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The disruptive technology of 3D printing: Could it disrupt your business risk?

November 1, 2015

3D printing has quickly become a game-changer in the way we do business. However, with new innovation may come unexpected risks. It’s important to understand the potential risks before implementing 3D printing into a regular part of your business.

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Cindy Slubowski is the Head of the Manufacturing and Wholesale Trade Distribution business for... About this expert

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A mother creates a special football themed cookie cutter for her son in the 3D store at an online retailer. Doctors build a customized prosthetic arm for a 7-year-old girl using 3D technology. The FDA approved a 3D printed prescription pill for consumer use. Right in his small office, a dentist manufactures a crown during a patient’s appointment. In New York, a designer develops a limited edition of jewelry created on a 3D printer. Research hospitals print live brain tissue to study various brain disorders, like schizophrenia and Alzheimer’s disease. 

  

Clearly, 3D technology is not just for industrial engineers or science hobbyists anymore. The 3D printing industry is radically changing the business and personal lives of millions of people, and will do so for decades. Per Wohlers Report 2014, the 3D industry is expected to quadruple in the next four years, growing from $3 billion in 2013 to over $12 billion by 2018.1

The speed, efficiencies and customization that 3D printing offers is projected to have far reaching effects on the global economy, changing the way we all create, distribute and use products.

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