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3-D printing changes the world of technology

Sundaresh Shankaran’s post on 3D printing featured in Communications Today, August 2016 edition.

One of the key topics during the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos was, “digital transformation of industries.” The advent of Industry 4.0 or Fourth Industrial Revolution has led global experts to believe that it would result in the merging of virtual and digital data with real shop-floor production equipment. Additive manufacturing, also known as the industrial version of 3-dimensional (3D) printing, is already making its mark in niche industries such as medical implants and plastic prototypes for engineers and designers.

Today, a number of industries such as aerospace and defense, automotive, and healthcare are steering away from traditional manufacturing techniques such as casting, machining, and metal forming and applying 3D printing technology for manufacturing lighter airplane components, aerodynamic car body parts, and custom prosthetic devices. With 3D printers enabling designers to work directly by using a computer model, they can develop complex, new shapes by overcoming the limitations of conventional manufacturing processes.

The promise of smarter manufacturing, leaner production, and better products using 3D printing is compelling. As 3D printing technology continues to advance, global manufacturers are investing heavily in it to reap benefits. It is only a matter of time until other industry segments follow the leads.

Read the entire article on Communications Today August 2016 edition, on pages 25 and 26.

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