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Free e-book profiles 3D-printing revolution

"Manufacturing is evolving at a pace we have not seen for 60 years. The next industrial revolution is here," says Christine Furstoss, Global Technology Director, Manufacturing & Materials, at GE (Fairfield, CT). Additive manufacturing, aka 3D printing, is the "key driver of this change," she adds.

Norbert Sparrow

May 12, 2015

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Free e-book profiles 3D-printing revolution

"Manufacturing is evolving at a pace we have not seen for 60 years. The next industrial revolution is here," says Christine Furstoss, Global Technology Director, Manufacturing & Materials, at GE (Fairfield, CT). Additive manufacturing, aka 3D printing, is the "key driver of this change," she adds. An e-book, published by PlasticsToday and sponsored by Stratasys (Eden Prairie, MN), a global provider of 3D printing technology, profiles the remarkable advances that AM is engineering in everything from moldmaking to next-generation medical devices.

Stratasys-ebook-300.jpgThe interactive e-book features informative articles on, among other topics, the dizzying growth of the 3D-printing industry, which is projected to exceed $21 billion in revenue by 2020, and the fundamental ways in which it is transforming the moldmaking sector. "A few moldmakers have adopted 3D printing and are printing prototype parts and cores and cavities," writes PlasticsToday contributor Clare Goldsberry in one of the articles. "But not many moldmakers take this business seriously. They should," she adds, going on to explain precisely why.

Other articles highlight how AM is transforming the medical manufacturing space, notably by enabling the fabrication of pediatric orthopedic devices that, otherwise, would be too costly for most families, as well as the amazing odyssey of Arizona-based Local Motors and its 3D-printed car.

Many of the articles are supplemented with videos, and are designed for easy readability and navigation.

The e-book is available for free download (registration required).

About the Author(s)

Norbert Sparrow

Editor in chief of PlasticsToday since 2015, Norbert Sparrow has more than 30 years of editorial experience in business-to-business media. He studied journalism at the Centre Universitaire d'Etudes du Journalisme in Strasbourg, France, where he earned a master's degree. Reach him at [email protected].

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