3D fabricating technologies have been available since the late 1980s and have primarily been used in the field of prototyping for industrial design. More recently, the 3D printing quality has increased, and printer and supply costs have decreased to a level that broadens the appeal of 3D printing to a wider range of businesses, schools and consumers. Additive 3D printers deposit resin, plastic or another material, layer by layer, to build up a physical model. Inkjet 3D printers image successive layers of plastic powder, hardening each layer on contact, to build up the piece. The size of the part varies with the specific manufacturer’s printer and whether support structures are required.
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The hype about 3D printing is high – and masks the viable consumer and enterprise uses that exist today. 3D printers produce children’s toys and plastic guns, fine jewelry and life-saving medical devices, avatars and sophisticated aircraft components and much more. Our webinar removes the veil of hype surrounding the market and illuminates the opportunities – and risks – that hardware and software technology and service providers face in the fast growing global market for consumer and enterprise 3D printing.
Presentation: 3D Printing: The Hype, Reality and Opportunities Today