The future can be hard to predict. However, global trends will certainly continue to influence the way in which computer-aided design, rapid prototyping and additive manufacturing technologies are developed and adopted. Changes in the environment, society and economics will all affect where, how and to what extent these technologies are used in the future.

This chapter explores some of the trends likely to affect how these technologies will impact product design and manufacturing. Several case studies highlight recent developments by companies and individuals pioneering the development and use of these technologies, providing a snapshot of how ...

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