3D printing may be a cool technology seen in fab labs and hackerspaces, but it also is about to change the face of big industry.
Ultimately, with its lightweight footprint, high levels of customization, and speedy delivery, 3D printing promises to make domestic manufacturing more competitive than overseas manufacturers.
The promise of this new technology is not lost on US policymakers, nor the US military, who have just announced plans to build an Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute in Youngstown, Ohio. (Additive manufacturing is another, more industrial-strength name for 3D printing.)
According to a report in Innovation News Daily, the center, a public-private partnership headed by the US military, is being created with the purpose of harnessing “the power of 3D printing to transform almost any digital blueprint into a physical object.”