By Jim Vinoski, Forbes Contributor
This week’s RAPID+TCT additive manufacturing show in Detroit promises to demonstrate the latest and greatest in how 3-D printing is poised to surge into full-scale manufacturing and challenge legacy technologies.
But that’s not news to some folks. 3-D printing in manufacturing is not a fresh concept; manufacturers have long used the technology for rapid prototyping and other smaller-scale operations. But now, according to one international business consultancy services company, new digital technologies (5G, AI, edge, etc.), new material research, and subsequent new business models driven by as-a-service and mass personalization are all coming together to bring exciting new additive use cases to manufacturers industry-wide[…]