|Markforged manufactures a 3D printer, the Metal X (shown), which is capable of printing metal parts. (Image source: Markforged)|
It took Tesla about five years to go from concept to putting a vehicle on the roads. Andrew de Geofroy, VP of application engineering at Markforged, pointed out that the automobile product cycle hasn't changed in 100 years. Speaking at the Atlantic Design & Manufacturing Expo, de Geofroy said five years was the same amount of time it took Ford to bring the Model T to production.
So how can we bring production up to speed? Markforged believes 3D printing is the answer. The company, which specializes in metal 3D printing, believes additive manufacturing is ready to go beyond plastic toys and prototyping and into creating end-use parts—and someday, even entire working products. He discussed several use cases and applications for metal 3D printing.
So how long until we have a fully 3D-printed car on the roads? The promise has existed for decades, but additive manufacturing is poised to finally disrupt traditional manufacturing.
Watch the full Atlantic Design & Manufacturing talk, "3D Printing & the Next Industrial Revolution," below and be sure to follow Design News on Facebook for more updates.
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Chris Wiltz is a Senior Editor at Design News covering emerging technologies including AI, VR/AR, and robotics.