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Posted by Sophia Vargas on February 20, 2014
While the basic technology behind 3D printing has been around for decades, recent hype and coverage has recast a spotlight on the industry. Over the last few years, incumbent and emerging vendors have been rapidly developing 3D printers, each more productive than the last, with an ever expanding variety of printable materials and possible use cases.
Outside of consumer hobbyists, 3D printing will have the greatest impact on businesses that design and manufacture discrete products, introducing rapid prototyping to speed up development cycles and an alternative production method for customized finished objects.
What does this mean for CIOs and technology management departments?
As the resident technology expert, you may be called upon to evaluate the hardware and feasibility of 3D printing for your business. Beyond assessment, businesses may demand:
Over the last six months, my colleague Michael Yamnitsky and I have been researching the 3D printing ecosystem, working to understand the impact on business and technology systems. We anticipate that 3D printing will expand the reach of digital disruption, paving the way for new products, processes, and delivery models.
For more information and insight into this discussion, see our recent report “3D Printing Drives Digitization Further Into Products, Processes, And Delivery Models”.
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