3-D Printing's Revolution Is in New Approach to Designing Parts, Not in Making Same Old Parts a New Way
By: Industry Week August 28, 2014
Many people look at end use parts as the nirvana of 3-D printing. But what's really interesting about 3-D printing is not how it's augmenting the way things are done traditionally. It's the way designers are utilizing 3-D printing as a new paradigm to help design a new kind of object.
It turns out that the important change 3-D printing offers the world isn't just the objects themselves. In other words, it's not simply a matter of replacing an injection molded part for a printed part; it's throwing out everything we know about part architecture and the limitations of the past and learning to design for 3-D.
The real 3-D printing revolution is in what happens when designers begin mastering the new 3-D tools – all of its shortcomings, advantages and novelties – and making new things as they've never been made before.