The purpose of this paper is to provide a personalised view by the Editors of the Rapid Prototyping Journal.
It collects their years of experience in a series of observations and experiences that can be considered as a snapshot of where this technology is today.
Development of these technologies has progressed according to application, materials and how the designers have applied their creativity to such a unique manufacturing tool.
The paper predicts how the future of additive manufacturing will look from the perspective of three key elements: applications, materials and design.
Campbell, I., Bourell, D. and Gibson, I. (2012), "Additive manufacturing: rapid prototyping comes of age", Rapid Prototyping Journal, Vol. 18 No. 4, pp. 255-258. https://doi.org/10.1108/13552541211231563Download as .RIS
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