Big gains for 3D printing in manufacturing

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Carbon and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) announced the findings from a survey that found that the 3D-printing process has become an increasingly integral technology in the development of plastic parts and products for production use. The ASME survey of practicing engineers involved in the design or development of plastic parts found that 88% of respondents now use 3D printing/additive manufacturing in some way. And the technology, previously best known for its use in creating prototypes, is increasingly being used for the production of finished parts. 40% of respondents said they now use additive manufacturing to produce products. The report, “Additive Manufacturing/3D Printing Adoption from Prototype to Production,” includes findings that the technology has secured footholds broadly across industries and that its growing adoption is based on three categories of attributes: its speed, flexibility in timing and design and cost-efficiency.

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