3D printing set to transform manufacturing

11/11/2013 | ASME.org

3D printing is taking on an ever-widening range of tasks, with custom dental crowns and orthotics among the current uses and much more on the horizon, advocates say. Future advancements could include the production of food and even the creation of human organs, as well as expanded cost-effective use in industry. 3D "printing is the future of manufacturing. [It] will push manufacturing to new levels," said Pradeep Khosla, chancellor at the University of California, San Diego, in his keynote at the Advanced Manufacturing Impact Forum at the ASME 2013 Congress.

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