The disruptive evolution of 3D printing

Biranchi Panda, Ming Jen Tan, Ian Gibson, Chee Kai Chua

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3D printing, also known as additive manufacturing (AM) is one of the promising technologies that have served as a bridge between digital and physical domains without the need of tooling and human intervention. Its ability to turn digital models into physical objects allows designers to design, scan, share, and send digital representations of physical objects just as they can images or text online. With advancement of material science, this technology has greatly improved and now used for many more applications such as energy, healthcare, automotive and aerospace. Considering these recent applications and rapid growth, experts believe that the 3D printing technologies are highly disruptive and this disruption will continue through 2025. This paper reviews the disruptive potential of 3D printing processes and discusses a recent development, i.e. 3D concrete printing, which will hopefully bring success to building and construction industries in the near future.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the International Conference on Progress in Additive Manufacturing
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Externally publishedYes
Event2nd International Conference on Progress in Additive Manufacturing 2016 - Singapore
Duration: 16 May 201619 May 2016
Conference number: 2


Conference2nd International Conference on Progress in Additive Manufacturing 2016


  • Additive manufacturing
  • Automation
  • Building and construction
  • Prototyping


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