It is always very dangerous to predict the future of a rapidly moving field because it is very easy to be far too conservative or too aggressive. That said, this chapter picks out a few technologies, applications, and business issues that might shape the field in the longer term. There are many other possible futures out there; if you are reading this book, it is likely you, too, will have an influence!
A great deal of experimentation is going on right now in the 3D-printing space, and in the near term you are likely to see various approaches to increasing speed, and perhaps mixing subtractive and additive manufacturing methods. ...