Voices: From the Editor

From the Editor is a monthly opinion of the latest trends and innovations in the world of plant maintenance, reliability, engineering, and production. Look to Plant Services Chief Editor Thomas Wilk for his insights on what really matters to plant managers.

 

The business of 3D printing

Thomas Wilk explores the common routes to market for 3DP products and services.

By Thomas Wilk, chief editor
Feb 18, 2015

By now you may be familiar with a story from last December on how NASA “emailed” a wrench from Earth to the International Space Station. Specifically, NASA built a CAD file of the requested ratcheting socket wrench, converted it into a file readable by the 3D printer onboard the ISS, and uploaded it to the printer for manufacturing.

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