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A rise in shipments of 3D printers in the first quarter of 2017 suggests that additive manufacturing is evolving beyond the realm of the Do-it-Yourself tinkerer and going mainstream, led by the automotive and aerospace industries leveraging the technology.
Airbus feels the use of 3D printed parts will help it cut costs and improve supply chain flexibility, due to the quicker turnaround times on parts. The lower weight of the parts could also improve fuel efficiency and passenger jet performance.
This company's latest printer intends to "get back to making things where they're designed."
Additive manufacturing technology features prominently in the latest Department of Defense Authorization bill, as the DoD seeks to more fully integrate 3D printing into future weapon systems acquisitions. But will it work and who will come out ahead in the future?
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