10 facts on 3D printing: Understanding tech's next big game-changer

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  1. signinchina

    signinchina Member

    Feb 2014
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    [re-post] As 3D printers are become more affordable and versatile, they are destined to disrupt multiple industries. Here's what you need to know about this quickly accelerating technology.
    The world of 3D printing is exciting. With more affordable machines, creative entrepreneurs, innovative startups, and new materials, the industry is rapidly evolving.
    Since the invention of the 3D printer in 1983 by Chuck Hull of 3D Systems, companies have popped up all over the globe, attempting to make the most innovative machine. Here are 10 reasons why 3D printing matters—maybe you'll decide the equipment is a worthy investment, or maybe you'll just be convinced this futuristic technology will one day have a place in your business or home.
    1. 3D printing is a key industry to watch in 2014
    2. 3D printers are empowering "makers"
    3. Customization is the next step in 3D printing technology
    4. There are several types of 3D printing technologies
    Fused deposition modeling
    Selective laser sintering
    5. People are making all kinds of things with 3D printers
    6. Ethical dilemmas of 3D printing will be a growing conversation
    7. Lower prices will drive consumer adoption
    8. HP is going to get in the game at some point
    9. 3D printing is going to completely revolutionize manufacturing as we know it
    10. 3D printing is going to cause disruption in many industries