Is 3D printing technology an improvement over traditional methods? Or simply a cool thing that actually does not make a major difference?
Most readers probably understand how 3D printing works; but for those who wonder how those guys in the mall take a nice self-portrait and turn it into a bobble-head in mere hours, the answer is rapid prototyping.
Rapid prototyping is a 3D printing technology that utilises a variety of techniques to build products via additive manufacturing.
In its most basic sense, the process uses layers of materials to build an object. One of the more intriguing applications is the introduction of organically-inspired designs into engineering.
But, is 3D printing technology actually an improvement over traditional plastic manufacturing? Or is it simply a cool technology that does not necessarily improve efficiency?
The following infographic, sponsored by Stratasys — a major 3D printing company — lays out the case of why rapid prototyping is an improvement on traditional techniques.
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