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An Industrial Revolution

The use of 3D printing technologies has soared in recent years. Such equipment is used to reproduce virtually any object from a digital file representing it in three dimensions. The process, which has been around for several years now, is certainly raising eyebrows. Can 3D printing—or additive manufacturing, as it is also known—really be used to produce anything from shoes and toys to food?.

You can even pick up your own 3D printer and make the parts offered by the device.

Industrial 3D printing is also growing in Québec

Additive manufacturing is of great interest to research centres and businesses, not only because of what it can do, but also because of its infinite capacity. Many think that additive manufacturing is playing a part in today’s ongoing industrial revolution.

If its impact on manufacturing is on the rise, the potential for growth is enormous. Indeed, the technology’s effects are being felt far beyond the manufacturing sector. It affects how parts are designed, how long it takes to bring them to market, and how products are personalized, transported, and delivered to customers.

The technology has enormous potential because it can be used for rapid, low-cost production of small series parts regardless of how complex they might be. Objects are built from 3D models, usually by adding successive layers of material. Today, parts can be printed using plastic, metal, ceramic, glass, and composite materials.