IN THIS CHAPTER
Exploring emerging areas
Designing functional technology
Experimenting with new materials
Employing 3D printing in space
Working with 3D printing in health care
Additive manufacturing applications already suggest fundamentally transformative potential across many areas of manufacturing and production. The technology’s true potential, however, is still being discovered. Research continues on applications that can translate virtual digital models into physical forms in a variety of fields. This chapter reviews current research on the next generation of additive manufacturing techniques, materials, and technologies.
New discoveries take time to develop into their mature form. The discovery that magnetism can be created at will by passing an electrical field through a loop of wire introduced new possibilities in electricity and electronics, and these developments in turn led to technologies ...