3-D printing is disrupting the $12 trillion manufacturing industry worldwide, and companies such as Ford, L’Oreal, Siemens and others are training workforces to adopt skills in this technology.
The technology is having the largest impact on industries that manufacture low-volume, high-value parts that may benefit from mass customization, says an analyst at IDTechEx.
- A French cosmetics giant uses one to create artificial skin.
- A Wisconsin start-up designs ceramic guides that pinpoint tumors in individual cancer patients.
- Workers on a remote North Sea oil rig make replacement parts on the spot rather than wait days for a ship or helicopter to arrive. .
.All these actions are made possible by one technology: 3-D printing. Developed in the 1980s, 3-D printers create three-dimensional objects by laying down successive layers of material, a process called additive manufacturing. The technology has evolved to work with different types of substances: plastics, metals and now biological […]
Above: PepsiCo food, snack, and beverage product line-up/Source: PepsiCo PepsiCo turned to tooling with 3D printing...