacturing Association, said. ”We can’t even imagine what will happen in the next five years, and it’s only limited by your imagination.”
The A3DMA was in Canberra on Tuesday, briefing select people from industry, government and education on the possibilities 3D printing will present in coming years, with the ACT government apparently keen to attract the “light industry” possible with the technology. … (Read more)