How 3D Printing Will Transform Medicine and Manufacturing

(Business Insider) Jochen Rode, head of digital manufacturing program at SAP’s research department in Dresden, Germany, says 3D printing technology will affect the healthcare and manufacturing industries the most. Rode said that even today research teams are looking into printing human organs like a liver. He cautioned that it will be another ten years before doctors start printing out our organs.

Rose said that another area of growth for 3D printing is providing very specialized parts for the machine-building industry, where it does not make much sense to invest a lot for special tools. If a bracket or angle is needed, it can be 3D printed¬† 20 times. It’s a lot cheaper than purchasing it any other way. This is already being applied in the aerospace and defense industries when manufacturing a small number of products, like 100 planes of one series.