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3-D Printing Is Spurring a Manufacturing Revolution -
Sept. 13, 2010 | NYT | By ASHLEE VANCE. A 3-D printer, which
has nothing to do with paper printers, creates an object by stacking one
layer of material — typically plastic or metal — on top of another, as a
pastry chef makes baklava with sheets of phyllo dough. The technology
has been radically transformed from its origins as a tool used by
manufacturers and designers to build prototypes. These days it is giving
rise to a string of never-before-possible businesses that are selling
iPhone cases, lamps, doorknobs, jewelry, handbags, perfume bottles,
clothing and architectural models. How successfully will the technology
will make the transition from mfg. apps to producing consumer goods? Its
use is exploding. A California start-up is even working on building
houses. Its printer, which would fit on a tractor-trailer, would use
patterns delivered by computer, squirt out layers of special concrete
and build entire walls that could be connected to form the basis of a
3-D  printing  prototyping  design  manufacturers  start_ups 
september 2010 by jerryking
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