3D-printed spare parts Photo courtesy of: Local Motors

3D-printed spare parts

The future, or just a pipe dream?

Considering the sensation that 3d printing, a.k.a. additive manufacturing, has created in the public’s mind for the last several years, you wouldn’t think it dates back to the Reagan administration. But it does, and the technology seems to have hit a stride at last in the trucking and automotive worlds for things like proto­typing concept vehicles or tooling up parts molds faster and cheaper than traditional manufacturing allows.

Maybe that’s 3D printing’s natural application

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