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Is 3D printing the key to Africa's dire manufacturing sector?

Is 3D printing the key to Africa's dire manufacturing sector? | 3d printing | Scoop.it
It’s not just a gimmick you often see on Kickstarter. 3D printing technologies have the ability to provide local communities with the access to facilities they need to produce and market their own ...

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MTD's curator insight, June 6, 2013 12:17 PM

3D printing has amazing applications but often it's the unintended consequences that are the most surprising, positively and negatively. If you can print without infrastructure, does that mean more potential production centres and a totally freed up value chain? 

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Braces, bullets, candy: 3D printers capable of making anything – but they might ruin economies

Braces, bullets, candy: 3D printers capable of making anything – but they might ruin economies | 3d printing | Scoop.it
SAN MATEO, Calif. -- Invisalign, a San Jose company, uses 3-D printing to make each mouthful of customized, transparent braces. Mackenzies Chocolates, a confectioner in Santa Cruz, uses a 3-D printer

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When it can be done cheaper --> it will.

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Michael Dunham's curator insight, June 6, 2013 7:09 AM

I think we're a few years away from printing the replacement part on the runway.

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3ders.org - French office supplies retailer launches 3D printing service to public | 3D Printer & 3D Printing News

3ders.org - French office supplies retailer launches 3D printing service to public | 3D Printer & 3D Printing News | 3d printing | Scoop.it
French office supplies retailer Top Office, a branch of the Mulliez Family's retailing empire in France, has launches its first 3D printing service to the public.

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Charleston Voice: 3D Printers, Meet Othermill: A CNC machine for your home office (VIDEO)

Charleston Voice: 3D Printers, Meet Othermill: A CNC machine for your home office (VIDEO) | 3d printing | Scoop.it

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