3-D Printing and Cloud Services

In the article, “Collaborative Manufacturing as a Service in the Cloud”, the positive effects of 3-D printing are reviewed. One of the main advantages that the article proposes is that “small volume, “made to order” items that used to be prohibitively expensive are already within financial reach.” Additionally, with the development of cloud services, “participants who formerly had access to only one 3D printing process will be able to automatically outsource to other members that use any of the other processes or materials available.” In closing the article proposes that 3-D printing along with other new technological advances are bringing about a new era for manufacturing where “manufacturing capabilities for machines, plants, and enterprises are interconnecting to form a global grid of manufacturing resources.”

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