For those of us in and around the plastics industry, additive manufacturing (AM), popularly known as 3D printing, is hardly breaking news. It's something we've been covering for a while because while it's not molding or any other sort of traditional plastics processing, it most certainly is a way to make things using plastics, and it carries the promise of being a hugely disruptive technology.
It's already impacting moldmaking and molding, changing the way some shops do business, and changing the way some people look at manufacturing in general. From prototyping to producing actual parts, AM has become increasingly important in the plastics processing industry. And as the emergent "maker" community proves, AM is very much in the public consciousness...