Guest article from Dr Manish Shukla, Durham University, UK
Current industrial systems are designed to produce products in standard shapes and sizes. For example, a shoe can be purchased in size 10 or 11 inches, and in some cases at 10.5 inches, but an exact fit is often hard to achieve. Additive Manufacturing (AM) (3D Printing) technology has shown an exciting potential for addressing the technical and economic viability of producing custom made products for all.
There are some early adopters using AM to develop customised products. For example, dental implants, jewellery, toys and even shoes. As we increasingly move from rapid prototyping to real world applications, there are a number of challenges to overcome on the journey to making AM commercial viable. We think these barriers revolve around materials, size, cost of hardware, software, skills and functionality.
We will analyse the results and present our findings back to you.
Top image: Dr Manish Shukla
Learn more at the next leading event on the topic: 3D Printing USA 2018 on 14 - 15 Nov 2018 at Santa Clara Convention Center, CA, USA hosted by IDTechEx.