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Adding New Layers to 3-D Printing

Apr 1, 2016 | 09:15 GMT
A picture of 3-D printed items. Additive manufacturing, more commonly known as 3-D printing, will become more prominent in several industries, including aerospace, over the next few years.
Additive manufacturing, more commonly known as 3-D printing, will become more prominent in several industries, including aerospace, over the next few years.
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The world is in the early stages of another industrial revolution, one that could reverse some aspects of globalization. Additive manufacturing, more commonly known as 3-D printing, as well as intelligent industrial robotics and other software-based manufacturing technologies, are reducing the advantage of low labor costs. Eventually, they will fundamentally change how goods are made by enabling manufacturing to move closer to consumer markets and eliminating the need to search for cheap labor or produce and assemble parts in different locations away from the assembly plant. These changes will decrease trade in intermediate goods and components and lessen the need for physical inventories, shortening and simplifying global supply chains in the long run....

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