Just as nobody could have predicted the impact of the steam engine in 1750—or the printing press in 1450, or the transistor in 1950—it is impossible to foresee the long-term impact of 3D printing. But the technology is coming, and it is likely to disrupt every field it touches. Companies, regulators and entrepreneurs should start thinking about it now. One thing, at least, seems clear: although 3D printing will create winners and losers in the short term, in the long run it will expand the realm of industry—and imagination.
Besonders die Personalisierung durch 3D-Printing wird völlig neue Felder eröffnen. Economist:
And because each item is created individually, rather than from a single mould, each can be made slightly differently at almost no extra cost.