3D print is remoulding our lives
The world's first commercial housing project based on 3D-concrete printing is underway in Netherlands. Companies around the world have already proven that not only can a large-scale projects be 3D-printed, it can be done cheaply, efficiently and easily. The technology is moving beyond plastic prototypes to everyday industrial use. Here are a few ways the 3D printing is transforming the way we live
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At the Lansing Delta Township assembly plant of General Motors, much of assembly tooling would be machined from metal, costing hundreds, or often thousands of dollars to produce. About three years ago, GM acquired a polymer 3D printer costing in the region of $35,000. It has since reported an expected cost saving of over $300,000, according to a Automotive News. For example, an outsourced tool, used to align engine and transmission vehicle identification numbers usually cost the plant about $3,000. It cost less than $3 to make one using 3D printing.