CHAPTER1

The Goal of 3D Printing

In This Chapter

  • Why businesses invest in 3D printers
  • What you can do with 3D printing
  • Common misconceptions about 3D printing

It wasn’t that long ago that 3D printing was a just an obscure technology relegated to prototyping use by a handful of specific industries. But in the past couple of decades, 3D printing has become a must-have technology for engineering companies, and even more recently a useful consumer tool.

But why did 3D printing become such an indispensable tool for businesses? What advantages do 3D printers give the consumer and hobbyist? In this chapter, we look at why 3D printing is becoming so ...

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