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Yes, 3-D Printing Is a Disruptive Technology, But Not For Plastics Processing

from Plastics Today

3-D printing is often referred to as a disruptive technology by industry watchers. However, the real disruption will happen in the metal fabrication business, including moldmaking. While great strides have been made in the development of polymers for 3-D printing, including engineering thermoplastics such as PEEK and other high-temperature engineering polymers, it has always been powdered metals that manufacturers have yearned for. The greatest opportunities lie in the ability to make metal end-use parts with complex geometries using one process, rather than having to weld several metal components together to make a single part because of the limitations of subtractive machining. more


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