I’m delighted to have been published in this month’s Inside Supply Management magazine.
I t surprises many that 3-D printing is nearly 35 years old. From its early days in the 1980s, it has been a tool for designers, used to create prototypes. But that is changing. Over the last 15 years, new innovative uses have emerged, from making lattices to grow human bladders to producing customized car bodies. The growth trend shows no sign of abating: According to research fi rm International Data Corporation, spending on 3-D printing is estimated to increase from US$13.2 billion in 2016 to $28.9 billion in 2020, with a compound annual growth rate of about 22.3 percent.
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