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Additive manufacturing - When will it arrive? - Design World


I came across one of Leslie Langnau's webinars  entitled "Additive Manufacturing - When will it arrive?"   I personally thought it to be a pretty good presentation of where we are. For those of you involved in traditional manufacturing that are wondering about what is going on in the excited world of  3D Printing, I'd watch this video below for a calm, objective view:

Issues around STL, materials, accuracy, and questions about the technology are still stumbling points, if not barriers for many in manufacturing.  Leslie also raised the point that CAD and design software will need to better consider additive manufacturing in the future.

What do you think is needed for additive manufacturing to move beyond rapid prototyping and mold patterns that we see today?