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3D printing is about to transform manufacturing as we know it, decimating waste, multiplying speed to market, and harnessing never-before-used materials.
Additive manufacturing products and services are projected to more than double by 2024, just five years from today. But not only will 3D printing turn supply chains on their heads here on Earth—shifting how and who manufactures our products—but it will be the vital catalyst for making space colonies (and their infrastructure) possible.
Welcome to the 2030 era of tailor-made, rapid-fire, ultra-cheap, and zero-waste product creation… on our planet, and far beyond.
Today, these machines have colonized most of the periodic table. We can now print in over 500 different materials, in full color, in metals, rubber, plastic, glass, concrete, and even in organic materials, such as cells, leather, and chocolate.
originally posted by: BrianFlanders
I am pretty sure they already have a 3D printer on the ISS and they have used it to print things like wrenches.
originally posted by: EartOccupant - I do have the advantage that i'm an experienced 3D CAD/CAM user, so that i can design, draw and print very fast any idear that comes to mind. A lot of people get stuck because they can only print bought or free downloadable designs. I use plastic now, but when the metal ones become affordable, the sky is the limit for ordinairy people!