3D printing is an exponential innovation. Regular breakthroughs in 3D printer speed, resolution, cost and reliability demonstrate the potential not only for scale but also for unlocking new possibilities. Coupled with a fast-evolving range of printable materials, 3D printing is expanding into traditional manufacturing processes and being used for tools, molds, tool masters and end-use parts.
One area of manufacturing that is experiencing a true paradigm shift is injection molding. By 3D printing the injection molds, manufacturers can functionally test parts in final materials within days of initial design.