If we were to use Stratasys’s share price as a barometer for the potential of 3D printing to redefine manufacturing we now know that 3D printing’s potential is somewhat of a hoax perpetrated on unsuspecting investors by many. The stock is currently 85% off its peak. 3D printing has its place, but it is not (in the short and medium term) going to remake manufacturing and supply chains in most industries. You can read the details in this comprehensive paper by NIST.
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