From Atoms to Buildings: Does 3D Printing Have Any Limits?
This IDC Insight summarizes recent trends in and applications of 3D printing. It also discusses the successful and experimental applications we saw at various 3D printing events we attended this year, namely 3D Printshow in Berlin, Germany; the 3D Printing — Trends, Experiences and Business Opportunities conference held as part of the International Engineering Fair in Brno, Czech Republic; a business breakfast at Logio, a supply chain management company based in Prague, Czech Republic; and last, an IDC conference titled Increasing Competitiveness of Manufacturing Enterprises, also held in Prague. Of all the products, technologies, and trends we saw and discussed with the participants, this Insight introduces primarily the less obvious uses of 3D printing (i.e., the printing of very small, and, conversely, very large objects). These areas, perhaps currently known as less suitable uses for 3D printing, represent unprecedented possibilities for many human activities.
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