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3D printing: the dawn of a new era in manufacturing?

Robert Bogue (Associate Editor, Assembly Automation )

Assembly Automation

ISSN: 0144-5154

Publication date: 23 September 2013

Abstract

Purpose

This article aims to provide an introduction to 3D printing technology and its applications.

Design/methodology/approach

Following an introduction, this first describes the many different 3D printing technologies and then discusses a number of existing and emerging applications. Finally, brief conclusions are drawn.

Findings

This shows that 3D printing technologies have evolved rapidly in recent years and can be use with a wide range of different materials. In addition to rapid prototyping, the dominant use in the past, they are now being used in all manner of manufacturing applications in a diversity of industries. In the future 3D printing may change the way many products are developed and produced and herald an era of “personal manufacturing”.

Originality/value

This article provides a timely review of 3D printing technology and its applications.

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Citation

Bogue, R. (2013), "3D printing: the dawn of a new era in manufacturing?", Assembly Automation, Vol. 33 No. 4, pp. 307-311. https://doi.org/10.1108/AA-06-2013-055

Publisher

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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