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BBC examines Direct Digital Manufacturing

Will 3D printing revolutionise manufacturing?
By Peter Day

With the creation of many products, including building materials, now possible at the touch of a button, will 3D printing sound the death knell for mass production?

In a way there is nothing new about 3D printing.

For several decades it has been called "rapid prototyping": a quick way of making one-off items from fused plastic or metal powder, using expensive computer-controlled lasers that are at the heart of the "printers".

But now 3D printing is coming into its own, and is being taken seriously as a manufacturing process by very big corporations.

Read the entire article here.