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Elizabeth M   3/27/2014 8:05:16 AM
Thanks for all that info, Ann. This all sounds like the best way to transition 3D final parts into industries, especially the race cars. And as you mention, with improvements in metal printing, it will be a no brainer to use 3D printed parts in final production, since I am sure it will be not very different from using metal parts fabricated another way. All in all this is really exciting, and I'm sure manufacturers are eager to take advantage of the opportunity.

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Ann R. Thryft   3/26/2014 12:10:24 PM
Liz, I agree: I think this is really exciting. Aerospace, especially military and commercial aircraft, is one of the leaders for final parts, as are some customized medical/dental applications. Also high-end cars and race cars, and big engines for aircraft and other uses (GE Aviation is a leader in this last one). In aircraft and race cars, final parts appeared first as replacement parts that can be installed in the field (or on the track). This will most likely continue and expand, especially as metals 3D printing improves. Also the metal bike parts we recently reported on: see the second bullet in the "Related posts" list.

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Elizabeth M   3/26/2014 8:25:53 AM
It's quite amazing to see 3D printed items transitioning to real-world use in final parts rather than merely for prototypes and models. Airbus is really making a bold move here, but they must have confidence in 3D printing or they wouldn't include final parts in something as carefully constructed as an airplane. I admit I am not as up to date on this as I should be. What other industries also are using final 3D printed parts?

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