How will 3D printing impact the future of design? Duann Scott from Shapeways feels that the most powerful aspect of the technology is the reassessment of traditional modes of production and distribution based on material resources. With the ability to electronically transmit data files to local production centers, smaller objects may be mailed out or large ones held for pick up by the consumer, increasing convenience and reducing the carbon footprint.
3D printing also provides the opportunity to take a product to market in a matter of days or weeks, instead of months or years. Since no tooling is required, one can continue to recreate and improve the product with it is on the market based on customer feedback or consumer trends.
What Exactly is 3-D Printing?
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