Additive manufacturing, commonly referred to as 3D printing, is widely recognised as a leap forward in the manufacturing of a wide variety of products. From prosthetic limbs to smartphone cases, 3D printing represents an opportunity to solve a wide range of manufacturing challenges across industry sectors.
Still, while 3D printing has been lauded for its ability to produce customized parts at a significantly faster rate than standard manufacturing practices, it’s not without its risks.
One of the most significant risks posed by 3D printing is the potential increase in the number of cheap imitations that can be produced. By simply using a 3D scanner to scan objects, the 3D CAD files can be copied and used to create copies of the end product.
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