5 trends that will shape our 3D printed future

By Rick Smith for Forbes.com

Jul 07, 2015

Trend No. 1: Localized production for consumer and industrial goods.
Around the world, digital 3D printing factories of various sizes and capacities will soon become connected in a global production network. Referred to as direct digital manufacturing, this capacity to manufacture components and finished goods near their point of use will be much more efficient than today’s global sourcing.

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